The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., a private foundation representing faculty, staff, and friends of Alfred State, welcomed two new board members earlier this year, Carissa M. Knapp, of Belmont, and Sandra E. Sawyer, of Wellsville.
Knapp, second assistant county attorney for the Allegany County Attorney’s Office, received her associate degree in liberal arts and social sciences from Alfred State; her bachelor’s degree in history from Alfred University; a master’s degree in professional studies, community service administration from Alfred University; and her law degree from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. She is a past president of the Belmont Rotary Club. An Allegany County native, Knapp and her husband, Eric, live in Belmont.
Sawyer, of Sawyer Realty, Inc., in Wellsville, is a former teacher at Friendship Central School, where she spent nearly 40 years guiding young minds. She has also been a class advisor and grant writer and remains an active community leader. She is a member of the NYS Retired Teachers’ Association, the National Association of Realtors, and the NYS Association of Realtors. She is currently a real estate salesperson and part-time consumer science teacher. Sawyer received her bachelor’s degree in education from SUNY Geneseo and her permanent teaching certification from Alfred University. She has maintained her New York State real estate salesperson license since 2003. Born in Oneida, Sawyer lives in Wellsville near her son, Patrick.