Board of Trustees
Since its inception in 1946, MVCC has been a community effort for a community asset in many ways. One of the reasons it has continued on this path is the idea that this college is here for the students. Another reason is that MVCC’s Board of Trustees believes in that idea.
Made up of Oneida County residents who are either active or retired professionals, the Board is designed to maintain the continuity of the institution and strive for continuous improvement. One student also sits on the Board, giving added perspective and reminding the other Trustees why they are there.
The Board of Trustees holds monthly meetings, during which the public can come and voice concerns. They advocate for MVCC in government relations, fundraising, and curriculum development. Other responsibilities include approving the College budget, expenditures, and appointments to the professional workforce; negotiating contracts with (AMVA) and the Professional Association (PA); hiring the College president; setting policy based on the College’s mission and vision; and being ambassadors for the College.
There are 10 Trustees on the Board. The Oneida County Executive appoints five Trustees, four are appointed by the Governor, and the student Trustee is elected annually as part of student government elections for a one-year term. All other appointments are for seven-year terms.
Board of Trustees Bios and Information
William Calli, Jr. has been a part of the Board of Trustees since 2003, first appointed by Gov. George Pataki and again in 2010 by Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr. He currently serves as the Board’s chair, elected in 2015. He has previously served as vice chairman from 2006 to 2008, and as chairman from 2008 until 2010. He is currently the head of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee.
Calli is an attorney and partner at the law firm Calli, Calli & Cully, and is a member of the Utica Neighborhood Housing Service Board of Directors. In the past he has been involved with several other organizations including the Oneida County Board of Ethics and the Oneida County Bar Association, where he is a former chair of their Real Property Committee. Calli is also a recipient of the 2012 NYCCT Marvin A. Rapp Distinguished Trustee Award. He is a 1989 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and earned his Juris Doctor from the New England School of Law in Boston in 1992.
Camille Kahler was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2012 by Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente. She currently serves the Board as vice chair; her term began in 2015. Kahler earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Albany Law School of Union University, and is admitted to practice in New York and Florida. She has been part of Saunders Kahler, L.L.P. in Utica since 1983, first as an associate before making partner in 1988. Kahler’s work involves a general practice with an emphasis on corporate law and real estate.
In addition to her service on the MVCC Board, Kahler has been active in a variety of other community organizations, as well, having held board positions on all of them at one point. These organizations include the Oneida County and New York State Bar Associations, the YWCA of the Mohawk Valley, the United Way of the Greater Utica Area, Inc., and The Jervis Public Library Association, Inc.
David Mathis ’70 has been successively serving as a Trustee since his Oneida County Executive appointment in 1977. He was vice president of the Board in 2010, and has been chair of the Board three times, with terms held from 1983 to 1987, 2004 to 2006, and 2013 to 2015. Mathis is employed as Director of the Oneida County Workforce Development, a position he’s held since 1988.
Incredibly active in the community, Mathis sits on a variety of other boards including the House of Good Shepherd Board of Trustees, the Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency Board of Directors, the Stanley Center for the Arts Board of Directors, and the Oneida County BOCES Advisory Council for Career and Technical Education. Mathis has received many awards for his community involvement. Among them are United Way “Hero Award,” the Oneida County NAACP Achievement Award, the Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award, and the Association of Community College Trustees Northeast Trustee Leadership Award. And, most recently, was named an Oneida County Historical Society Living Legend.
Elaine Falvo has served on the Board of Trustees since her appointment in 1988, having been consecutively appointed by three Governors. She has served as Chair twice, from 1993-1996 and from 2010-2013. She also was the Vice Chair from 1991-1992. Prior to retirement, Falvo served as the chief financial officer and treasurer of H.J. Brandeles Corp. of Utica, a mechanical contractor. Through knowledge gained while employed there, Falvo was a leader in the building of three major facilities at MVCC. Falvo has been of member of several other local boards, including New Hartford Board of Education and the board of Faxton Hospital (later the Mohawk Valley Network), from which she has been able to further MVCC’s mission of helping students succeed, especially in the area’s growing career fields.
During her 26 years as a Trustee, Falvo has received several other awards including the Marvin A. Rapp Award for Distinguished Trustee Service, a Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Community College Trustees, and a 25 Year Leadership Award from the MVCC Board of Trustees. As a BOCES board member, Falvo served 25 years and received a Distinguished Service Award from the School Board Institute. One of the most actively engaged Trustees in MVCC’s history, Falvo has provided insight on enrollment management, labor relations, academic program development, and deepening MVCC’s connection to local and regional school districts and BOCES, among other service.
