Announcing New Members of our Board of Directors!

Announcing New Members of our Board of Directors!

The Board of Believe in Syracuse oversee the advancement of our mission: To promote positive perceptions and improve the quality of life in the Greater Syracuse Area.

Christopher Hess, LMT

Owner of Camillus Massage Therapy, Christopher has a deep and broad passion for the Syracuse community. He brings Marketing, Sales, and Management expertise to our board. Christopher served on Active Duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. He grew up outside Auburn and came to Syracuse in 2001. Over the years, he has lived on Tipperary Hill, the Northside and other parts of the Greater Syracuse Area. He started Camillus Massage Therapy in 2014 and grew it into a four-location business with 16 employees. Christopher loves Syracuse’s festivals, historic architecture, parks, neighborhoods, varied dining options, and the local arts scene. He is continually inspired every time he sees the skyline of the city which fuels the flames of his passion for Syracuse.

Denise Baker

Denise is a HEDIS Operation Supervisor at Molina Healthcare and is very involved in her community. She is a Co-VP for Black Nurses Rock-Syracuse, a committee member with Youth Substance Abuse Prevention (YSAP), and has been elected to sit on the Liverpool Board of Trustees. She has been a member of Believe in Syracuse for more than two years. As a nurse, supporting activities that encourage the health and well being of our community members is important to her. Denise is passionate about ways Believe in Syracuse can support community growth and healing. She believes in how community engagement allows people to work together to invest in our joint success.


Patrick Taylor

Patrick is a Senior Accountant at Liftech Equipment Companies. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from LeMoyne College. He holds over 30 years of experience in several industries. He has worked in Nonprofits as an employee and as a board member. Patrick has been a member of the board of Catholic Charities of Onondaga County and has served as that organization’s treasurer. He is especially skilled in accounts receivable, financial analysis, internal controls, financial statements, and Quickbooks Software. He attended high school at Bishop Ludden and has lived in CNY his whole life. He believes in Syracuse because he knows that Syracuse has a lot to offer for a city its size.

Andrew Schutt

Andrew Schutt is the owner of Elevated Web Marketing, a digital marketing agency focused on helping local businesses grow into local brands. Andrew started his business while in school at SUNY Oswego and currently resides in Baldwinsville with his girlfriend. He loves skiing, hiking, cooking, and just generally learning new things. Andrew Believes In Syracuse because it’s helped him personally jumpstart his business and professional career. He believes it's crucial that we crush this false notion that “Syracuse doesn’t have anything to offer.” He's living proof that it truly does have a lot to offer, and he's eager to open the eyes of everyone living here to see that as well.

Ahmeed H. Turner

Currently, the Syracuse Chapter Executive Director of Say Yes to Education, Ahmeed has worked in the Nonprofit sector for Vera House, City Year, St. Luke’s House, and Elmcrest Children’s Center. Ahmeed has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Cheyney University and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University. He grew up here, went away for college and lived in Washington, DC. After coming back to CNY, he realized the many benefits to the Syracuse area. He now lives in the Salt Springs neighborhood on the east side of Syracuse.

These five new members were elected to join our existing five board members. To learn more about them visit

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