Board of Directors & Staff

Board of Directors:  Barbara P. Shineman | Thomas W. Schneider | Kathy Fenlon| Casey Raymond| Gary ShanleyMargaret Barclay| Kathy A. Barker | Tara FitzGibbons | Floris Palmer

Staff:  Karen Goetz, Executive Director | Penny Halstead, Senior Administrative Assistant

Board of Directors


Barbara P. Shineman - Founder
Professor Emerita- SUNY Oswego

Dr. Barbara Shineman is an honored alumna of SUNY Oswego, having graduated as a non-traditional student with an undergraduate degree in childhood education in 1965 and a master's degree in reading education in 1971.
Barbara is a professor emerita, having served in Oswego's School of Education from 1969 to 1989. Her teaching career at SUNY Oswego began in the Campus School. She later directed both the Sheldon Institute for Gifted and Talented Students and the Potential Teacher Program and coordinated Swetman Learning Center advisement while continuing her work as a professor of elementary education.
With deep engagement in and service to her cherished alma mater, Barbara has been an active participant in the life of the college. She is a member and former president of the Oswego Emeriti Association, who led the effort to establish a historical record within all named campus buildings. In addition, she served on a Presidential Search Committee and as the Annual Fund Volunteer Chairperson, and has received the Oswego Alumni Association's Lifetime Award of Merit.
Barbara's work continued when she was a member of the Presidential Campaign Cabinet for the college's first capital campaign, Inspiring Horizons, and she served for more than a decade on the Oswego Alumni Association Scholarship Committee and the Oswego College Foundation Board.  President Deborah F. Stanley presented her with a Presidential Medal at the 2007 Commencement Ceremony for her lifelong selfless support of SUNY Oswego.
Her great generosity to SUNY Oswego includes her leadership role as a charter member of the Sheldon Legacy Society, the college's planned giving program, as well as establishing student awards and scholarships, supporting The Fund for Oswego and the Emeriti Association, and making most generous gifts to two capital campaigns.  Her more than five decades of loyal service to SUNY Oswego encompasses a combination of employment, volunteer service and generous philanthropy. Barbara has devoted her professional and personal life experiences to advancing the mission of SUNY Oswego.

Kathy Fenlon - Chairman
Former Executive Director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau

Kathy Fenlon retired in 2013 as Executive Director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, a position she held for 25 years. As director, Kathy was responsible for comprehensive community planning for  youth and family issues, administered several youth development and leadership programs, and oversaw county parks and recreation programs. She also secured local, state, and federal funding and oversaw contracts with municipalities and local not for profit agencies to provide services for youth.
Prior to the Youth Bureau, Kathy held administrative positions with the Oswego County Department of Social Services and the Employment and Training Division. Earlier in her career, she was director of a national demonstration project which tested the concept of a national youth service program—this demonstration project was one of the precursors to the very successful national AmeriCorps program.
Kathy received her Bachelor’s degree and did graduate work with SUNY Oswego. Her experience includes grant writing, work with not for profit agencies, community needs assessment, and knowledge of human services.
During Kathy’s career, she has helped to establish several local not for profit agencies. Currently she serves on the board of Integrated Community Planning of Oswego County and the Weston T. Hyde Educational Foundation. She has also served on the United Way Board of Directors, the Workforce Development Board, the Oswego City School Board, and the Executive Board of the Association of NYS Youth Bureaus.
Kathy is the recipient of the Community Leadership Award from the Oswego County Leadership Program, the Amelia Earhart Award from Oswego Zonta, and the Association of NYS Youth Bureau Polly Sanders award which is given annually to an administrator in the youth and human services field in NYS who has creative “out of the box” thinking in the planning and delivery of services to youth and families.
While enjoying retirement, Kathy enjoys being a member of Riverside Artisans, a local artisan’s cooperative. She and her husband Richard Kaulfuss reside in the Town of Oswego, where they raised their two daughters Kelly and Sarah.


 Gary Shanley  - Vice-Chair 

Owner - Glider Oil Company, Part-Owner of Fastrac Market LLC

Gary was born and raised at 49 West Seneca Street Oswego, New York and attended Saint Mary's Parochial School and graduated from Oswego Catholic High School in 1968. He then attended Dartmouth College where he graduated with a BA in 1972. Immediately after, he served for years as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. After returning home, he successfully completed the MBA program at the Tuck School of Business in 1980. Presently, he owns Glider Oil Company and is part-owner of Fastrac Market LLC as well as a successful real estate developer in Central New York. He is happily married to his wife Virginia, whom he has shared two children with, Patrick and Margaret. 

