Community Foundation Announces Promotions

May 7, 2012 (Syracuse, NY) – The Central New York Community Foundation has promoted five employees.

Katrina Crocker was promoted to Communications Officer. Katrina coordinates the development and implementation of an annual communication plan, fulfilling marketing strategies related to the Community Foundation’s audiences. She has worked for the Community Foundation since 2007, where she previously served as Communications Associate followed by Communications Manager. Katrina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising from Syracuse University. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, she worked for more than five years marketing in the financial sector. Katrina is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse and volunteers for various community organizations.

David Kilpatrick was promoted to Grants Manager. David assists in the community grantmaking process, special grants initiatives and programs. He has worked for the Community Foundation since 2010, where he previously served as Grants Associate. David holds a degree from Colgate University and was a recipient of the Wegman’s Scholarship program. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, he served as an intern for the chambers of U.S. Magistrate Judge George H. Lowe.

Danielle Hurley was promoted to Program Officer. Danielle assists in the community grantmaking process, special grant initiatives, programs and overseeing grantmaking for the Community Foundation’s component funds. She has worked for the Community Foundation since 2007, where she previously served as Grants Manager and Program Associate. Danielle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from Keuka College and is also a 2009 graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, she worked as the Events and Awards Coordinator at the New York Newspaper Publishers Association, and as the Program Director at the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany.

Olive Sephuma was promoted to Director, Community Grantmaking. Olive directs the Community Grantmaking process, special grant initiatives and programs. She has worked for the Community Foundation since 2008, where she previously served as Program Officer for Community Grantmaking. Olive holds a degree from the University of Botswana and is working towards an Executive Master of Public Administration degree at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. She is also a 2004 graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, she served as Director of Foundation Relations at Syracuse University.

Frank Ridzi was promoted to Director, Research and Community Initiatives. Frank directs the research, coordination, implementation and evaluation of the Community Foundation’s proactive initiatives. He has worked for the Community Foundation since 2008, where he previously served as Program Officer for Community Initiatives. Frank holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. He also carries a Certificate of Advanced Study in Women’s Studies from Maxwell. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, he served as Director for the Center of Urban and Regional Applied Research at Le Moyne College, where he still serves as Associate Professor of Sociology.

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of a permanent charitable endowment for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $128 million. It awards close to $5.6 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually and has invested more than $100 million in the community since its inception. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and corporations through the administration of nearly 600 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen nonprofits that address the region’s most pressing challenges. For more information, visit www.cnycf.org.

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