Board of Directors


Board of Directors

Lori Dzielski, President
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, 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. 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 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.

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.

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.

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 serves on the ACAF Scholarship committee.