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2020 Gala Visionaries in Action Program


Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. 

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2020 Gala Visionaries in Action 

Diamond Event Sponsor The Family Of Howard C. St. John 

Diamond Auction Sponsor Darlene L. Pfeiffer

Sapphire Media Sponsor Basch & Keegan LLP 


Thursday, October 15 2020 

We will miss seeing you all in person at our 2020 gala. As we meet here on these pages virtually, please also join at the link below, where, in our video tributes, we can be grateful, together, for each other and for the collective us… and this year especially, for those who we celebrate! To you, thank you for supporting our students. 



Diamond Event Sponsor: The Family of Howard C. St. John. 

The St. John family legacy of business, community, and philanthropy is known throughout the Hudson Valley and at SUNY Ulster. Howard C. St. John served as Ulster County District Attorney, as a partner in the law firm that bore his name and as Chairman of the Board of Ulster Savings Bank. The St. John family’s advocacy for SUNY Ulster continues with Victoria St. John-Gilligan, who is secretary to the SUNY Ulster Board of Trustees, a Director of the Foundation Board, 2020 Gala Co-Chair, and, also with Lisa St. John, a member of the Gala Committee, recognized with their family as a top donor to our Foundation. 


Diamond Auction Sponsor: Darlene L. Pfeiffer. 

Darlene Pfeiffer is an incredible champion of SUNY Ulster students. In 2005, Darlene established a scholarship fund for students who demonstrate self-motivation and an entrepreneurial spirit, now known as The Darlene Pfeiffer Scholarship. She also sponsored the development of the Darlene L. Pfeiffer Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the highly successful SUNY Ulster Own It! Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference. In the fall of 2017 SUNY Ulster opened the Pfeiffer Technology and Innovation Lab, made possible by an originating donation from Darlene, which has generated over $1M in grant funding for our campus. In 2019, she established yet another life-changing program through her visionary philanthropy. The New Start for Women welcomed the first cohort of 15 students to SUNY Ulster in 2019 and welcomed an additional 15 students in 2020. Darlene’s visionary program attracted an additional $1.5M in funding from the NoVo Foundation. As a Foundation Board Director, she is a tireless advocate and key donor in support of SUNY Ulster, our Foundation, and our students. Darlene is our Foundation’s principal individual donor.  


Sapphire Media Sponsor: Basch & Keegan LLP.

Basch & Keegan LLP is a Kingston law firm with a record of community service. Partners include Eli B. Basch, Maureen A. Keegan, Derek J. Spada, and Foundation Board Director John A. DeGasperis, SUNY Ulster alumnus who was recently inducted into SUNY Ulster’s Alumni Hall of Fame. Eli and Susan Basch, and John and Emily DeGasperis, are President’s Challenge Scholarship sponsors in the Kingston City School District. Basch & Keegan LLP, are sponsors of the Kingston Farmers Market, YMCA, Kingston Rotary, Dietz Stadium, and supports the HealthAlliance/WMC Tulip Ball, The Jewish Federation’s Fall for Art, Shamrock Run, Snowflake Festival and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ulster County, among many other causes in the community.




Gold Sponsors:

Bruderhof, Ulster Savings Bank, Viking Industries

Silver Sponsors:

Alesco Advisors, Marshall & Sterling Insurance, Rondout Savings Bank

Cocktail Hour Sponsors:

HealthAlliance, Van Kleeck’s Tire, Nutshell Realty, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Anna & Kenneth Brett

Park at Home Sponsors:

Leahy Funeral Home, M&T Bank, Rhinebeck Bank, Roemer Wallens Gold, Ryan, Roach & Ryan


Gala Advertisers & Auction Item Donors:

Bank of Greene County, Barbara & Joseph Cohen, Bop to Tottom, Bradford Portraits, Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Custom Cards by Wynne Anne, EFPR Group, End Cut, Victoria St. John-Gilligan, Herzogs/Kingston Plaza, Junior League of Kingston, Karhu Moon, Kingston Fine Jewelry, Kingston Physical Therapy, Paul L. DeLisio, Mohonk Mountain House, Normann Staffing, Dr. Alan P. Roberts, Rose & Kiernan, Rusk, Wadln, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP, Lorraine Salmon, Spa 21, Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits, Three Wishes Boutique, Timely Signs


Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc.  


Message From The Executive Director


Congratulations to all of our 2020 Honorees & Awardees!


Although it is unfortunate we are unable to gather together in celebration this October, our spirits are high as we unveil our first-ever virtual Gala ceremony. We invite you to join us and view the ceremony at Thank you to all of our Gala sponsors and supporters rising to meet the challenge of giving in these unprecedented times. It is in no small part due to your generosity that SUNY Ulster was named the #1 Community College in New York State by With support from your charitable gifts, up to 70% of SUNY Ulster students graduate with no college debt, and the Department of Education recognizes SUNY Ulster as a top 100 2-year public college noted for the low cost of education after scholarships and financial aid. Life in Legacy Society. Many thanks to our donors and friends of SUNY Ulster, who have given us the opportunity to serve so many students. We offer special thanks to the members of our Life in Legacy Society on pages 10-12, which honors our donors recognized for giving to Endowed and Honorary & Memorial Scholarships. Kudos to all of our President’s Challenge Scholarship Leaders and Sponsors, outlined on pages 13-18, who have allowed us to reach over 150 first-generation college students in the eighth-grade. You CAN influence our world and make it brighter. Please call me at (845) 687-5093 or email me at I welcome the opportunity to meet with you. I would love to hear your story. I’d be happy to tell you mine. Combining our efforts, we are sure to create something positive, together. Thank you for sharing your time this evening to celebrate our 2020 Honorees and Special Recognition Award Recipients. 


