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Board of Directors

Livingston CARES is able to run smoothly with the guiding influence of our Board of Directors. Many of our members have been with us since 2005 and other members represent our community partners. The Board of Directors is the governing body of Livingston CARES, which is responsible for making policy, approving budgets, and carrying out our mission. Board of Directors Officers include Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.

To view a current listing of our Officers, click here.
To view a current listing of our Board of Directors Members, click here.

Officers

Tom Matthews |TBD| Lyle Lehman

Tom Matthews, Chair of the Board of Directors

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Director, Leadership Education, Development, and Training at SUNY Geneseo
Board member from 2005- present

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I work with Livingston CARES because it is a vehicle to help students and community volunteers who want to engage in significant efforts to help others in need. [back to top]

TBD, Secretary

Resides:

Board member for ___ years

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
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Lyle Lehman, Treasurer

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Retired from SUNY Geneseo; Represents the ARC of Livingston/Wyoming Counties
Board member from 2005 - present

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I work with Livingston CARES because it provides the opportunity to give back to communities in need of help and to help others who wish to contribute their time and talents to rebuilding lives and communities. [back to top]

 

Members of the Board of Directors

Katie Baum| Karen Bailey | Erin Bills| Brenda Donahue| Joan Ellison | Kathleen Jones | Ken Kallio| Tamara Kenney| Wes Kennison | Dan Martin |Phil Natoli| David Parfitt| Alyssa Stefanese| Austin Stone

Katie Baum

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Senior at SUNY Geneseo
Board Member for 1 year

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I love volunteering my time and Livingston CARES is a wonderful outlet in which to do so. The organization has a number of excellent opportunities such as trips to Biloxi, MS, a trip I have participated in for the past 3 years. [back to top]

Karen Bailey

Resides: Geneseo, New York
School Counselor at Dansville Primary School
Board Member for 1 year
Activities with Livingston CARES: Participated on 3 trips and served on the board since December, 2008

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I work with Livingston CARES because of its dedicated connection to Harrison County, Mississippi and the people of Biloxi (who will now forever have a place in my heart) and because I believe in "giving back" in return for all the blessings I have received from God. [back to top]

Erin Bills

Info coming soon

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
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Brenda Donahue

Info coming soon

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
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Joan Ellison

Resides: Livonia, New York
Public Health Director of Livingston County Department of Health
Board member from 2005 - present
Activities with Livingston CARES: Member who represents Livingston County Government

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I work with Livingston CARES because the work this organization does is very important. I personally believe in the importance of giving and sharing and support the efforts of Livingston CARES. [back to top]

Kathleen Jones

Resides: Geneseo, New York
RetiredfFaculty member from SUNY Geneseo in the Communication Disorders and Sciences
Board Member for 2 years
Activities with Livingston CARES: Participated in 2 trips; coordinated greenhouse project in Harrison County, Mississippi

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I work with Livingston CARES because it matters that we tangibly show our concern and care for fellow Americans during times of need. [back to top]

Ken Kallio

Resides: Avon, New York
Interim Associate Provost at SUNY Geneseo
Board Member for 3 years
Activities with Livingston CARES: Participated on 3 trips and served on the board since December 2008

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
Aside from the fact that the work of CARES is useful and needed by those who we help, participating in service trips, particularly to Biloxi, provides an interesting opportunity to learn about the challenges faced by communities in other parts of the country; it helps one to both better understand and appreciate our own community. [back to top]


Tamara Kenney

Resides: Dansville, New York
Assistant Dean of Students for Student Conduct & Community Standards at SUNY Geneseo
Board Member for 1 year

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I work for Livingston CARES because after participating in 3 work trips I still believe that there is more to be done. Our students, faculty, staff and community members who join these trips are amazing and work hard to make the lives of others a little easier. [back to top]


Wes Kennison

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Faculty Fellow of International Studies at SUNY Geneseo
Board member from 2005 - present

Activities with Livingston CARES: Participated in previous work trips. [back to top]


Dan Martin

Resides: Syracuse, New York
Student Board Member
Board Member for 2 years

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I work with Livingston CARES because it allows me to give back to the community of Geneseo that I have come to love over these past two years and it also gives me the opportunity to help those around the state and the country through donations and service trips. [back to top]

Phil Natoli

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Adjunct faculty member at SUNY Geneseo, an alumni of the College and Livingston CARES & volunteer of 5 trips to Mississippi.
Board Member for 4 years

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?

I work with Livingston CARES because the students we work with are exceptional and the trips are very rewarding!

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David Parfitt

Info coming soon

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Alyssa Stefanese

Resides: Geneseo/Staten Island, New York
Student at SUNY Geneseo
Board Member for 2 years

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I work with Livingston CARES because it is a positive organization that allows students and community members alike to serve communities in need both nationally and internationally. [back to top]

Austin Stone

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Student at SUNY Geneseo (Class of 2015)
Board Member for 1 year

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I initially worked with Livingston CARES because I saw it as an opportunity to give back to those less fortunate than myself. After having a great experieince, I continued to work with Livingston CARES because I realized how much need is out there and the noticeable difference this organization continually makes.[back to top]

Constitution

The Livingston CARES Constitution was adopted by the Board of Directors in March 2009. The purpose of our Constitution is to effectively and efficiently govern our organization and the obligations and responsibilities of our Board of Directors.

