BOARD WELCOMES TWO NEW TRUSTEES

9/9/2009

Appointees Include Helen Ullrich and Student Trustee Corinna Stoker

PHOTO: Helen UllrichMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – A revamped meeting schedule—featuring a new time and day of the week for 2009-10—and two new members greeted the SUNY Orange Board of Trustees Wednesday morning in Morrison Hall as the group embarked upon the academic year by welcoming Helen G. Ullrich (right) and Corinna Stoker (below) to its ranks.

The two newest Trustees began their tenures by taking the Oath of Office, administered by Chair Joan Wolfe. Appointed by New York Governor David Paterson, Ullrich will fulfill a four-year term that expires in 2013. As Student Trustee, Stoker will serve one year.

The Board is comprised of 10 members. The county executive and governor appoint five and four members, respectively, while the student trustee is selected from the student body. The new members will serve alongside Wolfe and current Trustees Brutus W. Hodge, Sister Margaret Murphy (secretary), Dr. Arthur C. Anthonisen, Dr. Roberto Calderin, Gertrude F. Mokotoff, Robert E. Krahulik and Stephen P. O’Donnell. Hodge’s term expired this summer but he has agreed to remain with the Board until a replacement is selected by County Executive Edward Diana.

The Board meets monthly throughout the year, except for its summer hiatus in July and August. Generally, the Trustees have gathered on the second Monday evening of each month, but this year the Board will convene at 8 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, returning to a morning meeting format the Trustees utilized many years ago.

PHOTO: Corinna StokerThis latest schedule conversion will help Trustees more efficiently incorporate Board meetings into their work schedules. But, the move will also reduce meeting expenses, generating savings that will be reinvested into the Trustees’ professional development as the Board will be able to send more Trustees to educational and leadership conferences and workshops.

Ullrich is managing partner of Bergstein & Ullrich, LLP, a small law firm in Chester that represents plaintiffs in civil rights and employment matters. A 1993 alumna of SUNY Empire State College, Ullrich graduated magna cum laude in 1996 from New York Law School where she was Law Review Notes and Comments editor and Moot Court member. She is a member of the Orange County Bar Association (past member of Board of Directors); Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York; Women’s Bar Association of Orange and Sullivan Counties, where she served as Secretary (2000-2001); and the National Employment Lawyers Association.

Ullrich is the 2009 recipient of the Women’s Bar Association of Orange and Sullivan Counties’ Liberty Bell Award, 2009 recipient of the Orange County Human Rights Commission Award and 2009 recipient of the Orange County Women of Achievement Award. She served as a councilwoman in the Town of Hamptonburgh from 1990 through 1994 and is a former member of the New York State Democratic Committee for the 97th Assembly District. She is chair of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley, a four-county health care provider and advocacy organization.

Stoker, who served as treasurer of the Student Senate last year and will be a member of the Senate again in 2009-10, is a second-year student majoring in Education (Biology 7-12). One of the most active students on campus, she is a Student Ambassador, chair of the Officer’s Club and is active in other clubs and organizations as well. She attended SUNY Orange as a business student during the 2001-02 academic year before departing for a job on Wall Street with First Investors from 2003-07. She re-enrolled at SUNY Orange in the Fall of 2008.

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