Meet the Foundation Staff

Upstate Foundation welcomes Laura Hamilton 

The Upstate Foundation appoints Laura Hamilton as the new director of legacy giving.  She is replacing John Gleason who has retired.

Laura Hamilton is an experienced professional with over 25 years of fundraising experience both here and in the United Kingdom. 

Hamilton served as divisional director for capital campaigns for The Salvation Army’s Empire Division, as well as director of development for other regional not-for-profits. 

Her experience spans all areas of development work including annual fund, special events, volunteer recruitment and management, communications, marketing, capital campaigns and, most importantly, major and planned gift solicitation.

The Upstate Foundation is a public charity designed to receive and administer gifts and bequests exclusively for charitable purposes with a focus on (1) the provision of patient health care, (2) the education of health care providers, (3) scientific research, and (4) community health and well-being. The Upstate Foundation is also the primary vehicle for receiving and distributing philanthropic gifts for Upstate Medical University, including Upstate Cancer center and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. 

 

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.

 

 

 

Upstate Foundation receives national award from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

At the 2017 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) national annual meeting, Toni Gary and Lorie Riedl of the Upstate Foundation accepted recognition on behalf of the many donors and sponsors who support pediatric care at Upstate. As a result of everyone’s tireless efforts to secure resources to help the children and families cared for at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, the Upstate Foundation was recognized for “Highest Percentage Increase 2016” in a medium-size market for fundraising growth in a single year. Toni, left, and Lorie are pictured accepting the award from CMNH officials. 

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

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

Michele Estabrook
Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship
315-464-7846

Toni Gary
Director of Community Relations & Development for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital
315-464-4264

Laura Hamilton, CFRE
Director of Legacy Giving
315-464-6490

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

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

Lorie Riedl
Director, Retail Development, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital
Director, Upstate Gala
315-464-7854

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

Terry Shenfeld
Director of Foundation Relations; Corporate and Campaign Development Officer 
315-464-4284 

Julie Galler Simms
Development Director, Community Campus
315-492-5639 / 315-464-4283

Donald Zorn
Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Corporate Development
315-464-4274 

 

 

 

Administrative and Accounting

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

Nancy Boyce
Communications Specialist
315-464-9389

Donna Bruch
Administrative Assistant for Operations
315-464-4272

Operations Data Specialist
315-464-4281
Robin Grabowski
Administrative Assistant
315-464-5748

Cheryl Kardjian
Accountant
315-464-7080

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
Operations Systems Manager
315-464-4275