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CFAB Member Biographies

Below are brief biographies on the eleven appointed Conservation Fund Advisory Board (CFAB) members. For contact information and details on their duties and responsibilities, go back to the main CFAB web page.

Gordon J. Whiting

Born and raised in Bronxville, New York and has lived in Manhattan since 1992 with his family. He is a Managing Director of Angelo, Gordon & Co., L.P. a leading investment management firm specializing in non-traditional assets, where he founded and leads the AG Net Lease Realty Group. Previously, he was an Executive Director of W. P. Carey & Co. LLC (NYSE: WPC). He was also the President of Corporate Associates 14, Incorporated. It is one of W. P. Carey's publicly held, non-traded real estate investment trusts that invest in commercial and industrial properties with assets in excess of $1.1 billion. Mr. Whiting serves on the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board ("FRTIB"), a position to which he was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2002. The FRTIB oversees the approximately $225 billion of retirement accounts (the Thrift Savings Plan) for most Federal employees and military personnel. He also serves on Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Advisory Council, the Board of United Neighbors of East Midtown, Inc., is the President of the Camp Fire Conservation Fund, Inc., and is an Eagle Scout. He is also a member of the Camp Fire Club of America, is the Secretary of the Mashomack Preserve Club and a Regular Member of the Boone and Crockett Club. An avid conservationist, hunter and fisherman he is a New York State Lifetime Sportsman, Trapping, Bowhunting and Muzzleloading License holder, and a Patron Member of the National Rifle Association. He is a graduate of Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He was appointed in 2006 to serve as the representative of Region 2.

Dominick Scarzafava ("Mickey")

Born and raised in Middletown, NY (Orange County) and graduated from Middletown High School. Dominick is a veteran of the Army Corp. of Engineers from 1958 - 1965. He spent four years in Germany as a demolition specialist. Dominick was owner operator of Mickeyfinn Charters and Guide Service. He also worked as manufacturing manager with Guild Molders in Middletown, New York. Dominick is an active volunteer in Region 3 with youth Outdoor Education Programs for the development of outdoor skills: fly tying, fly fishing, Firearms Safety Programs, and a wide array of related outdoor activities. He is a licensed hunting and fishing guide, licensed Coast Guard Charter Captain, Vice President of Trout Unlimited /Neversink Watershed Chapter #749, and Vice President Ulster County Federated Sportsman's Clubs. Dominick is also a delegate to the Orange County Federated Sportsman Clubs, Originator and Chairman of the Ulster County Federation Youth Grant Program, Vice Chair Conservation Alliance of New York, Former Region 3 Director, and New York State Outdoor Guide Association. Dominick is a fifty plus year member of Shawangunk Fish and Game Association, Walker Valley Sportsman Association and Otisville Sportsman's Association, all of which are in Region 3. He was appointed in 2008 to serve as the representative of Region 3.

Jason Kemper (Chairman)

Currently resides in the Town of Edinburg, Saratoga County. He received a B.A. in Environmental Science from SUNY Plattsburgh and a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from SUNY Albany with a Certificate in GIS Applications. Mr. Kemper is currently employed as Director of Planning for Saratoga County. Prior employment includes Director of Planning for the Town of Clifton Park, Environmental Specialist for the Town of Clifton Park, NYS Emergency Management Office and the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District. He also is a member of the NYS GIS Coordinating Body. Mr. Kemper, who is an avid hunter and fisherman, is well aware of the various issues facing New York State sportsmen today. He particularly enjoys deep wilderness deer hunting and fishing remote brook trout ponds in the Adirondacks. He is currently a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, National Rifle Association and the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation. Mr. Kemper participates in the Saratoga County fish stocking program and is involved with the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation and their activities on the Sacandaga. He was appointed by the NYS Assembly as the Region 5 representative in 2007.

Tom Williams

Currently resides in the Town of Claverack in Columbia County. He grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY where he attended Dutchess Community College. Active in Scouting and outdoor activities from an early age, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Tom owns his own business, Paradox Consulting Group, based in Hudson, NY. He specializes in public relations, business marketing and communications. He served as President of the Copake Lake Conservation Society helping that group in their efforts to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Tom is an active outdoorsman who enjoys a variety of pursuits including; hunting, fishing, canoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, biking and hiking. He has been a licensed NYS guide and is a Life Member of the NRA. He currently serves as the President of the Adirondack Landowners Association and is very active in issues impacting the environment and the economy of north-country communities. He volunteers at the Adaptive Sports Foundation in Windham, NY helping to support their Wounded Warrior Project events. Tom has a strong interest in expanding opportunities for sportsmen and women in New York, especially in the areas related to youth and veterans.

David Corr

Mr. Corr has lived in the Utica area (Oneida County) for most of his life and has been married for over forty years with three children and four grandchildren. He retired from the insurance business. He had previously worked for nearly 10 years in Law Enforcement after serving in the US Army. Mr.Corr received his Associates' degree in Forestry from Paul Smiths College and a Bachelors' degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in the pre-law program from SUNY Upper Division College. Following that, he did some graduate work in Governmental Administration at SUNY.

Mr. Corr is a thirty year member of Trout Unlimited (TU); past President of the Mohawk Valley Chapter for six years; VP for three years; current trustee of the local chapter as well as chair of numerous committees. Mr. Corr is the current DEC Region 6 Vice President of TU for the State Council, State Council Trout Unlimited Acid Rain Chair and long time State Council Delegate. He started the first "Trout-in-the-Classroom" in NY along with building one of the first disabled fishing access sites in Oneida County. He was involved in projects to improve the forage base in 7th Lake by working on smelt and forage base restoration projects and repairs to the grates at the 6th Lake dam. In doing these projects he collaborated with the DEC, Town of Inlet, Black River Commission and the 6th & 7th Lake Association. As a property owner in the Towns of Inlet and Morehouse, he was a former Landowner Representative on the DEC Region 5 Fish and Wildlife Board. He has also served on the Oneida-Herkimer County Hinckley Stakeholders group in addressing the concerns and proper management of the West Canada Creek watershed.

