Our Staff

Our staff’s local experience and expertise are matched by professional excellence, commitment to donor engagement, and—above all—dedication to making the community a better place for everyone.

Alicia Dicks
Alicia Dicks
President/CEO

Collaborates with staff, trustees, and partners to create opportunity and innovative solutions to community challenges.

Allison Campbell
Allison Campbell
Fund Administration Coordinator

Supports the cultivation and expansion of the Community Foundation’s portfolio of philanthropic partners.

Lindsey Costello
Lindsey Costello
Donor Relations Manager

Collaborates with donors and nonprofit partners to guide community investments in alignment with fundholder interests and community needs.

Alicia Daddario
Alicia Daddario
Public Relations Coordinator

Supports the Community Foundation’s engagement with the community.

Erika Eastman
Erika Eastman
Director of Finance

Manages the organization’s financial and investment strategies and operations.

Kayla Ellis
Kayla Ellis
Business Communications Manager

Guides the Community Foundation’s efforts to build public engagement.

Nick Grimmer
Nick Grimmer
Director of Giving Strategies

Guides the cultivation and expansion of the Community Foundation’s portfolio of philanthropic partners.

John Husnay
John Husnay
Director of Business Operations

Manages the operational strategies and needs of the organization, including human resources and facilities management.

Jacquie Klotzbach
Jacquie Klotzbach
Director of Business Systems and Strategy

Manages the administrative strategies and needs of the organization, including public relations and process improvement.

Morgan Mielnicki
Morgan Mielnicki
Community Investment Strategist

Provides strategic community investment and engagement support across multiple initiatives and projects.

John Swann
John Swann
Executive Vice President

Develops and directs strategic stakeholder management, external relations, and advocacy comprising community investment, development, and collaborative initiatives.

Shannon Wheelock
Shannon Wheelock
Finance and Accounting Manager

Provides comprehensive finance and administrative support.

Joseph Wicks
Joseph Wicks
Community Investment Strategic Manager

Coordinates community investment initiatives and engagement with community partners.

Our Trustees

Our trustees are well-respected leaders and community residents. Their dedication, passion, and commitment are critical to the Community Foundation’s mission and to realizing its vision, “a vibrant region with opportunity for all.”

Jawwaad Rasheed
Jawwaad Rasheed
Oneida County Family Court Support Magistrate (retired)
Chair-elect - Elected 2016
Robert Bojanek
Robert Bojanek
Co-founder at ShoreGroup Inc. and Optanix Inc.
Trustee - Elected 2020
Laura Casamento
Laura Casamento
President at Utica College
Trustee - Elected 2013
Ronald Cuccaro
Ronald Cuccaro
President and CEO at Adjusters International
Trustee - Elected 2012
Timothy Daly
Timothy Daly
AVP Branch Manager at Berkshire Bank
Trustee - Elected 2017
Burt Danovitz
Burt Danovitz
President at Danovitz Consulting
Trustee - Elected 2012
James A. Engler, Jr.
James A. Engler, Jr.
President at Engler Electric
Trustee - Elected 2017
L. Michael Fitzgerald
L. Michael Fitzgerald
Accountant at Fitzgerald, DePietro & Wojnas
Secretary/Treasurer - Elected 2012
Kirk Hinman
Kirk Hinman
Community Member
Trustee - Elected 2018
Harrison J. Hummel IV
Harrison J. Hummel IV
Chief Operating Officer at Hummel’s Office Plus
Trustee - Elected 2019
Dave Manzelmann
Dave Manzelmann
Market President at M&T Bank
Chair - Elected 2015
Cathleen C. McColgin
Cathleen C. McColgin
President at Herkimer College
Trustee - Elected 2015
Gregory B. McLean
Gregory B. McLean
President and Founding Partner at Caruso McLean & Co., Inc.
Trustee - Elected 2015
Cheryl Minor
Cheryl Minor
Principal at Watson Williams Elementary School
Trustee - Elected 2015
Kay Parker
Kay Parker
Quality Engineering Applications Specialist at Indium Corporation
Trustee - Elected 2020
Rev. Joseph A. Salerno
Rev. Joseph A. Salerno
Pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes and Our Lady of the Rosary
Trustee - Elected 2019
Eve Van de Wal
Eve Van de Wal
Regional President at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Immediate Past Chair - Elected 2010
Randy VanWagoner
Randy VanWagoner
President at Mohawk Valley Community College
Trustee - Elected 2013
James W. Wallace, Jr.
James W. Wallace, Jr.
Herkimer County Administrator
Trustee - Elected 2018
Bradley Waters
Bradley Waters
General Manager of Rome Daily Sentinel and Associate Publisher at Rome Sentinel Company
Trustee - Elected 2019
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2608 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13502

Hours

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Tue
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Wed
8 AM - 5PM
Thu
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Fri
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Sat
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Sun
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