Hillarie Logan-Dechene’s career has been about building the capacity of non-for-profit organizations. As The Wild Center’s Director of Philanthropy she is responsible for all membership and development activities. After studying at The American University in Paris and earning her BA from the State University of New York at Albany, she worked in for-profit marketing and public relations and then joined the Development Department at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake where she worked for more than sixteen years. She progressed from Development Assistant to the Director of Institutional Advancement. Upon leaving the Adirondack Museum in 2006, Logan-Dechene became the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Paul Smith’s College, a private college in the Adirondacks. After nearly four years, Logan-Dechene left the college in 2010 to accept her current position at the Wild Center and led the Center through a successful $20 million fundraising campaign. She has been a guest lecturer in Marketing, Fundraising and Non-Profit Management for Skidmore College, Adirondack Community College, and New York University.
Logan-Dechene was chosen as Chair of the New York State Commission on National and Community Service in 2015. She is an active board member of the Adirondack Health Foundation, and the Museum Association of New York. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany and a Masters of Arts in Non-profit Leadership and Community Sustainability from Skidmore College.
Suzanne Aisenberg is a consultant to nonprofit organizations and provides guidance to her clients on a range of organizational issues. Prior to launching her independent practice in 2003, Ms. Aisenberg was a program officer with The Atlantic Philanthropies where she was responsible for grants primarily in the areas of philanthropy, volunteering, civic engagement and nonprofit sector infrastructure. She was a founding board member of the Grantmaker Forum for National and Community Service, now called PACE, and was a national board member of the Hands on Network.
Gary Bagley is the Executive Director of New York Cares based in New York City. After joining that organization in 2004, Gary served as Senior Director of Programs and Associate Executive Director before being appointed to his current position Executive Director in 2008. He is responsible for more than tripling annual volunteer service delivery, filling more than 200,000 volunteer positions on 20,000 projects and serving over 1,400 nonprofit organizations and schools last year. Since Hurricane Sandy, Gary has overseen the launch of programs serving homeowners, nonprofits, and schools in the impacted areas that have resulted in the filling of over 25,000 volunteer positions.
Gary led New York Cares in garnering the 2009 New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Award for Overall Management Excellence and the 2010 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. In addition to the New York State Commission on National and Community Service, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of Points of Light. Gary is a lecturer at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and Baruch College of The City University of New York, from which he holds an M.P.A. Before joining New York Cares, Gary served in leadership positions at Young Audiences New York and TADA! Youth Theater.
Mel Campos serves as Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon. He took over the task of running the Club in February of 2013. He is a lifetime Boys & Girls Club Advocate. Under his leadership, average daily attendance has increased from 80 to 105, the budget has increased from $550,000 to more than $700,000, and the board has added nine new members. Mel has also developed new partnerships and collaborations with community stakeholders, and brought in several new programs including the nationally recognized STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Program.
Mel first attended the Pathways for Youth Boys Club in the Bronx in 1968. In 1974, he attended the Kips Bay Boys Club also in the Bronx. He credits his Club experience with teaching him about responsibility, respect, winning, and most importantly, losing.
Mel began his professional career with the Boys & Girls Club Movement as Associate Executive Director of the Crime Prevention Association Boys & Girls Club in Philadelphia. He then became Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Albany where he helped increase the budget from $462,000 to $1.2 million. After five years, Mel was asked to lead the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens - one of the most diverse Clubs in the country. Under his leadership, membership increased by 30%. In 2004, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America asked Mel to join the National Staff as a Regional Service Director serving more than 30 Clubs in New York and New Jersey.
Prior to his work with Boys & Girls Clubs, Mel held leadership positions with the Bank of New York, the City Volunteer Corps, the Albany Service Corps, the New York National Guard Challenge Program, Public Private Ventures, and the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
A graduate of Manhattanville College, Mel is married to Barbara Allen Campos and has three children, Adam, Lorin, and Brian.
Dr. Cappella is a Distinguished Service Professor of the Department of Educational Foundations at Buffalo State College as well as Co-Director of Project FLIGHT a family Literacy Program. She has pioneered literacy programs and research in this area through Project FLIGHT locally, statewide and nationally. Former President Clinton, Governor Pataki and former Governor Cuomo have honored her for her work on the behalf of children and their families, Project FLIGHT has generated over $35,000,000 in money and in-kind donations. Dr Cappella teaches courses in Research, Statistics, Family Literacy, Parenting, Family Violence, and counseling.
