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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: Associate Dean Emeritus 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.

Adam Clarke

Resides: Geneseo, NY
Affiliation: Student member, Sophomore, Economics major
Board Member: 2019-present
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 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.

Angela Ellis

Resides: Geneseo, NY
Affiliation: Deputy County Administrator – Planning & Special Projects, Livingston County
Board Member: Elected April, 2020
Why I work with Livingston CARES: I work with Livingston CARES because it gives me the opportunity to work collaboratively with others on activities that help strengthen communities locally, regionally, and internationally, especially during times of great crisis and public need.  

Karissa Garbarini

Resides: Geneseo, NY
Affiliation: Student Board Member, Junior Biology Major
Board Member: Elected April, 2020
Why I work with Livingston CARES: I volunteer with Livingston Cares because it gives me an opportunity to give back to the community and those impacted by natural disasters. I went on a Florida Keys trip my freshmen year, and I've wanted to go back and volunteer again ever since! The eye opening experience really showed me what a positive impact I could have, and I want to help others have the same experience.

Glenn Geiser-Getz

Resides: Geneseo, NY
Affiliation: Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, SUNY Geneseo
Board Member: Elected April, 2020
Why I work with Livingston CARES: I work with Livingston Cares because it provides direct support to families in need.  I joined one of the service trips to Florida in the fall and saw firsthand the immediate positive impact that this work has on peoples' lives.  Installing floors and repairing ceilings in a hurricane-damaged home is an important investment that lifts spirits and supports our neighbors.

Holly Harvey

Resides: Geneseo, NY
Affiliation: Community Member
Board Member: 2014 - Present
Why I work with Livingston CARES: I began volunteering with Livingston CARES because, as a local realtor, I appreciate what a gift our homes are. It's been a real pleasure helping rebuild homes. I've also discovered how much more Livingston CARES does locally. It gives so much back to my community. I'm glad for the opportunity to help.

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.

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.

Jules Orcutt

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Affiliation: Student member, Sophomore Political Science major
Board Member: Elected April, 2020
Why I work with Livingston CARES: I work with Livingston CARES because service is my passion. I love meeting new people and taking part in meaningful service opportunities. Working as a member of CARES has been a perfect fit for me. 

Bryan Rivera

 Resides: Irondequoit, New York

Affiliation: Educational Opportunity Program Counselor, SUNY Geneseo

Board Member: 2020

Why I work with Livingston Cares: I work with Livingston Cares because it has given me the opportunity to give back, specifically in Puerto Rico. Additionally, I have made some meaningful and lifelong relationships with the families and volunteers who I have been fortunate enough to meet during our service trip.

Parker Slawetsky

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Affiliation: Student member, Junior History major
Board Member: Elected April, 2020
Why I work with Livingston CARES:  because it is a great way to stay engaged with the community!

Tom Wilson

Resides: Geneseo, NY
Affiliation: Community Member and Retired career and tech education instructor at BOCES.
Board Member: 2019
Why I work with Livingston CARES I do believe in service to those in need. Livingston cares provides a wonderful opportunity for SUNY students to experience serving others. I have participated in several trips with students and I am always impressed with their enthusiasm and the compassion they show for those we serve. My hope is the students will be inspired to continue a life of service.