Ms. Benaquisto is one of three teacher members on the 10-member Retirement Board. She was appointed to the Board by the New York State Commissioner of Education in September 2021 to fill the unexpired term of Sheila Sullivan Buck, who stepped down from the Board to serve as a labor relations specialist of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). Ms. Benaquisto serves on the Disability Review Committee.
A longtime NYSTRS delegate prior to joining the Board, Ms. Benaquisto has taught special education in the Schenectady City School District since 1988. She has served as president of the Schenectady Federation of Teachers since 2006. Ms. Benaquisto has served NYSUT since May 2020 in several capacities, including serving on the board of directors and as director of Election District 12 (ED-12).
She received her bachelor’s degree in special education at SUNY Geneseo and her master’s degree in education psychology from SUNY Albany.