Foundation Leadership

Board, Leadership and Staff

The University at Albany Foundation board of directors, comprised of alumni, community and University representatives, is responsible for governance of the Foundation. The executive director reports regularly to the board and is responsible for the management of all Foundation funds. The Foundation operates consistent with the policies of the University at Albany, State University of New York. However, the directors are independent of New York State and of SUNY in the exercise of their fiduciary responsibilities.

Board of Directors

George R. Hearst III
Publisher, Times Union

Vice President   

Lewis S. Wiener '84
Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan


Jeffrey H. Black, CPA ’76


Brian Straughter, EdD
Vice President, Turf Hotels


Nolan T. Altman, CPA ’77

Michael J. Borys, ’78, ’79
Vice President, The Goldman Sachs Group

Peter E. Bulger ’77

Michael J. Castellana ’84, ’92
President & CEO of SEFCU

Saul Curtis ’81

Kathleen A. Dennis, ’75
President & Founder
Cedarwood Associates

Louis A. Desorbo ’78, ’80
President, WERCS Ltd.

Juliana DeFeo ’23

Elda A. Di Re ’83

Lisa Fund ’05
Senior Vice President, Goldman Sachs

Mary P. Haggerty ’82

Keith S. Hynes ’74

Sharon R. Kantor ’73 PhD, Esq.
The Firenza Group, Ltd., LLC

Amy Knapp ’97
Chief Operating Officer, Corsair Capital

Roanne M. Kulakoff, ’81

William A. Lanford, PhD

Maryanne Lavan, ’81
Senior Vice President,
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Meg Picotte MacClarence ’02

John Oliver Naumann
Chief Executive Officer
Simmons Machine Tool Corporation

William Newman ‘81

Daniel Nolan ’74
President, Hugh Johnson Advisors

Debra Pollard
President & COO
Fenimore Asset Management

Kimberly Sanger Jones ’87

Robert W. Schwartz
Managing Director
Schwartz Heslin Group, Inc.

Rebecca Stafford '95 
Founding Partner
Hestia Venture Partners

Susan V. Shipherd ’64

Maureen Sweeney ’84

Edward P. Swyer
The Swyer Companies

Michael Weilheimer, ’83

Mark C. Yang ’92
President & CEO
Power Formation (Taiwan) Ltd.


Todd D. Foreman
Vice President for Finance & Administration, University at Albany

Canon Kay C. Hotaling '67, '70
Vice President, Benevolent Association

Jonathan P. Jones '05, '06
City of Albany Department of Recreation

Havidán Rodríguez
President, University at Albany

Fardin Sanai
Vice President for University Advancement
Executive Director, University at Albany Foundation

Foundation Leadership and Staff

Fardin Sanai
Vice President for University Advancement
Executive Director, University at Albany Foundation

Richard P. McGinn, Jr.
CFO/Associate Executive Director

Tara Mikropoulos
Administrative Assistant