Board of Directors
ACAF board members represent a variety of Allegany County communities and occupations
Carolyn J. Miller
Scio, NY—Retired from a career working for the New York Court system, Carolyn pursues various interests. She has been involved in ACAF since its founding, and is a past-president of the board. She is also very involved with the Scio Library. Carolyn chairs the ACAF Development Committee and also serves on the Scholarship Committee. She is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia.
Rodney K. Bennett
Short Tract, NY – Rod assumed the ACAF presidency in February of 2021. A Cornell University graduate, he recently retired from a long and successful career in dairy farming. Rod has served as an Allegany County legislator and enjoys hunting and archery, and serves on the board of the Fillmore Wide Awake Club library.
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 Finance/Investment and Scholarship committees.
Dawn A. Wildrick-Cole
Almond, NY – Dawn is a graduate of Cuba Central school, Smith College, and Indiana University School of Law. She serves as principal attorney for Allegany County Courts. Dawn’s community involvements include being treasurer for the the Allegany Bar Association, Almond town board (she’s been town supervisor since 2016), St. Jude’s Paris, Alfred, N.Y., and the Almond Historical Society. Her interests and hobbies include medieval history, gardening, spending time with her husband and young adult sons … and asking them to reach for objects on tall shelves.
Leslie J. Haggstrom
Angelica, NY—Leslie grew up in Brockport and ‘married into Angelica.’ She is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo and SUNY’s University of Buffalo School of Law. She retired as First Assistant Allegany County Attorney in 2016, but recently has been serving the Allegany County DSS on a part-time basis. She has been very involved with ACAF since its founding, including a stint as board president. Leslie is on the board of Ardent Solutions, is very involved in the United Methodist Church, regionally and locally (Angelica UM), and manages Angelica Community Angels, a community group that provides food, hygiene supplies and baby items to those in need. She enjoys painting, quilting, gardening and reading, and looks forward to being able to travel and attend concerts again.
Dr. Dan Acton
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 – A veteran educator, Jon Morris is presently the K-12 Principal for Andover Central School. His background includes many years as a teacher and special education administrator. Jon has provided leadership to Literacy West, Cuba Friends of Architecture and the Allegany-Cattaraugus Elementary Principals Association. He has a master’s degree from Roberts Wesleyan College and a school administration credential from St. Bonaventure University. Jon enjoys the outdoors, hobby farming, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Fillmore, NY—Karen and her husband Herb operate 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 Flanagan-Watson is a science teacher at Belfast Central School. She also serves as a board member for the Town of Ward.
Staff: 1 half-time, 2 part-time
Oversight: 12 member volunteer board
Allegany County Area Foundation
6087 State Rt 19
Belmont, NY 14813
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