Advisory Board Members

Comprised of leaders with diverse and deep levels of experience from the military, government, business, higher education, and public service sectors, the Board will provide advice and counsel to University leadership related to programs, initiatives, and opportunities positioned to advance the educational aspirations of the University’s veteran and military-connected students.

Paul Dottle P’14, ’18, Chairman of the Board 

Paul Dottle portrait Paul Dottle is the Vice President of Global Shared Services and Operations for General Mills. Prior to making the move to General Mills, Dottle retired after a 27-year career at American Express where he served as the Executive Vice President of Global Business Services. He currently resides in Minneapolis, MN and has two children who attended Syracuse University – Madelyn ’18 and Griffin ’14. Griffin attended Syracuse University as an Air Force ROTC cadet who commissioned as a U.S. Air Force officer in 2014. Dottle’s father (O-6) and brother (E-7) both retired after long and distinguished careers in the U.S. Army. Dottle himself, also served in the U.S. Army Reserve. He is passionate about veteran’s affairs and has volunteered for the VA Hospital in Lyons, New Jersey.

Peggy Combs ’85

Peggy CombsGeneral Peggy Combs hails from Oriskany, N.Y. and was commissioned a Regular Army second lieutenant in the United States Army Chemical Corps in May 1985, as a distinguished military graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps Program (ROTC) at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. Throughout her 33 year service tenure, General Combs served in a variety of leadership and staff positions at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. General Combs’ military education includes the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Syracuse University, a Master of Science Degree from Saint Mary College, and a Master of Strategic Arts Degree from the U.S. Army War College. In November 2018, Combs’ journey came full circle when she returned to Syracuse University to retire in the same chapel she commissioned in over three decades prior.

Millard Hall, Jr. ’G88

Millard Hall, ,jr. Millard’s experience includes 22 years in operationally focused positions within the direct mail and beverage industries. His direct mail experience includes 16 years at Valassis where he served as a Senior Vice President, Operations, from 2011-2019, and led a geographically dispersed direct mail team that distributed printed advertising into a large multi-state region. He also worked at the Coca-Cola Company where he completed the Fountain Operations management development program and was a Senior Project Manager on the Coca-Cola Burger King account team.

Millard is a 20-year Army veteran who served in logistics and comptroller positions in the 3rd Infantry Division and 24th Infantry Division as well as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, U.S. Army, NATO Allied Land Forces South-Eastern Europe and the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, U. S. Army. He retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel.

He holds a B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy and a MBA from the Army (now Defense) Comptrollership Program at Syracuse University.

Millard actively supports the Atlanta Community Food Bank which distributes over 60 million meals to more than 755,000 people in 29 counties across metro Atlanta and north Georgia every year.

Millard and his wife, Lynette ‘89 Nursing, live in the Atlanta area.

Cydney Johnson ’77, G’96

Cydney Johnson Portrait Cydney Johnson ’77 G’96 is the Executive Director for State and Local Government Relations at Syracuse University. She is a double alumna of Syracuse, having received her undergraduate degree in retailing and her master’s of business administration from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. She also spent seven years as an adjunct professor in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. Johnson previously served as senior vice president of U.S. Accounts at Blueprint LTD, a small global marketing firm; vice president of consumer marketing and sales at Oneida Limited; and director of development at the Whitman School. Johnson is a member of the Central New York Regional Development and Planning board and a board member of the Syracuse Partnership Council with the Syracuse City School district.

Gary Ginsburg ‘72

Gary Ginsberg PortraitGary Ginsburg is a native of Syracuse currently residing in Webster, NY. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1972 from Syracuse University while attending on the GI Bill. He earned education benefits to obtain his master’s degree from the University of Southern California in 1979. Gary served honorably and retired from the US Army after more than 33 years of service, both in the states and overseas. During his service, he attained the rank of Command Sergeant Major. Currently, Gary volunteers for the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester, NY assisting transitioning service-members and their families. He is also a member of the West Point NY retired Soldier Council, the Webster Chamber of Commerce, and also serves as President of the board of directors for his 104 unit Townhouse Association.

Glenn Richardson G’89

Glenn Richardson Portrait Richardson is a noted industry leader, advisor, coach, and executive consultant. He provides leadership and executive coaching, business optimization and transformation advisory, strategic communications, and other professional services across a diverse client base. His post-military employment history includes serving as a Manager at Coopers & Lybrand LLP; Partner at Arthur Andersen LLP; Partner at Deloitte LLP; and, President of FedBid, Inc.