Lorraine Salmon 

Executive Director of Institutional Advancement & External Relations. 


*Scholarship awards are based upon fund performance. Ranked #1 Community College in New York State. 



Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. 

Message From The Chair

Congratulations to this year’s Honorees & Special Recognition Award Winners!

The Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. is a vital part of the SUNY Ulster Family and I am grateful to see the outpouring of support by our sponsors and donors during a global pandemic to support the work of the Foundation to award scholarships as well as emergency funds through the Lights for Learning In Memory of Barbara A. Adams - student emergency funding program here at SUNY Ulster. In 2020, we will award over $120,000 in emergency support and over $450,000 in scholarships to students, all thanks to the commitment of our community and our generous donors.


Since the Foundation’s inception, we have raised more than $15.3M and increased our partnerships with other Charitable institutions locally and nationwide. Over 5,400 organizations and individuals across our region have chosen to support the work of our Foundation, with over 300 new donors joining us this year.


The Foundation manages over $12.4M in assets today. Our annual earnings support ongoing scholarship awards as well as College program services of over $750,000 this year.



To date, we have awarded over $5.8M in scholarships to more than 7,300 SUNY Ulster students. The annual scholarships granted to students have grown from a total of $15,000 in 1980 to more than $450,000 this year, all because of the generosity of our donors.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, a heartfelt thank you to all of our contributors from our College community, friends, alumni, civic organizations and corporations that have made all of our work possible. 

John M. Markes, Chair, Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc.

SUNY Ulster was the Only NYS community college named to the top 100 public two-year colleges in the United States with the lowest net price after grant aid and scholarships.

Released by the U.S. Dept. of Education in 2020


Empower Our Vision Scholarships

I cannot express how lucky I am to have donors who care so much for my college and the students in it. Without these scholarships, I may not have been able to continue on my journey at SUNY Ulster.  I am so happy to be able to follow my dreams and spend my time at such a great school. Spring 2020 Scholarship Recipient. Empower Our Vision Emergency Funding. Thank you for helping me through this. I cannot say thank you enough for helping me and my family. It really means so much. Spring 2020 Emergency Funding Recipient. 


Special Recognition Awards

#belikeanita Inaugural Award

In Honor & Memory Of Anita Williams Peck

The recipient is selected by the President of SUNY Ulster annually to recognize a member of the community who works tirelessly on behalf of others, leads by example, dedicates personal time to make the world a better place, and lives in a manner worthy of notice.

The name Anita Williams Peck has always been synonymous with caring for our community and lifting up others. Anita, the daughter of the late Walter G. and Marianne K. Williams was a successful businesswoman, passionate about her family and community, and someone who was known to extend kindness and hospitality to everyone she met. Beginning in 1965, Anita operated the Williams Lake Hotel, founded in 1929 by her grandfather, Gustave Williams, a Finnish immigrant. Anita took over the management of the hotel in 1987. Anita worked tirelessly in support of plans to redevelop Williams Lake Hotel into a world-class sustainable resort community. Anita was a strong environmental steward, and in 1994 contributed over 400 acres of environmentally sensitive land to the Rondout-Esopus Land Conservancy Inc., to be preserved as “forever-wild” to benefit the community and protect wildlife habitat. Since 2007, Anita was an owner of Hudson River Valley Tours, which provides tours through the region. Known throughout Ulster County and the Hudson Valley for her countless hours of volunteerism for not-for-profits, Anita served as a champion for the following organizations, including the Benedictine Health Foundation, Junior League of Kingston, Zonta, Stone Ridge Nursery School, Stone Ridge Library, Rosendale Library, Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale Elementary School Christmas Project, Hudson Valley AIDS Auction, Boys and Girls Club of Kingston, Ulster County Historical Society, Children’s Home (New Paltz and Rosendale), Ulster County Chambers of Commerce, Esopus Chamber Orchestra, Friends of Historic Kingston, D&H Canal Museum and Skål International, the largest professional tour and travel organization in the world. Anita served as a member and President of the Rondout Valley Central School Board and was a member of the Ulster County School Board Association. In 2007, Anita was recognized with the “Heart of Ulster County Award” for her significant contributions to Ulster County’s economy. In 2013, she was the recipient of the “Sister Mary Charles Award” from the Benedictine Health Foundation in recognition of her service on the Foundation Board and her support of the Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund, the Bike for Cancer Care and the Fern Feldman Anolick Center for Breast Health. In 2016, she was honored by the Stone Ridge Library for her board service and support.

Anita was also a board member of the Ulster Community College Foundation, where she completed her third term as Chair just prior to her death in early 2019. Anita endowed three scholarships and the Anita Williams Peck Public Speaking Competition, which celebrated its 10th-year at SUNY Ulster just after Anita passed. Anita was an inaugural donor for The SUNY Ulster President’s Challenge Scholarship, a program that helps 8th-grade students to be the first in their family to graduate from college, which expanded under her leadership from 6 students to some 150 students today. 


Special Recognition Awards

Peter & Jennifer Buffett- The Novo Foundation 

Recipients Of The Your Promise~ Their Future Award 

The Your Promise ~ Their Future Award recognizes donors who, by substantial planned gifts or generous contributions, provide future or present-day funding deemed to be transformative. The 2020 Recipients Jennifer and Peter Buffett and the NoVo Foundation are recognized for their vast philanthropic efforts across Ulster County, infusing more than $10M into our community, including their pivotal multi-year support of the New Start for Women Program, powered by Darlene L. Pfeiffer, which helps women in Kingston and Ulster County earn a one-year SUNY Ulster business certificate leading to living-wage employment and economic mobility. The NoVo Foundation undertakes these efforts with humility and transparency, acknowledging that making systemic change is a difficult, yet necessary endeavor. 

