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Staff & Board Of Directors

STRIDE employs 3 full-time and 2 part-time administrative staff members: CEO, Office Manager, Development Director and Assistant; and Program Director. They also employ various interns from local colleges during the year.

STRIDE operates with a nine-person Executive Board. Each individual brings their own strengths and attributes to the organization either in the form of financial contributions, service within their particular field of expertise or assistance with our various fundraisers, events and programs. The Executive Board meets eight times per year to discuss items and topics relevant to sustaining the organization, including formulating and continually updating the Strategic Plan for continued growth.


STRIDE ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Mary Ellen Whitney
CEO & Founder /  mwhitney@stride.org

Mary Ellen WhitneySTRIDE’s management team is led by Whitney, who took a full-time leadership role in 2006 after running the organization for over 20 years as a volunteer. She also serves as President of the Executive Board. Whitney holds a M.Ed from Lehigh University in Special Education and a BS in Health and Physical Education / Adaptive Physical Education from East Stroudsburg University. She is accredited or certified through numerous national organizations including Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA), American Association of Snowboard Instructors, Disabled Sports USA, United States Paralympics, Red Cross – Water Safety Instruction/First Aid,  Special Olympics, American Heart Association, and the National Association of Underwater Instructors and is educational staff /examiner for Adaptive PSIA. She has been recognized for her leadership skills statewide and nationally including such honors as 2016 Rensselaer County Good Scout Award; 2015 Named in Time Magazine for Wounded Warrior programs; 2014 National Community Leadership Award from President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition,  2013 Beacon Leadership Award  by Independent Living Center of Hudson Valley,  2010 Excellence in Business Award by Senator Roy McDonald,  2006 Jefferson Award for American Institute of Public Service,  2004 Woman’s Day magazine “Woman of the Year” award,  NYS Senate “Woman of Distinction” Award, and was inducted into both  Muhlenberg High School and East Stroudsburg University Halls of Fame.

Whitney resides in North Greenbush, NY with her husband Jonathan (LJ) and two American Eskimo dogs. Besides the obvious love of skiing/snowboarding, she enjoys hiking, biking, water sports and adventure world travel.

 Mark Moran

Office Manager  /  mmoran@stride.org

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Moran came to STRIDE as a veteran volunteer, having worked in the Wounded Warrior program and serving on the Event Committee for three years. The first 20 years of his career was spent as a Senior Sales Development Executive for EcoLab, a commercial cleaning and sanitation systems company, before Moran retired to pursue other personal and professional interests. With a strong background in marketing and advertising, he develops growth, balance and professionalism in many facets of the organization, specifically in marketing and strategic planning. Moran graduated with an Associates Degree in Advertising Design and Marketing from Mohawk Valley Community College. He is an active parent volunteer in the Mohonosen Central School District, where he is currently serving on the School Board. He resides in Schenectady with his wife Suzi, who is also a STRIDE volunteer and graphic designer, and their two children.

Jenifer Whiston
Development Director  /  jwhiston@stride.org

jenifer + ekko Jenifer comes to STRIDE with a BA in Mathematics from Siena College, and a MS in Athletic Training/Sport Science from Long Island University, and experience working in the non-profit world with “CAN DO MS” and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She received her PSIA Level II Alpine certification in 1996 and has taught skiing, snowboarding and adaptive skiing for over 20 years. She is currently an active member in the Albany Curling Club where she serves on their Board of directors as the communications chair.  Her favorite accomplishment is rafting through the Grand Canyon for 18 days, which she hopes to be able to do again. She currently resides in Cohoes, New York with her rescue dog Ekko and loves taking him for walks along the Hudson River.

Megan Evans
Program Director  / mevans@stride.org
Megan was born and raised in Albany where she was involved in a variety of sports and recreational activities but her sport of choice has always been figure skating.  Megan graduated from Springfield College in Springfield, MA with a degree in Movement and Sports Studies with minors in Dance & YMCA Professional Studies.  Her work experience varies from director positions at YMCA’s to private health clubs with their youth sports and enrichment programs to their childcare centers in Massachusetts and Connecticut.  Megan currently resides in Cohoes, New York with her husband Bradford and their dogs Maggie and Dublin.

