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2018-2019 Board of Directors


Chair Karen Spellacy (2004) – Current positions: Professor of Economics Chair of the Canton College Foundation, Presiding Officer of SUNY Canton’s Faculty Assembly Professor, School of Business; Presiding Officer of SUNY Canton’s Faculty Assembly,

Positions previously held:
Interim Provost and Academic Vice President of SUNY Canton, Interim Dean School of Business and Criminal Justice, SUNY University Faculty Senator, Assistant Dean of School of Business and Criminal Justice, Chair of the SUNY Canton Curriculum Committee, Secretary of Canton College Foundation, Vice Chair of Canton College Foundation


Vice Chair Edward N. Coombs '86 (2008) – Certified Public Accountant in New York State and is the Managing Member of Edward N Coombs, LLC in Central Square N.Y. where he provides executive services to several businesses and not for profit entities; involved with several philanthropic and civic organizations.


Executive Director Anne M. Sibley (2015) – Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the Canton College Foundation. Throughout her 30-year career in higher education Anne has held a number of roles, including Director of Student Support Services, Director of Sponsored Programs, and Director of Public Relations, in addition to 16 years of fundraising experience. Prior to coming to SUNY Canton, Anne was Director of Planned Giving at St. Lawrence University. She holds bachelors and masters degrees from St. Lawrence University, and is a scholarship sponsor.


Treasurer Laura Rozell '69 (2017) – Laura graduated with a degree in Accounting. She worked in banking, government, non-profits and industry as well as, most recently, Controller at Paul Smiths College. Laura endowed a scholarship last year and has been getting more involved as an alumna. Having just retired from Paul Smiths, she is very enthusiastic about volunteering with SUNY Canton and the Foundation.


Secretary Katherine Wyckoff '77 (2016) - Wyckoff and her husband, Peter, have been generous supporters and volunteers with many local non profit organizations, including Grasse River Heritage and Garden Share. Over the years, the Wyckoffs have donated funds to purchase laboratory equipment for SUNY Canton's Nursing Program and have endowed a scholarship that is awarded to either an entering or continuing non-traditional nursing student.


Dr. Zvi Szafran (2014) - SUNY Canton President. Dr. Szafran comes to SUNY Canton after previously serving as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Chemistry at Southern Polytechnic State University in Georgia since 2005. He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina and his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at New England College in New Hampshire from 1998 to 2005 and held several positions at Merrimack College in Massachusetts.


Past Chair Bernard C. Regan '65 (2006) – Retired from United Parcel Service’s Corporate Domestic and International Engineering Group; established the Bernard C. Regan Family Endowed Scholarship in support of students from Massena in the Air Conditioning or Electrical Engineering Technology curriculums; in 2006, funded the Regan Flag Station which is dedicated to the memory of all St. Lawrence County fallen soldiers and veterans; sponsors scholarships to Nursing students from St. Lawrence County



Dr. D. Anthony Beane (2004) –Professor, Veterinary Science Technology; small and large animal practitioner; 2017 Distinguished Faculty Award; 1988 graduate of New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell; 1984 graduate of SUNY Potsdam with BA in Biology; Secretary/Treasurer of the Northern New York Veterinary Medical Society; Member of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at SUNY Canton, St. Lawrence University, and Clarkson University; Past-President of the Canton Free Library Board of Trustees; Past-Board Member and Vice President of the Potsdam Humane Society; 40 year Member of the Holstein Association USA and the New York State Holstein Association; Member of the Village of Canton Tree Committee and the SUNY Canton Landscape Committee; Member of the New York State Urban Forestry Council; Member of the International Magnolia Society; Member of the Canton and Ogdensburg Garden Clubs.


Tamara Bullock '01 (2017) - With a degree in Funeral Services, Tamara has worked since graduation as a funeral director in New York City. In January 2017 she launched her own business, Bullock Funeral Services. Her innovative business model provides funeral planning to families in their own homes, and utilizes her many connections in the industry to create a memorial event that suits their loved one. Tamara is also a “stage mom,” with a son who has acted in Broadway musicals. Tamara served as a speaker on an alumni career panel in January 2017, and has established an annual scholarship.


