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Morrisville College Foundation names three new board members

By Journal Staff


MORRISVILLE    The Morrisville College Foundation board of directors recently elected three new members to its 23-member board.

The new members — John DeVito, Brian Haugli, and Mary Claire Helmer — took office on July 1. They will serve three-year terms. 

DeVito, of Averill Park, is senior VP and director of government banking and cash management for Berkshire Bank, in Albany. Prior to Berkshire Bank, DeVito worked at KeyBank, where he managed the government banking line of business. He is a member of the NYS Government Finance Officers Association and the NYS Bankers Association and serves on multiple committees for both organizations. DeVito, originally of Utica, earned a bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College and an MBA degree from Sage Graduate School.

Haugli is co-founder and partner at Side Channel Security, an executive-level security consulting firm located in the Greater Boston area. He previously served as VP and chief security officer at the Hanover Insurance Group, in Massachusetts. Prior to that, he was senior advisor for the U.S. Department of Defense, where he handled strategic initiatives at the Pentagon which involved cybersecurity, information risk management, auditing, and compliance. Haugli earned a bachelor’s degree in information technology – network administration from SUNY Morrisville in 2006.  

Helmer, of Morrisville, is a reading teacher in the Troy City School District, where she has served for more than 20 years. Her parents, William and Joan Helmer, are both former SUNY Morrisville faculty members. Helmer earned an associate degree from SUNY Morrisville in 1981, a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego, a master’s degree from Syracuse University, and also a master’s degree from the University at Albany. 

The Morrisville College Foundation was founded in 1976 to serve as the fundraising vehicle for SUNY Morrisville. The foundation seeks and distributes charitable gifts from private sources to fund programs and services for students and the college that are not funded by state resources. That includes scholarships, academic-enrichment programs, and co-curricular programming like intercollegiate athletics.

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