Dr. Mindy Kole 

Recipient Of The Anne R. Donovan Award

The Anne R. Donovan Award is given to members of the campus community who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to SUNY Ulster by undertaking initiatives above and beyond the scope of their work in support of the mission of the College. It was established in memory of the longest-serving member of the SUNY Ulster Board of Trustees in the history of the College, Miss Donovan, who dedicated her life to promoting the value of education with forty years (1974-2014) of unwavering leadership and service to our students and our community. Dr. Mindy Kole, Director of the Darlene L. Pfeiffer Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, has been instrumental in launching new opportunities for students at SUNY Ulster. In addition to teaching business, Dr. Kole shepherded the New Start for Women Program and developed Own It! Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference, providing local innovators access to inspirational and practical information on how to use their skills and expertise to succeed. 

Tim & Laurel Sweeney 

Recipients Of The Inaugural #belikeanita Award 

Tim and Laurel Sweeney, consummate business professionals and strong civic leaders have dedicated themselves to making a difference in our community and to supporting SUNY Ulster’s students. Laurel, a community college graduate, serves as Vice Chair of the Foundation Board of Directors and has been fundraising to support our students on the Foundation Board since 2015. Laurel has been a key player in the development and launch of the Foundation’s most recent strategic plan. Tim, past Trustee and board chair of the SUNY Ulster Board of Trustees with service from 2010 to 2017, was recognized by the New York Community College Trustees with the Marvin A. Rapp Award for Distinguished Trustee service in 2017. His advocacy of capital projects to help SUNY Ulster’s future and his commitment to our students’ success are unparalleled. Tim and Laurel’s leadership in championing and advocating for the President’s Challenge Scholarship has been paramount since day-one and continues today as we grow our donors in support of this life-changing program. As PCS Ambassadors in the Rondout Valley School District, they have secured more than 37 student sponsors for Rondout and other school districts (fundraising more  than $265,000) and being named as PCS Rainmakers, and their efforts are not done! Giving back to their community through civic leadership and volunteerism is what Tim and Laurel are known for, as evidenced by their work for countless community boards and organizations. 


Kathleen Cloonan 

Kathleen Cloonan, Foundation Board Director and past Co-Chair of our Gala committee, has been an integral member supporting massive changes in our foundation. Kathleen has been a prominent member of many boards and committees in our community and has dedicated her life to supporting the needs of others in Ulster County. The Ulster Garden Club, the Junior League of Kingston, and our Foundation are just a few organizations that have benefitted from Kathleen’s expertise and support. In 2000 she was recognized by the YWCA of Ulster County as a Tribute to Women Honoree. Kathleen and her husband Bill Cloonan, Esq. are sponsors of three President’s Challenge Scholarship (PCS) students, providing a two-year college education at SUNY Ulster to each as they commence from the 8th-grade. Bill and Kathleen’s support has helped us reach other donors who also champion and fund the education of Ulster County PCS Students, some who are currently attending SUNY Ulster. Kathleen retired from 20 years in the insurance industry and changed careers, teaching at-risk kids for 15 years. Kathleen has two daughters, Kate, an attorney in Virginia and Molly, a teacher in New York and four fabulous grandchildren, Connor, Christopher, Colin, and Keegan.

Mary Stuart Masterson & Jeremy Davidson

Mary Stuart Masterson & Jeremy Davidson, this Hudson-Valley duo, combine creativity and entrepreneurship through their passionate work to expand the potential of film, media, and tech at Stockade Works and capture the unique stories of our region at their own Storyhorse Theater. Known for acting and directing with a light on political history and social conscience, Jeremy and Mary Stuart founded the Storyhorse Documentary Theater, where the couple brings to life Hudson Valley history through stories of the people who reside here. While raising their four children here in the Hudson Valley, this dynamic couple has plans for Upriver Studios, a Saugerties economic development  opportunity  that  will attract movie and TV series production to a state-of-the-art studio while retraining locals for production  work.  Mary  Stuart   and Jeremy are committed to developing artistic and workforce opportunities for under-represented populations in the entertainment industry, including women, veterans and minorities. As their storytelling events, industry training, workshops, and community partnerships expand potential artists and would- be film professionals across the region benefit from the depth of their vision for our region.

Life in Legacy Society

The Life in Legacy Society honors donors to SUNY Ulster, who have created endowed and honorary & memorial scholarship funds. Scholarship awards give the vital support needed for students to further their education at SUNY Ulster and beyond. Endowed scholarships provide this life- changing assistance to our students forever. You may join the society by forming a scholarship fund or Endowment in Growth and experience the impact of your legacy during your lifetime.


Endowed Scholarships



$500,000 - $999,999


$300,000 - $499,999

Professor Ann LeFevre Gilchrist Memorial • Grace E. Elliot in memory of Frank G. Elliot


