431 East Fayette Street Suite 100 Syracuse, NY 13202 Tel: 315.422.9538

Peter A. Dunn
President & CEO
Welcomes all questions you may have regarding the Community Foundation and its services.

Finance & Administration


Kimberly P. Sadowski, CPA
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Oversees all financial transactions, reports and audits, investment liaison activities and technology management.

Liz Hartman, CPA
Manages the day-to-day accounting activities of the Community Foundation adhering to accounting principles, policies and procedures.

Kathleen Deaver
Manager, Fund Operations 
Supervises the grant distribution process, as well as all Scholarship processing and provides general accounting and IT support.

Gerianne Corradino
Finance Associate
Responsible for the grant distribution, and accounts payable processes. Also assists with the accounts receivable process, and provides general administrative support to the Finance department.

Christina Whiteside
Assistant, CNY Philanthropy Center
Provides administrative support to the professional staff, coordinates the use of meeting areas, and assists with internal events and building operations.

Development & Marketing

Jennifer OwensCAP®
Vice President, Development & Marketing
Responsible for creating and implementing custom charitable giving plans for individuals, families and companies, and overseeing the communication of the foundation’s mission and service offerings to the community.

Monica Merante
Director, Philanthropic Services
Serves as the primary contact for Community Foundation donors, focusing on donor stewardship, outreach and engagement.

Katrina M. Crocker
Director of Communications
Coordinates the development and implementation of an annual communication plan fulfilling marketing strategies related to the Community Foundation’s audiences.

Thomas Griffith, CAP®, ChFC®
Director of Gift Planning
Responsible for deepening and broadening the advisor network across its five-county service area, as well as continuing to develop and implement the Community Foundation’s gift planning program.

Jan L. Lane
Manager, Philanthropic Services
Responsible for supporting Development and Marketing operations as well as the work of our affiliate funds.

Juliet Maloff
Communications Associate
Assists in the implementation and evaluation of communications to internal and external audiences, public relations and marketing strategies.

community investment

Frank Ridzi
Vice President, Community Investment
Oversees and monitors the grantmaking process, conducts research on issues or concerns of importance to the foundation, shares expertise with donors and manages special projects for the foundation.

Danielle Hurley
Director, Community Grantmaking
Oversees the Community Grantmaking program, special grant initiatives, and nonprofit development programs.

Hector Corrales
Program Officer, Community Investment
Assists in managing and implementing the Community Foundation’s research projects, community initiatives, and community investment opportunities.

David Kilpatrick
Program Officer, Community Grantmaking
Assists in managing and implementing the Community Grantmaking program, special grant programs and initiatives.

Robyn Smith
Program Officer, Community Engagement
Assists in managing and implementing the Community Foundation’s strategies for supporting and enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods and communities in the Central New York region.

Dashiell Martinez
Program Associate, Community Grantmaking
Provides administrative, initiative development and implementation, and grantmaking support

Board of Directors

The Central New York Community Foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of community leaders who hold extensive knowledge in the areas of accounting, estate planning and law. Members are responsible for managing the Foundation’s assets, developing new funds and making grants to the organizations that the Foundation and its donors support.

Board chair

Richard D. Hole, Esq.
Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC


Vice Chair

J. Andrew Breuer
Hueber-Breuer Construction Company



Craig Buckhout, CFA
Rockbridge Investment Management, LLC


Compliance Officer

Robert D. Scolaro, Esq.
Scolaro Perry Law, P.C.


Board Members

Evelyn Carter
Division Consumer Affairs Manager
Wegmans Food Market

Honorable Julie A. Cecile
Onondaga Family Court

Casey Crabill, Ed.D.
Onondaga Community College 


Caragh Fahy, CFP®
President & Owner
Madison Financial Planning Group

Grace B. Ghezzi, CPA/PFS/CFF, CFP®, CFE, AEP®
President & Financial Consultant
Grace B. Ghezzi Consulting, LLC.

David A. Holstein, Esq. 
Bousquet Holstein PLLC
Steven Jacobs
Bishops Brook, Inc.
  Larry R. Leatherman
Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology & Bristol-Myers Squibb
Timothy Penix
Vice President
Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center 
J. Daniel Pluff, IMC 
Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor
The Pluff, Hooley, Black Group of Morgan Stanley
Brian Pollard, D.D.S.
Smile Design, D.D.S., P.C.
M. Jack Rudnick
Of Counsel
Barclay Damon, LLP
Gwen Webber-McLeod
President & CEO
Gwen, Inc.
Maryann M. Winters, MS, CPA
Cuomo, Winters & Schmidt, CPAs, PLLC



Gay M. Pomeroy, Esq.
Mackenzie Hughes, LLP

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