Alumni Board of Directors 2015-2016
Kelly Obermayer '79
Anne Boulter '79
Ann Marie Brewer '85
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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. 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.
R. Nikki Zeitzmann '18
R. Nikki Zeitzmann is the President of the Student Government Association on campus as well as the student representative on the Alumni Association Board. Nikki chose to join the board because she wanted to find a way to bridge the connection between the students on campus and the alumni of SUNY Canton. She believes it is important to have a good relationship between the people who have made careers out of their education and the students who are currently learning to master their degrees. Networking is a great opportunity not only for the students, but also for the alumni in that field looking to hire students who have the hands on experience that SUNY Canton provides.
She is a 2014 graduate from Massena Central High School; originally from Texas, but having lived in six states, she did not find a home until college. Nikki had attended ten primary/secondary schools before finally settling down at Canton.
Nikki plans on obtaining her Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Canton in Applied Psychology, then will further her education by receiving dual master’s degrees in neurology and psychology. Eventually, she would like to open her own counseling firm.
As the voice of the student body, she loves working with the clubs and organizations to make the campus the best place to receive an education as well as enjoy the events and activities provided. In addition to serving as the President of the Student Government Association, Nikki also works in the Admissions Office. She was the president of the Drama Club her Freshman year and has been a member of Sister 2 Sister, College Activities Board, Newman Club and has done volunteer work in the community on and off campus. Nikki is a newly established member of Beta Sigma Zeta Sorority Inc. as of spring 2016.
Nikki currently lives in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, as well as on campus during the fall and spring semesters.
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