Executive Director

MAJ Adam Bushey, a New York attorney and real estate broker, is the Founder and President of the 501(c)(3) non-profit Responsive to Our Community, Inc (ROC).

MAJ Bushey attained his undergraduate degree from Le Moyne College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in political science and economics. Upon graduation, MAJ Bushey was awarded the Le Moyne College Award for Community Service due to his extensive volunteer efforts, including a campus wide volunteer day in Syracuse.

Before entering law school, MAJ Bushey worked for the New York State Assembly. After graduating from the State University of New York (SUNY) Law School at Buffalo with Honors in 2007, MAJ Bushey became a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Presidential Management Fellow.

In 2008, MAJ Bushey joined the NY Army National Guard. In 2010, he deployed with the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) to Afghanistan, which was the first National Guard Brigade to be given ownership of its own Battlespace.

MAJ Bushey coordinated the IBCT Rule of Law (ROL) and governance efforts to: (a) offer Afghans meaningful access to fair, efficient, and transparent justice; and (b) help increase the Afghan government’s legitimacy and improve its perceptions among Afghans by promoting a functional and efficient judicial system. He achieved success in these areas through the support and assistance of the nine Afghan attorneys and one Afghan engineer he supervised. During the deployment he was promoted to the rank of Captain.

Both the military and USAID have recognized MAJ Bushey’s strong performance. He has been awarded the USAID Superior Special Acts Award and the USAID Meritorious Honors Group Award. In December 2010, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service during his ten-month deployment in Afghanistan.


Board of Directors

MAJ Adam J. Bushey, Esq.

Board Member and Executive Director

MAJ Adam J. Bushey currently serves as a Judge Advocate with the U.S. Army Reserve. While at SUNY Buffalo Law School, MAJ Bushey served as a board member for the League of Women Voters, interned at the City of Syracuse Economic Development Office, and was a clean-up volunteer in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. In December 2010, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service during his ten-month deployment in Afghanistan with the Army. MAJ Adam Bushey is a registered real estate broker and an attorney. He is originally from Upstate New York.

Sara Sturtz

Board Member and Finance Director

Sara is a registered architect and a project manager. She has been working in the CNY architectural field for almost ten years. In her free time, she and her husband, also a born and raised CNY’er, renovate multi-family houses throughout the community. She also has experience working with our partners in the domestic violence space.

Kovia Gratzon Erskine

Board President and Chairman

Kovia is an international health expert and a US Foreign Service Officer. She has nearly 20 years of experience in budget management and program administration, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. She is an experienced teacher/trainer and curriculum developer. She has extensive knowledge of financial management at the regional and corporate levels. She also has experience with coaching, supervising, and providing technical oversight on data analysis. Lastly, she has directed programs focused on decreasing the international impact of infectious diseases (such as Zika, cholera, Ebola, HIV/AIDS), improving the nutritional health of newborn children, and improving health systems in 20 countries across Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Americas.