Board of Directors

Officers:

Kathleen Bennett

LGS Class of 2008

LGS Board President

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 serves on the LGS Executive Committee and has been a member of the LGS Board since 2009.tive Committee and has been a member of the LGS Board since 2011.

Amy Lawler

LGS Class of 2011

LGS Board Vice 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 the chair for the LGS Finance Committee. She has been a member of the LGS Board since 2013.

Jennifer Smith

LGS Class of 2013

LGS Board Secretary

Jennifer is the assistant 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 serves on the LGS Executive Committee, chairs the LGS Alumni Committee and has been a member of the LGS Board since 2016.

Ryan McDermott

LGS Class of 2011

LGS Board 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.

Jeannette Flowers

LGS Class of 2008

LGS Ex-Officio

Jeannette is the director of account management at UMR.  She was named “2015 Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising” and serves as the committee chair for the LGS Revenue and Fundraising Committee. Jeannette also serves on the National Association of Health Underwriters. She serves on the LGS Executive Committee and has been a member of the LGS Board since 2011.

Board members:

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 Manager of Capture Management in the Business Development department at SRC. She is a Forty Under Forty recipient and serves as a Co-Chair of SRC’s Diversity & Inclusion Council.

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 also currently serves on the board of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County

Marcelle Haddix

 Marcelle is a Dean’s Associate Professor and chair of the Reading and Language Arts department in the Syracuse University School of Education, where she is an inaugural co-Director of the Lender Center for Social Justice.  She is the President of the Literacy Research Association.   She directs two literacy programs for adolescent youth. She currently also serves on the Friends of Central Library Board of Directors and works closely with youth programming at Elmcrest Children’s Center.

Rebecca Hoda-Kearse

LGS Class of 2015

Rebecca is the Associate Vice Prsident of Student Engagement and Learning Support at Onondaga Community College. 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 Director of Community Relations for 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 senior managing scientist 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 is the Director of Greater Syracuse H.O.P.E. She serves 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.

Matthew McIntyre

LGS Class of 2011

Matthew is a musician and business owner. He has served on the LGS marketing committee and currently serves on the LGS program committee. Matthew has also served on the Onondaga County Agriculture Council, was a member of the Board of Directors for the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation, and is a graduate of Cornell University’s LEAD New York program.

Vic Parker

LGS Class of 2011

Victor C. Parker, MBA, is a regional sales director for HM Insurance Group, a national leader in the Stop Loss insurance market. He was selected to Central New York’s 40 Under Forty in 2011. Victor is a graduate of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s leadership program, C-Change, and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s board member development program, BOLD. He also is a Big Brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati program

Renae Rokicki

LGS Class of 2014

Renae is a project and strategic planning administrator at SUNY Upstate Medical University. As a Board of Directors member for the American Red Cross of Central New York, she serves 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.

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 serves on the LGS Executive Committee and has been a member of the LGS Board since 2007.

Scott Schuhert, Doctorate in Behavioral Health

Graduate of Broome County Leadership Institute

Scott is the Dean of Students at Onondaga Community College. In this role he supports 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.

Jeremy Wheeler

LGS Class of 2012

Jeremy first joined VIP Structures in September of 2016 as Director of IT. He came to VIP with over 15 years of professional experience, most recently with Dairy Farmers of America. As Chief Technology Officer, Wheeler drives VIP’s technology strategy and serves on the VIP Companies Senior Leadership team.