Board of Trustees
Mrs. Laura J. Bohm
Appointed 1986-2001; 2008
Mrs. Bohm is an active Board member having served in each office of the Board including three years as Chair. 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. She has chaired or served as a member of 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. Mrs. Bohm also had the pleasure of serving as chair of the board for the American Red Cross. She is the President of the New York State Community College Trustees' (NYCCT) association.
Committees: Personnel, Representative to NYCCT and ACCT
Donna M. Ferry
Trustee/Chair of the Board
Ms. Ferry is the Director 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 for Guiding Eyes for the Blind Puppy Raising Program. She is an alumnus of Leadership Genesee (2007).
Committees: The Board Chair is an ex officio member of all Board Committees
Peter R. Call
Trustee/Vice Chair of the Board
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: Chair of Buildings and Grounds; Finance; Board Representative to the College Foundation Board of Directors
Benjamin J. Bonarigo, Sr., Esq
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 30 years. He has been appointed a member of the NYS Bar Association House of Delegates, NYS Appellate Division Grievance Committee for the Fourth Department, is past President 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 25 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.
Robert L. Boyce
Mr. Boyce, of Le Roy,recently retired as 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, including three years as 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 seventeen years with the Le Roy Ambulance Service, including over a decade as President. Mr. Boyce has been a member of the Town of LeRoy Board of Assessment and Review for fifteen years and just received another five-year appointment. Mr. Boyce has served as a Trustee of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in LeRoy for the past seven years.
Mr. Boyce and his wife, Beth, have three children and six grandchildren. He is also a 45+year veteran season ticket holder for both the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres.
Committees: Policy, Chair of the Nominating Committee; Board Representative to Foundation
Maureen T. Marshall
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 has held each officer position on the Board since her appointment, serving two years in each 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
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; Board Liaison to the GCCA
Ms. Diane Torcello
Ms. Torcello is the Senior Vice President of Community Banking for Tompkins Bank of Castile. She completed two terms in each officer position for the Board. During the search for a college president approximately five 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’ Donald M. Mawhinney Trustee Leadership Award.
Committees: Personnel, Chair of Finance, Nominating Committee
Jacalyn F. Whiting
Trustee/Secretary of the Board
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 fifteen years of service on the LeRoy Central School Board of Education (she is currently the President of the School Board) and a member of the LeRoy Business Council, 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; Chair of Policy; Nominating Committee; Representative to the GCC Foundation
Diamond Jones is a second-year student pursuing a Fashion Business degree concentrating in Fashion Merchandising Management. She decided to come to GCC to be able to advance her skills and career. In her first year at Genesee Community College, she joined Business Forum and DECA. Throughout the first year, she accepted individual and group leadership positions for projects. She volunteered to be a career speaker for School Without Walls, interacted with guests at Open House and played an immense role for the annual GCC Fashion Show. Outside of school, Diamond has been utilizing her GCC education in various niche retail positions, growing her career in management. After graduating from GCC this upcoming spring, she will be transferring to a four-year institute in New York City. Diamond appreciates the opportunity to serve as the Student Trustee for this academic year. She recognizes this responsible, prestigious and honorable position which will help expand her experience for future school and career endeavors.
Dr. James Sunser
Dr. Kathleen Schiefen
Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Mr. William Emm
Executive Vice President of Finance & Operations/Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Richard Ensman
Director of Development and External Affairs
Mrs. Cathy Costello
Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees (through 10/26/18)
Ms. Bethany Aradine
Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Board Meeting Schedule 2018-19
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 Ms. Bethany Aradine, Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees at 585-345-6812 or via email email@example.com.
All meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the Batavia campus unless otherwise noted.
October 1 (Note 1st Monday -- at Albion Campus Center)
No meeting in February per Board Bylaws
April 1 (Note 1st Monday at Medina Campus Center)
July 8 (Annual Meeting 6:00 p.m.)