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 Officers and Members

  • Sara Ayala
    Board Chair
    New Hartford, NY

    Sara is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the US Air Force. She is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology (Computer Science) and the University of Washington (Business, Information Systems) with a 32-year career in management, program management, and acquisition management in communications, networking, and computers. Sara currently serves as Board Chair of NYPENN Pathways. She works part time for the 5th District Court as a permanency mediator, volunteers as a mediator with the Peacemaker Program in Utica, and mediates Family Court and Small Claims situations.

    Along with her interest in mediation, Sara enjoys reading, hiking, and is a volunteer rainfall/snowfall monitor for the nationwide Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCorahs) reporting agency. Sara has also previously volunteered with the Valley Oasis Domestic Violence Center in California, Northern Virginia Suicide Hotline, and as trainer for Boy Scouts budgeting and hiking awards. For two years she served as a HAZMAT First Responder in Southern California.

  • Mike Sabo
    Endicott, NY

    Mike has a professional background in Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Information Technology and Information Asset Security with a degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University. He retired from IBM as a Manager/IT Security Auditor and most recently worked as a consultant in China for a large Chinese telecommunications company. Mike currently serves on the NYPENN Pathways Board of Directors and is chair of Audit Committee. Prior to the merge, he served on the board of the Seven Lakes council. Other volunteer activities include serving on the Policy Board of the Teacher Center of Broome County and providing Medicare Advantage Plan selection assistance for eligible people. Personal interests include tennis, hiking, chess, bridge and education support.

    Mike feels service on the NYPENN Pathways board is important to help ensure that the resources are available to provide a meaningful scouting experience for any girl who would like to participate in scouting. This includes providing the highest quality of support to the volunteer leaders who are the key to giving girls a rewarding and enjoyable scouting adventure. He also feels it is important to offer girls the kinds of programs that will encourage more of them to become scouts and continue in scouting as they get older.

  • Kathy Burke Barry
    Syracuse, NY

    Kathy has served on the NYPENN Pathways Audit Committee for several years and is the current Treasurer. She specializes in audits of manufacturers and non-profit organizations, is the Director of Technical Services and the Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee at Dermody, Burke & Brown. She has been with the firm since graduating from St. John Fisher College with a BS in Accounting in 1987. Kathy specializes in audits, reviews, and compilations of manufacturers, non-profit organizations, and closely-held family businesses. Kathy is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She previously served on the boards of the YWCA and Girl’s, Inc.

  • Kim Lamar Shelton
    2nd Vice Chair
    Vestal, NY

    Kim Lamar Shelton earned her B.A. degrees in Sociology and Afro-American & African Studies in 1988 and completed her Masters of Arts in Teaching degree in January 1990 from Binghamton University. Kim graduated from the Southern Tier Leadership Academy sponsored by Binghamton University’s School of Management in June 2002. She is currently the Director of Student Support Services at SUNY Broome Community College in 2011.

    Kim educational philosophy is to ensure that students are provided with the necessary resources and tools to succeed.

    Kim resides in Vestal, NY with her husband, Dyschel, and daughter, Katherine (Girl Scout Ambassador). When Kim is not working at the college, she serves as a photographer and stylist in her husband’s business, Legacy Everlasting Photography. Kim believes in giving back and serving others. Therefore, she continues to be active in her church and surrounding community. She has served on the NYPENN Pathways Board since the realignment and is the current 2nd Vice Chair. The Girl Scouts of Indian Hills Council honored Kim with the Thanks Badge in 2008 for her service at the troop, service unit, and council level.

  • Judy Suddaby
    1st Vice Chair
    Syracuse, NY

    Judy is currently Principal Law Clerk to a Judge in the New York State Court of Claims. Prior to this position she was in private practice, focusing in matrimonial and family law. She is a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh and Albany Law School of Union University. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Onondaga County Bar Association. She has been involved in Girl Scouts for several years, currently serving as 1st Vice Chair of NYPENN Pathways Board and was Chairperson of the Bylaws and Property II Task Groups. Prior to NYPENN Pathways, Judy was on the former GSCCNY Board and the Board Development Committee, and was part of the Governance Subcommittee of the Council Realignment Committee.

