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Mary Ruth Morrow Kapsiak

She was born in Eutaw, AL. She is accomplished in the area of Education.
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A native of Eutaw, Alabama, Mary Ruth Morrow Kapsiak spent her formative years in this city. She one of 8 siblings and is the daughter of the late Pearlie and Maggie Morrow. She attended Eatman High School where she graduated as Valedictorian of her class. She moved to Inglewood, California to attend college. She later moved to Buffalo, New York in 1964 and joined St. John Baptist Church,

Mary Ruth began her career as a NYNEX Corporation Customer Service Representative employed in Business Marketing. She served as Chairperson of the Upstate Union and served on the National Organizing Committee, and was a member of the National Coalition of Black Trade Unionist.

She has earned several degrees including a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication, University at Buffalo; Certificate of Completion, Orton-Gillingham Method for Reading from the Gow School in South Wales, N.Y; Masters of Science in Exceptional Education, from Buffalo State College; Masters of Science, Reading, Canisius College; and completed her certification in School District Administration certification from Canisius College.

She was a special education teacher and reading teacher at Community School #53 in Buffalo. Prior to her experiences at School #53, Mary Ruth was a reading teacher for grades pre-kindergarten through six at Broadway Village Elementary # 57 where she conducted assessments and evaluations while teaching the Orton-Gillingham method of teaching reading. In September of 2002, she worked as Adjunct Professor in Reading at Medaille College. Mrs. Kapsiak was appointed as Assistant Principal of Stanton Academy #31. In 2004, she was appointed Assistant Principal at Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence # 89. She ended her career with the Buffalo Public Schools as Supervisor of Elementary Education in 2006.

On May 1, 2007, Mary Ruth was elected to the Buffalo School Board as Central District Representative; July 2nd she was installed as Central District Representative, and on the same day she was elected President of the Buffalo School Board. Her professional associations include the following: Life Membership in the N.A.A.C.P, and serves on the Executive Committee of the N.A.A.C.P., Membership in Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society; Vice President of the Metro Buffalo Alliance of Black School Educators; Member of The National Association of Black School Educators; Member Phi Delta Kappa Professional Organization; Member Delta Kappa Gamma Society International; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Xi Epsilon Omega Chapter; Board of Directors, Women for Human Rights and Dignity; Past Board of Directors of the Buffalo Urban League, University at Buffalo Alumni Association; Canisius College Alumni, and State University of New York at Buffalo.

Her awards and honors are numerous and include: Worked in initiating the first group of The Coalition of 100 Black Women of Buffalo Chapter; Other Awards include: The Richard Allen Community Award 2015, National Association of Business and Professional Women's Club Professional Award 2013, Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Appreciation Award 2015-2016, UPOP Award 2013, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Xi Epsilon Omega Chapter Member of the Year Award 2011, Received Mary B. Talbert Civic and Cultural Excellence Award 2011, Harriett Tubman Leadership Award 2008, Friends of Christian Women Council Award 2008, EPIC Character in Education Award 2008-2009, SADOO Enterprises Education Award 2007,Received The N.A.A.C.P. Rufus B. Fraiser Human Relations Award 2005, Manchester Who's Who 2005 and Who's Who of Women in the East, , Western New York Educational Leadership Council, 2003; Apple for the Teacher Award, Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.; Regional Leadership Development Training Institute in 2002, Inducted into the Uncrowned Queens in 2001, Children's Hospital Outstanding Volunteer Service to Children's Champs 1996; NAACP Membership Award, 1986; International Register of Profiles, Cambridge, England, 1985; International Register of Profiles, London, England, 1983; Marquis Who's Who publication 1983,Buffalo Urban League's Advisory Council 1983, National Kidney Foundation Award in 1983; Black Achievers in Industry Award `1979,and many more.

Mary Ruth retired from the Buffalo Board of Education, in 2014, after serving nine years as Central District Representative. She served as President of the Board for three years. She also served as the Vice President of Student Achievement, Vice President of Executive Affairs, and Chair of Educational Support. She served as Area 1 Director of the New York State Caucus of Black School Board Members 2013-2016. Mary Ruth joined the Character Council of Western New York to continue her desired involvement with students. She is currently working with the scholarship and other committees.

In December 2016 Mary Ruth was elected to the presidency of Xi Epsilon Omega, the Amherst Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She will lead the chapter in the implementation of the Sorority's service programs for the next four years. The national program targets of the Sorority is entitled "Launching New Dimensions of Service".

Mary Ruth attributes her accomplishments to God and a loving family. She is a member of St. John Baptist Church where she serves as a Trustee, Pastoral Ministry, Health Ministry, and contributes to the Sunday school. She resides in Buffalo with her husband Jim.