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The members of The Resource Center’s Board of Director for 2019-20 are, from left, front row, Rebecca Hamlet Kapple; Marie Carrubba, Esq.; Jennifer Yost; Patricia Perlee; and Lisa Goodell; and, back row, Richard Erickson, CPA; Alan Richards, CPA; R. Michael Goldman, Esq.; Dr. Todd Jacobson; Craig Colburn; and Wayne Ormsby. Missing from the photo are Dr. Dawn Columbare, Timothy Roche and Elizabeth Williams.

The Resource Center is governed by a Board of Directors composed of community leaders and family members who volunteer their time, experience and expertise to guide our agency in pursuing its mission. They are committed to helping people with disabilities lead full and happy lives.

2018-19 Board of Directors

ChairPatricia Perlee is the retired Executive Director of Joint Neighborhood Project. Patty is the President of the Board of the Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation. She also is active with the Zonta Club of Jamestown and First Presbyterian Church. She became affiliated with TRC a number of years ago through her position with Joint Neighborhood Project, as she worked with many people who received medical care through The Resource Center’s Primary Care Clinic. Patty has served on TRC’s Board since 2013.

Vice ChairRichard Erickson, CPA, is the Director of Accounting for Chautauqua Institution and the Athenaeum Hotel. Professionally, Dick is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of CPAs. He has served on the advisory committee of the Southwest Chapter of the American Red Cross. He has served on TRC’s Board since 2015.

SecretaryMarie Carrubba, Esq. , is the Executive Director of the Southwestern Independent Living Center. Long an active community volunteer, Marie currently is the President of the Jamestown City Council. She first served on TRC’s Board from 1989 to 2000 and was Chair from 1997 to 2000. She was reelected to the Board in 2010. She has been involved with TRC since 1983.

TreasurerCraig Colburn is a retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Dahlstrom Manufacturing in Jamestown. Craig is a past Board member and officer of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturing Association of the Southern Tier; past chair of the Small Business Development Center’s advisory board; and past management co-chair of the Jamestown Area Labor Management Committee. He also is past President of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and a past Board member and Campaign Chair for the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County. He has served on TRC’s Board since 2015.

Dawn Columbare, DNP, is a nursing education consultant who retired from Jamestown Community College after a career in which she served as the Director of Nursing and as a Nursing Professor. Dawn is a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society of Nursing and the National League for Nursing, and she serves as a peer reviewer for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Peer Reviewer. Active in the community, she serves as the Board Vice President and Finance Committee Chair for Creche and is a longtime member of Zion Covenant Church, where she serves on the Leadership Team and the Missions Committee.  Dawn serves on the Community Service and Program committees of Zonta International, and she sits on the Grants and Scholarship committees for the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. She was elected to TRC’s Board in 2017.

R. Michael Goldman, Esq., is an attorney practicing in Jamestown, NY. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Jamestown Bar Association. Active in the community, Mike is involved with Lutheran, Meals on Wheels and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s Promise Fund. Mike has been a member of TRC’s Board of Directors since 2003, serving as Chair from 2016 to 2019. He also has served as Board Secretary and Vice Chair.

Lisa Goodell is the Executive Director of the Chautauqua Blind Association. She is Co-Chair of the Public Service Division of the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, Secretary of the Jamestown Noon Rotary and Secretary of the Rotary Club of Jamestown’s Community Service Fund. She also serves on the Finance Committee of Court Appointed Special Advocate Program in Chautauqua County. She was elected to TRC’s Board in 2019.

Todd Jacobson, M.D., is the Medical Director for Occupational Health at UPMC Chautauqua WCA. Todd is a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the New York College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Locally, he is a past Board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Jamestown and the Jamestown Safety Council, and he is a member of the Jamestown Municipal Band. Todd has been a member of TRC’s Board since 2003, serving as Chair from 2012 to 2015. He has a daughter who receives supports from The Resource Center.

Rebecca Hamlet Kapple is a former TRC employee who is a Senior Account Talent Manager with Kelly Services in Dunkirk. Rebecca is an owner/grower for the National Grape Association; is a member of the Concord Spellbinders Toastmasters Club; and serves on the Workforce Council of the Cassadaga Job Corps Center. She is the Vice President of the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County’s Board of Trustees and chairs its Nominating Committee, and she serves on the Grape Association’s Nominating Committee. In addition. she serves on the planning committee for the Laurel Memorial Run & Walk. She was elected to TRC’s Board in 2018.

Wayne Ormsby is a retired official with the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities. In that role, over the years Wayne provided The Resource Center with technical assistance and capital funding to develop residences and day programming. He also is a New York State municipal building code enforcement official. Wayne’s community activities include serving on the SUNY Fredonia Friends of Rockefeller Arts Center. He is a patron of the 1891 Fredonia Opera House and has volunteered with the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, the Dunkirk Lighthouse and the billy mead Run for ALS Research. He has served on TRC’s Board since 2016.

Alan Richards, CPA, is a retired hospital accounting and reimbursement consultant. He is a member of The Gideons International. Alan had a relative who received supports from The Resource Center for many years. He and his wife, Sharon, began volunteering for TRC when they moved to Chautauqua County in 2015. Alan was appointed to TRC’s Board in 2017.

Timothy Roche is a retired police chief. Tim serves on the planning committee for the Laurel Memorial Run & Walk. He has a son who receives supports from The Resource Center. He was elected to TRC’s Board in 2018.

Elizabeth Williams is a retired nurse. She has a son who receives supports from The Resource Center. She was elected to TRC’s Board in 2019.

Jennifer Yost is a self-advocate who has received supports from The Resource Center for many years. Jenn has a cleaning job through TRC’s supported employment program and is employed through Therap, a web-based system that provides an integrated solution for documentation, reporting and communication needs of agencies providing support to people with developmental disabilities. In 2012, she gave testimony at a United Nations hearing about how important it is for people with disabilities to have a job. An accomplished athlete, she has competed in the Special Olympics USA Games and in the Special Olympics World Games. Jenn has served on TRC’s Board since 2014.

What people say

“We are extremely grateful for The Resource Center or any group that donates or volunteers, because we serve a lot of people in need in the community.”

Patricia Sharp, Community Helping Hands Office Manager

“Southern Tier Brewing Company is happy to bring jobs back to the local economy. Our relationship is important with The Resource Center because it gives us an
opportunity to provide meaningful work to people with disabilities. Additionally, they are providing a wonderful service for us.”

Jim Maione, Director of Distribution, Southern Tier Brewing Company

“The Resource Center’s Primary Care Staff have been helpful and responsive to my health concerns. I am able to see my provider the same day I contact the office with a need.”

Amanda S. – Patient

“I’ve used the clients at The Resource Center in the past and their quality is excellent and their work ethic is very good. The clients knew what the expected quality level was and
where it needed to be.”

Mike Richner, Manufacturing Manager, Dahlstrom Roll Form