$200,000 - $299,999

The Anita Williams Peck Scholarships

Nursing Scholarship In Memory of Elizabeth H. Tucker

Public Speaking Competition 

Scholarship in Arts

Scholarship In Memory of Walter G. & Marianne J. Williams


$100,000 - $199,999

Braby & Blackwell Family Memorial

Murial O. Feraro Memorial Scholarship

 George M. & Shirley J. Krembs 

Mildred & Louis Resnick In Memory of Joseph Y. Resnick 

Aaron E. & Jane M. Shultis Memorial

Glenn B. Sutherland & Cynthia A. Lowe

Karl & Catherine Weibrecht Memorial


$75,000 - $99,999

Freda & Richard Martens Memorial 

Sarah M. Schmidt Memorial


$60,000 - $74,999

Eppie Convel & Stan Breite 

Macdonald DeWitt Memorial


$50,000 - $59,999

Louis Berger Memorial

Rosakranse Family 

Sofia P. Reuner

Sofia P. Reuner Theater Arts


$40,000 - $49,999

Viola C. Jansen Memorial 

Elizabeth & Lloyd LeFever Memorial

Ruth Pacini Satterfield, Veronica Pacini & Patricia Pacini

Gary & Janaki Patrik Music


$30,000 - $39,999

Margaret & Robert Markes Memorial 

Barbara P. & Edward V. Marrott Memorial Louis & Sophie Offermann Palkowics

Herbert H. Reuner Memorial


$25,000 - $29,999

Louis Greenspan Scholarship for Veterans

Bessie G. Johnston

 Dr. Richard Katims

Margaret C. Lewis Professor Lawrence R. & Mrs. Susan Matson Earth Science

 James P. Mertes Memorial Adam C. Nadiak Memorial

Marie & Guido Napoletano Memorial 

Gary & Janaki Patrik Mathematics Arthur A. Reilly Memorial 

Ulster Savings Bank 

Charles A. Schenck Memorial Professor Derwin H. Stevens Physics

Todd Wonderly Memorial Kevin E. Zimmerman Memorial Music Scholarship


Endowments In Growth

$25,000  PLEDGED

JFC Breathe Free Scholarship in memory of Joseph F. Clausi Michael B. Finnegan 

Dr. Roger & Dr. Rosanne Yetzer Mathematics


$20,000 - $24,999

Alfred Bedell Family

Evelyn E. & Joseph E. Burger and Flossie E. & Ray Davis Memorial Stephen G. Hyatt Memorial

Frederick & Ellen Katt Memorial

Chief James K. Riggins Memorial

Senator Arthur H. Wicks Foundation

Ulster County Association of Town Superintendent of Highways




Barbara A. Adams Memorial • Walter W. Bartlett Memorial • Noreen Baumgarten Memorial

Police Chief Assoc. Noreen Baumgarten Memorial • Joseph P. Budik Memorial • Eva & Hugo Carlen Diane O’Brien Cooke Memorial • Paul J. Croce Memorial • Robert O. Davenport Memorial

Frank & Helen Delaney Memorial • Professor Kenneth Hallam Memorial • Jerome & Sadie Hirsch Professor Daniel N. Holleran Memorial • Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Coleen Hughes Memorial Scholarship • Michael Kandl Memorial • Professor Keith LaBudde Memorial Jack & Marti Lawson Memorial • Cantor Julian Lohre Memorial • Prof. & Mrs. Lawrence Matson

John & Margaret Mikalauskas • John H. Moehle Memorial • Jacob R. Moss Memorial • Muroff-Kotler Memorial Patricia & Timothy O’Brien Memorial • Professor Terry L. Parmenter Memorial • McCann/Pezzino Memorial Police Chief Association Jack Lupton Memorial • Milton L. Reynolds Memorial • Mica J. Stanmyer Memorial Rabbi Alice Stein & Marla Stein Memorial • Professor Benjamin P. Stormer Memorial Harriet Tuchman Memorial • Ulster County Scouting Awards by Frank Skidmore

Ulster County Volunteer Firemen’s Association • United Way in Memory of Richard Fredenberg Grace Van Benschoten Memorial • Wiltwyck Chapter, NS, DAR • Matthew A. Wolff Memorial


Life in Legacy Honorary and Memorial Scholarships




$500,000 - $999,999

Sherman Adin & Carol E. Adin Scholarship

George Devine College Scholars & Future of New Paltz


$300,000 - $499,999


$200,000 - $299,999

Shults Family Scholarship for College Scholars


$100,000 - $199,999

 Iris Stedener Memorial Scholarship 

Jay E. & Lucia De L. Klock Foundation of Kingston Scholarship The Darlene Pfeiffer Scholarships


$75,000 - $99,999

Clarence W. Spangenberger Scholarship

Ulster County Community College Faculty Association Scholarship


$60,000 - $74,999

Symons Foundation, Inc. Scholarship

Dorothy E. Patton Memorial Nursing Scholarship


$50,000 - $59,999

Charles Haas Memorial Scholarship 

Mildred & Louis Resnick College Enhancement Scholarship Sawyer Savings Bank Scholarships - Business, Engineering & Nursing


$40,000 - $49,999

American Association of University Women Scholarship

Organization of Professional Administrative Personnel Scholarship


$30,000 - $39,999

Ellucian Company L.P. Information Technology Scholarship 

George Krupica Criminal Justice Scholarship 

Helen M. Roedell Memorial Scholarship

Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Scholarship

PEO Sisterhood Scholarship

 Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Gail Godwin Honorary Award


$25,000 - $29,999

George Krupica Police Academy Award

Hurley Lions Club Scholarship Zonta Club of Kingston Scholarship


$20,000 - $24,999

Dyson Foundation Student Support Scholarship 

Hendrikus and Lena Spijker Memorial Scholarship Rondout Savings Bank Scholarship • Ulster County Board of Realtors Scholarship

Ulster County Community College Board of Trustees Scholarship in Memory of Wendell D. Harp Ulster County Retired Teachers


$10,000 - $19,999

Alfred & Bella Rehm Memorial Scholarship • Ann B. & John C. Smith Scholarship • Anonymous Scholarship Barbara Connelly Cohen Scholarship for Fashion

Catskill Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited, In Memory of Art Flick Scholarship

Christus J. Larios Scholarship for the Sciences • Dominic J. Giamei, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Dr. Erna Moss Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Mindy & Howard Kole Entrepreneurship in Arts, Science & Business In Memory of Isabel M. Hecht

Edna Ten Hagen Scholarship • Frank Sena Memorial Scholarship • Fred & Dale Guerra Memorial Scholarship Gordon L. Kidd, Jr. Memorial Scholarship • Isis Heslin Alumna Scholarship

