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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.
After a sixteen year career in mental health in the states of Illinois and New Mexico, Dave Jewell received his Ph.D. in 1979 in Education Administration with an emphasis in Recreation and Rehabilitation. That same year he joined the faculty of SUNY Brockport where he taught for 26 years. After retiring from teaching he joined the staff of SUNY Brockport’s Office of International Education for four years on a part-time basis. Jewell is the author of two books and numerous articles addressing the issue of child abuse and neglect. He has authored three additional books and many other articles on various topics in his academic area. Throughout his career Jewell was active in both community and professional service, serving on numerous boards. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Sweden-Clarkson Community Service Award. He is currently serving his second term as President of the Brockport Kiwanis Club. He joined the OOH Board of Directors in May, 2006 and served as the Board Vice-chair from 2011 until 2017. He is currently the chair of the OOH Human Resources Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee. He has served as chair of the last two CEO Search Committees. He and his wife of 55 years, Patty, have three grown children and four granddaughters.
Orleans County resident, Betty García Mathewson brings invaluable expertise and insight to her role on the board. As the Director of both the New York State Migrant Technical Assistance and Support Center (Migrant TASC) and the Opening Doors Diversity Project, Betty has led a range workshops and keynotes throughout New York State, nationally and internationally. Most recently, Betty developed and produced the Authentic Voices trilogy of training DVDs and educational resources, which provide a framework for creating the systemic capacity to communicate effectively across language differences.
Oppression theory and social identity development theories form the foundation of the diversity “lens” which is at the core of Betty’s approach. Her primary areas of expertise are social identity development, systems change and interpretation. Betty has a Bachelor of Science in Social Theory Social Structure and Change and a master’s in Organizational Development.
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 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'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.
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 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.