Tompkins County Area Development
Board of Directors
Larry Baum, Chair
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.
Dr. Greg Galvin, Vice Chair
Dr. Galvin is Chairman and CEO of Rheonix, Inc., a microfluidic-based, fully automated, molecular diagnostic systems company. He is also interim CEO of Mezmeriz, Inc., an early stage MEMS device company, and Executive Chairman of Incodema3D, a metals additive manufacturing provider. Until 2013 Dr. Galvin was the President and CEO of Kionix, Inc., a MEMS company he co-founded in 1993. He currently serves on the boards of Rheonix and Mezmeriz.
Dr. Galvin was a member of the Cornell University Board of Trustees from 2011 until 2015. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of Cornell’s College of Engineering, the Advisory Council of Entrepreneurship at Cornell, and the Advisory Council of the Cornell Department of Materials Science. Dr. Galvin is a trustee of the Ithaca Sciencenter and a director of Tompkins County Area Development. In 2010 he was a regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner. Dr. Galvin was honored by Cornell as the 2014 Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, a M.S. ’82 and a Ph.D. ’84 in Materials Science and an M.B.A. ‘93 from Cornell University.
Jeff Gorsky, Treasurer
Mary George Opperman, Secretary
Mary describes her mission at Cornell as a commitment to promoting a values-driven culture that focuses on streamlined processes so that the university is socially, economically and environmentally responsive. Cornell employs approximately twenty thousand staff and faculty on campuses in Ithaca, Geneva, New York City and Qatar.
She has overseen the development of Cornell’s innovative Center for Regional Economic Advancement, and collaborated with Ithaca College and Tompkins Cortland Community College to found Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, a New York State-funded business incubator in downtown Ithaca.
Mary is an active supporter of her community and has served on numerous boards of local and national organizations. She is currently serving on the boards of Kendal at Ithaca, Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, Tompkins County Area Development, the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, the Legacy Foundation of Tompkins County, the Paleontological Research Institution, and Ithaca College. She is also a member of the Governing Body for the New York HR Leadership Summit.
John B. Rudd, Past Chair
John Rudd was President and CEO of Cayuga Medical Center from January 2013 – January 2019. He became President and CEO of Cayuga Health System in 2014 and remains in that role.
Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Cayuga Medical Center from 2002-2012. From 1996 through 2002, he served as the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer.
John continues to be active on numerous health care organization committees, which include: Vizient/VHA, Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), and Iroquois Health, as well as a number of community board leadership positions that include: CNY AHEC, HWNY, Tompkins County Area Development, The Racker Centers, OAR, Kendall at Ithaca, The Reconstruction Home/Beachtree Care Center, Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, Challenge Industries, and United Way. In 2017, John was selected to Co-Chair the United Way Campaign.
Greg Hartz, Tompkins Trust Company
Mr. Hartz has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tompkins Trust Company, and Executive Vice President of Tompkins Financial Corporation since January 01, 2007. Prior to his current role, he was a Senior Vice President of Tompkins Trust Company, with responsibility for Tompkins Investment Services since 2002. Mr. Hartz has been a Director of Tompkins Trust Company since January 1, 2007. Mr. Hartz is a native of Ithaca having graduated from Ithaca High School and Cornell University. In addition to serving on the board of TCAD he serves on the boards of Cayuga Medical Center and Cayuga Health System, and The Legacy Foundation.
Svante Myrick, City of Ithaca
Svante L. Myrick was sworn into office in January 2012 and became, at 24, the City of Ithaca’s youngest Mayor and first Mayor of color. Svante was first elected to the Common Council at the age of 20 while still a junior at Cornell.His first budget included a radical overhaul of City government that merged departments, streamlined processes and was able to successfully close a $ 3 million deficit – all while delivering the lowest tax increase in the City of Ithaca since the year 2000. His active advocacy in Albany and in Washington D.C. has resulted in over $20 million of grants and awards from the State and Federal government.
Svante has changed the way people in Ithaca view public space by turning his dedicated mayoral parking space into a public park, after years without them he’s brought fireworks back to the City on the 4th of July and he’s moved Ithaca into the 21st century by embracing social media and overhauling the City’s web presence. His 2015 accomplishments include sorely needed revisions to the City of Ithaca’s sidewalk policy, an overhaul of storm water utility legislation, successful implementation of the total rehabilitation of the Commons, Ithaca’s downtown pedestrian mall, and making changes within the Ithaca Police Department in an effort to improve police and community relations.
He ran and won to serve another four year term as Mayor of the City of Ithaca leading with a commanding 89% of the vote in 2015. In February 2016 Mayor Myrick released the Ithaca Plan: a Public Health and Safety Approach to Drugs and Drug Policy that garnered international attention for its forward thinking. Mayor Myrick has also gained some accolades for strengthening Ithaca’s Sanctuary City status for refugees.
Martha Robertson, Tompkins County Legislature
Martha Robertson has been a member of the Tompkins County Legislature since 2002 and in 2018 she became Chair of the Legislature. She previously served in that post, as well as Chair of the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency, from 2010 – 2013. Martha is Chair of the Program Oversight Committee of the Community Housing Development Fund, a partnership among Tompkins County, the City of Ithaca and Cornell University, to respond to the affordable housing needs of the county’s residents. Before joining the Tompkins County Legislature, Martha was Director of the President’s Council of Cornell Women, in Alumni Affairs at Cornell University.
Julie Baker, Ursa Space Systems, Inc.
Julie leads Ursa’s growing product development team. She has 30 years’ experience in the software industry, including 15 years in various software engineering roles and 15 years in technical management. Prior to co-founding Ursa Space Systems, she was VP of Cyber Technology at Architecture Technology Corporation where she provided technical leadership and management of the company’s research and development in the areas of cyber security, information management and reliable computing. Julie holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Austin.
Katherine Borgella, AICP, Tompkins County
James Brown, United Way of Tompkins County
For the past nineteen 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 current board service with the Cayuga Medical Center and Cayuga Health System, the Legacy Foundation, and Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund. James is a member of the Rotary Club of Ithaca and has served twice as president of the Club.
Dr. Luvelle Brown, Ithaca City School District
Dr. Brown has served as Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) since January 2011. He was named the 2017 New York State Superintendent of the Year by the New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS). Prior to arriving in Ithaca, Dr. Brown had experiences as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, school CIO, and district-level leader in Virginia.
Dr. Brown is an active member of many professional and civic 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.
Jerry Goodenough, Heorot Power
Jerry Goodenough has been VP of Development for Heorot Power for the last 1.5 years. For five years prior to that he was the Chief Operating Officer for Upstate New York Power Producers. He has also held various roles with the AES company including Plant Manager of the Cayuga Thermal Facility. Jerry started his career working for NYSEG as an engineer and worked for them for over 12 years. He has a B.S. in Physics and an MSEE. Jerry is President of the Dryden Sports Boosters and served on the United Way Board for 9 years, acting as Treasurer for the last two years.
Bill Goodman, Town of Ithaca
After 17 years living in Buffalo, NY, where he worked as an attorney and then in city government, Bill Goodman decided in 2000 to move to Ithaca and join the Second Neighborhood Group (SONG) in EcoVillage at Ithaca. After running a solo law practice and remaining very active in the leadership of SONG and the EcoVillage not for profit organizations, he became involved in local politics and was elected to the Ithaca Town Board in 2007. He served eight years on the Town Board (and was Deputy Town Supervisor four of those years) and then in 2015 was elected as Town Supervisor. He also served on the Board of Directors of Alternatives Federal Credit Union from 2007 to 2013, including two years as President of the Board.
William Guerrero, Ithaca College
William Guerrero was appointed Vice President of the Division of Finance and Administration of Ithaca College in July 2018. In this role, he is the College’s chief financial officer and provides administrative oversight to the offices of Auxiliary Services, Information Technology, Facilities, and Business and Finance, as well as providing support and direction for all of the College’s financial endeavors. Before joining Ithaca College, Bill spent the majority of his career at the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Purchase, where he served as Executive Director of the Purchase College Association, an auxiliary service corporation charged with supporting the academic mission of the university. While at Purchase, he also served as an adjunct professor, teaching courses in entrepreneurship and business ethics. In addition, he founded the university’s NCAA Division III baseball program and was the team’s head coach for 11 years. Prior to his work at Purchase, Bill served as the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut, for two years. There he helped create a sustainable business model that led to increased salaries, lowered tuition, and reduced operating expenses. Bill earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and an M.B.A. in Finance from Sacred Heart University.
Cathy Hart, Ithaca Marriott Downtown/Monks on the Commons
Cathy is the General Manager (GM) for the Ithaca Marriott Downtown/Monks on the Commons. She moved to Ithaca in December 2015 and opened the hotel and restaurant a year later. Cathy has been in the hospitality industry for 35 years with the last 31 years with Marriott. Cathy spent many years in the sales discipline until taking on her first GM role in 1998. The Ithaca Marriott is Cathy’s 5th GM role. With her combined sales and GM background, Cathy realizes how important business development and economic growth are to the success of her business. Cathy also serves as a board member for the Downtown Ithaca Alliance.
The Ithaca Marriott employs 105 associates and has welcomed over 100,000 guests to the hotel and over 200,000 patrons, many local, to Monks since opening two years ago.
Anna Kelles, Tompkins County Legislature
Since being elected to the Tompkins County Legislature in November of 2015, Anna Kelles has begun serving on the Health and Human Services committee, the Facilities & Infrastructure committee, the Housing and Economic Development Committee (formerly the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality (PDEQ) committee) and the Workforce Diversity and Inclusion (WDI) committee. She also sits on the special Jail Committee. She is the active legislative liaison on the Environmental Management Council, Recreational Partnership, and the Human Rights Commission. Dr. Kelles’s focus as a legislator is to listen, learn, and build bridges to foster collaborations between the city government, the county legislature, school boards, local universities and not-for-profit organizations. She is committed to efforts that improve and support local labor practices, living wage standards, social justice initiatives, diverse and affordable housing, and economic development that respects the need for strong environmental protections. She is currently part of the community-based Coalition for Sustainable Economic Development and is a dedicated volunteer for the Food Justice Summit and participates annually in the Women Swimmin event across Cayuga lake to raise money for Hospicare & Palliative Care Services.
Dr. Kelles earned a dual bachelor in Biology and Environmental studies in 1997 from Binghamton University. After completing her degrees, she spent four years in Ecuador promoting sound nutritional and environmental practices, working as a high school biology teacher, guide in the Amazon, and designing a study abroad program for the Yachana foundation. In 2008, Dr. Kelles earned a PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology from The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill exploring the link between urbanization/globalization and health-related behavior patterns in Cebu, Philippines. She spent the following year teaching Sports Nutrition at Ithaca College before taking the position as the Director of the School of Applied Clinical Nutrition at New York Chiropractic College. As director, Dr. Kelles developed the curriculum, assembled a faculty team, and launched an online graduate program focused on whole foods therapeutic nutrition. In line with her commitment to maintain a diverse, competitive, and highly qualified nutrition workforce Dr. Kelles managed the development of the Center for Nutrition Advocacy (www.nutritionadvocacy.org) as a consultant (2012-2013). She served as a Director for the Green Resource Hub (2012-2015), a regional nonprofit organization with the mission of supporting businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs to grow their economic, social and environmental bottom lines. Currently she is the Examination Administration Manager and Chair of the Examination Development Council for the Board of the Certification for Nutrition Specialists (BCNS). In 2015 she also began teaching at Cornell University as a full-time lecturer in the Division of Nutritional Sciences teaching and course managing classes in Human Health and Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition with a particular personal focus on local food systems, food justice, program monitoring and evaluation, and nutritional epidemiology.
Tom Knipe, City of Ithaca
Tom serves in the City’s Department of Planning, Building, Zoning and Economic Development as Deputy Director for Economic Development. Previously, he worked in the Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability as the first Director of the Tompkins County Tourism Program. The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce honored him recently with the Howard Cogan Tourism Award for his work to strengthen Tompkins County’s tourism economy and his “exceptional creativity and vision” in leading the program. Tom holds a Masters Degree from the Cornell Department of City and Regional Planning where he was the 2011 recipient of the Thomas W. Mackesey Award.
He started his career as a high school English teacher in Japan and has also worked as director of an educational not for profit organization and event director in Portland, Oregon. He lectures regularly at Cornell University and Ithaca College and currently serves on the boards of the New York Upstate American Planning Association, New York Bicycling Coalition, and Bike Walk Tompkins.
Laurie Linn, Communique
Communique is a woman 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.
Joel Malina, 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 three critical areas: Communications, Media Relations and News, and Marketing. He also works closely with the deans and the communications directors of Cornell’s 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 Federal, State and Community Relations, Malina directs the university’s public policy efforts and coordinates its involvement with government-focused higher education associations. With offices in Washington, DC, in Albany, and on the Ithaca campus, Malina and the Government and Community Relations staff serve as liaisons between Cornell and elected officials, agencies, and other stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels. Malina also works closely with the director of government and community affairs at Weill Cornell Medical College and the director of external relations at Cornell Tech.
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. Over the course of 21 years at the firm, Malina established himself as one of Washington’s premier strategists and coalition practitioners, managing numerous successful lobbying and communications campaigns on behalf of Fortune 100 companies, non-profits, and trade associations.
Dr. Jeff Matteson, TST BOCES
Dr. Matteson has been an educator for twenty-six years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and superintendent in Vermont and New York State. He is currently in his sixth year as the District Superintendent of the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Supervisory District. This dual role includes Chief Executive Offer responsibilities at the nine district Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Board of Cooperative Services (BOCES) and he reports directly to the New York State Commissioner of Education as her representative to the field.
On the state level, Dr. Matteson serves as the Chair of the District Superintendents of the BOCES of NY and is slated to serve in this capacity through June 2020. In addition, he was appointed by the Commissioner of Education to the TeachNY Roundtable and represented his colleagues on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Think Tank, the National Board Certification Work Group and the Computer Science Standards review committee.
In the Tompkins County region, Dr. Matteson currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and the Workforce Development Board. At the Chamber, Dr. Matteson is a member of the Government Affairs and Education and Workforce Development Committees, attends the Chamber’s quarterly CEO Roundtable, and is the Chamber’s liaison to the Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD Board of Directors). On the Workforce Development Board, Dr. Matteson serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Individuals with Disabilities Subcommittee.
Julia Mattick, 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.
Jason Molino, Tompkins County
As Tompkins County Administrator, Jason Molino is Chief Executive Officer of Tompkins County government. A credentialed local government management professional by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Mr. Molino joined the County in January 2018, after most recently serving twelve years as City Manager (Chief Executive Officer and Chief Fiscal Officer) of the City of Batavia, New York.
While in Batavia, Mr. Molino played a key leadership role in a number of economic and community development initiatives, among them
- Achieving New York State Brownfield Opportunity Area designation for Batavia, working with local economic development partners and private sector investors to secure the City’s first Brownfield development in the heart of downtown;
- In cooperation with the Batavia City School District, Genesee County, Genesee County IDA, and Batavia Development Corporation, creating the first Brownfield redevelopment PILOT Increment Financing (PIF) District targeted at pooling resources to invest in distressed areas of the City;
- Authoring an RPTL 458-r property tax exemption to redevelop zombie and vacant homes, providing up to 25 years of property tax exemption for Batavia property owners;
- Securing more than $8 million in grant funds used to underwrite key initiatives in economic development, infrastructure improvements, planning, equipment replacement, and public safety.
Administrator Molino holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University of Albany, State University of New York, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. He is also a veteran, having served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve for seven years, achieving the rank of Petty Officer Second Class.
Orinthia T. Montague, Ph.D., Tompkins Cortland Community College
Brian Noteboom, New England Regional Council of Carpenters
Brian has been a Union Carpenter for 32 years and is currently a Union Representative for the New England Regional Council of Carpenters. He attended the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) Apprentice program to start his Trades career in 1987. He has held various leadership rolls in the local union before becoming a Representative in 2003. Brian attended Tompkins Cortland Community College as well as many training classes at the UBC International Training Center to strengthen his skill set as a union representative. Brian lives in Newfield, and with his personal experience and skills, built his home in 2002. He also uses these skills to help with volunteer projects involving his local church and community (Friends of Stewart Park playground build 2018). He is currently the Financial Secretary of Local 277 and had previously served as the local’s Treasurer. Brian has a drive to grow the union trade’s membership in Tompkins County. A great career can be had with the local apprenticeship programs offered and the individual’s willingness to work hard.
Tom Schryver, Cornell University
Tom is the Executive Director of Cornell’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) and is a Visiting Lecturer at the Johnson Graduate School of Management. CREA’s programs include Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, the Southern Tier Startup Alliance, and support of Cornell’s regional economic advancement efforts. Tom leads the Upstate NY I-Corps Node, and is the lead instructor for Cornell Engineering’s Commercialization Fellows program. He serves on the teaching team for eLab, Cornell’s student business accelerator, and teaches entrepreneurship and business strategy at Cornell.
He is an experienced entrepreneur having served as a startup founder and senior finance executive of high-growth companies. Previously, he was Director of Finance for the Triad Foundation, where his responsibilities included investing the Foundation’s $250M portfolio to top-quartile returns. His board affiliations include the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park and Tompkins County Area Development, and as board vice-chair of the Business Incubator Association of New York State. Tom co-chairs the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council’s Innovation Culture workgroup.
Tom has an AB and MBA from Cornell, where he was a recipient of the MBA program’s Albert J. Fried Fellowship for Leadership and Academic Excellence. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Steve Snyder, BorgWarner Morse Systems
Steve joined BorgWarner in 1978 and has successively held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, operations, and business development. He is currently responsible for a global organization that supports the Morse manufacturing network which includes advanced manufacturing, manufacturing strategy to include facility planning and development, global quality, and global continuous improvement. He has been active in a number of community based boards including Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services, Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Tompkins Advisory Board, TST BOCES Advisory Council, and United Way.
Jennifer Tavares, CEcD, Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce
Jennifer Tavares, CEcD, has been President of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce since 2014. Prior to leading the Tompkins County Chamber & Convention & Visitors Bureau, she was the director of economic development for Chenango County and also director of the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce. Jennifer currently sits on the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency board, Workforce Development Board, Air Services Board, United Way Board, and Tompkins County’s Energy Task Force.
Jennifer Tegan, Cayuga Venture Fund
Jennifer Tegan has been a Partner with Ithaca, NY based Cayuga Venture Fund (CVF) for over a decade. Since starting with CVF in 2002, Jennifer has been working with, supporting and financing entrepreneurs in technology-based companies in the areas of communications equipment, social networking, semi-conductors, materials sciences, consumer products and SAAS businesses. She serves on the boards of GiveGab, Intrinsiq Materials, POM Company, Tompkins Trust Company, True Gault and Venuebook. Jennifer is also past President of the Upstate Capital Association of New York Board (UCANY) a membership trade organization whose mission is to increase access to capital for entrepreneurs and companies in Upstate NY. Jennifer has her BA and MS in Geology from Smith College and University of Cincinnati, respectively and her MBA from Cornell University.
Since its inception in 1994, Cayuga Venture Fund and its member investors have invested more than $70 million in technology companies in upstate New York, many of which are based on research performed at Cornell University, and helped to attract approximately $300 million of investor capital to technology start-up companies in what is traditionally considered to be a region underserved by venture capital.
Jeremy Thomas, Cornell University
Jeremy 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.
Frost Travis, Travis Hyde Properties
Frost Travis is the President of Travis Hyde Properties which owns and operates 19 buildings; 18 of which are in Ithaca: Gateway Center, Gateway Commons, Center Ithaca, the Clinton House, the Carey Building, Cayuga Professional Center, Cayuga Apartments, 407 College Avenue, Fall Haven, Lakeland, Lake Street Apartments, Ravenwood and the Eddygate as well as several other assets. Covering approximately 900,000 square feet, these properties are a mix of residential, office, storage, retail and industrial facilities. In addition to owning and operating these buildings, Frost places great emphasis on cutting energy consumption and emissions across the company’s property portfolio.
After many years of growing up with and working at Ithaca Rentals & Renovations, in 2010 Frost took over the locally-owned, family company his father began over 33 years prior – which he renamed Travis Hyde Properties to reflect its new ownership.
Shawn Wilczynski, Cargill Salt Mine
Shawn is originally from South Dakota and is a proud husband and father. He is also a proud Veteran, having served six years in a Navy nuclear power program. He has nearly 22 years of experience in underground mining including 20 years with Cargill across three different mining operations. In his current role of Mine Manager, Shawn is responsible for safe, efficient and sustainable operation of the Cayuga Mine which has been a proud part of the community for over 100 years. Shawn has a passion for community involvement and has been a board member of the Sciencenter for five years.
“It is an honor and privilege to be joining the TCAD board and working with others to achieve business creation, retention, and expansion.” – Shawn Wilczynski
Gary Woloszyn retired in 2018 after working for Wegmans for 37 years. He came to Ithaca in 1993 with his wife Sharon and children to accept the job as Store Manager of the Ithaca Wegmans. Since then, he has volunteered and provided leadership to many area organizations including the United Way of Tompkins County, Tompkins County Public Library, Food Donation Network, The Sciencenter, Hangar Theatre, Paleontogical Research Institution’s Museum of the Earth, Family Reading Partnership, and the Ithaca Festival. Being an active and involved citizen is a core component of Wegmans philosophy. At a special ceremony held in his honor, Gary was named the 2007 Agda Osborn Award recipient for outstanding community service and volunteerism.
Gene Yarussi, TCAD Foundation (FLRPNet) Liaison
(EPT) between 1989 and 2006 capping a 42-year career. Under his leadership, EPT made several U.S. and foreign acquisitions and positioned the company to operate as one cohesive organization. Since retirement, Gene has consulted with several local start up ventures and has extensive public service. He has served, is currently serving, or consulted with: The Sciencenter, TC-3 Foundation, Community Foundation of Tompkins County, Racker Centers, Family and Children’s Service, Challenge, Love Living at Home, Congregational Church, and Tompkins Public Library.