Suzanne Mangroo
Development Assistant / smangroo@stride.org

Suzanne came to STRIDE as a summer intern, and was hired as our Development Assistant in Fall of 2017.  She graduated with her BS in Marketing from Siena College. She resides in Schenectady, NY and has experience in working with a Schenectady local non-profit organization. She assists in community events planning, youth programs and activities, and digital marketing for multiple organizations. She enjoys playing musical instruments, working on projects, and is a team player. She always strives to have a positive attitude and a good time in whatever she is tasked to do. Most of all, she is excited to be working with us here at STRIDE Adaptive Sports as the new Development Assistant!


STRIDE EXECUTIVE BOARD

Mary Ellen Whitney

President / Chief Executive Officer and Founder, STRIDE Adaptive Sports
Wynantskill, NY

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STRIDE’s management team is led by Whitney, who took a full-time leadership role in 2006 after running the organization for over 20 years as a volunteer. She also serves as President of the Executive Board. Whitney holds a M.Ed from Lehigh University in Special Education and a BS in Health and Physical Education / Adaptive Physical Education from East Stroudsburg University. She is accredited or certified through numerous national organizations including Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA), American Association of Snowboard Instructors, Disabled Sports USA, United States Paralympics, Red Cross – Water Safety Instruction/First Aid,  Special Olympics, American Heart Association, and the National Association of Underwater Instructors and is educational staff /examiner for Adaptive PSIA. She has been recognized for her leadership skills statewide and nationally including such honors as 2016 Rensselaer County Good Scout Award; 2015 Named in Time Magazine for Wounded Warrior programs; 2014 National Community Leadership Award from President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition,  2013 Beacon Leadership Award  by Independent Living Center of Hudson Valley,  2010 Excellence in Business Award by Senator Roy McDonald,  2006 Jefferson Award for American Institute of Public Service,  2004 Woman’s Day magazine “Woman of the Year” award,  NYS Senate “Woman of Distinction” Award, and was inducted into both  Muhlenberg High School and East Stroudsburg University Halls of Fame.

Whitney resides in North Greenbush, NY with her husband Jonathan (LJ) and two American Eskimo dogs. Besides the obvious love of skiing/snowboarding, she enjoys hiking, biking, water sports and adventure world travel.

Dr. Diane Albano, Ed.D

Vice President / LEAD Consulting and Coaching LLC, Retired Superintendent of Ravena-Selkirk Schools
Delmar, NY

DianeAlbanoDr. Albano is the founder of LEAD Consulting and Coaching LLC in Delmar, New York. Recently retired as an School Superintendent and educational leader, having served over 32 years in the Capital Region, Albano completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from NOVA Southeastern University, received an MS in Educational Administration from SUNY Albany, and holds a BS in Special and Elementary Education from Fitchburg State College. She is currently an executive coach for doctoral candidates in the Sage Colleges Doctoral program, and is an adjunct instructor at SUNY Plattsburgh and the Sage Colleges in Troy, NY. Dr. Albano is a certified professional coach and a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).

 

Robert Braverman

Board Member / Attorney and Partner, Braverman Greenspun
New York, NY

BravermanBraverman serves as the Managing Partner of Braverman Associates of NYC, a commercial real estate firm specializing in real estate law, with a focus on cooperatives and condominiums, litigation, transactions, construction law and commercial leasing. His practice focuses on providing general counsel services to the firm’s clients and on litigation in state and federal courts, as well as before various administrative agencies and the New York State Office of the Attorney General. Braverman is an active STRIDE volunteers, serving as one of our Adaptive Ski Instructors and has also co-chaired fundraising events such as our annual Wounded Warrior Snow Sports Event. A graduate of Hofstra University and the University of Michigan, Braverman resides in Weston, CT with his wife, Jane, and twin sons, who are both ski racers.

Amy Earing

Treasurer / Attorney, Lavelle & Finn, LLP
Wynantskill, NY

AmyEaringEaring is apartner attorney with Lavelle & Finn, LLP, Attorney’s at Law, in Latham NY. concentrating in estate planning, elder law planning, estate administration, corporate law, not-for-profit corporations and tax planning. Amy received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree from Siena College and received her Juris Doctor from Albany Law School. Amy grew up in the close-knit community of Castleton, New York, where she recently returned with her husband, Chris, their son, Carson and their chocolate lab, Tucker.

