Board of Directors

AURORA’s Board of Directors

2016-2017

Jeanne Mathews-Fox, Chair
John McCormick, Vice-chair
Jeffrey Eades
Joan Dambroso
Earleen Foulk
Susan Gray
Bradley J. O’Connor
Michael E. O'Connor
Ted Pasinski
Diane Pluff
Ken Reger
Joy Sampsell
Jeff Sterly
Dr. Lawrence Stewart
Maryann Winters
John Scala

 

 


2018 SPOTLIGHT ON THE BOARD CHAIRMAN  

Photo of Jeanne Mathews-Fox

JEANNE MATHEWS-FOX
Senior Vice-President, Geddes Federal Savings and Loan Association

How long have you been affiliated with Aurora of CNY and in what capacities?
I became a member of the Board of Directors for Aurora in 2004. Prior to that, I attended the Musical Feast, which I was very impressed with since this was a non-for profit fund raising event that truly focused on helping members within the local community thrive and succeed.  In addition, all of the funds raised at the event remained local.

From 2014 until the present, I have been the Second Vice President for the Board of Aurora.  I have also participated over the years in the Fund Development, Golf, and the Executive committees.

Why have you chosen to support AURORA?
I have chosen to support Aurora because of the organizations outstanding reputation in the community in addition to their quest and dedication in helping people.  The Mission Statement for Aurora states that it seeks to improve the quality of life and promote independence and opportunity for Central New Yorkers by serving people who are blind visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, as well as with their hearing and sight disabilities.  Aurora is an organization that has a true passion for successfully helping those with hearing and or vision loss.  The dedication from the Board, the Executive Director, and the phenomenal Aurora staff is enlightening and empowering. All are engaged to working towards Aurora’s very important mission that includes providing high quality service, advocating, educating and supporting the rights of people with disabilities. To be part of Aurora’s mission with such a dedicated group of people is an honor.

What do you see as your greatest task as Board President?
To continue Aurora’s sound foundation and mission as we move forward with our strategic partnership with Liberty Resources. To continue to enhance fund development while organizing the resources necessary that support Aurora’s mission. To continue Auroras expansion of services so that we are better able to reach out and assist even more people from all generations with their specific needs and situations that they may encounter.

In addition, to continue a task mentioned by our previous Board president “to pursue the best candidates for our Board seats to keep Aurora strong going forward”.

What is your vision for the future of AURORA’s services?
The vision for the future of AURORA’s services is to continue to follow not only our mission but also Aurora’s “Values Statement”.  Where Aurora has the responsibility to act as a leader and advocate in the field of services to people with vision and hearing loss. To utilize our partnership with Liberty Resources to enhance Aurora’s current programs and services. And to continue to be a “community resource” for all generations who are blind, visually impaired, Deaf, hard-of-hearing, late –deafened and Deaf-blind to achieve their full potential and to be able to participate fully in society.

 

 

2017 SPOTLIGHT ON THE BOARD CHAIRMAN

MICHAEL E. O’CONNOR, ESQ.Mike_O'Connor
Costello, Cooney & Fearon, PLLC

How long have you been affiliated with AURORA and in what capacities?
I was the last board president of Lighthouse and the first board president of Aurora at the time of the merger of the Lighthouse and the Central New York Association of the Hearing Impaired in 1991.   I estimate I went on the Lighthouse board about 5 to 10 years before that;  I would  guess it was about 1980 or so.

Why have you chosen to support AURORA?
I support Aurora’s work because it is so critical to those who need it.  Having presentations at board meetings where consumers describe what they get and what it means goes a long way to cement my relationship and, I think, the relationship of the board members in general.

What do you see as your greatest task as Board President?
My term as board chair (my fourth) is different than in the past.  We need to look at the issues surrounding our  strategic partnership with Liberty Resources and be sure the mission of Aurora continues, regardless of what corporate structure may be involved.  It is also to continue and strengthen fund development, in spite of an environment where our “partners” do not participate in that revenue source.  As in the past, it is also to pursue the best candidates for our board seats to keep Aurora strong going forward.

What is your vision for the future of AURORA’s services?
The future of Aurora should be the same as the past.  Try to meet the needs of our consumers and carefully pursue funding to provide what is needed.  It is to take advantage of what Liberty Resources can bring to our operations so that we can broaden our services, strengthen them and perhaps become a regional or even multistate player in the services we provide.