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Michael Madden & Lynn McMartin
Lynn and Michael Madden co-founded CARE in 2017.
Lynn worked at Le Moyne for over 30 years and established the college’s Human Resources Department, which she grew into a world class organization. Lynn who has always had a passion for helping seniors and Le Moyne’s retirees, co-founded CARE as a vehicle to serve that population. She has also played an active role in the broader Syracuse community, with involvement with RLS, Francis House and the Sister of St Francis. Lynn is a graduate of Champlain College in Vermont and prior to Le Moyne College held positions in Human Resources at General Electric, Erie Insurance Exchange, ETL Testing Labs, and Smith Corona.
Michael (’71) has been closely involved with Le Moyne College, his alma mater, over several decades. He served on the Board of Trustees for fourteen years, including four as Chairman. He established the Le Moyne Institute of Business in 1998 and in 2012 the Madden School of Business was named in his honor. Following his graduation from Le Moyne, Mike received his MBA from the Wharton School at U of Penn and began a twenty-five year career on Wall Street, where he ultimately headed three major investment banks. In 2005, Mike founded BlackEaglePartners, LLC, one of the most successful private equity firms of its size and vintage.
Kathryn Tovar '05
Director of Administrative and Programming
Kate Tovar (’05) is a passionate ambassador for the aging community. With over a decade in the Human Services field, she had dedicated herself to being a resource and conduit for change. Prior to leading the establishment of CARE, she spent the last 10 years helping better the Greater Central New York community as a Case Manager for the Onondaga County Department of Social Services. In addition to her experience and leadership in community and social service, she is a certified Ombudsman through the New York State Office of Long Term Care and fervent supporter and regular volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program in Onondaga County. Driven to make real, positive change, she is committed to leading CARE to engage and support the aging community.
Director of Outreach and Engagement
James has 20 plus years of customer service and public relations experience. He has managed several retail stores and worked in the human services field for Onondaga County for the last decade. James comes to us ready and willing to help the aging community by establishing new relationships and growing the number of programs CARE currently offers.
Matt Read teaches advertising, public relations and creative advertising at Le Moyne College. His expertise is borne from a career in the advertising and communications industry – starting out at Ogilvy & Mather in New York City, he has worked at Eric Mower + Associates and most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Digital Hyve. He has experience in eldercare marketing, and a passion for helping the Le Moyne Community deliver on its mission. He has worked with a wide range of brands across a variety of B2B and B2C industries, including the American Dairy Association, Unilever, Aveda and Nationwide Insurance.
Sebastian Fredette is a video producer and live-stream engineer living in Syracuse, New York. He is a graduate of Le Moyne College and gained a breadth of experience working with Syracuse’s PBS affiliate station. His videography and editing are showcased in WCNY’s Emmy-nominated special Impact: Giveback. Sebastian co-founded Hillrun Media in 2021 and currently works at Le Moyne College as Multimedia Producer. Outside of work, he enjoys working on cars and mountain biking on local trails, but is never far from his camera.
Monsignor Yeazel was born and raised on the Northeast side of Syracuse and graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in 1959. He graduated from St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester in 1963 with a B.A. degree, completed his studies for the priesthood in 1967 and was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest at the Cathedral in May of 1967. His first assignment was Associate Pastor at St. Patrick’s Binghamton from 1967-1970, followed by Associate Pastor at Cathedral in 1970. He completed his M.A. degree in Child and Family studies from Syracuse University in 1972. He received a Master of Divinity degree from St. Bernard’s Seminary as well.