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Our Mission

Our goal is to provide children with disabilities access to equipment and services that will give them more opportunities for participation within their families, communities, and with their peers. Removing obstacles from these fundamental childhood experiences, ones that every child deserves, helps to maximize the positive impacts on physical and mental health, independence, and dignity.

Dake Foundation is a great resource for moms like me who are raising a child with a disability. They were able to help me when insurance wouldn't cover my daughter's adaptive equipment. — Mother, to a grant recipient

Board of Directors

Our Board and Medical Advisory Panel (MAP) is comprised of individuals dedicated to our mission. Each brings unique expertise to the Foundation, representing the professions such as developmental pediatrics, special education, finance, physical therapy, and public relations.

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Gary Dake

Gary Dake, Founder of the Dake Foundation for Children, is President of Stewart’s Shops in Saratoga Springs, NY He has over 35 years of experience working for and now running his family and employee owned business. Gary is on the Board of Directors of Saratoga National Bank and Arrow Financial Corporation. He further serves the community by serving on the Saratoga-Warren-Washington County Workforce Development Board, and the James A. Eddy Memorial Foundation. He is a 1982 graduate of St. Lawrence University with a B.A. in Economics. When he’s not in the office, Gary can be found on the golf course, in the woodshop, baking bread, or spending time with his kids and grandkids. Gary lives in Saratoga Springs with his wife, Aimee.

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Sarah Burns

Sarah Burns serves as Executive Director of the Dake Foundation for Children. With over 16 years of experience in the field, her career has spanned from the corporate finance sector in San Francisco to the nonprofit world of Upstate New York. She is an experienced leader with a passion for building and maintaining community partnerships. She attended SUNY Empire State University and earned her degree in Business Administration with a focus on Nonprofit Management. A lifelong volunteer and active member of the community, Sarah wholeheartedly believes that a community is stronger when its members lift each other up.

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Nancy Bambara

As Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of DZ Restaurants, Nancy has helped DZ become one of the fastest growing and successful restaurant corporations in the region. In 1999, Nancy moved to Saratoga Springs, NY with her family from Cooperstown. Nancy continues to give back to our community with many years of volunteer leadership and community involvement. She loves to ski, babysit her granddaughter and be with her family.

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Nicholas DeCelle

Nicholas DeCelle is a Saratoga County native. He is a graduate of Mechanicville High School, HVCC, and holds a BS and M.Ed from Springfield College. A licensed funeral director, he works at William J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home in Saratoga Springs. Nick also spends time working at the Saratoga Springs YMCA as a certified exercise physiologist and certified strength and conditioning specialist. In his spare time, he plays golf, spends time with his dogs (Emma and Rosie), and enjoys everything the area has to offer. He currently resides in the Town of Milton with his wife Meredith (Pozefsky), daughter Cecilia, and two dogs Rosie and Emma.

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Zachary Waterstram

Zachary Waterstram is the Accounting Manager for Stewart’s Shops at the Distribution Center. He has earned his CPA and a Master’s Degree in Business from SUNY Oswego. He joined the Dake Foundation in 2020. Zack grew up in Saratoga County and now lives in Ballston Spa with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and coaching his son’s soccer teams.

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Tina Morency

Tina Morency joined the Dake Foundation in 2018. She resides in Gansevoort, N.Y. with her husband, 2 daughters, and 4 dogs. Tina attended A.C.C. and graduated with an Associates degree in Accounting. After, she joined Stewart’s Shop’s where she has been employed for over 25 years. Tina now manages the Corporate Audit Department. In her spare time she enjoys camping, traveling, and attending concerts with her family.

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Pamela Fisher

Pam Fisher is the Director of Community Relations for Hudson Headwaters Health Network where she oversees the organization’s public relations activities.

Fisher is a graduate of Syracuse University, and received her M.B.A. from the University at Albany. She is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Adirondack, a Post Star 20 under 40 winner and received a national sales award having served as membership manager of the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce from 2013-2016.

Fisher serves on the board of directors of the Adirondack Theatre Festival and has also volunteered and raised funds for numerous organizations in the Glens Falls region. As a cochlear implant recipient with lifelong hearing loss, Fisher was inspired to lead a 2020 capital campaign to fund the purchase and installation of a state-of-the-art hearing loop at the Charles R. Wood Theater, the first of its kind in the area.

She resides in Glens Falls with her husband, Jeff, and their two children, Colin and Claire.

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Rosemarie Bogdan

Rosemarie Riddell Bogdan has concentrated in the area of personal injury law since entering private practice over twenty five years ago. She graduated from Cornell University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree, and from Albany Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1992.

After serving as a confidential law clerk for a New York State Supreme Court Justice, Rosemarie entered private practice in 1993. She has been a partner of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti since 1999. Over the years, Rosemarie has had the privilege of representing individuals in all aspects of personal injury litigation. She has successfully handled cases in the New York State Supreme Courts, New York State Court of Claims, New York State Appellate Division, United States District Courts, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Superior Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

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Steve Butler

Steve Butler is the Executive Director of the Saratoga Springs YMCA, the Flagship branch of the Saratoga Regional YMCA. The Saratoga Springs YMCA currently serves over 15,000 individuals with memberships and offers a variety of programs from Aquatics, Sports, Health and Fitness, Education, Childcare and Outdoor Recreation.
Steve is a native of Bradford, Pennsylvania and received his undergraduate degree from The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford where he majored in Hospitality Management and minored in Accounting.

