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Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Board Names New Members
Six new members named to board, eight current members reappointed

CONTACT: Paula Monaco (518) 629-8085, cell 378-3835,
FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010

Hudson Valley Community College Foundation today announced that six new members have joined its board of directors. The Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable corporation that philanthropically supports the college's mission. The new members will serve until January 2013.

New Foundation board members include:

  • Maxine Barasch '01 of Albany is the principal attorney for Maxine Barasch & Associates, PLLC. Barasch's firm provides legal counsel relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, Internet law and more. She graduated from Hudson Valley Community College with an associate's degree in Individual Studies. In addition, Barasch earned a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School and a bachelor of science degree from the University at Albany.

  • Thomas P. Cook of Rexford is general manager of Toshiba Business Solutions' Albany branch. Toshiba Corp. is a $60 billion company and Cook was tasked with opening the Albany office in June 2009.

  • Nehme Frangie '87 of Clifton Park is vice president of partnerships and operations for Vicarious Visions, an Activision Blizzard company located in Menands. Frangie was instrumental in building the company into an internationally recognized video game developer. He earned an associate's degree in Marketing from Hudson Valley Community College and his bachelor's degree in Business Management from Empire State College.

  • Karen Gordon '70 of Troy is executive director of The Commission on Economic Opportunity for the Rensselaer County Area, Inc. (CEO). CEO is a $9 million agency that operates 16 major programs that assist Rensselaer County residents to either become or remain self-sufficient. Gordon holds an associate's degree in Business Accounting from Hudson Valley Community College and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from The College of St. Rose.

  • Kenneth W. Grey of Leeds is president of Marshall & Sterling Upstate, Inc., a provider of insurance services that is 100 percent employee owned. Grey was instrumental in developing Insurance option courses with the college and other insurance partners. The company also established two Marshall & Sterling Scholarships with the Foundation. In addition, Grey serves as an adjunct instructor for the School of Business.

  • Leslie King of Troy is director of sales at Franklin Square Inn & Suites. The inn is a member of the Franklin family of service companies, offering a one-location opportunity for weddings and events, accommodations and travel.

In addition, eight current directors were reappointed to the Foundation board and also will serve three-year terms:

  • Robert R. Allen '63 of Saratoga Springs
  • Richard M. Amadon of Nassau
  • Paul E. Bulmer of Albany
  • Antoine W. Harrison of Albany
  • The Honorable Roy J. McDonald '67 of Stillwater
  • Arthur R. Veino '76 of Watervliet
  • James A. Walsh '61 of Troy
  • Gordon N. Zuckerman '62 of Niskayuna

Members of the Foundation Board are appointed by the college's Board of Trustees.

Gifts to the Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable corporation formed in 1983, from alumni, corporations and friends are used to enhance programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities at the college. In the 2008-09 academic year, philanthropic support to the college and Foundation totaled more than $1,395,008.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,500 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.