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Staff & Board


Our staff is dedicated to making a difference in Central New York. With extensive knowledge of our community’s changing needs, our staff is uniquely suited to assist donors in creating and implementing their charitable goals. We are also here to help the community by funding a broad spectrum of local needs by providing grant dollars and other assistance to the nonprofit  organizations we support. We are here to serve you, our donors and our community.

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 
Responsible for administration of all of the Foundation held Scholarships, including Syracuse Say Yes to Education, and provides general accounting support in the form of grant distribution review, financial reconciliations and board reporting.

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
Administrative Associate 
Provides administrative support to the professional staff, coordinates the use of meeting areas, and assists with internal events and building operations.

Patti Falcone
Part-Time Administrative Associate 
Provides administrative support to the professional staff, coordinates the use of meeting areas, and assists with internal events and building operations.


Jennifer OwensCAP®
Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer
Responsible for creating and implementing custom charitable giving plans for individuals, families and companies.

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

Thomas Griffith, CAP®, ChFC®
Director of Gift Planning
Responsible for planned gifts, professional advisor relationships, the financial advisor program, gifts of stock/complex assets and bequests.

Jan L. Lane
Development Officer
Responsible for supporting Development and Marketing operations as well as the work of our affiliate funds.

Jenny Green
Development Associate
Assists with building and sustaining relationships with donors and professional advisors, data management and event facilitation.


Katrina M. Crocker
Vice President, Communications
Develops and leads the implementation of a comprehensive strategic communication strategy that builds and sustains awareness of the Community Foundation's philanthropic voice in Central New York.

Juliet Maloff
Communications Manager
Carries out public relations and marketing strategies to internal and external audiences as outlined within the Community Foundation’s communications plan.

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 Gill
Director, Community Grantmaking
Oversees the Community Grantmaking program, special initiatives and nonprofit development programs.

Robyn Smith
Program Officer, Community Engagement
Manages and implements the Community Foundation’s strategic initiatives that support and enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods and communities in the Central New York region.

Dashiell Martinez
Senior Program Associate
Assists with the implementation of the community grant program, special initiatives and nonprofit development programs.
Kari Simpkins
Program Associate
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.

View our directory of former board members.

Board chair

J. Andrew Breuer 
Hueber-Breuer Construction Company


Vice Chair

Casey Crabill, Ed.D.
Onondaga Community College



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


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

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

Carolyn Gerakopoulos
Former Director
Oneida Public Library

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

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

David A. Holstein, Esq. 
Bousquet Holstein PLLC
Steven Jacobs
Bishops Brook, Inc.
Pastor Daren Jamie
Senior Pastor
People's A.M.E. Zion Church
  Larry R. Leatherman
Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology & Bristol-Myers Squibb
Timothy Penix
Vice President
Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center 
J. Daniel Pluff
Senior Vice President
Morgan Stanley
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



Mary Anne Cody, Esq.
Mackenzie Hughes, LLP