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New Appointments for the JCC Board of Trustees

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has appointed Pamela S. Beyor-Murtha, of Black River and Judith L. Gentner, of Watertown, to the Jefferson Community College (JCC) Board of Trustees, effective March 2016.  Beyor-Murtha was Chairperson of the Board of the Bernier Carr Group of Companies until her retirement in 2014.  Prior to her retirement in 2011, Gentner served as Deputy to the Garrison Commander on Fort Drum.  

Beyor-Murtha’s career with the Bernier Carr Group spanned 28 years. As Chief Executive Officer from 1997 – 2002, Beyor-Murtha was responsible for overall management and operations of the Bernier Carr Group of companies including staff development, fiscal oversight, and business development.  She became chairperson of the Board in 2002. Ms. Beyor-Murtha is a registered New York State architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects.  She is extremely active in the community helping with events and organizations such as the American Heart Walk, Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization (FDRLO), Relay for Life and many more.  In 2010, Beyor-Murtha received the prestigious Athena Award.  She holds a bachelor of professional studies in architecture from SUNY Buffalo.

Judith Gentner enjoyed a 30-year career working for the military, serving most recently as Deputy to the Garrison Commander at Fort Drum from 1997 until her retirement in 2011.  Gentner was responsible for managing day-to-day base operations for installation and tenant activities and oversight of garrison directors in support of 30,000 soldiers, family members and a workforce of 2,500 civilian and military employees.  She advised the Garrison Commander on key issues and represented the commander in his absence on a variety of boards and committees. Gentner has been honored with numerous awards including Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service and AUSA’s First Region Department of the Army Civilian of the Year Award.  In retirement, Gentner is an active community advocate, member and volunteer with several organizations including the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, Watertown Urban Mission, Operation Yellow Ribbon, Association of the United States Army (AUSA), YMCA and many more.  Her civilian education includes a master’s in public administration from Shippensburg University and bachelor of science in recreation from the University of Colorado.

Beyor-Murtha’s appointment fills the unexpired term of Michelle D. Pfaff, and Gentner’s appointment fills the unexpired term of David J. Clark.












Pamela S. Beyor-Murtha












Judith L. Gentner