Giving Opportunities

Your contribution to Wildwood goes straight to work benefitting the over 3,500 individuals and families we support. Wildwood offers a variety of programs that enable the people we support to learn, work, play, live, and dream in ever more meaningful and unique ways in the next 50 years.

Annual Giving: 

Your generous contributions allow Wildwood to sustain and grow our comprehensive services for people living with development disabilities. These unrestricted funds give Wildwood the flexibility to undertake critical new initiatives while also ensuring our current programs get the extra financial support they may need.

Honorary Gifts:

These gifts can celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion, honor an individual’s accomplishments or memorialize a loved one. We will also inform the honoree or in the case of a memorial gift, we will inform the family of your generous contribution on their loved one’s behalf.


Ways to Give

Give Online: The fastest and easiest way to support Wildwood is by making a gift online. Click button below or the donate button on the top of this page. 

Give through payroll deduction: Participate in your employer’s United Way or SEFA campaign and select Wildwood Programs as your charity of choice. Our SEFA #50-00412
Mail a check:  Please send your generous contribution to:
Wildwood Foundation
2995C Curry Rd Ext
Schenectady, NY 12303

Reach out to us!: We are happy to answer any questions or help you with making a gift. 
Jennifer Lawrence
Annual Fund and Events Manager

Stock Gifts:

We welcome gifts of appreciated securities and mutual funds. This giving strategy has many obvious benefits, no doubt the most important is the satisfaction of knowing that your conrtibution will have a direct impact on the individuals Wildwood supports. 

You or your broker can contact Matt Jones at 518-836-2317 or mjones@wildwoodprograms.org to obtain the instructions for your specific stock or mutual fund gift.

Planned Giving: Wildwood seeks to insure that individuals and families living with the challenges of developmental disabilities have quality resources and programming for future generations.  You can leave a legacy that helps us continue our mission with one or more of the following giving options that offer tax savings and other financial benefits.
  • Make a gift to Wildwood Foundation through your will or living trust
  • Naming Wildwood Foundation as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, retirement plan, or bank account
  • Giving securities that have increased in value to Wildwood Foundation

For more information on any of the above Planned Giving opportunities, please contact Lauren Roecker, Director of Wildwood Foundation at 518-836- 2319 or lroecker@wildwoodprograms.org

Are you and Wildwood a perfect match? 
Your employer (or your spouse’s employer) may share your spirit for philanthropy. With just a simple phone call or email to your Human Resources office, your donation to Wildwood could be doubled through a matching gift. 
Please forward your matching gift form to:
Widwood Foundation
Development Information Manager
Wildwood Foundation
2995 C Curry Road Ext.
Schenectady, NY 12303
(p) 518-836-2317
(f) 518-836-2301

