Board of Directors
The Board of Directors at Bampa’s House is a dedicated group of individuals whose first priority is to fulfill the mission of Bampa’s House – to provide a safe and comfortable home-like environment to individuals who are in the final days of their lives so that they can spend their remaining time focused on their family, friends, and comfort.
The founders of Bampa’s House want the setting to be as home-like as possible – a place they would want their loved ones to experience if the time comes. Therefore, every decision they make while creating Bampa’s House is rooted in love and care.
Joan, Jim’s sister, is driven to improve the end-of-life care for residents of Corning and the surrounding area. Along with family, she realized that her brother’s options toward the end of his life were limited, and the need for a Comfort Care Home in Corning became apparent. She is a Corning native. Joan retired from the Marine Office of America Insurance Corporation where she served as President & COO. Prior to that, she was President of Continental Insurance HealthCare in New York City. During her career, she also held other positions including Vice President of Information Systems, overseeing systems development/maintenance for the corporation. She earned her AS degree from Corning Community College and received their Distinguished Alumni award. She received her BS degree from SUNY Albany. Following her retirement from corporate life, Joan started her own sole proprietorship as Joan of Art creating decorative art/design for homes, and today still works with homeowners providing guidance on the building and remodeling of their homes.
Patrick, Jim’s son, has 14 years of professional Information Technology (IT) experience managing large teams, projects, and budgets. He began his career at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, starting as a Helpdesk Administrator and working his way up to the Executive Director of IT Infrastructure Services. After 14 years at the college, he decided to join his brother-in-law at his IT Services company, Reverus, in Clifton Park, New York, assuming the role of CEO. In his free time, he follows in his father’s footsteps as an avid runner, outdoorsman, and beer enthusiast. His mission for Bampa’s House is to add comfort to people’s lives at a time when they most need it.
Charlotte, a native of Corning, is Jim’s wife of 46 years. Together, they raised two children and were active participants in the upbringing of their three grandsons. She spent four years helping him fight prostate cancer and ensured his final days were spent in comfort and peace with his family by his side, despite their limited care options. The Dugan family’s dream is to give others what they could not find for Jim - an alternative choice for end-of-life care. Charlotte holds an AB degree from Corning Community College and attended Elmira College. She spent her entire career at IngersollRand/Dresser-Rand, serving in several different managerial positions in all facets of manufacturing. She retired with 45 years of active service. After retirement, she joined the Corning Area Women’s Club where she held the offices of Vice President and President. She also volunteers for the Painted Post Food Pantry. An expert at the sewing maching, Charlotte participates in a quilting group that, among other things, makes quilts and donates them to the Quilts for Kids organization for children with cancer.
CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER
Joe was a very close friend of Jim’s for many years, sharing common interests in computers, building/construction, and fine beer tasting. He feels strongly about improving the end-of-life care options in Corning. He worked for over 35 years in the medical industry, both at Strong Memorial and for the Guthrie Healthcare System. He was a Certified Emergency Nurse, a Registered NYS Nurse, and a Department of Health Emergency Volunteer in Steuben County. He also served as the Network Administrator/Systems Engineer at Guthrie Corning Hospital. Clearly a multi-skilled individual, Joe started his own company and is currently President/CEO of the successful Carey’s Cyber, Inc. in Corning, New York. Joe’s leadership and community involvement are apparent in the roles he has served in the community, including President of the Northside Business Association, President of the Gaffer District Business Association, Secretary and Board of Directors member of the Corning Lions Club, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Corning Chamber of Commerce.
Words and languages have always been a passion for Erin, who has a Master’s degree in English with a concentration in composition and rhetoric. She began her career as a Technical Writer, but soon transitioned into Business Analyst and Technical Product Director roles on software development teams in both the healthcare and insurance industries. Outside of work, you can find her chasing after her son or making plans for her family’s next traveling adventure. Erin, Jim’s daughter-in-law, hopes to bring her organization and communication skills to the Bampa’s House team with the goal of making Bampa’s House a great resource to the Corning-Painted Post community
Cory holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Russell Sage College. She has over 19 years of experience in healthcare, specializing in geriatric longterm care. She volunteers with Maddie's Mark Foundation, Equinox, her son's PTA, and her neighborhood civic association. She is proud to be Jim's daughter, the namesake of Bampa's House. She and her husband Rich and their two sons live in Clifton Park, New York. Her dream is for Bampa's House to be a home away from home for the residents who need it.
Pat, a close friend of the Dugan family and a Corning native, knew, respected, and learned many things from Jim, as Jim always had knowledge to offer on any topic. Pat, who has a Master’s Degree in Education, started his career as a middle school and high school math teacher. However, as a resident of New Orleans, he transformed his project management skills and love of architecture into a career doing residential remodeling and real estate development after hurricane Katrina, eventually starting his own successful contracting firm. Pat was there with Jim’s family in the final days and recognized what a lack of options can be like for families in this situation. His goal for Bampa’s House is for it to help provide a quality, end-of-life passage for those who need it, making it a positive experience for the resident and their family and friends.
PATRICIA ERNST DUGAN
MARY ANN STARBUCK
HONORARY BOARD MEMBER
A native of Glens Falls, NY, Mary Ann is a graduate of Syracuse University and has lived in Hammondsport, NY, for 25 years. She recently retired from CareFirst where she served as Executive Director then CEO for 23 years. Her college major of Urban and Regional Planning brought her to grant writing and 38 years ago this led her to healthcare administration. She has experience in Hospital, Health Center, and Managed Care Organization leadership, but found her mission in Hospice and Palliative Care