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Board & Committees

Advocates Board Members


  • Doretta Royer, Interim President
  • Donna Breen, VP Fund Development
  • Jane Forstadt, VP Membership
  • Jean Pirozzi & Bertha Jacobs, VP Service
  • Lisa Schiller, VP Contracts
  • Beverly Lauricella, Interim VP Marketing
  • Barb LaBarge, Treasurer
  • Karen Goldman, Secretary
  • Sharon Putney, Immediate Past President

Board Members 

Advocates Board of Directors
Ellen Abbott Anthony Kurec
Larissa Brenner Kathy LaRocca
Theresa Devennie Beverly Lauricella
Debbie Gozzi   Bonnie McCabe
Samantha Grossmann  Edward Priest
Alicia Green






 Administrative Coordinator

Service Committee

This year we 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. Beautification at Upstate Community Hospital included decorating the campus for the holidays and planting flowers in the spring. We also were able to assist Spiritual Care at Upstate University Hospital at their Annual Memorial Service and were part of Snowflake Central again in the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. At each campus, “themed dinners” complete with entertainment were provided for several hospital units for patients and their families.

Fundraising Committee

To date, The Advocates has provided Upstate Medical University with more than $2.7 million, raised through its support of fundraising opportunities, including its signature annual event, Mystery, Malt and Merlot. The funding has supported numerous healthcare and scholarship initiatives, including hospital programs and services, grants, Upstate capital projects, and community outreach—all resulting in a better quality of life for Central New Yorkers.

Other Committees

  • Membership Committee
  • Marketing Committee
  • Finance Committee