    In addition to Girl Scouts she is involved with REaCH, a research and educational organization with the goal of finding a cure for hydrocephalus. Judy is also active with her church, and her sons' schools. She really enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking and enjoying the outdoors.

  • Casey Crabill
    Camillus, NY

    Dr. Casey Crabill is Onondaga Community College’s eighth President, leading Central New York’s second largest undergraduate college.

    Prior to joining OCC, she served from 2006 to 2013 as president of Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey, where her accomplishments included setting record student enrollment; obtaining a $4.6 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to train workers in new career paths; and becoming the first community college in the country to sign an environmental stewardship agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She has also served as president of the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California; as acting president and dean of Learning and Student Development at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, Connecticut; and division chair for Academic Development and Learning Support at Dundalk Community College in Dundalk, Maryland.

    Casey received her B.A. in English from Skidmore College and an M.S. in Teaching English as a Second Language and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, both from the State University of New York at Albany.

    Casey is a former Girl Scout and shared her scouting experiences in her keynote speech at last year’s Gold Award Recognition event. She has participated as a mentor at Camp CEO and is currently a member of its program planning committee.

  • Megan Curinga
    Conklin, NY

    Megan is a Partner at Hinman, Howard and Kattell and a member of the Real Estate, Oil and Gas, and Credit Union Practice Groups. She concentrates her practice in advising clients and lending institutions on all aspects of real estate transactions. She handles a wide range of commercial real estate loans, leases, purchases, sales, and other transactions for purchasers, sellers, lenders, investors, and borrowers throughout New York State.

    A native of Syracuse, Megan practices in the Binghamton and Syracuse area. She devotes time to participating in community activities by being a member of the membership committee of the Binghamton University Forum. She is a past member of the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center, a past member of the Samaritan House Board of Directors, and the former Real Property Section Chair of the Broome County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee. She is a member of the Broome Leadership Institute Class of 2010; the Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition “20 in Their Twenties” Class of 2010; and the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Livewires Class of 2011.

    Megan is passionate about developing female leadership skills. She is impressed with the mission of the Girl Scouts, the history of how it began, and the huge impact it has on so many women.

  • Elizabeth De Rose
    Vestal, NY

    Liz works for Verizon Wireless as a Solution Architect. She partners with businesses to develop a wireless strategy that both leverages their existing infrastructure and adds additional capabilities to support long term strategic objectives resulting in measurable business improvements. Through her career with Verizon, Liz has held several positions focusing on sales, marketing, operations, network, and training. Liz earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College and an International Business Degree from the University of Madrid, Spain.

    Starting as a Brownie, Liz learned the value of community service. Since then, she has more than 25 years of volunteer experience including Great Dane Rescue, Planned Parenthood, Vestal Hills PTA, American Cancer Society, and the Broome County Chamber. She is currently a Delegate and Adult Trainer for her service unit, and Troop Leader.

    Providing a supportive environment for her daughter’s troop as they have transitioned from Daisies to Brownies has been extremely rewarding, as well as the Volunteer-In-Training program with older girls. She wants to ensure that NYPENN remains in a position to prepare girls for a future that includes an understanding of their role and responsibility in a technologically driven world, while preserving the fundamentals of a community focused scouting program.

  • Judi Dixon
    Memphis, NY

    Judi is a Protein Sales Specialist at Dot Foods where her role includes consulting with food distributors to help them source their protein needs. She is also involved with Dot’s Women’s Leadership Group and facilitates the NY group meetings. Judi graduated from Empire State College with a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Marketing in October, 2008. She is an Ambassador with the Centerstate CEO Chamber in Syracuse. She also volunteers every year for the NY Beef Council at the NYS Fair on Beef Day to educate the public about the nutrition associated with beef. Judi recently served as a Judge for the NYS Dairy Princess Competition.

