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Mrs. Laura J. Bohm
Mrs. Laura J. Bohm

Trustee since 2008
(previously served 1986-2001)
Gubernatorial Appointment

Laura Bohm is a Trustee Emeritus, having served on the Board of Trustees previously from 1986 to 2001.  Mrs. Bohm was an active Board member in her previous service to the College, having served in each office of the Board including three years as Chairman.  She received the Distinguished Service Award from the state trustees' organization in 1999.  Mrs. Bohm's service has not been limited to the community college.  She has supported the community through extensive volunteer work including the United Way Board of Directors, the City Youth Bureau, as a member of the City of Batavia School Board, as a Commissioner on the Batavia Housing Authority, to name a few. 

Committees:  Personnel; Policy; Board Representative to the New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT) and to the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)

Benjamin J. Bonarigo
Benjamin J. Bonarigo, Sr., Esq

Appointed 2011
Gubernatorial Appointment

Benjamin Bonarigo, a first generation college graduate, began his education at Genesee with a degree in Business Administration and later went on to the University of Buffalo where he earned a bachelor's degree and a Juris Doctorate degree. Mr. Bonarigo has been a practicing lawyer in the local community for over 25 years. He has been appointed a member of the NYS Bar Association House of Delegates, NYS Appellate Division Grievance Committee for the Fourth Department, Secretary of the Genesee County Bar Association and a former Independent Judicial Qualification Commission Member. He has served the local community including the Batavia Youth Football League where he has been a board member for over 20 years and was recently honored with the Notre Dame Service and Volunteer Award for having served in various positions on the Notre Dame High School Board of Trustees for ten years. Mr. Bonarigo has also supported many vital organizations such as UMMC, Go Art, United Way, GCASA, CASA and the Holland Land Office. Mr. Bonarigo currently lives in Batavia with his wife Diane and they have three children, Benjamin, Justine and Elizabeth.

Committees:  Chair of Policy; Nominating; Board Representative to Foundation

Robert L. Boyce
Robert L. Boyce

Appointed 2014
Local Appointment

Mr. Boyce, of Le Roy, is an independent licensed insurance broker for Tompkins Insurance Agencies. Previously he was president and CEO of Ernest Townsend and Son, Inc. from 1972 through 2000 when he sold his interest in the firm to the Tompkins Holding Company.

Mr. Boyce is a veteran of the U.S. Army and earned his business degree from the University of Buffalo.

He has served the community in many ways including on the group board of United Memorial Medical Center and the Genesee Community College Foundation, of which he is president. He is a past president of the Le Roy International Rotary Club where he is also a Paul Harris Fellow and has served for a decade as president with the Le Roy Ambulance Service.

Mr. Boyce and his wife, Beth, have three children and six grandchildren. He is also a 40-year veteran season ticket holder for both the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres.

Committees: Buildings and Grounds; Finance; Board Representative to Foundation

Ms. Donna M. Ferry
Ms. Donna M. Ferry

Trustee since 2010
Gubernatorial Appointment

Ms. Ferry is the Secretary/Treasurer of S.J.F. Construction, Inc., a family-owned and operated company in Darien.  She is a graduate of Genesee Community College and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  After working in various parts of the country in the hotel industry and meeting planning, she returned to Genesee County to be near family, friends, and community.  Ms. Ferry volunteers as a Regional Coordinator for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, is a board member for the Genesee Orleans Arts Council, and President of the Justice for Children GLOW Foundation which supports the Child Advocacy Center.   She is an alumnus of Leadership Genesee (2007). 

Committees:  Chair of Buildings & Grounds; Personnel; Nominating; Board Representative to College Foundation; Board Representative to the New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT)

Mrs. Maureen  T. Marshall
Mrs. Maureen T. Marshall

Trustee since 2003
Local Appointment

Mrs. Marshall is a lifelong resident of Genesee County and is co-owner of Torrey Farms, Inc., a 10,000 acre family farm.  Her family has farmed in this area for over 200 years and includes operations in Genesee, Orleans, Niagara, and Yates counties.  She is currently Chairman of the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association Foundation and serves on several other agricultural associations at the state and national levels. 

