Wendy Brand elected president of Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation board of directors

Wendy Brand of Allegany was elected president of the board of directors of the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation at the board’s recent annual meeting.

CRCF officers elected for 2016 are, from left: Ward “Skip” Wilday, vice president; Doug Price, secretary; Mike Kasperski, treasurer; Wendy Brand, president; and Steve Foster, second vice president.

CRCF officers elected for 2016 are, from left: Ward “Skip” Wilday, vice president; Doug Price, secretary; Mike Kasperski, treasurer; Wendy Brand, president; and Steve Foster, second vice president.

Ms. Brand, who previously served as board vice president, is the community constituent liaison for Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio, Assembly District 148. She also serves as a commissioner of Allegany State Park Regional Commission and is a former board member of the YMCA of the Twin Tiers.

She fills the position previously held by outgoing president Carol Stitt of Olean, who completed the maximum limit of three three-year terms on the board. Mrs. Stitt also was the Community Foundation executive director for nine years. She will serve on the board’s executive committee as immediate past president for a one-year term.

“I am pleased to have been elected to the office of president, and I look forward to working with the board and the staff of the Foundation to benefit the communities we serve,” Ms. Brand said, adding “Following in the footsteps of Carol Stitt, who successfully steered the organization from its beginning, is a daunting task, but I will do my best to continue to help the Foundation to ‘Grow Good.’”

The board also elected two new officers.

  • Ward “Skip” Wilday of Cuba was elected vice president. Mr. Wilday is senior vice president at the Wilday Group at Morgan Stanley, and has spent 29 years in the financial services industry. He is a member of Morgan Stanley’s President Council and has been a Morgan Stanley President & Chairman’s Council member for the past 12 years. He is also on the boards of the YMCA of the Twin Tiers, Jamestown Community College Foundation, Cuba Lake Yacht Club and the Gow School.
  • Steve Foster of Olean was elected second vice president. Foster is senior municipal business officer and vice president at Five Star Bank, where he has been employed for 22 years. He is also board chairman of the Cattaraugus-Allegany Workforce Investment Board and is a long-time board member of the YMCA of the Twin Tiers.

Two officers were re-elected:

  • Michael D. Kasperski, CPA, of Olean was re-elected board treasurer. He is a professor of accounting and internship coordinator for the School of Business and NCAA faculty athletic representative at St. Bonaventure University. Mr. Kasperski also serves as Olean Public Library treasurer, St. Mary of the Angels Church finance chairman, and Mt. Irenaeus Franciscan Mountain Retreat treasurer and coordinator of operations.
  • Doug Price of Olean was re-elected board secretary. For more than 40 years Price has been associated with Hunter Insurance Agency in Olean, with 27 years as president and owner. He has been an active Olean Rotary Club member for 38 years, as well as a member of other community organizations.

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 372-4433, email foundation@cattfoundation.org, or visit online at www.cattfoundation.org.

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