Scholarship recipient Allison Mullin, '17, (left) chats with Dianne Kricheldorf, '54, (right) who helped to fund a scholarship that benefits College of Education students.
Nurturing Innovation: The Campaign for Fredonia

About the Campaign

A message from the campaign co-chairs:

We encourage you to join us in the Nurturing Innovation campaign, as we work to raise $20 million for the State University of New York at Fredonia. Our university provides a unique educational experience that prepares people to be leaders - anywhere. Its small class sizes and focus on undergraduate education, coupled with its affordability, makes it a unique institution. But public funding is falling just as the importance of a college-educated workforce is rising. The Nurturing Innovation campaign will help keep Fredonia affordable while it redefines how it educates students.

 Joseph Falcone, '74 and Dennis Costello, '72

   Capital campaign co-chairs, Joseph Falcone, '74, (left)
   and Dennis Costello, '72, (right) at Fenton Hall.

A stronger Fredonia means a stronger regional economy. In fact, 95 percent of the Class of 2015 reports being employed or in graduate school just one year later. This kind of success is just what we would all hope to see from our public universities. Your active support is critical to continuing this success.

Fredonia's leaders are guiding the campus through a transformation. If you haven't been back recently, we encourage you to visit, so you can see all the improvements yourself. In addition to fostering strengths such as the arts, humanities and education, they are bolstering high-demand areas such as technology, business, and the sciences. This creates a broader array of academic expertise capable of withstanding the ebbs and flows of market influences, and ensures that more students can choose Fredonia to earn a degree in many of today's fastest-growing professions.

Fredonia has proven to be an excellent steward of our investmetns to date, and is deserving of our continued trust and support. Help us ensure the success of this fine academic institution - and most importantly, its graduates.


Dennis Costello, '72
Joseph Falcone, '74

Campaign Co-chairs

2019 Board of Directors, 
Fredonia College Foundation


Chair, Michael A. Marletta, Ph.D., '73

Chair, Michael A. Marletta, Ph.D., '73; CH and Annie Li Chair in the Molecular Biology of Diseases Department of Chemistry and Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Vice Chair, Joseph Falcone

Vice Chair, Joseph Falcone, '74; Owner, Falcone Farms, Silver Creek, N.Y.

Louann Bahgat

Treasurer, Louann Laurito-Bahgat, '88; Vice President, Bahgat, Laurito-Bahgat, CPAs, Fredonia, N.Y.

Secretary, Rachel Martinez-Finn, ’82

Secretary, Rachel Martinez-Finn, ’82; Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Dennis Costello

Immediate Past Chair, Dennis Costello, '72; Senior Partner, Braemar Energy Ventures, Boston, Mass.



Seth Meyer, Student Rep

Seth Meyer, Class of 2021 (Student Rep.); Fredonia, N.Y.


Phillip Belena

Phillip Belena, '92; New York, N.Y.


Prudence Bradley, '68

Prudence Bradley, '68; Cranford, N.J.


Gopal Burgher

Gopal Burgher, '94; Partner, BurgherGray, New York, N.Y.


Diane Burkholder, '76

Diane Burkholder, '76; Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase IMA Operations (Ret.), Eden, N.Y.

Julia Butchko

Julia Butchko, Ph.D., '93; Chief of Staff, BioMedicines Business Unit, Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis, Ind.

Jeffrey L. Fancher, '82

Jeffrey L. Fancher, '82; First Vice President and Financial Advisor, RBC Wealth Management, Williamsville, N.Y.

James Foley, '79

James B. Foley, '79; U.S. Ambassador (Ret.), Falls Church, Va.

Karl Holz

Karl Holz, '73; President, Disney Cruise Line (Ret.), Windermere, Fla.

Kirk Krull, '78

Kirk Krull, '78; V.P., Real Estate and Development, ShoeShow, Charlotte, N.C.

Kurt W. Maytum

Kurt W. Maytum; President/CTO, DFT Communications, Fredonia, N.Y.

Christopher Mirabelli

Christopher Mirabelli, Ph.D. '77; CEO/President, Leap Therapeutics, Inc., Cambridge, MA

Shaun Nelms, Ed.D. ' 99

Shaun Nelms, Ed.D. ' 99; Superintendent East High EPO Center for Urban Education Success, Rochester, N.Y.


Charles Notaro, ’68; Associate Vice President and FSA Director (Ret.), Fredonia, N.Y.

Patrick.Michael 2016

Michael Patrick, '82; RE/MAX United Real Estate, Edgewater, Md.

Michael Schiavone, J.D., '78

Michael Schiavone, J.D., '78; Senior Partner, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria, LLP, Buffalo, N.Y.

Debra Horn Stachura, '75

Debra Horn Stachura, '75; Owner, Buffalo Advertising, Buffalo, N.Y.

Michael C. Steele

Michael C. Steele; President, Markey & Sons. Inc., New York, N.Y.

James J. Stroud, '82

James J. Stroud, '82; Senior Portfolio Manager, UBS, Hudson, Ohio

Clifton C. Turner, '84

Clifton C. Turner, '84; General Manager, Staples, New York, N.Y.

Susan Uszacki-Rak, '81

Susan Uszacki-Rak, '81; Business Manager, Double A Vineyards, Fredonia, N.Y.



Dr. Dennis Hefner

Dennis L. Hefner, Ph.D.; Interim President, State University of New York at Fredonia

Betty Gossett

Betty Catania Gossett, '76; Executive Director, Fredonia College Foundation


Greg Gibbs, Ph.D., '71; Fredonia Alumni Association Representative


Honorary Members

  • Robert E. Coon, '50
  • Gileen W. French
  • Richard A. Gilman, Ph.D.
  • Amos Goodwine Jr., '72
  • Walter J. Gotowka, '81
  • Stan Lundine
  • Douglas Manly
  • Jean Malinoski, '68, '81
  • Robert A. Maytum
  • James H. Mintun Jr.
  • J. Brien Murphy, Ed.D., '53, '56
  • Jeffrey J. Wallace Sr., Ph.D., '68
  • Henry K. (Mike) Williams, '95
  • Nancy L. Yocum, CPA, '90