Kathryn Josephine Brown Memorial Scholarship • Kingston Masonic Lodge Scholarship Kingston Professional Firefighters’ Association: Harry E. Hornbeck Memorial Scholarship Kiwanis Club of Kingston Scholarship • Learning Center Financial Award

Lee Herrington Memorial Scholarship • Molly Lilly Correll Memorial Scholarship

Phebe Aeberli Memorial Scholarship • Professor & Mrs. Harry Matzen History Scholarship Professor Eugene L. and Mrs. Frances C. Turgeon Scholarship • Ron Marquette Writers Scholarship Rosanne Yetzer Continuing Education Scholarship • Sandra J. Wilczek Empowerment Scholarship Senior Computer Learning Center Scholarship • Spearman Family Scholarship

SUNY Ulster Board of Trustees & President’s Cabinet Scholarship in Honor of Martin D. Kelly Supporting Friends of HealthAlliance Scholarship • The Garraghan Family Scholarship

The Gene Haas Scholarship • Thomas D. & Anne N. Connelly Memorial Scholarship Ulster Federal Credit Union Scholarship in Memory of Calvin M. Cunningham

Vern & Paula Piantanida Family Scholarship

Vincent Leone Memorial Scholarship • Williams Self-Reliance Scholarship

$5,000 - $9,999

Adam Jeff McQueen Memorial Scholarship • Al DiBernardo Scholar Athlete Award Anderson Nursing Scholarship • Alexandra Lawson Memorial Scholarship

Barbara Maxwell Memorial Scholarship • Carl J. Mihm, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Charles A. Vosper Memorial Scholarship • Elaine Reiss Award • Green Careers Academy Scholarship Hudson Valley Personal Computing Club • Karen Zentner Memorial Scholarship

Kingston Rotary Veteran’s Scholarship • Lillian Aaron Memorial Scholarships for Fashion & Music Mim Fyllingen Brown Memorial Scholarship

Professor Barbara A. Maxwell Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Professor Joseph K. Schwarz Memorial Scholarship • Robert T. Brown Scholarship Rosendale Police Benevolent Association, Robert “Nippy” Lasher Memorial Scholarship Sheldon COIL Academic Travel Scholarship • Sherman Robert Ehrich Memorial Scholarship SUNY Ulster Academic Merit Scholarship • SUNY Ulster Choral Music Scholarship

SUNY Ulster Foundation Memorial and Honorary Scholarship

SUNY Ulster Transfer Day Scholarship • The Honorable T.R. Gallo Scholarship Theresa Sena Memorial Scholarship • Tim Grenda Memorial Scholarship

Ulster County School Nurses’ Association Scholarship • Ulster Garden Club Scholarship Vincent M. Rabuffo Memorial Scholarship


Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. 

Donate Advocate Educate 


Our Mission

is to raise funds to collaborate with SUNY Ulster to promote academic excellence, accessibility to higher education and economic vitality in Ulster County.


Our Vision

is to promote and manage philanthropic giving for student success through developing scholarships and student support funding, assisting in capital and technological advancements for the college, forging partnerships with businesses and local school districts; and by fostering strong community awareness and engagement.


Your donations support SUNY Ulster students and the Foundation’s mission:

Student Scholarships

Business & Entrepreneurial Studies

Professional & Continuing Education

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

Criminal Justice, Human Services & Police Academy Nursing

Biological Sciences & Veterinary Technology

English, Foreign Language & Philosophy 

Art, Design, Fashion, Music, Theater & Communication

Social Sciences, History, & Education

SUNY Ulster - Start Here. Go Far. Message From The President

Thank you for joining us at our Foundation’s 2O2O Virtual Gala!

Although we can’t be together in person due to the challenging times we are facing with COVID-19, we appreciate the opportunity to be connected through our virtual format. Our students’ and community’s health and safety have been our number one focus and priority throughout this public health pandemic.

As the sixth President of SUNY Ulster, it has been an incredible opportunity to serve our community since 2015. We play a critical role in making a significant impact on the lives of the community members and students we assist as they work toward fulfilling their educational goals and pathways.

Working together, we are making SUNY Ulster an even better and stronger institution positioned to weather the challenges ahead and poised to ensure its mission endures to serve the County and region and, most importantly, our students.

We can make a difference by providing affordable access to higher education while changing lives due to your generosity. Thank you for your support and philanthropy, which are imperative to aid our students’ success.

Please feel free to contact me (845) 687-5050 or Start Here. Go Far!

Dr. Alan P. Roberts

SUNY Ulster, President

President’s Challenge Scholarship

In Honor of President Emeritus Robert T. Brown


“The President’s Challenge Scholarship was launched in 2016 with six students in the Rondout Valley Central School District. Today, thanks to a generous community of donors, we have nearly 150 students in the program, with an additional 50 college-bound students joining annually and representing all nine Ulster County School Districts.


This initiative will help us make higher education a reality for students in our County who might not otherwise pursue a college education. Motivating students to think about their future educational plans while they are in eighth-grade is just the beginning. The lives of the students who participate will be changed forever.”


Dr. Alan P. Roberts, President, SUNY Ulster


The President’s Challenge Scholarship Program now serves nearly 150 first-generation college- bound students in all nine public school districts throughout Ulster County!


The President’s Challenge Scholarship has grown from six Rondout Valley Central School District students in our 2016-2017 pilot year to 16 students in 2017-2018 to 51 students in 2018-2019 to 100

students in 2019 to nearly 150 students in 2020! These students, across nine school districts, have successfully taken the challenge and are being motivated to stay on the college-bound track – all thanks to the generosity of our student sponsors.

