Board of Directors and Committees

The board of directors is the guardian of an ever-growing permanent charitable endowment for our community to be used today, tomorrow, and forever.

Executive Committee

Randy Ehrenberg

Randy Ehrenberg

Board Chair, Children & Youth Fund Advisory Committee

Randy retired in 2010 after a 42 year career in public education, including 27 in the Ithaca City School District where she last served as Deputy Superintendent of Schools. For the last nine years of her career, she was Superintendent of the North Colonie Central School District, a high performing 5,650 student school district in the Albany, NY area. Standard and Poor’s has classified North Colonie as one of a small number of “outperforming school districts” in New York State because its students’ test score performance (for all socioeconomic and racial groups) is substantially higher than predicted given the socioeconomic backgrounds of families in the district.

She is a published author and has written articles on the teaching of English and on budgetary and administrative issues. She served as chair of the New York State Association for Women in Educational Leadership (NYSAWA) and received awards including NYSAWA’s Pathfinder Award, Outstanding Educator of the Year from the New York School Administrators’ Association, and the Distinguished Service Award from the New York State Council of School Superintendents.

Upon returning to Ithaca, Randy quickly became active in many aspects of the community. She currently serves on the boards of the Hangar Theatre and Temple Beth-El and is a docent at the Johnson Art Museum.

Susan Murphy

Susan Murphy

Board Vice Chair, Philanthropic Services Committee, Women’s Fund Advisory Committee

Susan H. Murphy has served Cornell University as Vice President for Student and Academic Services (SAS) since July 1994. She is a graduate of Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences and has master’s degrees from Stanford University and Montclair State College. She also earned a Ph.D. in Educational Administration at Cornell. Susan joined Cornell in 1978 following work as a guidance counselor and head of the guidance department at Chatham Borough High School in Chatham, New Jersey. For sixteen years she worked in Admissions and Financial Aid, including nine years as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.

In addition to her current responsibilities at Cornell, Susan is a member of the Policy Committee of the Council of Ivy Presidents. She serves as an Emeritus Director of the United Way of Tompkins County and is a member of the Visiting Committee for the Dean of Student Life at MIT. She also is a Trustee of Adelphi University and is a member of the Board of Directors for Acme United, Inc., a company listed on the NYSE.

Stephen Pope

Stephen Pope

Board Treasurer, Financial Administration Committee Chair

Stephen is the Sibley College Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University, where for the past 33 years he has been teaching and conducting research in fluid dynamics and combustion. He was born and educated in England, and came to the U.S. in 1977, first to Pasadena, CA, then to Cambridge, MA, and finally to Ithaca in 1982. When his two children were younger he was active in the Ithaca School District and served twice as President of the PTA at both Boynton Middle School and Ithaca High School. Since then he has been actively involved in a number of community organizations.

Stephen and his wife Linda live on Ithaca’s South Hill and enjoy its natural beauty and walking on its many trails. Stephen is excited to be joining the board of the Community Foundation and intends to make the most of this opportunity to assist the Foundation in achieving its goal of using philanthropy to enhance the lives of those who live and work in Tompkins County.

Sandy Dhimitri

Sandy Dhimitri

Board Secretary, Community Impact Committee Co-Chair

Sandy is the Director of Human Resources for the College of Human Ecology and the University Libraries at Cornell. Previous to coming to Cornell she has worked as a human resources professional in high volume manufacturing companies in high tech, medical manufacturing and a running shoe company. Sandy has been an active volunteer in our community, the Lansing school district, her church, the Lansing Youth Mission program, and currently serves on the Friends of the Lansing Library and the board of Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County.

Sandy is excited to be joining the board of Community Foundation and hopes to be assist the Foundation in its efforts to raise the quality of life for county residents through philanthropy.

