Managing Partners Board

Managing Partners Board


  • Chair: Michael Drahos, M-ECS Superintendent
  • Lew Carinci, Madison County Board of Supervisors
  • Elizabeth Crofut, Head Start Director
  • Jay Dunn, Retired Teacher/Former LCMC NY Director
  • Julie Dudrick, Colgate University–Upstate Institute Project Director
  • Eric Faisst, Madison County Public Health Director
  • Chuck Fox, Hamilton Theater Manager; Community Bikes Coordinator
  • Carolyn Gerakopoulos, Oneida Public Library Director
  • Jackie Groves, M-ECS Board of Education President
  • Betsy Kennedy, Cazenovia Public Library Director
  • Frank Ridzi, CNY Community Foundation Director of Research and Community Initiatives
  • Kathleen Rinaldo, BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education Director
  • Todd Slabaugh, New Life Christian School, Principal & Randallsville New Life Church Assistant Pastor
  • Patricia Vacca, Madison-Oneida BOCES Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction

LCMC NY ByLaws Article IV–adopted 8.14.13

The key reason for a countywide literacy coalition is to bring the community together to address an issue so large that no one organization can solve it alone – the scale is too great to address without a shared commitment and community will for change. The literacy needs in Madison County are greater than the capacity of current service providers to address and therefore community leaders willing to take on the issue must support implementation of the community’s literacy plan and governance process.

The Managing Partners receive no compensation other than reasonable expense


A role of the Managing Partners is to inspire the community to take action. The Managing Partners have the civic influence and the power to make change. They have a vision for how change will happen and can capitalize on local strengths and existing partnerships. A Managing Partner brings:

High level strategic vision

Networks of influence

Community respect

Ability to broker partnerships

Regional leadership

Resource impact



Commitment of time to attend regularly scheduled meetings.

Participation in meetings.

Demonstration of ownership of the literacy plan by signing the MOU Memorandum of Understanding of Support

Diversity of Representation:

The Managing Partners agree to strive for inclusive representation of the county. This goal includes diversity in partnership roles, geography, gender, age, race, etc. that is reflective of the county as a whole. Efforts will be made to ensure sector representation as vacancies on the Managing Partners occur.
The Managing Partners will strive to include all coalition partner types such as government, education, business, community-based literacy providers, social services, faith-based, civic organizations, adult learners, and other coalitions.
Election procedures: The Managing Partners Executive Governance Team shall be responsible for nominate prospective Managing Partners rep­resenting the Coalition’s diverse constituency. In addition, any Managing Partner of the LCMC NY can nominate a candidate.
Managing Partners will be elected by a simple majority of Managing Partners present at the annual meeting in August

Frequency of Meetings:

Every other month there will be a meeting of ALL the Managing Partners.

Every other month–on the months that the full Managing Partners DO NOT meet, the Executive Governance Committee will meet.

The Executive Governance Committee  consists of (1) the Fiscal Sponsor, (2) the chief Funder(s), (3) the Managing Partners Chair, and (4) the Executive Director (ex officio).

The annual organizational meeting will be held in August each year. The organization’s fiscal year will be  July 1 to June 30.

Length of Term:

Managing Partners will commit to 1-year terms.

Managing Partners may renew annually upon a majority vote by the Managing Partners. MPs can serve consecutive terms. There are no term limits.


The Managing Partners will strive to maintain a committee size of 9 to 15 partners. The Committee Chair can name interim committee members to fill vacant seats, as needed, until full committee vote at the annual organizational meeting.


A majority is required to approve an action of the committee. Majority is defined as more than fifty percent of current board members registering a vote. Members do not need to be present to vote. Votes may be submitted by phone or electronically to the Board Chair or designated party.


There shall be four officers of the Managing Partners:


Vice Chair




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