Hannah Hanford

Title: Executive Director of the Adirondack Health Foundation and Community Relations Hometown: Keeseville, New York Education: B.S. in Hotel Administration from Cornell University Community Involvement: Longtime Rotarian with membership spanning four different Rotary Clubs, most recently Saranac Lake Rotary Club; Saranac Lake Women’s Investment Club; Adirondack Planned Giving Society Family: Two grown children—McIntosh Forrence, who read more


Job Title: Senior Partner and Co-Managing Partner at Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher & Trombley, PLLC; Senior Advisor at Denton’s (working out of the Washington, D.C. office) Education: B.S. in Business Administration from Manhattan College, J.D. from Fordham University Military Service: United States Air Force active duty at Wurtsmith Air Force Base 21st District (Michigan) read more

Maria Alexander

Executive Director, Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County Hometown: Lowville, NY Family: Husband, Ray Alexander Education: B.A. in Child and Family Services from SUNY Plattsburgh Community Involvement: Board memberships with JCEO, the North Country Association for the Visually Impaired and the Samuel F. Vilas Home; President elect of Plattsburgh Noon Rotary, Girl Scouts Women of read more

Dr. Paolo Fedi, M.D., PH.D.

Hometown: Florence, Italy Current Position: Owner and physician at Beaumont Gastroenterology Services Education: M.D. from the University of Florence, PhD. in biology from the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland/National Institute of Health Community Involvement: Passionate supporter of the Plattsburgh Farmer’s & Crafters Market, both as a consumer and with organizing, marketing and event planning read more

Erin Hynes

Growing up in Plattsburgh as a self-described “Air Force brat,” Erin Hynes became interested in community and economic development at a young age. “I lived through the closure of the Plattsburgh Air Force Base,” she explained. “My father was the Base Transition Coordinator for the Air Force. I knew back then that I wanted to read more

Michael J. O’Connor

Current Position: Senior Vice President, Investment Officer at Wells Fargo Advisors Hometown: Plattsburgh, NY Family: Wife of 40 years Kathy Rennell, sons Kyle, Ryan, and Casey Education: Three years at SUNY Plattsburgh before transferring to Florida State University to complete a B.A. in Biology. Community Involvement: CVPH Medical Center Foundation, Diocese of Ogdensburg Investment Advisory read more

Dr. Joel Wolkowicz

Name: Dr. Joel Wolkowicz, Medical Director of Cardiology at UVM/CVPH Medical Center Education: Montreal Heart Institute and McGill University Hometown: Montreal Family: Wife Marla, 4 adult children. Community involvement: Both Joel and his wife Marla are involved in Temple Beth Israel Dr. Wolkowicz has served the cardiac care needs of North Country patients since 1994 read more

Dr. Rowena Ortiz-Walters

BREAKING THE STEREOTYPES Current Position: Dean and Professor of Management, School of Business and Economics at SUNY Plattsburgh Hometown: Bridgeport, CT Family: Husband Carl Walters, sons Ethan (11) and Noah (9), daughter Emily (6). Education: BS Chemistry; MBA, University of New Haven; PhD Management, University of Connecticut Community involvement: Advisory boards for the Office of read more