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September 5th, 2012

SUNY Orange Foundation names honorees for Leadership Awards



Vera Best
MIDDLETOWN - A quartet of prominent women from the Newburgh area have been tapped as recipients of the SUNY Orange Foundation’s 2012 Leadership Awards, to be presented Sept. 27 in the Great Room of Kaplan Hall on the College’s Newburgh campus.

Awards will be presented to Kelly M. Williams (Leadership in Business), Kathy Frommer (Leadership in Community), and Vera M. Best (Leadership in
Education). Additionally, Kim M. Boylan, Class of 1979, will receive the Alumni Leadership Award. This year’s event marks the seventh year in which the College and its Foundation have celebrated the achievements and contributions of local individuals, businesses and organizations.

Rich Rowley, chair of the SUNY Orange Foundation, and Derrik Wynkoop, chair of the Foundation’s Leadership Awards committee, will host the event, which will begin with a 5 p.m. cocktail hour preceding the 7 p.m. awards presentation.

Williams, a Newburgh native and 1982 graduate of Newburgh Free Academy, is presently the managing director and global head of Credit Suisse’s Customized Fund Investment Group (CFIG), which oversees more than $27 billion of client commitments to private equity and venture capital funds. CFIG, which specializes in designing tailored portfolios for investors, also provides portfolio management services for more than $110 billion of client commitments to private equity, including customized reporting and back office solutions.

 Frommer was co-founder and chief executive officer of CRS Retail Systems headquartered in Newburgh, N.Y., from 1987 through 2008. CRS was one of the largest providers of in-store software for specialty store retailers in the nation, working with companies in the United States and internationally. Since retiring in 2008, Frommer has served on the Board of Directors of McQuade Children’s Services, and is currently serving in an advisory capacity for McQuade and its Kaplan School. She has held membership on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Partnership and Orange Regional Medical Center, and is currently on the board of the SUNY Orange Foundation.

A recognized leader in the training and workforce development of Newburgh area residents, Best is the founder of Best Resource Center, Inc., a diversified community-based not-for-profit organization that helps individuals build mastery in core-level employment skills while also enriching their lives by helping them develop basic to advanced skills, better work habits, marketable skills, and the self-confidence they will need to sustain gainful employment and successfully compete in the local and global marketplace.

A 1979 graduate of SUNY Orange, Kim Marie Boylan is currently a senior tax partner at the global law firm of White & Case LLP, working in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. She is recognized as a leading practitioner in the tax controversy area and for more than two decades she has represented corporate taxpayers in resolving their tax disputes successfully by utilizing the Internal Revenue Service’s administrative appeals procedures, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution processes.

She has also represented numerous clients in judicial proceedings in the United States Tax Court, United States Court of Federal Claims, and in various district and appellate courts. She is a frequent speaker on tax controversy, transfer pricing, and accounting policy issues and has written extensively on these issues. In addition to being a lawyer, Boylan is also a certified public accountant (CPA).

The SUNY Orange Foundation was established as a non-profit corporation in 1987. According to the Foundation by-laws, the objectives for which the foundation exists are to solicit, receive, hold, invest, administer and make expenditures of gifts to or for the benefit of Orange County Community College. In 2011-12 the Foundation awarded nearly $150,000 in scholarships that helped deserving students attend SUNY Orange.

Among the hallmarks of the foundation’s scholarship program is the President’s Scholarship for Academic Achievement, which is awarded to a select few incoming freshmen from Orange County high schools who are in the top 10 percent of their high school class, or hold a cumulative grade point average of 90 or better, and plan to enroll full-time at SUNY Orange. In all, more than 80 scholarships are funded through the efforts of the Foundation.

Last year’s Leadership Award winners included:

• Leadership in Business: Orange County Trust Company, Orange County Partnership
• Leadership in Community: Thomas P. Sullivan, president, Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home
• Leadership in Education: Dr. William Richards, president, SUNY Orange
• Alumni Leadership Award: Karen Miller ‘71, manager of communications in the southeast region, Frontier Communications

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