Board of Directors
ACAF board members represent a variety of Allegany County communities and occupations
Portville, NY—VP/Branch manager for one of Community Bank’s Wellsville offices, Lori serves on both the Investment and Grant Review committees. Lori is an alumna of Leadership Allegany.
Carolyn J. Miller
Scio, NY—Retired from a career working for the New York Court system, Carolyn pursues various interests. She has ben involved in ACAF since its founding, and is a past-president of the board. She is also very involved with the Scio Library.
Rodney K. Bennett
Vice President for Administration
Short Tract, NY – Rodney is a farmer/rancher. He chairs ACAF’s Grant Committee.
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
Almond, NY – Graduate of Cuba Central school, Smith College and Indiana University. Currently serves as the court attorney for Judge Parker. Involved in the Allegany Bar Association, Almond town board, and the Almond town council. She and her family live in Almond.
Leslie J. Haggstrom
Angelica, NY—Leslie is retired from her career as an attorney in the Allegany County Attorney’s office. Leslie is a founding board member and served for a time as ACAF president.
Scholarship 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.
Dr. Dan Acton
Finance/Investment Committee Chair
Alfred Station, NY— Dan Acton is a retired professor of accounting. He first served on the ACAF board in 2003. Dan chairs ACAF’s Investment Committee.
Friendship, NY—Jon Morris is a veteran educator and presently leads the Andover school district. He joined the board in spring of 2012.
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 a science teacher at Belfast Central School. She also serves as a board member for the Town of Ward.
Belfast, NY – Evelyn Alessi has been a teacher at the Belfast Central School since 1988. She serves on the ACAF Scholarship committee.
Staff: 1 half-time, 2 part-time
Oversight: 12 member volunteer board
Allegany County Area Foundation
6087 State Rt 19
Belmont, NY 14813
Designated Grant Funds
Unrestricted Grant Funds