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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.
Kathy Fenlon- Director, Retired, Former Executive Director of the Oswego City- County Youth Bureau
Kathy Fenlon retired in 2013 as Executive Director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, a position she held for 25 years. As director, Kathy was responsible for comprehensivecommunity planning for youth and family issues, administered several youth development and leadership programs, and oversaw county parks and recreation programs. She also secured local, state, and federal funding and oversaw contracts with municipalities and local not for profit agencies to provide services for youth.
Prior to the Youth Bureau, Kathy held administrative positions with the Oswego County Department of Social Services and the Employment and Training Division. Earlier in her career, she was director of a national demonstration project which tested the concept of a national youth service program—this demonstration project was one of the precursors to the very successful national AmeriCorps program.
Kathy received her Bachelor’s degree and did graduate work with SUNY Oswego. Her experience includes grant writing, work with not for profit agencies, community needs assessment, and knowledge of human services.
During Kathy’s career, she has helped to establish several local not for profit agencies (Child Care Council which is now part of Integrated Community Planning of Oswego, Weston T. Hyde Educational Foundation, and the Take Charge Substance Abuse Coalition). Currently she serves on the United Way Board of Directors, Integrated Community Planning of Oswego County, and the Weston T. Hyde Educational Foundation. Prior to her retirement she served on the Workforce Development Board and the Executive Board of the Association of NYS Youth Bureaus.
Kathy is the recipient of the Community Leadership Award from the Oswego County Leadership Program, the Amelia Earhart Award from Oswego Zonta, and the Association of NYS Youth Bureaus Polly Sanders award which is given annually to an administrator in the youth and human services field in NYS who has creative “out of the box” thinking in the planning and delivery of services to youth and families.
While enjoying her recent retirement, Kathy enjoys being a member of Lakeside Artisans, a local artisan’s cooperative.
Casey Raymond- Director
Professor of Chemistry, SUNY Oswego
Casey Raymond has been Oswego since 2003 as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at SUNY Oswego He served as the chair of the Sciences Planning Committee from 2006–2013 and helped coordinate the planning, design, and construction of the Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation. He has also been a member (2007–present) and co-chair (2011–14) of the Campus Concept Committee at SUNY Oswego.
He grew up in Greenville, MI and earned a B.S. in Chemistry at Michigan State University in 1991. While a student at MSU, he served on the Student and Academic Counsels, worked as a librarian in the Chemistry Library, as a page in the Michigan State Senate, and as an intern in the MI Department of Natural Resources. He attended Colorado State University for his Ph.D. in Chemistry (1996) and had a post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern University. Prior to moving to Oswego he was a faculty member at Kent State University. He has served as the secretary for two organizations: The Syracuse Local Section of the American Chemical Society and The Akron Bicycle Club.
While at Oswego, he has developed an international course on food science and co-developed an international course on fermentation science. Both courses include a study abroad component for students. These courses have provided over 80 students a study aboard experience since the first course offering in 2006. His research interests are in inorganic chemistry, geochemistry, and food & fermentation science. He enjoys photography, woodworking, cooking, brewing beer (and judging it), cycling, and following Oswego Lakers women’s and men’s hockey in his spare time.
Karen Goetz- Executive Director,
Secretary - Board of Directors
After spending two years on the Shineman Foundation board as a founding board member, Karen Goetz stepped in as the Executive Director in October of 2014.
As President and CEO of Syracuse-based Inforia, Inc., Karen was 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 Tickets.com in April 1999. Between April and November 1999, she provided strategic and operational input into Tickets.com'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.
Jon Zella - Community Outreach Coordinator
Jon, a Long Island native, has a Master's degree in Public History from the State University of New York at Oswego and was the recipient of one of five 2013 FESTA Graduate Fellowships. Jon also works at Onondaga Historical Association in Syracuse, New York. Before that, he was the Graduate Assistant for Civic Enagement at SUNY Oswego and coordinated events including Rock the Vote, Students Rights and Responsibilities, and GENIUS Olympiad. Jon also coaches the Women's Club Hockey team at SUNY Oswego, is a member of the Safe Haven Museum and Education Center Board, plays in bands in central New York, and is a hockey blogger for Islanders Insight in his spare time.