Patrick Fitzgerald, III

Counsel / Attorney and Partner, Girvin & Ferlazzo, P.C.
Loudonville, NY

PatrickFitzgeraldFitzgerald joined STRIDE in 2004. As a partner with the law firm of Girvin & Ferlazzo, P.C. in Albany, he focuses his practice in the area of construction litigation, commercial and business litigation, personal injury litigation, and labor and employment law. Before returning to the Capital District in 2001, Fitzgerald was a partner in a prominent law firm in Connecticut and served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. While in Connecticut, he was involved in many community activities and was a founder of the Bridgeport Youth Leadership Academy. In addition to his service on the board of STRIDE, he is the President of the St. Pius X School Board, and is actively involved in a leadership position in many endeavors at the school and at St. Pius X Parish in Loudonville, NY. Fitzgerald received his Undergraduate Degree from Fairfield University (Magna Cum Laude) in 1987 and his JD from The University of Connecticut School of Law (Magna Cum Laude) in 1992. He also attended Medical School at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He and his wife, Sheila, have three children and reside Loudonville, NY.

Tom Gilbert

Board Member /  President, Treasurer, Partner – Catamount Ski Area
Lenox, MA

TomGilbertTom has spent  his entire life in the ski industry, at least part time, starting with selling hot chocolate at a ski-in ski-out coffee shack before learning to make snow at age 6 with the first SMI prototype snow gun, and then learning to drive a Snow Cat at age 9! Over the years he has performed many functions at ski areas. Tom graduated with a BS degree in Business Management from Alfred University in 1981 with a minor in Accounting and Computer Science. After graduating, he moved from CT to begin his career implementing Accounting and Budgeting systems while keeping active involvement in the ski industry. He has completed implementations for more than 250 companies as staff, consultant and eventually as a business owner. Tom is currently President, Treasurer, a member of Board of Directors and active in daily operations. Tom is also active in other ski industry activities and an active participant with the New York Passenger Tramway Advisory Council, a division of the Department of Labor. Tom resided in Lenox, MA with his wife Beverly and their son Matt.

Dick Miller

Board Member / Farm Family Insurance
West Sand Lake, NY

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Dick Miller, a Senior Agent at Farm Family Insurance, has been helping business owners and families protect their assets since 1984. He specializes in agribusiness protection and was inducted into the Farm Family Hall of fame in 2010. A dedicated skier for nearly forty years, Dick has served as a ski instructor with STRIDE since 2000. Beginning in 2002,
he has also participated annually as a ski instructor for the Department of Veterans Affairs to help veterans young and old ski again, held in Aspen, Colorado. He plays soccer year round and enjoys cycling when lack of snow prevents skiing. Dick lives in West Sand Lake. He has three daughters who are also great skiers: Roxanne, a senior at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan; Libby, a senior at SUNY Oneonta, and Sammi, a freshman at Champlain College in Vermont.

Jamie Masson, M.D., F.C.C.P.

Medical Advisor / Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Loudonville, NY

JamieMassonMDpicDr. Jamie Masson joined the Board of Directors after years watching her son Hank enjoy many of STRIDE’s athletic activities, including skiing, “Learn to Ride,” camping, and swimming. Dr. Masson currently works as an Intensivist throughout upstate New York, including Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, Glens Falls Hospital, and the St. Peter’s Healthcare Network. She is an active member of numerous professional medical societies and within the local autism community, including as a board member of Helping Hands Pre-School in Clifton Park, NY. Jamie and her husband, Patrick, live in Loudonville, NY, with their two children.

Kathy Slater

Secretary / Parent of a STRIDE athlete with special needs
Clifton Park, NY

After being involved in various aspects of STRIDE for the last five years, Slater now joins the Executive Board. Slater served as Chairperson of the 25th Anniversary Committee and for the past three years on the Gala Fundraising Committee for three years. Her work within the community and event planning experience includes serving as a parent member for the Committee on Special Education for 12 years in the Shenendehowa Central School District, as a committee member for the Special Olympics Satin, Silks and Stars annual event, and as a volunteer for the March of Dimes and the Capital District Adoptive Coalition. Slater resides in Clifton Park with her husband, Tom, and two sons, James and Dan. Dan is a STRIDE athlete who has participated in our skiing, golf and camping programs.

