Meet the Foundation Staff

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 over the last 31 years.

* The Chronicle of Philanthropy

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 $151 million in 2016.

 

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 

 

Development Staff

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

John Gleason, CFRE, CAPTM
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

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

Ruth Schwartz
Charitable Giving Planner
315-464-7864

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

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

Kaitlyn Sperduti
Community Outreach Program Coordinator
315-464-6493

 

 

 

 

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