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Leadership and Advisors

Board of Trustees FY2016

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central New York Board of Trustees helps chart the Foundation’s course. They contribute a vast array of experience and skills that helps maintain our status as the nation’s largest wish-granting organization.

As a whole, the Board determines the Foundation’s mission and vision. It selects, evaluates and supports the president and chief executive officer. The board also protects the Foundation’s assets, enhances its public standing, ensures accountability, maintains legal integrity and assesses its own performance.

Executive Committee

James R. Reed, Chair
Senior VP Marketing & Sales
Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield
Jim Reed

Michael Lorenz, Vice Chair
Ephesus Lighting

Mark Colombo, Co-Treasurer
Principal - Firley, Moran, Freer & Eassa, PC

Michele Flavin, Co-Treasurer
Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists

Laura Wittenbeck, Secretary
Account Executive
NBT Mang Insurance

Chris Pinckney, Member at Large
Wish Dad
Executive Creative Director
Pinckney Hugo Group

Jessie M. Verna, Member at Large
ConMed Corp

David A. Ayoub, Immediate Past Chair
CPA / Partner in Charge – Tax Dept.
Bowers & Company, PLLC

Joseph Chirco*, Immediate Past Chair
Manager, Commercial Marketing Operations
Carrier Corporation

Virginia G. Biesiada O’Neill*
Senior Vice President of Administration
Pioneer Companies

Robin Goldberg*, Ex-officio

Deborah E. Moore*, Ex-officio
United States District Court

Jim Ockenden*, Ex-officio
Visory Group


Mary Jo Bertrand
Human Resource Consultant

Janet Callahan, Esq.
Managing Partner
Hancock Estabrook, LLS

Paul Dodd, CLU®, ChFC®
Managing Partner
Northwestern Mutual – The Greater New York Group

Chaim J. Jaffe, Esq.
Scolaro, Fetter, Grizanti, McGough & King, P.C

Bethann Kistner
Foundation for Upstate Medical Univ

Pragya Murphy
Finance / Business Professional
Community Volunteer

Stephen Pesarchick
Sugarman Law Firm

Darren Petragnani, President
Print Solutions Plus

Greg P. Scagnelli, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterologist
United Medical Associates

Advisory Committee

Bill Coon, Retired
Chapter Founder

Frank Discenza
Testone, Marshall & Discenza, CPA

Bob Davidson
Exhibits & More Shopworks

Bob Fiesinger, Retired
Carrier Corporation

Ken Garno
Ridley Electric

Don Hamilton, Retired
Chapter Founder

Don Lawless
Onondaga County
Chapter Founder

George R. McGuire
Bond Schoeneck & King, LLP

Jack Orr, Jr. **
Chapter Founder

Larry P. Schunck
Pomeroy Appraisal

Jason Sciarro

Lynda Sturick
Onondaga County
Chapter Founder

Susan Tormey
Chapter Founder- Founding Chair
Onondaga Community College


*Advisory Committee Member
** Deceased

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