Wildwood Foundation Board of Directors

Dush Pathmanandam, Foundation Board President,
The AYCO Company
Dush became Vice President of Ayco Private Wealth Management in 2010.  In his current role, Dush is Head of Ayco  Institutional Client Solutions, and is responsible for the firm meeting the needs of its institutional clients.  Prior to his involvement with Ayco ICS, Dush founded the Ayco Investment Professional Group in 2003 and was the Director until January 2016. In addition, Dush is part of Ayco Private Wealth Management ‘s senior management team. 
Before joining The Ayco Company, L.P. in 2001, Dush was Chief Equity Strategist / Portfolio Manager with Butterfield Asset Management, Bermuda responsible for Global Equities in Managed Portfolios and Funds for Institutional Clients.  Prior to joining Butterfield Asset Management in 1995, he was the Investment Manager of the European subsidiary in London of Forester Life, Toronto, Canada managing UK and European Equities and Fixed-Income Funds.  He holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Actuarial Science from City University, London, UK (‘90) and is an Associate of the UK Society of Investment Professionals and CFA Institute.
Lisa Clifford, Foundation Board Vice President
Key Private Bank
As a Wealth Advisor with Key Private Bank, Lisa brings clients a deeper understanding of how the economic environment affects their wealth-building and preservation goals. She delivers strategies to address the complex wealth management needs of her clients. Lisa holds a B.S. in Management with a concentration in Finance from St. John Fisher College. She as served in roles of President, Vice President and Secretary since joining the Wildwood Foundation Board in 2002. She currently serves on the Nominating Committee, chairs the Development Committee and co-chairs the Planned Giving Committee.  Lisa resides in Guilderland with her husband, Tim and two sons, Christian and John.
Elizabeth Perella, Foundation Board Secretary
Premiere Transportation
Elizabeth has a bachelor’s in marketing from Central CT State University. Currently, she handles the marketing and sales with Premiere. With more than 15 years of sales expertise she enjoys building relationships with clients and keeping Premiere front of mind. In addition, she enjoys giving back to the community and has worked closely with numerous non-profit organizations in the Capital District & Saratoga. Outside of work she is busy enjoying and raising a family of five children.
Betsy Dumas, Treasurer
Elizabeth Dumas joined the Wildwood Foundation Board in 2014 and currently serves as Foundation Treasurer and member of the Finance Committee. Since 2010, Elizabeth has served as Principal Court Attorney for the Hon. Barry D. Kramer, Justice of the Supreme Court in Schenectady County. Prior to joining the Court system, Elizabeth was an attorney and partner for 30 years in the law firm of Ainsworth, Sullivan. Elizabeth has served on a number of Not For Profit Boards over the years and is active in the management and governance of the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany. She lives in Colonie with her husband, Charles, and is the mother of three adult sons and a recent grandmother to the beautiful Emilia Anne.
Kira Pogge, Marketing Communications Specialist Autotask
Kira is a passionate digital and content strategist, who enjoys helping organizations, for-profit and nonprofit alike, bring their stories to life and achieve their mission. In the Fall of 2008, Kira began an internship with Wildwood Programs assisting with Communications efforts and has been a Wildwood supporter ever since. In 2012, she became a member of the Foundation Board and is dedicated to helping Wildwood achieve their mission. She is honored to work with the consumers, their families, and the wonderful staff that make up the Wildwood family. 
Greg Mengel, Thrivent Financial
Greg Mengel, a Wealth Advisor for Thrivent Financial, brings expertise to the Foundation Board in areas of financial planning, investments, and insurance. As a member of the Finance Committee, Greg helps to ensure the Board is completing its duty of care. Greg has received his CLU and ChFC designations and received his MBA from Butler University. Greg and his wife Dawn, a member of Wildwood Programs’ Board of Directors have two children and live in Schenectady.
Ken Jubie, SEFCU
Ken Jubie is the Director of Internal Communications at SEFCU. He is responsible for leading employee communications, multimedia content creation, and video production efforts for SEFCU, one of the 50 largest credit unions in the United States. Before joining the SEFCU team, Ken served as Manager of Media Services at his alma mater, Siena College. He also taught in Siena’s broadcast journalism program. Prior to working at Siena, Ken was a television news reporter and anchor at what is now Spectrum News in Albany. He also worked behind the scenes in television news and as a radio host and disc jockey. Ken is a proud graduate of Siena College and holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Ken lives in Colonie with his wife Laura and two young sons.
Lee French, Golub Corporation
Lee holds a BS degree in Business Administration/Marketing. Lee has spent the last 42 years with Price Chopper/Market 32. For the past 17 months Lee has been the Vice President of Deli/Food Service/Specialty Cheese Merchandising. The 17 years prior to that Lee was the Vice President of Seafood Merchandising. Lee leads a team responsible for developing all merchandising and sales programs while managing in excess of $2.5 million in daily inventory. Lee and his wife Eileen have raised 4 sons – Brendan 30, Cory 29, Brett 26 and Collin 22. Lee and Eileen live in Rotterdam. Lee loves his involvement with Wildwood and in his spare time is a College and High School Women’s Basketball Referee.
Vicky Hiffa, NYS Office of Children and Family Services
Vicky is the mother of three children, one of whom receive services from Wildwood. She currently works as a Bureau  Director  for the New York State Office  of Children and Family Service.  Vicky has been a long time advocate for individuals with disabilities and has served on the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, the Early Intervention Coordinating Council and was a board member for Best Buddies.  She currently serves on the Governor's Early Childhood Advisory Council. She resides with her husband Fred and three children in Loudonville.
Kevin Kelly, Vice President Investments, Janney Montgomery Scott

