Nyla Gaylord

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Nyla Gaylord is a lifelong resident of Orleans County and lives in Clarendon.  She and her family have been patients of Oak Orchard Health Center since the early 1980’s.   She brings to the Board extensive experience in not-for-profit leadership and is currently the Executive Director of the Genesee Orleans Ministry of Concern, Inc.

After living in Albion and commuting to Rochester for more than thirty years, in 2010 Nyla returned to her family home in Clarendon with a vision of working locally while creating a homestead farm and business on her 18 acres of scrubland on the Clarendon Lindon Fault, an area that experiences frequent tremors.  Thus, was born Quaking Hill Farm, where she and a partner raise and sell free range chickens, eggs, turkeys, goats and rabbits.  The farm stock is guarded by Twinky the donkey and Bo and Patsy, English Shephard guardian dogs.  The menagerie is completed by a white Labrador retriever named Via and Louie, her macaw that spends summers on the front porch.

Since 2015 Nyla has been primarily employed in Orleans County and has worked as Development Director for Hospice of Orleans, as a free lance grant writer and at the Ministry of Concern.  Previous employers include Rural Opportunities (now Pathstone), Regional Council on Aging (now Lifespan), Rochester Rehabilitation Center, Coordinated Care Services, Inc. (CCSI), Marketview Heights Association, and the Urban League of Rochester.  Working for these various organizations has given Nyla extensive expertise in not-for-profit leadership and management, program development, and insight into the challenges faced by farmworkers, low income people and people with disabilities.

Nyla’s career in human services has been informed by the challenges of co-parenting four adopted boys with special needs and as foster parent to six adolescent boys.  As a single parent she was a foster parent for two adolescent girls. Now that all of these children are adults she continues to provide support and advocacy to help them live independently.

Nyla holds a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Disability Studies from Syracuse University, a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Public Administration from The College at Brockport, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with minors in Writing and Education from Houghton College. 

Susan C. Meyer

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Susan Meyer grew up on a diversified farm in Wyoming County.  She was always interested in what was going on in the barn, fields and woods. Her first solo job was to mow the lawn with the riding mower. After that, Susan wanted to know what and how everyone else's jobs worked, this in the era of changing many operations to more mechanization. As her brothers bought additional land, she found that she enjoyed taking on more responsibilities with packing and shipping equipment.

Upon graduating high school, she followed the family tradition of going to SUNY Alfred State College, where she received her degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Accounting. Susan furthered her education at Ohio State University, receiving a degree in Agriculture. Her college courses included classes such as graduate level Finance courses, Ag Engineering, Agronomy and Farm Appraisal courses. Susan worked at USDA FMHA as a loan officer, and she was one of six women USDA loan officers in the United States and one of three hired in NYS at that time. During her 37-year career with USDA, she worked with most types of loans that USDA delivered in Rural America.  Early mentors at USDA FMHA had encouraged her to become active in the Loan Officials Association. In doing so, she could actively work to streamline loan processes, as well as grow leadership skills. Susan was elected to the National Loan Officers Association's Board, as one of the two first women directors.

Volunteering for various community, church and agricultural organizations over the years has been a steady trend in Susan’s life, along with serving on a number of company boards.  Susan is a member of St. Mary's Church in Silver Springs and President of the Warsaw Garden Club.  She currently serves at Oak Orchard Community Health Center on the Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) Committee and Finance Committee.

Lorienda Smith

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Lorienda Smith retired from the Orleans County Department of Social Services.  She currently works at the HLSJ Driving School in Albion, New York.  She is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College and Cornell  University.  She has served on several boards in the Orleans and Genesee County and has  served on the Oak Orchard Board for the past 6 years. Lorienda lives in the Town of Gaines, New York with her husband, Henry.

George Sokolsky

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George's dedication to community and in-depth knowledge and experience working in Brockport bring much to the Oak Orchard Board of Directors. For over three decades, George has owned a retail business in the Village. As past president and still active member of the Brockport Kiwanis Club, as well as volunteer for the Brockport Visitor's Center, he is a familiar and friendly face to many.

In his spare time, George enjoys hiking, camping, and yoga. He is a proud grandfather of seven grandchildren.

Rita Wagner

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A longtime resident of Brockport, Rita Wagner is an active member of the community. In addition to her board membership at Oak Orchard Health, Rita currently sits on the board for Lifetime Assistance Inc. and is a former member of the Lifetime Assistance Foundation of which she was a founding member. She participates in many other community activities and is particularly proud of her pet therapy work through Brockport.

Rita holds a BS degree in Accounting from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her career at JP Morgan Chase spanned over 30 years and focused on financial operations, data base management, and technical writing.

Kathy Williams

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Kathy has been a board member at Oak Orchard Health since 2011 and a patient of OOH since 2002. Being a cancer survivor Kathy feels she is an excellent advocate for patients. She understands the issues and concerns surrounding health care and the ramifications it has on the people Oak Orchard serves.

Kathy grew up in Holley, NY and lived in Orleans County for most of her life. Prior to her cancer diagnosis she owned and operated the first woman owned commercial cleaning company in Rochester, NY. After selling that business and moving to Florida, she served as the vice president of a major cleaning company there. She returned to the Holley area after her diagnosis to be close to family and friends.

While volunteering for the American Cancer Society she decided to pursue a career in Human Services and received her degree in 2011. During her time at American Cancer Society she served on organizing committees for Relay For Life and advocated in Washington DC to make cancer a national priority. She has been a motivational speaker at numerous American Cancer Society fundraisers and events. She is currently a Legislative Ambassador for the Cancer Action Network, advocating for continued funding for cancer research and other important health care issues.