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MEET OUR BOARD

Patrick J. Powers, CPA, PFS

Board Chairperson

A graduate of Siena College, Pat became a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in New York State in 1977. He first joined D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP as a staff accountant, became a partner in the firm in 1987, was the Managing Partner of the Utica and Rome offices from 2000-2007, and attained the designation of Personal Financial Specialist.

 

Pat is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), as well as:

 

  • Chairman of the Firm’s Long-Range Planning Committee

  • Designated Audit Quality Partner of the Firm’s membership in the AICPA Government Audit Quality Center

  • Past Member and Past Chairman of New York State Society’s Committee on Public School Accounting

  • Trustee on the Board of St. Agatha’s Church

  • Board Member and volunteer of the Madison Oneida Chapter of the American Red Cross

 

Pat and his wife Bobbie reside in Canastota, New York. His children, Patrick and Riva, are graduates of St. Patrick’s Elementary School.

REBECCA vanLIESHOUT
VICE CHAIR

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Rebecca and her husband, Joseph, both attended elementary catholic schools. Rebecca’s mother graduated St. Patricks in 1943 and her great-grandmother was on the founding committee for the school. They valued the academics and foundations of their Catholic faith that St. Patrick’s offered. Thus, they also enrolled all three of their children in St. Patrick’s School. Rebecca is a retired elementary school teacher. She was also an adjunct instructor in both bachelor and master level courses in the Education Department at LeMoyne College in Syracuse. She received her B.S. in Psychology, and Masters of Curriculum and Instruction from LeMoyne College. She currently resides with her husband and family on the family farm in Verona, NY. Rebecca is a trustee, Eucharistic minister, and parish pastoral council member of St. Mary of the Lake in Verona Beach.

JENNIFER COSSETTE
SECRETARY

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JOHN JONES

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John Jones is Building Performance Institute, Inc.'s National Technical Director, overseeing development of BPI’s technical standards and certifications, and the BPI GoldStar Contractor program and Rater program. Previously, John was the Program Manager of the Home Performance Programs for the Residential Efficiency and Affordability Program at New York State Energy Research and Development Authority where he had direct oversight of a $20M annual budget. John oversaw the development of the NYSERDA Green Residential Building Program and Green Jobs-Green New York program, the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® (HPwES) and New York ENERGY STAR Homes programs. He received a Bachelor degree in education at SUNY Oswego.

JANET JONES
TREASURER

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In 2005, Janet and her husband Dan registered their son Harry in St. Patrick’s kindergarten class, where she learned just how valuable a Catholic school education would be for their children. They were the third generation to attend St. Patrick’s, following their father Dan ’78, and grandmother, Josephine (White) Jones ‘43. The quality religious education and rigorous academic curriculum prepared her children to become not only devoted practicing Catholics, but responsible citizens, strong leaders, and high achievers in and out of the classroom. Janet is a teacher and work-based learning coordinator at Oneida High School, certified in special education and math 7-12. She also brings 24 years of private sector experience to the board, including 17 years as an Underwriter at MetLife Auto & Home. Janet has served as the BSA Troop 2 Oneida Committee Chairman, is a communicant and Eucharistic Minister at St. Patrick’s Church, Oneida. She is a graduate of Liverpool High School ’83, University of Rochester ’87 and LeMoyne College ’13.