STRIDE HONORARY BOARD

Greg Adams

Vice President, SABIC Innovative Plastics, Industry Marketing and Strategy
Lenox, MA

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Adams serves as vice president of industry marketing and strategy for SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business, a role he assumed in 2013.  Prior to his current role, Adams’ served for eight years as the vice president of SABIC’s global automotive business.  This included leading the automotive business unit during the acquisition of GE Plastics by SABIC in 2007.  Adams’ experience spans both marketing and business operations with globally diverse assignments throughout his career.  He was the global marketing leader for GE Plastics from 2001 to 2005, and served as president of Polymershapes, where he led the acquisition and integration of the Cadillac and Commercial Plastics businesses.  Earlier in his career, he held assignments in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore.  In Asia, Adams served as president and CEO of GE Toshiba Silicones (now Momentive Performance Materials), established Pacific marketing operations and was general manager for the LEXAN* resin product line.

Phil Bayly

Anchor, WNYT NewsChannel 13, NBC Affiliate
Clifton Park, NY

Phil Bayly - WNYT Channel 13Bayly has been reporting for television and radio since 1975. He has been a member of the news staff at WNYT since June 1986, and currently is the Morning News Anchor. He grew up in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. When he graduated from Colorado State University, Bayly was already a reporter for KHOW Radio in Denver. He also worked as a reporter for KLOV Radio and KRNK/NBC All News Radio before he moved to television. At KJCT-TV in Grand Junction, Colorado, Bayly won numerous Associated Press awards for his reporting and rose to News Director. Metroland named him ‘Best Television Reporter’. For many years, Bayly served as WNYT’s political reporter as well as a general assignment reporter. Bayly raced on the ski team at Colorado State University and continues to race on the masters level. He serves in various capacities for the STRIDE organization, including the Master of Ceremonies for such fundraising events as the annual Gala and Silent Auction and Wounded Warrior Snowsports Event.  Bayly is married to wife Carolyn, and is an avid skier. 

Tyler Fairbank

CEO, The Fairbank Group
Jiminy Peak   Hancock, MA

With an MBA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Tyler Fairbank manages and oversees the group of businesses, the Fairbank Group that includes the ski resorts Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Cranmore Mountain Resort and Bromley Mountain as well as EOS Ventures, Bullwheel Productions and other endeavors.  Collectively, the three resorts welcome over a half a million skiers each year.  With 20 years of business experience, Tyler partners with his Dad, Brian.  The duo is dedicated to providing fun skiing experiences for families, teaching kids self confidence through winter sports, and giving back to their community and the environment.  EOS is a leader in renewable energy in the Northeast region.  As well as overseeing the business side to Jiminy Peak, Fairbank also serves as President and oversees day to day operations. Jiminy Peak has graciously held numerous STRIDE events and races. Fairbanks assistance throughout the years has helped STRIDE get to where it is today.

Pat Flaherty

Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Line Coach
Jacksonville, FL

Pat Flaherty has more than 30 years coaching experience and is in his 17th season as an NFL coach. Flaherty has recently joined the Jacksonville Jaguars after spending a year as the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive line coach.  Prior to the 49er’s, Flaherty spent 12 years with the New York Giants and helped win Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI. Prior to joining the Giants, Flaherty coached for the Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins. He began his coaching career at his Alma Mater, DeLone Catholic High School in PA, from 1978-80. Flaherty was an All-American center at East Stroudsburgh University and coached in the collegiate ranks from 1980-99, beginning at his Alma mater. Flaherty joined the staff at Penn State in 1982, a season in which their Nittany Lions won the national championship. After two seasons at Penn State, Flaherty moved to Rutgers where he coached the offensive line for eight years. He and his wife Lynne have two children, Shawn and Colleen.

Chris Gibson

U.S. Congressman, 19th District, State of New York
Kinderhook, NY (Retired)

Congressman Chris GibsonChris Gibson grew up in Columbia County, in the town of Kinderhook, and attended Ichabod Crane public schools. At 17, he enlisted in the New York National Guard and later earned an ROTC Commission at nearby Siena College.  The first in his family to go to college, Chris graduated magna cum laude with a BA in history, and later earned an MPA and PhD in government from Cornell University and is the author of Securing the State, a book on national security decision-making published in 2008.

