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.

2018-2019 Board of Directors

Chair: Kevin M. O’Bryan, Community Leader

First Vice Chair: Mark Eagan, Capital Region Chamber

Secretary: Amy O’Connor, Esq., McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, PC

Assistant Secretary: Jan Smith, Castle Rock Ranch Group, LLC

Treasurer: Jeffrey Rosenbaum, JD, CPA, The AYCO Company LP

Assistant Treasurer: William M. Kahn, CPA, UHY, LLP

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


M. Christian Bender, Bender Family Foundation

Virginia C. Gregg, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Robert T. Hennes, CFP, Hugh Johnson Advisors

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

Alicia D. Lasch, Adirondack Funds

Hyacinth Mason, Ph.D., Albany Medical College

Murray C. Massry, Tri City Rentals

Victor A. Oberting III, Interstate Commodities, Inc.

Chet Opalka, Community Leader

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

John W. Rodat, Public Signals, LLC.

Ann M. Sharpe, Esq., Cioffi, Slezak, Wildgrube, PC

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

Frank M. Slingerland, The Freddie Institute

Christine Standish, Standish Family Fund

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