John Stetson, P.E.’s gubernatorial appointment to the Board of Trustees took place in 1997. Thirty-four year prior, Stetson founded his own engineering firm in Utica, eventually called Stetson-Harza Architects, Engineers, and Construction Managers. As CEO and senior professional, Stetson was directly involved in planning, concept development, and project management for many of the firm’s major projects. Stetson-Harza employed more than 320 architects, engineers, and technicians while Stetson was the CEO, and in 1992, the firm was ranked No. 198 in Engineering News Record’s list of the country’s 500 largest design firms.
Though he retired in 1993, Stetson has continued to serve on many local organizations’ boards, including the Holland Patent Central School District’s Board of Education, Presbyterian Homes and Services, the New York State Historical Association, and Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. He is also a registered professional engineer in New York and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
In 2008, the Oneida County Executive appointed Anthony Colón to the Board of Trustees. After spending 10 years in California working at Mitchell International as a senior account executive and director of sales and marketing, Colón returned to Central New York in 1999 and has since owned his own business, Techno-Logic Solutions, Inc. He established his company to provide services in various disciplines including language, cultural, and human services along with IT and medical recruitment. As a Qualified NYS OCA Legal Spanish Interpreter, Colón has provided his bilingual services to a variety of entities including the New York State Court and the Central New York Psychiatric Center. He also acts as a sales and marketing consultant to local community, religious, and non-profit organizations.
In addition to his service as a Trustee, Colón has a long history of community service, including membership and leadership positions with Oneida County Workforce Development, United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica, the Utica branch of the NAACP, Hope House, Neighborhood Center, the Mohawk Valley Latino Association, Revolutionary Trails Council of Boy Scouts of America, and South Gate Ministries and Church. He is the 2015 winner of the New York Community College Trustees Marvin A. Rapp Award.
Carol Fox received her gubernatorial appointment to the Board of Trustees in 2013. Fox served as administrator in the Utica City School District (UCSD) for 37 years. She occupied various positions during this period, including assistant principal at Kemble and Conkling Elementary schools and Utica Free Academy; principal of Sunset/Jones Elementary schools, Proctor High School, and Donovon Middle School; Director of Curriculum and Instruction; and Interim Director of Federal/State Programs. She also was a part of numerous committees including the community committee for selection of Utica Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education Policy Making Committee, and the CIMS Steering Committee for Oneida-Madison BOCES.
In the early 1970s, Fox developed and implemented John F. Kennedy High School’s computer science curriculum, which allowed student of different abilities and interests to learn about computers and computer programming. She also designed computer workshops for UCSD teachers and administrators. In addition to her academic achievements, Fox has been recognized in the community for her efforts. She received the Educator of the Month Award from the UCSD, the Women in Business Award from CJFox Enterprises, and the Educator of Distinction Award from the Genesis Group.
Mary Malone McCarthy was appointed to the Board in 2015 by Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente. A resident of Clinton, McCarthy is currently the president and CEO of M3 Business Service Network, positions she has held since 2011. In her role at the company, she oversees the talent placement, training, and business consulting services that include recruitment, coaching, personnel recommendations, team training, and problem solving.
Prior to her current position, McCarthy was the senior vice president of Northland Communications from 1998-2012. Northland Communications is a full service telecommunications company providing voice and data and telephone systems to the business community. Her senior management team provided oversight of day-to-day operations and long range, strategic planning. Responsibilities included the establishment of the human resource department, management of sales, customer relations, marketing, and public relations. She holds a B.A. from Wells College, where she majored in American Studies.
Frank Dubeck, Jr. M.D. was appointed in 2015 by Governor Andrew Cuomo. He is medical director for McKesson Health Solutions, a division of McKesson Corp. based in Kinf of Prussia, Penn., a position in which he provides clinical support for the development and maintenance of their various software solutions for the health care industry.
Dubeck worked previously as chief medical officer, vice president of medical policy, and regional vice president of the Utica Region at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield for more than 10 years, where he was responsible for the development and maintenance of medical policies and protocols, worked with regional and national experts to develop consensus among the medical policy committee, and oversaw implementation of policy logic, clinical editing, coding disputes and provider appeals. Prior to working at Excellus, Dubeck was the executive vice president at Summerhill Co. in Sherburne, N.Y., a physician services company, and served as a general internist at Slocum Dickson Medical Group in New Hartford, N.Y. for 12 years.