Board of Directors

Mr. Ron Witt, President

Mr. Witt graduated from State University of New York at Fredonia, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.  He worked for Johnson & Johnson for thirty-four (34) years as a pharmaceutical sales representative.  He has been on a number of boards and is currently on the Vineyard Trail HOA board in Orchard Park, New York. 

Mr. Witt has been a lifetime Orchard Park resident and a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in West Seneca, New York.  His parents, Carl and Elinor Witt, were ‘pioneers’ that moved into Fox Run when it first opened in 2007.  Mr. Witt’s parents were both members of the United Church of Christ and were very influential in the development of Fox Run.  Mr. Witt feels honored to continue his parent’s vision and hard work serving the Fox Run board as well as being a delegate to the United Church Home Society.

Mr. John Sherman, Vice President

Mr. Sherman received both his Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Education degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He is a retired Biology Professor Emeritus from Erie Community College.  Mr. Sherman served as Department Chair for over 20 years and as an Academic Dean.  He served as a member of the Middle States College Association; assessing colleges in New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.  

Mr. Sherman is the President of the Erie 1 BOCES Board of Education, and a member of the Community Board of DeGraff Memorial Hospital in Tonawanda, New York.  He currently is a member on the Executive Committee of the Niagara Frontier Industry Education Council, and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Salem United Church of Christ in Tonawanda.  Mr. Sherman is a past member of the City of Tonawanda Boys and Girls Club, past Chairman of the United Church Home Society Board of Trustees, and Former Executive Director of the City of Tonawanda Youth Board.

Mr. Richard Holmes, Treasurer

Mr. Holmes graduated from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management.  He served in the U.S. Army from June 1963 until August 1967.  He received an honorable discharge as Captain.  He then went to work for Holmes and Murphy Inc. from 1967 until 2010.

Mr. Holmes served as President of Homes and Murphy Inc., President of United Materials, President of Frey Sand and Gravel, and President of New York State Association of General Contractors.  He is past Director of Nation Association of General Contractors, Director of Southtowns YMCA, and Director of the Orchard Park Boys and Girls Club.  Mr. Holmes currently is a member of the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church where he serves as an Elder.

Mr. Holmes is now retired and enjoys traveling and all things to do with the outdoors.  He is married and has five children and eight grandchildren.  

Mrs. Jill Ortner, Secretary

Mrs. Ortner received her Bachelor of Administration degree from Pennsylvania State University.  She taught English for seven (7) years and then was a realtor for twelve (12) years.  After receiving her Masters of Library Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, she was a Librarian at the University for fifteen (15) years before retiring in 2011. 

Mrs. Ortner is married to John Ortner.  They have one son, Eric, who is a graphic designer in the metropolitan New York City area.  Mrs. Ortner is an active member of St. James United Church of Christ in Hamburg, NY, and a volunteer for the League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara.

Mr. Mark Moldenhauer, Member

Mr. Mark Moldenhauer is a member of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, where he has practiced law for over fifteen (15) years. He counsels employers on a wide range of issues affecting the workplace and litigates matters in federal and state court and before governmental agencies.  He also advises companies with respect to traditional labor law matters, including collective bargaining and arbitrations. Mr. Moldenhauer is currently listed in New York Super Lawyers® for his practice in the areas of Employment and Labor Law.

Mr. Moldenhauer received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College, and law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.  He is a member of several professional and trade organizations and is presently on the Western New York Regional Leadership Counsel and Professional Services Committee for the Empire Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. Mr. Moldenhauer lives in East Aurora, NY with his wife and two (2) children.  He is active as a board member for his children’s competitive swim club, and a soccer coach.  

Mr. Benjamin Rand, Member

Mr. Benjamin Rand is President of Insyte Consulting, a non-profit management consulting firm that has been helping WNY manufacturing and technology companies to prosper for thirty-five (35) years.  Insyte Consulting is part of the Federal Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a nationwide program which works to make small manufacturers more competitive.  Mr. Rand has twenty-five (25) years of experience in general management, marketing and operations for a variety of public and private manufacturers.  He served as president of Sefar Filtration Inc., Depew, New York, a subsidiary of a privately-held Swiss company.  Before Sefar, he held a variety of senior management positions including senior vice president and vice president/general manager with USFilter, a Fortune 500 water purification equipment manufacturer. 

Mr. Rand is a member of the WNY Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) and Advanced Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship Work Groups, a member of the Founders Council of Buffalo Manufacturing Works, a past chair of both the Buffalo-Niagara Partnership Manufacturers Council, and the American Small Manufacturers Coalition based in Washington, D.C.  He currently serves on the boards of the Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance, Calamar and the World Trade Center Buffalo-Niagara.