Fabina Colon

Fabina Colon

Community Impact Committee Co-Chair

Fabina is the Director of the Multicultural Resource Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing a diverse and inclusive culture and eliminating all forms of systemic oppressions in our communities through education, community organizing and collaborations. She is a native of Peru and moved to Tompkins County along with her family in 1991. She is passionate about multicultural education, sustaining indigenous knowledge and values, and employing arts and culture as vehicles for community building and social change. In addition to her work with MRC, she has founded SoLuna, a grassroots initiative working with local youth around cultural identity awareness, cultural competency and unity through the arts. In spring of 2013, Fabina launched Tompkins County’s first youth-led annual International Youth Arts and Culture Festival (IYAC Fest) and also co-founded Creative Community Designs (CCD); a grassroots organization working towards positive social change through action planning, civic engagement and participation. Fabina is a longtime community advocate and has served as a volunteer and Board member for a number of Tompkins County organizations.

Janice Conrad

Janice Conrad

Development & Community Relations Committee Chair

Janice moved here in 1978 when her husband, Jon, joined the Cornell faculty. Their two sons were raised here and both now reside in northern California. She instituted a plan to have restaurateurs participate in the Ithaca Festival and went on to become the Festival General Coordinator in 1980. When their boys were young she served as president of the East Ithaca Nursery School and of the Belle Sherman PTA. Janice was on the board of the Reconstruction Home, now Beech Tree Home. She maintains an ongoing interest in Delta Gamma Sorority and has served on both the House Corp and Alumnae Boards. Janice's career has been in Cornell Development working with high-level donors. She looks forward to applying those skills to helping build resources for this wonderful community.

Clover Drinkwater

Nominating & Governance Committee Chair

Clover is a partner in the Elmira law firm of Sayles & Evans, concentrating her practice in the areas of trusts and estates, not-for-profit organizations, personal income tax. She has lived in Ithaca for 35 years. She received her BA from Vassar College and JD from Boston College Law School. Both of her children are Cornell graduates. Clover's prior board service includes The Clemens Center, Glove House, the Arnot Art Museum, the Arnot Ogden Medical Center Foundation, and the Country Club of Ithaca. Currently she serves on the boards of Chemung Canal Trust Company, Planned Parenthood, Historic Elmira, and the Community Foundation serving the Elmira-Corning area.

She very much looks forward to this opportunity to serve the Ithaca community.

Nancy Potter

Nancy Potter

Philanthropic Services Committee Chair

With a passion for family and community development, Nancy has dedicated 3+ decades with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Tompkins County to community-based learning and convening collaborations that build on families’ strengths and create supportive communities for children and families. These initiatives have benefitted from the generosity of local assets which leverage resources from external funders. She believes the Community Foundation plays an important role in developing awareness of local issues for which local philanthropy can stimulate innovative action. This creates a dynamic relationship among those who are impacted, those who donate, and those who facilitate effective responses. Nancy values being an active part of creating awareness of the issues and stimulating action on those issues. She connects to the community through the Ithaca Rotary Club, St Paul’s United Methodist Church, the West Danby Community Association, and other non-profit boards.

Board Members

Richard Banks

Richard Banks

Nominating & Governance Committee

Richard is the Associate Vice President, Alumni Affairs and Development Administration for Cornell University, responsible for directing and executing administrative operations supporting the university’s fund raising and alumni engagement programs. This includes serving as the Senior Finance Officer and senior administrative officer for the division, and the management of the human resources, advancement services, budget, planning, and finance programs. He is a member of Cornell’s class of 1972, and joined the Cornell staff in 1978. His volunteer service includes serving as a director of the Cornell Club of New York, the Statler Club, and as a director and former president of the Country Club of Ithaca.

Christine Barksdale

Christine Barksdale

Nominating & Governance Committee



Sahara Byrne

Sahara Byrne

Development & Community Relations Committee



Bill Currie

Bill Currie

Philanthropic Services Committee

Bill is a Senior Vice President with Morgan Stanley. He has been providing advice, guidance and personal service to private clients for more than 25 years at the Ithaca, NY office.

He is a native of Watkins Glen, NY and a graduate of Syracuse University’s School of Management. Bill has served the local community through his involvement with the Lansing School’s Corporate Development Committee, baseball coach in the Town of Lansing’s recreation program and his long participation in the Ithaca Rotary Club. Bill has also been a long-time supporter of Family and Children’s Service of Ithaca in numerous roles including serving on the board of directors. He is also an active member of the Tompkins County Estate Planning Council.

Bill lives in Lansing, NY with his wife and family.

Jeff Dobbin

Jeff Dobbin

Development & Community Relations Committee

Jeff is a Vice President of Lending at CFCU Community Credit Union with over 25 years of banking experience including 20 years in the Ithaca area.
He serves as board treasurer for both McGraw House as well as Longview. Jeff enjoys coaching middle school age basketball.

Ross Feldman

Ross Feldman

Financial Administration Committee

Ross is a personal financial strategist who has been using a (w)holistic macroeconomic process to help people make better financial decisions since 1997.

With his Protection First philosophy (which includes a thorough review and discussion of exisitng and potential financial risks), he helps families and business owners achieve financial balance through the strategic integration of their insurance and their assets - with the goal of enhancing retirement cash flow, while maintaining a legacy for the people and causes they care about.

Specialties: Comprehensive array of financial products and services. Professionally licensed to provide life, disability, long term care, and health insurance.

Holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 licenses and provides investment products and advisory services through Park Avenue Securities, LLC, a registered broker-dealer and investment advisor.

Sara Knobel

Sara Knobel

Community Impact Committee

A life-long resident of the Finger Lakes region, Sara is currently the manager/director of the Groton Public Library. Working to make the Library a community center, Sara brings in people of all ages to enjoy the many pleasures the Library has to offer.

Her prior positions include: Alumni & Development assistant at TC3 as well as executive director of the Cortland County SPCA. She serves on the Groton Youth Commission and has volunteered at the Friends of the Tompkins County Library Book Sale and Habitat for Humanity – the major gifts committee. She was a member of the Cortland Rotary club and the Cortland SPCA board of directors.

Sara has a passion for animals and the environment. She enjoys walking, cycling, kayaking, horse riding, and of course reading!

Ann Martin

Ann Martin

Community Impact Committee

Ann worked with Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) as a Senior Extension Associate and, at times, Associate Dean. She taught interest-based bargaining to labor leaders and managers, facilitated negotiations, was a consultant on organizational change processes, and engaged whole organizations in strategic planning. The point of entry for much of her work was conflict, allowing her to use skills and knowledge gained as a community mediator with Tompkins County’s Community Dispute Resolution Center, as well as what she’d learned in a Masters program at ILR. Late in her career, she earned a doctorate in adult education at Teacher’s College, Columbia, just to understand what she’d been doing all along. That “doing” had included, in addition to the Cornell job, a term on the Ithaca Board of Education, chairing the CDRC Board, and teaching adults in Norway how to conduct research with people rather than on people.

In retirement, Ann has worked with the Building Bridges Steering Committee and as Associate Research Fellow with the Dorothy Cotton Institute. She carries on her deep commitment to social justice in Tompkins County as a Family Advocate with the Village at Ithaca, a community mediator, and a volunteer facilitator when groups ask for help. She is most interested in finding ways for agencies and individuals to work together across habitual boundaries.

Diane McDonough

Diane McDonough

Financial Administration Committee

Community involvement has always been important to Diane. She is currently an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Dryden and participates in the Dryden Southworth Library Annual Book Sale.

Diane is a tax manager for Sciarabba Walker & Co, LLP and focuses on tax and financial planning consulting and services. She has always worked in public accounting as a CPA while living in Colorado, Wyoming, and California before settling in Tompkins County in 1997. Serving on the board of The Estate Planning Council of Tompkins County is her connection to the business community.

Diane enjoys cross country skiing, boating, and hiking, which makes Tompkins County the perfect place to be. She is happy to be a member of the Fortnightly Club of Dryden.


