Meet the Foundation Staff

New Upstate Foundation Development Director in the Southern Tier

Theresa Blank of Endicott, NY, is the Upstate Foundation’s new director of retail development in the Southern Tier. Theresa will be working with retail partners in the region, and also serving as a liaison for collegiate and community events supporting Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. She has over 14 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, working in various areas of development including special events, volunteer recruitment and management, corporate relations, marketing, annual campaigns and community/youth engagement. Theresa’s office is located on Upstate Medical University’s Binghamton campus. 

  

The Upstate Foundation welcomes Danielle LaTour

The Upstate Foundation has hired Danielle LaTour as director of retail development to work with retail partners, and serve as a liaison for collegiate and community events supporting Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Danielle has over eight years of experience in the nonprofit sector working with several Central New York organizations in various areas of development including special events, volunteer recruitment and management, corporate relations, marketing, annual campaigns, and community/youth engagement. Danielle is looking forward to bringing her talents to her new role “For the Kids.”

 

Upstate Foundation welcomes Laura Hamilton 

The Upstate Foundation appoints Laura Hamilton as the new director of legacy giving. 

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.

 

 

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

Theresa M. Blank
Director, Retail Development – Southern Tier for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital
607-772-3531

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

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

Toni Gary
Assistant Vice President for 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

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 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

 

 

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