We are grateful for the time and commitment of our foundation board members as they focus on fundraising and planned giving initiatives to support the mission of The Wesley Community.
Ray has had a nineteen year relationship with the Wesley Community.His role started with an effort to update our pension plan to comply with new IRS regulations in the late 1980s.Today he makes certain that we continue in compliance and also analyzes our 401(k) investment options and consults with individual employees on retirement planning.Ray has been a long term supporter of ours with both his talents and his financial resources.He is a member of the Wesley Society.
Ray’s work history ranges from becoming a Navy Seal back in the early 1980s, to becoming a partner in the financial planning firm of Kirchner, Vahanian and Martin, to later serving as a Vice-President at AYCO. His current position is President of Citi-Street Global Advisors in Boston. Along the way Ray has spoken in front of Congress as well as foreign governmental committees on retirement planning issues.In addition, Ray appears weekly on the CBS Morning Show, speaking on topical money related issues.
Alicia Butler, Assistant Treasurer, is responsible for the administration of the Employee Benefit Plans, Pension Plans, and Individual Retirement Account clients at The Adirondack Trust Company.
Alicia has over 20 years of banking experience. She has held various positions in the accounting, collections and trust departments. Alicia joined The Adirondack Trust Company in December 2002 from another local financial institution.
Alicia holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of The State of New York Regents College, two associate degrees from Adirondack Community College and has completed numerous courses with American Institute of Banking and New York Bankers Association. Recently, she has completed the Cannon Financial Retirement Plan Services Courses and received a Certification in Certified Retirement Services Professional from The Institute of Certified Bankers.
Alicia lives in Queensbury with her husband, Chip, and their two children.
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Tim is a graduate of The College of Saint Rose with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.
He is currently the Director of Sales for Northeast Dining and Lodging, and previously worked in Sales for Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. in Boston and Johnston Paper in the Capital Region.
Tim also served as an Event Marketing Representative for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Tim resides in Saratoga Springs.
Garth is a partner in Ellms Family Farm, LLC and is the President of Saratoga Festivals, LLC. He is a graduate of Leadership Saratoga (2010) and is a recipient of the Business Review’s 40 Under 40 (2012). His volunteer experience includes serving as 2nd Vice-President of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake BPA and as a board member of the Farmland Protection Plan Committee.
His areas of expertise include event management, marketing and strategic planning. Garth is a graduate of Hudson Valley Community College and Johnson and Wales University. Garth resides in Ballston Spa.
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Joanne is the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs. She has held this position for nearly 17 years. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in Communications.
She has held board positions on The Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau (serving as Chair of the board in 1991), the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce Board (6 years), the Home Made Theatre Board (3 years), and the Saratoga Center for the Family Board (3 years).
Joanne has done fundraising for the Museum of Racing, the YMCA, and Saratoga Hospital. She is a Leadership Saratoga Graduate – Class of 1991, and is a recent graduate of The Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce Executive Institute – Class of 2011. She currently co-chairs the auction committee for the Palamountain Polo Gala for Skidmore and also serves as a mentor in their business program.
Donald Braim is currently Senior Vice-President of Racing Operations, Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
Donald Braim served 23 years as a Police Criminal Investigator prior to starting his career at Saratoga Casino and Raceway in 1996 as the Director of Security and Admissions. At that time, Saratoga Casino and Raceway was known as Saratoga Raceway. His responsibilities included dealing with all Security matters related to the facility with a special emphasis on the many special events that were scheduled at the 150+ acre property.
In 2003, Mr. Braim was instrumental in assisting the new Executive Team at Saratoga Casino and Raceway in expanding the facility into New York’s first Video Gaming Facility. Since that time, he has spear-headed several major capital development projects tasked with delivering them on-time and within budget.
Since 2003, and prior to becoming Senior Vice-President of Racing Operations in 2008, Mr. Braim has held a number of progressively responsible positions including Executive Director of Compliance and Vice-President of Racing Operations.
Presently his duties include oversight of the company’s racing activities, facilities management, environmental services, security, surveillance and information technology.
Mr. Braim is a 1974 graduate of Russell Sage College located in Troy, New York holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology and is a 1990 graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy located in Quantico, Virginia.
Geriann is Co-Owner of Fine Affairs, Inc. a design and special events company with offices in Saratoga Springs, NY and Atlanta, GA. She is a graduate of Skidmore College with a degree in Business Management.