Committees:  Policy Committee, Chair; Personnel Committee

Mrs. Laurie Miller
Mrs. Laurie Miller

Trustee since 2000
Local Appointment

Mrs. Miller and her husband, Charlie, own and operate a cash crop farm.  She holds a master's degree in elementary education and has been active in her community through service as a 4-H leader and on Cooperative Extension committees.  She is also active in state pork producers committees and in her church's women's group and nursery school board.  Mrs. Miller has served in each officer role of the Board of Trustees.

Committees:  Chair of Personnel Committee; Chair of Nominating Committee; Buildings and Grounds; Board Liaison to the GCCA

Mr. Peter R. Call
Mr. Peter R. Call

Appointed 2012
Local Appointment

Mr. Call is President of My-T Acres, Inc., a diversified family farm business producing vegetable, fruit, and grain crops.  He is active in the agricultural community serving on several Boards of Directors including that of Seneca Foods, Pro Fac Cooperative, and Farm Fresh First.  Mr. Call also serves on the New York State Agriculture Experiment Station advisory council in Geneva, NY.  His involvement extends to his community as well where he is active on the Cornell University Council, the Town of Batavia Zoning Board of Appeals, the Genesee County Farm Bureau, and the United Memorial Medical Center Foundation Board, to name a few.  Mr. Call holds a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics and Business from Cornell University, is a graduate of the Empire State Food and Agriculture Leadership Institute, the Executive Program for Agricultural Producers at Texas A&M, and is a member of the Association of Agricultural Producers (APPEX).  He resides in Batavia with his wife Julie, and they have one son. 

Committees:  Buildings and Grounds; Finance

Ms. Diane Torcello
Ms. Diane Torcello
Vice Chairwoman

Trustee since 2005
Local Appointment

Mrs. Torcello is Vice President/Branch Manager for the Bank of Castile.  She is a former chair of Genesee Country United Way and continues to serve as a member of the Board and the Executive Board. Mrs. Torcello is active in her community through service on the Children's Home Board, the Wolcott J. Humphrey III Symposium Committee, St. Mary's Church of Pavilion Finance Committee, and she is a member of the Pavilion Republican Committee.  She was named to the Buffalo Business First 40 Under 40.  She is a lifelong resident of Pavilion, and she and her husband Ralph have two sons. 

Committees:  Chair of Finance Committee; Policy; Board Representative to College Foundation Board

Dr. Melvin J. Wentland
Dr. Melvin J. Wentland

Trustee since 1991
Local Appointment

Dr. Wentland is a retired Professor of Biology from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY.  He has served as both Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board.  Dr. Wentland is a recipient of two NYCCT awards, the Marvin A. Rapp Award for Distinguished Service (2001) and in 2006 the prestigious Anne M. Bushnell Memorial Award for Special Achievement.  He has been active in his community where he has served on the Pavilion Central School Board and the Genesee County Citizen's Solid Waste Advisory Committee.  He is currently Chairman of the Genesee County Planning Board.  Dr. Wentland holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Marquette University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.  He and his wife Dorothy have four children. 

Committees:  Personnel Committee; Board Representative to the College Foundation Board



Dr. James Sunser

Dr. Kathleen Schiefen
Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Mr. William Emm
Executive Vice President of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

Mr. Kevin Hamilton
Vice President for Finance and Operations

Dr. Virginia Taylor
Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services

Mr. Richard Ensman
Director of Development and External Affairs

Mrs. Cathy Costello
Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Board Meeting Schedule

Board of Trustee meetings are generally held the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  Meetings are normally held in the Board Room at Genesee Community College in Batavia.  For specific information about a Board of Trustees meeting, contact Mrs. Cathy Costello, Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees at 585-345-6812 or via email

All meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the Batavia campus unless otherwise noted.

Fall 2013

August 12
September 9
October 7 (Note 1st Monday) – Meeting at GCC at Lima
November 11
December 9

Spring 2014

January 13
No meeting in February
March 10
April 14 – Meeting at GCC at Warsaw
May 12
June 9
July 14 – Annual Meeting 6:00 p.m.