The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region’s Board of Directors is representative of our community’s rich business, civic, and cultural diversity. With a demonstrated commitment to philanthropic endeavors, Board members inspire the Foundation’s success in strategic grantmaking, philanthropic services, and community leadership. The Board establishes policies, organization-wide priorities, and program strategies, and ensures operational integrity and financial accountability.

2019-2020 Board of Directors

Chair: Kevin M. O’Bryan, Community Leader

First Vice Chair: Mark Eagan, Capital Region Chamber

Secretary: Jan Smith, Castle Rock Ranch Group, LLC

Treasurer: Alicia D. Lasch, Adirondack Funds

Immediate Past Chair: Susan C. Picotte, Esq., Cooper Erving & Savage, LLP


M. Christian Bender, Bender Family Foundation

Christopher Cimijotti, CPA, Marvin and Company

Virginia C. Gregg, Retired Chief Financial Officer

Robert T. Hennes, CFP, Hugh Johnson Advisors

Donovan Howard, University at Albany College of Homeland Security, Emergency Preparedness and Cybersecurity

Hyacinth Mason, Ph.D., Albany Medical College

Murray C. Massry, Tri City Rentals

Eileen McLoughlin, State University of New York System Administration

Victor A. Oberting III, Interstate Commodities, Inc.

Chet Opalka, Community Leader

Robert S. Reynolds, Esq., Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna

G. Neil Roberts, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator – Health Care Consultant

John W. Rodat, Public Signals, LLC.

Ann M. Sharpe, Esq., Ballston Spa National Bank

James A. Sidford, Austin & Co., Inc.

Frank M. Slingerland, The Freddie Institute


Geographic Fund Liaisons

Jessica Backer Brand, Esq., Bethlehem Central Community Foundation

LeeAnn Mandrillo, Niskayuna Community Foundation

Directors Emeritus

Matthew Bender IV

Phoebe Powell Bender

Marvin A. Freedman

Barbara Linell Glaser, Ed.D.

Barbara Hoehn

Paul Hohenberg

Charles M. Liddle III

A.C. Riley