    She is on the NYPENN Pathways Advancement Committee and had the honor of being one of twenty professional women mentors for NYPENN Pathways inaugural Camp CEO in September. Judi is passionate about continuing to be involved with organizations that promote and nurture the skills and talents of women and girls alike to assure that we continue to have strong, confident women leaders well into the future! Among Judi’s hobbies are camping, swimming, and wine tasting. In fact, Judi has also served as a judge for four years for the NYS Commercial Wine Competition and is a member of the American Wine Society.

  • Karen Hegeman
    Theresa, NY

    Karen is a current NYPENN Pathways Board member and recently served as 1st Vice Chair. She was also formerly a member-at-large for the Thousand Island Girl Scout Council Board, having served as a President and member for many years. A graduate of SUNY Cortland, Ithaca College, and SUNY Brockport, Karen is a retired school administrator, principal, teacher, and coach.

    Her volunteer work includes student teacher supervisor for SUNY Cortland, serving on the Ted Swan Jr. Memorial committee and 'Our Memories Catering' and as a staff member at ADA Camp Carefree, NH, a summer camp for children with diabetes.

    A lifetime member, Karen has been involved in Girl Scouting since Brownies and achieved First Class and Curved Bar. She was privileged to work at Girl Scout day camps and resident camp while growing up, directed her local neighborhood day camp, and worked at Girl Scout National Center West for ten summers.

    She enjoys woodworking, basket making, gardening, and kayaking, and enjoys her lake home in northern NY. She is an elder in her church and serves as church treasurer and on the mission committee.

  • Linda Jolly
    Corning, NY

    Linda is vice president and corporate secretary of securities and governance at Corning Incorporated. In addition to her responsibilities as corporate secretary and work with the Board, Linda is the lead on all securities and corporate governance related legal matters for Corning. Linda also currently serves as corporate secretary and counsel to the Corning Incorporated Foundation and the Corning Museum of Glass. Before joining Corning, she held positions as general counsel to two privately-held companies, as a vice president of legal compliance at an investment banking firm in NYC, and as an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in NYC.

    From 1985 through 1997, Linda was an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Air Force and New York Air National Guard. She was stationed in South Korea, Virginia, and New York, and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant. Linda holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz, and received her law degree magna cum laude from New York Law School. She is a member of the New York and Connecticut Bars.

    One of her favorite Girl Scout memories is of visiting a bakery and other local businesses when she was a Brownie in Texas. Linda also enjoyed participating as a mentor at Camp CEO.

  • Amy Manley
    North Syracuse, NY

    Amy is the Communications Manager at Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences. She is an Emmy Award winning TV producer/director with extensive experience in the broadcast markets of Upstate New York. A former assignment editor at WTVH-TV, Amy has also created and produced award-winning programming for Time Warner Cable. In 2003, she was part of the original production team that helped launch CNY's first 24/7 news channel, News 10 Now. Her most recent experience was as a producer for WCNY-TV (PBS).

    As a Girl Scout, she has very fond memories of the overnight adventure her troop had aboard the U.S.S. Sullivan battleship in Buffalo. She feels she has been blessed to have had so many wonderful, strong and confident women role models growing up. Girl Scouts was a big part of that and it is an honor to give back. Amy received her B.A. in Broadcasting and Communications from SUNY Oswego where she was a proud member of Alpha Phi Omega. She currently volunteers for Lakeside Youth A Cappella Camp, serves on the board for The Spirit of Syracuse Chorus and previously was a board member for Syracuse Press Club.

  • Cathleen McColgin
    Skaneateles, NY

    Cathleen C. McColgin was born and raised in the Syracuse, New York area. Upon graduating from Jamesville-Dewitt High School, she attended Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor, MI) and obtained an A.A.S. degree in Respiratory Therapy. After returning to Central New York, Cathleen earned an A.A.S. degree in Nursing at Cayuga Community College. While working as a registered nurse, Cathleen attended Syracuse University’s College of Nursing and graduated with a B.S. degree. Cathleen’s teaching career began in 1988 at Cayuga Community College as the Coordinator of the Nursing Arts Laboratory. During this time she completed her M.S. degree in Nursing and Ph.D. in Higher Education from Syracuse University.