Over the course of his 24 year Army career, Chris rose to the rank of Colonel and deployed seven times.  This included four combat tours to Iraq, and separate deployments to Kosovo, the Southwestern US for a counter-drug operation, and most recently – just prior to his retirement – Haiti where he commanded the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT) during the opening month of that humanitarian relief operation. 

Chris earned two Legions of Merit, four Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge with Star, the Master Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab. Other key assignments included tours teaching American Politics at the United States Military Academy at West Point, serving as a Congressional Fellow with US Representative Jerry Lewis (R-CA), the Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and completing a Hoover National Security Affairs Fellowship at Stanford University.  Chris was also the Distinguished Honor Graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College.

After retiring from the Army in 2010, Chris and his family returned home to Kinderhook.   He was elected to represent the 20th Congressional District in 2010 and re-elected in 2012 and 2014 to represent the 19th Congressional District.  In Congress, Chris served on the House Armed Services, Agriculture, and Small Business Committees.

Chris has been married to Mary Jo, a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker, for 20 years and they have three children: Katie, Maggie, and Connor.

 

Thomas Haffner

Attorney at Law
Niskayuna, NY

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Haffner, a long time resident of the Capital District, received a BA in Sociology from Hartwick College and a Masters of Health, Physical Education from East Stroudsburg State University. After a body surfing accident left him paralyzed as a quadriplegic, he returned to school and received his JD from Western New England School of Law where he was awarded the Marjorie Sullivan Scholarship Award for Academic Achievement. A former High School Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher in Pennsylvania, Haffner returned to the Capital Region to work for United Community Insurance Co. as a Staff Attorney, handling various aspects of Civil Litigation and Subrogation. Haffner has been self-employed in a private law practice. Haffner has also served on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of Schenectady, and involved in  counselling newly injured spinal cord patients at local hospitals.

Brian P. McLane

CEO Paradigm Solutions
Syracuse, NY

BrianMcLaneMcLane is one of five people nationwide to be inducted into the National Hall of Fame for Individuals with Disabilities in 2000. During his 11-year tenure at VESID, nearly 150,000 individuals with disabilities joined the State’s workforce with the help of VESID services. He has participated in advocacy efforts that led to the development of laws and regulations that greatly expanded employment and independent living opportunities for adults with disabilities and have strengthened programs and raised academic standards for students with disabilities in New York State. Before coming to VESID, McLane served as Assistant Commissioner in the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. He also served as Senior Executive Assistant to NY Assemblyman Melvin Zimmer. A longtime advocate and consultant for the rights of persons with disabilities, McLane served as a New York delegate to the 1977 White House Conference on the Disabled, and as Chairman of the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. He has served as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on the Handicapped, the NYS Mental Hygiene Planning Council, the Governor’s Disability Constituency Cabinet Workgroup, and the Governor’s Task Force on Accessibility – 1980 Winter Olympic Games. McLane has also served on the Onondaga County Cerebral Palsy Center Board of Directors and on the Onondaga County Task Force on the Handicapped. McLane’s has a long list of many distinguished awards and honors. A graduate of Syracuse University, McLane also holds a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Ohio University. He has been active as a basketball coach at the semiprofessional level and is a member of countless sports and community associations.

 

Dr. Ann Myers, Ed.D.

Director of Doctoral Programs, The Sage Colleges
Rensselaer, NY

Myers has a rich history with STRIDE as a community partner when she served as District Superintendent for Questar III BOCES. After retirement, she joined the Board in 2002. Currently, Dr. Myers is an associate professor in Sage’s School of Education. As a past member of the New York State Commissioner of Education’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Leadership, Myers used her experience to help design the Educational Leadership program at Sage Graduate School where she stands as the director of the Doctor of Education. Myers received her bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Rose, her master’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany, and her doctor of education degree from Columbia University’s Teacher College. An advocate for women and minorities in leadership roles, Dr. Myers is the founding chairperson for the New York State Association for Women in Administration.  For the past three years, Dr. Myers has been a consultant for the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and is a national facilitator for Courage to Teach, Courage to Lead, and the National Center for Courage and Renewal. Dr. Myers spreads her message by being a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences to discuss topics of leadership, community building, renewal for teachers and educational leaders.  

