United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area announced that two community members have been appointed to its Board of Directors.


The two new members include Ross Bernston and Jennifer Adjodha-Evans.


“We are pleased to welcome two new members to our Board of Directors. These individuals are each dedicated to making our community stronger and bring unique experiences to our board” said Erin Gutierrez Matt, United Way Executive Director. “Our Board of Directors powers the business that we have built.”


Ross Bernston is President and Chief Operating Officer at Indium Corporation and has been with the company since 1996. Most recently, Ross lived in Singapore for two years, learning much about the daily activities in Southeast Asia and China while serving as Executive Vice President and President of Indium Corporation’s Asia Holdings. He is a graduate of Cornell University with a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.


When asked about joining the board, Ross stated, “United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica supports our community through disciplined application of resources to proven programs and is led and staffed by creative individuals who are inspired to be creative and entrepreneurial in their problem solving. All of this is done with caring hearts. I am proud to be a board member for this powerful organization and hope I can help build on the team’s already impressive momentum.”


Jennifer Adjodha-Evans is is an Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Physiology at Herkimer County Community College and an Adjust Instructor of Human Anatomy and Physiology at SUNY Poly. She serves on the Community and Behavorial Health Advisory Board at SUNY Poly and is the President of the Adventist International Medical Missionaries, overseeing medical activities of volunteers on mission trips to impoverished countries. She has a Ph.D in Biology from the CUNY Graduate Center, and is a resident of Richfield Springs with her husband and three children.


In a statement, Adjodha-Evans said, “As new member of the United Way team, I hope to use my experience to help continue the caring work United Way does in local communities of the Mohawk Valley.”


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