About The President’s Challenge Scholarship (PCS)

PCS assists first-generation college-bound high school students with overcoming the financial barriers associated with attending college. Students, identified in eighth grade by sponsoring school districts, receive guidance counseling and mentoring through the completion of high school and are awarded a two-year tuition-free college education at SUNY Ulster!

The PCS Story

PCS was launched in 2016 with six eighth grade students from Rondout Valley Central School District. Today, thanks to a generous community of donors, we have nearly 150 students in the program, with an additional 50 college-bound students joining annually from all nine Ulster County school districts.

The PCS Student Experience

Once PCS Recipients begin high school, they take the PCS Promise and are partnered with a College Mentor at SUNY Ulster. PCS College Mentors, comprised of members of the SUNY Ulster Enrollment and Success Center team, are each assigned to support students from a particular high school. Mentors meet students regularly throughout the school year on-campus and at the school districts. Mentors are charged with keeping their students on the college-bound track and assist with college readiness skills like academic planning, financial literacy, learning styles, and career exploration. This support continues throughout the student’s high school career and ultimately helps to transition them to college.

PCS Promise

At the start of their program, PCS students make a commitment to themselves and to the College by taking the PCS Promise. As a President’s Challenge Scholarship Recipient 

I Promise To…

Be A Responsible Student • Be Active In & Out Of The Classroom • Choose And Act With Kindness Have An Open Mind & To Be Ready To Learn New Perspectives • Set A Good Example For Others Make Every Effort To Participate In PCS Activities



Given the current situation with COVID-19, the PCS College Mentor team has outlined a combination of phone and email outreach along with synchronous virtual engagement sessions to support PCS students until it is safe to visit in-person. Virtual sessions are scheduled to take place throughout the fall, including a specialized session to welcome our newest 2020-2021 recipients (Class of 2024) to the PCS Program!


How You Can Help

Help empower our vision by supporting economically disadvantaged eighth grade students, who will be the first in their family to attend college, by sponsoring a student through the President’s Challenge Scholarship Program at SUNY Ulster. To find out how you can change a life forever, contribute to the PCS Student Experience or make a larger commitment, please call Lorraine Salmon, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and External Relations at 845.687.5093 or Nancy S. Clarke, Office of the President, Administrative Program Coordinator President’s Challenge Scholarship 845.688.1927.

Learn more:

President’s Challenge Scholarship in Honor Of President Emeritus Robert T. Brown 

Thank You to Our Sponsors For Taking The Challenge!


2021-2022 In Need Of Sponsors For The Graduating Class Of 2025


  • Ellenville Central
  • Jean Lerner – ChampIon*
  •   4 Students Seeking Your Support
  • Highland Central
  •   5 Students Seeking Your Support
  • Kingston City
  • Kathleen & Bill Cloonan – Transformers*
  • John A. Degasperis, Esq. & Emily Degasperis
  •   8 Students Seeking Your Support
  • Marlboro Central
  •   5 Students Seeking Your Support
  • New Paltz Central
  •   5 Students Seeking Your Support
  • Onteora Central
  •   5 Students Seeking Your Support
  • Rondout Valley Central
  •   5 Students Seeking Your Support
  • Saugerties Central
  •   5 Students Seeking Your Support
  • Wallkill Central
  • Richard & Gillian Murphy
  •   4 Students Seeking Your Support

2020-2021 Sponsors For The Graduating Class Of 2024

  • Ellenville Central
  • The Markes Family
  • Deborah & Thomas J. Briggs
  • The Brosnhan Family
  • Sherman & Carol E. Adin Scholarship
  • (2) Students – Stewards*
  • Highland Central
  • Johnson Scholarship Foundation
  • (3) Students – Stewards*
  • Rich & Donna Croce (2) Students Ambassadors & Stewards*
  • Kingston City
  • Kathleen & Bill Cloonan – Transformers* 
  • Floyd Lattin – Transformer*
  • Thoben Hill Properties – The Hill Family The Clegg Family
  • The Negron Family
  • Start Here – Go Far (Anonymous)
  • Nita Friedman
  • Barbara & Joe Cohen
  • Jenn & Patrick Zell
  • Patty Curry - Celebrating Terry “Mama” Curry – Promoter*
  • Marlboro Central
  • Johnson Scholarship Foundation(2) Students – Stewards*
  • Dr. Alan P. Roberts – Transformer* 
  • Sherman & Carol E. Adin Scholarship
  • (2) Students – Stewards*
  • New Paltz Central
  • George & Cathy Sifre – Transformers*
  • Lisa St. John - In Memory Of Kent St. John
  • Frank G. Elliot Memorial – Promoter*
  • Rich & Donna Croce – Ambassadors & Stewards*
  • Olana & Joe O’connor, Esq. – In Memory Of Constantine Radvan – Promoters*
  • Onteora Central
  • Rudy & Joyce Hellenschmidt, In Honor Of The Onteora Class Of ’70 – Promoters*
  • Proctor & Robbins, LLC
  • Peter Oellers & Daniel Malpica – Promoters*
  • Scott Davis, Pe & Patty Davis – Promoters*
  • Rondout Valley Central
  • The Honorable Anthony McGinty & The Honorable Sara McGinty - Be The Change Fund
  • Tim & Laurel Sweeney – Ambassadors & Rainmakers*
  • Jean Lerner – Champion*
  • Nik & Nelda Gerner – Promoters*
  • Saugerties Central
  • Sawyer Automotive Foundation
  • Rich & Donna Croce – Ambassadors & Stewards*
  • Johnson Scholarship Foundation (2) Students – Stewards*
  • Braby/Blackwell Family Memorial
  • Wallkill Central
  • Rich & Donna Croce – Ambassadors & Stewards*
  • Viola Jansen Foundation (3) Students


