Tom Collart – President
Mr. Collart worked for IBM and Lockheed Martin in space systems, commercial technology applications, and military systems development with responsibility for both domestic and international business. His experience includes work in the areas of systems, hardware/software development, integration, business management, and personnel management.
Mr. Collart is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) at ACCORD and has served on the Board of Directors since 2008 becoming Board President in 2012. He has been actively involved with a number of nonprofit organizations including Catholic Charities and is a member of the Board of Directors of Mercy House of the Southern Tier. In addition, he is active in development projects in Haiti including water purification, sanitation, and education.
Jamie Atkinson – Treasurer
Peter Charnetsky – Board Member
From 2006 to 2014, Peter presided over Integrated Domestic Violence Court for all Broome County courts. He routinely heard cases involving child support, visitation, child neglect, family offense petitions, no-fault divorces, contested divorces, and related criminal matters. Before becoming a Judge, Peter for 15 years ran a solo law practice in Vestal, where he practiced family and matrimonial law and criminal defense.
Peter has been helping families long before he became an attorney. Before obtaining his juris doctor from Stetson University College of Law, he helped at-risk teenagers and their families as a residential family social worker for the Florida Sheriff’s Boys Ranch, Live Oak, Fla. For eight years, he served as a SUNY Binghamton Psychological Research and Training Clinic legal advisor and for two years he served as Broome County’s elections commissioner.
In addition to serving as a coach for boys and girls teams for recreational soccer, T-Ball, the Kids Night Out League, and junior and senior baseball leagues, he has served as a volunteer Judge for local high school mock trial competitions and the American Legion Oratorical Contest. He has also sat on the board of directors for, among other nonprofit organizations, the Broome County SOS Shelter for Abused Women and Broome County Mental Health Community Services.
George Haddad - Board Member
Gregory Lesko – Board Member
Beth Riley – Board Member
As an advocate for people across the lifespan, she has been advocating for justice and helping others find their voice for over 25 years. She is co-author of the textbook “Advocating for Children in Foster and Kinship Care” published by Columbia University Press. Additionally, Beth has served on various local, state, and national boards since 2006, including the Leadership Board of the Higher Education Case Managers Association where she chaired the committee which developed standards of practice for Case Managers in North America. Beth is also a facilitator of Racial Justice Deliberations and has recently co-presented on the Racial Justice Deliberation process at regional and national conferences.