Every year at the House of Providence Dinner, we award three individuals who have, through their generosity and dedication to others, had an incredible positive impact on the community. We look forward to celebrating the following honorees at this year’s House of Providence Dinner, which will take place on Wednesday, May 17th, at the Oncenter. Tickets and program ads are available here. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities can contact Development Coordinator Mary Kay Musyt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-362-7579.
Our thanks to the House of Providence Committee and all sponsors and supporters who help make this event possible every year. The event is in its 32nd year and is a vital source of funding for many of our programs.
Dr. Linda M. LeMura became the 14th president of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., on July 1, 2014. She is the first female layperson to ascend to the presidency of a Jesuit institution in the United States. She previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs and as dean of arts and sciences at Le Moyne. Prior to Le Moyne, she served as a professor, graduate program director and associate dean at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include pediatric obesity, pediatric applied physiology, lipid metabolism and energy metabolism, and she has taught applied physiology, anatomy and physiology, bioethics and the biology of aging. She has been a research consultant for the U.S. and the Italian Olympic Committees and is the author of numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts, grant proposals, a physiology laboratory manual and a textbook translated into multiple languages. A Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, she has served on the boards of the Syracuse Symphony, the Everson Museum, and the Syracuse International Film Festival. A summa cum laude graduate of Niagara University, she received an M.S. and Ph.D. in applied physiology from Syracuse University. She and her husband, Dr. Lawrence Tanner, a professor of environmental systems science at Le Moyne, have a daughter, Emily.
Larry is a Member of Bousquet Holstein PLLC and serves on its Board of Managers. Larry has been deeply involved in civic and volunteer activities in the Syracuse area for many years. He is Director and Member of the Executive Committee of CenterState CEO and serves on the Board of Directors of Syracuse 20/20. Larry is also the past President of the Onondaga Citizens League, where he was the Chair of the 2005 study on Strategic Governmental Consolidation. A past President of the Everson Museum, Larry continues to serve as an honorary Trustee, chair of the Museum’s Development Committee and the Chair of the Turner to Cezanne Exhibition Committee. He served for many years on the Board of Directors of Hiscock Legal Aid and is a past President of the Society. In 2013, Larry was appointed President of the Gifford Foundation Board of Trustees. He also is a past Director of the Syracuse City School District Foundation where he served as Chair of the Grants Committee, and he is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Crouse Health Foundation. Larry is an honors graduate of Kenyon College and the Syracuse University College of Law, where he served as an adjunct faculty member teaching in Partnership Taxation for many years.
Ms. Leola Rodgers was appointed President and CEO of the Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc. on January 12, 2015. Accredited by the Joint Commission, Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc. is a major primary health care provider in the Central New York Region. Annually Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc. (SCHC) serves over 34, 000 unique patients who generate in excess of 150,000 patient visits. Prior to joining the Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc, Ms. Rodgers was the Associate Administrator for the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, Ambulatory Services, Oasis and HealthLink at Upstate University Hospital. Ms. Rodgers has worked for over twenty-five years in various healthcare settings in Detroit, Michigan, Boston, Massachusetts; and Jacksonville, Florida. Ms. Rodgers has a long history of working with charities and not-for-profits in Syracuse that have included Enable, Make-A-Wish Foundation, On Point for College and Ronald McDonald House Charities. Currently, she serves as Vice President of the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York. Ms. Rodgers is also a board member of the United Way Central New York, Crouse Hospital, CNY Care Collaborative, Syracuse 20/20, and CenterState CEO. She also serves on the Social Determinants of Health and Community Based Organizations Committee, a sub-committee of the NYS Medicaid Value Based Payment Work Group.