Michael S. Cashman grew up in Massachusetts and immediately fell in love with the North Country after moving to Plattsburgh for school. He attended SUNY Plattsburgh where he first received his B.S. in Speech Communications and then his M.S. in College and Agency Counseling. Though a transplant, Michael proudly calls the Town of Plattsburgh his home along with his wife, Olivia, a veterinarian, and their four dogs.
During his college years, Michael served in a variety roles including being the only two-term Student Association President and he was tapped to be a member of the United Way’s Allocation Committee. He credits these experiences with providing him a deeper understanding of servant leadership and challenges facing rural communities. While an undergraduate, he devoted over 1,000 hours to community service. He was recognized for excellence in service with a number of distinctions including the President's Volunteer Service Award.
After graduation, he was hired by his alma mater and worked there for a decade. As the Assistant Director for the Center for Student Involvement. His portfolio included leading Project HELP - SUNY Plattsburgh’s Community Service Clearinghouse. Each academic year over 1,200 students engaged in regional volunteer opportunities. Consistently generating over 12,000 hours of service in the Greater Plattsburgh region. He also organized and led numerous Alternative Spring Break service trips around the country and established relationships in Canada. Michael worked closely with the United Way of the Adirondacks to establish a model partnership with SUNY Plattsburgh’s Project HELP. His efforts have lead to SUNY Plattsburgh’s sustained support of the Day of Caring as the region’s largest one-day volunteer program. He was recognized for community and professional service with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.
On November 3, 2015 Michael was elected with 61% of the vote as Plattsburgh newest town supervisor. His election makes him the youngest elected Plattsburgh Town Supervisor in the history of the town and it also believed Clinton County. Currently he chair’s the Clinton County Supervisor’s Association, is a member of the Clinton Community College Foundation, and member of the CV-Tec Advisory Council. Previous leadership roles included serving as the President/Chair for the founding Board of Directors to the Adirondack Young Professionals 501 c3 group and National Board member of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society.
Betty Cotton serves on the boards of The Westchester Community College Foundation, the American Jewish Committee Board of Governors, Project Interchange and the Jewish Council of Public Affairs. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Westchester Not-For-Profit Leadership Summit and is a former chairperson of the Greyston Foundation Wisdom Council.
Betty is a former President of the Westchester American Jewish Committee and is currently Vice President of the New York Region AJC. She was honored by the Women’s Campaign Board in 2005.
Professionally, Betty has worked as a consultant to not-for-profit organizations for many years. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University and an Master of Science degree in Urban Affairs from Hunter College.
As a former Vice President of Congressional Relations for AT&T, Rita DiMartino assisted in AT&T’s relations with the administration, congress and with state governments.
In 1982 President Ronald Reagan appointed DiMartino as U.S. Representative to the UNICEF Executive Board. Her work as U.S. Representative included increasing UNICEF’s financial support and accelerating the program’s assistance in the areas of child health, nutrition, water supply, sanitation and education.
DiMartino was appointed in February 2002 as the Principal U.S. Delegate to the Inter-American Commission of Women, and also, the Principal Representative to the Inter-American Children’s Institute. She was also appointed to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board by President George W. Bush.
In 2005, DiMartino was appointed by Secretary Elaine Chao to the U.S. Department of Labor National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships, and served as a Commissioner on the Commission on Federal Election reform with former President Jimmy Carter, and former Secretary of State, James Baker. DiMartino has also served on twelve International Electoral Observation Missions.
Active at all levels of politics, DiMartino was elected Delegate/Delegate-at-Large/Alternate Delegate to ten Republican National Conventions, served on the 1992 Platform Committee, and was elected Executive Vice-Chair of the New York Republican State Committee in 1987. DiMartino is Chairman of the Board of Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Endowment for Democracy; the City University of New York; the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials; the Inter-American Foundation Advisory Board and the Cuban American National Council.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she received her B.A. from the College of Staten Island and her M.P.A. from Long Island University. She currently holds an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law from Dowling College, and completed Business Leadership Training Programs at Harvard Business School and Executive Management Programs at the University of California at Berkeley.
