Board Members

Christine (Chris) Turner

Board Member

Historical Society of Dauphin County
Executive Director
219 Front Street
Harrisburg, PA , 17104
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Term Expires: 2020

Geoffrey Plante

Board Member

KPMG LLP
Partner
515 Broadway
Albany, NY,12207
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Term Expires: 2020

Biography

 Geoff Plante is a life-long resident of the Capital District having grown up in North Greenbush and currently residing there with his wife Laurel and two teenage daughters.  He has recently served on the Board of the Ronald McDonald House of the Capital Region, including two years as President, and became aware of the Building on Love mission through that role and is committed to helping families in need.  He is a Partner with KPMG LLP in Albany and has served as the National Treasurer for USA Powerlifting and has been on non-profits boards for over 16 years. 

Benita Zahn

Board Member

WNYT
Co-Anchor
715 N. Pearl Street
Albany, NY, 12204
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Term Expires: 2021

Biography

Benita Zahn, DPS, is an Emmy award winning reporter and co-anchor with WNYT – NewsChannel 13. She is also the health reporter, covering issues including wellness, treatment breakthroughs, aging, nutrition and the latest health care trends.  She also produces and hosts Health Beat, a digital health interview program that posts every Monday and Thursday on wnyt.com. You can read her weekly column for the ‘Live Smart’ page in the Times Union.

Benita is Honorary Chair for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Run. She is also on the boards of Kelly’s Cause, Building on Love which supports Ronald McDonald House and Park Playhouse.

Benita is an avid runner and triathlete. She’s also active in local theater. She is a member of Actors Equity Association. Her theater credits include performances at Capital Rep, Fort Salem Theater, Park Playhouse, Albany Civic Theater, Schenectady Civic Theater and Schenectady Light Opera.

Benita earned her Doctorate in Professional Studies/Bioethics in 2014 from Albany Medical College/Alden March Bioethics Institute where she also earned a Masters in Bioethics.

Elizabeth Callahan

Board Member

Couch White LLP
Attorney
244 North Mohawk
Cohoes, NY, 12047
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Term Expires: 2020

Biography

Elizabeth Callahan is a commercial litigation attorney at Couch White, LLP in Albany. She previously spent several years as an associate at a large New York City law firm before returning home to the Capital District. Elizabeth received her undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Notre Dame. In her spare time, she volunteers as a junior high school catechist at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Latham.

Christopher Maestro, D.M.D.

Board Member

Maestro Dental Wellness
Owner
225 Great Oaks Blvd.
Albany, NY, 12203
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Term Expires: 2020

Biography

Chris and his wife Dianne have been residents of Delmar, NY for 30 years. He has been the principle dentist at Maestro Dental Wellness since 1985. As an avid runner he has completed the Boston Marathon, the New York City Marathon, and the Marine Corp Marathon multiple times in raising funds for The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Susan B. Komen Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Building on Love. His community involvement includes serving as Director of Tri-Village Little League and as a new board member of The Third District Dental Society of the State of New York.

Jerry Abdelnour

President

J & J Service, Inc.
President
244 N. Mohawk St.
Cohoes, 12047
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Term Expires: 2021

Biography

Jerry Abdelnour has been President of J & J Service, Inc. since it was incorporated in 1983. He and his wife Diane are founding members of Building on Love.

Jeff Abdelnour

Secretary

J & J Service, Inc.
Manager
244 N. Mohawk St.
Cohoes, 12047
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Term Expires: 2021

Biography

Jeff Abdelnour resides in Latham, NY with his wife Allison and their two children. He has been employed by J & J Service, Inc. for over 20 years. He is a graduate of Catawba College in Salisbury, NC.

William Callahan

Treasurer

16 Mahogany Drive
Watervliet, NY, 12189
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Term Expires: 2021

Biography

Bill is a graduate of the University at Albany with a B.S. in Accounting and a Master of Public Administration from Marist College. In 2010, Bill retired after 33 years with New York State, the final 18 as the Chief Fiscal Officer for the New York State Police. Bill then served as the Chief Fiscal Officer for the New York Prosecutors Training Institute, a not for profit agency providing continuing legal education, training, advice, and assistance to New York State prosecutors, retiring in 2018.

