Board of Directors 2020 - 2021
Kathryn Howe Ruscitto (Chair) has been an active member of the CNY community for many years. She is a graduate of LeMoyne College, holds a Masters degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and holds an Honorary Doctorate from LeMoyne College.
Her career has included leadership roles as the Onondaga County Administrator for Human Services. She has been an SVP at Loretto, and an SVP at St. Joseph's Health from 2001-2011. She was named President and CEO of St. Joseph's Health in 2011 until her retirement in March of 2017. Kathy continues as an author, teacher, and mentor to leaders throughout the country and holds memberships in the National Association of Corporate Directors, and the World Future Society. She is on the Board of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation in NYC, and writes editorials for MD News. She and her husband, Dan, reside in Old Forge, and love its beauty and sense of community, including View.
Mary DuRoss (Vice-Chair) is retired as Marketing Director for the United Way of the Greater Utica Area. Prior to that, she was Manager of Safety, Records and Training in Asbestos Removal for Oneida Asbestos Removal Company, Utica. She also ran the Collections Department and wrote marketing brochures for Oneida Building Services, Utica, and was an English Teacher at Hackett Junior HS, Albany. Volunteer work includes: Board Member of the New Hartford Public Library (past President, Fundraising Committee, Re-Chartering ad hoc Committee, Search Committee, By-laws and Nominating Committee); Board Member of House of the Good Shepherd, New Hartford (chair of Fundraising & Marketing Committee); Board Member of Hospice (Fundraising & Marketing Committee); Mentor Mom for the Mentor Mom’s Program of United Cerebral Palsy, Utica; Mentor for Big Brother/Big Sister Program, Utica; Co- Founder of Co-operative Preschool Child Care, Waterville; Volunteer for Catholic Charity in Senior Program for Shut-ins, Waterville; Volunteer at Harding Nursing Home, Waterville; Volunteer for View, Old Forge.
Ann Stone Costello (Secretary) was a practicing attorney in Washington DC for over 30 years, specializing in financial services issues. She retired from BNY Mellon in 2015 as a Managing Director and the head of Global Government Affairs, a division she created in 2009. Before that she was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and headed the Washington DC office. Her career began with the Washington DC firm of Williams & Jensen where she became a partner. She is a graduate of Duke University and the George Washington University National Law Center. Her non-profit board experience includes two terms on the board of the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut. She and her husband John have a camp on Fourth Lake where they spend their summers, the lake where John first went to summer camp as a boy. Their son John and his wife Adriana live in San Diego with their three year-old daughter Julia, and their son Sam and wife Halerie live in Raleigh, North Carolina and expect their first child in September. Ann and John now reside in Vero Beach, Florida.
Sam Crocker (Treasurer) has been coming to Old Forge for about 65 years. Since retiring ten years ago, he has spent July and August in Old Forge. His involvement in local/regional organizations has primarily been through financial contributions to View, Town of Webb Historical Association, Old Forge Library, Kinderwood, Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Adirondack Museum, and The Wild Center. He and his wife, Ann, are members of Thendara Golf Club and support the Kids T Off program.
Sam’s business career was spent in banking beginning at Chemical Bank in 1964 (now JPMorgan Chase) followed by Citibank's Private Banking Division. After Citibank, he worked for 25 years at local community banks in Connecticut, including Union Savings Bank, where he spent the last seventeen years of his banking career as Senior Vice President in charge of commercial lending. His non-profit involvement includes the following: President of the Board of Directors for the past 10 years of Family & Children's Aid, providing professional mental health care services to children and their families; Current Director of New Pond Farm Education Center, a year-round environmental education center with a small working farm component; Past Director and Board Chairman of the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut for which he currently sits on the Board of Trustees; Past Director of the Ridgefield (Conn.) Visiting Nurses Association.
Jeremiah Best is currently the Educator for New York Agriculture in the Classroom, an educational organization that aims to increase agricultural literacy in grade-schoolers and communities through partnerships with Cornell University, State Agencies, and the NY Farm Bureau. Best previously taught 5th grade at the Town of Webb School, where he was named the 2020 Teacher of the Year by New York Agriculture in the Classroom. He holds a BS in childhood education and MS as a reading specialist from SUNY Cortland. His experience as a teacher has spanned from teaching K-12th, special ed., reading, as well as agricultural classes. Jeremiah is a firm believer in involving the community in his classroom and his classroom in the community. He is one of the core members of a local grassroots group driving the makerspace movement in the Central Adirondacks.
Outside the classroom, Jeremiah volunteers as an advisor to high school students, coaches soccer, throws bowls for View’s chili bowl and ice cream socials, and runs the Raku firings for Town of Webb students. He has brought his students to View to present at Neighbor Day and “Trout Tank” night. He was also one of the leading advocates and organizers of Innovation Challenge NY: Re-imagining Greater Old Forge, a project that brought together students from four upstate NY colleges focused on identification of ideas for economic development in the Central Adirondack Region. Although Jeremiah grew up in Tennessee, his desire was always to move to Inlet. He is the third generation to call Inlet and the Central Adirondacks home, residing there with his wife, Courtney, and recently added a fourth generation with their young daughter, Josie.
Robert Bischoff (Secretary) is General Manager of Trenton Technology, Inc., a computer systems manufacturer, in Utica. He is responsible for day-to-day production as well as management of the company, which employees more than 200 people. He has been with Trenton Technology for 16 years. Previously, he was an underwriter for The Hartford Insurance Group in Connecticut. Robert enjoys spending time at his camp in Old Forge. He resides in Utica with his wife, Janet Silver.