2019-2020 Sponsors Of The Graduating Class Of 2023

Ellenville  Central

  • Johnson Scholarship Foundation (3) Students – Stewards*
  1. Neil Zimmerman – Promoter*
  • Joseph Moran & Daniel J. Osheyack, Cara Moran & Bruce Wallace, Cedric Moreau & Orlando Reece
  • Highland Central
  • Holy Cross In Memory Of Lucy Magliula
  • Vansh Sharma & Deborah Marin
  • Braby/Blackwell Family Memorial
  • Sherman & Carol E. Adin Scholarship
  • (2) Students – Stewards*
  • Kingston City
  • Muriel Ferraro
  • Bruce Littlefield, Scott Stewart & Lauren Aguiar – Promoters*
  • Jean Semilof
  • Glenn B. Sutherland & Cynthia A. Lowe (Endowed) (2) Students – Benefactors*
  • Floyd Lattin – Transformer*
  • Dennis & Joyce O’Brien
  • Allan Stein
  • Anna & Ted Peck
  • Spearman Family – Transformers*
  • Marlboro Central
  • Jeffrey M. Fredenberg Memorial
  • Johnson Scholarship Foundation (4) Students – Stewards*
  • New Paltz Central
  • Molly Croce Van Etta & Austin Van Etta
  • Suzanne & Alexander Holt & Hilary Cloos & Jeffrey Feinsod
  • New Paltz Rotary Club – Promoter*
  • George & Cathy Sifre – Transformers*
  • Frank G. Elliot Memorial – Promoters*
  • Onteora Central
  • Rudy & Joyce Hellenschmidt In Honor Of The Onteora Class Of ‘59 – Promoters*
  • Peter Oellers & Daniel Malpica – Promoters*
  • Jay & Laurie Bloomfield
  • Sherman & Carol E. Adin Scholarship – Stewards*
  • Rondout Valley Central
  • Anonymous
  • Principal Bob Cook, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
  • Stephen L. Raymond Memorial Scholarship
  • Sarah M. Schmidt Memorial Scholarship
  • Local Economies Project In Honor Of Patty Curry
  • Saugerties Central
  • Rich Croce Family
  • Elna Magnetics
  • Garfield & Ferraro Families
  • Memorial Scholarship – Promoters*
  • Lucie M. Walker Memorial Scholarship
  • Kiwanis Club Of Saugerties
  • Wallkill Central
  • Jamie Raab & Victoria Sanders
  • Viola C. Jansen Memorial Scholarship (4) Students


2018-2019 Sponsors Of The Graduating Class Of 2022

  • Ellenville Central
  • Wayne Bradford
  • Rich & Donna Croce – Ambassadors & Stewards*
  • Jeff Dapuzzo & Rob Kilpert
  • Hudson Valley Catskill Region
  • Multiple Listing Service
  1. Neil Zimmerman – Promoter*
  • Highland Central
  • Claire & Raymond Costantino
  • Highland Educational Foundation
  • Highland Rotary Club
  • Robert R. Jacobsen, Esq. & Carly R. Jacobsen, Suny Ulster ‘98
  • Richard & Donna Siegel, Rss Agency – Promoters*
  • Kingston City
  • John & Harold Bonavita-Goldman
  • Hayes Clement
  • Paul H. & Patricia S. Johnson
  • Jay E. & Lucia De L. Klock Foundation (3) Students
  • Floyd Lattin & Ward Mintz
  • Victoria St. John-Gilligan
  • New Paltz Central
  • Frank G. Elliot Memorial – Promoter*
  • Elisabeth Holst Memorial
  • Garvan & Leonie McCloskey
  • New Paltz Rotary Club – Promoter*
  • Olana & Joseph O’connor, Esq. – Promoters*
  • George & Cathy Sifre – Transformers*
  • Onteora Central
  • Scott & Patty Davis – Promoters*
  • Paul L. Delisio In Memory Of Philip & Elizabeth Spinelli
  • Sherman & Carol E. Adin Scholarship
  • (3) Students – Stewards*
  • Rondout Valley Central
  • Erika & Tim Brown
  • Peter & Judith Hauser
  • Rondout Valley Scholarship Fund
  • Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc.
  • Wallkill Central
  • Rich & Donna Croce – Ambassadors & Stewards*
  • Nina Siegel Memorial, Rss Agency – Promoters


2017-2018 Sponsors Of The Graduating Class Of 2021

  • Kingston City
  • Anna & Ken Brett
  • Kathleen & Bill Cloonan – Transformers*
  • Dr. Ann M. Marrott & David M. Hamann
  • Kingston Sunrise Rotary
  • Harris Safier & Robert Tonner
  • Rondout Valley Central
  • Nik & Nelda Gerner – Promoters*
  • Beth Lewis Memorial c/ Patty Curry – Promoter*
  • Scott B. Stewart & Bruce Littlefield – Promoters*
  • Stacy Varsos & George Fakiris
  • Steve Wood & Carol Meyer


2016-2017 Sponsors Of The Graduating Class Of 2020

  • Rich & Donna Croce – Ambassadors & Stewards*
  • Dominic J. Giamei, Jr. Memorial Fund


2016-2017 Sponsors Of The Graduating Class Of 2020

  • Anita Williams Peck
  • Dr. Alan P. Roberts – Transformer*
  • Bill & Brenda Spearman – Promoters*
  • Tim & Laurel Sweeney – Ambassadors & Rainmakers*


For more information, please contact:

Lorraine Salmon, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and External Relations • 845-687-5093

Nancy S. Clarke, Office of the President, Administrative Program Coordinator President’s Challenge Scholarship •


*See PCS Leadership Levels Chart for More Information as to Donor Level Designations

PCS Leadership Levels


“When I heard a student in the President’s Challenge Scholarship Program say this was really going to change her life, that was it! I was hooked on supporting these students and this program.”

