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BOARD MEMBERS

Tom Collart – President

Mr. Collart has lived in the area for over 45 years, is married with two children and 6 grandchildren. He has over 35 years of technical, managerial and program management experience and has been involved with several non-profit organizations over the past 8 years. He is a graduate of the University of Steubenville and received a MSE from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Collart worked for IBM and Lockheed Martin in space systems, commercial technology applications and military systems development with responsibility for both domestic and international business. His experience includes work in the areas of systems, hardware/software development, integration, business management and personnel management.

Mr. Collart is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) at ACCORD, has served on the Board of Directors since 2008 and as Board President since 2012. He has been actively involved with a number of non-profit organizations including Catholic Charities and is a member of the Board of Directors of Mercy House of the Southern Tier. In addition, he is active in development projects in Haiti including water purification, sanitation & education.

Jamie Atkinson – Treasurer

Jamie Atkinson, CPA is a Manager at Davidson, Fox & Company, LLP in Binghamton, NY. She earned her Bachelor’s in Accounting from Keystone College in 2005 and passed the CPA exam in 2012. She just recently participated in the Broome Leadership Institute program and graduated in March of 2014. She is also a board member and Treasurer for another local non-profit in Binghamton. In her free time, Jamie enjoys playing softball in many different leagues around the region. She is a native of Hallstead, PA, where she resides with her husband and two dogs, Jackson & Marley.

Erik Jensen – Board Member

Mr. Jensen is a public innovator/community engagement leader with special interest in community systems analysis and applying an ecological perspective to the conditions of community and family life. His experience and insight was shaped via a 25+ year professional journey in community development, partnership building, communications, promotion, long term disaster recovery and strategic planning.

Mr. Jensen is the lead staff team member for development, communications and partnership building at the Broome County Council of Churches, Inc. Prior, he was the Director of Community Partnerships for WSKG Public Media.

Born and raised in Binghamton, New York, Mr. Jensen graduated from Binghamton High School, SUNY Broome Community College and received a BS Degree from Cornell University, New York State College of Human Ecology in Human Services Studies with an emphasis in Planning and Policy Analysis.

Some current associations: Binghamton Sertoma, ACCORD – A Center for Dispute Resolution, BCCOAD, Samaritan Counseling Center, The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, United Way Strategic Volunteer Engagement Committee, the Kettering Foundation, and SUNY Broome Community College Civic Engagement Board.

Peter Charnetsky – Board Member

Peter, a Binghamton native, has 30 years of legal experience, including 10 years of judicial experience and 20 years of experience in private practice. Before joining Tully Rinckey PLLC, he operated a solo law practice in Binghamton, where he practiced family and matrimonial law, including contested and uncontested divorce, child custody, child support, and adoption. He also practiced criminal defense, including DWIs and other felony and misdemeanor offenses. He currently serves as a settlement officer with the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, and Third Department’s Civil Appeals Settlement Program.

From 2006 to 2014, Peter presided over Integrated Domestic Violence Court for all Broome County courts. He routinely heard cases involving child support, visitation, child neglect, family offense petitions, no-fault divorces, contested divorces, and related criminal matters. Before becoming a Judge, Peter for 15 years ran a solo law practice in Vestal, where he practiced family and matrimonial law and criminal defense.

Peter has been helping families long before he became an attorney. Before obtaining his juris doctor from Stetson University College of Law, he helped at-risk teenagers and their families as a residential family social worker for the Florida Sheriff’s Boys Ranch, Live Oak, Fla. For eight years, he served as a SUNY Binghamton Psychological Research and Training Clinic legal advisor and for two years he served as Broome County’s elections commissioner.

In addition to serving as a coach for boys and girls teams for recreational soccer, T-Ball, the Kids Night Out League, and junior and senior baseball leagues, he has served as a volunteer Judge for local high school mock trial competitions and the American Legion Oratorical Contest. He has also sat on the board of directors for, among other nonprofit organizations, the Broome County SOS Shelter for Abused Women and Broome County Mental Health Community Services.

Reinaldo Valenzuela – Secretary

Reinaldo is an Assistant County Attorney with the Broome County Department of Social Services. Prior to his current position, he was a solo practitioner focusing in matrimonial and family law. He was an associate at local firms where he had a diverse practice which included matrimonial law, family law, municipal law, zoning, FOIL and workers’ compensation to name a few. He received his BA from Boston University (1990) and JD from Boston College Law School (2003). Between his two degrees, he worked with the Department of Social Services/Child Protective Services through private contract in Massachusetts and for the State of Arizona.

Kathy Grady – Board Member
Arlene Sanders, Esq. – Board Member

Arlene Sanders, Esq. is a Managing Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Mid-NY, Inc. in charge of pro bono programs for a 13 county service area. She received her BA-Psychology from Binghamton University and her JD from New York University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in New York State and Pennsylvania. Ms. Sanders previously worked at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in NYC as a commercial litigator. She is Co-Chair of the Broome County Bar Association Pro Bono Committee, a member of the Sixth Judicial District Pro Bono Committee, and a member of the New York State Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section.  In 2002 Ms. Sanders joined ACCORD as a volunteer mediator, and has become certified in community, family and divorce mediation. Since 2014 she has also served as a board member for ACCORD.

Beth Riley – Board Member

Beth Riley, a Binghamton native, is Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Case Management Services at Binghamton University. She is also a certified mediator at the University and with ACCORD, having earned her certification in Mediation and Restorative Justice in 2016. After working at IBM for 10 years, Beth left to finish her degrees and was one of the first to graduate with dual diplomas earning her Masters in Social Work at SUNY Albany simultaneously with her Masters in Arts and Social Services at Binghamton University. She maintains her Social Work licensure. Committed to the wellbeing of others, Beth’s passion for helping people has motivated her throughout her entire career. As an advocate for people across the lifespan, she has been advocating for justice and helping others find their voice for over 25 years. She is co-author of the textbook “Advocating for Children in Foster and Kinship Care” published by Columbia University Press. Additionally, Beth has served on various local, state, and national boards since 2006, including the Leadership Board of the Higher Education Case Managers Association where she chaired the committee which developed standards of practice for Case Managers in North America. Beth is also a facilitator of Racial Justice Deliberations and has recently co-presented on the Racial Justice Deliberation process at regional and national conferences.

Gregory S. Lesko – Board Member

Greg is the CEO of Lesko Financial Services, Inc., the area’s oldest and largest locally based independent financial planning firm. He received a BA from Binghamton University and a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School at Union University. Prior to returning to the area in 2002, Greg gained financial and legal experience practicing law in Albany, NY and supervising a legal department for a federal savings bank/mortgage services in West Palm Beach, Florida. Greg joined the Board of ACCORD in March 2016 and also serves on the Board of the Financial Planning Association of the Southern Tier of New York, Inc., as President, and The Broome United Way. Greg is also actively involved as a member of numerous other organizations including the Government Affairs Committee of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, the Program Committee of the Binghamton University Forum, the Planning Committee of the Binghamton Chapter of the Binghamton University Alumni Association and the Strategic Planning- Finance Committee of the Broome County Bar Association.

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