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
Vice Chair
Peter Maier
President, Intelligent Sensor Solutions, INFICON, Inc.
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, PLLC

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, LLC

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

Terry Brown, P.E.
President, TL Brown Management Group, LLC

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

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

Anthony Collins, Ph.D.
President, Clarkson University

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

Michael P. Falcone
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pioneer Companies, A CP Realty Company

Daniel Feng
Vice President of Operations, Progressive Expert Consulting, Inc.

Thomas Fiscoe
Managing Partner, Dannible & McKee, LLP

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

Tiffany Gallagher
President, Greater Syracuse Hospitality & Tourism Association

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

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

Tim Kennedy
President, Syracuse Media Group

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

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 and Chief Operating Officer, Byrne Dairy, Inc.

J. Kemper Matt
President, Dupli Envelope and Graphics Corporation

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

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

Kathryn Ruscitto
President & CEO, St. Joseph's Health

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

Thomas Schneider
President & CEO, Pathfinder Bank

Joseph Scuderi
President, Widewaters Group

Alton Shader
President, Welch Allyn

John Sharkey III
President, Universal Metal Works

Steven Shaw
Partner, Hancock Estabrook

Richard Shirtz
Regional President, NBT Bank

Anne Smith
Principal, Business Development Manager, GHD

Deborah Stanley
President, SUNY Oswego

Kent Syverud
Chancellor & President, Syracuse University

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, Time Warner Cable Business Class