Board of Trustees

2019 - 2020 MEMBERSHIP

R. HARRY BOOTH 

R. HARRY BOOTH was appointed to the Board of Trustees by the Washington County Board of Supervisors in 2000. A veteran farmer, Booth has spent decades involved in community and civic activities, including the Washington County Fair, New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs, Greenwich Lions, Asher Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, 4-H, Future Farmers of America, Washington County Cooperative Extension, Lake George/Lake Champlain Regional Planning, and the Greater Greenwich Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as lay leader of Centenary United Methodist Church in Greenwich.  Booth has contributed to the college’s Board in a leadership capacity as Vice Chair, Chair and currently serves as Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee. His term expires June 30, 2020.

 

KATHLEEN GRASMEDER

KATHLEEN GRASMEDER, appointed to the Board of Trustees by the Warren County Board of Supervisors, currently serves as the Board’s Secretary. Grasmeder is a Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager, Financial Planning Specialist and Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley in Glens Falls. In 2017, 2018, and 2019 she was named to Forbes magazine’s list of America’s Top 200 Women Financial Advisors and Forbes Best-in-State Financial Advisors. She is on the Board of Directors of the Catskill Symphony Orchestra and a member of Glens Falls Rotary. Her term on the college’s Board expires June 30, 2024.

 

KEVIN HAYES

KEVIN HAYES, a native of Argyle, was appointed to the Board of Trustees by Washington County. Hayes graduated from SUNY Adirondack in 1976 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Siena College in 1978. He worked as a senior accountant for Jenkins and Powers CPA before becoming the first administrator of Washington County, a position he held for 31 years until his retirement in 2015. He currently serves on the board at Fort Hudson Nursing Home and was elected to the Town Board of Argyle in 2018. His term on the college’s Board expires June 30, 2026.

 

ROBERT JUDGE, Ed.D.

ROBERT JUDGE, Ed.D., a Washington County resident appointed to the Board of Trustees by the New York State Governor, currently serves as the Board’s Chair. Judge’s long career in education began in New York City, and regionally he worked at Shenendehowa Central School, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School, Hudson Falls Central School, SUNY Plattsburgh and College of St. Rose. Judge was a consultant for the United States State Department and traveled to West Africa to provide service to the American Schools of Ouagadougou, Upper Volta; Bamako, Mali; and Nouakchott, Mauritania. He was an authorial reviewer for the Economy Company’s reading program and was a member of Houghton Mifflin’s reference division’s task force. He earned a bachelor’s in English from St. Francis College, a master’s in English from University at Albany and a doctorate in Reading from University at Albany. Judge’s term on the college’s Board expires June 30, 2021.

 

BERNICE MENNIS

BERNICE MENNIS, a Washington County resident for over 40 years, was appointed to the Board of Trustees by the New York State Governor. Mennis has taught at Marymount Manhattan College, SUNY Adirondack, Vermont College, Norwich University, and Union Institute and University. She spent 12 years teaching inmates through Skidmore College’s University Without Walls program at Great Meadows and Washington Correctional Facility. She is the author of “Breaking Out of Prison: A Guide to Consciousness, Compassion and Freedom” and the poetry collection “Holding It All.” She is an advocate for the environment and social justice issues and a member of TriCounty NY Transition. She is also a member of North Country Arts. Mennis is awaiting reappointment to the college’s Board. 

 

PATRICIA PIETROPAOLO, Ph.D

PATRICIA PIETROPAOLO, Ph.D., was appointed to the Board of Trustees by the Warren County Board of Supervisors in 2009, serving as Chair from 2015-2018. Pietropaolo is an educational consultant with a lengthy career in education, both as a science professor and an administrator. She has served as Assistant Provost of the State University of New York, Dean of Academic Affairs at Herkimer County Community College and Associate Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs at Adirondack Community College. Pietropaolo’s term on the SUNY Adirondack’s Board expires June 30, 2024.

 

ALAN REDEKER

ALAN REDEKER was appointed to the Board of Trustees by the Warren County Board of Supervisors in 2005. He currently serves as Vice Chair to the Board and held the position of Secretary for many years. He is a member on the Audit and Finance, By-Laws and Policy, Trusteeship and Personnel committees. He also serves the college as a member of the SUNY Adirondack Foundation’s Board of Directors. Redeker is retired President of Glens Falls Lehigh Cement Company and is Chair of the Board of Trustees for The North Country Mutual Funds. He has actively supported area community organizations and is on the Board of Directors of the Glens Falls Symphony.  He also served as a Trustee for The Hyde Collection and is a past chair.  Redeker’s term with the college’s Board expires June 30, 2022.   

 

JOHN STROUGH III

JOHN STROUGH III, is a Warren County resident appointed to the SUNY Adirondack Board of Trustees by the New York State Governor. Strough is Town Supervisor of Queensbury and is a Warren County Supervisor. He taught in the Queensbury School District for 37 years and has been active in a number of preservation efforts in the region. He is a member of numerous civic organizations, including the Warren County Economic Development Corporation, Warren-Hamilton Counties Community Action Agency, Warren County Safe & Quality Bicycling Organization, Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board, Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Development Corporation, Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. #82, Lake George Association, Fund for Lake George, New York State Wetlands Forum, Lake George French & Indian War Society, Adirondack Archaeological Association and other local historical societies. Strough's term on the college’s Board expires June 30, 2021.

 

ELIJAH WASHINGTON

ELIJAH WASHINGTON is the college’s Student Trustee, appointed by the SUNY Adirondack student body. Washington, a native of Yonkers, is a Business Administration major and a Student Ambassador for the college. He has received several civic honors, including the Westchester County Youth Bureau Milby Kibrick Award, African American Men of Westchester’s MLK Jr. Award for Social Action and United States of America’s President Barack Obama Volunteer Service Award. His term on the college’s Board expires June 30, 2020.

TRUSTEES EMERITI  

  • H. Hudson Barton, 1960-1971
  • John Bishop, 1992-1998*
  • Leslie Bristol, 1971-1987
  • Mark Bulmer, 2003-2016
  • John J. Castle, 1970-1983*
  • Robert Clark, 1979-1995
  • Catherine Crank, 1993-2002
  • Barbara DeSantis, 1982-1996
  • Homer Dearlove, 1960-1984*
  • Jack Irion, 1994-2003*
  • Joan Kubricky, 1991-2000*
  • John Morabito, 2008-2017
  • Rich Norman, 1993-2007
  • William Potvin, 1984-1998
  • Joseph L. Randles, 1970-1988*
  • Merritt E. Scoville, 1960-1992*
  • Robert Van Dyke, 1983-1989
  • William Walsh, 1996-1999

*Deceased