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, and was the Managing Partner of the Utica and Rome offices from 2000-2007.

 

Not only is Pat a CPA, be he has also attained the designation of Personal Financial Specialist.

 

Pat has extensive experience in governmental and nonprofit auditing, and he is responsible for the Firm's audits performed for Federal, State and local governmental agencies. He also provides accounting, audit and tax services for:

 

  • Nonprofit organizations

  • Small businesses

  • Individuals

 

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

Rebecca and her husband Joseph were both educated in their elementary years in catholic schools. Rebecca’s mother was also a graduate of St. Patrick’s school in 1943. Her great grandmother was also on the founding committee for the school. Knowing the wonderful education both academically and in the foundations of their Catholic faith they received, they also enrolled all three of their children in St. Patrick’s School. The tradition is now being passed onto Rebecca and Joseph’s grandchildren. Rebecca is a retired elementary school teacher having taught in the second grade. 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.

JULIE NETZBAND

SECRETARY/TREASURER

Julie Netzband is the mother of four children and has been a member of the St. Patrick’s Elementary School community since September of 2008, when her oldest son began Pre-Kindergarten. Since 2008, Julie has been an active volunteer and member of the Parent Teacher Committee.  Julie’s 2 oldest children have completed their elementary education (pre-K – 6) at St. Patrick’s School, and are now attending Holy Cross Academy. Julie’s daughter is a student in the second grade and her youngest will be a member of the 2019/2020 Pre-Kindergarten class.

Julie has been a Police Officer for the past 17 years, and currently supervises the Madison County Criminal Investigations Division at the rank of Deputy Sheriff Sergeant. In this career field, Julie not only recognizes, but values, the difference a loving, faith-based environment can truly make in the lives of children. Believing every child can have such a foundation, she is committed to protecting the future of St. Patrick’s Elementary School.  

Julie attended Mohawk Valley Community College, is a Parishioner of St. Mary’s of the Lake, in Verona Beach, and resides with her family, husband; Nathaniel, sons; Cole and Mason, daughters; Leah and Reese in Verona, NY.  

JENNIFER COSSETTE

Jennifer and her husband, Jeff, enrolled their son in sixth grade at  St. Patrick’s in 2017 seeking to provide him with a quality education rooted in their Catholic faith.  They saw immediate changes in their son; he seemed less anxious about school and was eager to learn each day.  Confident in their decision they enrolled their son in a Catholic junior-senior high school after his graduation from St. Patrick’s.

Jennifer is the Executive Director of the Greater Oneida Chamber of Commerce.  She is active in the community volunteering for the Oneida Healthcare Foundation and is presently on the board of the Oneida Rotary Club.  In addition, Jennifer has a strong finance background working in the field for over seven years.  She is a graduate of Oneida High School 00’ and Utica School of Commerce 03’.  Jennifer currently resides in Oneida with her husband and son.  She is a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Oneida. 

JOHN JONES

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.

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 Harry, and his sister Jamie.  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.

JANET JONES

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