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Lauzon Named to Potsdam College Foundation Board of Trustees


(October 28, 2014) The Potsdam College Foundation Board of Trustees elected three new members at its fall meeting. Emily Lauzon '96 and Wayne Zanetti '72 will serve as trustees, while Tesfa Alexander '02 was named as the Foundation Board's first-ever associate trustee. These accomplished SUNY Potsdam graduates will help steward their alma mater, as the foundation works to build a bright future for the College.

"The Potsdam College Foundation will strongly benefit from the depth of expertise, broad array of experience and strong sense of dedication that our new trustees bring to the table," said Foundation Executive Director Vicki Templeton-Cornell. "As we continue to advance the highly successful Take the Lead Campaign, SUNY Potsdam is fortunate to have dedicated alumni volunteers like Wayne, Emily and Tesfa."

Emily Lauzon, '96, is the assistant general manager of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort in Hogansburg, N.Y. After earning a bachelor's degree in industrial labor relations, with a minor in business economics, from SUNY Potsdam, Lauzon started her gaming career at the resort as the associate relations manager in 1999. She quickly transitioned to become the human resources director. In 2003, Lauzon left the gaming industry to serve as a tribal sub-chief for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe for a three-year term. Afterward, she returned to the casino becoming the director of education and recruitment in 2006. Lauzon has been instrumental in guiding the culture of the business, as well as the upward mobility of the employees she oversees. In 2012, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council selected Lauzon to become the general manager of the Mohawk Bingo Palace. With the merger of the Mohawk Bingo Palace and the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, Lauzon assumed the position of the assistant general manager.

Established in 1968, the Potsdam College Foundation is a non-profit corporation dedicated to stewarding the continued growth of private giving in support of SUNY Potsdam. Its mission is to ensure a quality future for the College and its people, by establishing endowments to support scholarships and programs to ensure campus needs are met. To learn more, visit


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