Article . ..I: Organization
Article ...II: Purpose
Article ..III: Membership
Article ..IV: Meetings
Article ...V: Voting
Article ..VI: Board of Directors
Article .VII: Officers
Article VIII: Salaries
Article ..IX: Committees
Article ...X: Amendments

ARTICLE I. Organization

The name of the organization shall be Livingston County Cares, Incorporated, which is a (501)(c)(3) organization. [back to top]

ARTICLE II. Purpose

The following are the purposes for which Livingston County Cares, Incorporated has been organized: Help communities and individuals locally, regionally, statewide, nationwide and globally in humanitarian projects, including disaster relief and recovery efforts. Additionally, provide a central repository for resources and information for individuals and organizations wishing to contribute to disaster relief efforts. [back to top]

ARTICLE III. Membership

General membership in this organization shall be open to interested individuals and volunteers from Livingston County communities and SUNY Geneseo students, faculty, professional and staff employees.

All necessary and appropriate decisions for the organization Livingston County Cares, Inc. will be made by The Livingston County Cares, Inc., Board of Directors (here-to-for referred to as The Board). [back to top]

ARTICLE IV. Meetings

The annual membership meeting of The Board shall be held in the month of February. Contributors and interested individuals and volunteers shall also be invited to attend the annual meeting. Board meetings shall be scheduled on a bimonthly basis and shall be held at the MacVittie College Union at SUNY Geneseo, unless otherwise noted.

The Chair/President may call additional meetings of this organization when (s)he determines it to be necessary. Agendas shall be provided in advance of all meetings.

A simple majority of the elected Board members present shall constitute a quorum and shall be necessary to conduct the business of this organization. [back to top]

ARTICLE V. Voting

Each Director shall have one vote. Board members may vote electronically or by telephone when necessary and the outcome of such votes will be reported and included in the minutes of the board meetings. [back to top]

ARTICLE VI. Board of Directors

 The Board will consist of a minimum of 13 and no more than 19 directors. Board Members will be elected to a (1) one, (2) two or (3) three-year term. The Board, with the recommendations of the Nominating Committee, shall fill vacancies. [back to top]

ARTICLE VII. Officers

In recognition and acknowledgement of the volunteer administrative support from the SUNY Geneseo Center for Community staff members, the incorporators determined that the positions of President/ Chair and the Secretary of the Board of Directors will be selected from two individuals serving in Leadership Education and Volunteer Services positions at SUNY Geneseo. Elections for these positions will be done annually.

PRESIDENT/CHAIR

President/Chair (from here forward to be referred to as Chair) of Board shall preside at all Board Meetings. In the event of the absence of the Chair the Secretary shall convene and chair a board meeting. If a vacancy occurs for any of the officers, a replacement will be elected at a regular or special meeting of the Board. The Chair shall present at each annual meeting of the organization an annual report of the work of the organization. The Chair shall appoint all permanent and ad hoc committees. The Chair shall ensure that all books, reports and certificates required by law are properly filed and that copies are maintained and available for review in the Livingston CARES office in the Center for Community at MacVittie College Union, Room 353. The Chair shall be one of the officers designated to sign checks or any withdrawals made for the organization. The Chair shall have such powers as may be reasonably construed as belonging to the President/Chief executive of any organization.

SECRETARY
The Secretary shall keep the minutes and records of the organization in appropriate books. The Secretary shall be the custodian of the records. The Secretary shall be one of the officers designated to sign checks or any withdrawals made for the organization. The Secretary shall attend to all correspondence of the organization and shall exercise all duties incident to the office of Secretary.

TREASURER

The Treasurer shall have the care and custody of all monies belonging to the organization. The Treasurer shall be one of the officers designated to sign the checks or withdrawals made for the organization. The Treasurer shall provide a monthly written financial report to the Board of Directors and at each regular meeting of the board. The reports will be incorporated in or attached to the minutes of the board meetings.
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ARTICLE VIII. Salaries

 No officer or Board Member shall for reason of office be entitled to receive any salary or compensation. [back to top]

ARTICLE IX. Committees

The Permanent Committees shall be:

Scholarship Committee:
The Scholarship Committee shall review and approve any requests for financial assistance related to travel expenses for CARES work trips.

Nominating Committee:
The Nominating Committee shall recommend candidates to fill seats on the Board of Directors as vacancies occur and as terms expire for current board members.

Compliance Committee:
The Compliance Committee shall review federal and state requirements and recommend updates to policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal and state laws.

Executive Committee:
The Executive Committee shall be comprised of the officers (Chair. Secretary and Treasurer) and shall: 1) Act on behalf of the Board in case of an emergency; 2) Make necessary decisions due to time constraints; 3) Review and consider issues not explicitly provided for in the By-laws [back to top]

ARTICLE X. Amendments

Amendments to the by-laws require an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Board members at a regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors. [back to top]

By-Laws:

The Livingston CARES By-Laws are in compliance with New York State registery as a non-profit organization. To read our By-Laws, please click here.

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