Upstate Foundation Staff

Awards

Upstate Foundation receives “Impact Award” from the Central New York Business Journal and named “Economic Champion” by CenterState CEO. 

The Upstate Foundation team – and those who support us – can be proud that our organization received recognition for the positive impact we are having in our community!

The Upstate Foundation is the recipient of the Impact Award from the Central New York Business Journal for its Covid-19 relief efforts. “This award is for someone who created or implemented a program that touched the lives of others in a meaningful way and has had a direct impact on the community. Must be able to demonstrate the impact.”

The Impact Award was one of several categories that was part of the CNY Business Journal’s 2021 Nonprofit Awards. The Foundation was selected from among many other not-for-profit organizations for the Impact Award because the judges were impressed with all that we accomplished during the pandemic.

Specifically, we raised $1 million in eight months for Covid relief to assist Upstate employees, students and patients. In addition to an outpouring of donations, the Central New York community responded with in-kind gifts totaling $360,000. And our Upstate Strong Covid Relief Benefit Concert raised nearly $250,000.

For the first time ever, Upstate Foundation was recognized by Centerstate CEO (Syracuse’s economic development corporation) as a 2020 “Economic Champion.” Bestowed on the Foundation for its merits and impact our community, this honor recognized the Foundation as a formidable economic driver, job creator and overall positive force in our region.

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
315-464-4274

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

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

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

Carolyn Hendrickson
Director of Planned Giving
315-464-6490 

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

Sheila Ossit
Director of Annual Giving and Donor Engagement
315-464-4283

Cynthia Rotella
Director of Development, Southern Tier
607-771-3727

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

Katherine Bailey
Administrative Assistant
315-464-4272

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

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

Robin Grabowski
Administrative Assistant
315-464-5748

Cheryl Kardjian
Accountant
315-464-7080

Katie Mauro
Accounting/Operations Data Specialist 
315-464-4266

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