Laurel Sweeney, PCS Ambassador & Sponsor


Ambassador – A PCS office held for two years during which time the Ambassador promotes the PCS Program in a specific school district or districts. 

  • Tim & Laurel Sweeney
  • Rich & Donna Croce

Benefactor – A donor who has sponsored one or more gifts in perpetuity (Endowments) 

  • Glenn B. Sutherland & Cynthia A. Lowe (2 endowments)

Steward – Sponsor 10 or more students ($72,000)

  • Sherman & Carol E. Adin Scholarship
  • Rich & Donna Croce
  • Johnson Scholarship Foundation

Rainmaker – An Ambassador responsible for procuring more than 10 sponsorships to the program ($72,000)

  • Tim & Laurel Sweeney
  • Rich & Donna Croce

Champion – Sponsor of five or more students($36,000)

  • Jean Lerner

Sustainer – Sponsor of four or more students ($28,800)

Transformer – Sponsor of three or more students ($21,600)

  • Kathleen & Bill Cloonan
  • Frank G. Elliot Memorial
  • Floyd Lattin
  • Dr. Alan P. Roberts
  • George & Cathy Sifre
  • Bill & Brenda Spearman

Promoter – Sponsor of two or more students ($14,400)

  • Patty Curry
  • Scott & Patty Davis
  • Joseph & Kathryn Ferraro
  • Nik & Nelda Gerner
  • Rudy & Joyce Hellenschmidt
  • Bruce Littlefield & Scott Stewart
  • Olana & Joseph O’Connor, Esq
  • Daniel Malpica & Peter Oellers
  • New Paltz Rotary
  • Rich & Donna Siegel
  • Tim & Laurel Sweeney
  • H. Neil Zimmerman

Advocate – Sponsor of one student ($7,200)

  • Go to our Sponsorship Grid for a complete listing

Friend – A donor contributing $1,000 or more to the general PCS Program


  • Robert T. Brown 





  • Follet Higher Education Group



  • Viking Industries
  • Edward Hill ($1,500 in honor of Harris Safier)
  • Anita Williams Peck (In Memory of Dorothy Roberts)
  • Anonymous 


“I am extremely thankful for the opportunities that this donation and the PCS Program created for me - especially the new doors and paths now open to me. It gives me great drive and meaning to continue on with school. It also contributes to my future and my decision-making as a person. This is a huge step into my future career path and gives me a boost in being able to become the best version of me. It also gives me a good start to be able to change the world. No words can express my thankfulness.”

Grace, PCS Recipient, Wallkill High School, Class of 2023  


“Gifts to the SUNY Ulster Foundation create that special place, one where legacy resides, not in a list of precise accomplishments, but in the life of another who has been given great opportunity.”

Lorraine Salmon




John Markes, Chair

Laurel Sweeney, Vice Chair

Henry Gleich, CPA, Treasurer

Barbara Connelly Cohen, Secretary

Dr. Alan P. Roberts, President, SUNY Ulster

Bryant “Drew” Andrews

Cheryl D. Bowers

Bill Calderara

Kathleen K. Cloonan

Scott Davis, PE

John A. DeGasperis, Esq

Joanne A. Fredenberg

Beverly Finnegan

Robert R. Jacobsen, Esq.

Floyd Lattin

Dennis A. O’Brien

Olana O’Connor

Rev. John E. Perez

Darlene L. Pfeiffer

Dale Robbins

Alethea M. Shuman

Victoria St. John-Gilligan

Robert Tonner

Lorraine Salmon, Executive Director

Anita Williams Peck,* Immediate Past Chair *Deceased



Richard A. Anthony

Sally Berger

Robert T. Brown

William H. Collier III

Richard C. Croce

Daniel J. Devine

Beverly Finnegan

Richard A. Mantey

Dr. Ann M. Marrott

Sara T. Rabbino

Richard V. Roth

David H. Rylance

Lorraine Salmon

William L. Spearman

Glenn B. Sutherland




Rich & Donna Croce

Tim & Laurel Sweeney


Alan Lomita



William L. Spearman



Victoria St. John-Gilligan



Anna M. Brett

Deborah Briggs

Karen Clark Adin

Rod P. Futerfas

Gabriel F. Sottile


William J. Ryan, Jr.



Holly Bay

Student Trustee




Peter L. Berger

Françoise C. Dunefsky

John H. Dwyer, Sr.

John E. Finch

Susan M. McConekey

George Rusk, Jr.

David H. Rylance

Timothy J. Sweeney

John J. Wadlin



Dr. Alan P. Roberts


Kevin Stoner

Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of Faculty

Jamie Capuano

Vice President for Administrative Services

Christopher Marx

Associate Vice President for Workforce, Economic Development & Community Partnerships

Lorraine Salmon

Executive Director of Institutional Advancement & External Relations

Jenn Zell

Acting Chief of Staff & Secretary to the Board of Trustees



Monika Espinasa • Biological Sciences

Chris Earley

Fine Art, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Music,

Theatre & Communication (SUNY ULSTER ARTS)

Penny Rifenburgh

English, Foreign Languages & Philosophy

Lisa Moruzzi • Nursing

Dr. Hans Vought • Social Sciences, History & Education

Steven Schimmrich

Sciences, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

Dr. Anita Bleffert-Schmidt • Business & Professional Studies

James Truitt • Criminal Justice & Human Services


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Special Thanks To The Group Who Made This Evening Possible

CO-CHAIRS: Victoria St. John Gilligan • Jenn Zell

Kathleen Cloonan

Barbara Cohen

Carol Daley

Sheila Dvorak Galione

Beverly Finnegan

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