United Way of the Mohawk Valley Welcomes New Board Members
UTICA — United Way of the Mohawk Valley recently welcomed six community members to its Board of Directors. They are: Norma Chrisman, Pat Harrington, Dale Seaton, Millie Occhionero, Hilarie Lynn and Tyler Brennan.
A 29-year member of the IBEW International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Harrington is currently President of IBEW Local 43. He has held numerous elected and appointed positions within the union and is an active volunteer for local charitable organizations. non-profit.
“The area I hope to help in as a board member is to involve people in the community,” Harrington said. “I have volunteered for many local non-profit organizations and will use this experience to help carry out the work of the United Way. »
Born and raised in Little Falls, Chrisman began her career in banking before becoming Director of Educational Technology at Mohawk Valley Community College. She is also the president of the MVCC Professional Association (MVCCPA) for the college.
“When I was hired at MVCC in 2002, I heard about United Way and started supporting their work through payroll deductions. Then I found out about the volunteer opportunities and was totally hooked,” Chrisman said. “One initiative comes to mind: the June 2013 flooding in the Mohawk Valley. Personally, my house suffered damage, but not as bad as the others. United Way hosted a telethon, along with WKTV, to help support those affected. … It really struck me that United Way is there when needed and ready to support those in the Mohawk Valley. I want to continue to help my community, through my involvement in the organization.
Seaton’s journey from General Electric to International Paper spans decades, as does his volunteerism. Through her role as United Way’s Workplace Campaign Coordinator, Seaton learned about other events and volunteer efforts, and served at the committee level before joining the board. “As a kid, I was always the one other kids came to for help, knowing they could count on me,” Seaton said. “As an adult, this desire to help others was always present in me – Centraide allows me to fulfill this desire on a large scale!”
Occhionero has held several positions in marketing and communications and currently works at Adirondack Financial Services in Utica. Prior to AFS, she worked at Assured Information Security in Rome and Mohawk Valley Health System in Utica. She served on United Way’s Emerging Leaders United and the organization’s Marketing Committee before joining the Board of Directors.
“Our community has enormous needs and United Way MV is a leader in building innovative initiatives to meet them,” said Occhionero. “I am honored to be part of his far-reaching impact as a board member. I hope to use my background in marketing and community engagement to reach even more stakeholders and community members. »
Lynn comes to United Way with over 10 years of banking experience working with retail and business clients in central New York. She is currently Vice President and manages business relationships in the Mohawk Valley, covering various M&T Bank offices in Herkimer and Oneida counties. She started volunteering with United Way MV on the Emerging Leaders United Committee and is now part of their Resource Development Committee.
“I first became involved with United Way in 2017 and enjoyed the time I spent working alongside many like-minded people to help our local communities,” Lynn said. “United Way is focused on the health, education and financial stability of the entire Mohawk Valley. It is important to me to carry out the mission, to be an advocate for United Way and to involve more members of my generation in helping our community.
Brennan is from Mohawk Valley and loves spending time with her family and adventuring with her golden retriever pup. He is a chartered accountant and previously worked for the Bonadio group specializing in audits of health and tax-exempt organizations. He recently joined the Masonic Care Community as Assistant Controller.
In college, Brennan was Treasurer of the Mentorship Program, a role that introduced him to the true meaning of connection and service, and he looks forward to bringing that energy to the Mohawk Valley through Centraide. “I love working with organizations that are dedicated to meeting the needs of our community with innovative approaches,” he said. “United Way is the service leader in the priority areas that have the greatest impact on the lives of so many of our neighbors, I am thrilled to help advance our mission.”
Members of the United Way of the Mohawk Valley Executive Committee include: Matthew A. Nicholl, President; Tiffany Sestir, First Vice President, Events Chair; Gregory M. Morra, Treasurer, Chairman of Finance; Erin Gutierrez Matt, secretary; Phyllis Breland, Advocacy Chair; Erin M. Bushinger, president of marketing and communications; Frank L. DiLorenzo, audit chair; Bruce Hairston, Chair of Community Impact; Melissa Mann, President of Development; and Kimberly B. VanDuren, Governance Chair.
Board members include: Jennifer Adjodha-Evans; Edward M. Barone, III; Ross Berntson; Brenan; Mark Butler; Christian; John Eckmair; Sabrina Freeman; Hanka Grabovica; Harington; Mark S. Lewandrowski; Lynn; Occhionero; William F. Perrotti; and Seaton.