Board of Directors

Livingston CARES is able to run smoothly with the guiding influence of our Board of Directors. Many of our members have been with us since 2005 and other members represent our community partners. The Board of Directors is the governing body of Livingston CARES, which is responsible for making policy, approving budgets, and carrying out our mission. Board of Directors Officers include Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Officers

Tom Matthews, Chair of the Board of Directors

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Affiliation: Senior Advisor for Leadership and Service Programs, SUNY Geneseo
Board Member: 2005 - present
Why I work with Livingston CARES: I work with Livingston CARES because it is a vehicle to help students and community volunteers who want to engage in significant efforts to help others in need.

Nicholas Palumbo, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors

Resides: Rochester, New York
Affiliation: Assistant Dean of Students for Leadership and Service, SUNY Geneseo
Board Member: 2018 - present
Why I work with Livingston CARES

Garth Freeman, Secretary of the Board of Directors

Resides: Irondequoit, New York
Affiliation: Coordinator of Student Leadership, Volunteerism, and Service, SUNY Geneseo
Board Member: 2017 - present
Why I work with Livingston CARES: I work with Livingston CARES to support students, faculty, staff, and community members in actively engaging in service and volunteerism in areas of need. The relationships built and lessons learn are truly transformative.

Karen Bailey, Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Affiliation: School Counselor, Dansville Primary School
Board Member: - present
Why I work with Livingston CARES: I work with Livingston CARES because of its dedicated connection to Harrison County, MS and the people of Biloxi (who will now forever have a place in my heart) and because I believe in "giving back" in return for the blessings I have received from God.

Members of the Board of Directors

Craig Bolesky

Resides: Geneseo, NY
Affiliation: Business Owner, C&R Food Service, Inc.
Board Member: 2016 - present
Why I work with Livingston CARES: I've seen what CARES has done through the Biloxi trips, and I would like to help make those good things continue.

Stephen Chaparro

Resides: Geneseo, NY
Affiliation: Student member, Junior, Biology/Sociomedical Sciences major
Board Member: 2019-20 
Why I work with Livingston CARES: Going on the Livingston CARES trip to Puerto Rico was a very humbling experience, and allowed me to step into a different light where I was exposed to new things and people.

Adam Clarke

Resides: Geneseo, NY
Affiliation: Student member, Sophomore, Economics major
Board Member: 2019-20 
Why I work with Livingston CARES: Ever since my first trip with Livingston Cares I have been advocating for friends of mine to take part in it. I think the service is a great experience for learning new skills and meeting diverse groups of people.

Betsy Colon

Resides: Perry, NY
Affiliation: Grants Management Associate, SUNY Geneseo
Board Member: 2018-present
Why I work with Livingston CARES: I work with LivingstonCARES because it gives me the opportunity to serve and share Puerto Rico with SUNY Geneseo students and others.

Brenda Donohue

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Affiliation: Board of Supervisors, Livingston County
Board Member: 2007 - present
Why I work with Livingston CARES: I am on the Livingston Cares Board as the Board of Supervisors representative. I am humbled by the selflessness of the hundreds of volunteers (students, SUNY faculty, staff, and alumni, and members of the community who pay their own way to assist those in need. Livingston Cares is a unique organization that has made a long-term commitment to assist in the recovery from Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the New Orleans area. The focus of Livingston Cares in this area has been Jefferson County (Biloxi), Mississippi. Since January 2006, there have been 34 work trips made to Biloxi, with 882 students, community, and SUNY faculty, staff, and alumni participating.

Holly Harvey

Resides: Geneseo, NY
Affiliation: Community Member
Board Member: 2014 - Present
Why I work with Livingston CARES

Gabriel Iturbides 

Resides: Fairport, NY
Affiliation: Assistant Director, Access to Opportunity Program, SUNY Geneseo
Board Member: 2019
Why I work with Livingston CARES: I work with Livingston CARES because I have always believed in giving as living. Giving through Livingston CARES makes a positive difference in someone's life even if all that can be given is time.

Ken Kallio

Resides: Avon, New York
Affiliation: Retired from SUNY Geneseo, Former Interim Associate Provost
Board Member: 2011 - present
Why I work with Livingston CARES: Aside from the fact that the work of CARES is useful and needed by those who we help, participating in service trips, particularly to Biloxi, provides an interesting opportunity to learn about the challenges faced by communities in other parts of the country; it helps one to both better understand and appreciate our own community.

Wes Kennison

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Affiliation: Lecturer and Fellow in Office of International Programs, SUNY Geneseo
Board Member: 2005 - present
Why I work with Livingston CARES: In the 1980's, I ran the college's Appalachian Service Project and then accompanied the first Livingston CARES group to Biloxi. Now, I manage our international service-learning projects. Livingston CARES has become a bedrock organization in Geneseo's mission to serve.

Eddie Lee

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Affiliation: Community Member
Board Member: 2014 - present
Why I work with Livingston CARES: To me, CARES represents a unique community service link and vehicle for several vital constituencies - students, the college and alumni, community members and nonprofits, local government and businesses, and partners in others states and regions. I am committed to fostering and growing those relationships to enhance our civic and moral obligations to service.

Lyle Lehman

Resides: Rochester, NY
Affiliation: Retired from SUNY Geneseo; Represents the ARC of Livingston/Wyoming Counties
Board Member: 2005 - present
Why I work with Livingston CARES: I work with Livingston CARES because it provides the opportunity to give back to communities in need of help and to help others who wish to contribute their time and talents to rebuilding lives and communities.

Phil Natoli

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Affiliation: Adjunct faculty member, SUNY Geneseo; SUNY Geneseo Alumni
Board Member: 2010 - present
Why I work with Livingston CARES: Livingston Cares is the best way to give back and meet some really outstanding people. I have learned a great deal on all of my trips, but most importantly have worked with some of the best people you would want to know.

Karilyn Nieves

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Affiliation: Student member, Junior, History major
Board Member: 2019
Why I work with Livingston CARES: Traveling to Puerto Rico allowed me to realize the importance that underlies Livingston CARES as an organization. While being a part of this trip I was able to provide aid and relief work, while also building relationships that last a lifetime.

Brooke Stickles

Affiliation: Student member, Sophomore, Geology major
Board Member: 2019
Why I work with Livingston CARES: I truly enjoyed my service trip to Puerto Rico last May that I decided to go on another one to the Florida Keys this May.

Tom Wilson

Resides: Geneseo, NY
Affiliation: Community Member
Board Member: 2019
Why I work with Livingston CARES