Category: 2000-2004

Maritza Alvarado

Maritza is the principal of MAK Consultants, specializing in health care and nonprofit consulting. She is a former pediatrician and neonatologist. She is the former executive director of the Spanish Action League of Onondaga County. She has also served as a member of many philanthropic boards, including Home Aides of CNY, West Side Community School Initiative and the Near West Side Initiative.

“During my time on the board I served on the grants committee. There were so many good grants that came in, it just broke your heart not to be able to give everybody all the money that they wanted. One of the things I do remember funding was the Amaus Clinic, which is a health clinic for the uninsured and underserved. Here it is all these years later, and they’re doing fantastic work. It was wonderful being on the board. It showed me how much the giving spirit exists here in Syracuse. I wish all communities could be like this. We have such a spirit of giving in this community to help others.”
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Sanford A. Belden

Former president and CEO of Community Bank System Inc., Sanford currently serves on the board of trustees of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Cooley Dickinson Health Care Corp., and Crouse Health Foundation Inc. He has also previously worked with Smith College, The American Red Cross and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

Michael J. Connor

Michael Connor served on the Community Foundation’s board of directors in the 2000’s.

Gary R. Germain

After attending both Syracuse University and the New York University School of Law, Gary began practicing as a tax and estate attorney. Now retired, he spent several years with Bond Schoeneck & King Attorneys. Gary and his wife Maureen remain active supporters of philanthropic organizations in Central New York, including the Baltimore Woods Nature Center and Syracuse RBI.

“My experience with the Community Foundation has been terrific. I really enjoyed being on the board where I served as treasurer. One of the significant things that the board did early in my term was choose literacy as a main initiative. I remember discussing various initiatives we might pursue, and it gave me an insight into what would be important to this community. The Community Foundation has increased the level of grants that they’re giving, and I’m hoping that it can grow significantly. The Foundation has the financial and grant making wherewithal to do an excellent job, and that’s what I think and hope the future holds.”

H. Baird Hansen

Baird is currently a member of the board at Leadership Greater Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut. He is a longtime philanthropist who has been active with Syracuse University Libraries, Cazenovia Preservation Society, and WRVO, an affiliate of National Public Radio.

Cydney M. Johnson

Cydney is a leader in higher education, business and public service. She has worked as a professor at Morrisville State College, and was senior vice president of Blueprint LTD.

Anne L. Messenger

A Wellesley College graduate, Anne has owned her own career management and HR consulting business, Messenger Associates, for nearly 20 years. She has sat on numerous boards including the Human Rights Commission, the Onondaga County Water Authority, Leadership Greater Syracuse and the United Negro College Fund. She is a winner of the CNY Business Journal’s 2002 Women in Business Award and Syracuse University’s 2005 Ann Michel Distinguished Entrepreneur Award for Small Business.
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Colleen M. Murphy

Colleen is a partner with law firm Goldberg Segalla. She received degrees from Albany Law School of Union University and State University of New York at Buffalo. She has been active with many nonprofit organizations including Western New York Autism Society and Phoenix Adaptive Snow Sports Program.

Paul Nojaim

Paul is the third generation to lead his Syracuse-based family business Nojaim Brothers Market. He is a Le Moyne College graduate and also leads a training program for local youth who work with Nojaim Brothers Market to learn life skills, community service and job preparedness.

Sybil Ridings Oakes

Sybil, a Skaneateles resident, established the local antique center Homenhancers. She remains an active philanthropist in the Central New York area.