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.
- John V. Bianchini, Chair
A 28-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 Wortley 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.
- Eileen D. Gilligan, PhD, Vice Chair
Dr. 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, Secretary
Mr. 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).
- Michael J. Luber, Treasurer
Mr. Luber has been involved in the home building and home remodeling industry for 42 years. He is presently President and CEO of Luber Associates, Inc – a full service residential contracting company providing a wide range of services from minor house repairs to major renovations. The company was established in 1996. In January of 2000, he earned the designation of Certified Graduate Remodelor (CGR) from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelors Council. CGR recognizes those remodelors who demonstrate exceptional business integrity, technical competence, and a solid track record of customer satisfaction.
Mr. Luber is also the owner of two additional business ventures. Royal Oak Builders was established in 2002 – another full-service custom home building company operating throughout Onondaga County. In 1992, he began a rental property company under the name Madison Properties – providing convenient and affordable housing to residents in the Town of Camillus.
Mr. Luber is a volunteer member of the Friends of Camillus Park, an organization working hand in hand with the Town of Camillus Parks and Recreation Department to maintain and improve the 35 acre park. He is also an active member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks at the Camillus Lodge #2367. Mr. Luber resides in Camillus with his wife Mary, of 27 years, and has two daughters – Abagail and Katherine.
In 1985, Michael received a BS degree from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse, NY, in Wood Products Engineering with a minor in marketing. He has served on the OCWA Board since 2016.
- John Dougherty, Board Member