Meet the Board
KIM DELONG – PRESIDENT
Kim is the Administration Manager at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack. She has been on the property for 27 years beginning her career here as the Jockey Payroll Clerk for the H. B. P. A. She then joined the Association management team in 1989 to present. Kim is a lifelong resident of Farmington and a member of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce. Before becoming Board President she was the Fund Raising Chair for the Board and was just elected President in June 2014. Kim was instrumental in ensuring that FLTAP was accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance in October of 2014.
Kim can be reached at email@example.com or 585-742-9202.
Wanda Polisseni – Vice President
Born and raised on a farm in Yates County and graduated from State University of Delhi where her family boarded Standardbred horses, Wanda married and had four children, three living. In 1977 her husband, Gene, and family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, to open Paychex, Inc. Since retiring from Paychex, she has devoted her time to racing, both Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds, and to many charitable organizations such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She serves on several boards including Rochester General Hospital, Thompson Health Foundation, New York State Troopers Foundations, MCMEC, Crisis Nursery, The Polisseni Foundation, Finger Lakes HBPA, as well as FLTAP.
“I have loved horses and ridden since I was a little girl. My greatest wish is that no horse has to face the perils of slaughter and I hope through all of our efforts we can achieve this.”
FRANCIE ANDOLINO – SECRETARY
Francie Andolino is a Marketing Promotion Specialist of Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack and has been part of the Marketing Department since the opening of the gaming facility in February of 2004. She has been active in planning every FLTAP Annual Dinner and Auction since 2004 and is continually looking for fundraising opportunities. Her love and respect for horses started at a young age with horseback riding lessons.
“It has been a proud and rewarding experience to be a part of this great program.”
Francie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-742-9263
VIEDEN ZAHARIEV – TREASURER
Vieden is Senior Director of Operations for Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack. Vieden has worked at Delaware North Companies corporate office and in the Parks division at Yellowstone before coming to Finger Lakes as Senior Director of Finance in 2007.
Vieden can be reached at email@example.com or 585-742-9200
atrick Placito is the Director of Racing and Simulcasting at the Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack. He is originally from Canandaigua, New York, and he has an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York and is also an MBA graduate. He has approximately twenty years of experience in the Thoroughbred racing industry. His Thoroughbred racing career began in the New England circuit at Suffolk Downs and Rockingham Park. Some of the positions he held within the racing industry include but are not limited to Racing Official, Assistant Racing Secretary, Assistant Mutual Manager, Money Room Manager, Main Banker, and Director of Mutuels, Simulcast Coordinator, and Stakes Director.
Patrick can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-742-9236
Beverly Tartaglia is currently Event Coordinator at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack and has been on the FLTAP Board since 2007, serving as Board Secretary from 2007 to 2009. Beverly and FLTAP Marketing Department Board Members are instrumental in executing fundraising initiatives, securing endowments, and coordinatingThe Purple Haze Path and the annual Winners Round-Up Dinner and Auction.
A former Livingston County Morgan horse farm owner, Beverly now resides in Honeoye Falls, New York. She lends her fundraising experience to several charitable groups, and recruits/organizes a team of Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack sponsored Polar Bears in the Special Olympics Annual Fundraiser Polar Bear Plunge, which is held at Charlotte Beach, Lake Ontario.
“My work at FLTAP is a labor of love. I value all animals, horses especially, and wish that every racehorse has a second chance to lead a safe, productive, and happy equine life.”
RICHARD J. CUTRI
A native of Canandaigua, NY, he graduated from the University of Rochester MBA in 1976 and retired from Xerox Corporation in December of 2003.
He serves on the boards of HBPA and FLTAP as well as Granger Homestead, Saint Joseph's Villa, F. F. Thompson Hospital, and the advisory committee of the Canandaigua YMCA.
“I have been associated with horse racing for over 30 years. As an owner, my concern has always been with the welfare of the horses both on the track and after they retire from their racing career.”
Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Mike LeCesse is a father of two. He has trained racehorses for 25 years at Finger Lakes Racetrack. He has had many stakes horses including but not limited to: Missionary Monk, Sinbad the Sailor, As Wicked, Fly To Me, and Tin Cup Chalice who was the first and only New York Triple Winner. He has been an active member of HBPA for 12 years. He currently trains at Finger Lakes Racetrack and manages and owns R & R Farms. Mike joined FLTAP Board to help take an active role in helping former racehorses find homes after retiring.
Chris graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Kitchener Canada with a bachelor degree in Business Administration. He oversees all aspects of the gaming and racing operations of Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack. He started his pari-mutuel career with Sportsystems, the pari-mutuel and gaming division of Delaware North Companies in 1987. While working at Delaware North Companies, he rose through various positions until 1992 when he accepted the position of Controller at Finger Lakes Racetrack. Chris was promoted to President and General Manager in 1998. Executive member of the New York Coalition to Promote and Preserve Racing that was the driving force responsible for the enabling legislation that allowed the introduction of VGM's in New York. He lead the team that was responsible for the re-emergence of the Finger Lakes property as a first class entertainment venue with the opening of the second video gaming facility in the State of New York in 2004. He designed and constructed Finger Lakes’ recent $4.3 million property expansion and he designed and implemented the first video gaming machine expansion in New York in 2006.
Phil Palermo is Director of Operations for Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack and a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology majoring in Business Administration. Phil has been with Finger Lakes for six years and was added to the board of FLTAP in May 2009.
He oversees the daily operations of Finger Lakes racing. Phil can be reached at email@example.com or585-742-9233.
Phyllis was one of the founding members of Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program without her dedication to the horses here at Finger Lakes this adoption program would not be the only adoption program on the grounds of a race track in North America, Phyllis is a trainer at Finger Lakes Race Track and has been involved with horses her entire life.
Dave is the President of Finger Lakes Horsemen’s Protective and Benevolent Association for the past six years. Dave is semi retired and a founding member of Brown and Tarentino, LLP. He has been a horse owner for several years and races at Finger Lakes.
Dave can be reached at 585-924-3004
Dr. Robert Carr, DVM (retired)
Dr. Carr’s practice was on the grounds of Finger Lakes Race Track for over 25 years and his expertise in equine veterinary care is instrumental in advising our board.
Gerald Paley – Board Advisor
Gerry is a retired lawyer and accomplished equestrian rider and horse owner. Thanks to his effort, the “Hook Me Up” wall at Purple Haze Center was created to honor the large donations made to the program.
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