Meet the board

Elena Twiss

Executive Director

Elena is the Executive Director of the Friends of Oswego County Hospice.  Elena graduated from SUNY Oswego with a BA in Human Development.  Her passion has always been working with the geriatric population. She worked part time for the Friends of Oswego County Hospice before becoming the Executive Director in March of 2018.

Elena lives in New Haven with her husband and two children.  She is passionate about assisting the Hospice program in the community she was born and raised in.

Sue Alfieri


Sue is a lifetime Oswego resident.  She graduated with a Chemistry degree from Oswego State and has worked for the various owners of the nuclear plants for 33 years.  Currently she is the Training Lead for the Emergency Preparedness program for Corporate Exelon.  She is a strong supporter of various organizations including Hospice, Paws Across Oswego County (where she rescued her sweet little Maltese, Freddie), and Peaceful Remedies.  She is excited about the opportunity to help Friends of Hospice to become more well known in our community.

Judith Sabin Watson

Vice President

Judy holds a Bachelors’ degree in Nursing and a Masters in Health Care Administration. She was employed by the Oswego County Health Dept. in a variety of nursing positions for over 35 years. She served as a Supervising Public Nurse for Preventive Services and Hospice. She retired as the Director of Patient Services. In addition to serving on the Friends of Hospice, she is the Chairperson of the Oswego Town Planning Board and volunteers for the CNY Cat Coalition.

Terri Richardson


Terri has lived in Oswego for 26 years with her Husband Tom and their two boys Brennon and Austin. She works at Pathfinder Bank in Oswego, in the Human Resources Department. Terri enjoys volunteering and serves as the secretary for the Oswego Laker Swim Club.  She is also the Pathfinder Bank’s Co-Captain for their Relay For Life team

Josie LaTulip


Josie retired from Oswego County DSS after 33 years of service. She has been a Hospice volunteer for 12 years, is the treasurer of the Friends of Hospice board as well as the volunteer liaison.She is on the supervisory committee for the Oswego County Federal Credit Union, and is an active member of St. Mary’s Church, The Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Elk’s Club. Josie is a lifelong resident of Oswego and enjoys volunteering and playing on golf and bowling leagues in her spare time.

Ashley E.A. Lawton


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Michelle Dowd

Michelle recently joined the board that she initiated 25years ago while acting at the volunteer coordinator for the Oswego County Hospice Program. As an RN she was employed at the Oswego County Health Department for 22 years. For the last 13 years of her career at OCHD she acted as the Volunteer Coordinator and a member of the hospice team. She is proud of the role she had in the growth of the Hospice program. She is delighted to see some of the early projects (Camp Rainbow and the Hospice Regatta, for example) have continued to remain an integral part of the work of the board and that there are volunteers that joined during her tenure who are still active and support hospice in various ways. The philosophy and goals of hospice work never left her as she continued to work as an RN, described by her as a “hospice heart”. She retired in 2017 from Upstate Medical Center and enjoys living on Sandy Pond with her husband, Don and her dog, “Luna”. She has 3 grown children. She and Don love to travel in the winter months with their RV “where ever the weather is good”.

Donna DuBois-Taylor

Donna DuBois- Taylor has lived in Oswego her entire life. She has been involved in medical care for her community since 1986 as an EMT, Nurse Aide, Home Health Aide, LPN, RN and lastly obtaining her NY State License in Massage in 2004. She has been involved with Hospice at the Oswego County Health Department since 2008.  She became involved with Camp Hollis in 2014 as a fill in Camp Nurse. In 2015 she decided to go to an orphanage in Kenya. To assist her in doing so, she took the full time RN position at Camp Hollis for the first time that summer and has been actively involved with Camp Hollis ever since. She loves working with the campers and counselors. 2017 she joined the Friends of Camp Hollis Board. Working in her community is her passion

James Karasek

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Steve Chirello

Steve Chirello formed Chirello Advertising in 1996 and has been a professional marketer/communicator for more than 30 years.He has worked for two Central NY advertising agencies, was chief advertising writer for the Transicold Division of Carrier Corporation, served as public relations manager for The Miller Brewing Company (Philip Morris USA), and was the first Director of Community Relations for Syracuse University.  He is also an adjunct professor in Communication Studies at SUNY Oswego.He brings the unique combination of having worked for two Fortune 100 companies, a large, private university, and the entrepreneurial experience of a small business owner.

Sandy St. Germain

Sandy was born, raised and educated in Oswego where she worked as an Emergency Room nurse for 26 years at Oswego Hospital. She then continued her nursing career in various capacities at Upstate Medical Center for an additional 17 years. While residing in Syracuse she was an active volunteer for the Make A Wish foundation assisting in administrative duties, following up with physicians for needed medical information and trained to be “Wish Granter”. She also volunteered at various animal shelters as well as “Sandwich Saturday “for the “We Rise Above The Streets” Recovery Outreach organization. Sandy was recently appointed to the Board of RSVP in Oswego as well. Sandy has experienced a great career encompassing many varying populations that have been affected by chronic health problems, residing in isolated areas, facing loss and grief. These experiences have shaped her new goals to be a volunteer in her community and to give back.

Lee Maniccia

Lee is a lifelong resident of Oswego.  She retired after 33 years as a teacher of children with special needs. She has served on the boards of the Oswego County Humane Society (treasurer, and president), worked the spay neuter clinic for 5 years at that facility, and currently serves on the RSVP Board.  She and her husband deliver Meals on Wheels and she enjoys hobbies such as travel, sewing and reading. Lee and her husband David have two grown children and four beautiful grandchildren. Lee believes serving on this board will round out her perfect retirement years with the piece of helping out the hospice program in her hometown.

Katrina Cummings

Katrina is the V.P. of Plastics at Oswego County Federal Credit, and has been a part of their family since 2008.  She is responsible for the overall operations of the credit union’s Debit Card and Credit Card portfolio’s.She is an alumni of Leadership Oswego County, class of 2012, and is a member of their Advisory Council. Oswego County Hospice holds a special place in her heart, as they were huge support system for her and her family during a difficult and unexpected time.In addition to her family, her biggest passions are helping people and supporting her community where she was born and raised. In her free time, you can find Katrina on the golf course, or going on adventures and making memories with her husband and their two children. She is their all-time greatest fan!