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Leadership and Advisors

Board of Trustees FY2017

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

Chris Pinckney - Vice Chair
Wish Dad
Executive Creative Director - Pinckney Hugo Group

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

Wendy Riccelli, CPA, CVA - Co-Treasurer
Manager - The Bonadio Group

Laura Wittenbeck - Secretary
Account Executive - NBT Mang Insurance

Chaim J. Jaffe, Esq - Member at Large
Partner - Scolaro, Fetter, Grizanti, McGough & King, P.C.

Jeff Wittig - Member at Large
Senior VP - Brown & Brown Empire State

*David A. Ayoub, CPA - Immediate Past Chair
Partner in Charge – Tax Department
Bowers & Company, PLLC

*Joseph Chirco - Ex-officio
Manager, Commercial Marketing Operations
Carrier Corporation

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

*Robin Goldberg, DDS - Ex-officio

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

*Jim Ockenden - Ex-officio
President/Owner - Visory Group


Debra Colón
Assistant VP Compliance, Assistant Secretary
Columbian Financial Group

Bill Evans
General Manager
NewsChannel 9 WSYR

Caitlin DeLuca, DO
Assistant Professor Pediatrics
SUNY Upstate Medical University

Stan Goettel, MA, EMT-P
Director of Education Programs
Department of Emergency Medicine
Upstate Medical University

Bethann Kistner
Foundation for Upstate Medical University

Michael Lorenz
COO - Ephesus Lighting

Pragya Murphy
Finance/Business Professional
Community Volunteer

Stephen Pesarchick, Esq.
Partner - Sugarman Law Firm

Debra Rao
Business Development Executive
Novar, a Honeywell Company

Advisory Committee

Bill Coon, Retired
Chapter Founder

Frank Discenza
Testone, Marshall & Discenza, CPA

Bob Davidson
Exhibits & More Shopworks

Bob FiesingerRetired
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

Young Professionals Advisory Council

The Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC), though not an integral part of the Board, is a group of young professionals under the age of 40 who are engaged in the process of fundraising and community outreach. These professionals assist us in reaching younger volunteers and are given an opportunity to gain non-profit development and board governance experience.

Role Description (PDF)


Tim Monaco, Chair
Design Engineering Group Leader
O'Brien & Gere

Dena Tadros, Vice Chair
Business Analyst
National Grid

Amanda Kattato, Secretary
Senior Accountant
The Bonadio Group

Jon Catlin, Chair Governance Committee
Financial Advisor
Wells Fargo Advisors

Maddie Halstead, Chair Event and Marketing Committee
Account Manager
Pinckney Hugo Group

Kate Hennigan, Immediate Past Chair
Accounting Manager
Legrand, Pass & Seymour

Council Members

Katie Coffey
Senior Art Director
Pinckney Hugo Group

Shane Crossett
Operations Specialist

Staci Dudden
Physical Therapist
Access CNY

Steven Fortino
National Grid

Trisha Freeman
Senior Art Director
Pinckney Hugo Group

Nick Fuess
Data Analyst
Knowledge Systems & Research

Lisa Kennedy
Assistant Controller
SRC, Inc.

Lauren Lasky
Online Reputation Management

Brittany Law
Advisory Services Associate

Michael Lembo
Certified Public Accountant
EY; Ernst & Young, LLP

David Magnarelli

Brittany Murgallis
Associate Attorney
Sugarman Law Firm, LLP

Emily Read
Advanced Staff Accountant
Firley, Moran, Reer & Eassa, CPA, P.C.

Morgan Striggles

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East Syracuse, NY 13057
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