Meet Our Newest Board Members

The Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation (SSREF) welcomed three new directors to its board last year. Let’s meet them.

Brian Carroll
Brian volunteers much of his time through the Rotary International Committee, Rotary Home and Lifestyle Show, Quad Graphics Community Team, and now the SSREF. He brings event planning and fundraising experience to the SSREF along with a deep knowledge of the Saratoga Springs community.

“Growing up, working and living in Saratoga Springs I’ve seen many changes and opportunities. One of the most memorable experiences of Saratoga Springs, both as a student and parent, is our educational system,” Brian says. “I believe it’s important to give back to our community that has given us so much and to contribute to the bright minds of the future.”

Susan Rhoades
Susan is the Executive Director for Saratoga WarHorse Foundation, Inc. Prior to her position at SWH she worked for the Saratoga Regional YMCA as the Human Resource Director, Branch Director of the Saratoga Springs Branch, Annual Giving Director and the Development Director. In addition to Susan’s extensive non-profit background, she has more than 15 years of volunteer service with the Girls Scouts of Northeastern NY, Saratoga Springs Rotary BOD, Saratoga Springs Rotary Scholarship Committee, and Association of YMCA Professionals. She has a B.S. in Sports/Fitness Business Administration. Susan has been a Notary Public since 1997.

Francine Vero
Francine is currently a Saratoga Springs City Court judge. She is a member of the Saratoga County Bar Association, the New York State Association of City Court Judges, and the Federal and New York State Association of Women Judges. In addition to serving on the SSREF Board of Directors, she is also a Continuing Legal Education chairperson for the Adirondack Women’s Bar Association.

About the SSREF
Established in 1997, the Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation is a tax-exempt organization that raises funds to support the post-secondary education and vocational training of graduates from public and private high schools in the greater Saratoga community.

The SSREF has set a goal of awarding $1 million in scholarships by 2022. More than $600,000 has been awarded to deserving students to date.

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