Laurel Sweeney, Chair
John A. DeGasperis, Esq., Vice Chair
Barbara Connelly Cohen, Secretary
Floyd Lattin, Treasurer
Dr. Alan P. Roberts, President, SUNY Ulster
Lorraine Salmon, Executive Director
Richard A. Anthony
Robert T. Brown, SUNY Ulster President Emeritus
William H. Collier III, Esq.
Richard C. Croce
Daniel J. Devine
Richard A. Mantey
John M. Markes
Dr. Ann M. Marrott
Sara T. Rabbino
Richard V. Roth
David H. Rylance
William L. Spearman
Glenn B. Sutherland
Bryant (Drew) Andrews, Executive Director The Center for Creative Education,
Drew’s passion for dance and for the welfare of children and young adults is evident in the way he encourages discipline and motivation for a healthy lifestyle. The founder and director of CCE’s award-winning hip hop dance troupe, Energy, Drew has over 20 years of experience working with youth.
John Bonavita-Goldman, MD, FACR, of Kingston is a retired board-certified radiologist. Dr. Bonavita-Goldman was most recently an assistant professor of radiology at New York University School of Medicine, teaching at NYU Langone Medical Center, and co-director of the NYU Langone Faculty Radiology Practice. He earlier taught ultrasound to radiology residents, fellows and rotating medical students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, now the Perelman School of Medicine. He was additionally the school’s section chief of emergency radiology.
As well as the Ulster Community College Foundation board, Dr. Bonavita-Goldman also serves on the Ulster County Planning Board, the Kingston Zoning Board of Appeals, the board of directors of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley and the HealthAlliance Foundation board
Cheryl Bowers is President and CEO of Rondout Savings Bank and the first female to lead the bank in its 150-year history. She has been an integral part of Rondout’s Executive Leadership Team since 2008 after joining the mutual bank in 2001 as a founding Business Banking Department Team member. She has a strong track record of supporting technology advancements, strengthening consumer and business relationships, and developing high performance teams built on trust, integrity and empowerment, as well as creating a culture of goal setting, coaching and mentoring that supports employee growth and strategic initiative execution.
As an accomplished financial industry leader with more than 30 years of banking experience in a multitude of areas including Executive Leadership, Commercial and Retail Banking, Branch Management and Marketing, Cheryl has a deep commitment and passion for developing female leaders and creating more diversity in the financial services industry. She is a founding member and co-chair of the New York Bankers Association Women’s Leadership Conference, where she regularly speaks, moderates, and participates as a panelist. Most recently, she was a panelist at SUNY, New Paltz Women’s Leadership Summit and a Session Speaker at the “Own It” Conference, hosted by Entrepreneurial Studies at SUNY, Ulster.
Cheryl is dedicated to civic participation and volunteerism. She serves on the boards of the Ulster Community College Foundation, Kingston Boys and Girls Club, Lions Club of Kingston, and Vassar Brothers Medical Center and is Past Board Chair of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
In recognition of her community commitment and professional achievements, she is a past honoree of the YWCA Tribute to Women and recipient of the Life Time Achievement Award and Volunteer of the Decade award given by Gateway Community Industries. In April of 2018 she was named Businessperson of the Year and was inducted into the SUNY New Paltz Business Hall of Fame. In October of 2018 she was an honoree at the annual SUNY Ulster Community College Foundation Gala and was awarded Woman of the Year. Most recently, she was the recipient of the 2019 United Way of Ulster County 2019 Raising Hope Honoree.
Cheryl is a high honors graduate from the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA and attended Wharton Business School, where she earned her Leadership Certificate.
William “Bill” Calderara was born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York, and while he was the only child of Charlie and Mary Calderara, he grew up as part of a big Italian family. His Dad had 4 siblings and his Mom was the youngest of 12 and almost all of them and their families lived close, some only a floor away, so there was always Aunts, Uncles and more Cousins than anyone could count around. Spontaneous family gatherings or Sunday dinners for 20 were regular event as was making homemade pasta, homemade wine or making a gourmet meal from whatever was in the house, which at times wasn’t much. His parents and extended family help instill many of the values that helped shape Bill’s character. Say please and thank you, holding doors, respect your elders, treat people with respect & dignity, family is everything, caring for your neighbors/community, quietly helping others, giving the shirt off your back, keeping your word and work hard to get ahead were not just sayings but a way of life and his parents were daily examples of these values for him.
Bill was the first generation of his family to attend college and received his education at Fordham University and Iona College, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration after double-majoring in accounting and computer science.
Professionally, Bill is an accomplished bank executive with over 30 years’ experience in leadership, strategic planning, business development, operations, risk management, finance and lending. He is currently President and CEO, of Ulster Savings Bank, a $1.2 billion Mutual Bank serving the Hudson Valley for 170 years. Under his leadership Ulster Savings has been recognized locally and nationally with numerous awards including being named one of the “Best Bank to Work For” by American Banker.
