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Board of Directors 2015-2016

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

Board Members

Bernie Bunce
Rosemary Carr
Marty Cuddy
Rosemary Fenneman
Jane Forstadt
Josie Glos
Bertha Jacobs
Barbara LaBarge
Iris McNulty
Robert Pirozzi

Edward Priest
Sharon Putney
Libby Rubenstein
Tracy Ryder
Lisa Schiller
Jean Seale
Ted Topalian
Don White
Claire Wightman


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

Manager for Business & Administration
Susan E. 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.

2016 Blood Drives:

  • Downtown Campus:
    Thursday, January 7, 9:30am – 5pm
    Friday, January 8, 7am – 1pm
    Thursday, April 14, 9:30am – 5pm
    Friday April 15, 7am – 1pm
  • Community Campus:
    Tuesday, January 5, 12 pm – 6 pm
    Wednesday, January 6, 7 am – 1 pm
    Tuesday, May 3, 12pm – 6 pm
    Wednesday, May 4, 7am – 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 2015-16 we are focusing on 3 fundraising events - Macy's Shop for a Cause, 17th Annual Fall Swing Golf tournament, and our 18th Annual Mystery, Malt & Merlot.

2015-16 Events

  • 18th Annual Mystery, Malt & Merlot—Friday, April 8, 2016
  • 17th Fall Swing Golf Tournament - September 14, 2016

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.

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