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Former Board Members Reflect on 90 Years of Community Leadership



In celebration of our 90-year anniversary, we asked our former board members to look back at their fondest memories from their time on our board. We captured many of their insightful stories from our long history stewarding charitable funds and making a positive impact on the region. To view their videos and read their excerpts, see below.





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Former Board of Directors Members Yearbook

Below is a full list of our former board members dating back as early as the 1950s. Click on the time-frame you would like to view to see board members that served during those times. Do you know someone who served on our board that doesn't appear on this list? Let us know and click here.

1950S

1960S

1970S

1980-1984

1985-1989

1990-1994

1995-1999

2000-2004

2005-2009

2010-2014

2015-2019

 


*Deceased as of March 31, 2015

1950S

 

John S. Hancock*
John was a graduate of Yale Law School and Harvard Business School. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II, and worked in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. He moved back to his hometown of Syracuse in 1955, and worked as a trust officer for 24 years at First Trust and Deposit Company, now Key Bank. John was an active member of many philanthropic boards including the Everson Museum of Art, Meals on Wheels, the Syracuse Boys Club, and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

1960s

 

William L. Broad*
William L. Broad was an attorney in the Mackenzie Law Firm, and was married to Hilda Wright Broad. The couple lived in Fayetteville and Nottingham and was actively involved in serving both communities. 
 

Gerald W. Burke*
Gerald Burke Served on the Community Foundation’s board of directors in the 1960s.

 

Raymond W. Cummings*
Raymond graduated from Syracuse University and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis before serving as a naval officer in the South Pacific during World War II. He worked as president and chief executive officer of the Industrial Fabricating Corporation in East Syracuse. He also served as president of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York in 1976. Raymond served on the boards of many charitable organizations in Central New York and Sanibel, Florida. 

 

James D. Heffernan*
After James received his B.A. in business from Syracuse University in 1933, James enjoyed a 43-year banking career, during which he served as president of Lincoln First Banks. He was actively involved in many philanthropic organizations, including the American Red Cross, the First United Fund Drive, and St. Joseph’s and Community General Hospitals. He also served as a board member and president of the Everson Museum of Art. 

 

Leonard P. Markert*
Leonard was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and joined the Marine Corps in 1944 before moving to Syracuse. Leonard was a successful business man, and founder of Leonard P. Markert Jr. and Associates, which specialized in Catholic charities. He served as president of many charitable organizations throughout his life, including the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, United Way of CNY, and the Syracuse Welfare Corporation. 

 

Martha H. Northrup*
Martha began her lifelong charitable work as a volunteer with the Red Cross after graduating college in 1942. She went on to become the first president of the Crouse Irving Memorial Foundation board, and also served as president of the Central New York Community Foundation. She was actively involved with many other philanthropic organizations, including United Way of CNY and the Rosamond Gifford Foundation. 

1970s

 

A. Patrick Bright*
Before graduating from Syracuse University, Bright served in the Air Force in World War II. Bright’s father founded Dunk and Bright Furniture, and Bright built it into the largest retail showroom in New York State. Bright served as the director of several charitable organizations, including the Community Hospital Foundation, Brighton Home Corporation, and the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce.

 

Russell C. Carlson*
After serving in the U.S. Navy, Russell C. Carlson attended Dartmouth College and New York University. Following a successful banking career, Carlson served as President and Director of the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce. He served many philanthropic organizations, including Onondaga Nature Centers, Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse, and the Onondaga Community College Foundation. 

 

John W. Finlay*
John spent most of his life working in Poughkeepsie, NY after serving in World War II. He later moved to Syracuse where he served as president, CEO, and chairman of the board of Merchant’s Bank until 1988. John was actively involved with several charitable foundations in his lifetime, including the Eye Research Foundation of Central New York, the YMCA, and the Downtown Committee. He also served as the director of Crouse Irving Memorial Foundation. 

Charlotte G. Holstein
Charlotte is a civic leader, founder and executive director of F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse, a community interest group. She is a 1946 graduate of Brockport State University and 1998 recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Le Moyne College.

“Upon arriving in the United States after emigrating from Russia, my parents valued that they had landed in a place of opportunity, and felt passionately about giving back. While I was growing up, they engrained these values into our family life; my siblings and I frequently participated in the community. Community service continued as an important aspect of my life and as time went on I became very involved in the areas of human rights, social welfare and civic engagement. I believe I was one of the very first women to be asked to join the Community Foundation board in 1970 and looked forward to taking my community engagement a step further through my board service. Years later, I was excited to learn that my husband’s grandfather, Adolf Holstein, was one of the founders of the Community Foundation. It was very meaningful to make that connection.”
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  Dorothy R. Irish*
Dottie served as head of finance and administration at the Central New York Community Foundation for 15 years after serving as a board member for six years. When Dottie retired in 2004, the Community Foundation commissioned Amy Bartell to create a haiku and picture, a copy of which now hangs at the CNY Philanthropy Center:

"For Good, For Ever Balancing Dollars and SenseTallied Perfection"

The haiku was a very fitting summary of her value as a financial mind balanced well with her obvious care for the community and her colleagues.

 

Leo Jivoff*
Following the completion of his M.D. at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Jivoff finished his residency and served as Downstate’s Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation until his retirement in 1987. Jivoff was actively involved in the creation of the Caring Coalition Hospice, Plaza Nursing Home and Home Care Association of NYS, as well as the State Communities Aid Association.
 

George R. Lindemer*
George was a lifelong resident of Syracuse, NY. He was a World War II veteran and accomplished businessman. He served as president of First Trust and Deposit Co., now Key Bank, before joining Lincoln First Bank as president and COO. Throughout his life, George served as president of several philanthropic organizations including the Citizen’s Foundation, the Onondaga Council on Alcoholism and the Republican Citizens Committee. 

 

Eleanor A. Ludwig*
Eleanor began her career with Carrier Corporation as a research mathematician before working at Syracuse University, her alma matter, as a mathematics professor. She later served as director of alumni programs at SU, and was also a member of the board of advisors for St. Joseph’s Hospital. Eleanor was a member of the board of directors for OASIS and many other charitable organizations that she actively volunteered with. 

 

James W. Marble*
James served as president and owner of Marble Farms Dairy until 1983. He was a longtime resident of the city of Syracuse, and lent his life to a large amount of civic and charitable work. He was a founding member and served on the board of the Urban League of CNY. He also served on the boards of numerous philanthropic organizations including Syracuse Rescue Mission, Meals on Wheels and the Syracuse University Parents Association. 