Kevin has worked in the Investment Industry since 1984.  Currently as a Vice President/Investments with Janney Montgomery Scott Kevin helps clients build, preserve and distribute wealth by means of customized Investment and Financial plans. A supporter of Wildwood for over 20 years, Kevin has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Wildwood Foundation since 2001, and as President of the board from 2006-2010.  Additionally,Kevin serves on a number of committees, including Chair of the Investment Committee. Kevin resides in East Greenbush with his wife Kellie and two sons, Ryan and Sean.    

Frank Schmeler
Frank is returning to Wildwood’s Foundation Board after a one year break in service, having served on the Board for nine years.  He is a graduate of Clarkson University and a member of their Board of Trustees. Frank is the retired Chairman and CEO of Albany International Corporation.  Along with his wife, Frank co-chaired Wildwood’s Capital Campaign. He is also a member of Wildwood’s Community Advisory Group and Investment Committee.  In his spare time, Frank is a volunteer driver of blood products for the American Red Cross.  He and his wife, Wilma, reside in Nassau.  They are proud parents of three children and six grandchildren.
Peter Loyola

Peter has over 30 years of design, construction and environmental permitting experience as a Landscape Architect and Planning Consultant. As the Founder of CLA SITE in Saratoga Springs, he provides innovative leadership and offers creative technical solutions to public and private developers, universities, housing authorities, municipalities, and industrial corporations. Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York.  

Bonnie Daggett
Bonnie (Buckley) Daggett is a native of Schenectady. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at SUNY Albany and her Master’s degree in Technical Communication at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Earlier in her career, Bonnie worked for the New York Association for the Learning Disabled, and then managed the Program Implementation Center under the State Education Department through a CUNY grant. In 1991, Bonnie with her husband Bill, co-founded and managed the International Center for Leadership in Education, and a few years later Daggett Development, LLC, and the non-profit Successful Practices Network. Bonnie has been an active volunteer in the Capital Region for many years, supporting such organizations as Proctors, the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Albany-Tula Alliance to name a few. However, Bonnie’s true passion has been working to benefit Wildwood Programs, where she has been actively involved since 1977 when her daughter Audrey first started receiving services from Wildwood School. She served on Wildwood’s 2007 Capital Campaign, Every Day: The Campaign for Wildwood, and has been serving on its Foundation Board for 17 years. Bonnie was honored by the New York State Senate as one of its 2011 Women of Distinction for her work enriching the quality of life in her community. Bonnie lives in Niskayuna with her husband Bill. They have five children and 11 grandchildren.
Jeff Trudeau

Jeff Trudeau grew up in the Capital District and attended Guilderland High School, before graduating from SUNY Oneonta with a B.S. in Business Economics. Jeff currently resides in Latham, NY with his wife Kate, and kids Raelyn, 8, and Dylan, 6. Jeff has been in banking for 15+ years, currently as a Vice President and Business Development Officer for Saratoga National Bank & Trust Co., in Colonie, NY. In his free time, Jeff enjoys golfing, going to the Saratoga Race Track, spending time with family & friends, and is involved with his kids little league and softball teams. Jeff’s involved in the community with Wildwood Schools, The United Way of the Greater Capital District, and the area Chamber of Commerce.  

