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Phillip DiMartino

Phillip DiMartino

Trustee

Appointed 2019
Local Appointment

Mr. DiMartino attended Genesee Community College in 1980, then began a career with Brunswick Bowling and Billiards, a national firm that once managed more than 100 bowling centers around the world, as well as sold both commercial and personal bowling equipment and products. During his tenure, he achieved the Ring of Excellence honor for top sales performance and was a member of the Bowling Hall Fame-Batavia. He then joined the John Deere/Sentry Insurance in 1996, earning President Club status for top sales. Now, as an independent insurance broker for Moore Insurance Agency, he specializes in insuring equipment and auto dealerships. Mr. DiMartino served on the United Memorial Medical Center Foundation Board for six years. He is a life-long resident of Batavia, where he and his wife Susan raised their two children and most recently welcomed their first grandchild.

Committees: Buildings and Grounds, Policy

Donna Ferry

Donna Ferry

Trustee

Appointed 2010
Gubernatorial Appointment

Ms. Ferry is retired and past CFO and Director of S.J.F. Construction Inc. located in Darien Center.  She is a proud graduate of Genesee Community College and holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.   She is an alumnus of Leadership Genesee (2007). 

Ms. Ferry has held each officer position on the Board of Trustees since her appointment and has served on all Board Committees. Serves as Chairperson for the New York Community College Trustee Foundation.   

She continues to support and volunteer for service dog organizations including Guiding Eyes for the Blind and Blue Path. 

Committees:  Buildings and Grounds, Policy, Finance

Diana Kastenbaum

Diana Kastenbaum

Trustee

Appointed 2021
Gubernatorial Appointment

Ms. Kastenbaum earned her BA degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She has been an owner in her family business, Pinnacle Manufacturing Company, Inc. for over 45 years. In 2014, she became the CEO of the company making her one of only a handful of women CEOs in the manufacturing field of tool and die casting in all of North America. In addition, she owned her own tech consulting company for 25 years. She has devoted herself to numerous national political endeavors and in 2016 ran for Congress in NY-27. Ms. Kastenbaum is dedicated to her community and has served on the Board of Directors of the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GOART) as their Vice President and on the Landmark Society of Genesee County as Vice President and a member of their Board of Directors. Diana was born and raised in Batavia and is married to Hiram Kasten, a professional actor and comedian. They have a daughter, Millicent, who is a student at Fordham University School of Law in New York City.

Committees:  Personnel, Policy

Maureen Marshall

Maureen Marshall

Trustee/Chair to the Board

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 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: The Board Chair is an ex officio member of all Board Committees

Laurie Miller

Laurie Miller

Trustee/ Secretary to the Board

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: Personnel, Nominating, Board Liaison to the GCCA

Sarah Noble-Moag

Sarah Noble-Moag

Trustee

Appointed 2019
Local Appointment

Ms. Noble-Moag is a co-owner and manager of Noblehurst Farms in Linwood, a multi-family, seven-generation farm corporation. She oversees human resource and personnel management of the farm staff and the Linwood Management Group. Ms. Noble-Moag is the past president of the Board of Education for the Pavilion Central Schools and continues to serve on the audit committee. She also serves on the Agricultural Affiliates Board of Directors providing leadership to build a strong agriculture workforce in the Northeastern U.S., as well as on the Northeast Agricultural Education Foundation and the Genesee Gateway Local Development Corporation. She is a graduate of Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology with a BS degree in Consumer Economics and Public Policy and a graduate of Class VI of LEAD New York. She and her husband, Timothy Moag, CPA have three grown children and five young and very active grandchildren.

Committees: Buildings and Grounds, Personnel, Policy

Mary Alice Panek

Mary Alice Panek

Trustee

Appointed 2019
Local Appointment

Ms. Panek began her education at Genesee Community College with a degree in Humanities.  She then continued on to State University College at Brockport and completed a Bachelor’s of Arts in English and a Master’s of Science in Education. Mrs. Panek has been a classroom teacher in kindergarten through twelfth grades.  She is a past member of the Genesee Region Teachers’ Center executive board.  Mrs. Panek has been active in her community serving as a board member for the Stafford Historical Society and has participated in veterans outreach programs.  Mrs. Panek lives in Stafford with her husband Ron.  They are the owners of Stafford Nurseries, a Christmas tree farm.

Committees:  Personnel, Nominating, Board Liason to the GCCA

Jacalyn Whiting

Jacalyn Whiting

Trustee/Vice Chair to the Board

Appointed 2014
Gubernatorial Appointment

Ms. Whiting has an extensive list of volunteer work in her community including 25 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 retired as the Recreation Director for the Town of LeRoy in the fall of 2019 where she had designed the summer recreation programs for children in grades K-8.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Professional Studies degree in Recreational Therapy from SUNY Brockport. She was named LeRoyan of the Year in 2011.  She and her husband Reid Whiting, an attorney in LeRoy, have four sons.

Committees: Personnel, Finance, Nominating, Representative to the GCC Foundation

Ashely Hearn

Ashely Hearn

Student Trustee

2021-22

Ashely Hearn obtained her Associate Degree in Physical Education Studies from GCC in May 2021 and is currently pursuing an Associate Degree in Sports Management. Ashley is a member of the soccer, lacrosse, and swimming teams and was recognized by NJCAA as an All-Academic team athlete for both soccer and lacrosse in the spring of 2020. She is also currently a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the National Honor Society. 

Cabinet

Dr. James Sunser
President

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

Dr. Shelitha Williams
Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services
 
Mr. Justin Johnston
Vice President for Development and External Affairs
 
Ms. Gina Weaver
Vice President for Finance & Operations
 
Mr. Nikloas Varrone
Chief Information Officer
 

Ms. Bethany Aradine
Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Board Meeting Schedule 2021-2022

Board of Trustee meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  Meetings are held in the Board Room at Genesee Community College in Batavia unless otherwsie noted.  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 baaradine@genesee.edu.

Fall 2021

August 9 (6:00 p.m.)
September 13
October 4 (First Monday)
November 8
December 13

Spring 2022

January 10
No meeting in February per Board By-Laws
March 14
April 11
May 9
June 13
July 11 (Annual Meeting 6:00 p.m.)