Community Foundation Announces New Board Members and Officers

June 22, 2017– On June 21, 2017, the Central New York Community Foundation Board of Directors elected four new members, who will serve three- year terms and appointed new officers.

Daniel Fisher, Former Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Organization Leadership, Welch Allyn

Dan Fisher worked for Welch Allyn for over 30 years, most recently as Executive Vice President, HR & Organization Leadership. He is currently board president of the William H. Seward House Museum and board chair of Nixon Uniform & Medical Wear. He also serves as an adviser to and instructor in executive programs at Cornell University where he received a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations degree. He also received an MBA degree from Syracuse University, an AB from Hamilton College, and an AA from Auburn (now Cayuga) Community College.

Lee Gatta CLU®, ChFC®, AEP®, Financial Planner, Prudential Financial

Lee earned her designations from the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA. She is also certified in Long Term Care and has been in practice for more than 38 years. She is a board member of the Estate Planning Council, past board president of the Society of Financial Service Professionals and former member of the Women’s Fund of CNY Governance Council. Lee earned Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Science degrees from Syracuse University.

Carolyn Gerakopoulos, former director, Oneida Public Library

Carolyn served as the Director of the Oneida Public Library prior to her recent retirement. She was instrumental in attaining substantial grants for early childhood, family and adult literacy initiatives in Oneida and all of Madison County including the Literacy Coalition of Madison County.  She holds a degree in Library Science from SUNY Geneseo.

Pastor Daren Jaime, Senior Pastor, People’s A.M.E. Zion Church

Pastor Jaime began his pastoral journey at People’s A.M.E.  Zion Church in Syracuse in 2006. Pastor Jaime presently serves as chaplain for the Syracuse Police Department and is a lead member of the Trauma Response Team. He also hosts radio and television shows that center around news and issues extending beyond the headlines of mainstream media.


In addition, the Community Foundation announced new Board Officer appointments:


Andrew Breuer, Principal, Hueber-Breuer Construction Company, will serve as Chair.

Casey Crabill, Ed.D., President, Onondaga Community College, will serve as Vice Chair.

Craig Buckhout, CFA, Principal, Rockbridge Investment Management, LLC, will serve as Treasurer.

Robert D. Scolaro, Esq., Founder, Scolaro Law, P.C., will serve as Compliance Officer.

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 more than $226 million. It awarded $14 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, it has invested nearly $170 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of more than 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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