Leadership

Robert Bylancik, Chair, retired from Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital where he spent his entire professional career, first as a social worker, until finally serving as President and CEO from 2000-2007. Since retiring, Mr. Bylancik served as interim CEO at Hometown Health, Schenectady’s federally qualified health center. He is a retired member of American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, American College of Healthcare Executives and the National Association of Social Workers.  

Deborah Mullaney, Vice Chair, has a distinguished record of community service. She's been a member of numerous boards of charitable institutions, including the Ellis Medicine Board of Trustees, the board of Ellis Medicine, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady. Among Mrs. Mullaney's leadership positions, she has served as Chair of the Foundation for Ellis Medicine, as President of the Niskayuna High School PTO, and as President of Niskayuna DARE, among others. Her community awards and nominations include being the Niskayuna High School Hall of Fame Inductee, a YWCA Woman of Achievement, a Junior League Volunteer of the Year, and a Kay S. Rozendaal Volunteer Award Nominee. Debby is the recipient of the 2015 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction Award and the 2015 Hospital Association of New York State Leadership and Advocacy Award.

Jennifer Kenneally, served as Vice President and Treasurer of the Golub Corporation with responsibility for all treasury functions of the company. Her community involvement includes the City Mission of Schenectady and the Schenectady Rotary. Ms. Kenneally is an alumnus of Siena College (1985) with a B.S. in Finance, and chairs the Distribution Committee's Audit Committee.

Teresa Little, Secretary, is a former teacher and active community volunteer. She currently serves on the St. Kateri School board and in the past has served on the boards of Safe, Inc of Schenectady, the Junior League of Schenectady, and Bethesda House. Terri and her husband Mark, a retired GE Senior Vice President and Director of Global Research, have a private family foundation that has supported City Mission, Boys & Girls Club, Ellis Hospital, Proctors, and many other community groups. 

Herbert L. Shultz Jr., Treasurer, former President and COO of Fenimore Asset Management, shares his expertise with a wide range of organizations in the Captial Region. He has served on the boards of Capital Repertory Theater, Parsons Child and Family Center and the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Shultz is a member of the advisory board of The Community Foundation of Capital Region's Health Committee and a board member of the Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar, Inc., 15-Love and Proctor's Theatre.

Joseph Tardi is President of Joseph Tardi Associates, a public relations, marketing and advertising firm. He has represented Fortune 500 companies, independent and chain retailers, and has been a consultant to ABC Television and CBS Records. A graduate of Siena College, he serves on the Board of Associates for the College of Saint Rose, is a member of the Board of the Saratoga Automobile Museum and is President of the Schenectady Arts and Entertainment District. He has served on numerous additional boards including the March of Dimes and Northeast Association of the Blind, and supports neighborhood landscape projects to promote neighborhood pride.

Omayra Padilla DeJesus originally from Puerto Rico. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California Berkeley in 2003 and joined GE's Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY to work on programs related to Molecular Imaging Agents. Omayra was deeply involved with outreach efforts linked to her personal passion for education and focused on STEM for underrepresented groups. In 2009, she initiated the Inspire Program, gaining support from GE GRC's leadership. In 2010, the program was presented with the GE Global Impact Award in Education. Dr. DeJesus is an adjunct professor, teaching Organic Chemistry at the College of St. Rose in Albany, and most recently received her MBA from SUNY Albany in 2016.

Non-voting officers:

Robert A. Carreau, Executive Director, has had a distinguished career in the field of grant-making and community change. Carreau joined the Foundation in 1992 as Secretary to the Distribution Committee. He formerly served as president of United Way of Schenectady County, and as a consultant has advised corporations and foundations on their strategic philanthropy programs. His volunteer activities have included the Community AIDS Partnership of the Capital Region, Rotary, Empire State Youth Orchestra and the Arts Center of the Capital Region.

Michael Ozimek, Assistant Treasurer, is Senior Vice Pesident and Chief Financial Officer of Trustco Bank.