Telecom and IT Veterans Join Axcess Ontario Board

Donna Reeves-Collins and John Dorak lend industry expertise to board 
Canandaigua, N.Y., July 30, 2012  — Donna Reeves-Collins, a former senior executive for Frontier Communications and founder of Cole & Parks in Victor, as well as John Dorak, a 30-year information technology veteran, have joined the board of directors of Axcess Ontario.
During her 19 years with Frontier Communications, Reeves-Collins directed the start-up of new distribution channels, managed the turn-around of struggling divisions, and over the course of her career, led sales, human resources, operations, marketing, and various joint ventures. Among them was a strategic joint venture with Verizon Wireless, which she led as president and chief operating officer.  In 1997, she was promoted to senior vice president of sales, responsible for a nationwide sales organization and over $1 billion in annual revenues.
After Global Crossing’s acquisition of Frontier, Reeves-Collins departed and founded Cole & Parks bakery café as a quick-service restaurant concept. A born entrepreneur, she soon developed several proprietary and patent-pending products leading to the formation of a joint venture in 2007 with Buffalo-based Rich Products. Reeves-Collins is today a managing director with Rich Products and holds a BS from the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics, and an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business.
Board member John Dorak brings more than three decades of information technology management and expertise to the Axcess Ontario board. He began his career at RCA and later worked progressively in positions with Rochester Community Savings Bank, Ragu Foods, Canandaigua Wine Company, and eventually its parent company, Constellation Brands, where he served as Director of Technology Services. In 2008, he left Constellation to join the University of Rochester, leading the university’s development of a $20 million Enterprise Data Center and an integrated, secure, dependable Data Center infrastructure with robust systems and practices.
Dorak currently works as IT Director for Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville, where he oversees all aspects of the hospital’s IT infrastructure, including networking and servers, help desk and work station, telephony and data center, and support teams for those disciplines.
Dorak resides in Bristol, Ontario County, with his wife of 27 years, Michele. They have two grown children.
“On behalf of the entire Axcess Ontario board, we are so fortunate to have the likes of Donna and John join us and lend their extensive telecom and IT experience and expertise to our organization,” said Sean Barry, Chief Executive Officer of Axcess Ontario. “Telecom and IT are vital industries in Ontario County, the Greater Rochester Region, and our nation as whole. Companies and organizations of all sizes are becoming more and more dependent on telecom and IT services in today’s competitive global economy. We look forward to having their advice and counsel as our fiber network continues to expand and grow.”
About Axcess Ontario
Imagine where fiber technology can take us. Axcess Ontario has. With an open-access, dark-fiber infrastructure and a non-profit approach — serving as an example for a national model — the 200-plus-mile fiber ring has Ontario County on the fast track to greater economic development, better quality of life, and global competitiveness. By providing this critical source for advanced connectivity and increased flexibility through quicker, more affordable broadband, businesses and organizations, as well as residents, will have improved capabilities like never before.
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