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Alumni Board of Directors 2015-2016

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Kelly Obermayer '79
President

Kelly chose SUNY Canton because she wanted to study Criminal Justice, it was close to home, and she had friends who were attending the college as well.

She joined the board because she wanted to work, meet, and reconnect with her fellow alumni. She believes it’s a fun yet professional group that allows members to really contribute to the college. She hopes that under her new role as President, she can help grow the board and raise awareness of its purpose. Kelly also serves on the Distinguished Alumni Committee, helping to select and honor those alumni who make a significant difference at SUNY Canton.

Kelly joined the Pi Nu Epsilon sorority, served as Resident Assistant in Rushton Hall and Vice President of the Criminal Justice Association, worked in Chaney Dining Hall, and played volleyball and softball during her time at Canton.

Kelly is originally from Dexter, NY. She is currently the Director of Development at Moreau Community Center in South Glens Falls, NY.

 

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Anne Boulter '79
Vice President

Anne graduated from SUNY Canton with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice then she went on to SUNY Utica - Rome and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in December 1980. She later attended SUNY Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, in the school of Social Welfare where she graduated in May 1985 with a Master’s degree in Social Work.

For the past 19 years Anne has been employed by the Carthage School District as a School Social Worker. Prior to that she was the Associate Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities for Jefferson, Lewis and Northern Herkimer counties for 12 years.

In addition to the Alumni Association Board, Anne also serves on the Distinguished Alumni Committee, Pi Nu Epsilon Corporate Board, the Maternity & Early Childhood Foundation’s Board located in Albany, and is also the Chair of the Jefferson County Youth Bureau Advisory Board.

Anne joined SUNY Canton’s Alumni Association Board after a friend and former classmate called and told her about the college and all of the exciting things that were happening there. Anne enjoyed her days at SUNY Canton, especially the Criminal Justice program, her professors, the Greek organizations, the dorm life, and the student foot patrol.  She feels that the campus was always beautiful and with the new foot bridges and the buildings that have been added over the years, it continues to shine. Many of those she met at Canton are still lifelong friends.

Anne is originally from and currently lives in Watertown, New York.

 

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Ann Marie Brewer '85
Secretary

Ann studied Engineering Science while she studied at SUNY Canton. She chose SUNY Canton because it was affordable and close to home.

Ann currently works for Wegmans, but has held jobs as Software Test Engineer, Software Quality Lead Engineer at EDS, Xerox, Kodak, and ITT Space Systems. She has also taught Senior Citizens and adult learners HTML, Dreamweaver, and other computer programs.

Ann joined the Alumni Association Board in 2001 in an effort to get more involved with the College and more specifically, the engineering programs.

Anne resides in Star Lake, New York.

 

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Jamie Burgess '06

Jamie studied Liberal Arts while she attended SUNY Canton from 2005 to 2006. She then transferred to SUNY Oswego to pursue a degree in Public Relations.

Jamie chose to attend SUNY Canton because it offered her the opportunity to save money while completing her general education requirements. She was still unsure of what she wanted to study but was able to choose a curriculum through the help of SUNY Canton faculty and staff.

Jamie has been an Alumni and Development Associate for the SUNY Canton Office of Alumni Affairs and Canton College Foundation since June of 2012. She travels around the country visiting alumni, fundraising, and planning regional events.

She chose to join the board to learn more about the SUNY Canton alumni base, what interests alumni and friends of the college, and to help promote the Alumni Association Board efforts. Jamie also serves on the Social Media and Nominating Committees.

Jamie resides in Ogdensburg, New York.


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Jennie (Ramsay) Flanagan '90, '93, '06

Jennie started out at SUNY Canton in 1990 studying Hotel and Restaurant Management. She returned soon after to pursue an Associate’s Degree in Nursing which she received, along with the Virginia McAllister Nursing Award, in 1993. In 2006, Jennie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Management, and her Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Seton Hall University in 2011.

Jennie joined the Alumni Association Board because she wanted to help make a difference. She also serves on multiple boards and holds memberships for many organizations throughout the country. Jennie is Vice President of the Roo Athletic Executive Committee and serves on the Professional Advisory Board for SUNY Canton’s Health Service Management program.

Jennie also volunteers for the Renewal House and the Finger Lakes Eye and Organ Donation, and is a Claxton Hepburn Medical Center Guild member.

Jennie is currently a full time adjunct faculty member at SUNY Canton, an Adjunct Professor at Empire State College, a Compliance Officer at the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization and River Hospital, and the Director of Corporate/Accreditation/Privacy at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center.

In her free time, Jennie enjoys kayaking, camping, reading, hockey, and spending time with family.


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Major General Fergal Foley '80

Ferg graduated with an Associate’s degree in Retail Business Management. He was the first student to be commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army at graduation in partnership with the St. Lawrence University ROTC program. 

Ferg is originally from Ireland but lived in New York most of his life. After his first term in the service, Ferg was anxious to go to college in New York so he chose Canton because of the business degree offerings.

Ferg’s academic and life experience at SUNY Canton had such a positive effect on him for which he is forever grateful.  As a result, Ferg wishes to contribute in any way he can to support the College. As a member of this board he hopes to assist with alumni activities, further improve outreach, and promote the college.  Ferg believes one of SUNY Canton's most valuable resources is its alumni and as SUNY Canton grows and expands he sees a need to not only keep alumni informed but to see how they may be able to contribute in terms of ideas, promotion, resources, etc.

Ferg is currently a Property Manager for the United States General Services Administration and he resides in Hopewell Junction, New York.

 

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Elizabeth (Irvine) Gravlin '02, '08

Beth studied Office Technology and received degrees in both Business Administration and the Administrative Assistant programs. SUNY Canton was the only college she applied to, as she wanted to work with computers and knew the college had a terrific program.