Stanley S. Hansen, Jr. is the Executive Coordinator for the Office of K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs for the New York State Education Department. The Office serves to improve college graduation rates for ethnic, cultural and other underrepresented and or disadvantaged students as well as close the gap for students in need of academic intervention services to meet Regents graduation requirements. Additionally, Mr. Hansen is the New York State At-Risk Youth Coordinator, and has been a mediator and arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
Catherine was born and raised in Albany, New York. Catherine is a magna cum laude graduate of Union College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with Department Honors in 1996. After college Catherine pursued a career in government relations on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, when she decided to return to her hometown to attend law school. Catherine received her Juris Doctorate degree from Albany Law School in 2000 where she was an associate editor of The Albany Law Review and was awarded the Dominick Gabrielli award for excellence in Appellate Moot Court. Since graduation, Catherine has practiced in several of New York’s prestigious law firms.
In 2004, Catherine’s love and passion for her hometown and the Capital Region led her to found GenNEXT, a business council of the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce for business professionals ages 23-40. As chair of the council, she focused on preventing the Capital Region’s “brain drain” and on providing meaningful networking and business opportunities for young professionals.
In January of 2007, Ms. Hedgeman started her own law firm, the Law Firm of Catherine M. Hedgeman which is located in Albany. She specializes in Real Estate, Land Use/Development & Zoning, Commercial Law, Corporate Law and Government Relations. In September of 2008 Ms. Hedgeman also founded the Stakeholders. The mission of Stakeholders is to cultivate an informed and active creative class dedicated to building diverse and sustainable communities throughout New York’s Capital Region through educational, capacity-building and philanthropy programs. The Stakeholders Get On Board program matches volunteers with volunteer opportunities in the Capital Region.
In 2008, Ms. Hedgeman was appointed to the New York State Young Leaders congress to advise the administration and the Empire State Development Corporation on issues pertaining to the attraction and retention of young people in New York, and how to build sustainable communities. Ms. Hedgeman was also featured in the March 2008 edition of Success Magazine, and in November of 2008 Ms. Hedgeman appeared in O Magazine as one of 80 Women who received a Women’s Leadership Award from the White House Project and O Magazine, The Oprah Magazine for her work on economic development issues, philanthropy and volunteerism. Ms. Hedgeman is also the recipient of the 2008 Woman of Distinction Award: Junior Trailblazer from the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, the 2005 Capital District Business Review 40 Under 40 Award and the 2005 Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce Women of Excellence Award for the Emerging Professional.
Activist, Educator and Author, Jill Iscol, EdD, is President of the IF Hummingbird Foundation, a family foundation established in 1989. For the past two decades Jill has supported and participated in numerous organizations enabling them to become stable, sustainable and successful, impacting lives around the globe.
Jill’s current endeavor, the Hearts on Fire Visionary Program launched following the release of her nonfiction book, Hearts on Fire: Stories of Today’s Visionaries Igniting Idealism into Action, puts the spotlight on inspiring leaders and the work they are doing to improve the lives of others. The program’s mission - to inspire people of all walks of life to join the social change movement.
Jill served as the Chairperson of the Annual Family Re-Union Conference, moderated by then-Vice President Gore and Mrs. Gore, for which she planned and coordinated three annual conferences and raised significant funding for ongoing policy development aimed at strengthening family life. She also planned and participated in the White House Conference on Partnerships and Philanthropy in 2000.
Jill received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from University of Pittsburgh (1967), a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University (1976), a Master of Philosophy from Yale (1990). Jill is a born and bred New Yorker. She is married and has two adult children.
Andrea Louie is Secretary to the Commissioner at the Nassau County Department of Health. She was executive director of the Asian American Arts Alliance, leading arts advocacy and cultural equity for New York City’s diverse, pan-Asian, multidisciplinary cultural community. She is the author of a novel, Moon Cakes (Ballantine Books) and co-editor of an anthology, Topography of War: Asian American Essays (The Asian American Writers’ Workshop). Andrea is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, the Hannah S. and Samuel A. Cohn Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a Ludwig Volgelstein Foundation grant and was short-listed for the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. She has served as a review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Joyce Foundation, EmcArts, and the Brooklyn Arts Council. She was a writer-in-residence for the National Book Foundation and has been awarded artist residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Djerassi, Hedgebrook, and the Fundacíon Valparáiso in Spain. She has been appointed by Gov. Cuomo to the NYS Commission on National and Community Service and serves on the boards of SMU DataArts and New Yorkers for Culture & Arts. She is a member of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop as well as the Asian American Journalists Association. She was 2016 honoree of Leadership for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) in Los Angeles, and was a 2017 arts and community advocate honoree of the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre.