 

Nancy F. Marquardt
Nancy F. Marquardt was named director of Special Events at Syracuse University in 1975. She is married to James F. Marquardt, and served on the Board of Directors of the Central New York Community Foundation.

 

John F. Marsellus*
In 1936, John became the 3rd generation president of his familiy's Syracuse-based business, Marsellus Casket Co. John's legacy lives on through the Marsellus Executive Development program at the Foundation, Executive Directors of organizations within Onondaga or Madison counties may apply for an individualized leadership development opportunity through the initiative. It honors Marsellus’s commitment to enhancing the leadership capacity of nonprofit organizations in Central New York. 
 


Dene A. Sarason
Dene volunteered with local nonprofit organizations in the community for many years. She and her late-husband Dr. Ernest Sarason were long-time community philanthropists. She served on the board of many philanthropic organizations in Central New York and is affiliated with The Nottingham Retirement Community, Loretto Adult Community, and The Nottingham Rhcf.

 

Forbes S. Tuttle
Forbes was the president of Forbes S. Tuttle & Company, a former estate planning and investment business in Syracuse. He remains active with philanthropic organizations in the Central New York community. 

 

Jerome M. Wilson*
Jerome was a longtime real estate company president and jeweler in the city of Syracuse. Wilson served as President of the United Way of Central New York, and was honored by the Herald-Journal as its Man of the Year in 1966. 

1980-1984

 

Douglas P. Cagwin*
Douglas spent a year the New York Military Academy before completing his degree in engineering as the senior class president at Syracuse University. He was also a Captain in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. Douglas served as trust officer and later vice president for the Merchants Bank & Trust Company. He was an active volunteer and board member with several charitable organizations including DeWitt Community Church, Loretto Rest, and the Syracuse YMCA. 

 

Harold Edwards*
Harold was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Harvard Business School. He served as a first lieutenant in World War II and the Korean War. He then returned to Syracuse and worked for his father’s business, O.M. Edwards Company, where he later served as president and chairman of the board. Harold was a devoted public servant and board member of several nonprofit organizations including the Syracuse Council of Churches, YMCA and Council of Churches. 

 

N. Earle Evans* 
Earle Evan served on the Community Foundation's board of directors in the 1980s.
 

Michael J. Falcone
At age 16, Michael became the youngest licensed real estate salesman in the State of New York. In 1969 he founded the real estate organization Pyramid Companies. He later formed the realty company Pioneer Group where he served as Chairman of the Board until 2007. He also serves as a Life Trustee of Syracuse University and is a member of the New York State Business Council.
 

William C. Francher* 
William was a decorated Navy veteran of the Korean War and served on the USS New Jersey. He began his 43-year career at First Trust and Deposit Company, which later became Key Bank. He was executive vice president of Key Trust when he retired in 1991. During his career and after retirement he served on numerous business and philanthropic boards and committees.

 

Ronald N. Goddard*
Ronald enjoyed a successful business career during which he served as vice president and later president and CEO of Agway, Inc. During his lifetime, he served several charitable organizations, mostly regarding agriculture and farming. He was chairman of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, was a trustee of the National Future Farmers of America Foundation, and also served as director of Crouse Irving Memorial Foundation. 

 

H. Follett Hodgkins*
Henry was a business leader and accomplished pianist. He held a B.S. in engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. (Sloan Fellowship) from MIT. He served as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of the family owned business Lipe Rollway Corporation. Follett served on the boards of many philanthropic organizations including Syracuse Symphony, Everson Museum, and Community General Hospital. 

 

Thomas O. Mehen*
Dedicated to bettering the Syracuse community, Thomas served on the Downtown Special Assessment District Community in the 1960s. The group worked to revitalize the downtown Syracuse business district. He was also the manager of the former Sibley’s Department Store in Syracuse. 

 

Richard C. Pietrafesa*
Richard C. Pietrafesa received a business degree from Syracuse University. He also graduated from Staunton Military academy and served in in the Navy as an electronics engineer in World War II. He carried out a long career with family company Learbury Clothes. Pietrafesa was an active philanthropist with many organizations including the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Everson Museum and Onondaga County Public Library. 

 

Ernest L. Sarason*
Dr. Ernest L. Sarason was a prominent surgeon and community leader. He was an active member of many charitable organizations. He and his wife Dene Sarason were long-time community philanthropists. 

 



Vaughn A. Skinner
Vaugn Skinner served on the Community Foundation's board of directors in the 1980s.

 


Jay W. Wason*

Jay enlisted in the Navy where he served on the USS Beaver in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Syracuse University. He went on to serve as managing partner of the MacKenzie Hughes Law Firm, president of the Onondaga County Bar Foundation and director of the Central New York Community Foundation. 

 

James J. Wilson*
Born in Glens Falls, New York, James was a pilot operator for Bristol-Myers Squibb for 36 years. He was a member of Knights of Columbus #5186 and Bristol-Myers Squibb Bowling League and was a Eucharistic minister.

 

Chris J. Witting*
Chris was a business executive, entrepreneur, philanthropist and community leader. He retired as chairman, CEO and director of the Crouse Hinds Company. He served as chairman of the board of trustees of Syracuse University and was active with many other groups including the Everson Museum, Metropolitan Development Association of Syracuse and Central New York and Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

 

Frank T. Wood*
Frank  served as director of the Dunbar Community Center. He and his wife, Peggy W. Wood, were both social workers and an active team for social justice. The couple participated in the March on Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963 and witnessed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Both he and his wife were active philanthropists in the Syracuse community. 

1985-1989

 
 

Sara S. Barclay
Sara is an active board member and supporter of many local philanthropic organizations including the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and College and Law. She and husband H. Douglas supported several community causes.


  David J. Connor
David Conner served on our board of directors in the 1980s.
  Mary O. Cooper
Mary worked at Family Planning Services of the Onondaga County Health Department. She served on a variety of boards inclding the N.Y.S. Council of Adolescent Pregnancy, National Family Planning and Reproductive Rights, Urban League and N.Y.S. Food and Nutrition.

"I’ve been involved in social activity my whole life having grown up with a family that was very involved in the community. I was excited when I was asked to sit on the committee of the Community Foundation board that directed the money. There were many needs then, as there are now, and I was very happy to get involved in charitable giving and social need. 

I fondly remember that during my time on the board there was an openness to new ideas. I found it a worthwhile and rich experience. There were different points of views represented and always a good conversation. I have been very impressed with the Community Foundation helping to address the needs in the education and hope to see it continue trying to stay in the forefront of addressing the major needs in the community."
 
