Board of Directors

Phillip Yudt

President

Phillip (PJ) Yudt resides in the Poconos with his daughter Savannah Yudt who will be attending Bloomsburg University this fall. PJ has worked for Keystone Independent Management for 35 years. Keystone manages several nonprofit blind associations in and around the Philadelphia area as well as in Western Pennsylvania and employs approximately 600 people. Keystone manufactures digging and striking tools, operate a mailroom for the Department of Defense and provide Total Property Management for the welcome centers and rest areas in Western PA. They also provide snow removal, lawn services and custodial contracts for government agencies across the Commonwealth. In addition to these services, Keystone also manufactures 1ply toilet tissue for all the correctional facilities in PA and safety helmets for the Navy.

As the Senior Vice President of Operation and Facilities at Keystone, PJ has worked with many State and Federal procurement officers through our State Use Program under Uniquesource Products and Services. On the Federal side, he has worked with the Abilityone program through National Industries for the Blind and SourceAmerica.

PJ is looking forward to serving as the President of the Board for Challenge Workforce Solutions and bringing his expertise to support Challenge’s effort in providing financial and mission sustainability for many years. 

Kelley Cooper

Vice President

I grew up in Vestal, NY and moved to Florida after I graduated.  After spending 30 years in Florida and Virginia, I wanted to come home to upstate NY.  I enjoy skiing in the winter and boating and gardening in the summer.

Once I came back to NY, I was looking for a way to give back to the community with the skills I’ve acquired throughout my career as well as experience the pride in people’s faces when they achieve their goals, no matter what those goals are.  I enjoy participating on the board and helping to move Challenge forward so that many others can achieve their goals.

 

Robert Iszard

Treasurer

Robert (Bobby) R. Iszard, Jr. is currently retired, living in Glenora with his wife Martha and there dog Duffy. Bob previously worked for Empire State Development as a Project Manager for 18 years and for Congressman Amo Houghton as the District Director for 3 years. Bob worked for McCurdy, Co. as Senior VP of Stores and the S.F. Iszard Co. as President for 25 years.

Bob graduated from the Ohio Wesleyan University with a major in Business/Finance. and is currently the Treasurer of the Mozaic Board. He also served as Treasurer of the Arc of Yates Board for 9 years.

We are truly fortunate to have Bob as the Board Treasurer with all his knowledge and experience.

 

John Sammis 

 Secretary

I arrived in Ithaca in 1989 to attend the Johnson Graduate School of Management and never left. I met my wife here and raised my family here and believe it is a great place to live.

After earning an MBA from Cornell I spent 20 years running a Data Description, statistics software company. We used Challenges services to package our manuals and CDs into boxes that would be shipped to customers around the world. The Challenge staff was always upbeat and professional. Currently I manage GORGES, Inc, a custom software development company located here in Ithaca.

I believe that Challenge is an important resource to Tompkins County, and I am excited to be part of the Board and to help Challenge be a strong and vibrant organization.

 

Alan (Herb) Snyder

Alan (Herb) Snyder is currently semi-retired, living with his wife in Penn Yan. Herb worked 12 years at Cargill Salt in Watkins Glen as a Production Supervisor and currently works part-time at Weldon Funeral Home assisting the Funeral Home Director. Herb has also worked at FLACRA as an Addiction Counselor.

Herb is a graduate of Penn Yan Academy and served four years in the Marine Corp including a stint in Vietnam. He is currently serving on numerous committees including the America Legion in Penn Yan, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Counsel of Alcoholism and Addictions of the Finger Lakes and Yates County Substance Abuse Coalition. He is also a former board Member of FLACRA, Arc of Yates and Yates County Planning Board.

We are truly appreciative to have Herb as a Board Member with all of his expertise.

Allen Connely

Allen began his professional career in the international business arena where he held senior management roles.  He has worked in over 20 countries and upon his return to the states, began his own company in the automotive industry.  He served as the Executive Vice President of Keystone Independence Management, an organization that offers management and leadership services to non-profits, where he consistently demonstrated the ability to ensure sustainability as well as providing jobs for the people they support. 

 As the current President & CEO of Mozaic and Challenge, Allen possesses extensive leadership experience in the field of developmental disabilities and an understanding of the challenges facing human services agencies. Allen has a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and a Master’s degree in both Business Administration and International Management.

 In his free time, Allen enjoys reading and playing golf. Allen and his wife Brenda are now empty nesters; their son and daughter in law live in Colorado and their daughter and her fiancé live in San Francisco.