Steve currently resides in Queensbury with his wife Lindsey, their son Hudson and their three dogs Roman, Neymar and Dempsey. In his free time, Steve loves to golf, hike and travel.

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Kim Fahey

Kim Fahey is a pediatric physical therapist and clinic supervisor at Kids Care Pediatric Rehab in Latham, NY. She graduated from D’Youville College with a Master’s in Physical Therapy in 2001, and has been working in pediatrics ever since. She joined the Board of Directors/MAP of the Dake Foundation in 2018. Kim has first hand experience with attempting equipment referrals and letters of justification for patients that have been denied. She is excited about the opportunity to help children receive equipment they may not normally receive through insurance. Kim resides in Clifton Park, NY, with her husband, Josh, and her two children, Braden and Addison.

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Alana Gorman

Alana Gorman is a physical therapist in the Malta office of Sports Physical Therapy of New York. She graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelors in Clinical Health Studies and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She joined the Board of Directors of The Dake Foundation in 2015, and has served on the Medical Advisory Panel since then. Alana loves spending time outside with her family and dog. She enjoys living in Saratoga because of its close proximity to the mountains for hiking and skiing.

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Donna Hermann

Donna Hermann joined the Dake Foundation for Children in 2024. She spent the majority of her career in the healthcare industry working for Kaiser Permanente, CDPHP and most recently MVP Health Care in Operations and Compliance. Retired now, Donna volunteers at the Saratoga Senior Center and their Regional Food Pantry. She has a passion for interior design and works with a local realtor staging houses for sale. Donna lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband Joe of 35 years and has adult children in Boston and Los Angeles.

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Linda Miller

Linda Miller, PT, DPT, is a 2003 graduate of SUNY Adirondack (Queensbury, NY) with an Associates Degree in Math & Science and a 2005 graduate of Russell Sage College (Troy, NY) with a BA in Biology and a minor in Spanish. She went on to graduate from Sage Graduate School (Troy, NY) in 2008 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Over her 14 year career as a physical therapist, Linda has worked solely in pediatrics with a passion for working with children with multiple disabilities. In 2014, Linda became a Mobility Opportunities Via Education (MOVE) International Trainer while helping to establish and implement the MOVE curriculum within a private school for children with disabilities. This school quickly became a MOVE Model Site, displaying exemplary implementation and use of the MOVE curriculum.

Linda is a strong advocate for children encouraging them to use their body to their full capacity without setting limitations, only high expectations. Linda enjoys spending time with her family, coaching her son in sports, and exercising.

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Nick Miner

Nicholas has been advocating and supporting the needs and rights of individuals with developmental disabilities for nearly 20 years. Nicholas started his career as a teacher, then a behaviorist, and then became Director of Clinical Services for AIM Services, Inc. Nicholas has a long history of collaborating with the Office of Mental Health, local hospitals, private firms, OPWDD, and many other community service providers to provide the best supports possible for individuals and their families. Nicholas holds two Master’s degrees, one in Educational Psychology and one in Applied Behavior Analysis. Nicholas is an independent consult for several school districts, continues to help local families, and speaks at several conferences around the Capital Region. Currently, Nicholas is working with Prime Turbine Parts practicing consumer psychology to expand and establish new business relationships. Nicholas enjoys spending time with family, skiing, public speaking, attending sporting events, and traveling.

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Taylor Scheurer

Taylor Scheurer, MS, OTR/L, CSRS is from South Glens Falls, NY. She attended Ithaca College for her BS/MS in Occupational Therapy. She works at Glens Falls Hospital in acute care with a variety of diagnoses. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys reading, hiking, and cooking. Taylor chose to be a part of the Dake Foundation to assist with improving quality of life and independence with valued activities. She sits on the Medical Advisory Panel and assists with reviewing grant applications.

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JoAnne Starks

JoAnne (Sperry) Starks is a graduate of Glens Falls High School and holds a BS in Business Administration from SUNY Potsdam. She is the Director of Marketing for AAFCPAs, a leading CPA and consulting firm based in Westborough, MA, where she exercises her superpower, wordsmithery. She has over 20 years’ experience in Marketing and Communications.

JoAnne recently moved back to Queensbury with her husband (Mike) and two boys (Kaleb and Hudson) after spending 20 years in Massachusetts. In her spare time, she aspires to climb the Adirondack High Peaks. She enjoys giving back to the nonprofit community and is a regular volunteer through Catchafire.

She gravitates to projects that support education, youth development, and diversity & inclusion.

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Bruce Steves

Bruce began his career with The Jones Firm in 2011 as a law clerk after graduating from Albany Law School as Valedictorian of his class. Bruce is an active member of the Saratoga County Bar Association having served on its Board of Directors since 2015 and as Chairman of the Mock Trial Committee. Previously, he has served as a director of Saratoga Arts and as the project coordinator for NYSTLC (New York State Trial Lawyers Care), Inc., a not-for-profit corporation established to provide local victims of Hurricane Irene with much needed legal advice. Bruce lives in Saratoga Springs.