Mr. Rand holds a Master of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Administration degree from Yale University.  He is married with three children and resides in Orchard Park, New York.

Mrs. Maureen M. Lehsten, Member

Mrs. Maureen M. Lehsten is the Chief Financial Officer for The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care Inc., the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care in Buffalo, NY, since 2004.  She is a committee member of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State, a member for the Centers to Palliative Care Organization, and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Western New York Chapter.  She is a member and organization liaison for the National Partnership for Hospice Innovations Group and leads their regulatory and finance chapters.  She was recognized in 2010 as the Financial Executive of the year by the Western New York community.

Prior to Hospice, Mrs. Lehsten was the Senior Executive and CFO for a technology company and prior to that she was a senior manager for KPMG US, LLP, a certified public accounting firm.  She has over thrity (30) years of experience in the financial management and healthcare industry.

As a graduate of Leadership Buffalo, Mrs. Lehsten has been an active community leader.  She is currently serving as a board member for Every Person Influences People, Inc. and the Hospice Buffalo board and Hospice Foundation of WNY.  She recently served as a board member for Gilda’s Club of Western New York, and a finance committee member for Journey’s End Refugee Services.

Mrs. Lehsten is a Certified Public Accountant and a former member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the NY State Society of Certified Public Accountants.  She received her bachelors degree in Accounting and Management Information Systems from Canisius College, Buffalo, NY.

Mrs. Lehsten and her family reside in Orchard Park, NY, and are members of the St. John Vianney Church.

Mr. George Herbert, Past President Ex- Officio

Mr. Herbert retired from HSBC Bank USA after eighteen (18) years of service.  He had been Senior Vice President, and responsible for management of the Trust Services Group.  This group included the Trust Operations, the Retirement Services, and the Fiduciary Tax Services Departments. 

Prior to HSBC, Mr. Herbert worked for over twenty-five (25) years at Bethlehem Steel Corporation in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Lackawanna, New York.  His steel company career was in the area of data processing, and included management of both applications systems development, and computer operations. 

A native of York, Pennsylvania, Mr. Herbert holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Science degree from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania.  Both degrees are in Civil Engineering. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force following his graduation from Penn State. 

Mr. Herbert has been a member of the Fox Run at Orchard Park board since 2002, first serving as its Secretary and subsequently as its President. He previously was a board member and Treasurer of the Orchard Park Council of the Arts. He has also served on other not-for-profit boards in the Western New York area. 

Rev. Dr. Marja L. Coons-Torn

Rev. Dr. Marja Coons-Torn has worked for the United Church of Christ as their Associate Minister of the Indiana-Kentucky Conference for eight (8) years and Minister of the Penn Central Conference for ten (10) years. She has served various congregations in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, New York, and has spent time serving as the Chair of the Council of Ministers Conference. A Buffalo native, she attended the School of Social Work at the State University of New York at Buffalo to attain her undergraduate degree. She continued on to receive her Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts, and her Doctor of Ministry degree from Eden Theological School in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Rev. Dr. Coons-Torn has been a trustee of Jamestown Community College, Rocky Mountain College, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. She also enjoyed her role as President of the Knitters Guild of Greater Buffalo. Since her retirement, she has served as President of the Board of the United Church Home Society, and held a temporary position as the Team Leader for the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization Team of the United Church of Christ. She and her husband Jim have been happily living at Fox Run since 2014. They have a lifelong passion for traveling and are avid readers.

Ms. Gretchen Librock, Secretary

Ms. Librock graduated from Grove City College, Pennsylvania, with a Business Administration degree.  She has 30 years of experience in the banking industry.  During her early years of banking she attended school in the evening to obtain her Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance, from Canisius College, Buffalo, NY.  Ms. Librock’s banking experience includes 22 years of management in the employee benefit and retirement field, followed by her current position in the finance division.

Coming from a family of long-time Friedens United Church of Christ members, Ms. Librock is currently a member of Salem United Church of Christ in Tonawanda, NY.  At Salem UCC, Ms. Librock has served as an Elder, Trustee, Deacon, Board of Programs Committee Member, Search Committee Member, and is currently Chairperson of the Endowment Fund.  She also served as Co-Chair of the finance arm of Salem’s Faith in the Future Campaign, which raised over $500,000 in a three year time period.  

In her free time, Ms. Librock enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as outdoor activities such as cycling.  For many years, Ms. Librock has raised money for the Roswell Park Cancer Institute through its annual Ride for Roswell.

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