Board of Directors

Officers:

Amy Lawler

LGS Class of 2011

LGS Board President

Amy is the vice president of finance at Centerstate CEO.  She previously worked as the controller for C&S Companies. As a member of the LGS Executive Committee, Amy serves as a member of the LGS Finance Committee. She has been a member of the LGS Board since 2013.

Ryan McDermott

LGS Class of 2011

LGS Board Vice President & Treasurer

Ryan is the Vice President of commercial banking at M & T Bank. He serves as treasurer and chair of finance for the Everson Museum and treasurer for Catholic Charities. As a member of the LGS Executive Committee Ryan serves as the chair for the LGS Finance Committee. He has been a member of the LGS Finance Committee since 2013.

Renae Rokicki

LGS Class of 2014

LGS Board Secretary

Renae is the Senior Leadership and Development Coordinator at SUNY Upstate Medical University. As a Board of Directors member for the American Red Cross of Central New York, she has served as the Chairperson of the Annual Real Heroes Breakfast Committee and Board Development. Renae is a DEC Certified Searcher and Board of Directors member for Onondaga County Wilderness Search and Rescue, Inc. She has been a member of the LGS Board since 2015.

Board members:

Kathleen Bennett

LGS Class of 2008

Ex-Officio

Kathy is an environmental, land use, tax assessment and condemnation attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC.  She is a 40 Under Forty recipient and serves on the board of CNY Land Trust. She served on the LGS Executive Committee and has been a member of the LGS Board since 2009.

Kenneth Casarsa

LGS Class of 2007

Ken is a communications representative at Lockheed Martin. He also is a member of the LGS Executive Committee and chairs the LGS Marketing Committee. He previously served on the boards of the American Heart Association and the Syracuse Ad Club. He has been a member of the LGS Board since 2013.

Maddie DiGristina

LGS Class of 2018

Maddie is the Senior Manager of Diversity and Equity Inclusion at SRC. She is a Forty Under Forty recipient and has served as a volunteer for OnPoint for College.

Franklin Fry

LGS Class of 2013

Franklin is the Executive Director for the American Heart Association (Southern Tier, Greater Syracuse, and North Country).  He has been recognized with national and regional awards for successfully advancing the work of the AHA, with a focus on addressing the social determinates of health.  He served on the board of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County.

Gin Gwak

LGS Class of 2015

Gin is the chief information officer for AmeriCU Credit Union. She has received extensive accreditation in a variety of leadership programs including: Emerging Leadership, Foundations of Business Leadership Program, Leadership in Action, Performance Excellence at Leadership Development Institute. She joined the LGS board in 2022.

Rebecca Hoda-Kearse

LGS Class of 2015

Rebecca is the Title IX Affirmative Action Officer for SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She is on the NASPA Community College Advisory Board, Contact Community Services Board and Board Secretary of the Housing Development Corporation of OCC.

Sarah Ioele

LGS Class of 1997

Sarah is a Certified Professional Corporate and Life Coach and serves as the Executive Director of the Father Champlin’s Guardian Angel Society. Sarah is a member of the Sales and Marketing Professional Services and Strathmore Neighborhood Association. She has been a member of the LGS Board since 2013.

Timothy Johnson

LGS Class of 2008

Tim is a partner at Anchor QEA.  He is a perceptive, strategic manager that is able to function at a high level with staff ranging from entry to executive level. Tim serves as the chairperson of the annual LGS golf tournament. He has been a member of the LGS Board since 2013.

Ocesa Keaton

LGS Class of 2017

Ocesa a community engagement strategist serving as an adjunct professor at Syracuse University and previously serving as the executive director of Greater Syracuse Hope. She served as a board member for the YWCA, is on the Salvation Army Young Leaders Advisory Board, a past board member of the Dunbar Center and a court appointed special advocate.

William Sanford

Bill is the owner at Brown & Sanford Consultants. He served for many years as an Onondaga County legislator and is a past board member of HOPE for Bereaved. He played a significant role in the creation of Leadership Greater Syracuse and currently serves on the LGS Executive Committee. He has been a member of the LGS Board since 2007.

Scott Schuhert

Graduate of Broome County Leadership Institute

Scott is the Dean of Students at Onondaga Community College. In this role, he supports students on their path to gainful employment or transfer. Prior to moving to Syracuse, Scott was involved with the Toys for Tots Program, Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse program, The Discovery Center, and Hand to Heart. As a graduate of a sister program, he provides a unique insight on the LGS board.

Jennifer Smith

LGS Class of 2013

Jennifer is general counsel for C & S Companies. She served as a board member and past president of the CNY Women’s Bar Association. Jennifer volunteers with the Onondaga County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer’s Project. She has served on the LGS Executive Committee as secretary and chairs the LGS Program Committee. She has been a member of the LGS board since 2016.

 

Amy Lawler

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan McDermott

 

 

 

 

 

Renae Rokicki

 

Kathleen Bennett

Ken Casarsa

 

 

 

 

 

Maddie DiGristina

 

 

 

 

 

Franklin Fry

Jin Gwak

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Hoda-Kearse

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Ioele

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

Ocesa Keaton

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Sanford

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Schuhert

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Smith