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Board of Trustees

Make-A-Wish® Northeast New York is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.  The Trustees are charged with overseeing the affairs of the organization, setting policies and procedures, raising funds and other duties, to fulfill the mission of the Foundation.

 

Brian V. Hannafin

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Mr. Hannafin is the Vice President of Business Development for John W. Danforth Company. He formerly was Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for CHA, a full-service engineering firm based in the Capital Region.  Previously, he was Director of Business Development, Science and Research for the M+W Group in Watervliet, New York, a global engineering, construction, and project management company for technology-based clients.  Prior to M+W, Mr. Hannafin was the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for the Center for Economic Growth in Albany, New York.

He succeeds former Board Chairman Reid C. Hutchins.

Mr. Hannafin earned his B.S. in Business/Applied Economics from Cornell University.   He is a member of the 2010 class of the Capital District Business Review Forty Under 40 award winners, which recognizes young business professionals for their leadership and community involvement.

Mr. Hannafin was elected to the Board of Trustees of Make-A-Wish Northeast New York in January 2012 and serves on the Resource Development Committee.  He served on the board of St. Anne’s Institute in Albany, and is currently serving as a Trustee on the boards of the M+W Group U.S. Charitable Foundation and the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci). 

Mr. Hannafin is married with three daughters and lives in Albany County.

 

Vice Chairman

Sarah McKinney

Sarah McKinney serves as a Business Development Manager for Microsoft.  Her responsibilities are focused on developing solutions for the education market that utilize Microsoft technology.  Ms. McKinney has been an active volunteer wish granter for twelve years, four with Make-A-Wish Alaska & Washington and eight with Make-A-Wish Northeast New York.  She has also served on the chapter’s Gala Committee for four years. 

Ms. McKinney co-chairs the Capital Region Microsoft Digigirlz Day, which focuses on promoting STEM education and careers to young women.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and holds an MBA from Stern School of Business at NYU. 

Ms. McKinney is married with three daughters and lives in Albany County.

 

Steven Kuring

Board Secretary

Steven Kuring is Human Resource Manager with General Electric Power & Water in Schenectady, New York.  After serving nine years as an Army officer, Mr. Kuring joined GE in 1994.  He has been an HR Manager for multiple Field Services, Sales and Global Supply Chain operations and for the GE Motors business.  He is currently the HR Manager for GE’s Power & Water, Distributed Power Global Supply Chain, and Turbine Product Line Management. 

Mr. Kuring earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in General Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  He is the father of a Make-A-Wish child.

Mr. Kuring is married with two children and lives in Saratoga County.

 

Kristen D. Berdar, CPA, CMA

Board Treasurer

Kristen Berdar is a partner in the accounting firm of BST & Co., LLP, a “Top 100” accounting firm with offices the Capital Region, New York City and New Jersey. 

Ms. Berdar has more than 20 years’ experience providing accounting, tax and management advisory services to closely held companies and their owners.  She holds a B.S. in Accounting from SUNY Oswego.  In addition to her CPA certification, she is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).   She is a member of the 2004 class of the Capital District Business Review Forty Under 40 award winners, which recognizes young business professionals for their leadership and community involvement.  She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the NYS Society of CPAs, and the Institute of Management Accountants. 

Ms. Berdar served as a member of the chapter’s Board of Trustees from September 2005 until September 2009.  She served as Treasurer in 2008-2009.  She was re-elected to the Board in August 2013 and presently serves as Board Treasurer.

She is married with two sons and lives in Saratoga County.

 

 

Jennifer M. Boll, Esq.

Ms. Boll is a member of the law firm Bond, Schoeneck & King in Albany, NY, and she is also an adjunct professor at Albany Law School, as well as a lecturer at the University of Albany.

She serves on Siena College’s board of associate trustees, on Junior Achievement of Northeastern New

York’s board of directors, and on the Lung Cancer Alliance advisory board. She is also a co-founder of the Women Partners’ Forum of the Capital Region

 

Lisa M. Clifford

Lisa M. Clifford is Senior Vice President and a Wealth Advisor with Key Private Bank, Capital Region.  She is responsible for building investment management and trust relationships in the Capital Region as part of Key’s comprehensive wealth management services.  She also serves as a member of the region’s Family Wealth team serving high net worth clients to help them preserve and grow their wealth across generations.

