Myron Thurston III
Myron Thurston III has been named the new chief development officer at Clear Path for Veterans, Upstate New York’s Veteran Resource Center, located in Chittenango.
Thurston said he is excited to build on the relationships Clear Path has established within the local community and with donors across the country. His focus will be on identifying and cultivating individuals and businesses who will help broaden Clear Path’s programming and operations.
“The opportunity to create a new national profile for the organization in partnership with all of the rest of the leadership team is more than I could have dreamed of,” Myron said. “The veterans I have met so far have been wonderful, the volunteers are amazing and our donors are committed. There is nothing more that I could possibly ask for in a career.”
Thurston is a certified fundraising executive and his undergraduate degree is in business, management and economics with a concentration in marketing. He also has a graduate certificate in nonprofit management, and will complete a master’s degree in business administration in 2018.
In 2007, he served as a campaign director at the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area; he was in charge of managing all volunteers and organizing the campaigns for 2007-10. When he departed United Way, he joined the staff at the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory (MMRL), an internationally-recognized biomedical research institute founded by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of New York in 1958. Thurston then left the Mohawk Valley for a development position at Morrisville State College (MSC).
Thurston has served on several community nonprofit board of directors, including the Boy Scouts of America, the American Red Cross and The Peacemaker Program. He was honored in 2017 as the runner-up for the American Heart Association’s Healthy Lifestyle Change Award, which recognizes individuals who have made a significantly beneficial lifestyle change.
To connect with Thurston, email him at Myron@ClearPathForVets.com or call him at 315-430-7504.
For more information, visit ClearPathForVets.com.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican and Eagle Bulletin newspapers.