Sandra Booton has been employed with Adirondack Bank for 17 years and currently serves as Vice President/Branch Manager in Old Forge. Her banking career began 25 years ago as a Part Time Teller with Peoples Bank in Connecticut. Sandy earned her Associate of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management from Bay Path College.
Booton’s non-profit board experience includes Cap-21, where she is the current Treasurer and has served on the Chair of the Finance Committee, Funds Development, and Affordable Housing, and is a founding member of its Farmers Market Committee; the Central Adirondack Association as a board member and a 10-year Co-Chair for Snofest; and as a FCLPAC board member. Sandy and her husband Ed reside in Old Forge, and their daughter Ashley lives in Highlands, North Carolina.
Susan Cox is an artist with studios in both Pound Ridge and Old Forge, NY. After a career both practicing architecture and teaching architecture to students, she moved away from architecture. She has developed an artistic practice related to architecture but in glass. She creates objects in cast glass. Her work in numerous exhibitions, including a solo show at View in 2017, and is held in private collections. Susan and her family have been coming to Old Forge since 2000. Now, finally able to spend quality time here and having been an active volunteer in numerous organizations throughout her life, Susan saw opportunities at View to use some of her skills and experience in the arts to support and advance the mission of View.
Fritz Messere is the recently retired founding dean of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at SUNY Oswego. He has taught at Oswego, Ithaca College, and Cornell University. Previously, he was assistant to FCC Commissioner Mimi Dawson and senior fellow at the Annenberg Washington Program in Communication Policy, and served on the National Experts Panel for the Rural Policy Institute. Fritz is the secretary of Symphoria, the successor to the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and serves on the board of CNYArts. Previously, he was on the board of WRVO-FM, public radio, and Artswego.
Steve Sayer, an Oswego native, is retired from IBM after 37 years with the company. He began working in New York City in hardware sales with successive assignments, including IBM Credit Corporation in Stamford, Ct., international sales and contract development with a special office for General Electric in Norwalk, CT, and at IBM’s Software Group in Columbus and Philadelphia. He graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY with a degree in Math.
Sayer’s not-for-profit experience includes The Columbus Literacy Council in several positions, including Board President; Great Camp Sagamore as Board Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee; Camp Fire Club of America as Board Secretary and Endowment Committee Chairman; and at the Adirondack League Club in Old Forge, where he leads three committees — Endowment, Scholarship, and Shooting Sports. Steve and his wife Nancy share their time between Third Lake in Old Forge and coastal South Carolina in the Palmetto Bluff community. They have two married children — Scott, who lives in the Boston area, and Kate, who lives in Alexandria, VA.
Lowell Seifter first became acquainted with the Adirondacks when he went to overnight camp in Speculator, New York at age 12. He and his wife acquired property on Raquette Lake and built their camp there 30 years ago and have been spending as much time there as possible, both in Summer and Winter. Lowell is currently Senior Counsel at St. Joseph’s Health working part-time which allows him to enjoy his time at Raquette Lake all the more. From 2012 through 2018, he was General Counsel at St. Joseph’s Health, Inc. Prior to that, Lowell was a managing member of a law firm in Syracuse known as Green & Seifter where he practiced law for over 3 decades. Lowell has served on the Boards of Directors of three different publicly traded banks over the last 17 years and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of NBT Bank. He is also presently a Board Member of Housing Visions in Syracuse, New York and has extensive experience with many other not-for-profit boards of directors. Lowell is both an attorney and a non-practicing certified public accountant.
Donna L. Stoner is retired from her position as Volunteer Director at Upstate Medical University and, before that, at Crouse Hospital. She is now a full-time volunteer, gardener, and artist. Her association with View started with a decorative painting class. She now paints in watercolor with the Mountain Air Painters, a plein air group that is affiliated with View. She says, “I hope to do my part as a member of the board in order to express my appreciation and pay it forward!” Donna lives in Syracuse with her husband, George Cady, and for the past 20 years, they have spent more and more time at their camp on Big Woodhull Creek in Forestport.
Tim Trainor, as a principal of TRAINOR Associates, is a nationally and internationally recognized brand strategist with over 30 years’ experience. Tim is known for his visionary business philosophy, unique thought leadership, innovation, ingenuity, and creative credentials. Tim serves as a trusted advisor for strategy (brand, customer, marketing, and communication), advertising, digital, social, and branded content. Clients include from small-to-medium size private to Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit organizations including many of the largest corporations throughout the United States, including General Motors, SBLI, BlueCross-BlueShield, Pepsi, and Microsoft. He has served as an advisor to both domestic and international companies in their expansion efforts into new markets, providing innovation, opportunity analysis, guidance, and growth strategies.
Jeanie West is a recently retired nurse from Reading Pennsylvania. She attended Widener University and practiced nursing for 29 years before retiring and moving to Old Forge full time in April of 2018. She was on the HOA Board of her neighborhood for 15 years, where they managed 400 homes and the property. Currently she is on the CAP 21 Board and is also on two committees within CAP. Personally she is married to Bill West and has 5 children and 5+1 grandchildren. She is an avid outdoor person enjoying multiple sports in all of the seasons. She takes pottery classes at the View and enjoys photography and gardening along with many other hobbies.