Bonnie Albee - President
Bonnie Albee, a chamber board member since 2005, is the president of the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce, after serving as the secretary and 1st Vice President.
Bonnie was born anad raised in Avoca and is a graduate of Avoca Central School. She holds an associates degree with honors in arts from Corning Community College.
She worked for The Print Shop in Bath during the 1970’s and took a graphics position with The Leader in 1983. During her years at the Leader, she filled slots as a news compositor, a copy editor, the community news editor and the copy desk chief. In May of 2001, she returned to Bath and has been with the Courier as a graphics designer, composing manager, page designer and special sections designer for the Courier's website.
She and her husband Paul reside in Hammondsport. They have two grown children, Paul and Jennifer, and are awaiting the birth of their first grandchild.
Bill Caudill, Chamber Director
Having previously served as the Chamber’s Board President, Bill began serving as the Chamber Director in 2010. He has strong professional interests in community development issues and strategies, and looks forward to the continued growth of the Chamber and the Central Steuben County region.
Bill also serves as the Director of Resource Planning and
Development with the Institute for Human Services, Inc. in Bath. In this
role, he works with private and public not-for-profit agencies across
five counties to identify gaps between existing human services, and to
work with providers to develop program and funding proposals to fill the gaps.
Bill's background includes over 20 years experience developing and
coordinating education and training programs for youth and adults with a variety of corporate, not-for-profit, and higher education institutions.
Sandy Azzi - First Vice President
Sandy is a a lifelong resident of Cohocton. She graduated from SUNY Morrisville with an AAS degree in Journalism.
She is the Manager and Assistant Vice-President of Steuben Trust Company in Bath. She has been with Steuben Trust for 6 years.
Prior to Steuben Trust, Sandy was the Branch manager of the Naples office of Five Star Bank. She has been in banking over 27 years and truly enjoys her job and being in the Bath area.
Sandy is currently a Trustee for the Village of Cohocton.
She is a proud member of the Bath Kiwanis club and will be the incoming President this year. Before joining Kiwanis, she was a member of the Naples Rotary for nine years and received the Paul Harris award for service.
She is also a member of the Cohocton Development Corp and helps out with the annual Fall Foliage Festival and volunteer at the Cohocton Sports complex in the concession stand in the summer and fall.
Sandy enjoys working with all of these organizations and the people in them.
Jay Dreyer - Second Vice President
One of 11 children, Jay Dreyer was born in Elizabeth, NJ in 1954.
Growing up in the city, he began working at an early age to help his parents support their large family. After high school graduation, he served in the US Air Force for 4 years, and upon discharge, he came to Hartsville to visit his parents at a dairy farm they had purchased. In love with the area, but not with farming, he enrolled in college in Alfred in the fall of 1976, later transferring to Buffalo State where he earned his degree in economics and political Science.
Ten years in mortgage sales led to a position as the department manager for Sterling Bank in Mount Laurel, NJ. As luck would have it, a position opened at Steuben Trust, and after purchasing an old Victorian home in Hornell, he and his wife, Judy, moved back home. Jay soon started work at Steuben Trust Company here in Bath, first as branch manager and later promoted to Mortgage Loan Officer. In 2009 he was offered a position at M&T Bank in the Mortgage Division as a Mortgage Consultant.
He and Judy spend most of their free time renovating their beautiful home and watching their daughter grow in the place they have grown roots. Their son Zach serves in the U.S. Army currently stationed at Fort Dix, NJ. Zach and his wife Jess are the parents of Ethan and Mackenzie.
Cynthia Willson - Secretary
Cynthia opened Route 54 Wine and Spirits in May 2008. She's had an interesting career path, including being an educator in the reproductive health care field, training and development and branch management for banks, and now selling wine and spirits. The three fields can be interrelated!
Cynthia has sat on various boards at her church and in her community.
She looks forward to getting to know more people in the Bath area.
Rhonda Sweet - Treasurer
Rhonda B. Sweet is branch manager and assistant vice president of the Bath office of Five Star Bank.
Before coming to Five Star - formerly Bath National Bank - in 1994, Rhonda held various positions at Columbia Banking for 18 years.
“I have always felt very strongly about the community of Bath,” she says. “I wanted it to be a good place where my husband and I could raise our children and now the grandchildren. I feel very strongly about the youth in our community and want it to be a safe place for them and provide them with things to do.”
Rhonda is involved as vice president of the Steuben County Youth Board, treasurer of Bath Kiwanis Club, treasurer of the Hammondsport United Methodist Church, treasurer of the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce and treasurer for the Pregnancy Resources Center of the Valley. Rhonda also sits on the board of the Human Ecology Board for Cornell Co-operative Extension. She also is a volunteer for the American Legion in Bath.