Joel Canino '87 (2017) – Former Sr. Vice President of Project Delivery for Gemma Power Systems, an Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) turnkey contractor in the power generating industry, utilizing diverse technologies such as gas turbine combined-cycle, simple cycle, biomass, solar, and wind. Joel formerly served on the CCF Board 2010-2012. His son Dr. J. Miles Canino '12 has served as faculty for the Mechanical Engineering Department since 2017. Joel is now retired.


Lisa E. Colbert '97 (2007) Lecturer, Criminal Justice Curriculum Coordinator Criminal Justice Involved with fundraising efforts on behalf of Criminal Justice Program


William D. Demo '57 (1989) – Owner, Demo Auctioneering and Appraisal Service; retired teacher from St. Lawrence Central after 27 years; serves as volunteer fireman for nearly 64 years and still active in fundraising for the department; retired after serving 56 consecutive years as Councilman for the Town of Brasher; retired from auctioneering business after nearly 50 years but continues to volunteer his services for fundraising events; scholarship sponsor.


Joan Eurto '82 (2016) - Joan served SUNY Canton for 32 years and was Secretary to the President, Dr. Earl MacArthur, and Assistant to the President, Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy. She began her career at SUNY Canton in 1970, as the secretary to the founder of the College's nursing program, Virginia McAllister. Over her extensive career with SUNY Canton, she served on various committees including serving as secretary to the Canton College Foundation. She retired in 2002. Three generations of the Eurto family have graduated from SUNY Canton.


Daniel G. Fay (1990) – Professor, Accounting; Owner, Hoot Owl Enterprises; involved with many community and civic organizations; town councilman


Walter J. Haig '89 (2007) – Vice President at Bentley Systems, Inc. based in Clifton Park, New York; establishing an endowment


Sylvia M. Kingston '78 (2000) – Owner, Josie’s Little Pizzeria and Sylvia’s Lounge and Eatery; Canton Village Trustee; scholarship sponsor


Priscilla Leggette ’01, ’04 (2017) – Priscilla is currently the Director of Student Activities at SUNY Canton. She graduated from SUNY Canton in 2001 & 2004 with an Associates degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in Financial Services. In 2011 she received her Master’s in Urban Affairs & Policies and an Advanced Certificate in Health Care Administration & Policy from CUNY Queens College and from the School of Professional Studies.

Before returning to SUNY Canton, she was employed as an Administrator for seven years at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. Currently, she is also a founding board member of the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) of the North Country and served as a co-chair for the WLI Planning Committee for over three years. She thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to serve as a mentor for many students. Priscilla has been actively assisting the Alumni Office with reaching out to young alumni, supporting networking events in New York City, and creating more campus events to link alumni with current students. She truly takes pleasure in serving her community in many different forms.


Marti K. MacArthur '74/'78 (2009) - Graduated in HVAC and was employed in the Engineering Departments of IBM and Kodak. Marti became a volunteer for many organizations when her husband joined the US Air Force in 1982.

She was Committee Chair for the SUNY Canton Centennial Gala Auction Fundraiser in 2006, which raised over $40,000 for an unrestricted scholarship endowment. Marti currently serves on the “Women in Engineering Day” Committee.  She received the Distinguished Alumna Award in 2007, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015.

Marti is on the Board of the Society of the United Helpers, and assists other local organizations.


Kasheed Mohammed '60 (2011) - Originally from Pakistan, came to SUNY Canton not knowing a soul; graduated in 1960 and went on to earn a PhD, LD, and RD; co-inventor of the liquid form of Splenda; supports an international student scholarship.


Michael A. Noble '85 (2003) - Experienced banking executive, based out of Nashua, NH.


Chloe Ann O'Neil (2001) - Taught grade school at Hermon-DeKalb Central School and Parishville-Hopkinton Central School as well as SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam. New York State Assemblywoman elected in February 1993; New York State Senate's Woman of Distinction in 1999; devoted to education and government; scholarship sponsor.


Rick Patri '91 (2017) - Rick Patri is an entrepreneurial operating executive with a track record of successfully building, growing and monetizing companies at the intersection of media and technology.

He's currently the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Lucky Tackle Box, a monthly subscription service that delivers a box jam-packed full of the newest baits to more than 40,000 subscribers per month.   After graduating with an Associate Degree in Individual Studies from Canton, Rick went to Northeastern University, where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Education, a Masters Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Economics.


Jon A. Richardson '67 (2006) - Executive Director of the Peoria Diamond Club which is the winter home of the San Diego Padres; strong ties to many major league baseball contacts.