Glenn served in the US Army in Reserve and Active components, and as a noncommissioned and commissioned officer. His military assignments included the US Army Special Operations Command; US Army, Europe; and, The Joint Staff. Glenn is a graduate of the Army (now Defense) Comptrollership Program at Syracuse University, and has participated in the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans as a speaker and panelist. In addition to an MBA from Syracuse, Glenn earned an MA from the US Naval War College and undergraduate degrees from North Carolina State University.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Human Resources Leadership Forum, and on the advisory boards of several socially conscious companies that do well by doing good. Glenn is married to the former Carol Thomson of Carluke, Scotland. They currently reside in Leesburg, Virginia with two dogs and one horse.

Jim Lee ‘75

Jim LeeJim lives in Syracuse, NY and has worked in the Petroleum Distribution business for more than 28 years (currently with NOCO Energy Corp). Jim is an Equity Partner with Menio Global, an Independent Agent of Card Connect – a First Data Company. Jim serves on the board of the Retreat Center: Christ the King Retreat House. He is Chairman of the Harold Lee Open Golf Tournament, named in honor of his father Harold who served in the United States Coast Guard.

The Harold Lee Open is a fundraising event which to date, has raised more than $372,000 to benefit disabled veterans through various local organizations. Jim has also been the recipient of the Onondaga County Veterans Council Humanitarian of the Year Award and the Whitman School of Management Dean’s Citation for Exceptional Service Award.

Jim is a 1975 graduate of Syracuse University earning a degree in math/ education. He was co-captain of SU’s 1975 Final-Four team, received SU’s Vic Hanson Medal of Excellence Award, is a member of SU’s All Century Basketball Team, and received the Syracuse University Letter Winner of Distinction Award. Jim is also author of Fifteen Feet For Free, a simple guide to foul shooting for players at any level – from the driveway to the NBA. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of his book are donated to the EBV program at Syracuse University.

Jim and his wife Lou Ann have two daughters, Amanda and Suzanne (Matt), and a son Jay.

LaVonda Reed

Lavonda Reed Portrait Professor Reed teaches and conducts research in the areas of wills and trusts, property, and communications law. She joined the College of Law faculty in 2006. Previously, she was a member of the faculty of the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. She previously was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Donald W. VanArtsdalen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and was an attorney in private practice with the international law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. While in practice, she represented businesses and financial institutions in various aspects of communications and corporate law.

Mark Westervelt

Mark Westerveldt PortraitMark Westervelt is Vice President, Software Engineering/Development Management at Fidelity Investments where he’s been employed since 1990. At Fidelity, Mark is responsible for leading a global software development organization that provides software products on behalf of Fidelity’s Institutional businesses. He holds an Operations Professional Series 99 FINRA license as required by his role. Prior to Fidelity, Mark held several positions at Electronic Data Systems.

Westervelt is the coach of the Boston University Terrier Ski Team where he’s entering his fourth season. The Terrier ski team competes in the United States Collegiate Ski Association. Mark also holds a commercial pilots license with an instrument rating, and is President of the Lawrence, MA-based Aeronauts Flying Club; he has flown over 25 charity flights for Angle Flight of New England. In his hometown of North Reading, MA, Mark served multiple terms on the town’s finance committee and coached youth soccer. Mark is the father of Syracuse University Army ROTC cadet Adam Westervelt ‘18. Mark is a graduate of Bentley University where he received degrees in Computer Information Systems and Management.

Adam Westervelt ‘18. Mark is a graduate of Bentley University where he received degrees in Computer Information Systems and Management.

Ken Quaglio G’91

Ken QuaglioKen Quaglio is the Chief Executive Office for Celerity. He oversees company-wide operations and drives strategies that help Celerity clients modernize their businesses efficiently.

Bringing more than 30 years of experience in a variety of management consulting and industry positions, Ken’s expertise ranges from information services, technology, government, communications/media, consumer products, and manufacturing.

Before joining Celerity in August 2017, Ken served as president/CEO of Siteworx, an award-winning digital experience consultancy. Ken has also previously served as COO at 3Pillar Global and held a principal/partner role with Ernst & Young, where he developed a major new health care practice and led their Federal Advisory performance improvement service line. He served as president of command information and held various leadership positions within the Global Marketing organization of Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS) as Vice President. Ken also held a vice president/partner role at A.T. Kearney (acquired by EDS) and started his career with Booz Allen Hamilton.

Ken is a 29-year Army veteran who helped launch the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families at Syracuse University. He is a member of the Board of Directors at Shenandoah Telecommunications (NASDAQ: SHEN) where he serves on the Audit Committee as well as the Shentel Foundation. Ken actively supports Miriam’s Kitchen, an organization committed to ending chronic homelessness in Washington, DC.

Ken holds a B.S. in Biological Science from Florida State University and an M.B.A in organization and management from the Syracuse University Whitman School of Management.

The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs

The OVMA serves as Syracuse University’s single point of entry for all veteran and military-related programs and initiatives. Committed to being the “best place for veterans™,” the office assists university stakeholders to support and empower veteran, military-connected and military family member students and employees who are veterans at the University.