The Board of Trustees


Well-respected leaders and members of our community make up the Board of Trustees at The Community Foundation. Their dedication, passion and commitment to the success of this great community helps us to do what we do best – leading Oneida and Herkimer counties. We are grateful for the commitment shown by these great men and women.

Laura Casamento, EdD
President at Utica College
Trustee – Elected 2013

Lisa DeFrees Lovett
President at True Media, Inc.
Trustee – Elected 2015

Kirk Hinman
Community Member
Trustee – Elected 2018

Gregory B. McLean
President and Founding Partner at Caruso Mclean & Co., Inc.
Trustee – Elected 2015

Randy VanWagoner, PhD
President at Mohawk Valley Community College
Trustee – Elected 2013

Ronald Cuccaro
President and CEO at Adjusters International
Immediate Past Chair – Elected 2012

James A. Engler, Jr.
President at Engler Electric
Trustee – Elected 2017

Merritt Locke
Partner at Saunders Kahler, LLC
Trustee – Elected 2017

Cheryl Minor, PhD
Principal at Watson Williams Elementary School
Trustee – Elected 2015

James W. Wallace, Jr.
Herkimer County Administrator
Trustee – Elected 2018

Burt Danovitz, PhD
President at Danovitz Consulting
Trustee – Elected 2012

L. Michael Fitzgerald
Accountant at Fitzgerald, DePietro & Wojnas
Secretary/Treasurer – Elected 2012

Dave Manzelmann
Market President at M&T Bank
Chair-elect – Elected 2015

Jawwaad Rasheed
Oneida County Family Court Support Magistrate
Trustee – Elected 2016

Bonnie Woods
Managing Director and Division Trust Executive at U.S. Trust Bank of America
Trustee – Elected 2012

Timothy Daly
AVP Branch Manager at Berkshire Bank
Trustee – Elected 2017

David T. Griffith
President and CEO at M. Griffith Investment Services, Inc.
Trustee – Elected 2016

Cathleen C. McColgin, PhD
President at Herkimer College
Trustee – Elected 2015

Eve Van de Wal
Regional President at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Chair – Elected 2010

Trustees Emeriti

Elizabeth P. Balch*
Rev. P. Arthur Brindisi*
Rosamond Childs*
J. Leo Coupe*
Victor T. Ehre*
Kenneth Fuller*

Mary Griffith
Muriel Hineline*
Joseph H. Hobika, Sr.*
James S. Kernan, Jr.
John L. Knower*
Watson Lowery*

David Mathis
Walter Matt*
Harold Moore*
James E. Raymonda*
Earle C. Reed
Burrel Samuels*

William L. Schrauth
Arthur H. Turner*
Roy C. Van Denbergh*
Dwight E. Vicks, Jr.*
William Westcott*
Addison White*

*Deceased