Commission Member Biographies
Hillarie Logan-Dechene - Chair
Hillarie Logan-Dechene’s career has been about building the capacity of non-for-profit
organizations. As The Wild Center’s Director of Philanthropy she is responsible for all
membership and development activities. After studying at The American University in Paris
and earning her BA from the State University of New York at Albany, she worked in
for-profit marketing and public relations and then joined the Development Department at
the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake where she worked for more than sixteen years.
She progressed from Development Assistant to the Director of Institutional Advancement.
Upon leaving the Adirondack Museum in 2006, Logan-Dechene became the Vice President for
Institutional Advancement at Paul Smith’s College, a private college in the Adirondacks.
After nearly four years, Logan-Dechene left the college in 2010 to accept her current
position at the Wild Center and led the Center through a successful $20 million fundraising
campaign. She has been a guest lecturer in Marketing, Fundraising and Non-Profit Management
for Skidmore College, Adirondack Community College, and New York University.
Logan-Dechene was chosen as Chair of the New York State Commission on National and Community
Service in 2015. She is an active board member of the Adirondack Health Foundation, and the
Museum Association of New York. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York
at Albany and a Masters of Arts in Non-profit Leadership and Community Sustainability from
Suzanne Gaba Aisenberg
Suzanne Aisenberg is a consultant to nonprofit organizations and provides guidance
to her clients on a range of organizational issues. Prior to launching her independent
practice in 2003, Ms. Aisenberg was a program officer with
The Atlantic Philanthropies where she was responsible for grants primarily
in the areas of philanthropy, volunteering, civic engagement and nonprofit sector
infrastructure. She was a founding board member of the Grantmaker Forum for National
and Community Service, now called PACE,
and was a national board member of the Hands
Gary Bagley is the Executive Director of New York Cares based in New York City. After joining
that organization in 2004, Gary served as Senior Director of Programs and
Associate Executive Director before being appointed to his current position Executive Director in 2008. He is
responsible for more than tripling annual volunteer service delivery, filling more than
200,000 volunteer positions on 20,000 projects and serving over 1,400 nonprofit organizations
and schools last year. Since Hurricane Sandy, Gary has overseen the launch of programs
serving homeowners, nonprofits, and schools in the impacted areas that have resulted in the
filling of over 25,000 volunteer positions.
Gary led New York Cares in garnering the 2009 New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence
Award for Overall Management Excellence and the 2010 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit
Innovation. In addition to the New York State Commission on National and Community Service,
he currently serves on the Board of Directors of Points of Light. Gary is a lecturer at
Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and Baruch College of The
City University of New York, from which he holds an M.P.A. Before joining New York Cares, Gary served in leadership positions at Young Audiences New
York and TADA! Youth Theater.
Mel Campos serves as Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon.
He took over the task of running the Club in February of 2013. He is a lifetime Boys & Girls
Club Advocate. Under his leadership, average daily attendance has increased from 80 to 105, the budget
has increased from $550,000 to more than $700,000, and the board has added nine new members.
Mel has also developed new partnerships and collaborations with community stakeholders, and brought in several
new programs including the nationally recognized STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Program.
Mel first attended the Pathways for Youth Boys Club in the Bronx in 1968. In 1974, he attended the
Kips Bay Boys Club also in the Bronx. He credits his Club experience with teaching him about
responsibility, respect, winning, and most importantly, losing.
Mel began his professional career with the Boys & Girls Club Movement as Associate Executive Director of the
Crime Prevention Association Boys & Girls Club in Philadelphia. He then became Executive Director of the Boys & Girls
Club of Albany where he helped increase the budget from $462,000 to $1.2 million. After five years, Mel
was asked to lead the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens - one of the most diverse Clubs in the
country. Under his leadership, membership increased by 30%. In 2004, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America
asked Mel to join the National Staff as a Regional Service Director serving more than 30 Clubs in New York
and New Jersey.
Prior to his work with Boys & Girls Clubs, Mel held leadership positions with the Bank of New York, the
City Volunteer Corps, the Albany Service Corps, the New York National Guard Challenge Program, Public
Private Ventures, and the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
A graduate of Manhattanville College, Mel is married to Barbara Allen Campos and has three children, Adam,
Lorin, and Brian.
Dr. Elizabeth Cappella
Dr. Cappella is a Distinguished Service Professor of the Department of Educational
Foundations at Buffalo
State College as well as Co-Director of
Project FLIGHT a family Literacy Program.
She has pioneered literacy programs and research in this
area through Project FLIGHT locally, statewide and nationally. Former President
Clinton, Governor Pataki and former Governor Cuomo have honored her for her work
on the behalf of children and their families, Project FLIGHT
has generated over $35,000,000 in money and in-kind donations. Dr Cappella teaches
courses in Research, Statistics, Family Literacy, Parenting, Family Violence, and
Betty Cotton serves on the boards of The Westchester Community College Foundation, the American Jewish Committee Board of Governors, Project Interchange and the Jewish Council of Public Affairs. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Westchester Not-For-Profit Leadership Summit and is a former chairperson of the Greyston Foundation Wisdom Council.
