Our Staff

Our Staff

Betsy Dubovsky, Executive Director


Betsy3Betsy Dubovsky is the Executive Director of The Staten Island Foundation.  She assumed this role in October of 1998 and manages the operations and the annual allocations of this 18 year-old, $73 million dollar foundation.  With her leadership and that of a distinguished Board of Directors, The Staten Island Foundation has emerged as a significant benefactor and champion of education, arts, health and community programs on Staten Island especially those serving the least advantaged.  Foundation giving to over 700 local community organizations now totals almost $60 million.  Betsy’s entire professional life has been in service to the not for profit community.  A graduate of the Columbia Business School Institute for Not-for-Profit Management Executive Education, she has worked for the American Red Cross in Greater New York, the Community Agency for Senior Citizens, the Visiting Nurse Association, the Eger Health Care Center, the Staten Island Branch of the YMCA of Greater New York and Wagner College.  Betsy founded the social work service of the Visiting Nurse Association as its first social worker in 1977.  She has gained extensive knowledge of local community needs as well as the non-profit sector and its issues from experience as a social worker providing direct services, as a director and manager of services, as a fundraising and public relations professional, as an adjunct lecturer in Sociology and as a board management volunteer.

Laura Jean Watters, Program Officer


Laura Jean WattersLaura Jean Watters joined The Staten Island Foundation as program Officer in 2007; assisting the foundation to adopt a results-oriented approach and increasing the foundation’s focus in literacy and professional development.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Watters was the Executive Director of The Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI) from 1993 – 2007. She earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1990. She is a member of numerous community groups and committees including the Human Rights Committee, Eden II School for Autistic Children; Soroptimist International, Staten Island Chapter; the St. George Task Force for Naturally Occurring Cultural Communities.

Marie Payne, Grants Manager


Marie PayneMarie Payne has been the Grants Manager of The Staten Island Foundation since March, 2003.  She was born in Brooklyn and moved to Staten Island as a child when her family moved from Brooklyn. She graduated from Curtis High. After raising her family, she attended the College of Staten Island and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science in 2002. Prior to working at the Foundation, she worked as a customer representative for SI Bank & Trust.