Batavia, New York - The excitement and intrigue of the new 2019-2020 academic year is not only happening in classrooms, labs and studios across Genesee Community College’s seven campus locations, but in the Board of Trustees Conference Room as well. The following new members of the College’s Board of Trustees have begun to serve their terms.
Phillip DiMartino of Batavia, NY. After attending Genesee Community College in 1980, he began a career with Brunswick Bowling and Billiards, a national firm that once managed more than 100 bowling centers around the world, as well as sold both commercial and personal bowling equipment and products. During his tenure, he achieved the Ring of Excellence honor for top sales performance and was a member of the Bowling Hall Fame-Batavia. He then joined the John Deere/Sentry Insurance in 1996, earning President Club status for top sales. Now, as an independent insurance broker for Moore Insurance Agency, he specializes in insuring equipment and auto dealerships. Mr. DiMartino served on the United Memorial Medical Center Foundation Board for six years. He is a life-long resident of Batavia, where he and his wife Susan raised their two children and most recently welcomed their first grandchild.
Sarah Noble-Moag is a co-owner and manager of Noblehurst Farms in Linwood, a multi-family, seven-generation farm corporation. Noblehurst manages a dairy herd, cultivates acreage for dairy forage, is a proud member of Craigs Station Ventures producing Craigs Creamery Cheese, and operates a methane digester and food recycling business that generates electricity to run the farm and Creamery located in Livingston, Genesee and Wyoming counties. Mrs. Noble-Moag oversees human resource and personnel management of the farm staff and the Linwood Management Group connecting personnel with key resources, professional development and training opportunities, as well as industry events. She is the past president of the Board of Education for the Pavilion Central Schools and continues to serve on the audit committee. She also serves on the Agricultural Affiliates Board of Directors providing leadership to build a strong agriculture workforce in the Northeastern U.S., as well as on the Northeast Agricultural Education Foundation and the Genesee Gateway Local Development Corporation. She is a strong advocate for affordable, quality public education in rural communities. She is a graduate of Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology with a BS degree in Consumer Economics and Public Policy and a graduate of Class VI of LEAD New York. Mrs. Noble-Moag is an elder in the Covington Presbyterian Church and was honored in 2016 as a “Woman of Faith” by the Presbyterian Church USA for building bridges of reconciliation. She and her husband, Timothy Moag, CPA have three grown children and five young and very active grandchildren.
Mary Alice Panek began her education at Genesee Community College with a degree in Humanities in 1977, and continued on to SUNY Brockport for Bachelor’s of Arts in English and a Master’s of Science in Education. She retired from Pembroke Central School District where she began teaching secondary English and continued at the elementary level. During her career, she trained teachers in technology as well as mainstreaming students into regular classroom as well as launched the elementary level STEM program at Pembroke. In addition, Mrs. Panek has presented best practices in technology at conferences across the United States. She served on the board of the Genesee Region Teachers' Center, the Stafford Historical Society and participated in veterans outreach programs. She is the chairman of the Town of Stafford Republican Committee and a member of the Genesee County Republican Committee. Mrs. Panek resides in Stafford with her husband Ron and they own Stafford Nurseries, a Christmas tree farm.
Neil F. Gillotti is the new student representative on the Board of Trustees for the 2019-2020 academic year. Neil is majoring in Computer Information Systems and anticipates graduating with an associate degree in May 2020. He is a nontraditional student, enrolling in Genesee Community College after many dynamic life experiences. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 2007-2011, where his military training allowed him to earn college credit. As a GCC student, he is involved in many activities outside of the classroom including being an officer of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, a member of the Student Government Association and the Campus Activities Board and Outdoor Adventure Club. His work experience includes being a computer technician, a driver at Nut-tos Peanut Co., a Key Bank Call Center service specialist and most recently a seasonal landscaper at Bergman Landscaping. He resides in Middleport, and he states is very passionate about extreme sports.
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