Dave grew up in Sherburne and attended the State University College at Cortland where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Social Studies. He began his teaching career in Central Square where he taught Middle School Social Studies for 6 years. While at Central Square, Dave earned his Master’s Degree in Education at Cortland State.
In 1973, Dave accepted a position at Sherburne-Earlville Central High School teaching middle school social studies. In 1990, Dave left the middle school and began teaching American History at the High School in Sherburne. In 2000, at the age of 50, Dave went back to Cortland State and earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in School District Administration and was appointed to the position of High School Principal at Sherburne. He served in that position for the next 5 years, retiring from education in 2000. He has worked part time for the Burgess-Tedesco Funeral Homes from 2000 to present.
Dave is married to Diane, who retired from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in 2001, and has two children, Wayne and Wendy. Wayne, who teaches forensic science at Alfred State, lives in Alfred, New York with his wife Julie, who teaches high school math at Alfred-Almond High School, and children Jennifer and Samuel. Wendy, who home schools her two children Derrick and Abigail, lives in St. Inigoes, Maryland with her husband Chuck, who is a senior chief in the U.S. Navy.
Dave joined the Sherburne Rotary Club in 1995, where he has served as President from 1999-2000 and 2010-2011. He has served as the Club Secretary from 2012 to the present. He has also served as the Club’s Foundation Chair, Youth Exchange Chair and as a member of the RYLA committee. Dave’s favorite Rotary program has been the Youth Exchange Program which he was involved in from 1995 until 2015 at both the local and District levels, serving as District Youth Exchange Chair from 2005-2007. Dave has also been involved with the District’s Visioning Program. He currently is serving as Assistant Governor for Area 1.
In addition to Rotary, Dave has been an active member of the Earlville Volunteer Fire Department since 1974. Dave was an advanced EMT and co-owned an ambulance service in the late 1980’s. He has also served on the Town of Hamilton Planning Board and the Howard K. Finch Memorial Fund Board of Directors. His hobbies include bicycle riding, hiking, physical fitness and do-it-yourself projects (he and his wife built their own home in 1974).