Community Foundation Hires Three New Staff Members

November 13, 2008 (Syracuse, NY)  – The Central New York Community Foundation has welcomed three new employees to its staff.

Olive Sephuma has joined as Program Officer for Community Grantmaking. She leads the Community Grantmaking process, which awards more than $2 million in grants annually to not-for-profit organizations in Onondaga and Madison Counties. Sephuma, a native of Botswana, holds a degree from the University of Botswana and is currently working towards an Executive Master of Public Administration degree at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. She is also a 2004 graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Sephuma served as Director of Foundation Relations at Syracuse University. Sephuma previously worked for the Community Foundation as Program Officer.

Robin Barkins has joined as Accountant. She manages gift receipts, deferred gifts, tax reporting, fund statements and general ledger reconciliations, provides audit support and other related activities. Barkins holds a Bachelors Degree from Le Moyne College. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, she worked for JP Morgan Chase/Fiserv.

Theresa McNealy has joined as Program Assistant. She provides administrative and organizational support to the Grants & Community Initiatives Department and assists with grantmaking activities. McNealy, a native of Syracuse, holds a Business Office Administrated Training Certificate from the Women’s Opportunity Center of Syracuse. She also holds an Office Training Program Certificate from the Mildred Elly School for Careers. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, she served four years in the Army Reserves and worked as a contractor for Tri-City Electrical in Orlando, Florida.

The Central New York Community Foundation connects the generosity of donors with community needs by making grants to organizations working to enhance the quality of life of those who live and work in Central New York. With assets of more than $100 million, the Community Foundation annually makes more than $5 million in grants and provides leadership support in the fields of arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, health and human services. Founded in 1927, the Community Foundation strives to inspire philanthropy in Central New York.

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