JCC Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees at Jamestown Community College upholds the mission of the college through supporting college operations in the areas of leadership, finance, curricula, and other areas as necessary.
- One seat appointed by the Governor
- Donna Beal | Appointing body: Jamestown (state), Governor | Term expires 6/30/17 (holdover)
- Marie Carrubba, secretary | Appointing body: Jamestown (state), Governor | Term expires 6/30/18 (holdover)
- Margaret Cornell, vice chair | Appointing body: Chautauqua County (state), Governor | Term expires 6/30/22
- Lou DiPalma | Appointing body: Chautauqua County (local), County Executive | Term expires 6/30/25
- Dennis A. Drew III | Appointing body: Jamestown (local), Mayor | Term expires 6/30/2026
- James Griffin | Appointing body: Cattaraugus County (local), Leg. Chairman | Term expires 6/30/26
- Barbara Hastings, Finance and Audit Committee chair | Appointing body: Cattaraugus County (state), Governor | Term expires 6/30/20
- Daniel Heitzenrater | Appointing body: Chautauqua County (local), County Executive | Term expires 6/30/23
- Wally Huckno, Sr. | Appointing body: Chautauqua County (local), County Legislature | Term expires 6/30/26
- Lillian Ney | Appointing body: Jamestown (local), Mayor | Term expires 6/30/25
- Joseph Snyder | Appointing body: Cattaraugus County (local), Leg. Chairman | Term expires 6/30/23
- John Stahley | Appointing body: Cattaraugus County (local), Leg. Chairman | Term expires 6/30/21
- Mark Ward, chair | Appointing body: Cattaraugus County (state), Governor | Term expires 6/30/2
- Ginna Hensel
- Heath Reed
Donna Beal, who retired from Jamestown Public Schools as director of personnel and labor relations, currently serves as a mediator and fact finder for the New York State Public Relations Board. She was first appointed to the JCC board of trustees in 1993.
A graduate of JCC and Empire State College, Ms. Beal volunteers for several community organizations. She is past president of the St. Susan Center and is an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Jamestown. She is past president of the New York State Personnel Administrators and the National Association of Education Administrators and has been an instructor and presenter at several human relations and negotiation courses.
Ms. Beal is an active volunteer at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital and was co-chair of the volunteer fundraising campaign for the hospital’s emergency room. She serves on the New York State Community College Trustees educational committee.
Marie Carrubba, executive director of the Southwestern Independent Living Center, Inc. since 1984, earned bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees at the University of Buffalo. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1983.
She is a member of the boards of directors of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, Chautauqua Resources, New Visions, TEAM Services, Chautauqua County Workforce Investment Board, and the Chautauqua County Community Services Board. She also serves as secretary of The Resource Center and chairperson of Chautauqua Opportunities.
A mediator for the Center for Resolution and Justice and a member of the New York State Surrogate Decision-Making Committees since 2002, Ms. Carrubba has been chairperson of the Chautauqua County Persons With Developmental Disabilities Committee since 2004.
Ms. Carrubba is currently president of the Jamestown City Council.
Margaret (Peg) Cornell earned a registered nursing diploma at E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Buffalo, and a master’s degree at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to retirement, Mrs. Cornell was director of college health services and an adjunct instructor at JCC. Previously, she served as director of nursing services at Jamestown General Hospital.
Mrs. Cornell has served on the Jamestown YWCA’s board of directors and is a representative of the 150th District to the New York State Democratic Committee and past chairperson of the Jamestown Democratic Committee. She has also served on the city of Jamestown’s charter review and planning commissions.
Lou DiPalma is a vice president of Lake Shore Savings Bank. He earned a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Fredonia and a master’s degree in public administration at SUNY Albany.
DiPalma served previously as executive director of the Private Industry Council, vice president of NOG, Inc., and executive vice president of the Northern Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce, among other roles in area businesses and organizations. He has been a member of the Brooks Memorial Hospital board of trustees, Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care board of directors, and the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation’s local economic development committee. He also served on the board of AAA of Western and Central New York and as president of Progress Park.
Drew has served as general manager of WRFA-LP, a community radio station through the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in Jamestown, since 2004. He is also a teaching artist at Jamestown High School.
As a student at JCC in the 1970s, Drew helped establish the college’s radio station and student newspaper.
A Jamestown resident since 1964, Drew is a founding partner of the 10,000 Maniacs band. The band has produced 11 albums over a 38-year period and continues to perform more than 40 concerts each year.
James P. Griffin, former mayor of Olean, also served as president of the Olean Common Council. He served as the executive vice president of MJW Technical Services and as a health physicist with West Valley Nuclear Services, the University of Buffalo Nuclear Science and Technology Facility, and the Harbor/UCLA Medical Center. Griffin is an alumnus of SUNY Buffalo and pursued graduate studies at St. Bonaventure University. He was appointed to the JCC board of trustees in 1999.
Griffin holds certification by the American Board of Health Physics for the comprehensive practice of health physics. In addition to other professional affiliations, he is a member of the American Academy of Health Physics, the Health Physics Society, the American Nuclear Society, and the Western New York Region Health Physics Society. An avid golfer and skier, Griffin is also active in several civic and social organizations in Cattaraugus County and is a member of the National Ski Patrol.
Barbara J. Hastings earned an associate’s degree in nursing at Alfred State College, a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Utica/Rome, and a master’s degree at D’Youville College. She retired as the public health director at the Cattaraugus County Health Department. She also served as assistant medical director of the Cattaraugus County Department of Social Services from 1997 to 2002.