Pennie Gonzalez
Pennie’s career began at Ed Lewi Associates, managing shows, promotions and spearheading media buying. After serving as marketing director for the Wilton Mall in the mid-to late-1990s, Pennie began a 15-year career in radio sales working for two of the leading broadcast media companies in Albany’s Capital Region. Pennie served as sales manager of non-traditional revenue for Clear Channel radio before continuing her career in radio sales for Albany Broadcasting as senior account manager. In 2012, Pennie acquired the Capital District Garden and Flower Show where she plays dual roles as both owner and event manager. The show is an annual harbinger of spring in the Capital Region where Pennie can combine her love for gardening with her passion for marketing and event management.

Wildwood Programs, Inc. Board of Directors

Joe Fitzgerald, Programs Board President

Joe is currently a faculty member and administrator at Siena College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a major in American Political Systems and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Memphis. Joe retired from the U.S. Navy in 2001, following 23 ½ years of active duty service. He is a member of the American Society for Public Administration, the U.S. Naval Institute and the Military Officers Association of America. Joe lives in Troy, NY.

Robin Hickey, Programs Board Vice President

Robin received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Services from SUNY Plattsburgh.  Robin recently retired as a Program Planner from the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and has worked in the disabilities field for almost 40 years. She is a parent of a  child who receives services from Wildwood.

Adam Breault, Programs Board Treasurer

Adam is an attorney with the law firm Meyers and Meyers, LLP.  He has served as Vice President and Director of Capital Alliance of Young Professionals, Inc. Adam earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Siena College in 2000 and a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School in 2003.  Adam lives in Albany, NY

Dawn Mengel, Programs Board Secretary

Dawn resides in Guilderland with her husband, Greg, and two children, Marin and Grant. She enjoys travel, golf, going to the theatre and cheering for her son and the rest of the varsity Basketball team at Guilderland High School.

Bill Hedberg, Ph.D.

Bill is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University at Albany.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the State University of New York Collage at Brockport, and his Doctorate in Educational Foundations from the University at Albany.  Bill lives in Albany, NY.

Karen Nagy

Karen Nagy is a certified special education teacher at Helping Hands School in Clifton Park, NY.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education from the State University at Oneonta and a Master of Science in Special Education from the State University at Albany.  Karen lives in Rexford, New York.

Mary MacKrell

Mary is a Partner at LCS & Z, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Russell Sage College.  Mary lives in Greenwich, NY.

Scott Miller

Scott is a Landscape Architect at CLA Site in Saratoga Springs. He has a Civil Engineering Technology Degree and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from SUNY Buffalo.  Scott lives in  Queensbury, NY.

Martin Patrick

Martin is a Senior Human Resources Consultant/Manager employed at Pinnacle HR, LLC in Albany.  He received his Master’s Degree in HR Management from Pace University and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society of Human Resources Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).  Martin lives in East Greenbush, NY.

Richard Lipman

Richard Lipman is a Partner in UHY LLP and a Managing Director in UHY Advisors NY, Inc.  Rich is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York and Massachusetts. Rich provides a full range of accounting, auditing, consulting and tax services to a broad array of businesses.  Rich currently serves as a Board member of Wildwood Programs where he is  the Chair of Wildwood’s Finance Committee and Chair of Wildwood’s Audit Committee.

Greg Cowl 

Greg has worked for the State of New York in Nutritional Services for twenty eight years.  He is a graduate of Shaker High School in Latham and is served by Wildwood Programs.  He plays volleyball and loves to cook.  Greg resides in Albany, NY.

Margie Castellana

Margie is employed as a Controller at New York State Industries for Disabled. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Russell Sage College.  Margie lives in Schenectady, NY.

Carol Kriss

Carol retired from the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, where she was a Statewide Coordinator of Medicaid Service Coordination.  She holds a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Hunter College.  Carol lives in Latham, NY.

Roseanne O’Brien

Roseanne retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield after a long career as a Human Resource professional.  She also worked as an adult educator in a number of businesses and government agencies. Roseanne earned her Bachelor's Degree in English from Georgian Court University. She pursued graduate work in English at the University of Maryland, and in Business at Sage Graduate School.  Roseanne lives in Albany, NY.

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