A graduate of Cornell University, David has led a long and successful career in electronics engineering. He is the CEO of Syracuse-based business QMP Enterprises Inc., and has been with the company for 29 years. He remains an active philanthropist in Central New York.
Sharon is a Professor of Medicine and Division Chief of Geriatric Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. She obtained a biology degree from Syracuse University and medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Geriatrics Society, and was elected to the board of the American Geriatrics Society in May, 2002
Gail is the Executive Vice President at Syracuse-based advertising agency Cowley Associates Inc. She has been with the company for more than 40 years. She has been an active member of many nonprofit boards, including Notre Dame Schools, Cancer Connects and CenterState CEO.
Susan is an adjunct professor in Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. Until 1999, she was dean and professor in the College of Human Development at Syracuse University. She chaired the Board of Directors of the International Food Information Council, was active in the International Life Sciences Institute and is an advisor to the National Academy of Sciences about nutrition for seniors. She serves as trustee of Ecumen Home Care.
“I served on the Community Foundation board during the time that the Womens Fund, an affiliate fund of the Foundation, was established. I was the first donor to help get the fund created. The Fund has since granted more than $250,000 to organizations that support women and girls in Central New York.”
Ronald is the president and CEO of Center of Hope International, Inc. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Black Church Studies at the University of Akron, his alma matter. He has also served as a chaplain for the New York State Department of Correctional Services. He was the first African American pastor in the City of Syracuse to formulate his nonprofit housing corporation (Bethany Community Housing Development Corporation) and nonprofit agency (NESCO) for job training and placement assistance.
“My time with the Community Foundation was a wonderful experience that allowed me the opportunity to work with a great President & CEO, Peggy Ogden, and an awesome cadre of directors from various fields of community influence. What I remember most is when I first came on board, we were a small Foundation of $20 million in comparison to the larger ones around the country; yet, we managed somehow to put out exceptional work and continued to expand our influences in helping to build the community in addressing a myriad of issues. For these reasons, as well as others, I was proud to serve throughout the years that I did.”
Joan Green served on the Community Foundation’s board of directors in the 1990s. She was married to fellow former board member, Eddie Green.
A partner at law firm Hancock Estabrook, LLP, Marion is currently a board member of several organizations including the New York State Bar Foundation Inc., Onondaga Citizens League and Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. She has also been involved with the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York, Inc., and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Foundation, Inc.
Lee served as president of her family business B. G. Sulzle Company. She also served on the Board of Directors of Fay’s Incorporated. She is a lifelong philanthropist and public servant in the Central New York area.
John serves as Chairman of the Board of Sutton Real Estate Company LLC in Syracuse, where he was formerly the CEO.
Robert worked for more than 40 years as an accountant with Ernst & Young. In 2014 he joined the board of directors at Hillside Family of Agencies affiliate Hillside Children’s Foundation. He is also the treasurer of Electronics Park LLC, and participates in the Strategic Partnership Committee of the CNY Community Foundation.
“I was honored to be asked to join the board. It’s very easy to get focused on yourself, your family and your business, and to be somewhat unaware of the true needs of the community. Gaining the awareness of everything from literacy, to health care, and the spectrum of needs in the community is what I learned from my association with the foundation. It was eight years after I was a board member that the foundation purchased the Philanthropy Center. It was probably the single largest change in the organization that will have a lasting impact.”