Board of Directors 2014—2015

Theresa Devennie, President
Jean Pirozzi, VP Service
Judy Carr, VP Membership Marketing
Jean Seale, VP Fund Development
Gloria Hoffman, Treasurer
Karen Goldman, Secretary

Board Members
Edward Priest
Sharon Putney
Melanie Rich
Libby Rubenstein
Christopher Russo
Ted Topalian
Don White
Claire Wightman

Donna Breen
Bernie Bunce
Rosemary Carr
Nancy Chepenuk
Marty Cuddy
Josie Glos
Bertha Jacobs
Pam Lundborg
Robert Pirozzi

Bonnie McCabe — Ex-Officio
Kristin Bruce—Director Volunteer Services

Manager for Business & Administration
Susan York

We are structured into three different committee areas—Service, Membership/Marketing, and Fund Development.

Service Committee

This year we have had wonderful opportunities to work on each campus and out in the community.  At each hospital campus, we were instrumental in running the blood drives and providing “themed dinners,” complete with entertainment for several hospital units.

As the holidays approached, we were delighted to be part of Snowflake Central in the Golisano Children’s Hospital.  It was very heartwarming to see the smiles on the parents’ faces as we wrapped gifts for their children.

The Service Committee has collaborated with periodic educational opportunities for our members and others in the community through our partnership with HealthLink.

2013-14 scheduled blood drives:

  • Downtown Campus:
    Thursday, October 16 – 9:30- 5 pm
    Friday, October 17 – 7 am-1 pm
    Thursday, January 8, 2015 – 9:30 am – 5 pm
    Friday, January 9, 2015 – 7 am – 1 pm
    Thursday, April 23 – 9:30 am – 5pm
    Friday, April 24 – 7 am – 1 pm
  • Community Campus:
    Wednesday, October 29 – 12 pm – 6 pm
    Thursday, October 30 – 7 am – 1pm
    Tuesday, January 6, 2015 – 12 pm – 6 pm
    Wednesday, January 7, 2015 – 7 am – 1 pm
    Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 12 pm - 6 pm
    Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 7 am - 1 pm

Fund Development

Fund Development is not one committee but rather a group of smaller committees that promote The Advocates through fundraising events. In 2014-15 we are focusing on 3 fundraising events - Macy's Shop for a Cause, 15th Annual Fall Swing Golf tournament, and our 16th Annual Mystery Malt & Merlot.

2014-15 Events:

Macy’s Shop for a Cause – August 23, 2014
14th Annual Fall Swing Golf Tournament—Wednesday, September 10, 2014
16th Annual Mystery, Malt & Merlot—Friday April 24, 2015

Strong leadership through the years, resourcefulness, and a focus on identifying and acting on ways to improve patient care, have enabled The Advocates to fulfill its mission.  We are prepared to meet the future of Upstate Medical University and its campuses.