 

Noreen R. Falcone
An active philanthropist in the Central New York community, Noreen and her husband, Michael J. Falcone, are supporters of many local charitable organizations. She is affiliated with the Crouse Health Foundation and is a former member of the Board of Trustees at Le Moyne College. 

 

Maceo N. Felton
Maceo served as central region public relations manager for Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. He was also president Syracuse Boys' Club Youth Foundation.

  Edward S. Green*
Eddie became a CPA after graduating from Syracuse University. He later attended law school at SU and went on to establish the firm Green and Seifter. During his professional career he served on many boards including the Syracuse Symphony, the Syracuse Jewish Federation, Everson Museum, Syracuse Stage, the Gifford Foundation, and the Interreligious Council. He maintained his practice until retiring in 2000, at which point he founded an investment advisory firm, Edward S. Green & Associates, in association with his daughter Nancy. Eddie passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 2, 2017, following complications from a stroke on Valentine's Day. 

“During my board service we considered buying the philanthropy center. I said 'Don’t be afraid to buy it…This is going to be your home for the next 100 years.' It’s been a really beautiful addition to the community and a wonderful place to have a heart for giving, in a location that you can touch, and feel, and see and walk in and out of. In recent years I have enjoyed watching the Community Foundation grow. They are a tremendous force, their attitudes are good, and they are active with new ideas and thoughts.”
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  Burnett D. Haylor
Bud enjoyed a distinguished insurance career with Haylor, Freyer, & Coon. In 1988, he was named an Insurance Person of Distinction by Liberty Mutual Insurance. He and his wife Nancy are dedicated public servants in Central New York. In 2001, the couple received a Meritorious Service to the Community award from the University College of Syracuse University. 

"My family was always involved in community affairs. I was taught that we were fortunate and should share that fortune with others when possible. When I joined the Community Foundation board, there were only two staff members that we worked with - Peggy Ogden and Dottie Irish - both of whom were outstanding women. I fondly remember the time we spent going through many grant requests and the fine projects we funded. The Foundation has certainly evolved since then and I have seen strong marketing campaigns, educational nonprofit events, and many other programs we didn’t do back then. It’s great to see how far the Foundation has come. It is doing a wonderful job getting out in the community, telling them what it’s doing, and making a difference."
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  Richard D. Horowitz
Richard is a business professional who has enjoyed a successful career in retail and wholesale trade. He received his degree in business administration and management from Syracuse University in 1970. He is the current executive vice president and owner of Profit Motivators, an electrical supply store in Syracuse. He has been with the company since 1988. He is active in the philanthropic community of Central New York and his personal hobbies include aviation. 

"My family was very involved in the community and I followed in their footsteps to some degree. I have very fond memories from my time on the Community Foundation board. I was truly flattered to receive the invitation to join, as I had some familiarity of the organization at the time. I remember meeting at Noreen Falcone's home to discuss the strategic plan and how impressed I was with her energy, enthusiasm and leadership. It is amazing to see the organization having grown nearly ten times the size since I was on the board."

 

Robert J. Hughes*
Robert J. Hughes, was Partner at Harte, Secrest & Emery. He served as Chairman of the New York State Bar Association's Trusts and Estates Section and lectured throughout Central New York. Mr. Hughes was a member of the Boards of Directors and Executive Committees of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital Foundation. He also served as Vice-Chairman of the Saratoga Performing Arts Council, Saratoga Springs, New York .Bob graduated from the University of NotreDame (AB. with high honors, 1966) and the Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1969). He was a member of the New York Bar (1969) and the Florida Bar (1979) and a Fellow in the American College of Probate Counsel.

  Clarence L. Jordan
Clarence is a lifelong philanthropist in the Central New York area. He led the Syracuse Rescue Mission Alliance for 40 years. He grew it to become the largest Rescue Mission in the United States. After retiring in 2001, he became the development director for Mercy Works, a youth development organization that provides educational opportunities for inner city middle and high school students. 

"I hate to think what this community would be like if we didn’t have the Community Foundation! It has touched the lives of thousands of lives throughout Upstate NY."
 
 

Theodore H. Northrup
Theodore served as Chief Executive Officer of the Cambridge Capital Corporation in Syracuse. He also served as CEO of Univisions-Crimson Holding, Inc. 

 

Henry A. Panasci*
After completing degrees in chemistry and pharmacy, Henry co-founded the retail chain Fay’s Drug Company, Inc., (later Fay’s Incorporated) with his father. He served as secretary and treasurer before he was elected president. He retired as chairman in 1976. He was a trustee of Everson Museum, Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, National Symphony Orchestra and Elmira College. 
 

Michael E. Rulison
Michael was an active board member of many philanthropic organizations including Elmcrest and Syracuse Stage. He was a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, and served in Vietnam. He is the Senior Vice President and a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Consulting Group. 

 

Richard A. Russell
A philanthropist and financial professional, Richard served on the boards of Crouse Health Hospital and United Way of Central New York. He completed sociology and accounting degrees before becoming a certified professional accountant. He is semi-retired and a member of the executive team at Firley, Moran. Freer & Eassa, CPA, P.C. 

  Robert B. Salisbury
Robert B. Salisbury is a lifelong member of the Central New York philanthropic community. His family has roots in Syracuse business development, and his great grandfather was president of Onondaga Pottery Company (later renamed Syracuse China). He is a member of the Williams College Alumni Association of Syracuse at the University Club and an active supporter of many nonprofit organizations including the Everson Museum of Art. 

"I am a fifth-generation Syracusan. My parents and family members had a history of financial support and personal commitment to the community. My father was heavily involved in the YMCA, Syracuse Stage and the Everson Museum while my mother became the first woman president of the Syracuse Home Association and also devoted time and treasure to the Everson Museum.  Needless to say, giving was a part of my upbringing.  

When I received the invitation to join the Community Foundation Board in 1987, it just made sense to say yes. Back then it was a bricks and mortar organization; it had limited funds and donor-advised funds were just becoming recognized as a way of building the Foundation. It was the beginning of significant growth for the Foundation and was an exciting time to be involved.

My service on the board reinforced my belief that people who live and work in the community need to support it."
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Miriam B. Swift*
Miriam  completed her education at Syracuse University Medical College. During her active professional life she worked with the S.U. Health Service and College of Human Development, the Syracuse City School District, and the Family Medical Center. She was a strong advocate for gender equality through her work with YWCA, Girls Inc. She was an early member of the Women's Fund of CNY and served on its Governance Council. 

