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.

2020-2021 Board of Directors



Alicia D. Lasch
Graypoint, LLC



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



Robert T. Hennes
Graypoint, LLC


Belinda Hilton
Business Council of New York State, Inc.



Immediate Past Chair
Mark Eagan
Capital Region Chamber & Center for Economic Growth



Chair, Audit Committee
Christopher Cimijotti, CPA
Marvin and Company



Chair, Scholarships Committee
David Craft, Esq.
Albany Law School



Chair, Grants and Initiatives Committee
Murray C. Massry
Tri City Rentals






Hon. Dorcey Applyrs, Dr.PH., MPH
City of Albany



Jean Bedell, CPA/PFS, CFP
The Bonadio Group





M. Christian Bender
Bender Family Foundation




Robert Audi, CPA
Community Leader




Aimee Dake 
AIM Services



Eldon Harris, CPWA®, CRPC®
Morgan Stanley




Heidi Knoblauch, Ph.D.
University at Albany & Plumb Oyster Bar




Eileen McLoughlin
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute



Meaghan Murphy, Esq.
Barclay Damon, LLP.




Chet Opalka
Community Leader
Opalka Family Donor Advised Fund




John W. Rodat
Public Signals, LLC.





Frank M. Slingerland
The Freddie Institute



Jan Smith
Community Leader




Walter Thorne
Albany Business Review





Geographic Fund Liaisons



Jessica Backer Brand, Esq.
Bethlehem Central Community Foundation




Frederick Wetzel, D.D.S.
Niskayuna Community Foundation




Directors Emeriti



Phoebe Powell Bender
Bender Family Foundation




Marvin A. Freedman
Marvin and Sharon Freedman Fund




Barbara Linell Glaser, Ed.D.
Community/Land Preservation & Planning Fund




Barbara Hoehn
Hoehn Family Fund




Paul Hohenberg
Paul and Alane Hohenberg Fund




A.C. Riley
Almeda C. Riley Fund for Saratoga County





Ellen Sax
Sax-Greene Family Fund