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JCC Foundation Appoints New Members to Board of Directors

The Jefferson Community College (JCC) Foundation welcomes four new members to the Board of Directors: Heather Johnson of Henderson Harbor, brand manager, Car-Freshner Corporation; Jane Gendron (JCC Class of ’73) of Watertown, NNY Chapter Executive, American Red Cross; David Lichtenstein of Rodman, purchasing director, New York Air Brake; and Melissa Ringer-Hardy (JCC Class of ’99) of Gananoque, Ontario, owner of Bella’s Bistro.

The JCC Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of leaders in the communities served by the College and its members represent key geographic locations, demographics and industries.   The four new directors join these current Foundation board members:   Board president Joseph Thesier (JCC Class of ’81), vice president, Bernier, Carr & Associates, P.C.; Board vice president, Theresa Quintin, director of healthcare resource management, Samaritan Medical Center; Board secretary, Kate McGhee, retired; Board treasurer Nathan Hunter (JCC Class of ’01), vice president of accounting and finance, Northern Federal Credit Union; Board immediate past president Joseph LaClair, vice president-commercial lines, Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc.;  James Ambrose, director of financial aid, Jefferson Community College; Wendy Bodnar, comptroller, Jefferson Community College; David Clark, Trustee, Jefferson Community College; Mary Corriveau, retired; James Leven, president and chief executive officer, Community Broadcasters, LLC; Deborah McAtee, vice president, M&T Bank; Richard McNulty, vice president of human resources, Kinney Drugs; John Penrose, professor, Jefferson Community College; Linda Petrie, president, Northern Glass Company, Inc.; Barbara Webber, retired; and Carole McCoy, president, Jefferson Community College.

The primary mission of the Jefferson Community College Foundation is to work in partnership with the College, the community and Jefferson alumni to enhance the educational opportunities at Jefferson Community College.  This goal is accomplished through providing financial support to students and resources to College programs and projects. The Foundation develops relationships with individuals, businesses and foundations—assisting each in reaching their own philanthropic goals, while engaging them in meaningful initiatives at Jefferson Community College.

Established in 1961, Jefferson Community College is one of 30 community colleges within the State University of New York (SUNY) system.  Jefferson offers more than 30 associate degree and certificate programs designed for transfer or career preparation.  To ease transfer to baccalaureate programs, Jefferson has agreements with colleges and universities across the United States and the College has also partnered with several academic institutions to provide opportunities for community members to earn several bachelor’s and master’s degrees on JCC’s campus. Jefferson serves more than 4,000 students annually at its Coffeen Street campus and through courses offered on Fort Drum.  More than 80% of Jefferson students receive some sort of financial assistance and the Foundation administers over 290 need and merit based scholarships annually.

To learn more about the Jefferson Community College Foundation or to make a donation online, please visit and click on “Alumni & Friends”. You may also contact the Jefferson Foundation at or 315-786-2458.