Betty is a former President of the Westchester American Jewish Committee and is currently Vice President of the New York Region AJC. She was honored by the Women’s Campaign Board in 2005.
Professionally, Betty has worked as a consultant to not-for-profit organizations for many years. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University and an Master of Science degree in Urban Affairs from Hunter College.
As a former Vice President of Congressional Relations for AT&T, Rita DiMartino
assisted in AT&T’s relations with the administration, congress and with state
In 1982 President Ronald Reagan appointed DiMartino as U.S. Representative to the
UNICEF Executive Board. Her work as U.S. Representative included increasing UNICEF’s
financial support and accelerating the program’s assistance in the areas of child
health, nutrition, water supply, sanitation and education.
DiMartino was appointed in February 2002 as the Principal U.S. Delegate to the Inter-American
Commission of Women, and also, the Principal Representative to the Inter-American
Children’s Institute. She was also appointed to the J. William Fulbright Foreign
Scholarship Board by President George W. Bush.
In 2005, DiMartino was appointed by Secretary Elaine Chao to the U.S. Department
of Labor National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships, and served as a Commissioner
on the Commission on Federal Election reform with former President Jimmy Carter,
and former Secretary of State, James Baker. DiMartino has also served on twelve
International Electoral Observation Missions.
Active at all levels of politics, DiMartino was elected Delegate/Delegate-at-Large/Alternate
Delegate to ten Republican National Conventions, served on the 1992 Platform Committee,
and was elected Executive Vice-Chair of the New York Republican State Committee
in 1987. DiMartino is Chairman of the Board of Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, a
member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the Board of Trustees
of the National Endowment for Democracy; the City University of New York; the National
Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials; the Inter-American Foundation
Advisory Board and the Cuban American National Council.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she received her B.A. from the College of
Staten Island and her M.P.A. from Long Island University. She currently holds an
Honorary Doctor of Civil Law from Dowling College, and completed Business Leadership
Training Programs at Harvard Business School and Executive Management Programs at
the University of California at Berkeley.
Stanley S. Hansen, Jr.
Stanley S. Hansen, Jr. is the Executive Coordinator for the Office of
K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs for the New York State Education Department.
The Office serves to improve college graduation rates for ethnic, cultural and other
underrepresented and or disadvantaged students as well as close the gap for students
in need of academic intervention services to meet Regents graduation requirements.
Additionally, Mr. Hansen is the New York State At-Risk Youth Coordinator, and has
been a mediator and arbitrator for the American Arbitration
Catherine was born and raised in Albany, New York. Catherine is a magna cum laude
graduate of Union College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political
Science with Department Honors in 1996. After college Catherine pursued a career
in government relations on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, when she decided to return
to her hometown to attend law school. Catherine received her Juris Doctorate degree
from Albany Law School in 2000 where she was an associate editor of The Albany Law
Review and was awarded the Dominick Gabrielli award for excellence in Appellate
Moot Court. Since graduation, Catherine has practiced in several of New York’s prestigious
In 2004, Catherine’s love and passion for her hometown and the Capital Region led
her to found GenNEXT, a business council of the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce
for business professionals ages 23-40. As chair of the council, she focused on preventing
the Capital Region’s “brain drain” and on providing meaningful networking and business
opportunities for young professionals.
In January of 2007, Ms. Hedgeman started her own law firm, the Law Firm of Catherine
M. Hedgeman which is located in Albany. She specializes in Real Estate, Land Use/Development
& Zoning, Commercial Law, Corporate Law and Government Relations. In September of
2008 Ms. Hedgeman also founded the Stakeholders. The mission of Stakeholders is
to cultivate an informed and active creative class dedicated to building diverse
and sustainable communities throughout New York’s Capital Region through educational,
capacity-building and philanthropy programs. The Stakeholders Get On Board program
matches volunteers with volunteer opportunities in the Capital Region.
In 2008, Ms. Hedgeman was appointed to the New York State Young Leaders congress
to advise the administration and the Empire State Development Corporation on issues
pertaining to the attraction and retention of young people in New York, and how
to build sustainable communities. Ms. Hedgeman was also featured in the March 2008
edition of Success Magazine, and in November of 2008 Ms. Hedgeman appeared in O
Magazine as one of 80 Women who received a Women’s Leadership Award from the White
House Project and O Magazine, The Oprah Magazine for her work on economic development
issues, philanthropy and volunteerism. Ms. Hedgeman is also the recipient of the
2008 Woman of Distinction Award: Junior Trailblazer from the Girl Scouts of Northeastern
New York, the 2005 Capital District Business Review 40 Under 40 Award and the 2005
Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce Women of Excellence Award for the Emerging
Activist, Educator and Author, Jill Iscol, EdD, is President of the IF Hummingbird Foundation, a family foundation established in 1989. For the past two decades Jill has supported and participated in numerous organizations enabling them to become stable, sustainable and successful, impacting lives around the globe.
