Board of Directors & Staff

Barbara P. Shineman | Thomas W. Schneider | Karen Goetz | Jonathan Daniels| Lauren A. Pistell

Board of Directors

Barbara P. Shineman- Member and President of Board of Directors
Professor Emerita- SUNY Oswego

Dr. Barbara Shineman is an honored alumna of SUNY Oswego, having graduated as a non-traditional student with an undergraduate degree in childhood education in 1965 and a master's degree in reading education in 1971.

Barbara is a professor emerita, having served in Oswego's School of Education from 1969 to 1989. Her teaching career at SUNY Oswego began in the Campus School. She later directed both the Sheldon Institute for Gifted and Talented Students and the Potential Teacher Program and coordinated Swetman Learning Center advisement while continuing her work as a professor of elementary education.

With deep engagement in and service to her cherished alma mater, Barbara has been an active participant in the life of the college. She is a member and former president of the Oswego Emeriti Association, who led the effort to establish a historical record within all named campus buildings. In addition, she served on a Presidential Search Committee and as the Annual Fund Volunteer Chairperson, and has received the Oswego Alumni Association's Lifetime Award of Merit.

Barbara's work continued when she was a member of the Presidential Campaign Cabinet for the college's first capital campaign, Inspiring Horizons, and she served for more than a decade on the Oswego Alumni Association Scholarship Committee and the Oswego College Foundation Board.  President Deborah F. Stanley presented her with a Presidential Medal at the 2007 Commencement Ceremony for her lifelong selfless support of SUNY Oswego.

Her great generosity to SUNY Oswego includes her leadership role as a charter member of the Sheldon Legacy Society, the college's planned giving program, as well as establishing student awards and scholarships, supporting The Fund for Oswego and the Emeriti Association, and making most generous gifts to two capital campaigns.  Her more than five decades of loyal service to SUNY Oswego encompasses a combination of employment, volunteer service and generous philanthropy. Barbara has devoted her professional and personal life experiences to advancing the mission of SUNY Oswego.

Thomas W. Schneider- Director
President and CEO- Pathfinder Bank

Tom Schneider has served as President and CEO of Pathfinder Bank since January 2000.  He has been employed by Pathfinder Bank since April 1988 and previously served as Chief Financial Officer and as Controller.  Tom has spent his entire 28-year career in the Financial Services industry being previously employed by Merrill Lynch & Co, American Express and J. Henry Schroeder Bank and Trust.

Tom received his Masters in Business Administration from Fairfield University in May 2002 and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from   Cortland State University in May 1983.  He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Oswego State University, teaching a graduate level finance course entitled Management of Financial Institutions, A Risk Based Approach in the School of Business.

Tom has been involved in numerous professional, trade and civic organizations throughout his career.  He is a board member and Audit Committee Chairman of the Port of Oswego Authority and is Chairman of Oswego Health.  In 2012 he became a member of the New York Bankers Association Board of Directors and Chairman of the Government Relations Committee.  He is a past Chairman of the 2006 Smaller Member Bankers Conference and a member of the American Bankers Association’s Government Relations Counsel.  He is past President for Springside at Seneca Hill (an Oswego Health affiliate) and has served on the board and as officer for the Community Bankers Forum, including Chairman in 2001.  Tom has also served on the boards of Home Aides of Central New York, the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Small Business Program, the Greater Oswego Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Oswego County and the Oswego YMCA.

Karen Goetz- Director
President and CEO- Inforia, Inc.

As President and CEO of Syracuse-based Inforia, Inc., Karen is responsible for strategic direction and overall operations of the software company. When she became CEO, and majority investor in 2000, her first goal was to acquire and merge three companies into a new company called Integrated Documents Inc. Over the next five years, Karen oversaw the transformation of the old-fashioned transcription company into one using the Internet for transportation of dictated voice files and return of transcribed paperless documents to clients into an electronic chart. In 2006, she began spear-heading the second transformation of the company, and after three years of product development, the company re-branded itself as Inforia, Inc. in 2009 and launched into the market as a full-fledged Electronic Health Record (EHR) solutions provider.  Inforia’s solutions help doctors’ offices be more efficient and provide better patient care by taking all their paper patient charts and replicating them in a completely customized EHR.

