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Mrs. Laura J. Bohm
Mrs. Laura J. Bohm
Vice Chairwoman

Appointed 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 Board member for Habitat for Humanity, The Paolo Busti Italian Cultural Foundation, the Franciscan Sisters of the Divine Child, the Board of Directors of Birchwood Village in Batavia, as a member of the City of Batavia School Board, and as a Commissioner on the Batavia Housing Authority.

Committees: Buildings and Grounds; 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; Finance; Personnel

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

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.

Committees:  Buildings and Grounds; Chair of Finance; Nominating; Board Representative to the College Foundation Board of Directors

Ms. Donna M. Ferry
Ms. Donna M. Ferry
Trustee/Secretary of the Board

Appointed 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 is a board member for the Justice for Children GLOW Foundation which supports the Child Advocacy Center and volunteers for Guiding Eyes for the Blind Puppy Raising Program. She is an alumnus of Leadership Genesee (2007).

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

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

Appointed 2003
Local Appointment

Ms. Marshall is a lifelong resident of Genesee County and is co-owner and Vice President of Torrey Farms, Inc., a 10,000 acre family farm. Ms. Marshall just completed six years on the Board on the Executive Committee, serving two years in each officer position: Secretary, Vice Chair, and Chair. Her family has farmed in the area for over 200 years and includes operations in Genesee, Orleans, Niagara, and Yates counties. She was the first Chairman of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, served as Chairman of the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association Foundation and continues to serve on several other agricultural associations at the state and national levels. The family business has been recognized at the state and national level receiving the Grower Achievement Award from the American Vegetable Growers Association in 2013. Other past awards include the Packer’s Produce Person of the Year award in 1999 and the New York State Agricultural Society Business of the Year in 2001. In addition, Ms. Marshall has been affiliated with numerous organizations including the New York Federal Reserve Board, Erie Niagara Insurance Board of Directors, and the New York Farm Bureau. She holds a BS Degree in Home Economics and Mass Communications from Iowa State University. She and her husband Paul also co-own a trucking business and are the proud parents of three daughters. Ms. Marshall is a 2014 recipient of the New York Community College Trustee’s Marvin A. Rapp Distinguished Service Award.

Committees: Buildings and Grounds; Personnel; Finance; Board Representative to the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)

Mrs. Laurie Miller
Mrs. Laurie Miller

Appointed 2000
Local Appointment

Ms. 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. Ms. Miller also is an AARP Tax Aide Volunteer at the Senior Center in Batavia. Ms. 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

Ms. Diane Torcello
Ms. Diane Torcello

Trustee since 2005
Local Appointment

Ms. Torcello is VP Community Banking Manager for Tompkins Bank of Castile. She completed two terms each as Secretary of the Board of Trustees and as Vice Chair, and in July 2014 was elected by the Trustees to her first term as Chair of the Board. During the search for a college president approximately four years ago, Ms. Torcello ably led the search committee as Chair and has been a leader in helping to transition the Board and the College under the new leadership after a long-serving president. She is a former chair and campaign chair of Genesee Country United Way and continues to serve as a member of the Board and the Executive Board. Ms. Torcello is active in her community through service on the Mary Immaculate Church finance committee and is a member of the Town of Pavilion Republican Committee. She served several years as the treasurer for the Children’s Home Board and served a number of years on the Wolcott J. Humphrey III Symposium 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 and are proud grandparents to one granddaughter. Ms. Torcello is a 2014 recipient of the New York Community College Trustees’s Donald M. Mawhinney Trustee Leadership Award.

Committees: As Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees, Ms. Torcello serves ex officio on each of the standing committees.

Jacalyn F. Whiting
Jacalyn F. Whiting

Trustee since 2014
Gubernatorial Appointment

Ms. Whiting is the Recreation Director for the Town of LeRoy where she designs the summer recreation program for children in grades K-8. She holds a Bachelor’s of Professional Studies degree in Recreational Therapy from SUNY Brockport. Ms. Whiting has an extensive list of volunteer work in her community including twelve years of service on the LeRoy Central School Board of Education, as a member of the LeRoy Little League Board, the Genesee/Orleans Youth Bureau, just to name a few. She was named LeRoyan of the Year in 2011. She and her husband Reid Whiting, an attorney in LeRoy, have four sons.

Committees: Buildings & Grounds; Policy; Representative to the GCC Foundation

Ami Cornell
Student Trustee


Ami Cornell is a current student at Genesee Community College. Majoring in Fashion Business Merchandising, Ami remains actively involved in all fashion related events at GCC. She currently serves as assistant to the director of the Fashion program at GCC and helps to improve student experiences at GCC by working as an orientation leader and student ambassador. Ami’s anticipated graduation date is in the spring of 2015, after which she plans to continue pursuing a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising as well as communications.



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 2014

August 11
September 8
October 6 (Note 1st Monday)
November 10 — at GCC in Dansville
December 8

Spring 2015

January 12
No meeting in February
March 9
April 13 – at GCC in Albion
May 11
June 8
July 13 — Annual Meeting 6:00 p.m.