Jefferson Foundation Board
SUNY Jefferson
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Jefferson Foundation Board

Michelle L. Capone '95 – President
Director of Regional Development, Development Authority of the North Country

Aaron D. Naklick - Vice President
Case Coordinator - Acute Rehab, Samaritan Medical Center

Ryan Piche - Treasurer
County Manager, Lewis County 

Lisa L’Huillier Ruggiero - Secretary
Owner/Broker, Hefferon Real Estate

Peter L. Walton '82  - Immediate past President
Attorney, Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall, LLP

Ty Stone, PhD - College President
Jefferson Community College President 

Karen Abare, RN, BSN, CIC
Director of Infection Prevention, Samaritan Medical Center

Erica Bischof
Brand Manager, CAR-FRESHNER Corporation

James Burrows, '83
Attorney, Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall, LLP

Daniel J. Dupee
Vice President for Administration & Finance, Jefferson Community College

Elizabeth C. Fipps
Vice President - Foundation and Community Services, Samaritan Medical Center

Walt Hammond
Vice President-Risk Management Advisor, Haylor, Freyer, and Coon, Inc.

Philip James 
Alumni Advisory Council President
Staff Accountant, Samaritan Medical Center

Lynise Lassiter
Philosophy instructor, Jefferson Community College 

Brian Peck 
Alumni Advisory Council Member 
Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush

Robyn Rhyner
Director of Financial Aid, Jefferson Community College

Stuart Schmitt
Director of Human Resources, Watertown Family YMCA

Stephanie Sutton
Sales Manager, WWTI-ABC 50

Shawn H. West
New York Air Brake

Joseph L. Thesier (Honorary Director)
Principal/Engineer, Bernier, Carr & Associates

Barbara N. Webber (Honorary Director)
Retired Teacher



Jefferson Foundation

1220 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601

Ben Foster, Foundation Executive Director
(315) 786-2291

Edie Roggie, Alumni Development Officer
(315) 786-2326