Prior to joining Key, Ms. Clifford was Senior Vice President with Curran Investment Management, where she was responsible for the firm’s wealth management services.  She began her career at First Albany Corporation, providing investment management services to high net worth individuals and institutional investors.

Ms. Clifford has been honored by the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Business Council as a Woman of Excellence in Sales and Marketing and is a member of the 2005 class of the Capital District Business Review Forty Under 40 award winners.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in management, with a concentration in finance, from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.  She is actively involved in a number of local nonprofits:  She is President of the Wildwood Foundation, having served as a member of the board for more than ten years.  She is one of the founding members of the Capital Region chapter of the 100 Women of St. Jude.  She served as Capital Region Chair of Key4Women, and is a past board member of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and Ellis Hospital Foundation.

Ms. Clifford is married with two children and resides in Albany County.

James Considine

David Druzynski

James Giordano

John Hinkle

Reid C. Hutchins

Reid Hutchins is a Principal in the private equity firm of Advantage Capital Partners in Glens Falls, New York.  A graduate of St. Lawrence University and the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, he worked as a staff engineer for IBM Microelectronics and as a product development engineer for Advanced Micro Devices before becoming Senior Vice President of Advantage Capital Partners in 2006, being involved in the strategic development of several New York portfolio companies.

Mr. Hutchins became involved with Make-A-Wish Northeast New York through his wife, who has been a volunteer wish granter in the Tri-Counties region of the chapter for many years.  He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2011 and has served on the Board Governance Committee.  He was elected Vice Chair in August 2013 and served as Board Chair 2014-2016. He also served on the board of the Upstate Venture Association of New York.

Michael Lasch

Allison Lauenstein

Gary Sancilio

Gary Sancilio is a Principal and President of The Affinity Group, LLC based in Albany, NY.  A comprehensive financial planning firm, The Affinity Group provides in-depth financial counseling to high net worth clients, integrating investment and retirement planning, estate planning, business and succession planning, risk management, and tax planning reviews.  Mr. Sancilio began his career in financial services in 1987, working for several financial service firms such as John Hancock and AYCO, before launching the Affinity Group.

Mr. Sancilio received his law degree from St. John’s University Law School.  He served as an Appellate Court Attorney with the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division and as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan.  Though he no longer practices law, he remains a member of the Trusts and Estates Section of the NYS Bar Association and the Estate Planning Council of Eastern New York.  He frequently speaks on financial planning topics to various groups of financial advisors and to organizations like the American Bar Association.

Mr. Sancilio is married with two daughters and lives in Albany County.

 

Lisa M. Smith

Joshua Spiegel

Joshua Spiegel is a Partner and Executive Vice President of Trans-Border Global Freight based in Round Lake, New York.  Trans-Border Global Freight is an international logistics company.  A native of Rouses Point, NY, near the Canadian border, Mr. Spiegel continues a family tradition of working in the logistics industry.   He is a licensed customs house broker.  He brought the family company to the Capital Region in 1997, with sixty employees and a worldwide network of more than 185 shipping agents.

Mr. Spiegel is a member of the 2012 class of Forty Under 40 award winners sponsored by the Capital District Business Review.  A graduate of Ithaca College, Mr. Spiegel is married with three children and lives in Saratoga County.

 

Chris Walton

Chris Walton is Senior Vice President of Total Facility Solutions, a company of the M+W Group based in Albany, New York.  He also serves as President of the M+W U.S. Charitable Foundation.  M+W Group designs and builds high-tech facilities and factories, such as the Global Foundries FAB plant in Malta, New York.

Since 2009, under Mr. Walton’s leadership, the M+W U.S. Charitable Foundation has contributed more than $400,000 to Make-A-Wish Northeast New York through its annual Tech Valley Charity Golf Tournament.  He has been a strong proponent of Make-A-Wish and its relationship with the M+W Group family of companies, fostering active employee engagement in the Make-A-Wish mission locally. 

Mr. Walton resides in Saratoga County.

Andrew Weibrecht


Brian Akley
Brian Akley
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Make-A-Wish® Northeast New York
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Albany, NY 12205
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