    Cathleen was appointed President of Herkimer Community College in June 2015. Prior to that, she held the position of Provost and Senior Vice President of Onondaga Community College and also Provost of Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Campus. She has served, or currently serves, on several college-wide and SUNY-wide committees. She is also an evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Cathleen served as an officer in the United States Army Reserve as a member of the 376th Combat Support Hospital, obtaining the rank of Captain. Cathleen is a current member of the NYPENN Pathways Board and serves as Chair of the Finance Committee.

  • Carl McLaughlin
    Watertown, NY

    Carl is currently employed as the Executive Director of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization. This is a community and economic development agency that functions as the primary community interface with Fort Drum. This is a second career following 32 years as a school district administrator, retiring in 2004 from the Watertown City School District. His wife Weslie and he both graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1972; his graduate work was completed at SUNY Brockport, SUNY Oswego, and NYIT.

    Carl is currently a member of the NYPENN Pathways board. He has more than 20 years of adult volunteer service with the Thousand Islands Girl Scout Council doing a variety of tasks from cookie Dad to board chairperson. Most of his committee work was in the area of property, personnel, policy and bylaws, and the Camp Trefoil Committee. Other current community service activities include Rotary, The North Country Arts Council, and Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County. He is a past District Commissioner for the local Boy Scouts and was for many years Trailmaster for a local Volksport Club, North Country Wanderers.

  • Dorollo Nixon, Jr.
    Binghamton, NY

    Dorollo is currently a member of NYPENN Pathways Board Development Committee and was co-chair of this year’s Women of Distinction event in Binghamton. He was born and raised in Rochester, New York and its suburbs, including Greece. His family has called upstate New York home since the 1950s. For several years, Dorollo was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout (Troop 90). He holds degrees from Cornell University and Rutgers University School of Law. During the past 14 years, he has worked, studied and lived as far away as London, South Korea and Dubai, but has never forgotten his upstate roots.

    Prior to moving to the Binghamton area in June 2012, he practiced law in New York City for various firms, focusing on international commercial matters and antitrust work. Dorollo has also sought the Republican nomination in New York’s 27th Congressional District. He currently volunteers as President of Southern Tier Young Professionals and is a board member of several nonprofits, including ACHIEVE, the Broome County Arts Council, the Central New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, and Mapleridge Ranch. He and his beloved wife Lyuba reside in the City of Binghamton and enjoy distance running, gastronomy, serving in their church, and fine wine. Dorollo wants to help encourage girls to seek challenges in our global world and overcome them.

  • Karen Oxenreider
    Corning, NY

    Karen is a current member of the NYPENN Pathways Board. She is originally from New York City and she attended college in Rhode Island. Her greatest enjoyment growing up in New York City was singing in the all-state choir and ice skating in Central Park.

    After college, she was hired and selected for the management program at Merrill Lynch. The position with Merrill Lynch was in London, England where she lived for three years. After London, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia and continued working for Merrill Lynch. In Atlanta, she met her husband and raised two wonderful sons. During her time in Atlanta, she accepted a promotion in retail banking and transitioned to First Atlanta.

    Karen now lives in Corning, New York and works for M&T Bank.

  • Terry Plizga
    Deerfield, NY

    Terry holds a MS in Management Science from SUNY Institute of Technology. Terry 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 NYPENN Pathways Board of Directors and Chair of the Board Development Committee. In the past Terry 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.

  • Caeresa Richardson
    Liverpool, NY

    Caeresa works as an Associate Product Line Manager with Eaton’s Crouse Hinds Division. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University, is a certified Project Management Professional and a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Leadership Development Program for Minority Managers. Caeresa is very active in the Central New York community and has collaborated in several leadership capacities with organizations like A Good Life Youth Foundation, the Gwen, Inc. “You Can’t Fail Conference,” and The Promise Land Church. She is also a member of Junior League of Syracuse. In 2014, she was a recipient of the YWCA Diversity Achiever Award for her contributions to the CNY community.

