Senate Approves Members To SUNY Boards, Veterans' Homes

The New York State Senate confirmed 10 appointees to various state boards today, including members to the SUNY and CUNY Boards of Trustees, Cornell Board of Trustees, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry Board of Trustees, a number of veterans’ homes, and the State University Construction Fund (SUCF).
Eunice A. Lewin; SUNY Board of Trustees

Ms. Lewin has served with the Buffalo Board of Education for more than 30 years, and prior to that worked with the Erie County Department of Social Services and Catholic Charities. She has served on the boards of SUNY at Buffalo Center for the Arts Advisory Council, Canisius College Board of Regents, the Buffalo Urban League, and as Commissioner of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.  She was a recipient of the Buffalo State College President’s Distinguished Service Award in 2008. Mr. Lewin received her B.A. from Marymount Manhattan College, and her M.A. and Ed. M. from State University of New York at Buffalo.
Sheryl WuDunn, Cornell Board of Trustees

Ms. WuDunn has been serving as a member of Cornell’s Board of trustees, as well as a member of the Woodrow Wilson School Advisory Council. The first Asian-American to win a Pulitzer (for covering China, along with her husband, New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof), Ms. WuDunn is also the recipient of the prestigious Polk and Overseas Press Club awards. She was also a Vice-President at Goldman Sachs, and a commercial loan officer with Bankers Trust. Ms. WuDunn is the co-author of Half the Sky, a book about women in the developing world and their growing links to the West. She is a graduate of Cornell University, and received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and her M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School.
David E. Ourlicht, SUCF Board of Trustees

Mr. Ourlicht possesses more than 25 years of experience in the financial service industry, where he is currently the Senior Vice President of Amalgamated Bank. Prior to joining Amalgamated, he was Senior Vice President of the Swarthmore Group, Inc., Managing Director of Blaylock Partners, and Executive Director of the NYC Council on Fiscal and Economic Development. Mr. Ourlicht received his B.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Philip A. Berry, CUNY Board of Trustees

Mr. Berry currently serves as the Vice President for Global Employee Relations of Colgate-Palmolive, a position he has held since 2001, Prior to that he was Vice President of Human Resources for both the company’s European and Latin American divisions. Mr. Berry previously worked with Proctor and Gamble, and the Urban League of Westchester, where he served three years as the Director of Community Outreach Centers. Mr. Berry received his B.A. from Queens College, M.S.W. from Columbia College, and MBA from Xavier University. Since 2002 he has been a member of CUNY’s Business Leadership Advisory Council.
Matthew A. Marko, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry Board of Trustees

A professional engineer, Mr. Marko is the Vice President and Syracuse Area Manager of CH2M HILL, where he has managed over a dozen water filtration projects constructed in New York State, bringing safe and reliable micro-filtration quality drinking water and environmental protections to many communities. Additionally, he is the Project Engineer for many projects with the United States Air Force Institute for Operational Health, including National Guard bases at Syracuse, McGhee Tyson, Fort Wayne, Peoria, and Bradley. Mr. Marko received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Charlotte D. Craven, NYS Home for Veterans and their dependents at Montrose

A past President of the Board of Visitors at the New York State Veterans Home at Montrose, Ms. Craven is also a nearly 50-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary. In the Auxiliary, Ms. Craven has held many leadership roles, including state President and Eastern Division National Vice President, leading twelve of the state organizations. She also worked for 19 years at the Dutchess County Office for the Aging.
Daniel Griffin, NYS Home for Veterans and their dependents at Montrose

Mr. Griffin was a Sergeant with the United States Army from 1967 to 1969, where he served as Squad Leader in the Vietnam War. He is currently the Executive Director of the Westchester County Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America, an organization he has served with since 1982. Also a carpenter by trade, Mr. Griffin is a nearly 40-year member of Local 53 Carpenters’ Union in White Plains.
William T. Mahan, NYS Home for Veterans and their dependents at Montrose

An eight-year veteran of the United States Army, Mr. Mahan is currently President of the Board of Visitors of the Montrose Veterans’ Home. He is currently the Director of Marketing for Good Living Expositions and Chaplain of the Ninth District American Legion; he is also a past Commander of the New City American Legion and Rockland County American Legion. Mr. Mahan is a graduate of Fairfield University.
John DePersis, NYS Home for Veterans and their dependents at Oxford

A WWII veteran, Mr. DePersis has served as Commander of American Legion Post 758, Broom County American Legion, and Chairman of the Department of New York American Legion Legislative Committee. Mr. DePersis was also the Vice Chairman of the National American Legion’s Foreign Relations Council for 10 years. He also worked nearly three decades with IBM, where he specialized in mechanical development and design of prime military equipment.
Marjorie Smith, NYS Home for Veterans and their dependents at St. Albans

Prior to serving as a nurse with Harlem Hospital as well as in NYC public schools, Ms. Smith was a 2nd Lieutenant Nurse with the United States Army, as well as Nurse-In-Charge of Nichols General Hospital. She is a member of the Harlem Hospital Nurses Association and the Black Officers Association, as well as a volunteer with the St. Albans Veterans’ Home. Ms. Smith received her B.S. from New York University and her Masters in Ward Administration from Hunter College.