Mr. Corr has worked with youth activities and was elected to the NYS Outdoorsman Hall of Fame in 2001. He is currently a member of the Deerfield F&G Club and is a certified Hunter Safety Instructor.

Mr. Corr continues to serve as a volunteer in the New Hartford Fire Department for over thirty years. He was President for six consecutive years and chairs many Committees within the Department. He stays active in the fire service in responding to calls directly.

Mr. Corr takes pride in his ability to work with many diverse interested parties to improving the outdoor sports and activities. While his passion is Adirondack Brook Trout fishing, he also takes great pride in getting kids, especially his grandchildren, out fishing, hunting and active in the outdoors.

Charles ("Charlie") Pace

A lifelong resident of Cazenovia, NY in Madison County. He is the Madison County Sports Rep to the NYSDEC Region 7 Fish and Wildlife Management Board. He is also President, Director and founding member of Sports People Helping Others through Sharing (SHOTS Inc.). It is a 501c 3 non profit charity that works to exemplify the image of sportsmen and women with integrity, along with promoting compassion and conservation. He is a member of the Pompey Rod and Gun Club, Fenner Conservation Club and the NRA. Charlie has worked on many access and habitat issues and has worked to promote and secure funding for the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) in NYS. In 2006, he was awarded the "Conservationist of the Year" by the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen. He was the "Central New York Sportsmen of the Year" in 2008. Charlie has held numerous civic and community affiliated positions including Chairman Fenner Planning Board, President Owahgena Hose Company, Secretary/Treasurer Cazenovia Fire Dept, President CNY Air Force Academy Parents Club and Neighborhood Leader St. James Parish Council. He enjoys trap shooting along with hunting and fishing in NYS and numerous other states.

Marc A. Osypian

Marc's interest in the environment started at a young age. He grew up near Niagara Falls and spent much of his time boating and angling on both the upper and lower Niagara River. He graduated from Niagara County Community College in 1981 and was employed by Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY. Marc and his wife have raised two great daughters, both SUNY Oswego Environmental Science and Forestry graduates. Together, the family enjoys the outdoors and continues to explore New York State's great natural resources. Currently, Marc and his wife reside in Avon, a central location that offers easy access to many outdoor destinations within a few hours' drive. Marc has represented the Avon community with his appointments to the Avon Waterworks Committee and the NYS Fish and Wildlife Management Board (FWMB) for the region. Marc also serves as a Sportsperson representative for Livingston County and as a Co-Chair on the Board of Directors for Avon's National Hunting and Fishing Day Event. He is currently a member of several outdoor clubs, including the A-On-Do-Wa-Nuh Sportsmen Club, the Nunda Hunt Club, and the Fisheye International Fishing Club, and also serves as the president of the Livingston County Federation of Sportsmen's Club.

Dale F. Dunkelberger

A lifelong resident of Niagara County, graduated from Royalton Hartland Central School, and honorably discharged from the United States Air Force in 1974. He is married with three sons, and the entire family is avid in hunting and fishing. Dale has fished and hunted all over the Northeast and in Canada and all the way to Texas. He owns and operates D&H Produce and Greenhouses with his wife, niece and nephew. Dale is a member of the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs for over 23 years, past President of North Forest Rod and Gun Club, Niagara County Delegate to the Western NY Environmental Federation, Niagara County Federation's Delegate to the New York State Conservation Council, Region 9 Delegate to the Hunter Education Committee as well as Environmental Conservation Law Enforcement Committee. He is also a past advisor to the Big Game Committee for Region 9, served on the Deer Management Task Force in Region 9, is a Sportsman Education Master Instructor in Firearms and a Certified Archery Instructor for the NYSDEC. He has been honored with awards from the Niagara County Federation for dedication to Sportsman Education and Conservation. He has been involved in wetlands restoration projects as well as pheasant projects in Niagara County. He is currently serving on the Town of Royalton Master Planning Board as the Conservation Representative, as a Board Member to the Niagara County Gobblers Chapter of the NWTF, as a Board Member of the Northern Erie Sno-Seekers Snowmobile Club, and is a Life Member of the North American Hunting and Fishing Club, a Life Member of Buck Masters, a Member of the TRC and North American Bear Foundation, and the SCI.

William R. Conners

Bill was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York. Married for 45 years, he and his wife Brenda have two sons and two granddaughters. He served for 30 years with the Advisory Business Planner with International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) before retiring in 1997. Following retirement, he served on Dutchess County's Resource Recovery Agency Board of Directors and as Deputy Clerk of Dutchess County, in charge of the Legal Division. He has been active in sporting, conservation and environmental organizations for more than 30 years and has served in various capacities with the Federation of Dutchess County Fish and Game Clubs, Inc., Trout Unlimited, Inc., the New York State Conservation Council and the Region 3 Fish and Wildlife Management Board (FWMB). He is also a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). He was appointed by Governor George Pataki to the Stewart Airport Buffer Lands Citizens Advisory Committee and the Hudson River Estuary Management Advisory Committee. He most recently served as Chairman of the state FWMB. In April 2012, he was elected by the state FWMB to serve as liaison to CFAB. Bill is also a member of the NYS Outdoor Writers Association and has been the Outdoor Columnist for the Poughkeepsie Journal (Gannett) since 1994.

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