 

Samuel W. Williams*
Samuel graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and received his master’s degree from Harvard. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a seabee and fought in the Battle of Okinawa. He joined Syracuse firm O’Brien and Gere, where he was later elected president and retired as chairman and director. He served on the boards of the Syracuse Rescue Mission, Onondaga Savings Bank and the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce. 

 

Peggy W. Wood*
A dedicated public servant, Peggy W. Wood served as director of Social Work for the Salvation Army and as director of Public Health Social Work at the Onondaga County Health Department. She initiated the Young Women's Educational Development Program (YMED), and was active in many civic organizations, including New York State Crime Control Planning Board, Central New York United Negro College Fund and Syracuse Urban League.

1990-1994

 
 

Janet J. Allyn
Janet is an active philanthropist in the Central New York community. She served as director of the Allyn Family Foundation. She also served as a board member of WCNY, Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, Inc., and the American Red Cross of Central New York. 

 

Chester D. Amond
After attending Kent State University and Case Western University, Chester went on to serve as vice chairman and assistant treasurer for Upstate University Hospital Community Campus. He was also the president of Syracuse China Co., and chairperson of SRC, Inc. 

 

Richard S. Corriero
Richard was Managing Partner of KPMG's Upstate New York business unit. He serves as Director of Revere Copper Products Inc. and Farmers & Traders Life Insurance Company. He has been a Director of Columbian Mutual Life Insurance Company, Inc. since November 2007. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Le Moyne College and CPA both in New York State and Connecticut.

 

Eloise D. Curry
A public policy professional, Eloise served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Onondaga County from 2001 – 2007. Curry remains an active philanthropist in the Central New York community. 

 

Mary S. Darcy
Mary served as managing partner and is now a financial advisor at The Darcy Group LLC. She brings her financial expertise to the many charitable organizations she’s worked with in Central New York. 

 

William C. Egan*
William had a long career with Carrier Corporation. He resided in Cazenovia, NY with his wife Jane Egan.

 

Michael R. Figler
Michael is a longtime financial professional and philanthropic steward. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College and has worked with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management since 1988. Figler is a senior vice president and financial advisor in the Wealth Management Office. He was named to the company’s presidents club in 2015. 

 

Elizabeth A. Hartnett
After earning her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, Betsy attended the S.U. College of Law. She is currently an attorney with Mackenzie Hughes LLP. She is Vice Chair of the Crouse Hospital Board, Vice Chair of The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, Inc. and past Chair of the Board for Syracuse Stage. 
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  Ann G. Higbee
Ann graduated from the University of Maryland in 1964. She has led a successful career as a public relations executive and received a Women of Achievement award from the Post Standard in 1973. She has worked as director of public relations and managing partner of Eric Mower & Associates since 1980. She is board chair of the Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York and a trustee of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry Foundation. 

"I was honored and delighted to accept the invitation to join the Community Foundation board. I knew about and admired the Foundation. One aspect of Board participation that I especially enjoyed and learned from was participating in grant decision-making. I was continually impressed by the quality of the Foundation's research and outreach among diverse populations, as evidenced by the range of requests. The experience was interesting as well because I was on the other side of the table, facilitating grants versus asking for them on behalf of my not-for-profit affiliations.

I joined with other CNY participants in spearheading the creation of The Women's Fund under the Community Foundation umbrella. We launched the Fund at Aminy Audi's home when 10-12 of us became charter members and donated $1000 each. Nothing pleases me more than seeing that Fund continue to flourish, all benefiting CNY women and children."
 
 

Alexander E. Holstein
Alex and his wife Chuckie are lifelong philanthropists dedicated to civic engagement in Central New York. Alex was a founding member on the board of trustees of the Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York, Inc. Many members of the Holstein family are recognized for their community leadership in the founding of the CNY Community Foundation and Community Chest (United Way). The Holsteins were leaders of Temple Concord, Community Nursery School at Pioneer Homes, Syracuse Housing Authority, Hotel Syracuse and the Corinthian Club.

"My grandfather, Adolph Holstein, was one of the founders of the Community Foundation in the 1920s. My father was also on the board in later years. When I was on the board, Peggy Ogden was the director. She and I started the Neighborhood Leadership Program. We went around to a lot of different places, making speeches and so forth, trying to encourage people to do something for themselves through their leadership. It made me aware of what's going on and what isn't going on in the community."
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  John F. Mannion
John is graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He worked as CEO at Unity Mutual Life Insurance Company from 1980 to 1998. He serves as chairman of the board and director of Unity Financial Life Insurance Company. He is also a chairman of United Irish Appeal, a trustee of the National Committee on Foreign Policy and a director of the Onondaga Venture Capital Fund. His wife, Stephanie Miner, is the mayor of Syracuse. 

"When I was asked to join the board, many members were friends of mine and people who I thought were movers and shakers in the community. There is a fair amount of wealth in this community, and part of the challenge is to try to get some of that deposited with the foundation, which can then be turned back into community involvement. There's a lot to be done in our community, and hopefully part of the investments of the foundation would point in that direction. We've got to bring the impoverished closer to those who have more than they do. I think this organization can do that."
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John D. Marsellus
John graduated from the University of Virginia in 1960 and served the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps. from 1960 – 1963. From 1964 to 2003, he held various positions with his family business Marsellus Casket Co., including President for 15 years and Chairman for 10. He volunteered and led with the American Red Cross, served the Rotary Club of Syracuse, and made a lasting difference with many other community organizations.

  Marshall M. Reisman*
Dorothy and Marshall owned the Wine Merchants, Ltd. Companies for more than 50 years. Throughout their lives, the Reismans were passionate supporters of community organizations of Central New York, including the Community Foundation. A successful entrepreneur in many business ventures including wholesale wine distribution, janitorial services, car rental franchises and a number of other endeavors, Marshall was always willing to give an opportunity to someone who had a desire to succeed.



  David A. A. Ridings
In 2008, David was inducted to the MACNY Manufacturer’s Wall of Fame for his work with Pass & Seymour. He is an active philanthropist in Central New York and chairman of the Syracuse Symphony Foundation. He is also affiliated with the Crouse Health Foundation and Syracuse 20/20. 

"I had already been very much involved in the community prior to my time on the board, so it was an exciting next step. During my time there we discussed investment procedures and investment management. The Community Foundation has an important ability to bring community-minded people together to direct their funds to be used in an impactful way. It is amazingly powerful and very important for the community. It creates this wonderful reservoir of community funds that are making a positive difference now and in the future."
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Ethel S. Robinson
A Central New York-based businesswoman, Ethel is currently the owner of Swindell Associates in Syracuse. She has also served as the creative writing chair of the Syracuse Federation of Women’s Clubs. She received the People of Achievement award in Education from the Syracuse Post-Standard in 1987. 

