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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 | Kay Fly | 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 for 3 years

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]

Kay Fly, Secretary

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Coordinator of Volunteerism and Service Learning at SUNY Geneseo
Board member for 2 years

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I work with Livingston CARES because it is important that the community and the college campus work together. [back to top]

Lyle Lehman, Treasurer

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Retired from SUNY Geneseo; Represents the ARC of Livingston/Wyoming

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

Jerry Alonzo | Elise Arneson | Karen Bailey | Kurt Christiansen | Andrew Demosthenous | Dan Dimpfl | Joan Ellison | Marissa Evarts
Richard (Dick) Hatheway | Connie Hurlburt | Kathleen Jones | Wes Kennison | Lori McEvoy | Cynthia Oswald | Katie Rogers

Jerry Alonzo

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Retired Livingston County Judge and currently works as a furniture maker/sculptor
Board member for 1 year
Activities with Livingston CARES: Participated in 2 trips

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I work with Livingston CARES because it offers a great opportunity for a community member to work with students in order to help the folks in Mississippi in their recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina. [back to top]

Elise Arneson

Resides: Scottsville, New York
AmeriCorps VISTA at SUNY Geneseo
Board member for 1 year
Activities with Livingston CARES: Leader of March 2009 trip, processing trip registration, recruitment, and publicity

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I work with Livingston CARES because it demonstrates the power of collaboration between students and community members. I am continually amazed by the dedication of our volunteers! [back to top]

Karen Bailey

Resides: Geneseo, NY
School Counselor at Dansville Primary School
Board Member for 1 year
Activities with Livingston CARES: Participated on three 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]

Kurt Christiansen

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Retired from Finger Lakes DDSO; active with Geneseo Central Presbyterian Church and other community boards
Board Member for 2 years
Activities with Livingston CARES: Advertising/Publicity

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I work with Livingston CARES because it provides a person-to-person relationship in helping people devastated by Hurricane Katrina. It also helps keep alive the Katrina disaster needs of people in Mississippi, which could be for up to 10 years. [back to top]

Andrew Demosthenous

Resides: Merrick, NY
SUNY Geneseo student, Assistant Office Manager for the GOLD program, Chair of the CSO (Council of Service Organizations), President of MAC (Men of Action and Change)
Board member for 1 year

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I hope to engage the local community with Livingston CARES in order to create local service projects in Livingston County. I also plan to participate in trips to Mississippi for Hurricane Katrina relief. [back to top]

Dan Dimpfl

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Livingston County Habitat for Humanity; Geneseo Town Board Member
Board member for 2 years
Activities: Trip Leader in May 2007 and May 2008

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I work with Livingston CARES because the group is helpful through the trips to Mississippi, and connects SUNY Geneseo students with community members. [back to top]

Joan Ellison

Resides: Livonia, New York
Public Health Director of Livingston County Department of Health
Board member for 3 years
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]

Marissa Evarts

Resides: Geneseo, New York
SUNY Geneseo Student, Colleges Against Cancer member; Relay for Life Co-Chair; Ultimate Frisbee
Board member since September, 2008
Activities with Livingston CARES: Participated in Alternative Spring Break trips in March 2007, 2008, 2009; Co-team leader for March 2009 trip; Coordinator of Jailbreak Fundraiser

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I work with Livingston CARES because it gives me the opportunity to help people in need on a national level and the means to do so. It is a great organization filled with people who have a similar passion to volunteer as I do, people who really want to make a difference. [back to top]

Richard (Dick) Hatheway

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Mayor of the Village of Geneseo; Retired from SUNY Geneseo
Board member for 3 years

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I work with Livingston CARES because the organization presents such wonderful opportunities to share Livingston County resources and talents with others far away. [back to top]

Connie Hurlburt

Retired from Student and Campus Life at Geneseo
Board member for 2 years
Activities with Livingston CARES: Led May 2006 trip; Participated in 3 other trips including: January 2007, Spring Break Trips of 2006 and 2007
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Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I work with Livingston CARES because my Navy son and daughter-inlaw were stationed in Gulfport, Mississippi trip during Hurricane Katrina. I enjoy meeting, interacting, and helping the residents in need within Harrison County, I also have enjoyed my time working with the students of Geneseo. [back to top]

Kathleen Jones

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Retired Faculty member from SUNY Geneseo in the Communication Disorders and Sciences
Board Member for 2 years
Activities with Livingston CARES: Participated in two 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]

Wes Kennison

Resides: Geneseo, New York
Faculty Fellow of International Studies
Board member for 2 years

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

Lori McEvoy

Resides: Avon, NY
Program Coordinator, Livingston County Coalition of Churches (LCCC), a position she has held for the past six years. Lori succeeds Rev. Dr. Douglas Wilson, former pastor of Geneseo United Methodist Church and LCCC Board member.
Board member since November 2008

Activities with Livingston CARES: Encourage participation in the ongoing mission trips to Biloxi, Mississippi through her community outreach and work in trips; Tools of Hope project; Moore Community House [back to top]

Cynthia Oswald

Resides: Atlanta, New York
President of the Livingston County Chamber of Commerce
Board member for 3 years

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I work with Livingston CARES to maintain connections with Harrison County, Mississippi in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. [back to top]

Katie Rogers

Resides: Chili, New York
May 2008 Champlain College graduate; Currently serving as the AmeriCorps VISTA with Livingston CARES
Board member for 1 year
Activities with Livingston CARES: Recruitment; Publicity; Co-Leader of March 2010 trip; Processing trip registration

Why do I work with Livingston CARES?
I work with Livingston CARES because it is a great organization to be involved with for several reasons. Not only does it provide me with opportunities to do relief work, but I have also been able to make wonderful connections with people through Livingston CARES. [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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