About Us

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Our Mission

The Westhill Educational Foundation supports educational programs in the Westhill Central School District by expanding resources to strengthen and enhance the curriculum and level of excellence in our schools. Grants are awarded annually to motivated teachers who seek new and creative ways to challenge and inspire their students. Foundation funds are provided to supplement local and federal funding,  as well as to sustain longevity through endowment.

How We Fundraise

There are a number of ways the community and alumni can contribute to the Foundation:

  • Our Annual “Chip In” For Education Event
  • One-Time and In-Kind Donations
  • Class Reunion Breakfasts hosted by the Foundation
  • Our Annual Appeal

Meet Our Leadership Team

Chris Centore, President

Chris Centore Chairs the Real Estate Practice Area at Barclay Damon, LLP. A proud Westhill alumnus, Chris is the father of three children in the district.  Chris is currently the President of the Board of Arc of Onondaga.

Denise Gonnella, Vice President

Denise, Territory Business Manager for Shire Pharmaceuticals, has a daughter in the Westhill School District. She is currently the President of the Columbus Foundation and has served on WEST and the Children’s Consortium boards.

Jill Richmond, Secretary

Jill Palerino Richmond is the Marketing Communications Manager at Barton & Loguidice. She is a Westhill alumna and has two children in the district. As a founding board member of the Westhill Educational Foundation, she has experience serving on several local nonprofit boards and committees.

Ben Robbins, Treasurer

Ben Robbins, Director of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development at SSP Manufacturing, Inc., is the father of two daughters in the Westhill School District and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the CNY Sales and Marketing Executives and the NYS Fair Drone Film Festival.

Julie Lubel Sheedy, Past President

Julie Lubel Sheedy, Director of eBusiness and Customer Experience at Welch Allyn, is the parent of two children in the Westhill School District and has served on the boards of the YWCA and JDRF of CNY.

2018 – 2019 Board of Directors

  • Julie Sheedy
  • Chris Centore
  • Denise Gonnella
  • Jill Richmond
  • Ben Robbins

  • Kelly Robbins
  • Pat Mooney
  • Ryan Brennan

  • Chris Haigney

  • Michael Gates

  • Meghan M. Platt

  • Meghan Nugent

  • Jen Pawelczk
  • Rachel Henderson-Kelly
  • Dawn Czaplicki

  • Brian Sparks
  • Colleen Heinrich
  • Amy Moon
  • Erin Ryan — Teacher Liaison

  • Andy Starowicz – School Board Liaison

  • Casey Bardhun — District Representative

We are always looking for interested parents and community members to get involved in the Westhill Foundation. We offer annual volunteer board positions, or have a number of committees you can participate in, from assisting in planning our annual event, to supporting communications, or helping us grow our outreach to Westhill Alumni. Please consider getting involved!
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