Thomas W. Schneider - Treasurer
President and CEO- Pathfinder Bank

In office since 1998, Tom Schneider has served as President and CEO of Pathfinder Bank since January 2000 and has spent his entire 36 year career in the Financial Services industry.  Tom also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Oswego State University, teaching a graduate level finance course entitled "Management of Financial Institutions, A Risk Based Approach" in the School of Business. He currently serves on the Oswego State School of Business Advisory Council of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the Wharton School of Business.
Tom serves as past Chairman, current member of the Executive Committee, and current board member of the New York Bankers Association. He was past Chairman of Oswego Health and currently serves as a board member. Tom is a current member of the board of directors of CenterState CEO, Treasurer and board member of both the Shineman Foundation and WCNY. He also serves as a board member and Audit Committe Chairman of the Port of Oswego. He is past President for Springside at Seneca Hill (an Oswego Health affiliate) and has served on the board and as officer and Chairman for the Community Bankers Forum.



Casey Raymond - Secretary
Professor of Chemistry, SUNY Oswego

Casey Raymond has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at SUNY Oswego since 2003. He served as the chair of the Sciences Planning Committee from 2006–2013 and helped coordinate the planning, design, and construction of the Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation. He has also been a member (2007–2014) and co-chair (2011–14) of the Campus Concept Committee at SUNY Oswego. He is currently the acting Director of the Honors Program at Oswego.
He grew up in Greenville, MI and earned a B.S. in Chemistry at Michigan State University in 1991. While a student at MSU, he served on the Student and Academic Counsels, worked as a librarian in the Chemistry Library, as a page in the Michigan State Senate, and as an intern in the MI Department of Natural Resources. He attended Colorado State University for his Ph.D. in Chemistry (1996) and had a post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern University. Prior to moving to Oswego he was a faculty member at Kent State University. He has served as the secretary for two other organizations: The Syracuse Local Section of the American Chemical Society and The Akron Bicycle Club.
While at Oswego, he has developed an international course on food science and co-developed an international course on fermentation science. Both courses include a study abroad component for students. These courses have provided over 80 students a study aboard experience since the first course offering in 2006. His research interests are in inorganic chemistry, geochemistry, and food & fermentation science. He enjoys photography, woodworking, cooking, brewing beer (and judging it), cycling, and following Oswego Lakers women’s and men’s hockey.

Margaret Barclay - Director
Executive Director, Oswego Health Foundation

Margaret Barclay is the Executive Director of the Oswego Health Foundation in Oswego, NY. The mission of the Oswego Health Foundation is to raise and manage philanthropic support for Oswego Health as it provides accessible, quality care and improves the health of the residents in our community.  Margaret is a 1992 graduate of St. Lawrence University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree. After college, Margaret began her career in New York City working for New York City District Attorney Robert Morgenthau and then for NY State Senator Roy Goodman.  After marrying her husband, Margaret moved to central New York and focused her career in development for not-for-profits.  First working in development for Vera House, Inc., an agency that assists victims of domestic violence and then becoming Director of Alumni Relations for Manlius Pebble Hill School, a private school in DeWitt, New York.  With the arrival of her first son, Harry, Margaret spent the next several years raising Harry and then George her second son.  During this time, Margaret remained active in the community serving on the SUNY Oswego College Council, a position she was appointed to by then New York State Governor George Pataki.  Margaret also served for a number of years as a volunteer and board member of Arts and Culture for Oswego County.  In addition, Margaret has served as a volunteer on a number of committees and organizations in Pulaski, New York.  She currently is on the Council for the Women's Fund of CNY. Margaret and her husband, Will, a New York State Assemblyman, currently reside with their two boys in Pulaski, New York.


Kathy A. Barker - Director
Kathy A. Barker was born in Greensburg, PA. When she was three years old, her family moved to Oswego, New York where she attended the Campus School. After graduating from Oswego High School in 1973, Kathy attended Pennsylvania State University, earning a B.S. in 1977. Further education at Cornell University enabled Kathy to earn a M.A. in Educational Psychology. In 1985, she married Steven Barker, an Englishman whom she had met at Cornell. Kathy pursued graduate studies in the U.K. at the University of Manchester, earning a two-year degree in Counseling in 1996.
Volunteer activities during her 30 years’ residency in England  include the “Over Sixties”; a political action group involved in the construction of a second runway at Manchester Airport; the Ex-Pats; and Christies, a fund-raising organization for cancer research and development. In November 2013, she returned to the United States as a new resident.  Kathy holds dual citizenship in both the U.S. and the U.K. Richard S. Shineman is Kathy’s stepfather. Kathy is an enthusiastic new board member of the Foundation.