David Paterson

Former NYS Governor
New York City, NY

Gov. Richard PattersonGovernor Paterson served as the 55th governor of New York from 2008-2010. He was the first African American Governor of New York, and the second legally blind Governor of any US state. Prior to service as Governor of New York, Paterson received a B.A in History from Columbia University in 1977, and later graduated from Hofstra Law School. After law school, Paterson worked in the District Attorney’s office in Queens County, NY. He also served on the staff of Manhattan Borough President David Dinkins. In 1985, he was elected to the New York State Senate. Upon his election, he became the youngest State Senator in Albany. He won the seat again in 1986 for a full term representing the 29th District in the New York State Senate. He served as senator for that district until assuming the office of Lieutenant Governor on January 1st, 2007. Paterson was elected as Minority Leader by the Democratic caucus of the State Senate on November 20th, 2002, and became the first non-Caucasian state legislative leader, and the highest ranking black elected official in the history of New York State. Paterson became known for his consensus-building style coupled with his sharp political skills. Since leaving office, Paterson has been working as a radio talk show host on the station WOR in New York City. David Paterson continues to inspire us in his career achievements that he has been able to make as someone who is blind. He wholeheartedly supports our programs, particularly our programs for visually impaired youth.

John Robinson

CEO Our Ability
Glenmont, NY

Robinson, a truly inspirational and motivational individual, was born a congenital amputee, without extension of his arms and legs. Only 26 out of every 100,000 children have congenital amputations, and in most cases it is only one JohnRobinsonor two limbs. Despite his challenges, Robinson has reached insurmountable success, which lead to his decision to write “Get Off Your Knees: A Story of Faith, Courage and Determination” to share his inspirational story. Robinson was the subject of a 60 minute documentary created by and featured on WMHT, and served as the Keynote Speaker for STRIDE’s 25th Silver Anniversary Celebration. In 2001, he was selected to carry the Olympic torch as it passed through Albany on its way to Salt Lake City for the 2002 games. Robinson acknowledges the importance of first impressions as the best way to make people just as comfortable about his body as he is. In 2014, John Robinson was named one of ten national White House Champions of Change for Disability Employment and honored with the Excelsior College President’s Award for Advocacy in 2010. Since 2011, he’s served as managing partner, CEO and Founder of Our Ability, which provides inclusive workforce and employment consulting, mentoring, workshops, keynotes and seminars on disability and diversity. 

Married and a father of three, Robinson enjoys playing golf in his spare time and riding his handcycle. 

 

Chaplain (Major General)(R) Donald L. Rutherford, US Army

23rd U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains
Averill Park, NY

CH Rutherford Chief ASUs Jul 11Chaplain Donald L. Rutherford is a native of Kinderhook, New York. Ordained as a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany in 1981, he served as Associate Pastor of St. Gabriel’s Church in Schenectady, New York; as Roman Catholic Chaplain of Albany

Medical Center Hospital, Albany, New York; and as Parochial Vicar of St. Mary’s Parish, Oneonta, New York. Chaplain Rutherford  became the 23d Chief of Chaplains, United States Army, on July 7, 2011. He has served in Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Hurricane Andrew Relief, Operation Desert Thunder, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His military awards include the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the South West Asia Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, the Army Staff Identification Badge, the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

 

CSM(R) Frank Wicks, US Army

Command Sergeant Major (Retired), US Army
West Sand Lake, NY

FrankWicksCommand Sergeant Major Frank Wicks was born in Troy, New York. He entered the Army in November 1982 and attended Basic Training in Fort Dix, New Jersey, and advanced individual training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Command Sergeant Major Wicks has served in every leadership position from Team Leader to Command Sergeant Major. He has also served as an Instructor at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. Command Sergeant Major Wicks’ awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with bronze oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (with 2 bronze oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with bronze oak leaf cluster), Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with 4 bronze oak leaf clusters), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (“M” device 4th award, bronze hourglass), the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, and the Combat Infantry Badge. CSM Wicks is currently on a leave of absence from his civilian employer, the New York State Police, to serve as the New York State Command Sergeant Major. He is married to the former Beth Johnson from Clifton Park, NY. They have two children, Jake and Julia and reside in West Sand Lake, NY.

 

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