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

2021 Board of Directors, 

Fredonia College Foundation


Joseph Falcone

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

Jeffrey L. Fancher, '82

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

Louann Bahgat

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

Rachel Martinez-Finn, ’82

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

Michael A. Marletta, '73

Immediate Past 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



Phillip Belena

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

Raffaele Borriello

Raffaele Borriello, M.D.'77; General Surgeon, New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Hospital, Woodmere, N.Y.

Prudence Bradley, '68

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

Gopal Burgher

Gopal Burgher, J.D., '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 Development and Technology Officer, Immunovant Inc.

Christa Cook

Christa Cook, '97, ; Bond Attorney, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, Syracuse, NY

Dennis Costello

Dennis Costello, '72; Senior Partner, Braemar Energy Ventures, Evergreen, CO

James Foley, '79

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

Joseph Gugino, ‘91

Joseph Gugino, ‘91; CFP, Gugino & Ryel Financial, Fredonia, N.Y.

Dr. Dennis Hefner

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

Karl Holz

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

Kirk Krull, '78

With fond remembrance, the late Kirk Krull (1956-2021)

Kyle Leikam, ‘10

Kyle Leikam, ‘10; AVP Senior Portfolio Advisor, Merrill Lynch, Fredonia, N.Y.

Barbara Mallette

Barbara Mallette, Ph.D.; Professor Emeritus

Kurt Maytum

Kurt Maytum; President/CTO, DFT Communications, Fredonia, NY

Christopher Mirabelli

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


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.

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

Stephen H. Kolison Jr., Ph.D.; 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

  • David Carnahan
  • 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