Advisory Board

DW Advisory Board consists of .... People of the highest caliber and reputations...


Ronald L. Friedman

Dr. Ronald Friedman began his career in education as a science teacher at a junior high school in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, which led to a position teaching physics in Lawrence High School on Long Island. Dr. Friedman’s career in school administration began with his appointment to the position of assistant principal of Lawrence High School. He then held successively more responsible positions in various Long Island school districts. In 1999, Dr. Friedman took the helm of the Long Beach schools as their Superintendent of Schools, serving for five years before being invited to assume the superintendency of the Great Neck Public Schools in August 2004. Dr. Friedman retired from the Great Neck schools in the summer of 2009. Most recently he served as interim superintendent of schools of the Syosset school district and a part-time Associate Professor of School Law and School Supervision at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University. He also recently completed a three-year program in Arbitration and Mediation at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. 

Currently,Dr. Friedman provides his services as a mentor and facilitator to school districts in many areas, and is a noted and requested speaker not only for school districts but for a myriad of diverse groups, providing keynotes, seminars, and talks on various educationally connected issues, all tailored to meet the group members’ differing needs. He also is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s panels of

Labor Arbitrators and Labor Mediators, as well as New York State PERB (Public Employment Relations Board) Mediation and Fact-Finding panels. Dr. Friedman has served twice as president of The New York State Association of School Personnel Administrators, and he has held instructional positions in the teaching of school administration and school law at both Hofstra University and C. W. Post Long Island University. He has edited several books and newsletters in school administration and school law, written articles for national journals, has lectured extensively in seminars and workshops for school administrators in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and has received numerous awards and recognition for his professional and humanitarian activities on behalf of children as well as adults in our region’s schools and communities. Dr. Friedman was named President of the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents for the 2008-09 school year. While a superintendent, he served on the Advisory Committee to the New York State Commissioner of Education, was a member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, and was also a member of the Advisory Cabinet to the Long Island Regional Planning Council. In addition to his degree in Physics, Ron holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Hofstra University. 


Dr. Lorna R. Lewis

Dr. Lewis received her B.S in Physics from Fordham University and went on to earn three masters degree before completing her Doctorate in Science Education (Ed.D.) from Teachers College, Columbia University. 

She began her teaching career at The Collegiate School where she proudly sponsored a finalist in the Westinghouse competition. She taught all mathematics courses and AP Physics. She has served in various administrative capacities including being a science chair in Rockville Centre UFSD, science director in Uniondale UFSD, Director of Curriculum and Assessment and Deputy Superintendent in the Three Village Central School District

Dr. Lewis currently serves as the Superintendent of Schools in the Plainview Old-Bethpage CSD. She was previously the Superintendent of the East Williston UFSD.  She is a member of the executive board of New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS) where she co-chairs their curriculum committee, is a member of the Task Force for APPR and serves on the Commissioner’s Advisory Committee. She is considered a leader in Nassau County as she is the current vice-president for the Nassau County Superintendents and is an active past-president of the Long Island Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (LIASCD).

The Freeport-Roosevelt branch of the NAACP named Dr. Lewis the recipient of the 2004 Education Award.  She also received the 2010 Educator of the Year award from The Korean Parents Association of Long Island.  In 2012 she was named Educator of the Year by the St John University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa as well as the Long Island Black Educators. She was the Securing Justice Award winner for her incredible leadership as a Superintendent from the Anti-Defamation League, in 2016.

Dr Lewis has been an adjunct professor with Hofstra University, where she was the instructor of graduate science methods courses. Serving under the auspices of Phi Delta Kappa, she has conducted curriculum audits in several states. She has presented testimony on behalf of NYSCOSS on the impact of testing to the NY State Senate . She has also presented a white paper to the Commissioner and the Board of Regents on the Proposed Graduation Rates, on behalf of the Nassau County Superintendents and was one of the keynote speakers at the Winter Nassau-Suffolk School Board Dinner Symposium. She has presented workshops at local Universities, NYSSBA and BOCES on such topics asDe-tracking Our Schools, Using Data to Improve Instruction, Deconstructing the Grades 3-8 Mathematics Assessment, Teaching for the Giftedness in All Children, Maintaining Excellence with Reduced Revenues and The Annual Professional Performance Appraisal (APPR).