Dr. Adrienne Rygel (2017) - A professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology, Adrienne has been teaching at SUNY Canton since 2008. She received her doctorate from Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia) in Civil Engineering and her areas of expertise are Environmental Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering. Adrienne plays an active role in the annual Engineers Week and Women in Engineering Day, is the Faculty Advisor for the Society of Women Engineers Student Chapter, and has assisted the Canton College Foundation with outreach and campus events.


Carl W. Trainor '77 (2005) - Owner of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. in Boonville, New York; serves on the SUNY Canton Mortuary Science Advisory Committee; established an endowment.


Rosella Todd Valentine '68 (1977) - Retired Office Technology Teacher, Northwest Tech Center, Ogdensburg, New York; enjoyed a 31-year teaching career; New York State’s first “Teacher Ambassador for Occupational Education;" former Vice Chair, Canton College Foundation; former President, SUNY Canton Alumni Association; received Heuvelton Central School’s first “Alumni Hall of Fame” designation; former Board member of the Frederic Remington Art Museum, United Helpers Management Company, and Planned Parenthood of the North Country, Chair of two Ogdensburg United Way campaigns; named to SUNY-Canton's "Hall of Fame;" active in Central Florida now as member of “League of Women Voters” and AAUW. Rosella has also generously endowed a scholarship.


Grace Vesper '88 (2013) - Alumni Association representative; worked for the Village of Canton for 18+ years and the St. Lawrence County Central Services Department; President of the SUNY Canton Alumni Association, Inc., (the housing-related development organization); past President of the SUNY Canton Alumni Board; a long-serving member of the Alumni Board of Directors and a current scholarship sponsor. 


Thomas V. Walsh '96 (2006) - Executive Vice President for Burnham New York, Inc., New York City, specializing in processing building permits and other critical approvals that impact construction; established an endowment in support of alcohol education.


Guilford D. White '68 (2008) – Graduated Cum Laude from Syracuse University in the Construction Management program immediately after attending Canton. Owner of several real estate holdings in Akwesasne, founder of Native Trading Associates and Mohawk Bingo Palace, former Project Director for Iron Workers International Union/U.S. Department of Labor; scholarship sponsor.


Anne Williams '78 (2018) – Williams worked at SUNY Canton for 38-years. In 2004, she became the assistant to the vice president for advancement until her retirement in December 2016.


Thomas P. Woodside '66 (2014) – Established his own private manufacturers’ representative business – TP Woodside, Inc. – in Buffalo, New York, in 1976; established a scholarship endowment in 1991 and continue to be generous supporters of SUNY Canton.

Honorary Directors


D. Edgar Cloce '59 - Owner of TJ Toyota car dealership; former member of the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors; generous supporter of scholarships.


David A. Frary '70/'72 (1990) – Owner, Phillips Memorial, Inc., located in Massena and Waddington; owner, Fay G. Mann Funeral Home in Madrid; SUNY Canton Mortuary Science Advisory Committee; involved with many service organizations; scholarship sponsor


Charles F. Goolden (1973) – Founding officer of the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors; former Vice President for Administration at SUNY Canton; serves on the SUNY Canton Mortuary Science Advisory Committee; active in many service organizations; scholarship sponsor


Dr. Joseph Kennedy - Former President of SUNY Canton and generous supporter of scholarships.


Dr. Earl MacArthur - President Emeritus of SUNY Canton and founding member of the College Foundation.


Robert A. Noble, Jr. - Former member of the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors; generous supporter of a scholarship.


Jay F. Stone '62 - Former member of the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors; generous supporter of a scholarship.


Barbara R. Wilder '53/'70 (2009) – Active in the community; Former trustee of the Benton Library Board, Canton Methodist Church, and former Board of Director for Cooperative Extension, 4H Division, and the Canton Garden Club; Volunteers for the American Red Cross, Well Child Clinics, and the Canton Rescue Squad.


Ronald L. Woodcock '59 (1987) – Partner, 600 Erie Place Partnership; former owner/partner, Woodcock and Armani; former member of the Air Conditioning Engineering Advisory Committee; national chairman of the “Building on the Tradition” campaign in the 1990s; Distinguished Alumnus 1989; New York State Confederation’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award 1990; Co-Chair with his wife Blanche’06 of SUNY Canton’s Centennial Campaign “Cultivating the Minds of Tomorrow;” scholarship sponsor.

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