Oswego Health Announces New Board Leadership

Posted on July 2, 2024

Ron Tascarella

(Oswego, NY – July 1, 2024) After the nonprofit’s annual board meeting held on June 24, 2024, the Oswego Health Board of Directors unanimously voted on leadership changes.

A progressive leader at SUNY Oswego, Victoria L. Furlong will serve as Board Chair, lifelong Oswego native and Exelon retiree, Pete Cullinan will serve as Vice-Chair, and long-time, experienced banker, Ron Tascarella has been appointed as Board Secretary. All three will serve two-year terms through 6/30/26. 

As SUNY Oswego’s Chief Financial Officer, Victoria L. Furlong oversees facilities services, human resources and payroll, University Police, finance and budget, student accounts, purchasing, and internal control. Appointed in September 2021, Furlong is a member of the president’s cabinet and is the first woman to serve as SUNY Oswego’s vice president for administration and finance. She began her career at SUNY Oswego over 25 years ago and has had progressive leadership experiences across campus. In all her positions, Furlong has sought to create a welcoming and inclusive community. She earned her Master of Business Administration and business administration degrees from SUNY Oswego. Additionally, Furlong serves on a variety of SUNY-wide committees supporting the university system at large, as well as the Oswego County Micron Strategy Steering Committee.   

Pete Cullinan is a lifelong native of Oswego who, with his wife, Kelly, has raised a daughter, Kelsey, and a son Cole. Before his retirement at the end of 2021, he worked in the emergency planning field with a focus on nuclear plant emergency planning since 1990, first with Oswego County and most recently with Exelon at the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant. Cullinan is a 1988 graduate of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Biology. In addition to Oswego Health, he has been involved with the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, Operation Oswego County, and the Town of Minetto Zoning Board of Appeals. In addition to serving as Vice-Chair of the Oswego Health Board of Directors, Cullinan also serves on the Oswego Health Foundation Board.

As the EVP and Chief Banking Officer of Pathfinder Bank, Ron Tascarella has over 45 years of experience in banking working alongside small businesses and individuals throughout CNY.  His specialization is in the areas of commercial lending, credit administration, and sales. Tascarella is a 1979 graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego. In addition to serving as Secretary of the Oswego Health Board of Directors, Tascarella also serves as President of the Red House Board of Directors, Treasurer of the Gifford Foundation, and board member for the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Oswego Health has been fortunate to have diverse representation from the community as board members throughout the years, including those in the financial sector, healthcare, higher education, economic development as well as local business owners. The 2024-26 Oswego Health Board of Directors consists of Ed Alberts, Past-Chair; Atom Avery; Michael C. Backus, President & CEO; Timothy R. Barnhart; William Clark; Peter Cullinan, Vice-Chair; Dan E. Dorsey, Jr.; Lynne Eggert; Victoria Furlong, Chair; Adam Gagas; Ellen Holst; Paloma Sarkar; Wajeeh Sana, MD, Chief Medical Officer; Mark Slayton, Treasurer; Ron Tascarella, Secretary; Katie Toomey; Scott Van Gorder, DO.

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About Oswego Health:

The mission of Oswego Health is to provide accessible, quality care and improve the health of residents throughout Oswego County. As a nonprofit healthcare system established in 1881, Oswego Health is proud to be Oswego County’s largest private employer. More than 1,300 employees spread throughout its 18 locations, work for the Oswego Health system, which includes the 132-bed community Oswego Hospital, a 32-bed psychiatric acute-care facility with multiple outpatient behavioral health service locations, The Manor at Seneca Hill, a 120-bed skilled nursing facility, and Springside at Seneca Hill, an independent retirement community.  The health system also operates Oswego Health Home Care, the only hospital-based certified home healthcare agency in the County as well as two outpatient centers, including the Fulton Medical Center, offering urgent care, lab, medical imaging, physical therapy, and occupational health services, and the Central Square Medical Center, offering urgent care, lab, medical imaging, and physical therapy services. In addition, Oswego Health includes the Oswego Health captive professional corporation, Physician Care P.C., providing physician services in orthopedics, cardiology, ENT, gastroenterology, breast care, audiology, general surgery, bariatrics, urology, and primary care. For more information about Oswego Health visit www.oswegohealth.org.

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