 

Kathryn H. Ruscitto
In 2010, Kathryn was named president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. Prior to that she served nine years on the senior leadership team. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Le Moyne College, and a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. She is also a member of Syracuse 2020, the Healthcare Association of New York State and a board member of several local and national health care and philanthropic organizations.

"Every time the board was together the conversation emphasized community needs. I appreciated the very different perspectives and the diversity of opinions around the table. We had a variety of approaches to solving problems, and we made sure to set the table for change in a way that invited all parts of the community to be present. I am very proud of the work I see the Community Foundation doing in catalyzing leadership development. The Community Foundation has really attended to making sure that community members most impacted are leading solutions to the problems we're facing." 
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Richard S. Scolaro*
Richard was a founding shareholder of the Scolaro, Shulman, Cohen, Fetter & Burstein Law Firm. He was a fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel. He taught at Syracuse University College of Law, and served as counsel to a number of government entities. He served many charities throughout his life including the NYS Bar Association, the Red Cross, the Culinary Institute of America and Cayuga Community College.
 
 

Paul M. Solomon
Paul is a Millbrook School graduate and holds a Syracuse University degree. He serves as Vice Chairman and Treasurer at Millbrook School. Currently, he is the President, Managing Partner and Partner of PJ Equities, LLP. He also serves as Trustee of Onondaga Community College. He served as a board member of United Negro College Fund, Syracuse Housing Partnership, Salvation Army and Community General Hospital Foundation. 

 

Anne Stewart
Anne Stewart served on the Community Foundation's board of directors in the 1990s.

 

Mayra Urrutia
Mayra has been actively involved with many philanthropic organizations in the city of Syracuse.  She served as a member of the Health Committee of the Syracuse Commission for Women, as well as president of Syracuse Area Latinos United.  

1995-1999

 
 

David H. Barclay
A graduate of Cornell University, David has led a long and successful career in electronics engineering. He is the CEO of Syracuse-based business QMP Enterprises Inc., and has been with the company for 29 years. He remains an active philanthropist in Central New York. 

 

Sharon A. Brangman
Sharon is a Professor of Medicine and Division Chief of Geriatric Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. She obtained a biology degree from Syracuse University and medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University.  She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Geriatrics Society, and was elected to the board of the American Geriatrics Society in May, 2002
 

Gail Cowley
Gail is the Executive Vice President at Syracuse-based advertising agency Cowley Associates Inc.  She has been with the company for more than 40 years. She has been an active member of many nonprofit boards, including Notre Dame Schools, Cancer Connects and CenterState CEO.

 

Susan J. Crockett
Susan is an adjunct professor in Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. Until 1999, she was dean and professor in the College of Human Development at Syracuse University. She chaired the Board of Directors of the International Food Information Council, was active in the International Life Sciences Institute and is an advisor to the National Academy of Sciences about nutrition for seniors. She serves as trustee of Ecumen Home Care. 

"I served on the Community Foundation board during the time that the Womens Fund, an affiliate fund of the Foundation, was established. I was the first donor to help get the fund created. The Fund has since granted more than $250,000 to organizations that support women and girls in Central New York."


 

Ronald B. Dewberry
Ronald is the president and CEO of Center of Hope International, Inc. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Black Church Studies at the University of Akron, his alma matter. He has also served as a chaplain for the New York State Department of Correctional Services. He was the first African American pastor in the City of Syracuse to formulate his nonprofit housing corporation (Bethany Community Housing Development Corporation) and nonprofit agency (NESCO) for job training and placement assistance.

"My time with the Community Foundation was a wonderful experience that allowed me the opportunity to work with a great President & CEO, Peggy Ogden, and an awesome cadre of directors from various fields of community influence. What I remember most is when I first came on board, we were a small Foundation of $20 million in comparison to the larger ones around the country; yet, we managed somehow to put out exceptional work and continued to expand our influences in helping to build the community in addressing a myriad of issues. For these reasons, as well as others, I was proud to serve throughout the years that I did."
 
 

Joan F. Green
Joan Green served on the Community Foundation's board of directors in the 1990s. She was married to fellow former board member, Eddie Green.
 

Marion Hancock Fish
A partner at law firm Hancock Estabrook, LLP, Marion is currently a board member of several organizations including the New York State Bar Foundation Inc., Onondaga Citizens League and Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. She has also been involved with the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York, Inc., and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Foundation, Inc.
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Lee H. Flanagan
Lee served as president of her family business B. G. Sulzle Company. She also served on the Board of Directors of Fay’s Incorporated. She is a lifelong philanthropist and public servant in the Central New York area.

 

John M. Frantz
John serves as Chairman of the Board of Sutton Real Estate Company LLC in Syracuse, where he was formerly the CEO. 
 

Robert H. Linn
Robert worked for more than 40 years as an accountant with Ernst & Young. In 2014 he joined the board of directors at Hillside Family of Agencies affiliate Hillside Children’s Foundation. He is also the treasurer of Electronics Park LLC, and participates in the Strategic Partnership Committee of the CNY Community Foundation.

"I was honored to be asked to join the board. It's very easy to get focused on yourself, your family and your business, and to be somewhat unaware of the true needs of the community. Gaining the awareness of everything from literacy, to health care, and the spectrum of needs in the community is what I learned from my association with the foundation. It was eight years after I was a board member that the foundation purchased the Philanthropy Center. It was probably the single largest change in the organization that will have a lasting impact."
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James E. Mackin
Syracuse-based lawyer James has served in many nonprofit roles including director of Le Moyne College and Hiscock Legal Aid Society. He was named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Syracuse Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year.” 
 

John B. McCabe
John graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 1979. He specializes in emergency medicine and was named CEO of the University Hospital and senior vice president for hospital affairs in 2009. He has helped lead discussion on national health issues as president of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He also has served as a member of the executive committee of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

"My wife and I had set up a scholarship fund at the Community Foundation in memory of our son. Soon after I was asked to join the board by Dr. Hal Wanamaker who was a good friend and a very well-respected member of the community. The Community Foundation has that unique role as a collaborator by pulling together diverse groups who by themselves might not have as much impact on their own. If we take poverty as an example, there's no simple solution. It's about families and it's about education. It's about health. It's about transportation. It's about nutrition. Nobody other than the Community Foundation has their fingers or their hooks into all the entities that have the capacity to help work on those issues."
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Daniel N. Mezzalingua
Daniel is a vice chairman and trustee at Syracuse University. His civic commitments include membership on the Advisory Council of Marine Midland Bank, the United Way's CNY Resource Development Committee, and the boards of the Community General Hospital Foundation and the Manufacturing Association of Central New York.