Jill’s current endeavor, the
Hearts on Fire Visionary Program
launched following the release of her nonfiction book,
Hearts on Fire: Stories of Today’s Visionaries Igniting Idealism into Action,
puts the spotlight on inspiring leaders and the work they are doing to improve the lives of others. The program’s mission - to inspire people of all walks of life to join the social change movement.
Jill served as the Chairperson of the Annual Family Re-Union Conference, moderated by then-Vice President Gore and Mrs. Gore, for which she planned and coordinated three annual conferences and raised significant funding for ongoing policy development aimed at strengthening family life. She also planned and participated in the White House Conference on Partnerships and Philanthropy in 2000.
Jill received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from University of Pittsburgh (1967), a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University (1976), a Master of Philosophy from Yale (1990). Jill is a born and bred New Yorker. She is married and has two adult children.
Senator Kenneth LaValle
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) was first elected to the Senate
in 1976. In 1979, he was appointed Chairman of the Senate Committee on Higher Education
and for forty years has played a key role in shaping New York State’s higher education
His work with education leaders at the State University of New York, City University
of New York, and the independent sector has earned Senator LaValle the respect
of the academic community.
As Chair, he established state policy dealing with the financing of our public
institutions, student financial aid issues and capital construction funds. The landmark
Truth-in-Testing Law, College Tax Deduction Program, and College Savings Program,
are but a few of the key programs the Senator initiated.
Senator LaValle established legislative policy linking higher education and business
technology. He wrote the report “Marriage of Higher Education and Business,” which
examined the foundation for New York’s public policy in developing high technology
industries statewide. Some of the programs he worked to advance include the Centers
of Advanced Technology (CAT), the High Technology business Incubator Program, and
Jobs 2000 which established the New York State Office of Science, Technology and
Academic Research (NYSTAR). In developing these programs, Senator LaValle worked
with education leaders from both the public and private sectors along with business
leaders from across the state.
In 2007, Senator LaValle was appointed to the New York State Commission on Higher
Education. The commission was charged with identifying ways of improving the quality
of higher education in New York State. In addition, Senator LaValle was asked to
serve on the National Council of State Legislatures’ Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher
Education. The goal of the commission was to create awareness among state Legislatures
of their roles in providing accessible and affordable public higher education.
In recognition of his outstanding dedication to higher education, Senator LaValle
was presented with the Medallion of the University from the State University of New
York at Albany and the University Medal from Stony Brook University. Both awards
are the highest honor accorded by the universities. Senator LaValle was privileged to receive
the honorary title “Cavaliere al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” from the Italian
government for his work in education and promotion of cultural exchange.
Andrea Louie is executive director of the Asian American Arts Alliance, leading arts
advocacy and cultural equity for New York City’s diverse, pan-Asian, multidisciplinary
cultural community. She is the author of a novel, Moon Cakes (Ballantine Books) and
coeditor of an anthology, Topography of War: Asian American Essays (The Asian American
Writers’ Workshop). Andrea is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship,
the Hannah S. and Samuel A. Cohn Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a Ludwig Volgelstein Foundation
grant and was short-listed for the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. She has served as a
review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts,
the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, EmcArts, and the Brooklyn Arts Council. She
was a writer-in-residence for the National Book Foundation and has been awarded artist residencies
at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi, Hedgebrook and the Fundacíon Valparáiso in Spain. She
serves on the board of the national Cultural Data Project, is a co-chair of the New York City
Arts Coalition, and an ad hoc steering committee member of the 15% and Growing Coalition. She
serves on the diversity and inclusion advisory board for WNYC, the multicultural advisory committee
of StoryCorps, and is a member of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop as well as the Asian American
Journalists Association. She will be featured in the 2016 Mandarin Leader magazine and will be a
2016 honoree for Leadership for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) in Los Angeles.
Ann Marie Maglione
Ann Marie Maglione is the Director of the Orange County Office for the Aging, where she administers
a department of 50-plus employees and a budget of $7 million. During her tenure, she facilitated a $3.5
million centralized kitchen project for a dining program that serves 250,000 meals annually. Prior to her
appointment with the Office of the Aging, she served in several important roles within Orange County government,
including as Acting Commissioner of Consumer Affairs /Weights and Measures. Ann Marie also worked in various
capacities with the Mental Health Association in Goshen, New York. She is an alumna of Empire State College and
has a long history of dedicated civic involvement and service, including serving on the Workforce Investment Board,
and the Boards of Directors of the New York State Association on Aging in New York, the Orange Country Geriatric
Mental Health Board, and on the Healthcare Advisory Board of Mt. St. Mary College.
