Carol Dwyer has been appointed director of mayoral initiatives by Syracuse mayor Stephanie A. Miner. This is not the first time Dwyer has taken on the role of director: for over 19 years, she has served as the director of the Community Benchmarks Program at the Maxwell School–a program that received the Chancellors Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship in 2007. In addition, Dwyer has received many other awards, including the award for Meritorious Community Service by Thursday Morning Roundtable in 1996, and the Levi L. Smith Civic Education Award from the Onondaga Citizens League in 2014.
More information about Dwyer’s new appointment as director of mayoral initiative can be found here.
Andrew Berlin has been named to the Illinois State Police Merit Board by Illinois governor Bruce Rauner. The goal of the Illinois State Police Merit Board is to remove political influence in the selection of new Illinois State Trooper candidates. The Board also ensures that the promotion and discipline of Illinois State police officers is based upon a fair and equitable merit process. Berlin’s appointment to the Merit Board comes at the heels of his long-standing commitment to law enforcement; in addition to raising funds to support the Illinois State Police Heritage Memorial, he has produced an Emmy Award winning documentary: Never Forgotten–a film which honors fallen officers. Berlin is chairman and chief executive officer of Berlin Packaging, a $2.3 billion global supplier of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures.
More information about Andrew Berlin, his appointment to the Illinois State Police Merit Board, and Berlin Packaging can be found here.
Shuntaro Tsukamoto is now head of product management at Vanguard Investments Japan. Vanguard is one of the world’s largest investment companies. In his new role, Tsukamoto is in charge of establishing client relations and maintaining investment services to Japanese clients. In addition, he assists Vanguard clients throughout Asia as a fixed income product specialist. Previously, Tsukamoto served as vice president at Goldman Sachs Asset Management Co., Ltd in Tokyo, Japan.
Daniel Kelley is now executive director of Onondaga Community Living, Inc., an innovator in individualized support services geared at supporting people with developmental disabilities. Kelley has been working in human services in a variety of settings since 1994. Previously, he was director of crisis and development services for Oswego County Opportunities, Inc., and before that he was director of licensed programs for Onindaga Case Management Service, Inc. for three years.
Since 2008, Martin Sweeney has been the historian for the town and village of Homer, New York. As a recent article in the Cortland Standard explains, Sweeney brings his lifelong passion for history to his role as village and town historian. His goal is to make history come alive for residents of the Central New York community. “We’re such a socially mobile society that people have no idea [about local history]; they can say, ‘Hey I’ve lived here and raised my kids for the past six years, I had no idea Homer had a connection to Abraham Lincoln. It is my job to tell them.” To achieve this, Sweeney draws from his long and dedicated career as an educator. During his tenure as a junior high school social studies teacher in the Homer School District, Sweeney would frequently get into character, dress in era-specific costume, and play music from certain time periods to illustrate to his students that history is never as far away as it may seem. He brings this same dedication for educating people to his role as village historian. Currently, Sweeney is engaged in a project aimed at establishing a monument in Homer’s town hall, which would commemorate three men who played an integral role in Lincoln’s life.
More information about Martin Sweeney and his career can be found in the aforementioned Cortland Standard article.
Corinne Ribble is now executive director of NY Funders Alliance, an organization housed in the CNY Philanthropy Center in Syracuse, N.Y. The organizaiton maintains an alliance of grant makers and philanthropic advisors based in New York State. In her new role, Ribble is responsible for the overall administration and operation of the organization, in addition to attracting and retaining new members. Previously, she held leadership positions at the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, and Syracuse University. She was also a past president of the Literacy Funders Network, an affinity group of the Council on Foundations. In 2012, she founded Riverview Strategies, a nonprofit and philanthropic consulting firm.
Jennifer Osias is now senior strategist at Revolution Messaging. Based out of Washington, D.C., Revolution Messaging is a digital marketing and advertising firm founded by key members of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign. The organization is aimed at advancing progressive causes for a diverse clientele–from political campaigns and government agencies, to labor unions and nonprofits. Previously, Osias served as candidate fundraising assistant for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the official campaign arm for the Democrats in the House of Representatives.