Rhonda lives in Bath with her husband, Robert, who is employed by the New York State Fish Hatchery. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Denise Russell joined the Bath Chamber Board of Directors in October 2008. Denise resides in Bath with her husband and two children and has basically been a life long resident of the Bath area.
She graduated from Elmira College with a BS in accounting. Denise is a Financial Analyst at Philips Lighting Company-Bath, NY, where she has worked for over the past 20 years.
Denise is looking forward to working with and learning from the other Chamber Board Members in order to further promote the industrial and community interests of the greater Bath area.
Nancy Latour came to Bath in 1977 as a Business Teacher at Haverling High School. She attended SUNY Cobleskill and obtained an Associates degree in Secretarial Science and went on for a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education at SUNY Albany. She also has a Master’s degree in Adult Education from Elmira College.
Nancy took a teaching position at Corning Community College in 1984 teaching Office Technology. She also started and taught the Travel and Tourism program. She became the Associate Dean of the Business Administration and Computing division in 1998. She also teaches in the Organizational Management program for Keuka College.
Nancy is a New York State Advisory Board member of the youth organization Future Business Leadership of America. She keeps busy serving in many capacities at St. Thomas Church where she also plays hand-bells for St. Thomas Community Ringers.
She is a member of the Corning Rotary club, serving as chair of the Scholarship Committee. She loves to play golf and make crafts. Nancy is married to Woody and they have two children, Brian and Lauren.
John Senka moved to Bath in 2002 to open the Senka Insurance Agency on Liberty Street. The Senka Agency sells a variety of commercial, personal and life insurance products.
Having lived in Bath for nine years now, John considers himself local.
In addition to the Chamber he is a member of the Elks Lodge, Rod and Gun Club and the Bath Sno-Flakes Snowmobile Club and the Keuka Yacht Club. John and Carola are proud to welcome the newest member of their family, Ava Lenore Senka ,who was born June 29, 2010.
He was named Chamber Member of the Year in 2003 and is a respected member of the business community.
Jennifer L. White
Jennifer L White became a member of the Chamber board in December 2007.
She returned to the board after a two-year lapse when her job took her out of Bath. Jennifer graduated from Montoursville High School in PA in 1990. She achieved a double Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. The degrees include Business Administration and Economics.
She began her career at Fleet Bank in Bath in 1996. Community Bank NA purchased several Fleet Branches in 2001. In December 2007 she began employment with Chemung Canal Trust Company in Bath. Jennifer is the Branch Manager and also holds the title of Assistant Treasurer which makes her a bank officer.
She and her husband reside in Hammondsport. Jennifer has one child who attends 7th grade at Hammondsport Central School District. Her interests include needlework, reading and spending time with friends and family.
Laura Rossman - Board member
Laura Rossman is currently the Associate Director at Pro Action of
Steuben and Yates, Inc. and has held the position for nine years.
In her role as Associate Director she is responsible for Human Resources, Marketing and Employment and Training Departments along with all Yates County operations. Prior to her time at Pro Action Laura worked for the Corning Center for Learning, a corporate training provider as an Account Manager.
Laura is currently an instructor for the Keuka College Organizational Management program. Laura obtained her MSM from Keuka College in 2006 and was certified as a Community Action Professional in August of 2008.
Kenneth Corey is a blissfully retired healthcare professional who brings a wealth of management and budget experience to the Chamber Board.
Ken has recently started a second career, restoring vintage Volkswagens. His shop – Eagle Point Restoration – is located in Avoca.
He has been involved in Community Theater for the 23 years he has lived in the Bath area.
Ron Smith has been serving the public for many years, in many different ways.
He was the owner/operator of the Tally Ho Restaurant in Kanona for 30 years, and is currently employed at Haverling Central School in the transportation department. In addition, he is a member of the Band Boosters of Haverling Central School and is the coach for the Haverling Ski Team.
Ron is a founding member of the Kanona Fire Department, serving at various times as president, trustee and assistant fire chief.
Currently, he is a director of the Steuben County Agricultural Society and a trustee of the Kanona United Methodist Church. He is a member of Steuben Masonic Lodge 112, and also serves as a member of Bath Temple Association, which operates the Chicken BBQ Stand on the fairgrounds.
Ron has been a Town Councilperson, serving for 13 years, (eight of them as deputy superviser); a past member of the Greater Bath Area Chamber of Commerce, serving as president from 1989-1990 and also is a past member of the Bath Ambulance Corp. He has come back to the chamber board for 2011.
He is married to the former Deborah Hamilton and is the father of three children, Bryan, a junior at Mansfield University, and Lisa and Maria at home.