Council of School Supervisors & Administrators

local 1: american federation of school administrators, afl-cio

Officers/Advisory Committee

The CSA Constitution calls for CSA to elect 10 officers: a President, an Executive Vice President, a First Vice President, Secretary, the Treasurer and five Vice Presidents. The 10 officers are elected by in-service members and serve terms of three years.

The Constitution also calls for an Advisory Committee comprised of all the elected officers of CSA, the Special Vice President for Retirees and three members-at-large selected from the Executive Board by the officers. The committee represents the varied membership of CSA, provides advice to the union leaders, and approves resolutions and contracts before they are put before the Executive Board and the general membership. The Advisory Committee meets twice a month except for during the months of July and August.

Elections for officers are held every three years in the fall and terms begin Feb. 1 of the following year. The next CSA election is in the fall of 2015. Click HERE to download a copy of the CSA Constitution.


Ernest Logan

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Executive Vice President
Mark Cannizzaro

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  First Vice President
Randi Herman

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Sandy DiTrapani, Assistant Principal,
P.S. 177 D-21, Brooklyn
(718) 375-9506,

Henry Rubio
SSP Intervenor 

Vice Presidents


Lois Lee
Director, Queens School Age DCC
Chinese American Planning Council 
(718) 358-7602

  Ronald Williams
Assistant Principal, Thomas Edison HS
(718) 297-6580

Nancy Russo
Retiree Chapter




Rajinder Kaur
Education Administrator, D-33
(718) 758-7627 


Debra Handler, PS 86, Queens
Elementary and Junior High School Assistant Principal 


Christopher Ogno, 
Elementary School Principal
PS 247, Brooklyn

(718) 625-3434

Members at Large


Susan Barnes, PS 112, Bronx
Elementary School Principal


Stanley Wilson
Retiree Chapter Treasurer





Ernest Logan – President

Ernest A. Logan worked for nearly 25 years in the NYC public schools, many of them as a CSA member, before taking a leave of absence to join CSA’s staff in 1997 as a field service representative. Rising through the ranks, he was elected President in November 2006 by acclamation and again in November 2009 and 2012. He began his third term as CSA’s President on Feb. 1, 2013.

Mr. Logan, the 11th of 13 children, was born in Harlem, and raised in East New York, to a family that valued education. His father, a college graduate and trained engineer, died when Mr. Logan was 8, a huge loss for the Logan family emotionally but not spiritually; the older Mr. Logan, and his wife, had imbued their son with the importance of a college degree, family and faith, and his mother kept those values alive for her children despite the hardships they faced.

Mr. Logan remained focused on the future, graduating from Franklin K. Lane High School in 1969 and SUNY Cortland in 1973. He attended Baruch College/CUNY and received his master’s degree in education. 

He began teaching English at PS 224, D-19, Brooklyn, soon after graduating from SUNY Cortland and within five years, he was a curriculum writer for the Office of Curriculum and Development. In 1983, he became the Assistant Principal at JHS 263, D-23, Brooklyn, and in 1991, he was appointed as Principal of I.S. 55, D-23.

As Principal, he represented his CSA colleagues as the District 23 Chair from 1993 until the fall of 1997 when he became CSA’s Director of Community School Districts and worked in the field enforcing the contract and protecting his colleagues’ legal rights. In March 2000, the Executive Board chose Mr. Logan as First Vice President to fill a vacancy created when Donald Singer, then-President of CSA, moved to work fulltime at the American Federation of School Administrators, the national union. A few months later, running with Jill Levy, he was elected Executive Vice President, a position he retained through the 2003 election. When Ms. Levy chose not to run in 2006, Mr. Logan won the presidency in an unopposed election. Mr. Logan is also the Treasurer of AFSA, and, as a member of the General Executive Board, chairs its legislative committee.

As CSA President, he secured a contract for his Department of Education members that provided substantial salary increases and numerous reforms including a rating system for Principals that is tied into school performance and specific leadership competencies. Mr. Logan has repeatedly called for high standards and accountability from his members, and does not accept complaints that “the job is too tough.” Mr. Logan has forged relationships with city and state officials, understanding the importance of “bridge building” as he calls it, to secure legislation, resources and policies that enable CSA members to perform their jobs to the best of their abilities.

