OCWA Board

The OCWA board is composed of civic-minded individuals with various business backgrounds. They oversee the progress of the water system together with the OCWA management staff to make sure a plentiful supply of water for our communities and economic development.

OCWA Board

  • John V. Bianchini, Chair

John Bianchini 1

A twenty-eight year industry veteran, Mr. Bianchini joined Pinnacle Investments in 2001 after working at several global financial institutions. In addition to advising individual clients, Mr. Bianchini and his team focus on employer sponsored retirement programs with the goal of stimulating employee participation and enhancing employee retention. Mr. Bianchini started his career in the financial services industry in 1986. He graduated from the State University of New York Institute of Technology in 1980, where he earned a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree with a major in marketing and a minor in finance. Mr. Bianchini’s experience brings clients a wealth of knowledge about the investment products and services offered throughout the financial marketplace. Mr. Bianchini is a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) General Securities Representative (Series 7), State Securities Agent (Series 63) and is New York State Insurance licensed for Life, Accident and Health. Mr. Bianchini volunteers at the Fayetteville Fire Department, a board member of the Worthley Foundation which provides funding to senior citizen homes across Central New York, and he is currently Chairman of the Onondaga County Water Authority. He resides in Syracuse, New York. Mr. Bianchini has served on the OCWA Board since October 2010.

  • Susan A. Miller, Vice Chair


  • Eileen D. Gilligan, PhD, Secretary

Gilligan Eileen1Dr. Eileen Dombroski Gilligan is an engineering geologist with an environmental consulting practice in Central New York.  She is also an adjunct professor and is affiliated with Syracuse University and Columbia College of Missouri.

Dr. Gilligan is a member of the Geological Society of America and Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society).  She works with students of all ages and often serves as a judge at local and international science fairs.  She is an advocate for international adoption and is an active volunteer with the Nature Conservancy.

Dr. Gilligan has been a member of the OCWA Board since December 2009. She has a BA degree from SUNY Oswego and MS and PhD degrees from Syracuse University.

  • Kenneth C. Gardiner, CPA, CCIFP, Treasurer

Gardiner_Kenneth2Mr. Gardiner is a certified public accountant and the partner in charge of assurance services and quality control for Dannible & McKee, LLP. He is responsible for overseeing audit and accounting services to the construction industry.

Mr. Gardiner is committed to many industry and community organizations. He serves as Chairman and President of the Greater Syracuse Business Development Corporation (GSBDC) and President of the Board for the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Site. He is a Founding Member of the Central New York State Chapter of Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and has served as the Secretary/Treasurer since its inception.

Mr. Gardiner has served on the Onondaga County Water Authority Board since 2013.

He graduated from LeMoyne College (BS).

  • Robert J. Andrews, Board Member

Bob Andrews2Mr. Andrews is the Director of Business Development for The Arc of Madison Cortland Counties. He previously served on the Onondaga County Legislature and was the Vice President of Marketing for BioAxxis Biometrics.

In addition to serving on the Onondaga County Water Authority Board since 2013, Mr. Andrews is currently Chairman of the Metropolitan Water Board. He is Founding Member of Believe in Syracuse and has served on numerous other community boards including the United Way, Syracuse First and Upstate Medical Center University Hospital.

Mr. Andrews graduated from Colgate University (BA) and Northeastern University (MBA).

OCWA By-Laws (Amended 10-15-14)

Board Committees