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
- Kelly Robbins
- Pat Mooney
Meghan M. Platt
- Jen Pawelczk
- Rachel Henderson-Kelly
- Brian Sparks
- Colleen Heinrich
- Amy Moon
Erin Ryan — Teacher Liaison
Andy Starowicz – School Board Liaison
Casey Bardhun — District Representative