Geriann has done fundraising for various local charities, including Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center and the Economic Opportunity Council.
Geriann has a passion for horse racing and is part owner of a thoroughbred horse, Dance Team.
Geriann lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband Jerry and dog, Karma.
TARA ANNE PLEAT, Esq., co-owns the law firm Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC. She practices in the areas of special needs estate planning and administration, traditional estate planning and administration, long-term care planning, and elder law. Tara graduated cum laude from Albany Law School with honors in the Estate Planning concentration and earned her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany. She is admitted to practice in New York, Florida, and Massachusetts as well as the United States Tax Court and the U.S. Federal District Court in the Northern District of New York.
Tara is co- chair of the Special Needs Planning Committee of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and is a member of the Taxation Committee of the Trusts and Estates Law Section. Tara is the vice-chair of the publications committee of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association which publishes the Elder and Special Needs Law Journal on a quarterly basis. She is honored to be a member of the Special Needs Alliance, an invitation-only, national network of leading attorneys dedicated to the practice of disability and public benefits law.
Tara is the Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council of Eastern New York, and serves as vice-president of the Board of Directors of Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County. In addition, Tara is a graduate of the 2006 class of Leadership Saratoga, sponsored by the Saratoga Springs Chamber of Commerce, and currently is a member of the Leadership Saratoga Advisory Board. Tara recently joined the Board of Directors of AIM Services, Inc., a disability service organization based in Saratoga Springs, New York.
In the fall of 2012, Tara was appointed as an adjunct professor of law at Albany Law School, where she teaches a course in the spring semester on estate and financial planning for the elderly and individuals with special needs.
John graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s in architecture.
John was the President of Russell Gibson vonDohlen, Inc. (architecture, engineer- ing, interior and planning firm) in Farmington, CT.
John and his wife A.C. (Almeda) have 8 kids between them (he has 4 kids and she has 4 kids).
His hobbies include fishing, hunting, canoeing, sailing while visiting their summer home in Maine. John also enjoys traveling and reading.
Marge Meinhardt (former Board member) recruited John to the Wesley Board. She and Neil Roberts impressed upon him what a unique service is provided to the community on the Wesley campus.
John joined the Foundation Board in 1999. John was the president of the Foundation Parent Board, United Methodist Health and Housing, Inc.
Jon obtained his MBA from Loyola College in Baltimore, MD and his BA in Management from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.
He is has been Principal of Performance Matters, Inc., a management consulting practice since 2003. Previously he served as Executive Director of Glen Eddy, Niskayuna NY from 2001-2003, Chief Operating Officer of Arbor Glen, Bridgewater NJ from 1996-2001, Senior Vice President of Citizens Bancorp, Laurel MD 1990-1994, as well as various positions within the Commercial Banking industry 1979-1990.
Jon lives in Clifton Park and enjoys visiting his stepdaughter Jacquelyn, who lives in Castleton with her husband and their eight month old daughter, and is head of the Music Department at one of Albany’s Charter Schools.
Jon’s spends his free time playing golf and skiing.
Jon said what motivated him to be interested in Board membership was having the chance to contribute his skills in strategic planning and knowledge of effective governance practices to a not-for-profit organization. He added, “This was an opportunity to bring my experience and expertise in the field of senior living to help Administration and the Board in navigating the future and how to remain competitive.”
James is a 1979 graduate Saratoga Springs High School and received his BA in 1983 from Villanova University and his JD in 1987 from Quinnipiac University School of Law. He was an Associate Attorney from 1984-1989 at Snyder, Kiley, Toohey,
Corbett and Cox, LLP and has been a Partner 1989- present, and Managing Partner 2003- present. The firm is a general practice of law with concentration in civil and criminal litigation.
James served as a Historical Society of Saratoga Springs Board Member from 1990- 1998, as Saratoga County Bar Association committee chair from 1991- 2003 and is a Walworth Memorial Museum Trust Trustee (1998- present) and Adirondack Trust Company Employee Stock Plan Trustee (2000- present).
James resides in Saratoga Springs with wife, Debbie and three children, Peter, 24, Graduate of University of Virginia and 3rd year law student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Brendan, 21, a senior Nursing major at Keene State College and Aubree, 17, a soon to be senior at Saratoga Springs High School.