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Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

July 14, 2014

New leadership volunteers announced

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Business Council of New York State, Inc. and The Public Policy Institute of New York State, Inc. recently announced the appointment of new members to their respective board of directors and board of trustees, as well as appointees to The Business Council board's executive committee.

“On behalf of The Business Council and The Public Policy Institute, I am pleased to welcome our new board members, executive committee members, and trustees,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council and The Public Policy Institute.

New Business Council board of directors

Mary Ann Christopher, MSN, RN, FAAN, Visiting Nurse Service of New York's president and CEO. Ms. Christopher has served as president and CEO of the VNSNY, the nation's largest not-for-profit home- and community-based health care organization, since January 2012. She is a leading national voice on a wide range of health care issues.

Charles Dorego, senior vice president and general counsel at Glenwood Management Corp. Mr. Dorego brings over 30 years of diverse, hands-on, experience in all aspects of the real estate industry. He joined Glenwood Management, one of New York City's largest and most preeminent real estate development companies in September 2001,

Denise Gonick, president and CEO of MVP Health Care. Ms. Gonick became president and CEO of MVP Health Care in December 2012. She also served MVP in various positions over the years including president of operations, executive vice president, administrative services and chief legal officer.

Jeff Jacobson, executive vice president and president of Xerox Technology. Mr. Jacobson leads the company's technology business, which provides document technology products and services to customers ranging from small businesses to multinational enterprises.

John McAvoy, chairman, president and CEO of Consolidated Edison, Inc. Mr. McAvoy joined Con Edison in 1980, and has served in positions of increasing responsibility including as president and CEO of Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.

New Business Council executive committee members

Business Council Vice Chair Karen Boykin-Towns, Pfizer, Inc.'s vice president, business unit public affairs. Ms. Boykin-Towns has built a reputation as a visionary and strategic results-driver in complex business and government environments with demonstrated success in healthcare policy, advocacy, public affairs, communication, and proactive change management. Ms. Towns' career at Pfizer, Inc. spans 18 years.

Business Council Vice Chair Thomas F. Judson, Jr., chairman & CEO of The Pike Company, Inc. Mr. Judson began his career in construction working as a laborer and carpenter apprentice during school summer breaks for John B. Pike & Son, Inc., a general contracting company founded by his great-grandfather in 1873. In 1985, he established The Pike Company, Inc., one of New York State's most respected and successful construction firms.

New Public Policy Institute board of trustees

Sheila Appel, IBM's U.S. regional director of corporate citizenship. At IBM, Sheila Appel is responsible for leading the U.S. team — overseeing a range of programs helping to establish IBM as a leader in a new breed of corporate philanthropy — an approach that promotes systemic social improvement.

Michael J. Masse, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., senior vice president. At HSBC, Mr. Masse leads the bank's D.C.-based government and institutional banking team. He previously led a number of teams within HSBC including commercial middle market banking in Central New York/Albany; public banking throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.