Board of Trustees
Honorary Associate's Degree Nomination
From now through February 1, 2018, GCC will be accepting nominations for Honorary Associate Degrees
(Board Policy #1034). Such honorary degrees will be awarded to recognize those individuals who have a connection to and/or association with Genesee Community College who have one or more of the following traits:
- extraordinary business, professional, civic, and scholarly accomplishments;
- extraordinary contributions to the life and growth of Genesee Community College; and/or
- notable leadership in academic disciplines taught at the College.
Fill out the nomination form and send it to us by February 1, 2018.
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. Mrs. Bohm is in her second year as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Additionally, she is the President of the New York State Community College Trustees' (NYCCT) association.
Committees: As Chair of the Board, Mrs. Bohm serves as an ex officio member on each of the Board's committees.
Donna M. Ferry
Trustee/Vice Chair of the Board
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 for Guiding Eyes for the Blind Puppy Raising Program. She is an alumnus of Leadership Genesee (2007).
Committees: Chair of Buildings & Grounds; Finance; Board Representative to the New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT) and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), ad hoc Honorary Degree Committee
Peter R. Call
Trustee/Secretary 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: Buildings and Grounds; Chair of 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.
Committees: Chair of Policy; Personnel
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 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: Personnel, 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; Board Representative to the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).
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; Buildings and Grounds; Board Liaison to the GCCA; Honorary Degree Committee (ad hoc)
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, Finance, and Honorary Degree Committee (ad hoc)
Jacalyn F. Whiting
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 fourteen years of service on the LeRoy Central School Board of Education (she is currently the Vice President of the School Board), 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
Benjamin Martis is an international student from the island of Curacao. He is currently a sophomore at GCC pursuing two degrees in the areas of Theatre Performance and Theatre Technology. Benjamin is a Resident Assistant at College Village. In his first year at Genesee Community College, Benjamin attained President's List recognition in both the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters. He served as a voting member of GCC's Student Government Association and a voting member on the GCCA board. In 2013, Benjamin also had the opportunity to be an actor in the play "E Balada Di Pluisje" (The Balad of Lint) which had over 120 performances all over Curacao, the play's main audience was teens from ages 13 to 20, and the purpose of the play was to create a discussion between teens of what can really determine your future. In 2010, Benjamin served a one-year term as the President of Curacao's Youth Parliament. He is now using this experience to be an active member of the GCC Board of Trustees.
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 2017-18
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the Batavia campus unless otherwise noted.
October 2 (Note 1st Monday -- at Dansville Campus Center)
No meeting in February per Board Bylaws
April 9 (at Warsaw Campus Center)
July 9 (Annual Meeting 6:00 p.m.)