    Caeresa is passionate about the development of professional women and young girls and has fond memories of being a Girl Scout at a young age. She lives in Liverpool, New York with her husband David.

  • Sonia Robinson
    Oswego, NY

    Sonia is a Public Health Educator and Emergency Planning Coordinator for the Oswego County Health Department. She is a graduate of the State University College at Cortland with a BS in Health Science and is currently working toward a Masters Degree. In addition: Sonia has operated a small business from her home for more than 21 years.

    Sonia has extensive volunteer experience including: Girl Scout Leader and volunteer in the Oswego Service Unit, Oswego School District Band Parent Association Board Vice President, Oswego Children’s Board, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society; Relay for Life; Boy Scouts of America and the Oswego YMCA. Sonia currently serves as a NYPENN Pathways board member and Chair of the Advancement Committee.

    In her spare time Sonia enjoys gardening, traveling, photography, vintage shopping, recreational sports, walking, craft projects, event planning, and learning about new things.

  • Irene Scruton
    Fayetteville, NY

    Ms. Scruton is currently Director of the MBA Program at SUNY Oswego’s School of Business. Irene, a lifetime Girl Scout and former banking executive, received a “Woman of Distinction” honor in 2006 from GSCCNY and most recently served on the Transition Nominating Subcommittee of the Council Realignment Committee. She is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Onondaga Community College Foundation and chaired the Scholarship Committee of the Board. East Syracuse, NY.
     She is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo and holds an MBA from Syracuse University. She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse and served on its Board of Directors. She is also a Regional Vice President for the New York State Association of Traffic Safety Boards. Irene is an elected official serving on the Town of DeWitt Board and Chairs the Technology Committee among other community affiliations and service groups.
  • Helen Stepowany
    Clinton, NY

    Helen brings twenty-five years of non-profit executive leadership experience across 10 counties in central and western New York State, with a specialty focus on developmental disabilities and autism services. At a senior leadership level her work represents all facets of the design, development, implementation and continuous improvement of a wide range of services for persons with disabilities as well as the ongoing development of training and supports for staff that work with them. Areas of personal interest and accomplishment include non-profit organizational development, project management, strategic planning, leadership development, quality improvement, and performance management.

    Helen’s past experience includes supervising program operations at the Upstate Cerebral Palsy in Utica and with the design and development of the Kelberman Center, Inc., an affiliated non-profit center of excellence for individuals with autism incorporated in 2005 where she was their first Executive Director.

    In December 2011, she joined Pathfinder Village in Edmeston, NY in the position of Director of the Kennedy Willis Center, established as the first planned residential community for individuals with Down syndrome and related developmental disabilities in the United States.

  • Gwen Webber-McLeod
    Auburn, NY

    Gwendolyn (Gwen) is a current member of the NYPENN Pathways Board and serves on the Advancement Committee. She is President/CEO of Gwen, Inc. and has over 30 years’ experience in leadership development, facilitation, strategic planning and the development of effective coalitions/collaborations. In addition, Gwen is a frequently sought after lecturer and conference keynote speaker on the topic of leadership. Her clients are CEOs, executive and mid-level managers, and leadership teams in public, private, health care and education businesses and organizations.

    Gwen is a cum laude graduate of SUNY Potsdam University, and a recipient of a Masters of Science in Management from Keuka College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Gwen takes pride in being a serial entrepreneur who created two businesses prior to Gwen, Inc. In 2008, she incorporated what she considers her “legacy building” business, Gwen, Inc., which houses her consulting practice and two new divisions. Gwen, Inc.’s hallmark division - The Leadership Connection®: A Resource Centered on Great Leadership opened as a resource center for leaders in January 2009.

    She has been Director of Communications for Wells College; Communications/Development Director of the Seven Lakes Girl Scout Council; Executive Director of the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls; Executive Director of the Booker T. Washington Community Center in Auburn, and Coordinator of Human Services for the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency.