Board of Directors

Message from the Board Chair


John B. Rudd, President & CEO Cayuga Health System

As we reflect on the accomplishments of TCAD in 2015, I am reminded of the mission of this important community organization – “TCAD is dedicated to building a thriving and sustainable economy that improves the quality of life in Tompkins County by fostering the growth of business and employment”.

TCAD has truly lived up to this mission in so many ways this past year. All you need to do is review key community metrics to begin to understand the accomplishments this year – 19 new projects, 206 jobs created, with $170m invested in our community. When we think of economic development, construction projects are the first things that come to mind. And you don’t have to look far to see this impact as evidenced by the multiple construction cranes in downtown. Clearly the projects supported by TCAD are having an impact. But there are so many other less visible ways that TCAD impacts the economy of Tompkins County.

TCAD supports the economic health of our community in so many ways. The Revolving Loan Fund provided over half a million dollars in additional loans to local companies this past year. These loans help local companies bring additional business to our community by assisting in the expansion of operations and creating quality employment opportunities. TCAD is also actively involved in number of efforts that support the economic development of our region including the Tompkins County Development Corporation, the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, the Small Business Development Center, the Energy and Economic Development Task Force, and the Tourism Grants Program to name just a few. The work that is done by the staff and Board at TCAD may be less visible than other efforts but is so crucial to building a flourishing economy that improves the quality of life for all of us that call Ithaca and Tompkins County our home.

I want to thank and recognize the devoted staff and Board of Directors of TCAD as well as the many individuals who volunteer their time to advance the mission of TCAD. We would not be the “Top Ten” city that we are without them.


Executive Committee

President, Cayuga Medical Center
John began his tenure as Vice President of Finance/ CFO of Cayuga Medical Center in 1997 and was promoted to Senior Vice President/CFO in 2002. In 2013, he became the President and CFO of the Cayuga Medical Center.
President, Tompkins Trust Company
In addition to sitting on the TCAD Board of Directors, Greg is actively involved with the Board’s of the United Way of Tompkins County, Challenge Industries, Boyce Thompson Institute and Legacy Foundation.
Partner, Sciarabba Walker
Jeff joined Sciarabba Walker in 1992 and has been a partner since 2001. He is head of the Firm’s Consulting Department and also serves as a leader of the Firm’s Financial Institution practice area. His major emphasis is on small business consulting, taxation and financial institutions. Over the years, he has assisted clients in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, business valuations, financing and new business startup.
CEO, The Computing Center
Larry founded the original organization that became The Computing Center in 1978. Today, Larry spends much of his time looking at the overall strategic direction of the company. He is very interested in how technology can be better integrated and leveraged into companies and organizations to make them more efficient and ultimately better managed.

Vice President of Human Resources and Safety Services, Cornell University
Mary has been a key organizational strategist and policy maker for Cornell University since 1996. She works with human resource professionals within the colleges and units, college and unit deans, vice presidents, vice provosts, business officers, and members of Cornell’s self-governance system, as well as with Cornell’s President, Provost, and Board of Trustees, on key human resource issues.


Co-founder and Data Platform Lead, Ursa Space Systems, Inc.

Julie leads Ursa’s growing data platform development team. She has 30+ years of experience in the software industry. Previously, as a COO, she led advanced R&D and product development in computer security and information management. Julie has an MSCS from Stanford.

Executive Director, United Way of Tompkins County

For the past sixteen years, James has served as United Way of Tompkins County’s CEO. Prior to this, he was president of the United Way in Colorado Springs, CO. James has also held leadership positions with local United Ways in Houston, TX, and St. Louis, MO. During his tenure at UWTC, James has been involved with a number of local organizations including board service with the Cayuga Medical Center and Tompkins Cortland Community College. James is a member of the Rotary Club of Ithaca Board and is a past President of the Rotary Club of Ithaca.

Superintendent, Ithaca City School District

Dr. Brown is an active member of many professional and civi organizations including: Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, International Society for Technology in Education, Phi Delta Kappa International, American Association of School Administrators, NYS Council of School Superintendents, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and 100 Black Men of America.

Deputy Director of Economic Development, City of Ithaca.
Chairman & CEO, Rheonix

Greg Galvin has been at the forefront of multi-disciplinary technology commercialization for more than 20 tears. In 1993, he founded Kionix to commercialize MEMS technology platform. In 2009 he successfully sold Kionix to Rohm Co., Ltd. Greg also spun out Rheonix to capitalize on non-MEMS based micro-fluidic opportunities in the molecular diagnostic industry.

President, Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3)

Dr. Carl Haynes was appointed President of TC3 in 1995 and have been with the college since 1969. He has served on numerous local development boards, including TCAD’s, have championed TC3 as a a “learning-centered” college and oversaw a recently completed $34.2 million master plan.