Philip McPheron

Philip McPheron

Financial Administration Committee

Recently retired from Cornell University after 34 years, Philip held positions in the student affairs, housing, and campus life areas, the last being Director of Planning and Special Projects. His responsibilities encompassed training, program development, assessment/evaluation, financial and facility management during his career at Cornell, Indiana University, and two other universities. For much of his career he has been involved in sustainability efforts, emergency planning, and in understanding organization and life transitions.

Phil previously served on the boards of the SPCA and the United Way of TC. During twenty years of volunteering with the UW he chaired several committees including Fund Allocation/Distribution. He has also served on grant review teams with the CF. Most gratifying for him through these experiences was the opportunity to see how Tompkins County strength and growth occurred when committed citizens contributed their time, talents, and resources to help others and the organizations that make up their communities.

He and his wife particularly enjoy hiking, skiing, dining, and traveling. They have two daughters who went through the Ithaca school system and who are pursuing professional careers in other states. He appreciates the beauty of Finger Lakes area for cycling and running and is always amazed at the abundant intellectual curiosity, musical, theatrical, and artistic talent on display here.

Liebe Meier Swain

Liebe Meier Swain

Community Impact Committee

An Ithaca resident since 2002, Liebe is presently a Planning and Research Associate for Cornell Health, where her responsibilities include the financial and operational planning and management of the Student Health Plan serving over 20,000 students. Prior to Cornell, she spent seven years engaged in strategic planning and population health strategy development at Cayuga Medical Center.

Liebe has an MHA from Cornell University, a Masters of Arts in Religion (MAR) from Yale Divinity School, and a BA in Psychology from Well College. Liebe has been active on several community boards including Coddington Road Community Center, the Town of Ithaca Planning Board, as well as volunteering with the Tompkins County United Way Fund Allocation/Distribution Committee.

Liebe is a proud and grateful momma of two (presently) little people. Dedicated to a life-time of learning, she is currently steeped in repeated life-lessons such as bravery, sharing, effective communication, emotional management and negotiations at her place of residence. During study breaks, Liebe enjoys gardening, running and going to the beach.

Alice Moore

Alice Moore

Nominating & Governance Committee

Alice learned the importance of community as a child growing up in a small, rural town near Ithaca and has been an active community volunteer for nearly 40 years.
She has served on the Boards of Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, Hospicare and Palliative Care of Tompkins County, and The History Center. Alice worked at Cornell University for 22 years -- the last 12 years as human resources director of the Industrial and Labor Relations School and then of NYS Cooperative Extension. In 1986 she left Cornell to become a Realtor and is now with Warren Real Estate.

Alice and her husband, Robert Smith, have five children and thirteen grandchildren. Most of their children are in helping occupations. Alice enjoys travel immensely and cooking is her favorite pastime.

Bill Murphy

Bill Murphy

Financial Administration Committee

A resident of Tompkins County since 1997, Bill is a Vice President and Sr. Wealth Advisor with Tompkins Financial Advisors. His financial and banking experience began in 1989 as a personal banker with First Federal. Bill is a Certified Financial Planner with a background in banking, business development, and administration. He has a MBA from Wilkes University.

A past board member of Ithaca Sunrise Rotary and past chair of Ithaca’s MS Walk, Bill is dedicated to working with people committed to philanthropy and the common-good. Bill, his wife Stacey, and their son enjoy: hiking, swimming, running, and cross-country skiing.

Eric Schillinger

Eric Schillinger

Community Impact Committee



Kevin Shreve

Kevin Shreve

Development & Community Relations Committee

Kevin began his career in financial services in June of 1978, and has been a Financial Consultant for 30 years. He joined AXA Advisors in 1985, and began doing business as Financial Designs in 1990. Kevin attended King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA as an engineering major in the early 70s. He received his CLU and ChFC designations from The American College, Bryn Mawr, PA in 1984. He is past president of the Ithaca, NY chapter of National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and is currently their Treasurer. Kevin is a Life and Qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), an international association of leading financial professionals, recognized as the standard of excellence in the life insurance-based financial services industry.

