Board of Directors


Board of Directors

Lori Dzielski, President
Portville, NY—Branch manager for one of Community Bank’s Wellsville offices, Lori serves on both the Investment and Grant Review committees. Lori is attending Leadership Allegany.

Carolyn J. Miller, Development Chair
Scio, NY—Retired from a career working for the New York Court system, Carolyn Miller pursues numerous interests, including serving as president of the Foundation. She especially enjoys researching and writing introductions for students to whom the Foundation awards scholarships. Carolyn is in her 5th term as board president and has served on the Board for 20 years.

Rodney K. Bennett, vice president for administration
Dalton, NY—Rod Bennett is a farmer and chairman of the Foundation’s Grant Review Committee. He also serves on the Development and Nominating committees.

Thomas P. Brown
Cuba, NY—Tom Brown is the senior judge for the Allegany County Superior Court, and likes to ride his Harley in his spare time. He serves on the Foundation’s Investment Committee.

Dawn A.  Wildrick-Cole, Esq.-Almond, NY- January 2013
Alfred-Almond – Graduate of Cuba  central school, Smith College and Indiana University. Currently serves as the court attorney for Judge Parker. Member of the Allegany Bar Association, and past member of the Almond town board, and the  Almond town council. She and her husband Jeremy Wildrick-Cole have three sons.

Leslie J. Haggstrom
Angelica, NY—Leslie is an attorney in the Allegany County Attorney’s office and a past president of the Foundation. She serves on the Foundation’s Nominating Committee. Leslie is a founding member of the board and has served since 1983.

Warren Emerson
Fillmore, NY—Warren Emerson recently took early retirement after serving as law clerk to several of Allegany County’s judges. He is on the Foundation’s Finance and Scholarship committees and chairs the Development Committee.

Jane Foster, Scholarhip Committee Chair
Belfast, NY—Jane Foster is the home-to-school coordinator at Belfast Central School. She joined the board in the spring of 2012. Jane is the chairperson of the special events committee.

Richard A. Halberg, vice president for finance
Houghton, NY—Dick Halberg, a business professor at Houghton College and certified financial planner, chairs the Investment Committee.

Jon Morris
Friendship, NY—John Morris is an administrator with the Anodver school district. He joined the board in spring of 2012.

Karen Williams
Fillmore, NY—Karen and her husband run the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home in Fillmore. She rejoined the board in the spring of 2012 after having served previously.

Carrie E. Flanagan-Watson
Belmont, NY – Carrie E. Flanagan-Watson is both a science teacher at the Belfast Central School and the Assistant to the Principal. She also serves as a board member for the Town of Ward.

Evelyn Alessi 
Belfast, NY – Evelyn Alessi has been a teacher at the Belfast Central School since 1988. She has filled different roles while at Belfast. She has also served on the ACAF Scholarship committee.