Mr. Calderara has also been very involved in community and industry leadership and currently he serves as a Board member of the Bardavon/UPAC, Ulster Community College Foundation, The Center for Financial Training, President of the Rip Van Winkle Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Treasurer of Pattern for Progress of the Hudson Valley, Treasurer of the Ulster County Italian American Foundation and Immediate Past President of the Kingston Rotary Club.
He is also a multiple Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, a United Way -Leadership Giving Society Member, a Lifetime Member of the National Eagle Scout Association, having earned the Eagle Scout Rank in 1978 and teaches at the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado Boulder. He previously served on New York State Department of Banking -Advisory Board, Fannie Mae’s -Advisory Council, was President of Conn. Mortgage Bankers Association.
Bill has received numerous awards and recognitions, most recently he was inducted into the SUNY New Paltz School of Business Hall of Fame as the 2019 Business Person of the Year and the National Eagle Scout Association’s Outstanding Eagle Scout Award recipient also in 2019, just to name a few. In his spare time Bill is also a Professional Ski Instructor have earned PSIA Level 2.
He and his wife, Patti, reside in Kingston and have three adult children and four grandkids.
Kathleen K. Cloonan
Bio to come.
Alicia Collins is an accounting consultant with 30+ years of experience in bookkeeping systems, financial management systems, office administrative consulting and forensic accounting.
Alicia is a graduate of SUNY Ulster (‘93) where she received an Associates Degree of Arts in Math and Science and became a member of Phi Theta Kappa (‘92-’93). During Alicia’s tenure at SUNY Ulster she served as the Student Trustee on the college’s Board of Trustees. Alicia also earned her Bachelor of Arts in Community, Regional and Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Economics from Bard College (‘96). In 2012 Alicia earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from SUNY New Paltz where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and also received the President’s Award.
Alicia has been consulting since 2004 in both work-out and start-up consulting assignments for medical, real estate, and educational clients including working as a financial consultant for Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. from 2015 to 2020 where she supported the executive director in a complete restructure of the Foundations accounting and data management systems.
Alicia is a former Finance Committee member of the LBGTQ Center of Kingston.
She enjoys traveling the USA and internationally and continues her love of learning, currently studying ceramics and creating pottery here in the Hudson Valley.
Scott Davis, P.E. is a registered Professional Engineer licensed in NY, CT, MA, PA, NJ, NH and WY. Scott has more than 25 years of experience in Structural Design and Analysis, and Civil Engineering. He is active in the Eastern New York Chapter of the Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Scott’s project experience includes civil/site development design, residential and commercial building design and analysis, forensic structural analysis, and project management. He is experienced with AASHTO, AISC, NYSDOT, and ACI codes.
Tamika Dunkley is an alumnus of Ulster County Community College with an Associate in Nursing Science. She went on to receive a Bachelor’s in Nursing Science from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Spending the majority of her nursing career working in the critical care unit as well as a building supervisor of a local long-term care facility.
Currently, the CEO of Seasoned Delicious Foods, a food product manufacturer based in Saugerties, NY. In September of 2020, opened up a small gourmet grocery market and cafe in the heart of midtown Kingston. And while “the food is our bread and butter,” the non-profit work is her heart. A portion of all sales goes directly to Seasoned Gives, a non-profit established to provide financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and job/life skills training with a special focus on BIPOC and women community members. Providing education on economics and how it affects communities of color through the “Circulation of Our Dollar” events. She has also been instrumental in the development of food equity and justice programs in Ulster County. And hosts a “Support Your Neighbor Program'' that has now distributed tens of thousands of pounds of food and meals to those in need. Cofounder of the Annual Caribbean Carnival in Saugerties which brings art, music, and food in addition to cultural education to Ulster County.
Currently, she is a board member of Harambee, Black Farmers United, Ulster County youth board, Ulster county workforce development, YWCA, Kingston Midtown Business Alliance, Blackout Coalition, and advisory of Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation. And has been instrumental in social justice initiatives such as the Saugerties police reform commission.
As a wife, mother and grandmother she has dedicated her life to creating a better world for the next generation. And looks forward to continuing to make a positive impact in the community as an Ulster Community College Foundation board member.
Robert R. Jacobsen, Esq. earned his J.D. in 2003 from Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, MA, his BA in Accounting from State University of New York College at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY and his AS in Business Administration from Ulster County Community College, Stone Ridge, NY. Robert and his wife, Carly, are President’s Challenge Scholarship sponsors and our SUNY Alumni.
Olana O’Connor, SUNY Ulster and SUNY New Paltz Alumna, fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, English, elementary level Spanish and Polish, previously Ellenville Middle School - Social Studies 8th Grade 2009-2013 and current board focus is the President’s Challenge Scholarship. Olana is married to Joe O’Connor, Esq. and they are current sponsors for the President’s Challenge Scholarship.
Ashley Knox, MPS is a native of Kingston in Ulster County, NY and the Executive Director of Go Beyond Greatness, Inc. (GBG) a NYS educational consulting firm designed to support students to develop the skills and "greatness mindset" needed to succeed in the 21st century with an emphasis on college and career readiness. Ms. Knox is a Public Speaker and Educator with over ten years experience developing educational leadership programs for high school and college students locally and across the globe. Her mission is to empower young people to become great leaders of tomorrow.
