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Board Development Committee


 Committee Members

  • Jayn Graves
    Watertown, NY

    Jayn is a North Country native born in Canton and brought up in Watertown. She is a graduate of Watertown High School and Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart. She first worked under the auspices of the Ford Foundation and later became Environmental Health Program Director for the Health Systems Agency in Los Angeles, California. She was active in the American Public Health Association and was chairman of the Women’s Caucus of APHA. Jayn also worked with the United Mine Workers and the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers on occupational health issues.

     In 1980 she returned to Watertown and became Director of Resource Development for Planned Parenthood of Northern New York, Inc. In 1986, she was named chief professional officer of the United Way of Northern New York, Inc. During her tenure she has worked with literally hundreds of dedicated community volunteers and has been an advocate for 66 local United Way Partner organizations in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties. Jayn has assisted community volunteers in raising almost twenty-seven million dollars since 1986. In 1998, she led the successful merger with the Lewis County United Fund, in 1999 the merge with the Wilna-Champion United Fund and in 2000 the merge with the United Way of St. Lawrence County. She notes that our United Way is now the single largest rural United Way east of the Mississippi.

     Jayn has had happy associations with New Day Nursery School, Holy Family School and the Watertown City School District. Of all her volunteer activities, she is most proud of the seven years spent as a parent representative to the Committee on Special Education, Watertown City School District.

     She is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and is a past vestryman and warden. Jayn is a past director of the Greater Watertown Chamber of Commerce and in 1999 was the Chamber’s Athena recipient. She is a former Girl Scout leader and a 2010 Girl Scout Woman of Distinction recipient as well as an inaugural graduate of the Jefferson Leadership Institute and the Lewis County Leadership Academy. She served for ten years on the board of the Thompson Park Conservancy and seventeen years as a Trustee of Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library. She is currently serving on the Samaritan Keep Nursing Home board, the Henry Keep board, the Ives Hill Retirement Community board and has just finished second term on the Trinity Episcopal Church vestry and Search Committee for a new Rector. She is President of the Friends of the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library board of directors. The organization currently has close to 200 memberships. Jayn is also serving a first term as a board member of Neighbors of Watertown.

     At the end of June 2013, she will retire as president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Northern New York, Inc. with 27 years of service and will begin a consulting service to non-profits across the North Country.

  • Fanny Villareal
    Syracuse, NY

    Fanny Villarreal was born and raised in Peru, where she earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in law studies. She worked as a judge in Peru until 1991, when she moved to Syracuse and immediately began working in the community. Her first position was as a cashier at Nojaim’s Brothers Supermarkets. She quickly learned English and worked her way up to management. Fanny soon became involved in social services as a bilingual social worker for Catholic Charities. During this time, she also founded a bilingual educational radio program, Nosotros Radio, Inc. “Your Latino Voice.”

     A few years later, Fanny was asked to become the Executive Director of the Spanish Action League of Onondaga County, Inc. During her time in that position, she helped grow the organization from an annual budget close to $300,000 to over $1million and from nine employees to twenty five. She has been active on a number of community boards including, the Syracuse Neighborhood Initiative, Onondaga Citizens League, Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today, and Elmcrest Children’s Center.

     Fanny served as Director of Family and Community Development for P.E.A.C.E., Inc. where she had the opportunity to learn about the needs and assets of Syracuse and Onondaga County's many neighborhoods.

     While attending Syracuse University, Maxwell school, Fanny was offered the Executive Director position at the YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County.

     Fanny received numerous award including “40 Under 40,” NY State Woman of Distinction, Syracuse University Community award, among others.

  • Rebecca Reed
    Watertown, NY

    Rebecca is the Branch Director of the YMCA in Watertown where she has worked for ten years. She has a BA in Business Administration from St Leo College. Rebecca is on the board of CREDO and the Jefferson County Youth Bureau.