 

John C. Mott
John concluded his 40-year banking career in 2001 after serving as chairman and CEO of Alliance Financial Corp. A graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor's degree in business administration, he has been an active member of the New York Bankers Association and a member of its board of directors. John has served on a number of local boards including the Oneida Area Industries, the Tri-Valley YMCA and WCNY Public Broadcasting.

"I had always been impressed by the broad cross section of Community Foundation board membership. I had been on boards made up of bankers, attorneys and accountants. This was different; we had people working with schools, hospitals, and other nonprofits. I learned more on this board than any other because of the inputs from so many different people. I think one of the biggest challenges for our community is to work with others to improve our downtown areas and inner cities. We need to restore the vitality and safety that once was. With the foundation reaching its 90th anniversary, I expect to see it evolve and meet the changing needs of the community as it has in the past."
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Eric Mower
Eric is the chairman and CEO of Eric Mower + Associates. He serves as vice chair of the Business Council of New York State, director for the Syracuse Metropolitan Development Foundation and Syracuse 20/20. He has served as a board member and chair of the Syracuse Chamber, and, in recent years, as the founding chair of The Syracuse Neighborhood Initiative and the founding chair of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission.

"I fondly remember sitting with other board members and feeling the joy of so many people caring so much about what was going on in the community. I came to understand how those things affected the people who lived here. I don't think any single gift or any single particular act of the foundation would supersede that. I accepted the invitation to join the Community Foundation because of its good work. I'm a citizen of a community, and it takes a community to do good things. Individuals are more powerful when they're combined. Our strength is multiplied many times over when we aggregate in an organization like the Community Foundation."
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Michael E. O'Connor
Michael graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo and Syracuse University College of Law. He worked as a trust and estate attorney and is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and its past state chairman. He has been an adjunct professor of taxation in the Syracuse University School of Law Master’s Program. He is a past board chair of Aurora of CNY. 

"My field of practice is trusts and estates, and I do a lot of estate planning. I was very happy to be asked to be on the board. It's always been thought of as one of the best boards to be on, the most pleasant experience, and it was. One of the purposes of the board was to have your finger on the pulse of the community. My fellow board members were on various boards and knew an awful lot about the community. Everybody didn't know everything about everything, but in a group, you got a lot of input, which was very important."
 

Elaine Rubenstein
Elaine is a dedicated and active leader in the Central New York nonprofit community. She served as director of the Museum of Science and Technology Foundation, and as a board member of Interfaith Works of Central New York. She was also trustee of the Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York.  

"I was asked to join the board by Alex Holstein, and I was very honored. I knew very little of it at the time so I said, yes, and then I started learning and becoming more and more supportive of what they do. I was fortunate to be chair of the Distribution Committee and it was amazingly fascinating and interesting. I learned what even very small grants can do for an organization and how they can help people who really appreciate it."
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James D. Small*
James was a native and lifelong resident of Syracuse. He graduated from John Carroll University and went on to study financial management at Brown and Dartmouth Universities. He began his career with First Trust & Deposit Co. He served on many charitable boards including the United Way of Central New York, the Metropolitan Development Association, the Economic Development Zone and the Salvation Army.

 

Virginia Small
Virginia Small served on the Community Foundation's board of directors in the 1990s.
 

Robert J. Theis
Robert served as president and chairman of Syracuse China Corp. from 1971-1978. He was also chief executive officer of J.R. Clancy for 30 years until 2011. He remains an active philanthropist in the Central New York area. 

 

Harold H. Wanamaker*
A graduate of Columbia University, Harold came to Syracuse for medical school and would later work as a surgeon at Crouse Hospital for 30 years. After retiring in 1993, he and his wife Barbara became full-time community leaders and volunteers, serving on boards and committees for numerous organizations in Central New York, such as the Syracuse Symphony, Dunbar Center and Habitat for Humanity.
 

Ronald R. Young*
Before he passed away in 2014, Ronald most recently served as vice president for Public and Governmental Affairs at Upstate Medical University. He held leadership roles on boards for the United Way of Central New York and Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce. He was a longtime member and leader of his fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi Inc. 

2000-2004

 
 

Maritza Alvarado
Maritza is the principal of MAK Consultants, specializing in health care and nonprofit consulting. She is a former pediatrician and neonatologist. She is the former executive director of the Spanish Action League of Onondaga County. She has also served as a member of many philanthropic boards, including Home Aides of CNY, West Side Community School Initiative and the Near West Side Initiative. 

"During my time on the board I served on the grants committee. There were so many good grants that came in, it just broke your heart not to be able to give everybody all the money that they wanted. One of the things I do remember funding was the Amaus Clinic, which is a health clinic for the uninsured and underserved. Here it is all these years later, and they're doing fantastic work. It was wonderful being on the board. It showed me how much the giving spirit exists here in Syracuse. I wish all communities could be like this. We have such a spirit of giving in this community to help others."
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Sanford A. Belden
Former president and CEO of Community Bank System Inc., Sanford currently serves on the board of trustees of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Cooley Dickinson Health Care Corp., and Crouse Health Foundation Inc. He has also previously worked with Smith College, The American Red Cross and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. 
 

Michael J. Connor
Michael Connor served on the Community Foundation's board of directors in the 1990s.
 

Gary R. Germain
After attending both Syracuse University and the New York University School of Law, Gary began practicing as a tax and estate attorney. Now retired, he spent several years with Bond Schoeneck & King Attorneys. Gary and his wife Maureen remain active supporters of philanthropic organizations in Central New York, including the Baltimore Woods Nature Center and Syracuse RBI. 

“My experience with the Community Foundation has been terrific. I really enjoyed being on the board where I served as treasurer. One of the significant things that the board did early in my term was choose literacy as a main initiative. I remember discussing various initiatives we might pursue, and it gave me an insight into what would be important to this community. The Community Foundation has increased the level of grants that they're giving, and I'm hoping that it can grow significantly. The Foundation has the financial and grant making wherewithal to do an excellent job, and that's what I think and hope the future holds.”
 

H. Baird Hansen
Baird is currently a member of the board at Leadership Greater Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut. He is a longtime philanthropist who has been active with Syracuse University Libraries, Cazenovia Preservation Society, and WRVO, an affiliate of National Public Radio. 
 

