Board of Directors

The CenterState CEO Board of Directors is drawn from the community and business leaders who make up the organization’s membership. We are actively recruiting new directors,  representing a diversity of perspectives, to serve on the board and governance-related sub-committees. Please contact Frank Caliva ( for more information.


James Fox, P.E.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, O'Brien & Gere
Robert Simpson
President & Chief Executive Officer
First Vice Chair
Melanie Littlejohn
Regional Executive Director - Upstate New York, National Grid
Vice Chair
Susan LaVallee
Senior Vice President, AXA Equitable
Vice Chair
Orrin MacMurray
Chairman, The C&S Companies
Gregory Loh
Managing Partner, Public Relations & Public Affairs, Eric Mower + Associates
Stephen Fournier
District President, KeyBank, N.A.


Steven Aiello
President, COR Development Co., LLC

Aminy Audi
CEO, L. & J.G. Stickley, Inc.

Carl Austin, Jr.
Managing Partner, Bowers & Company CPAs

Francis Behlmer
Executive Vice President & COO, Operations & Technology, Global Operations, BNY Mellon

Peter Belyea
President, CXtec

Kevin Bernstein
Member & Chair, Managment Committee
Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Laurence Bousquet
Manager, Bousquet Holstein PLLC

Kimberly Boynton
CEO, Crouse Hospital

Vicki Brackens
President and Financial Planner, Brackens Financial Solutions Network

James Breuer
President, Hueber-Breuer Construction Co., Inc.

Michael Brunner
Senior VP, Market President-CNY, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Eric Campbell
Chief Financial Officer, Oswego Health

Evelyn Carter
Director of Community Relations, Wegmans

Somak Chattopadhyay
General Fund Manager, Armory Square Ventures

John Clark
President, Cushman & Wakefield/Pyramid Brokerage Company, Inc.

Kevin Conley
President, Seneca Data

Gail Cowley
Executive Vice President, Cowley Associates

Casey Crabill, Ed.D.
President, Onondaga Community College

Susan Crossett
Corporate Strategy and Public Affairs Advisor, Harris Beach PLLC

Edward Cuello
President, Upstate Minority Economic Alliance

MacLaren Cummings
CEO, Terakeet

Joseph Cunningham
VP, Senior Corporate Banking Relationship Manager, HSBC Bank USA

Frank Curci
President & CEO, TOPS Markets, LLC

Nicholas Dereszynski
President, Brown & Brown Empire State

Frank Discenza
Partner, The Bonadio Group

Peter Dunn
President & CEO, Central New York Community Foundation

Michael P. Falcone
Chairman & CEO, Pioneer Companies, A CP Realty Company

Thomas Fiscoe
Managing Partner, Dannible & McKee, LLP

Carol Fletcher
President, C.R. Fletcher Associates, Inc.

Tiffany Gallagher
President, Greater Syracuse Hospitality & Tourism Association

Janie Goddard
President, JADAK LLC

Chedy Hampson
Chief Executive Officer,

Stephen Helmer
Managing Partner, Mackenzie Hughes, LLP

Madelyn Hornstein
Chief Executive Officer, Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC

John Huhtala
Executive Director and Market Executive, CNY Middle Market, Commercial Banking, Chase

Susan Hynes
General Manager, Bristol-Myers Squibb

David Kavney
Senior Vice President/Central NY Market Executive, First Niagara Bank

Tim Kennedy
President, Advance Media New York 

Henry Kuykendall
Vice President - New York, Delta Air Lines

Danielle Laraque-Arena 
President, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Gregory Larioni
Vice President & Syracuse Site General Manager, Lockheed Martin

Linda LeMura, Ph.D.
President, Le Moyne College

Laurie Liechty, CPC
President, Contemporary Personnel Staffing

Vinny Lobdell, Jr.
President, HealthWay Home Products

Leslie Paul Luke
President & CEO, St. Joseph's Health

Eileen MacCombie
President, Brophy Services, Inc.

John Mandyck
Chief Sustainability Officer, United Technologies Corporation

Patrick Mannion
Vice Chairman, Columbian Financial Group

Nicholas Marsella
Senior Vice President & COO, Byrne Dairy, Inc.

J. Kemper Matt
President, Dupli Envelope and Graphics Corporation

James McCarthy
President, Northland Communications

Anne Messenger
Executive Coach & Facilitator

Allen Naples
President - Central New York Region, M&T Bank

Michael Nash
Principal, KS&R

David Nutting
Chairman & CEO, VIP Structures, Inc.

Margaret O'Connell
Executive Director, Allyn Family Foundation

Sharon Owens
Chief Executive Officer, Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc.

Tim Penix
Vice President, SUNY Syracuse Educational Center

Douglas Pinckney
President, Pinckney Hugo Group

James Reed
Regional President, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield

Leola Rodgers
President & CEO, Syracuse Community Health Center

Mary Kate Rolf
President & CEO, VNA Homecare

David Schneckenburger
President, Thompson & Johnson Equipment Co., Inc.

Thomas Schneider
President & CEO, Pathfinder Bank

Joseph Scuderi
President, Widewaters Group

Alton Shader III
President, Welch Allyn

John Sharkey III
President, Universal Metal Works

Steven Shaw
Partner, Hancock Estabrook

Richard Shirtz
Regional President, NBT Bank

William Simmons
Executive Director, Syracuse Housing Authority

Anne Smith
Principal, Business Development Manager, GHD

Erik Smith
Vice President & General Manager, Sensor Systems, Saab Defense and Security USA

Deborah Stanley
President, SUNY Oswego

Kent Syverud
Chancellor & President, Syracuse University

Jeremy Thurston
President, The Hayner Hoyt Corporation

Kimberly Townsend
CEO, Loretto

Paul Tremont
President, SRC, Inc.

John Wakefield
President & CEO, Empower Federal Credit Union

Quentin Wheeler
President, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

Joella Wind
Vice President, Product Management & Marketing, Charter Spectrum