Ms. Knox holds a Master's degree from SUNY New Paltz in Humanistic and Multicultural Education. Ashley is also an alumna of SUNY Ulster, and the Kingston High School. In addition to her educational involvement, Ms. Knox serves as a Board of Trustee for the Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley, Board of Director for the Ulster County Economic Development Alliance (UCEDA), Board of Director of SUNY Ulster Foundation, Inc and also volunteers as a member for the Kingston City School District Board of Education - Student Resource Officer Committee. Backed by her extensive professional knowledge and experiences, Ms. Knox is also a motivational speaker. She spoke at the 2020 NYS Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP), Youth Practitioner’s Conference with an inspired TED Talk entitled “BELIEVE: Empowering Youth in Times of COVID 19.” Ms. Knox was the guest speaker for the Girls’ Leadership Worldwide graduation ceremony at Eleanor Roosevelt Center in Val Kill, NY; 2017. She also was keynote speaker for 2016 Association of NYS Youth Bureau Annual Directors Conference, entitled “Why the World Needs our Greatness.” Ms Knox also presented at the 3rd Annual Climate Solutions Summit at SUNY Paltz. More recently, Ms. Knox and her work were recognized by Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan as a model of what it takes to build the next generation in Ulster County recognized in his State of the County Address, January 2020. She has been the subject of several online articles, including “Ashley Knox: College Administrator/Activist,” which was featured in Upstater Magazine, and “Program helps students find their greatness,” highlighting the need of the Go Beyond Greatness initiative in the Mid Hudson Valley. Ms. Knox has received numerous awards including the 2018 YWCA of Ulster County Tribute to Women and also featured in the Marquis Who’s Who in America Biographies. In the coming years, Ms. Knox intends to become an international motivational speaker and establish a platform where she can reach more people and motivate them to go beyond their greatness.
Christopher Mikesh, Esq. is an Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice of Mayer Brown LLP’s New York office. In addition to representing financial institutions and multinational corporations in complex commercial litigation, Chris maintains an active pro bono practice, serves as Co-Chair of Mayer Brown’s NY LGBTQ+ Lawyers Affinity Group, and is a member of the NY Association Diversity Committee.
Chris has experienced first-hand the important role that community college plays in the educational advancement of those who attend SUNY Ulster, having attended SUNY Ulster during his senior year at Rondout Valley High School before receiving his Bachelor of Arts from New York University and Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School. Chris and his husband Zachary Bowman are proud sponsors of SUNY Ulster Foundation's President's Challenge Scholarship.
Dennis A. O’Brien received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY and his wife Joyce is a retired elementary school teacher having taught at St. Joseph's School in Kingston for 20 years. Dennis has been on the Foundation Board for over 20 years, serving at times as Vice Chairman, Treasurer and on several committees. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Wiltwyck Rural Cemetery Board, and is a Commissioner of the Spring Lake Fire Department. Past board participation included many years with The People's Place food pantry and thrift store in Kingston.
Dennis and Joyce are sponsors of a President's Challenge Scholarship and have a "soft spot" in their hearts for the Lights For Learning program.
Bio to come.
Victoria St. John-Gilligan is a tireless worker on behalf of community causes and institutions. She is highly respected for her energy, judgment, and ability to organize and motivate individuals. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors for many major regional organizations and is a recognized leader on behalf of the not for profit and educational communities. Her commitment to Ulster County Community College and its mission has been foremost among her interests and activities for almost a decade. Her father, the late attorney Howard C. St. John, was instrumental in the establishment of the College and the family has been strongly associated with it for many decades.
Robert Tonner https://www.roberttonnerdesign.com/ Sculptor and Character Designer, Founder of The Tonner Doll Company (1991 to 2018), Entrepreneur and essential charitable donor and supporter of the SUNY Ulster Fashion and Design program.
Dale Robbins is the Creative Director, Pie Design www.piedesign.com. Pie Design is a small shop that staffs some of New York’s top design and animation talent.
Kathleen “Katie” Zell is a certified public accountant and graduate of Western New England University. She also holds a Master of Accounting from the University of Hartford. Katie is the President of Zell CPA, PC, a public accounting firm in Kingston, NY, specializing in taxation services for individuals and businesses.
Prior to starting her own firm, she worked for PKHB CPAs PC (formerly Kimball & O’Brien, PC) for 13 years specializing in taxes and not-for-profit accounting, auditing, and taxation. She also worked as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers for three years in their private company services department.
Katie continues to serve as a volunteer giving back to her community, having held leadership positions on many boards throughout Ulster County, including the Junior League of Kingston, People’s Place and the Friends of the Senate House, and most currently, the Ulster Federal Credit Union, Cornell Cooperative Extension – Ulster County, and Ashokan Center.
Katie currently lives in Hurley, NY, with her husband Andrew and their daughter, Peyton, and son, Augustus.