Beth has worked for the SUNY Canton Office of Alumni Affairs and Canton College Foundation since 2002. She is currently an Advancement/Development Operations Associate. She visits alumni and plans local/regional events in upstate New York, and she also handles the day to day operations of the office.

Beth joined the Alumni Association Board because she wanted to work with alumni and friends of the college. She felt it was a necessary component of her career to make a difference working with alumni in this capacity.

Beth was part of the Office Technology Club, Who’s Who, and she also played softball during her time at Canton. She served as Secretary of the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors for 3 years and Secretary for the Alumni Association Board for 10 years.

Beth is from Ogdensburg, New York. She currently lives in Madrid with her husband and their four children.


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William T. Jones, J.D., M.S.

Bill is an honorary Alumni Association Board Member. He is the Chair of the SUNY Canton Business Department and an Associate Professor of Legal Studies in the School of Business and Liberal Arts.

Bill has been very involved with several organizations on campus, is founding advisor of the Delta Omega Epsilon fraternity, and has attended alumni events in the past. It is through this involvement, Bill feels he could bring energy, a strong work ethic and commitment to the mission of the Board.

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Chris Kirkpatrick '11

Chris studied Engineering Science during his time at SUNY Canton. He chose Canton because it was close to his home town, located just outside the beautiful Adirondack State Park, economically sensible, and provided a 2 + 2 program with Clarkson University.

As a student, Chris served as the President of the Student Alumni Association Board. Once he graduated, he was invited to serve on the Alumni Board of Directors to bring a younger perspective to the group. He feels a strong college thrives when there is a strong alumni connection and he wanted to be a part of pointing SUNY Canton in that direction. Chris also serves on the Social Media Committee, helping Alumni Affairs Staff coordinate their social media initiatives.

Chris is currently employed as a Territory Manager at Hubbell Wiring Device – Kellems.

 

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Peggy Levato

Peggy is the Director of Alumni and Development. She supervises the Alumni and Development Associates and oversees their travel, fundraising, and event planning initiatives.

Peggy joined the board to act as liaison between the Office of Alumni Affairs and Canton College Foundation. Through her guidance, communication regarding alumni input and feedback is welcomed and relayed effectively.

Peggy travels to Arizona, Florida, and various other places around the country visiting alumni, fundraising, and planning alumni events.

Peggy resides in Canton, New York.

 

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Dale Major '70

Dale majored in Electrical Engineering while he was at SUNY Canton.

He has been on the Alumni Association Board for over 20 years and during that time, served as President. Dale received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008 for his dedication to the board and to alumni initiatives.

Dale is a retired healthcare professional, who worked for 33 years with the Central New York Disabilities Service Office. He won the W.T. Wheeler Award in 1991 for his outstanding professionalism.

He was also an active leader with the Boy Scouts of America organization for over 25 years and received the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to youth.

Dale resides in Rome, New York. He and his wife actively attend alumni gatherings and are frequent guests at SUNY Canton’s annual Alumni Weekend celebration.

 

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Arthur Rankin '55

Arthur studied Dairy Technology at Canton after serving in the Army during the Korean War. He worked closely with Evan Dana in the field of poultry science, even after graduation, and has fond memories of the agriculture program. He was a member of the Zeta Alpha Phi fraternity, a member of chorus and the Quartet, a reporter for the Campus Crier, a member of the board of directors for the Outing Club, and served as president of the student council.

Arthur joined the Alumni Association board because he enjoys networking and wishes to reconnect some of his agriculture program alumni with the college.

Arthur worked for Agrimark for many years as a dairy inspector across the North Country. He is also involved with the Knights of Columbus and the Franklin County Fair. He currently resides in Chateaugay, New York, with his wife Mary.

 

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Jeffrey Spadafore '73

 

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Larry Vaughan '73

Larry majored in Mechanical Technology with a focus on production. He chose Canton because he wanted to get into the engineering drafting field and felt the College had a good program, and both of his parents had graduated from here. Larry also became a member of the Alpha Theta Gamma fraternity during his time at Canton.

Larry joined the board because he feels that the support that the alumni and Alumni Association provides SUNY Canton is vital to the continued high quality of the programs offered at the College.

Larry has attended many alumni events, including lunch gatherings at his workplace, New York Air Brake, over the years. He would like to take the workplace gathering to the next level to better support the objectives of the Alumni Association, perhaps by getting different companies to sponsor alumni employees at Alumni Weekend, or organize some other company related activity or retreat on campus. 

Larry has held several positions in the engineering department at New York Air Brake in Watertown over the past 42 years, but he is currently in the systems engineering group and serves as Senior Systems Engineer. Larry is originally from Fulton, New York, but has lived in Watertown, New York, since he graduated from Canton.

 

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Grace Vesper '88

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Steven Wozniak '09

Steve graduated from SUNY Canton with honors, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Technology Management.

Steve received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Jefferson Community College in 2004, but decided to attend SUNY Canton to continue his education to yield more opportunities for himself in the future. He chose Canton over Potsdam because of the baseball program. Steve is constantly looking for new and creative ways to get alumni involved with the College, including coming up with event ideas like a fishing charter trip for Alumni Weekend.

An Alpha Theta Gamma member, Steve joined the board after receiving encouragement from long time professor, former Alpha Theta Gamma advisor, and SUNY Canton philanthropist Richard Miller. Steve serves on the Nominating Committee as well.

Born and raised in Alexandria Bay, New York, Steve moved to Albany in 2009 after graduation to begin his career. Steve is currently a Project Manager for San Rubin Construction Services in Albany, New York, where he leaves with his fiancée Erin, who is also a SUNY Canton graduate.

 

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Phone: 315-386-7127
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