Kristin Abdelnour

Vice President

J & J Service, Inc.
Office Manager
244 N. Mohawk St.
Cohoes, 12047
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Term Expires: 2020

Biography

Ms. Abdelnour is a licensed physical therapist who has worked at Children’s Boston and Tufts New England Medical Center. She has over 5 years of experience working closely with adults and children with varying diagnoses in many different settings. She gave a presentation on Lung Transplantation in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis at the American Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference. Kristin graduated with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. She is currently working at J & J Service, Inc.

Roger Grout

Board Member

McDonald’s (Retired)
Owner/ Operator
PO Box 441
Clifton Park, 12065
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Term Expires: 2021

Biography

Roger Grout, a Glens Falls, NY native, recently retired as an Owner/Operator of five McDonald’s restaurants in Saratoga County.  Roger owned his restaurants and served his community for over 25 years.  Previous to becoming a McDonald’s Owner/Operator he was employed McDonald’s Corporation for 25 years. He is the Vice President of the Mechanicville Chamber of Commerce. He has been involved with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region (RMHC) and currently serves as an Advisory Board member and has chaired numerous committees.  Grout also serves on the Shenendehowa Methodist Church Council and their Staff, Pastor and Parish Relations Committee. He has 3 children Elliot (40), Adrienne (37) and Alex (33).

Kevin P. Hunziker

Board Member

KeyBank
Senior Vice President
66 South Pearl Street
Albany, 12207
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Term Expires: 2021

Biography

Kevin Hunziker currently resides in Glenville, NY with his wife, Deborah. They have 3 children, Matthew, Erin and Nicholas.  He is a lifetime Capital District resident and graduated from Catholic Central High School in Troy and Siena College, in Loudonville.  Hunziker is a Senior Vice President with Key Bank where he serves as the Senior Relationship Manager in the Commercial Business Banking department.  In addition to serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Building on Love, Inc., he is the current Treasurer of the Burnt Hills track club.

Lawrence P. Justice

Board Member

Rice & Justice
Partner
244 North Mohawk Street
Cohoes, NY, 12047
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Term Expires: 2020

John Reeher

Board Member

Reeher Enterprises
Owner/ Operator
244 North Mohawk
Cohoes, NY, 12047
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Term Expires: 2021

Biography

John Reeher is a McDonald’s Owner/ Operator of several locations in the Capital District. He has served on the local advertising COOP executive board since 1993. He has held numerous positions on the board including President, Treasurer and most recently as a Member at Large. In this position he provides input on local promotions and works as a liaison between the advertising agency and the owner operator community. He also serves on the regional purchasing committee and the insurance committee. Prior to moving to the Albany area, he operated 13 McDonald’s in Western Pennsylvania.  John and his wife reside in Rexford, NY and are active supporters of Building on Love and several other local organizations.

Susan Sexton

Advisory Committee

Todco, Inc.
Vice President
1260 SE Century Drive
Lee’s Summit, MO, 64081
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Term Expires: 2021

Biography

Susan Sexton is a retired elementary school teacher and published author. She serves as Vice President of Todco, Inc. and President of Todco Mechanical LLC, both in Lee’s Summit, MO. She has been an independent fundraiser for Building On Love, Inc. and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City, and has served on fundraising committees for St. Luke’s Foundation.

Christopher Wilk

Advisory Committee

C.H. Wilk Company, LLC
Owner
P.O. Box 727
Newtonville, 12128
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Term Expires: 2021

Betty Taylor

Board Member

Community Volunteer
244 North Mohawk
Cohoes, NY, 12047
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Term Expires: 2021

Biography

Betty Taylor has 19 years of experience in the information industry, in a variety of administrative, financial marketing, analytical and management assignments with IBM. She has 8 years of extensive first and second line management in all facets of field operations including; facility management, support services, personnel, asset management, order entry, accounts receivable, expense, resource management, business planning and analysis. Betty has 14 years of experience working with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, serving in capacities such as; volunteer, Business Manager, board member, Secretary and President.  Betty is a graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY with a Bachelor’s degree in Business.

Charles Woodruff

Board Member

Fleet Feet Sports
Owner
155 Wolf Road
Albany, NY , 12205
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Term Expires: 2021

Biography

Charles (Charlie) Woodruff is a resident of Clifton Park, NY with his wife Arlene. They are the proud parents of three fine men. He is a graduate of The University of Connecticut. A long time runner, Charles owns and operates Fleet Feet Sports in Albany and Malta, NY.

Jeff Yule

Executive Director

Building on Love
244 North Mohawk
Cohoes, NY, 12047
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