Meet Your Legislative Co-Chairs:
Scott Johnson, Sweet Home
Kathleen Chiavetta, Lake Shore
Scott Johnson serves on the Sweet Home School Board and is currently serving as the Board President. He has been a Board Member for 15 years. Scott has been a member of the school’s PTA and various school committees since 2000. He volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and oversaw the building of a house in 1993. He worked with Habitat for Humanity for over 20 years. He is an over 100+ unit Blood Donor and an Officer for 30 years in the New York State Association of Transportation Engineers. As early as 1972, Scott was involved with the rehab of a building that became the Kevin Guest House in Buffalo. He has been involved as a volunteer in Special Olympics for several years.
Within his own school district, he serves as the NYSSBA Convention Delegate and is on the Audit Committee. Scott has been the recipient of the ECASB Rising Star Award, The Shining Star Award, and the Medallion Club Award (2 times each). In 2008 Scott received the NYSSBA Boardsmanship award and the NYSSBA Leadership in Governance Award. In 2015 he was awarded the NYSSBA Board Lifetime Achievement Award.
Through his employment, he has received the Association of Transportation Engineers—Engineer of the Year in 2005. Scott is a 1977 graduate of Kenmore West H.S. and attended ECC and SUNYAB for Engineering. He has worked for the Erie County Highway Department as an Engineering Tech., the NYS Department of Transportation as an IT Manager and Highway Designer, and recently retired from the NYS Office of Information Technology Services. He and his wife Bonnie have been married since 1982 and have two children, Janelle (25) and Gregory (22).
Kathleen Chiavetta has served on the Lake Shore Central Board of Education since 2015 and on the ECASB Legislative Team since 2016. She is also a member of Lake Shore's Academy of Business and Finance Advisory Board.
Kathleen is the Director of Business Development for Chiavetta's Catering, a four-generation family business, and is an alumna of UB's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
She loves politics, is passionate about advocacy, and has traveled to Albany and DC on behalf of Lake Shore and ECASB. She's a proud Buffalo native who prefers any other season over summer, will forever think this year might be the Bills' year, and yes, she still eats Chiavetta's chicken, just probably less often than you do.
When she's not comfortably at home enjoying her fireplace, her cats, or her generally rural life, she enjoys traveling both near and far with her three children.
Elected Rep Spotlight: Assemblywoman Karen McMahon
Karen McMahon was elected in November 2018 to represent the 146th Assembly District, which includes the Town of Amherst and the Village of Williamsville in Erie County, and the Town of Pendleton in Niagara County.
Karen was raised in Snyder and earned both her undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Buffalo. She worked for nearly 30 years as a confidential law clerk to judges of the New York State Appellate Division, Fourth Department, and the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. Following her retirement from federal service in 2016, she joined the private practice of her husband, attorney Jeff Marcus, representing parents of students with disabilities in special education cases.
Having spent her legal career administering justice, upholding the rule of law, and advocating for the under-represented, Karen’s priorities include quality public education, affordable health care, job growth in Western New York, and initiatives to protect the environment and combat climate change.
Karen served on the Village of Williamsville Environmental Advisory Committee and the Village Master Plan Revision Committee. She is a member of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Western New York Chapter, the Adirondack Mountain Club, and the Adirondack Forty-Sixers.
Karen lives in the Village of Williamsville with her husband and is the proud mother of three daughters, Emily, Alison, and Sarah.