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William G. Pomeroy Foundation® Names Carrie Berse as Executive Director

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has named Carrie Berse as the organization’s new Executive Director beginning January 24. Berse succeeds Paula Miller who served as Executive Director of the Pomeroy Foundation since its inception in 2005.

Berse, who brings 41 years of experience as a fundraising professional, previously served as President of the Crouse Health Foundation, the resource development arm of the Crouse Health System. During her 28 years with Crouse, she also served as Corporate Vice President for Philanthropy of the Health Alliance of CNY. In both positions, Berse oversaw the operations of the hospital foundations, including fundraising activities such as major gifts/planned giving and capital programs; annual giving; grants writing; endowment fund oversight; as well as special events communications and development/donor services. The Crouse Health Foundation’s Endowment Fund increased significantly under Berse’s leadership.

Throughout her tenure, Berse was also instrumental in many highly successful fundraising campaigns in support of key Crouse services and programs including the Pomeroy Emergency Services Department, the Pomeroy College of Nursing, and most recently, the Pomeroy Treatment Center.

Deryn Pomeroy, Trustee and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Pomeroy Foundation shared, “We have gotten to know Carrie over the years via her role with Crouse Health and are thrilled to have such an esteemed and highly-regarded member of our community join the Pomeroy Foundation.” Pomeroy added, “With her many years of experience and strong leadership skills, she will be a great asset to our organization.”

Carrie Berse said: “I greatly admire the critical work the Foundation achieved under Paula Miller’s leadership and am honored to be able to continue and expand those initiatives. I also look forward to working with the team to continue to support the celebration and preservation of community history as well as raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families facing a blood cancer diagnosis.”

Berse holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Adelphi University and is a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals. Additionally, she has volunteered with many community organizations and is a 1997 graduate of the Leadership Greater Syracuse program. She has also received many recognitions such as the BizEventz/CNY Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and Women in Business Awards, the National Council of Jewish Women’s Hannah Solomon Award, The Post-Standard’s “Person of Achievement” Award, and the Fund-Raising Professional of the Year Award from the CNY Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Bill Pomeroy shared: “Carrie is a particularly important addition to our staff. No other organization helps communities celebrate and recognize their history like we do. My strategic vision is to expand our unique programs nationwide, and Carrie can make it happen. She will oversee my other nonprofit, the APHGA, and real estate holdings, allowing me to transition to a more advisory role.”

About the Pomeroy Foundation:
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and to raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. One of the Foundation’s initiatives is helping people to celebrate their community’s history with historic markers. Since its first roadside marker program began in 2006, the Foundation has funded over 1,600 signs in 41 states across the United States. To learn more about the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, visit

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Steve Bodnar
Communications Consultant
William G. Pomeroy Foundation