Board of Directors 2013–2014

Theresa Devennie, President
Linda Martino, VP Service
Jean Seale, VP Fund Development
Ted Topalian, VP Advocates for Community Campus
Gloria Hoffman, Treasurer
Judy Carr, Secretary

Board Members
Mark Murphy
Jean Pirozzi
Robert Pirozzi
Edward Priest
Susan Ross
Libby Rubenstein
Christopher Russo
Karl Schindler
Don White
Claire Wightman

Donna Breen
Betty Brown
Bernie Bunce
Rosemary Carr
Nancy Chepenuk
Marty Cuddy
Rosemary Fenneman
Josie Glos
Karen Goldman
Bertha Jacobs

Ex-Officio
Bonnie McCabe
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, spearheading the collection of scarves and hats for chemotherapy patients 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, April 24 – 9:30 am - 5 pm
    Friday, April 25 – 7 am - 1 pm
    Thursday, July 24, – 9:30 am - 9 pm
    Friday, July 25, – 7 am - 1 pm
  • Community Campus:
    Monday, May 5, – 12 pm - 6 pm
    Tuesday, May 6, – 7 am - 1 pm
    Tuesday, August 5, – 12 pm - 6 pm
    Wednesday, August 6, – 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 2013-14 we are focusing on 4 fundraising events - Macy's Shop for a Cause, 14th annual Fall Swing Golf tournament; Personalized Pencil Sales; 16th Annual Mystery Malt & Merlot - Friday, April 4, 2014 at the Oncenter

Events for 2013-14 include:
14th Annual Fall Swing Golf Tournament—Wednesday, September 11, 2013
16th Annual Mystery, Malt & Merlot—Friday April 4, 2014

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.