Gay, along with fellow Commission member, Dr. William Murabito, has served as a member of the Commission on National & Community Service since its inception in 1994. During these years she has served as the Vice Chair and Secretary. Gay sits on several regional boards, where she brings expertise about not-for-profits and development. Gay is a former President of the National Rural Education Association, which is the leading national organization that maintains the vitality of rural schools across the country. She remains active with the NREA. In 1991, Gay was selected by then First Lady Matilda Cuomo to be the first Western Region Coordinator for the New York State Mentoring Program. Gay takes great pride in knowing that she made a difference with at-risk children during this time with the mentoring program. Gay is also a former Executive Director of the Aquarium of Niagara in Niagara Falls, New York, and she is currently President of the Calamar Foundation.
Dr. William Murabito has served as a member of the New York State Commission on National Community Service since its establishment in 1994. His volunteer service has spanned over forty years with membership on numerous agencies, including the chair of Albany’s Promise, for which he received the Albany Volunteer of the Year Award. He has long been involved in the field of higher education, in which he has held positions at several SUNY schools.
With an advertising career spanning more than 30 years, David Sable’s roots are in creativity. As a college student, he wrote copy and designed ads for a local newspaper, and also sold creative to a local ad agency. As his career progressed, he joined Young & Rubicam where he expanded his knowledge of the agency world, and then honed his craft at Wells Rich Greene, handling his first Fortune 500 client: Procter & Gamble.
Today, as vice chairman and chief operating officer of Wunderman, David is responsible for managing the agency’s global marketing services network—among the largest in the world. He oversees operations, is responsible for the successful execution of the agency’s long term vision and strategic plan, and he serves as senior counselor to some of its largest global clients, including Microsoft, Citibank and Nokia. David is a frequent speaker at various industry events and his views are regularly featured in Advertising Age, ADWEEK, Campaign Magazine and his own blog: Weekly Ramble.
In 2009, David was selected as the president of the Cannes Lions Direct jury, the industry’s premier creative competition. He also began a three-year term as Director at-Large of the American Association of Advertising Agencies and has served as Chair of the Mail Industry Task Force for the United States Postal Service and chairman of the Independent Mailing Industry CEO Task Force.
In 2005, the Mayor of the City of New York, Michael R. Bloomberg appointed him a member of the Cultural Advisory Committee of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. David is also a Board member of the New York chapter of the United Jewish Federation (UJA) and chairman of its Marketing committee. David is marketing advisor to a number of charitable organizations and universities and is a Board member of a prominent New York City private school.
Named as one of the 2012 “Women to Watch” by Jewish Women’s International, Susan Stern has been unflinchingly dedicated to Jewish communities across the globe for much of her life. Her work has taken her to countries such as Ethiopia, Cuba, Argentina, Turkey, Russia, Poland, Uzbekistan, and Bulgaria.
In 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Susan to chair his Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; her primary issue on the council was human trafficking. In 2013 she was named one of New York’s “New Abolitionists.”
She served as chair for the Board of Directors of UJA – Federation and currently serves as chair of Live With a Purpose initiative promoting service and volunteerism in the Jewish Community. Previously she served as General Campaign chair. She also serves on the Advisory Committee of Repair the World.
Susan is currently the Vice Chair of Jewish Federations of North America JFNA), where she was the first female national campaign chair. She served as national chair and president of National Women’s Philanthropy of United Jewish Communities and was the creator of the International Lion of Judah Conference. As chair of the National Young Leadership Cabinet, she was asked to serve as an eyewitness to Operation Solomon, the Israeli rescue of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews in 23 hours. She was named a Wexner Heritage Fellow in 1993. Presently, she is chair of the New York State Commission on the National and Community Service and chair of Global Programs for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
She and her husband Jeffrey, have two sons, Michael (Janna) and Peter (Amanda) and two grandchildren, Zachary and Alexandra.