Cydney M. Johnson
Cydney is a leader in higher education, business and public service. She has worked as a professor at Morrisville State College, and was senior vice president of Blueprint LTD. 
 

Anne L. Messenger
A Wellesley College graduate, Anne has owned her own career management and HR consulting business, Messenger Associates, for nearly 20 years. She has sat on numerous boards including the Human Rights Commission, the Onondaga County Water Authority, Leadership Greater Syracuse and the United Negro College Fund. She is a winner of the CNY Business Journal's 2002 Women in Business Award and Syracuse University's 2005 Ann Michel Distinguished Entrepreneur Award for Small Business.
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Colleen M. Murphy
Colleen is a partner with law firm Goldberg Segalla. She received degrees from Albany Law School of Union University and State University of New York at Buffalo. She has been active with many nonprofit organizations including Western New York Autism Society and Phoenix Adaptive Snow Sports Program. 

 

Paul Nojaim
Paul is the third generation to lead his Syracuse-based family business Nojaim Brothers Market. He is a Le Moyne College graduate and also leads a training program for local youth who work with Nojaim Brothers Market to learn life skills, community service and job preparedness. 
 

Sybil Ridings Oakes
Sybil, a Skaneateles resident, established the local antique center Homenhancers. She remains an active philanthropist in the Central New York area. 
 

Marilyn L. Pinsky
Marilyn is currently the creator and convener of Community Dining Syracuse. She completed her master’s degree with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and served as commissioner for the Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth. She is also the former State Volunteer President with New York State AARP.

 

William L. Pollard, Ph.D.
Dr. William L. Pollard is the former president of both the University of the District of Columbia and Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York. Dr. Pollard received his Ph.D. in policy and planning from the University Of Chicago School Of Social Administration in 1976. He began his tenure at Syracuse University in 1989, serving as dean of the Syracuse University School of Social Work for ten years, where he led the School in the development of its student-centered programs.
 

Gloria Hooper-Rasberry
Gloria Hooper-Rasberry is a member of the honorary board of directors at AURORA of Central New York. She is an active philanthropist and also affiliated with Virginia Union University and the Onondaga Community College Foundation. 
 

Jeffrey M. Rubenstein
Jeffrey Rubenstein is President of Shadowfax Communications, Inc. Board of Trustees of the Museum of Science & Technology.
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Mansukh J. Shah
Mansukh is a charter member of the (NAIFA) National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. A past Program Chairperson of the Syracuse Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and a member of the Board of Directors of the Syracuse Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.Graduated Bombay University in 1955 with Bachelor of Science degree in Physics & Mathematics. Came to the United States in 1976 and immediately started his career with this organization. Mansukh's experience in his career has led him to focus on the areas of Estate and Retirement Planning through the use of life insurance and other financial products, specifically for physicians and motel owners.
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Mary Ann Shaw
Passionate public servant Mary, along with husband and former SU Chancellor Buzz Shaw, was instrumental in the creation of the Syracuse University Shaw Center for Public and Community Service. As per Mary’s vision, the center develops academic opportunities for the University to connect to the community through sustained partnerships. 

 

Dirk E. Sonneborn
Dirk was named executive director of the Gifford Foundation in 2011 after serving as the associate director since 2009. For 15 years he was an adjunct instructor with the Syracuse University Martin J. Whitman School of Management. He has served as a board member of several Central New York philanthropic organizations including Red House Arts Center, Near Westside Initiative, Manlius Pebble Hill School and the Syracuse Symphony.  

"I grew up in an environment in Albany, New York where both my mom and my dad were very involved in the community. I knew that one of the things that I was destined for was to be giving back to the community. I have fond memories of being on the selection and review committee for the Marsellus Sabbatical. To see the impact of a six-week sabbatical on the leaders of some not-for-profit organizations in the community literally brought each of us to tears. It demonstrated how much that break from the day-to-day routine and intensity of their jobs had changed their lives. It was a relatively small amount of money, but a significant commitment and recognition; it was very profound."
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Barry L. Wells
Barry served as Senior Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at Syracuse University until 2008. Wells is currently a Special Assistant on Chancellor Kent Syverud’s leadership team. His work is honored by the establishment of the WellsLink Leadership Program, which offers students the tools necessary to achieve their academic goals, develop professionalism and expand their awareness of valuable resources and opportunities.

2005-2009

 
 

Edward J. Audi
In 2013 Edward was appointed to the position of president his family’s company L. & J. G. Stickley, Inc. He joined the family-owned company in 1991, holding a variety of positions over the years. He is a graduate of Colgate University and also attended North Carolina State University’s Furniture Manufacturing and Management program.
 

Warren W. Bader
Warrenr graduated from Niagara University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. In 1990, Bader became the Town Justice in the Town of Constantia. In 1999, he was appointed the Public Administrator for Onondaga County. Bader also lectures for the New York State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program on a regular basis.
 

Vicki R. Brackens
Vicki is president of Brackens Financial Solutions Networks. Brackens co-hosted Financial Fitness on PBS affiliate WCNY-Syracuse, from 2012-15. She serves on the board of directors at Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, and previously served as a board member of the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology. She is a member of the Syracuse Area Salvation Army advisory board, and The Raymond von Dran IDEA board of advisors. 
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William C. Brod
William is the Publisher of the Syracuse New Times and Family Times, CEO of All Times Events Company, president of Spinnaker Custom Products, and Publisher/CEO of Data Key Communications, dba GAWDA Media. He is an active philanthropist affiliated with Union College and the nonprofit Young Life. 
 

Calvin L. Corriders
Corriders holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from State University of New York at Brockport. He currently serves on the Central New York Regional Advisory Board of Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield and is a member of the Joint School Construction Board. In 2016 he was name 1st vice president/sales manager at Pathfinder Bank.

"I grew up in a very impoverished neighborhood in Syracuse, and I’ve had a variety of organizations that were very beneficial to me and what I was able to accomplish. Once I graduated from college it was really important for me to give back. I see the Community Foundation continuing its growth, not just in terms of its assets, but also being more active in community issues. I look forward to the Community Foundation being there another 90 years and building on that legacy."
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Raymond W. Cross
Former Morrisville State College president Raymond W. Cross served a 13-year tenure before becoming chancellor of University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin Extension. In addition to his career in academia, Cross has experience in the private sector as a design engineer, small-business owner and consultant to business, industry and government. From 1967-70, Cross served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was awarded four medals for his service.
 

