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Alumni Board of Directors 2017-2018


Kelly Obermayer '79

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.


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.



Ann Marie Brewer '85

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.



Bill Blasko '99

Bill graduated from SUNY Canton in December 2011, receiving an A.A.S. Degree in Computer Information Systems.

Bill came to Canton to play football in the Fall of 1997 when Lou Saban was the coach. While at Canton Bill became an Alpha Theta Gamma member under Richard Miller's guidance. After leaving Canton in 1999, Bill moved to North Carolina to begin his professional career. Bill spent 12 years at Duke University before making a career change going back to his passion and love for computers. He returned to school finishing his degree at SUNY Canton, and eventually obtained his Bachelor's of Science in Computer Information Systems from East Carolina University.

Born and raised in Ogdensburg, NY, Bill now resides in Morrissville, NC where he is currently employed at Cisco Systems Inc. as a Senior Network Consulting Engineer. Bill currently holds multiple industrial certifications across multiple disciplines: Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), Cisco Certified Network Associate (Data Center, Voice, Security), ITIL, Meraki. Bill is also an avid martial artist, holding a brown belt in Ninjutsu.



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.


Marlene Cazahuatl '16, '18

Marlene is originally from Mexico but is now residing in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating high school she was interested in pursuing a degree in nursing at a college far from her hometown. After assessing her choices, she knew SUNY Canton was the best choice for her. Marlene graduated from SUNY Canton in 2016 with an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, after determining that nursing was not the right path for her. She decided to further her education and returned the following semester to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Management.

While at Canton, Marlene became a member of the Delta Sigma Tau sorority, Chi Alpha Sigma honor society, served as a Resident Assistant in Mohawk Hall, and was a student representative for the College Association Board. Presently, she is a part-time worker at New York & Co. in Brooklyn, NY, and hopes to obtain a job in the healthcare field back home.

Marlene joined the board with the intention of creating a stronger bond between the alumni and current student body. Additionally, she wanted to be involved with the alumni association because she believes that without the support of college alumni many scholarships, opportunities, and connections would not be possible.


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 serves on many SUNY Canton committess, including the Professional Advisory Board for SUNY Canton’s Health Service Management program.

Jennie is currently a Lecturer for the Health Care Management BS Program at SUNY Canton, the Chief Quality and Compliance Officer at Gouverneur Hospital in Gouverneur, NY, an Adjunct Professor at Empire State College, and a Consultant for Beauty Counter Cosmetics/Skin Care.

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


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.



Rick Gilchrist '09

Rick Gilchrist grew up in Hanover, MA and graduated from SUNY Canton in 2009 with a degree in Business Management. During his four years, he founded Campus Christian Ministries - a group that used biblical principles to focus on leadership development in underclassman. He also played soccer for the Roos his senior year.

Rick currently resides in Norwood, NY with his wife and three daughters. He is the owner of the local grocery store - Perry's Market of Norwood, NY.

Previous to buying Perry's Market, Rick ran a dog training business specializing in dual purpose canines for police and military use. He then worked his way to Vice President of Cornerstone Services, an HVAC company in Norwood, NY.

Perry's market was, and still is, a staple of the community with 21 employees. Rick and his wife used their life savings to take on the challenge of turning around the struggling store in a very competitive industry. Rick credits SUNY Canton as a driving force behind his success. He hopes to help other young entrepreneurs acquire the necessary education and skills to help bring jobs and industry to the North Country and beyond.


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.


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.


Caroline Kingsepp '07, '09

Caroline graduated from Farmingdale High School with a class of approximately 400 people, and decided she wanted to attend a small college far from home, which is one of the many reasons she chose to attend SUNY Canton.

Caroline attended Canton from 2005-2009, graduating with a Criminal Justice Associate's Degree, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Investigation. She was a member of Kappa Xi Omega (sorority) and Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice Honor Society). Caroline also served as the Student Cooperative Alliance President for two years.

Caroline currently resides in Glens Falls, New York and is a Visual Merchandising Leader for Target.


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.


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.



