Francis and Christine Peverly

Francis and Christine Peverly

Frank and Chris are first generation college graduates who have recognized and benefited from the value of a higher education. Understanding an education is the means to upward mobility and opportunity, they have been active advocates for education at all levels providing strong personal, financial and emotional support for numerous educational institutions at the elementary, high school and collegiate level. Frank, who has served on the SUNY Orange Foundation Board of Directors for several years, also has been associated with an independent day school board for many years, and is active with alumni and research advisory boards at his collegiate alma mater. Chris has been active in the independent day school arena and with her college alumni and development association. This scholarship is their way of providing others, who have the perseverance, grit and determination to fight through the challenges of collegiate studies, with an opportunity to be successful and perhaps take one less financial concern off their plate. Frank and Chris hope that this scholarship will allow the student to focus on academics and character development which will lead them to a successful post-college career.

Frank is a 35 year veteran of the power industry, retiring in 2020 after nearly a decade as the Vice President of Operations and Engineering at Orange and Rockland Utilities (O&R), and President of two of O&R’s non-regulated subsidiaries. In that role, he oversaw all facets of the electric and gas energy system and was active in several high level executive oversight roles for projects and programs at O&R and it’s parent company, Consolidated Edison. Frank’s experience ranges from utility and business operations, customer service, and finance through construction, workforce development and labor relations. Today, Frank works with CHA Consulting, an innovative, full-service engineering design, consulting and construction management firm delivering sustainable, integrated solutions to the world’s most challenging infrastructure projects. Frank serves as their Vice President and Market Segment Leader for Power.

Chris is a Senior Director, Clinical Studies and Study Management at Merck. Merck is a multinational pharmaceutical company using the power of leading-edge science to save and improve lives around the world. Chris has been with Merck for over 36 years, holding positions of increasing responsibility from a chemical laboratory researcher to her role today overseeing dozens of international clinical studies which support evolving medical needs including COVID, cancer and woman’s health. Chris is a transformational leader who has also overseen several mergers and acquisitions in the pharma industry and has worked to ensure the integration of the acquired firms and their employees with the business practices of Merck and its subsidiaries.


This scholarship was created in 2021.

“Thank you for your generosity in funding this scholarship. Receiving the news has taken such a burden off my shoulders and confirmed my decision to pursue my dream of becoming
a Registered Nurse. I have been a Licensed Practical Nurse for just over 10 years and want to take my education and skills to the next level. I currently work in a Federally Qualified Health Center serving the underserved population and plan to continue working for the community once I complete my degree. I believe that everyone deserves the right to
healthcare and I desire to help those in need. This financial contribution will help me do just that, and help others. Your financial generosity will allow me to be one step closer to my goal. I hope to be able to do the same for someone in the future.” – Christina Ricottilli