OCO Holds 51st Annual Meeting
Oswego County Opportunities held its annual meeting of the Board of Directors on Wednesday, April 26, at Springside at Seneca Hill. The slate of officers elected for 2017-18 are: Holly Carpenter, President; Jeff Coakley, Vice President; Yvonne Petrella, Secretary; and Deana Michaels, Treasurer. Connie Cosemento is Past President.
Members elected or reelected to Board seats are:
Elected or Appointed Public Officials: 1, 2 or 3 Year Term
Terry Bennett – 1 year (4/2017 – 4/2018) – Terry is appointed by the Chairman of the Oswego County Legislature and currently works for Oswego County Emergency Management. Terry has been an OCO Board Member since 1998.
Judy Lester – 2 years (4/2017 – 4/2019) – Judy is appointed by the Chairman of the Oswego County Legislature and currently works for the Oswego County Health Department. Judy has been an OCO Board Member since 1999.
Holly Carpenter – 3 years (4/2017 – 4/2020) – Holly is appointed by the Chairman of the Oswego County Legislature and currently works for the Fulton Housing Authority and was previously staff to Senator Patty Ritchie. Holly has been an OCO Board Member since 2014.
Joseph Caruana – 1 year (4/2017 – 4/2018) – Joe is an elected Village of Hannibal Board Member from the Village of Hannibal and is a retired School Superintendent. Joe has been an OCO Board Member since 2004.
Deana Michaels – 2 years (4/2017 – 4/2019) – Deana is appointed by the Mayor of Fulton and is currently Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager of Pathfinder Bank in Fulton. Deana has been an OCO Board Member since 2012.
Ron Darrow – 3 years (4/2017 – 4/2020) – Ron is appointed by the Mayor of Central Square and is retired from private industry. Ron has been an OCO Board Member since 1999.
Justin Rudgick – 1 year (4/2017 – 4/2018) – Justin is appointed by the Mayor of Oswego and is currently the Director of Community Development Office for the City of Oswego. Justin has been an OCO Board Member since 2016.
Community Representatives: 3 year terms (4/2017 – 4/2020)
Deana Masuicca – Deana is a retired Executive Director of the Oswego YMCA. Deana has been an OCO Board Member since 1998.
Jeff Coakley – Jeff is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at Oswego Health. Jeff has been an OCO Board Member since 2014.
Individuals Representing the Low-Income (selected through public election process):
Gidget Stevens – Gidget is currently the Director of Assistance Programs for Oswego County DSS. Gidget has been an OCO Board Member since 2014. (Term: 4/17 – 4/20)
Linda Hughes – Linda currently serves as a Resident Services Coordinator at Fulton Mill Apartments. Linda is new to the OCO Board. (Term: 4/17 – 4/18 – filling the remaining 1 year of a 3 year term left vacant by Olivia Van Sanford).
Sandra Hughes – Sandra has served as both President and Treasurer on the Board of the Fulton Mill Tenant Association. Sandra is new to the OCO Board. (Term: 4/17 – 4/19 – filling the remaining 2 years of a 3 year term left vacant by Richard Snyder).
Lese Simard – Lese is a Head Start parent and currently serves on the Head Start Policy Council. Lese has been an OCO Board Member since 2016. (Term: 4/17 – 4/20)
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OCO Policy on News Media Access and Relations:
It is OCO's practice to respond to news media inquiries as quickly as possible, depending upon availability of spokespersons or subject experts and the complexity of the topic being covered.
All requests for comments, interview, photos/video, or statements must be handled through OCO Administration, 315-598-4717.
OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier is the Agency's designated official spokesperson, and the only person authorized to speak on behalf of the Agency unless otherwise designated by herself or the Chairman of the OCO Board of Directors. Her phone number is: 315-598-4717 ext. 1017.
Arrangements for filming/photographing and/or interviewing OCO department and program staff, volunteers and clients must be made in advance by contacting the Senior Director of Operations Betsy Copps at 315-598-4717 ext. 1092.
Due to confidentiality requirements, federal and state regulations, and Agency policy, all OCO clients, employees and volunteers must have a signed release on file with the Agency before they can be interviewed, filmed or photographed.
News media are free to visit program sites that are public places or service portals; however, many program sites are also clients' homes or shelters and therefore not accessible without permission. Please check with the Senior Director of Operations first.