New Members Named to Alumni Association, College Foundation Boards
New Oswego Alumni Association Members
The Oswego Alumni Association, the not-for-profit corporation. that represents the diverse interests and needs of more than 89,000 alumni, elected five new members to three-year terms, effective July 1.
Joining the board are Howard Gordon ’74 M’78, Sandra Michaca ’13, Ron Tascarella Jr. ’06, Hank Volpe ’73 and Sheneya Wilson ’15 M’16.
• Howard Gordon ’74 M’78, a history major and retired executive assistant to the president, worked in higher education at SUNY. Oswego for 42 years. Over those years, he served in a number of positions and is credited for co-founding Oswego’s Return to Oz and ALANA Conference. He was the lead donor for the Black. Student Union Scholarship. Among his recognitions are the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 1991; Oswego Alumni Association’s Lifetime Award of Merit in 2016; and SUNY Oswego Presidential Medal in 2018. He resides in Syracuse, N.Y.
• Sandra Michaca ’13, a double major in public justice and. Spanish, works as an immigration attorney at the Lopez Law Firm. She has participated in the Alumni-In-Residence (AIR) program and was the keynote speaker at the ALANA Conference. As a student, she was involved with Student Association Supreme Court, the Asian Student Association and Alpha Sigma Chi sorority. She resides in Charlotte, N.C.
• Ron Tascarella Jr. ’06, a business administration major with an economics minor, is first vice president and sales manager at Pathfinder Bank. He has been involved with the AIR program, campus Career Fairs, Zeta Beta Tau fraternity and the Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD) Leadership Council. He contributes to his family’s scholarship established at SUNY Oswego. He and his alumni family members also served as March Matchness “Matchers” for The Fund for Oswego in 2015. He was named to. a Greater Syracuse Area “40 Under 40” list in 2010. He resides in Syracuse, N.Y.
• Hank Volpe ’73 worked in the broadcasting and IT engineering field for more than 30 years and retired as vice president/director of engineering at WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, Pa. A frequent Reunion Weekend attendee and a regular attendee at the triennial Communication Studies Alumni Dinner, he has also served as an AIR speaker. As a student, he was involved with WOCR, and maintains connections to WNYO and WTOP activities. He was also a member of Oswego’s Phi Omicron Xi fraternity. He resides in Glen Mills, Pa.
• Sheneya Wilson ’15 M’16, who graduated from the five-year. BA/MBA public accounting program, is now CEO and founder of. Fola Financial LLC. As a student, she co-founded a chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants at Oswego, and was also involved in the African Student Union, Black Alliance, Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi and Tau Sigma. She has served as a member of the GOLD Leadership Council, an AIR speaker and a participant in the School of Business Alumni Symposium. She resides in Yonkers, N.Y.
Additionally, the following members have stepped down from their positions with the board, effective June 30: Kevin Bryans ’89; Amy Vanderlyke Dygert ’01 who will stay on as an at-large member; Lisa Sferrazza Hutchison ’77; La-Dana Jenkins ’94 and Keith Chamberlain ’87, who will not be renewing his at-large member status.
For more information on the board and its members, visit alumni.oswego.edu/alumniboard.
New Oswego College Foundation Members
A not-for-profit organization that raises and manages private support to advance SUNY Oswego, the Oswego College Foundation appoints members for three-year terms, effective July 1.
New members are James F. Holland ’82, Jeff Ragovin ’00 and Al Roker ’76.
• James F. Holland ’82 is executive vice president of enterprise services and solutions at SRC Inc., and also serves as an officer of the corporation. He leads a team that provides a full range of human resource, communications, public relations, computer/IT, facilities and security services to SRC’s diverse engineering research and development organization. He has more than 20 years of experience in human resource management and labor relations with SRC and several other key Central New York. employers. He is chair of the Onondaga Community Foundation board and the SUNY Oswego’s School of Business Advisory Board.
• Jeff Ragovin ’00, broadcasting and mass communication major, is chief commercial officer for Fyllo, a pioneering marketing technology platform for the cannabis industry, and is founder of Ragovin Ventures, a strategic advisory group launched to help brands and startups solve problems across a wide range of business needs. Previously, he served as chief growth officer and investor in Social Native, a marketplace and technology platform that helps connect brands with 14 million content creators around the globe. He was also the co-founder and chief strategy officer of Buddy Media, which Salesforce acquired in 2012 for $745 million. He received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from SUNY in 2019.
• Al Roker ’76, a host and weatherman of NBC’s Today show, has earned 13 Emmy awards during his more than 35 years in the field. He is CEO of Al Roker Entertainment, Inc., which produced numerous TV programs for network, cable, digital and streaming channels. He wrote 13 acclaimed books—from cookbooks to historical narratives, and his Morning Show Mysteries series are featured in Hallmark Channel TV movies. He has appeared on Broadway in Waitress, and is an avid social media contributor. An enthusiastic alumni volunteer, he received an honorary degree from SUNY in 1998 and a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1997, and has served as a campaign chair and Commencement speaker. He supports the Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit and the student-run television studio, WTOP.
Thank you to the following board members for their many years of service: Louis A. Borrelli Jr. ’77, Gordon Lenz ’58 and Suzanne Castrigno Sack ’84.
The board elected the following individuals into officer roles for a two-year term: Rose Cardamone Crane ’81, chair; Doreen Mochrie ’85, vice chair; and Mark Baum ’81, secretary.