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The Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation was incorporated in 1983 to support the advancement of Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in its mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities and the lives of their families.

To accomplish this mission, the Foundation will responsibly:

  • Identify and cultivate potential donors, gifts, planned gifts and bequests
  • Promote awareness of Sunnyview’s services
  • Support and advance the needs of Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Distribute funds to Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Manage and account for the Foundation’s resources
  • Communicate appreciation to all donors for their support

Sunnyview Hospital and Rehabilitation Center Foundation, Inc. is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501c(3) organization that raises funds to benefit Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital. All gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Our federal ID number is 22-2505127.

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Michael O’Hara, Executive Director

Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation
1270 Belmont Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12308
Phone: (518) 382-4586
Fax: (518) 382-4570

Our office is located on the first floor in room 154 of Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital.

Board of Trustees


Elizabeth Epstein, Chair
Jonathan Moran, 1st Vice Chair
Mark Clark, 2nd Vice Chair
Margaret C. King, Secretary
Sarah McPartlon, Treasurer
Andrea Golub, Advisor


Michael O’Hara


Marisa Akley
Michael Chambers
David Ensminger
Diane Faubion
Patrick LaPorta
Donald Lang
Samuel Maltbie
Lynne T. Nicolson, MD
Judy Nocera, Sunnyview Auxiliary, President
James R. Nolan, PhD
Tara O’Leary
Gerard F. Parisi, Esq.
Marsha Ras M.S.
Christopher T. Roberts
Manny Santos
Lauren Smith
Gregory Travis
Lou Tubolino
Renee Walrath


Charles J. Assini
Mark E. Boucher
Richard H. Brainard
Marlene W. Breault
Richard J. Cummins
Neil Golub
James J. Hunter
Frederick R. Kaplan
Gerald F. Kilanoski
Marcia T. Liebich
Joann E. Paulsen
John T. Savage
James M. Strosberg, MD
Norma C. Westcott

Meet Our Staff

Michael O’Hara, Executive Director

Arriving in 2016, Mike provides 30+ years of fundraising experience and a donor-centered focus to the Sunnyview Foundation. Mike finds patient and family engagement at Sunnyview a driving force in his work to connect the community and donors with Sunnyview. Mike’s work in philanthropy has included dedicated service to Cornell University, Union College and Ellis Medicine. Living in Schenectady for 20+ years, Mike is committed to promoting the city and the Capital Region; and is an active member of the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce. Outside of work, Mike enjoys outdoor activities, golf at the Mohawk Golf Club, and in winter, curling at the Schenectady Curling Club.

Mike comes from a family of 9 children, earned his BS at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and happily shares his home with his wife, Susan Audie, and 3 adult children.

Catherine Gilbert, Major Gifts – Campaign Specialist

Skilled in nonprofit leadership, Catherine brings decades of experience cultivating stewardship and stakeholder engagement to the Sunnyview Foundation. Prior to Sunnyview, Catherine led ECOS: The Environmental Clearinghouse; the Children’s Museum of Science & Technology; and the Museum Association of New York, as well as serving in education leadership roles at the Miami Children’s Museum; the NYS Historical Association (now Fenimore Art Museum); Old South Meeting House; and the Boston Children’s Museum. A strong proponent for physical activity, Catherine balances out “work time” by cycling, running, skiing, hiking, and messing about in boats.

A native of Niskayuna, NY Ms. Gilbert earned her MA in Museum Education from Tufts University, and a BA in Art History from Marist College.

Recognition Societies

Since 1983, the Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation has supported the hospital’s mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities and the lives of their families.

As a not-for-profit hospital, Sunnyview is committed to providing the highest quality rehabilitative care to all people, regardless of their ability to pay.

Philanthropy plays an integral role in enabling Sunnyview to create, enhance and sustain vital programs and services and purchase much-needed rehabilitation equipment that benefits our patients.

To honor those members of the Sunnyview family who provide a high level of annual support to the hospital, we have created recognition societies. These societies are named in honor of great philanthropists who have gone before us, yet whose generosity has made Sunnyview the rehabilitation center that it is today.

Becoming a Member

To join a recognition society, simply make a cumulative annual gift of $100 or more in a calendar year. As a member, you will provide Sunnyview with the ability to fund our most pressing needs.

To learn more about how you can become a member of our recognition societies, please call us at or email

Donor Confidentiality

Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation does not use or share information, mailing lists and/or biographic information for private, commercial or political purposes. We respect your right to privacy and understand the sensitivity of personal information.

Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation does publish an Annual Report of donors containing giving levels. Specific dollar amounts are not published. Should a donor choose to remain anonymous, he/she has a right to do so by contacting the Foundation at (518) 382-4586, or via email at