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Leadership and Advisors

Board of Trustees FY2020

The Make-A-Wish 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.

Officers/Executive Committee

Deborah E. Moore, Esq. - Chair
Career Law Clerk
United States District Court
Northern District of New York

Lisa A. White - Vice-Chair
VP Chief Compliance/Risk Officer
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Gregory A. O'Leary, CPA - Secretary
Audit Senior Manager
Fust Charles Chambers, LLP

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

Adam Barkley, Member-at-Large
Vice President
Mirabito-Gresham Insurance &
Bonds Agency, LLC

Alex Nitka, CPA, Member-at-large
Tax Partner
Dannible and McKee, LLP

Laura Wittenbeck, Past Chair/Ex-officio
Account Executive
NBT-Mang Insurance


Debra Colón
2nd VP Compliance/Asst Secretary
Columbian Financial Group

Caitlin Sgarlat DeLuca, DO
Assistant Professor Pediatrics
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Make-A-Wish America - National Medical Advisor

Steve Heath

Paul Mullin, Esq.
Sugarman Law Firm, LLP

Michele M. Sardinia
Vice President Digital Solutions
Advance Media New York

Kevin Smith
Eastern Managed Print Network

Rei Thompson
Wish Sibling
Quality Assurance Director

Mia Tremiti
Project Manager
Mower Agency

Karen Brognano-Williams
VP/Senior Relationship Manager
NBT Bank

Advisory Committee

David A. Ayoub, CPA
Partner in Charge - Tax Department
Bowers & Company, PLLC

Joseph Chirco
Manager, Commercial Marketing Operations | Carrier Corporation

Bill Coon**
Retired, Chapter Founder

Frank Discenza, CPA
Partner, The Bonadio Group

Bob Davidson
Exhibits & More Shopworks

Bob Fiesinger
Retired, Carrier Corporation

Ken Garno
Retired, Ridley Electric

Robin Goldberg, DDS

Don Hamilton
Retired, Chapter Founder

Don Lawless
Retired, Chapter Founder

George R. McGuire
Bond Schoeneck & King, LLP

Jim Ockenden

Virginia G. Biesiada O'Neill
Retired, Pioneer Companies

Jack Orr, Jr. **
Chapter Founder

Jim Reed
Regional President
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Larry P. Schunck
Real Estate Appraisal

Jason Sciarro, COO
Butler Health System

Lynda Sturick
Retired, Chapter Founder

Susan Tormey
Chapter Founder- Founding Chair
Onondaga Community College


*Advisory Committee Member
** Deceased

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