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, 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, 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, Secretary EYP Architecture & Engineering
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.
John DeMaria, DeMaria Financial, LLC
A graduate of the University of Scranton and the founding Principal of DeMaria Financial, LLC., John brings a wealth of information to the Foundation board in areas such as employee benefits, comprehensive financial and estate planning, insurance, and investments. As a member of the Planned Giving Committee, John assists our donors with legacy giving. John a member of many professional organizations including the Estate Planning Council of Eastern New York, Souther Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and the Society of Financial Service Professionals. John lives in Clifton Park,and when not busy working, enjoys golf, travel, and tennis.
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
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