     Rebecca was briefly a part of Girl Scouting when she was 11 or 12 years old and reconnected with Girl Scouting when she joined NYPENN’s Strategic Learning Team where she helped us identify the realities we must address to move forward as an organization. Rebecca is a strong proponent of providing girls with the foundation to believe in themselves. Rebecca is married to 1st Sergeant Retired Jeffrey Reed and is the mother of five children—two boys and three girls. Her family arrived at Fort Drum in 1995 and Rebecca has been an active member of the community ever since. Her oldest son was recently promoted to Sergeant in the Army and is currently stationed in Iraq.

  • Terry Plizga
    Deerfield, New York

    Terry holds a MS in Management Science from SUNY Institute of Technology. She is employed by M&T Bank as a Vice President in CNY Business & Professional Banking. Previously Terry worked with SBU Bank as Vice President of Retail Banking. She recently served as the Chair for the GSNYPENN Board of Directors and in the past served on a legacy council Board (GSFC) since 2002 as 1st Vice President, Member-at-Large, and Nominating Committee. She has also served as president, vice president, and treasurer of Greater Utica Sunrise Rotary. Prior to returning to banking, Terry was employed at Upstate Cerebral Palsy as an Associate Executive Director in charge of Human Resources.
  • Jeffrey Hoffman
    Waterloo, New York

    Jeffrey Hoffman earned his BA from SUNY-Cortland at age 21. At age 26 he reinvented himself by coming back to Cayuga Community College and Empire State College. Many years later he received his Masters in Business and Policy Studies, with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Empire State College.
     Jeff has served as Executive Director of the Cayuga Community College Foundation since 2005. His career in nonprofit management goes back to the 1980s, including a stint as the director of development and public relations for the Sarah Wells Girl Scout Council in Middletown, New York. He has worked in higher education fund development for the past 23 years and currently serves as co-chair of the SUNY Community Colleges Advancement Officers. He serves on other boards including the United Way of Seneca County and Seneca-Cayuga ARC.
     Jeff has been a consultant to not-for-profit organizations and has presented workshops on fund development and nonprofit management across the US. Jeff lives locally with his wife, Debbie. They have three children, Sam, Sean, and Sarah.
  • Eunice Williams
    East Syracuse, New York

    Eunice is the Interim Vice President for Curricular and Instructional Support Services/Diversity Services/Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) at Onondaga Community College. As the CDO, she is primarily responsible for providing leadership and support for the College's Diversity Council, working with college groups and college administrators in the formulation or review of programs and policies pertaining to the needs of diverse and underrepresented populations, and advising college constituencies on multicultural/diversity issues, trends and program activities. She further serves as an adjunct instructor in the General Studies department at the College. She is the Vice President of YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County board of Directors, Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Cultural Resource Council's Board of Directors, member of the CNY Vision Advisory Board, and a board member of the Interreligious Food Consortium Board. She is also the Vice President of the National Diversity-Tri-State Board and an Institutional Representative for the American Council on Education/Office of Women for Higher Education New York State Network (ACE/OHWE). Eunice received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York/University at Buffalo and her Master of Science in Counceling Education at Syracuse University. Over the course of her twenty-year career in academia, she has written a number of approved grant proposals and presented a series of lectures and workshops on diversity-related issues throughout the United States.
  • Thola Wolanski
    Athens, Pennsylvania

    Thola has been involved in the Girl Scout Movement since September, 1999, when her oldest daughter became a Daisy Scout in Kindergarten. After starting as the First Aider for the troop, she moved on to many leadership positions that followed her to the Twin Tiers from Baltimore, MD. She currently has held the Service Unit Manager position for Six Pines for the past nine years and was a voting delegate for the Girl Scout National Convention in Houston, Texas, in the fall of 2011. Thola also volunteers as an event coach for Athens Area High School Science Olympiad team in Protein Biochemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, and Epidemiology.
     Thola has been a professional nurse since 1991 and holds a Masters Degree in Nursing. She is currently teaching senior level students at the Arnot Ogden School of Nursing. She is the Treasurer for her nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau International, Rho Gamma Chapter, a Charter Board Member for NY League of Nursing and an Ambassador for National League of Nursing.