Christine Woodcock Dettor
After graduating from Wellesley College and the Syracuse University College of Law, Christine has led a successful law career. She is currently a partner with Bousquet Holstein, PLLC. Her philanthropic contributions include board service with Manlius Pebble Hill School and Loretto Management Corporation.
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Kenneth J. Entenmann
In 2013, Kenneth became chief investment officer with NBT Financial Group. He holds a B.S. in applied economics and business management from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester. He is the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Trust Division and a member of the board of the New York Banker's Association. He is also a director of the Cayuga Community Fund.
 

Ray T. Forbes
Dr. Ray currently works as an internist in Syracuse. Dr. Forbes obtained his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma. He also completed residency training at the University of Michigan. Dr. Forbes is a part of Crouse Medical Practice and is affiliated with Crouse Hospital. 
 

Madelyn H. Hornstein
Madelyn has been with Dermody, Burke & Brown since 1983 and serves as the Firm’s Chief Executive Officer. Madelyn is a graduate of SUNY Cortland and holds an MBA from Syracuse University.  She is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Women Presidents’ Organization, and is on the Firm Management and Nominating Committees for Allinial Global.  Madelyn serves as a board member for both CenterState CEO and the WISE Women's Business Center, and is involved with the Professional Advisor Council and Mentoring program at Syracuse University.  
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Joseph B. Lee
Joseph has led a 20+ year long career in public broadcasting. He started working for his hometown public radio station in Baltimore, Maryland in 1987 and, after a few years there as Music Director and Program Director, accepted a position at Syracuse University and WAER. He is the director and general manager at WAER. 
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Melanie W. Littlejohn
Melanie served as president of the Urban League of Onondaga County for three years before receiving her Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University. She is the current Upstate New York regional executive director for National Grid, and has been with the company for more than 23 years. She is the trustee/officer of Onondaga County Community College and serves on many boards including the Downtown Committee and Syracuse Say Yes to Education. 

"Some of the most significant board work we did was around literacy. I found it was the window into the souls of people who live here and helping them achieve something significant. We wanted to foster an environment where literacy was an expectation for us as a community. We've been a quiet catalyst for so long, and I look forward to the continued escalation of our voice. As our foundation continues to grow, so does out corpus. That gives us the ability to have far greater impact."
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Rita L. Reicher, Ph.D.
Rita is the founder, president, and chair of KS&R, a global market research firm. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from Yale University. She is an active philanthropist in Central New York. Her service includes Chair of the CNY Chapter of the American Red Cross and Treasurer of the Upstate Medical University Foundation. 
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Maria P. Russell
Maria is the director of executive education and a professor of public relations at Syracuse University. Her career has included positions as vice president of communications for the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and director of community relations for the United Way of Central New York. In Syracuse, Russell serves on the advisory board for Stone Canoe, a literary journal.
 

Corinne R. Smith, Ph.D.
Dr. Corinne R. Smith is a professor and director of global outreach at the Syracuse University School of Education. She completed her B.A. and Ph.D. at SU, and obtained her M.A. from Temple University. Dr. Smith is a national figure in learning disabilities. She is the principal investigator on a Race to the Top Stimulus Package federal grant to design a new clinically rich model for the training for secondary special educators
 

Stephanie Threatte
Stephanie served as a trustee on the board of the Syracuse University Theatre Corporation. She is an active philanthropist who has worked with and supported the YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County, the Women’s Fund of Central New York, Onondaga County Medical Society, and the Medical Society of the State of New York. 
 

Michael J. Wamp
Michael received degrees in finance and economics from the University of Rochester. He is currently a managing partner with LakeWater Capital Management LLC. He is the founder of the Skaneateles Youth Football League. 

2010-2014

 
 

James W. Jordan
James has served as president and chief executive officer of Syracuse-based business Omega Qse, Inc. He brings his business expertise to the many charitable organizations he has been affiliated with, and remains an active philanthropist in the Central New York area. 
 

David Moynihan*
David received his degree in Business from Le Moyne College. He was a licensed New York State CPA and member of the board of directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He served as a board volunteer for Spanish Action League of Syracuse, Syracuse Hibernian Festival, Partners for Education in Business, and on the Syracuse Economic Development Corporation Loan Committee.
 

Judith M. Sayles
Judith attended Wells College before receiving a law degree and masters in social work from Syracuse University. She is currently a partner with Barclay Damon LLP. She is a past chair and advisory board member of the Salvation Army, and was also a past chair and member of the board of directors of the City of Downtown Syracuse committee. 
 

Linda Dickerson Hartsock
Linda Dickerson Hartsock is the executive director of Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University. She was previously director of the University’s Connective Corridor in the Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development. Hartsock has fashioned a distinguished career in economic development and innovation. She has held leadership positions in a number of regional organizations, including vice president for Innovation and Technology at CenterState Corp. for Economic Opportunity (CEO); executive director of the Clean Tech Center, an award-winning NYSERDA-funded clean energy incubator, and a joint appointment with the SyracuseCoE, a New York State Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems.
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Ellen Percy Kraly
Ellen is a Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Colgate University. She is a member, Civil Society Steering Committee for the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants and has published a number of geographical textbooks.

 

Rich Hole
Richard is an employee benefits and executive compensation attorney and former chairman of the firm's management committee, a position he held from 2008-2015. He served as chair of the firm's employee benefits and executive compensation practice for over 10 years and remains actively involved in all aspects of the firm's employee benefits practice.
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Brian Pollard
Dr. Brian Pollard is the owner of Family Dental Practice in Liverpool, NY.
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2015-2019

 
 

Robert D. Scolaro
Rob specializes in estate planning and administration, asset preservation for businesses and individuals, and elder law. He has served as a board and committee member for various community organizations including Tully Hill, the American Red Cross of Central New York, and the SADA Charity Preview for Hospice of Central New York.

 

Craig Buckhout, CFA
Craig Buckhout is a principal at Rockbridge Investment Management, where he manages investment portfolios for a broad spectrum of clients. Additionally, he is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He also earned his Masters in Business Administration from the Johnson Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University.

 

Evelyn Camille Hoskins Ingram
Evelyn Carter serves as Division Consumer Affairs Manager for 10 Syracuse-area Wegmans Food Market stores. Her responsibilities include media relations, community investments, and consumer affairs in Syracuse. She graduated from Le Moyne College with a Masters in Business Administration and received a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse’s University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

 

Steven Jacobs
Steven Jacobs began his business consulting firm, Bishops Brook, Inc., in 1997 after serving as president of Stevens Office Interiors, a local furniture distribution company. He focuses on business problem solving and client development. He graduated with a Masters in Business Administration from Carnegie-Mellon University as a W. L. Mellon Fellow, after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree with highest honors in Mechanical Engineering.