Meet the Foundation Staff

Eileen Pezzi garners regional honor 

Eileen Pezzi, MPA, was named the area’s top development professional and one of the region’s philanthropy heroes for 2016 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Central New York Chapter. Pezzi, who serves as vice president for development and is Upstate’s first female vice president, has led the Foundation during a time of great growth, from an asset base of $15.29 million in 1995 to over $180 million in 2017.

 

 

Executive Staff

Eileen Pezzi, MPA
Vice President for Development, Upstate Medical University
Executive Director, Upstate Foundation
315-464-7853 

Sue Clark
Associate Vice President for Development
315-464-4416

Terry Heany
Chief Financial Officer
315-464-4265 

In a profession where the average national turnover for development officers is just 16 months,* the average length of stay at the Upstate Foundation is nearly 9 years. The reasons development officers stay are varied, but it is certainly a key factor in the significant growth of the Foundation.

* The Chronicle of Philanthropy

 

Development Staff

Jennifer A. Balog, MHA, CFRE
Assistant Vice President for Development
315-464-9330

Jenny Dickinson
Coordinator,  Pediatric Programs and Events
315-464-9330

Michele Estabrook
Assistant Vice President for Donor Relations and Communications
315-464-7846

Rebecca Flint
Director of Corporate Development
315-464-5747

Toni Gary
Assistant Vice President for Community Relations & Development for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital
315-464-4264

Bethann Kistner
Director, Grateful Patient and Family Program
315-464-4283

Danielle LaTour
Director, Retail Development for Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital
315-464-7854

Mary Knepper
Director, College of Health Professions and Nursing Alumni Associations
315-464-5745

Mary Roff
Grant Writer/Project Development Specialist
315-464-7851

Terry Toscano Shenfeld
Director of Foundation Relations, Corporate Development Officer 
315-464-4284 

Julie Galler Simms
Development Director, Community Campus
315-430-9804

 

 

Administrative and Accounting

Doreen Bonura
Accounting and Cash Receipts Associate
315-464-4285

Nancy Boyce
Communications Specialist
Upstate Gala Director
315-464-9389

Donna Bruch
Administrative Assistant for Operations
Assistant Gala Director
315-464-427

Robin Grabowski
Administrative Assistant
315-464-5748

Cheryl Kardjian
Accountant
315-464-7080

Kristen Penfield
Alumni Support Associate
315-464-4281

Tammy Pike
Prospect Research Associate
315-464-4273

Mary Rochette
Administrative Assistant for the Vice President for Development
315-464-7853

Pamela Ward
Director of Operations
315-464-4275

Independent contractor

John Hoeschele
Writing/Marketing