In addition to his responsibilities at the union, Mr. Logan is a board member for New Visions for Public Schools and the NY Research Alliance. He also recently became a member of the advisory board of the NYC Independent Budget Office. Mr. Logan belongs to numerous organizations including St. John's University’s Phi Delta Kappa chapter, the NY Alliance of Black School Educators, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the NY Academy of Public Education, 100 Black Men, and is a life member of the Association of Black Educators of NY. Most recently, Mr. Logan became a member of the Education Equality Project, founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton and NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein.

He has served on the board of the Brownsville Community Development Corporation and is a deacon at the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Harlem, where he also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

He has received numerous awards from labor and education groups, most recently from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Democratic Association as Educator of the Year. Mr. Logan and his wife, Beatrice, a high school guidance counselor, have established the Ernest A. Logan Scholarship at SUNY Cortland, which provides tuition assistance for NYC public school students.


Mark Cannizzaro – Executive Vice President

Mark Cannizzaro, the Executive Vice President of CSA, has served the children of NYC as an educator for more than 25 years. He began his teaching career after receiving a bachelor’s degree in physical education from SUNY Cortland in 1986. He earned his master’s degree in special education in 1990, and his sixth-year certificate in supervision and administration in 1993, both from the College of Staten Island. 

Mr. Cannizzaro served as a teacher of physical education at Totten IntermediateSchool on Staten Island; he received the Angela Zirpiades Outstanding Physical Educator Award in 1994. In 1995, he was named Assistant Principal at Totten, and in 2003 he was named Principal of IS 75 Paulo Intermediate School, also on Staten Island; in 2005, Region 7 recognized Paulo as a “model middle school.”

In 2008, Mr. Cannizzaro received the Entertainers4Education Outstanding Leadership Award, and in 2009 he was chosen as a Teacher’s College Cahn Fellowship, a professional development program for effective principals with a track record of success. 

Mr. Cannizzaro became active in the union in 2006 when he served briefly as the D-31 Assistant District Chair before his election as one of the union’s Vice Presidents in the fall of that year. In September 2008, he became the union’s Secretary. He was elected the Executive Vice President on Sept. 19, 2012, and re-elected to the position in November. His first, full term began on Feb. 1, 2013. He is currently a member of the NY Academy of Public Education and the Middle School Principals’ Association of NYC; he served as the MSPA’s President from 2009-2011.

Mr. Cannizzaro lives in Freehold, NJ, with his wife of 21 years, Barbara, and their three children: Danielle, Sara and Mark. 

Dr. Randi Herman – First Vice President

Dr. Randi Herman was elected CSA's First Vice President in November 2006 and reelected in 2009 and 2012, both times on President Ernest A. Logan’s slate. Her third term began Feb. 1, 2013. 

Prior to her election, Dr. Herman had served as a member of the CSA Advisory Committee and Executive Board. During her tenure as First Vice President, Dr. Herman has focused on city-subsidized Early Childhood Education Centers in NYC working on behalf of CSA’s Directors and Assistant  Directors of Early Childhood Education. She is a frequent visitor to the NY City Council where she has testified numerous times on the need to preserve community-based, high-quality early education for the benefit of working families.

Dr. Herman worked with special education children (District 75) for most of her 30 years in the NYC public schools. She began her career as a special education teacher at the Brooklyn Occupational Center in 1977, and ultimately served as an Assistant Principal at PS 23, D-26, Hillside, Queens before taking office at CSA. From 1997 to 2002, she worked for the District 75 Superintendent’s Office where she handled contract development for specialized equipment and services for special education students citywide.

As part of her work on behalf of children with special needs, she is a member of various professional associations including the American Association on Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, the National Association of Special School Principals and Assistant Principals and the American Association of University Women. She has served as an Executive Board Member of the Association of Special School Principals and Assistant Principals and is the former President of the Phi Delta Kappa Chapter at Fordham University. Dr. Herman is also a Trustee of the CSA Welfare Fund, the CSA Retiree Welfare Fund and the Day Care Council Welfare Fund.

A Brooklynite from birth, Dr. Herman received her doctorate in Education Administration and Supervision from Fordham University, and her master's degree in learning disabilities and bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College.


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