Previously, Ms. Hastings was a public health nurse and supervising public health nurse at the Cattaraugus County Health Department and a registered nurse at Olean General Hospital. She has served on the Cattaraugus County Emergency Services Advisory Board and the boards of directors of the Western New York Public Health Alliance, Southern Tier Community Health Center Network, Healthy Community Alliance, Homecare Association of New York State, Cattaraugus County Long Term Care Advisory Board, and the Cattaraugus County Aging Advisory Council.
Ms. Hastings has also served on boards of various other health-related organizations, including the Southern Tier Health Care System, Inc. She founded the Cattaraugus County Court Ordered Services Workgroup and the Western New York Department of Social Services Homecare Association.
Daniel J. Heitzenrater, appointed to the board in 2018, earned an associate’s degree at JCC and a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Fredonia. He is executive assistant to the Chautauqua County Executive, where his work focuses on inter-municipal collaboration and administration of many county initiatives and working groups. He previously worked for U.S. Representative Tom Reed as an immigration and passport casework specialist.
Heitzenrater serves as a councilman in the Town of Ellicott and was the town representative on the Falconer West Main Street Redevelopment Committee. He is a 2015 graduate of the Chautauqua Leadership Network and is the organization’s current president. Heitzenrater is also an ex officio member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County board of directors and is active in the community as a member of Peacock Masonic Lodge and the Jamestown Skeet & Trap Club.
Wally Huckno, Sr. is a retired English teacher and athletic director. Mr. Huckno graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and taught in the Jamestown Public Schools system for 42 years prior to retirement in 2004.
A retired member of the Chautauqua County Legislature, Huckno served on the legislature’s administrative services, capital projects financing, audit and control, and public safety committees.
Well-known for his achievements as Jamestown High School’s head football coach for 21 years, Huckno was inducted into the Chautauqua County Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. He was named coach of the year several times by regional and state organizations. Huckno has been a member of the Western New York Coaches Association, the New York State Coaches Association, the National Federation of Interscholastic Athletic Administrators, the New York State Athletic Administrators, the New York State Sports Writers Association, and the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
Lillian Ney, M.D. served on JCC’s board of trustees from 1990 to 2001, as board chairperson from 1994 to 1998, and was reappointed to the board in 2013. She has also served on the New York State Community College Trustees board of directors and was chair of its trustee education committee.
Dr. Ney, a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Cardiology, earned a bachelor’s degree at Wells College and a Doctor of Medicine degree at SUNY Buffalo. She retired as vice president of medical affairs and medical director of WCA Hospital. Dr. Ney coordinated the formation of Jamestown Area Medical Associates.
A former president and long-term member of the Gebbie Foundation board of directors, Dr. Ney has also been a member of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, Chautauqua Institution, and Wells College board of trustees, and was co-chair of the Jamestown Strategic Planning and Partnerships Commission for several years. She also served on the boards of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, James Prendergast Library Association, Holy Family School, American Heart Association, Family Service of Jamestown, and Visiting Nurse Association.
Dr. Ney’s eight-year term as a member at large of the Jamestown City Council included a term as president. She also served as chairperson of the WCA Hospital emergency department capital campaign.
Dr. Ney is chair of the city of Jamestown’s Health Care Action Team and Mental Health Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Chautauqua County Board of Health and board member and vice-chair of the Jamestown City Center Development Corporation. She is a member of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation board of directors and served several years as co-chair.
Dr. Ney is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s John D. Hamilton Community Service Award, the Jamestown Community College Foundation’s John D. Hamilton Award, the Wells College Alumnae Award, the Chautauqua Leadership Network’s Leadership Award, the New York State Woman of Distinction Award, the Buffalo Business First’s Women of Influence Award, the Jamestown Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Fellow Award, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce’s Person of the Year Award and the Interclub Council’s Woman of the Year Award.
Joseph Snyder is lumber operations manager for Fitzpatrick & Weller Inc., a purveyor of native lumber, wood components, and forestry services in Ellicottville. He was appointed to the JCC board by the Cattaraugus County Legislature.
A graduate of SUNY Buffalo, Snyder has worked for over 20 years in the lumber industry. He directed the National Hardwood Lumber Association’s lumber inspection school from 1986 to 1988, served as the procurement director for Industrial Timber and Land from 1988 to 1999, and joined Fitzpatrick & Weller in 1999.
John Stahley was appointed vice president and general manager of Dresser-Rand’s U.S. operations in 2016 after serving as general manager of the Olean operation for six years. Since joining Dresser-Rand in 1990, Stahley has held progressively more responsible positions in engineering, project management, and manufacturing.
Stahley also served as manager of Turbo Products for Dresser-Rand Shanghai Compressor Co. in Shanghai, China from 1996 to 1998.
He serves on the boards of directors for the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency, Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, the Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, Dream It Do It Cattaraugus County, and the Olean Area Executive Alliance, and is a member of the Northwest Quadrant Revitalization Plan steering committee in Olean.
Stahley, a graduate of JCC, earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA at St. Bonaventure University. He is a certified project management professional and the author of several technical papers and the Dry Gas Seals Handbook.
Mark J. Ward earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees and an advanced certificate of educational administration at St. Bonaventure University. He is the retired superintendent of the Ellicottville School District and is a former superintendent of the Olean and Salamanca school districts, and principal at Ellicottville Central School. He was appointed to the board by the Cattaraugus County Legislature.
An active participant in area and state educational panels, Ward has been honored for his leadership by the New York State Athletic Administrators Association, New York State Council of School Superintendents, School Administrators Association of New York State, and the Seneca Nation of Indians. He served as president of the Cattaraugus-Allegany Superintendents Association and as a member of the New York State Association of Small City Schools board of directors.
Ward is a member of several professional academic organizations as well as Allegheny Highlands Council of the Boy Scouts of America executive board, the Great Valley Volunteer Fire Company, the Salamanca chapter of the Knights of Columbus, Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, and the Salamanca Exchange Club.