Previously, from 1986-1999, Karen was co-founder of start-up company, Select Ticketing Systems.  In her role as CEO, Karen was responsible for the growth and development of the company into the largest international vendor of in-house computerized ticketing systems. By 1995, she began spearheading the transformation of the company into the re-branded TicketsLive Corp., one of the most advanced Internet ticketing companies and networks in the world---and the first to sell tickets "Live" over the internet. In March 1998, she brought in $5 million in venture capital funds from CMGI, Intel, and Liberty Ventures. Karen then parlayed the company's Internet position into a merger with Advantix Corporation to form in April 1999. Between April and November 1999, she provided strategic and operational input into's highly successful IPO on November 4, 1999.

Karen is a 1977 graduate of Indiana University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She is a 2012 graduate of the Syracuse, NY Small Business Administration (SBA) e200 Emerging Leaders Initiative. She is a founding member of the Syracuse chapter of the international Women President’s Organization. She has also served on the boards of the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST).

Karen received Ernst & Young's New York State Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1999. She has also received the Women Business Owners Connection (WBOC) Successful Woman Entrepreneur award in 2004 and the Women in Business award in 2006.


Jonathan Daniels- Director
Executive Director- Port of Oswego Authority

Jonathan Daniels currently serves as the Executive Director of the Port of Oswego Authority, where he is responsible for the administrative functions and development of the port.  He was appointed to this position in June 2007.

Prior to joining the Port of Oswego Authority he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Maine Development Corporation, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations and development efforts of the six-county economic development district.  He also was the Director of the Office of Economic and Business Development for the City of Bangor, Maine.  In this capacity he managed the development activities for the city including Bangor International Airport, Economic and Community Development Departments, and the Bass Park Complex including the Bangor Auditorium and Civic Center.

Jonathan brings a wealth of experience in port management, international trade, and economic development to the Port of Oswego as he served as the Managing Director of the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission/Port of Greater Baton Rouge in Louisiana.  While in Baton Rouge the port ranked fourth in the United States in total tonnage.  In addition he also served as the Port Director of the Port of Eastport, Maine, where he oversaw the development of the $20 million Estes Head Cargo Terminal. 

He is a 1991 graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, with a degree in International Politics and Foreign Affairs, and has completed graduate work in Maritime Management at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine.  In addition, he is a graduate of the International Program of Port Planning and Management at the Louisiana State University Ports and Waterways Institute, and has completed several port management sessions with the American Association of Port Authorities. 

He serves as a member of the Oswego County Industrial Development Authority, Oswego County Civic Facilities Corporation, Great Lakes Ports Association, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission, Board of Directors of the United Way of Oswego County, and served as a member of the Community Development Advisory Board for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.


Foundation Staff

Lauren Pistell
Executive Director- Richard S. Shineman Foundation

Lauren currently serves as the Executive Director of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.  Lauren began her career in public relations at the Yale School of Management.  After spending some time freelancing in website database management and raising her young children, she moved to Upstate New York, and began to work in the legal field at Bond, Schoeneck & King , PLLC in 2006.  As a legal assistant at Bond, Lauren focused on estate planning and administration; her work included the preparation of estate accountings and various tax returns.  Later, Lauren worked on a variety of non-profit legal issues, focusing primarily on private foundations.

Lauren is honored to be a member of the Oswego Rotary Club.  As an active member in her community of Oswego, New York, Lauren has volunteered with Safe Haven museum, Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County and Habitat for Humanity of Oswego County.  She has served on the board of YP Voice of Oswego County.  Lauren is a member of the Leadership Oswego County class of 2013.

Lauren graduated from Yale College in 2001 with distinction in her major of history.  She is currently pursuing her Masters of Business Administration at Syracuse University with a focus on non-profit management.

Lauren is the proud mother of two children, Elijah and Eve.

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