About

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Founded in 1983, Community Action Partnership works with low and moderate-income families in Madison County to provide education, guidance, and accessibility to resources for families and children striving for economic self sufficiency and building resilience.  Historically, we have served one out of every 16 Madison County residents.

Our Mission is to build resilience, well-being and safety at the individual, family and community level by meeting the basic needs of today and identifying the opportunities of tomorrow.


Our Board of Directors: The Board of Community Action Partnership for Madison County has 12 – 15 seats that are structured to include 1/3 public officials; 1/3 representatives of the private sector; and 1/3 representatives of the low income community This board structure is unique to Community Action Agencies and is federally regulated for entities designated to combat poverty in their community.  Board meetings are open to the public.

Richard ‘Dick’ Kirby, Board President –Prior to retirement, Richard enjoyed his position as the CFO at Community Memorial Hospital and fiscal consultant to Crouse Community Center.  His detailed background related to accounting, financial policy and procedures, and administration and management, provide CAP with a strong foundation to support all CAP programs and their budgets.  Richard’s motivation to work in this leadership role is to continue CAP’s vision in helping people to help themselves.

Jerry Romagnoli,  Board Vice President – With over 30 years’ experience managing multiple businesses in Madison County including as CEO of Abscope Environmental, Jerry, brings expertise on finance, management, construction and business practices to support CAP’s continued growth.  Jerry is motivated to be a Board Member due to his strong desire to assist the community members whom rely on CAP supports and services.  

Cathy Baksa, Secretary- Cathy has held employment in Madison County for over 35 years in the health care field.  During this time she has been an active supporter of many Madison County agencies through roles on various Boards, including for the Early Head Start program, Starting Together and Reach CNY, as well as a volunteer at the Mary Rose Clinic.  Cathy believes that CAP provides needed services to the most vulnerable populations and provides opportunities for children and families.

Brian Bruno, Treasurer –Brian’s accomplishments as a president and COO of a major corporation bring a knowledge base to CAP which includes leadership, integrity, networking and finances.  Brian believes in the mission of CAP and its impact on the community as a whole, through this mindset Brian wants to give back to the community and help support CAP’s growth and ongoing viability.

Kelli Johnson – As a reading acquisition professional and adjunct instructor at Syracuse University, Madison County resident, and volunteer in community libraries and agencies, Kelli brings an awareness to the CAP Board from the focus of community advocate, resident and employee.  Due to her many experiences and roles, Kelli is aware of the wide range of needs that impact daily life for county residents. 

Brett Zielasko –Brett’s education includes a law degree and understanding of investments and legal documentation.  Brett has been a proud member of the banking community for seven years and a Madison County resident for just as long.  His interest in CAP and the Board includes the ability to serve his community in an effective way to better serve a great area and those living in it.

Janice Romagnoli –Janice’s impressive resume includes 25 years in human resources with 13 years at Cazenovia College as Director of Human Resources.  Janice see’s the positive impact that CAP brings to the community and has contributed to that success through her leadership, collaboration and commitment to supporting CAP programs and staff.

Mary Griffin, Early Head Start Liaison – As a strong advocate for housing in the City of Oneida, Mary supports CAP and the Board through her networking, affiliations and general insight of housing needs within communities.  Mary also has a strong background working with individuals and families within case management, emergency shelters, domestic violence and poverty affliction.  Mary looks forward to continuing to support individuals and families in Madison County through her role in the Board by becoming “part of the solution to barriers.”

Martha Grabowski –  Martha is highly involved in the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board/Marine Board where she participates in conversation and research related to transportation, environmental impact and new technologies.  Given all of her experiences, including as a professor at Le Moyne College for over 29 years, Martha provides CAP with knowledge and proficiency related to technology, including the impact of human error on safety, risk assessment and management. 

Board Meeting Schedule – Revised 4.4.17