Monday, January 30, 2012
Community Foundation board elects officers, directors and honorary member
Mrs. Stitt, who was the Community Foundation executive director for nine years, has served as board president for six years. She is also a trustee for
. St. John’s Church
“This is an exciting time to be leading our
Community Foundation,” Mrs. Stitt said. “We have a tremendous board and enthusiastic donors who want to improve our community and take on new projects. The Community Foundation is an increasingly important factor in serving the philanthropic needs of our region as well as providing services to donors and other nonprofit organizations.”
Wendy Brand of Allegany was re-elected board vice president. Ms. Brand is the community constituent liaison for Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio, Assembly District 149. She also serves as a board member of the Olean-Bradford Area YMCA and commissioner of Allegany State Park Regional Commission. She is past board president of
. Pfeiffer Nature Center
Mike Kasperski of
was re-elected board treasurer. A professor of accounting and internship coordinator for the Olean at St. Bonaventure University, Mr. Kasperski serves as the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce finance chair, Olean Public Library treasurer, St. Mary of the Angels Church finance chairman and Mt. Irenaeus Franciscan Mountain Retreat treasurer and director of operations. School of Business
Doug Price of
was re-elected board secretary. For 36 years Mr. Price has been associated with Hunter Insurance Agency in Olean , with more than 20 years as president and owner. He has been an active Olean Rotary Club member for 33 years, as well as a member of other community organizations. Olean
Six members were elected to another three-year term. They include Vicki Blessing, vice president of leasing and development for Park Centre Development, Inc.; Dennis Casey, co-owner of Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home; Tony Evans, executive director of the Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau; Karen Fohl, vice president for institutional advancement at Olean General Hospital and president of Olean General Hospital Foundation; Larry Sorokes, associate vice president for Franciscan Mission and director of the Center for Community Engagement and Mychal Judge Center at St. Bonaventure University; and Mrs. Stitt.
The board elected Joe Higgins of
an honorary director. As a lead organizer of the Allegheny River Valley Trail, Mr. Higgins was instrumental in the creation of the Community Foundation. Olean
The Community Foundation was established in 1995 in order to manage funds to benefit the
area, including donations to support the creation of the Allegheny River Valley Trail. As such the Alleghany River Valley Trail Fund was the first fund at the Community Foundation. Olean
Mr. Higgins was a charter member of the Community Foundation’s board of directors, serving until 2004.
“The Foundation has come a long way since the beginning thanks to the great direction of Carol Stitt, Skip Wilday,
Bob Busan and Karen Buchheit and many others,” Mr. Higgins said, adding he appreciated being elected an honorary board member.
Currently Mr. Higgins serves as a director of the
, a Commissioner of the Cuba Lake District, member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee of Mount Irenaeus Franciscan Mountain Retreat, and Chairman of the Allegany River Valley Trail Advisory Committee. He also has served as President of the Allegany Central School Board, President of the Olean Chamber, and member of the board of directors of HoliMont. County of Cattaraugus IDA
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