Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

The Wyoming Foundation Council Announces New Members and Officers for 2013

Feb 19, 2013 | Posted in News

WARSAW, NY - February 19, 2013 - The Wyoming Foundation Council (WFC) today announced its 2013 council members and officers elected at their December annual retreat and meeting.

“I am very pleased with the composition of the council and look forward to working with this outstanding group of motivated and accomplished individuals,” said Scott Gardner, foundation council chair. “We have some exciting initiatives on the agenda for this year that will help the greater community, and we are looking forward to building on the successes of the recent Community Needs forum held in the Fall of 2012.”

2013 Council Officers:

  • Chair: Scott Gardner from Warsaw, previously served as Vice-Chair and brings six years of council membership with him as he takes on the leadership role of the Wyoming Foundation this year. Most recently he served as Chief of Staff to NY Assemblyman Dan Burling, serving with the state Assembly for fifteen years. Scott serves on several other community based committees and non-profit boards and will be dedicating himself to the objectives and new initiatives of the Wyoming Foundation.
  • Vice-chair and Secretary: Karen Six from Castile, is committed to the people of this community, serving as the Development Director for Literacy West NY and Partnership Coordinator for Wyoming Works, a collaborative partnership of agencies and businesses working to improve opportunities for the residents of Wyoming County. As a member of the Wyoming Foundation Council, Karen will work to build partnerships leading to initiatives and projects that strengthen the community.
  • Treasurer: Sally Bliss is a lifelong Castile resident and owner of Elitsac Lumber and Rental, with her son, Bill and his wife, Pam. Her service on the Wyoming Foundation council has given Sally an opportunity to have a positive impact on the health, cultural and educational well -being of the community.

Newly appointed council members:

  • Anne Conable a resident of Bennington, manages special projects for the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. Her non-profit management background includes positions at Buffalo Place, the Buffalo History Museum, and Buffalo Museum of Science, plus arts organizations in NYC and Washington. She is Vice President of the Hull House Foundation restoration project in Lancaster and serves as an officer of the Conable Family Foundation, which partnered with the Wyoming Foundation on the 2012 Wyoming County Needs Forum.
  • Laura Lane was born and raised in Wyoming County. Following college Laura lived downstate and moved back to the area seven years ago. She is deeply committed to improving the quality of life and business in Wyoming County and how the Wyoming Foundation can help to meet and fulfill the needs of county residents. Laura’s career has been centered in the non-profit arena bringing valuable knowledge and experience to the Council.
  • Joan Mokdessi is a resident of Silver Lake after retiring from a thirty year nursing career with the Buffalo Medical Group, she moved to Wyoming County with her husband George E. Mokdessi, MD in 1959. As a council member, Joan will bring her life-long interest and knowledge in healthcare to advance the welfare of the community.

Other long-serving council members include:

Adrianna Betts, Robert Kelley, and Tim Kibler.

The Wyoming Foundation was established in 1974 by Dr. James MacCallum as a means to improve the quality of life in Wyoming County. Since 1977, the Wyoming Foundation has actively supported a wide variety of cultural, educational and human services organizations.

In 2007, the Wyoming Foundation joined forces with the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo in order to expand their capacity and philanthropic scope and better serve the residents of Wyoming County. As a result of this partnership, the dedicated volunteer leaders of the Wyoming Foundation are be able to concentrate on responding to the current and emerging needs of Wyoming County.

Please note the Wyoming Foundation’s local office is located at: Literacy West NY Inc., 31 North Main Street, Warsaw, New York 14569. Please call (585) 285-4135 for an appointment or for more information.

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. The Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York.


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