Community Foundation Announces New Board Members

Syracuse, NY (June 17, 2015) – On June 17, 2015, the Central New York Community Foundation Board of Directors elected three new members, who will serve three- year terms:


Honorable Julie A. Cecile

Onondaga County Family Court Judge

Judge Cecile received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Siena College and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. As a lawyer, Cecile worked as a court-appointed attorney, as an attorney for the City of Syracuse and as a volunteer with the Onondaga County Bar Association. In 1999, she served as an assistant welfare attorney for the Onondaga County Department of Social Services. Before taking the bench as a Family Court Judge in January 2013, Judge Cecile served as executive director of the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center.


Casey Crabill, Ed.D.

President, Onondaga Community College

Dr. Crabill is Onondaga Community College’s eighth president. Prior to joining OCC, Dr. Crabill served as president of Raritan Valley Community College. She has also served as president of the College of the Redwoods; as acting president and dean of Learning and Student Development at Quinebaug Valley Community College; and division chair for Academic Development and Learning Support at Dundalk Community College. Dr. Crabill received her B.A. in English from Skidmore College and an M.S. in Teaching English as a Second Language and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, both from the State University of New York at Albany.


Grace B. Ghezzi, CPA/PFS/CFF, CFP®, CFE, AEP®

Vice President, Oneida Wealth

Grace Ghezzi oversees the Financial Planning division of Oneida Wealth. Her areas of practice include estate and retirement planning, income tax planning and fraud examination. Prior to her position with Oneida Wealth, Grace worked in public accounting for thirty years. She served as an adjunct professor of Federal Income Tax Accounting at Le Moyne College. Grace is past President and past Board Chair of the Upstate New York Chapter of the Financial Planning Association and the Central New York Chapter of the Estate Planning Council. Grace is a magna cum laude graduate of Le Moyne College with a B.S. in Accounting.


About the Central New York Community Foundation

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of nearly $190 million. It awarded $9.9 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested more than $135 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of nearly 700 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.

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