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Changes at Apter & O’Connor

Jan 25 2017

Recent changes at A&O create some sad goodbyes but also exciting new beginnings.

Dianne Apter, our co-founder, has retired and is on to new adventures.  We miss her wisdom and warmth, but she hasn’t gone far.  Dianne continues to be linked to A&O through consultation around specific projects.  Meanwhile, A&O continues to grow and is fortunate to have an incredible team bringing wide-ranging skills and areas of expertise.  Check them out on the “About Us” page.

Corinne Ribble, one of our valued team members, has taken a new position as the Executive Director of the NY Funders Alliance (http://www.nyfunders.org/).  The Alliance is an association of grant-makers and philanthropic advisors throughout New York State, providing opportunity to share tools, knowledge and resources. Corinne brings a wealth of experience with coalition building and facilitation, community development, strategic planning, early childhood research and program evaluation.   While at A&O, her clients included the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, The Onondaga County Early Childhood Alliance and Unity House of Cayuga County in Auburn New York (a multi-service agency empowering people in recovery, coping with mental illness or diagnosed with a developmental disability).   More information about each of these projects can be found by clicking on   “Our Work” page.

Sara Wall Bollinger has recently joined the A&O team.  She has more than 30 years’ experience in organizational capacity building, business development, systems advocacy and management and has served as Executive Director for four not-for profit agencies in Central New York.  She has experience with a wide diversity of organizations, in the fields of health, wellness, aging, mental health, disability, early childhood education, family planning, veterans, refugees and social services.   Sara is a Health Leadership Fellow with the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York and a graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse. She earned a Master’s degree in Education from Colgate University after graduating from Alfred University (BA) and Cazenovia College (AA).  She is also active with several entities as a volunteer board member.  At A&O, Sara is the lead consultant with  Access to Independence of Cortland County ATI) (http://www.aticortland.org/.  Through on-going support and technical assistance she is focusing with ATI Transition Services and their newly established Task Force for  Increasing Disability Employment (TIDE).