Gay B. Molnar
Gay, along with fellow Commission member, Dr. William Murabito, has served as a
member of the Commission on National & Community Service since its inception
in 1994. During these years she has served as the Vice Chair and
Secretary. Currently a member of the Orthotic and
Prosthetic Assistance Fund’s Board of Directors, she brings to them her
expertise in the not-for-profit world and development. Gay is a Past
President of the National Rural Education Association which is the leading national organization that maintains the vitality of rural schools across the country.
In 1991, Gay was selected by then First Lady Matilda Cuomo to be the first Western Region Coordinator for the New York State Mentoring Program. Gay takes great pride in knowing that
she made a difference with at-risk children during this time with the mentoring
program. She currently serves as the Executive
Director of the
Aquarium of Niagara in Niagara Falls, New York.
Dr. William Murabito
Dr. William Murabito has served as a member of the New York State Commission on
National Community Service since its establishment in 1994. His volunteer service
has spanned over forty years with membership on numerous agencies, including the
chair of Albany’s Promise, for which he received the Albany Volunteer of the Year
Award. He has long been involved in the field of higher education, in which he has
held positions at several SUNY schools.
David M. Sable
With an advertising career spanning more than 30 years, David Sable’s roots are
in creativity. As a college student, he wrote copy and designed ads for a local
newspaper, and also sold creative to a local ad agency. As his career progressed,
he joined Young & Rubicam where he expanded his knowledge of the agency world, and
then honed his craft at Wells Rich Greene, handling his first Fortune 500 client:
Procter & Gamble.
Today, as vice chairman and chief operating officer of Wunderman, David is responsible
for managing the agency’s global marketing services network—among the largest in
the world. He oversees operations, is responsible for the successful execution of
the agency’s long term vision and strategic plan, and he serves as senior counselor
to some of its largest global clients, including Microsoft, Citibank and Nokia.
David is a frequent speaker at various industry events and his views are regularly
featured in Advertising Age, ADWEEK, Campaign Magazine and his own blog:
In 2009, David was selected as the president of the Cannes Lions Direct jury, the
industry’s premier creative competition. He also began a three-year term as Director
at-Large of the American Association of Advertising Agencies and has served as Chair of the Mail Industry Task Force for the United States Postal Service and
chairman of the Independent Mailing Industry CEO Task Force.
In 2005, the Mayor of the City of New York, Michael R. Bloomberg appointed him a
member of the Cultural Advisory Committee of the New York City Department of Cultural
Affairs. David is also a Board member of the New York chapter of the United Jewish
Federation (UJA) and chairman of its Marketing committee. David is marketing advisor
to a number of charitable organizations and universities and is a Board member of
a prominent New York City private school.
Named as one of the 2012 “Women to Watch” by Jewish Women’s International, Susan Stern has been unflinchingly dedicated to Jewish communities across the globe for much of her life. Her work has taken her to countries such as Ethiopia, Cuba, Argentina, Turkey, Russia, Poland, Uzbekistan, and Bulgaria.
In 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Susan to chair his Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; her primary issue on the council was human trafficking. In 2013 she was named one of New York’s “New Abolitionists.”
She served as chair for the Board of Directors of UJA – Federation and currently serves as chair of Live With a Purpose initiative promoting service and volunteerism in the Jewish Community. Previously she served as General Campaign chair. She also serves on the Advisory Committee of Repair the World.
Susan is currently the Vice Chair of Jewish Federations of North America JFNA), where she was the first female national campaign chair. She served as national chair and president of National Women’s Philanthropy of United Jewish Communities and was the creator of the International Lion of Judah Conference. As chair of the National Young Leadership Cabinet, she was asked to serve as an eyewitness to Operation Solomon, the Israeli rescue of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews in 23 hours. She was named a Wexner Heritage Fellow in 1993. Presently, she is chair of the New York State Commission on the National and Community Service and chair of Global Programs for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
She and her husband Jeffrey, have two sons, Michael (Janna) and Peter (Amanda) and two grandchildren, Zachary and Alexandra.
Jessica Vasquez, Ex Officio
Jessica F. Vasquez serves as the New York State Program Director for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). In this role Jessica oversees a New York program portfolio that consists of more than 75 AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior Corps programs. In her role as the State Program Director, Jessica serves as the New York liaison for CNCS. She is dedicated to ensuring that CNCS programming in New York is being carried out with the utmost quality and that national service members enjoy carrying out their service.
Jessica has a history of working in the public interest. She has served as the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of New York State and the New York Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Prior to those leadership roles she served as an attorney for survivors of domestic violence in nonprofit legal offices in NYC.
Jessica received a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College and a Juris Doctor from New York Law School.