School Support Team


Melissa Rathbun

Food Service Manager, Cooperstown Central School

Melissa is a long time resident of the Cooperstown area. She is the Manager of Food Services for the Cooperstown Central School District and has worked in food service for several years before that. Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, grandchildren as often as possible. She grew up on a family farm just outside of Cooperstown and enjoys returning there to spend time with her Dad daily. Melissa is excited to be able to make a difference in the community and in the lives of children by being a part of the Angel Network

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Stephanie Nelen

Special Education Teacher

See Bio under Executive Board


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Jaime Burse

AIS teacher, Reading 

After many a time forcing her younger brother to play school, Jaime earned an education degree and was able to turn a childhood pastime into a lifetime passion. Jaime spent the fist four years of her career teaching second and third graders in Wisconsin. It soon became clear to her that being able to read well was one of the most powerful predictors for student success regardless of their background. Jaime went on to receive her masters degree in reading and has since been on a quest to provide the best possible reading instruction to each and every student.

Jaime moved to Cooperstown in 2017 with her significant other. It has proven to be a fantastic place to explore the outdoors She has enjoyed getting to know families in the community and has made an effort to become involved in those organizations that strengthen it. When not active on the Angel Network Board, you may see Jaime volunteering with Girls on the Run, hiking with her two dogs, or curled up in a cozy corner with a book. 



Sara Mileski

Elementary Guidance Counselor

Sara is a School Counselor at Cooperstown Elementary School. She received a M.S. Ed. in School Counseling from The State University New York at Oneonta. Previous to this, she received a B.S. in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University. At SU, she was a Remembrance Scholar where their motto is to “Look back, act forward.” She embraces these words to live by as they exemplify her passion to support and advocate for others. Sara is excited to serve the Angel Network of Cooperstown, Inc. and promote their mission throughout the community.

Meg Whiteman

Kindergarten Teacher

A Cooperstown native, Meg cannot think of a better place to live, work, and raise her three sons.  Meg has a passion for working with children, and is proud to be giving back as an educator at her alma mater.  Having started her career as a sixth grade reading teacher and then spending two years teaching third grade, Meg has spent the last twelve years fostering a love of learning at the kindergarten level.  Her most precious of times are spent with family and friends. At school, Meg is a member of the Primary Instructional Support Team, serves on the Sunshine Committee, and the Dollar and a Dream Committee. A new member of the Angel Network board, she looks forward to supporting local families in their time of need. 


Laurel Wilsey

Food Service Employee

Laurel is a Cooperstown Central School Alumni, she remained locally after graduating high school and currently lives just outside of Cooperstown. Laurel enjoys helping the community and making sure no child goes without! In her spare time Laurel enjoys spending time with her family on their family farm, hiking, camping and making memories with her teenage twin boys and her husband.