Tara FitzGibbons - Director

Tara FitzGibbons is the Business Manager and Group Health Administrator at FitzGibbons Agency, LLC, a local and independent full service insurance agency. Tara manages the business along with her husband and lifelong Oswego resident, John FitzGibbons. Originally from Saratoga Springs, Tara attended SUNY Oswego and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994, then continued her education earning a Master of Arts in Organizational Communication from SUNY Albany in 1996.
Tara began her career working as a Research Analyst at Knowledge Systems & Research (KS&R), a global market research firm based in Syracuse, NY. While working at KS&R as an analyst, Tara also served as the company's Public Relations Assistant and became active in the Syracuse Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Seeking a career change that would settle her closer to the Port City of Oswego, Tara shifted into the banking business sector by taking a position as the Branch Manger of Pathfinder Bank's Main Office branch in downtown Oswego. From there, Tara promoted to Vice President of Branch Administration before leaving the bank and joining as a business partner in her husband's Property & Casualty Insurance agency.
Tara served as a Board Member/Treasurer of the Friends of Oswego County Hospice Board and also served as an Oswego Hospital Board Member from 2009-2011. Tara is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Oswego County and a 2004-2005 Oswego County Forty Under Forty Honoree.
Tara lives in Oswego with her husband John and their very active Jack Russell Terrier, Tippy. She is an avid cyclist and runner and also loves to paddle board at her camp in Fair Haven. She and her husband are Founding members of the Oswego Dragon Boat Club and enjoy spending time boating on Lake Ontario.
Floris Palmer - Director
Floris Palmer has been a Speech-Language Pathologist since 1972 (BS, Speech-Language Pathology, Pennsylvania State University and MS, Speech-Language Pathology, Syracuse University). Her primary field of interest has been providing speech-language services for children and adults with severe communication problems. She helped establish the Syracuse City School District's Assistive Technology Team in 1989, and was a member of that interdisciplinary team for 21 years, coordinating it for three years prior to retirement in 2010. In 2003, she received a $1.2 million dollar grant to provide technology for all the Special Education classrooms in the Syracuse City School District. She also worked as an adjunct professor, teaching students in Syracuse University's School of Education about the use of Augmentative Communication Devices in the classroom.
After retirement, she has continued a private speech therapy practice, consulting with individuals that are non-speaking. She is an active Board member of the Central New York Speech and Hearing Association. She lives in Liverpool and enjoys family activities locally with her daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren and in Boston, with her son and daughter-in-law. Yoga, cycling, her cat and her Golden Retriever keep her busy.
She is so pleased to be a part of the Foundation that honors her late father-in-law, Richard S. Shineman.

Foundation Staff


Karen Goetz - Executive Director

After serving on the inaugural Shineman Foundation Board of Directors for two years, Karen Goetz was hired as the Executive Director in October of 2014.
Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director, Karen was President and CEO of Syracuse-based Inforia, Inc. where she was responsible for strategic direction and overall operations of the software company from 2000-2014. For the first five years, Karen oversaw the transformation of the old-fashioned transcription company into one using the Internet for transportation of dictated voice files and return of transcribed paperless documents to clients into an electronic chart. In 2006, she began spear-heading the second transformation of the company, and after three years of product development, the company re-branded itself as Inforia, Inc. in 2009 and launched into the market as a full-fledged Electronic Health Record (EHR) solutions provider for physician offices.
Previously, from 1986-1999, Karen was co-founder of start-up company, Select Ticketing Systems.  In her role as CEO, Karen was responsible for the growth and development of the company into the largest international vendor of in-house computerized ticketing systems. By 1995, she began spearheading the transformation of the company into the re-branded TicketsLive Corp., one of the most advanced Internet ticketing companies and networks in the world---and the first to sell tickets "Live" over the internet. In March 1998, she brought in $5 million in venture capital funds from CMGI, Intel, and Liberty Ventures. Karen then parlayed the company's Internet position into a merger with Advantix Corporation to form in April 1999. Between April and November 1999, she provided strategic and operational input into's highly successful IPO on November 4, 1999.
Karen is a 1977 graduate of Indiana University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She is a 2012 graduate of the Syracuse, NY Small Business Administration (SBA) e200 Emerging Leaders Initiative. She is a founding member of the Syracuse chapter of the international Women President’s Organization. She has also served on the boards of the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST).
Karen received Ernst & Young's New York State Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1999. She has also received the Women Business Owners Connection (WBOC) Successful Woman Entrepreneur award in 2004 and the Women in Business award in 2006.


Penny HalsteadSenior Administrative Assistant

Penny was born in Fulton, New York and graduated with honors from John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix, New York in 1983.
Penny joined the Richard S. Shineman Foundation in March 2015 and has become executive director Karen Goetz’s “right hand woman”. She handles the foundation’s bookkeeping, correspondence, board meeting materials preparation and tracking of grant requests and reporting in the grant management software used by the foundation.  In addition, she manages and updates the foundation’s website and social media platforms.
Prior to joining the Shineman Foundation, Penny was the administrative assistant for 22 years for the Health and Nutrition Services Department at Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. in Fulton, New York. She was the department’s primary administrative assistant and acted as administrator of their Electronic Health Records system.  She also kept the department’s website updated and was OCO’s social media/marketing outreach point person.
Penny currently serves on the City of Fulton Planning Commission and is an active Board member of The Children's Center of Oswego. She is very involved in the Fulton community as an Ambassador for the Fulton Block Builders, a program dedicated to revitalizing neighborhoods in the City of Fulton. Penny is currently a part-time student at Cayuga Community College pursuing an Associate Degree in Business Administration and is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Oswego County.
She has five children and four grandchildren. She is an avid gardener and seamstress, enjoys kayaking and spending time with her husband and family.