Lindalee Sawyer '83

Lindalee loved the SUNY Canton campus on her first visit, which made it easy for her to choose to attend and eventually graduate in 1983 with an A.A.S in Early Childhood Education. She was active on campus, serving as a member of the Inter Residence Hall council, Mohawk Dorm President, and she also participated in women's softball. She left Canton knowing her dream of becoming a teacher was getting closer thanks to the great start she had there. She still keeps in contact with quite a few of her friends that she met while attending Canton.

Lindalee completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Empire State College then her Master’s Degree in 2007 in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading. She taught in Baldwinsville, NY, for eight years before deciding to move to Raleigh, North Carolina where she taught both Kindergarten and First Grade at Glendale Kenly Elementary in Kenly, NC for over 20 years.

While in North Carolina, Lindalee came "home" in the summer to visit family yet found time to mingle at Alumni Weekend or other alumni events. Proud to be a SUNY Canton alumnae, Lindalee approached the Office of Alumni Affairs about gathering SUNY Canton alumni who lived in North Carolina for events. She encouraged alumni attendance at events in Raleigh, Charlotte and Wilmington. She also began a Facebook page for SUNY Canton alumni in North Carolina to help keep alumni posted on things happening with the SUNY Canton community.

Now semi-retired and back in New York State, Lindalee was eager to become more active with the Alumni Association Board, especially to help with more alumni gatherings! She is hoping to reconnect with alumni who have yet to come to an alumni event since leaving Canton.

Lindalee resides in Jacks Reef, NY, and is working with the Port Byron school district in the Reading Department. She is glad to be back home although she misses the warmth of the south!


Lawrence 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.


Grace Jones-Vesper '88

Grace entered SUNY Canton as a non-traditional student and graduated in May 1988 with an Associate’s Degree in Office Technology. Originally from Potsdam, Grace got married in 1970 and had her son in August of 1972. Later in 1985, her husband encouraged her to fulfill her dream of going back to school, which she chose to do at SUNY Canton.

In 1989, Grace became employed with the St. Lawrence County Personnel Department, where she remained until 1994. She then began working for the Village of Canton as Deputy Clerk and retired from there in December of 2012.

Grace joined the Alumni Association Board in 1994 so that she could continue to be involved and help to build and strengthen the bridge between the College and its alumni. She has held office as President and Vice President and currently serves on the By-laws Committee.

Grace feels strongly about engaging current students, educating them on the function and importance of the Alumni Association Board, and making them understand how important their roles are now and how important they will be to the future of SUNY Canton.

Grace is also a member of the Canton College Foundation Board, an annual scholarship sponsor, and a long time donor. She is very proud to be a part of such a great institution.


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, of which he was the Team Captain. 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 lives with his fiancée Erin, a SUNY Canton Nursing graduate of 2010.


Cynthia Young-Belmore '85

Cynthia graduated from Hermon-Dekalb High School in 1983 and attended Canton ATC for 2 years, graduating with an A.S. in Science Lab Technology, Chemistry. Her teachers at Canton were some of the best she has ever had, and the friendships she made while attending the college have lasted a lifetime.

After graduting from Canton, Cynthia transferred to Albany College of Pharmacy and graduated from there in 1988. This will be her 30th year as a pharmacist. Cynthia has worked for Kinney Drugs for 34 years, serving as a staff pharmacist, supervising pharmacist, and floating pharmacist.

Cynthia also has two other businesses she is currently involved in- Rodan and Fields skincare and Monat Haircare. She enjoys owning her own businesses and working for herself while helping others at the same time.

Cynthia resides in Canton and was married in November 2017.


Eric Zengen '15

Eric is a 2015 graduate of SUNY Canton with a Bachelor's degree in finance, and a minor in economics. Currently, he is a resident of Queens in New York City, and employed as a financial advisor at Mass Mutual.

Eric enjoys a variety of activities that New York life has to offer- from outdoor excursions in Central Park to stand-up comedy at night. He feels the time he spent at SUNY Canton has allowed him the opportunity to advance his career in ways he never would have thought possible, and decided joining the board was a way to repay the school with his service.

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