Chair, Tompkins County Legislature
President, Communique Marketing & Design

Communique is a women owned enterprise that specializes in professional marketing and advertising, serving over 50 small to medium sized not for profit and for profit businesses on the East Coast. She is an active volunteer in Tompkins County and has accepted several leadership positions with many organizations for the continued health and vitality of Ithaca’s quality of life and economic sustainability.

VP of University Relations, Cornell University

Joel M. Malina serves as Vice President for University Relations, coordinating Cornell’s internal and external communications functions as well as the university’s relationships with federal, state, and local policy makers and stakeholders. In coordinating University Communications, Malina supervises a large staff working in four critical areas: Public Affairs, News, Internal Communications, and Marketing. He also works closely with the deans and the communications directors of Cornell’s 14 colleges and schools. Malina’s primary responsibilities in this arena include leading the development and implementation of a university-wide communications strategy and serving as Cornell’s principal spokesperson. As head of Government and Community Relations, Malina directs the university’s public policy efforts and coordinates its involvement with government-focused higher education associations. Malina came to Cornell from Washington, DC, where he served as CEO and general manager of Wexler | Walker, one of the nation’s top public policy consulting firms.

County Administrator, Tompkins County

Joe has served as the County Administrator of Tompkins County since 2008. In his role, he is charged with managing a $165 million budget and 710 person workforce engaged in a broad range of services.

Commissioner of Planning and Community Sustainability, Tompkins County

Ed oversees the County Planning Department where he leads efforts to achieve County organizational sustainability and directs strategic community initiatives in housing, energy and greenhouse gas emissions, natural resources conservation and sustainable development.

Executive Director, Tompkins County Workforce Development Board

Julia has been in workforce development for over 25 years and has been the Executive Director since 2005. Her areas of expertise includes: workforce planning, labor market information, retention and attraction strategies, training and development, grants management and business assistance.

Mayor, City of Ithaca

Mayor Myrick became the City of Ithaca’s youngest Mayor in January 2012. In 2014, he closed the $3.5 million budget deficit he inherited; Ithaca’s fiscal stress score is now better than 95% of all other NY municipalities.

Supervisor, Town of Enfield
Chair, Tompkins County Economic Development Committee
Executive Director for the Center for Regional Economic Advancement, Cornell University

Tom Schryver is an experienced entrepreneur having served as a startup founder and senior executive of high-growth companies. Tom has successfully structured new companies and raised capital in the form of private venture capital and venture debt as well as grants and loans from local, state and federal agencies. He has managed accounting and compliance functions from initial startup through successful financial audits by national accounting firms, and helped guide company strategy, growth and development. Previously, he was Director of Finance for the Triad Foundation, where he was responsible for overseeing all financial operations of the Foundation, including accounting, audit, and investing the Foundation’s $250mm portfolio. In that role he started hedge fund and private equity programs and led the Foundation to top-quartile investment returns.

Managing Partner, South Hill Business Campus

Vice President of Global Manufacturing and North America Operations

In Steve’s capacity, he oversees Morse TEC’s North America plants including three locations in Central New York and the Guadalajara, Mexico plant. In addition, he leads the Global Manufacturing Technology Group for Morse TEC, which includes an advanced manufacturing function that supports the global enterprise relative to process technology, knowledge transfer and localization activities.

President, Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce
Vice President Finance/Administration, Cayuga Venture Fund

Jennifer has been at CVF for over a decade and currently directly oversees the funds’ investments in GiveGab, Intrinsiq Materials, True Gault and VenueBook as well as representing CVF as an observer on the boards of BinOptics and Callient.

Senior Director of Cornell Real Estate

Thomas is responsible for directing real estate development activities for Cornell, which includes strategic planning, oversight of acquisition, sale and leasing of all of Cornell’s real property assets. In his position he also oversees management, construction and financing of nonacademic real estate. He manages an annual $30 million portfolio of transactions, acquisitions, dispositions, real estate gifts, leases, licenses, easements and construction projects.

Executive Director, Sciencenter

Dr. Trautmann has served as Executive Director of the Sciencenter, an educational science museum located in Ithaca, NY since 1990. His focus is empowering young people to use science in shaping a better future for themselves, their community, and the world at large.

He has a long-standing interest in teaching and community service and is a regular contributor to conferences on informal science education. He has published more than 100 articles and reports on education, museum management, and engineering and has been awarded two Alexander von Humboldt Fellowships to pursue research on education and engineering in Germany. Under his leadership, the Sciencenter has won three international Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards for Innovative Business Practice at museums.

Dr. Trautmann is also an Adjunct Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Cornell University and currently serves on the board of directors of the Association of Children’s Museums (Washington, DC), Tompkins County Area Development, and the Discovery Trail of Tompkins County. He is past president of the Ithaca Montessori School.

Dr. Trautmann is married to Nancy Trautmann, Director of Education at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He has two children: Nina, an environmental scientist in Ithaca, NY and Eric, a graduate student in neuroscience at Stanford.

Manager, Wegmans