Team Upstate Committee

The purpose of Team Upstate is to encourage volunteer participation among our students, staff, faculty and retirees. Team Upstate promotes our own sponsored activities, as well as those in our Greater Syracuse community into the communities in which we live in order to promote our quality of life and maintain Upstate Medical University's (UMU) mission, vision, and values among our constituents.

For more information, contact Zanette Howe, Team Upstate Committee Chair.

Committee Meetings

Team Upstate Committee (formerly Advisory Council) meetings are held on a quarterly rotation. The meeting schedule is listed below:

  • March 11, 2015
  • May 20, 2015
  • July 29, 2015
  • October 7, 2015
  • January 20, 2016

2015 Projects

Projects include:

  • April 3 - CVC's Signature Project - Community Build to End Homelessness PDF Icon
    An opportunity to help transform a vacant and currently uninhabitable property into affordable housing for members of our community. When finished, the home (142 Granger Street), will provide housing to three formerly homeless men who have been pre-screened, employed, and will pay a monthly rent. They are individuals who can regain their independence and will no longer need shelter or meals from the Rescue Mission.
    For more information, please contact Kristin Thompson at 464-4836.
  • April 25 - Clean Up Syracuse
    Help give Downtown Syracuse a spring cleaning! On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the Downtown Committee is organizing an Earth Day Cleanup event in downtown and helping out our neighbors in the University Hill area of Syracuse. Volunteers will be provided with gloves, trash bags, t-shirts and lunch afterward. For more information or if you'd like to volunteer, please email Darryl Geddes at
  • August 15  - Mary Nelson's Youth Day BBQ External Icon
    This event helps youth in our community, from Pre-K - college, get the supplies they need to have a successful school year. Backpacks are distributed filled with school supplies to each youth that is attends the event.
    For more information, please contact Kristin Thompson at 464-4836.
  • December 22 - Salvation Army Christmas Bureau
    An opportunity to volunteer and pass out toys and books to families in need during the holiday season.
    For more information, please contact Kristin Thompson at 464-4836.

Committee Members

Name Department
Zanette Howe, Chair Marketing and University Communications
Suzanne Brisk Wellness Coordinator
Kristin Bruce Upstate at Comm. General, Dir. Of Volunteers
Matt Cortese COM VP for Student Government
Amanda Desroches Vascular Lab
Darcy DiBiase Marketing and University Communications
Toni Gary Upstate Foundation
Darryl Geddes Public and Media Relations
Lisa Gooley Human Resources
Kerry Donnelly- Greene Medical Imaging Sciences - CHP
Gillian Ottman Public and Media Relations
Nancy Prott Office of the President
Virginia Young Health Sciences Library
Pete Thomas Campus Web Services
Kevin Phelps Laboratory Animal Resources
Megan Chase Human Resources
Kristin Thompson Marketing and University Communications

Sponsor: Wanda Thompson, PhD.