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Leadership Greater Syracuse names 2024 board members and board officers

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DeWITT, N.Y. — Leadership Greater Syracuse (LGS), a nonprofit annually offering a yearlong civic-leadership training program, recently announced two new members of its board of directors and board officers for 2024.

Joining the LGS board is Sarah Just, director of sales at Turning Stone Resort Casino. She is an accomplished event professional with nearly 15 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, according to an LGS news release. Just is currently responsible for leading the group sales team at Turning Stone Resort Casino. A graduate of the LGS class of 2020, she also currently serves on both the LGS marketing committee and interview committee.

Also joining the LGS board of directors is Stefanie Savory, in-house counsel and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program director at AccessCNY, per the release. As a member of the executive leadership team, Savory engages in strategic planning, program development, and provides legal support to AccessCNY, while leading a program dedicated to advocating for youth in foster care. Savory is a graduate of the LGS Class of 2022 and participates in the LGS program committee, interview committee, and in fundraising events. 

LGS also welcomed Ryan McDermott as board president. McDermott, a graduate of the LGS Class of 2011, is the senior VP of commercial banking at M&T Bank.

Additional board officers elected for a one-year term include:

• VP: Renae Rokicki, senior leadership and development coordinator at SUNY Upstate Medical University (LGS Class of 2014)

• Treasurer: Joe Rocco, audit partner at Bowers & Company (LGS Class of 2021)

• Secretary: Rebecca Hoda-Kearse, executive people officer at SUNY ESF (LGS Class of 2015)

LGS says its mission is to inspire current and future leaders to make a difference in the community where they live and work. It was founded by CenterState CEO, Onondaga County, the City of Syracuse, and Onondaga Community College. 

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