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September 21, 2018

AURORA Welcomes New Board Members


Edwin Kelley

Edwin Kelley

Edwin Kelley is chair of the Business Law Department and the Public Finance Practice Group at Bond, Schoeneck & King. He is on several local boards of directors, including those of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University; the YMCA of Greater Syracuse, and St. Joseph’s College of Nursing. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from St. Lawrence University, a master of science degree in accounting from Syracuse University and a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University. “I decided to join AURORA’s Board of Directors because, over the last several years, through my work with various organizations, I’ve become more involved with people who have disabilities,” he said.

Pat Culeton

Pat Culeton

Pat Culeton became interested in AURORA while she was helping her mother cope with macular degeneration, which causes central vision loss and is a major cause of blindness in people 60 and older. In December, Culeton and her family held a fundraiser to raise awareness of the disease. The event raised more than $7,000, which was divided between AURORA and Oswego County Visually Impaired (OCVI). Culeton is a project manager at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and holds a bachelor of arts degree from SUNY Oswego.

Ted Pasinski

Ted Pasinski

Ted Pasinski is past president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, where he helped shape the local healthcare landscape through the development of successful collaborations with community stakeholders. Evidence of his hard work at St. Joseph’s can be seen today in the continuation of neighborhood improvements on Syracuse’s North Side and in the expansion of the health center’s campus. Pasinski is currently a consultant with Franciscan Management. An avid golfer, Pasinski serves on AURORA’s ForeSIGHT Golf Classic committee and was honorary chair of the event in 2011.

James T. Snyder

James T. Snyder

James T. Snyder, a partner in the law firm of Green & Reid, PLLC, in Syracuse, said he decided to join AURORA’s board of directors after watching his father, aunt and uncle all become deaf in middle age.  His father was one of the first cochlear implant recipients in Syracuse, and Pasinski became acutely aware of the lack of access and accommodation for those with sensory impairments and other disabilities, which led to his interest in disability rights law. He serves on the Board of Advisors of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, served on the board of the Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society, and is a member of the Disability Rights Bar Association. In 2003 he received the New York State Bar Association’s President’s Pro Bono Service Attorney Award. Snyder founded the Franciscan Legal Referral Clinic and teaches at Syracuse University and LeMoyne College. He was a speechwriter and assistant counsel to Governor Mario M. Cuomo in Albany after working as a senior trial attorney at the Legal Aid Society of New York City, in the Criminal Defense Division in Brooklyn. Snyder received his bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude from Colgate University and his Juris Doctor degree from the Albany Law School of Union University.

AURORA of CNY, Inc. is the only non-profit that works exclusively with people in Central New York who are deaf, blind, visually impaired or hard of hearing.

Aurora is a United Way agency of Central New York and Oswego and Cayuga counties. For more information, call AURORA at 422-7263 (TDD 422-9746).

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