Kevin has enjoyed a long history of community involvement and charitable giving in the Ithaca area. His prior board service includes the Franzska Racker Centers, The Country Club of Ithaca, The Community Dispute and Resolution Center, and Tompkins County Youth Board where he received the Governor’s Voluntary Service Award. His hobbies include Hunting, Golf, Racquetball, Bridge, Gourmet Cooking, and Gardening.

Lynn Swain

Development & Community Relations Committee

Lynn joined the Cornell Botanic Gardens in Ithaca, NY as Director of Development in October 2016. Previously she served as Membership Director at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and as the Membership Manager at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Both organizations experienced rapid growth in their membership base and revenue under her leadership. Prior to the Gardner, Lynn had a 30-year career behind the scenes in museums and history non-profits, serving most recently as the Registrar at the Winterthur Museum near Wilmington, DE. She holds an undergraduate degree in art history from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from the University of Delaware.

Lucia Tyler

Lucia Tyler

Philanthropic Services Committee

Lucia Tyler is the founder of Tyler Admissions Consulting, a college admissions counseling business she has been running for the past eight years. Prior to that, she worked at Cornell University as an instructor and lab manager. She recently completed a second four year term on the town board of the Town of Ulysses. She has also served multiple years on the Environmental Management Council, the Water Resources Council, the Health Consortium of Tompkins County and the Community Arts Partnership board. Lucia has a continuing strong interest in promoting literacy and education in the community. In light of that interest, she has volunteered for Tompkins Learning Partners, the Family Reading Partnership, and the Ulysses Philomathic Library. She and her husband David (who met at Cornell University) enjoy all that this community has to offer in terms of natural beauty, skiing, swimming, music and fine dining.

Paul Velleman

Paul Velleman

Philanthropic Services Committee

Paul moved to Ithaca in 1975 to join the School of Industrial and Labor Relations as a statistics professor. He currently holds faculty appointments in ILR and in the College of Information Sciences. He is a co-author of seven statistics textbooks and is the developer of the Data desk statistics package and ActivStats, the first multimedia program for statistics education. He is on the Cornell Faculty Senate and the GAISE committee of the American Statistical Association revising the standards for introductory statistics education.

Paul serves on the board of directors of the State Theatre and the State Theatre Foundation; he was a founding member of both boards. Paul sings with the Savage Club and the Community Chorus. He has two adult sons; one is a psychologist in San Francisco and the other works in film production in New York City. His wife, Sue Michlovitz is a physical therapist who serves as a Vice President on the board of the Kitchen Theatre Company and does medical outreach missions to Guatemala with Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation.

Paul is excited to serve with the Community Foundation. In 2015 he participated as a grant reviewer.

Celebrating Board Members and Community Volunteers Service on Our Committees

2017 BOARD COMMITTEES

COMMUNITY IMPACT
Fabina Colon (Co-Chair)
Sandy Dhimitri (Co-Chair)
Sara Knobel
Ann Martin
Eric Schillinger
Liebe Meier Swain

Community Members:
Linda Madeo


DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Janice Conrad (Chair)
Sahara Byrne
Jeff Dobbin
Kevin Shreve
Lynn Swain

Community Members:
Lisken Cordes
Marybeth Tarzian
Juliana Truesdale


FINANCIAL ADMINSTRATION
Steve Pope (Chair)
Diane McDonough
Ross Feldman
Phil McPheron
Bill Murphy

Community Members:
Gerald Hector
Helen Saunders


NOMINATING AND GOVERNANCE
Clover Drinkwater (Chair)
Rick Banks
Christine Barksdale
Alice Moore

Community Members:
Linda Madeo

PHILANTHROPIC SERVICES
Nancy Potter (Chair)
Bill Currie
Susan Murphy
Lucia Tyler
Paul Velleman

Community Members:
Priscilla Crispell
Rita Melen
Judith Pratt


EXECUTIVE
Randy Ehrenberg
Susan Murphy
Steve Pope
Sandy Dhimitri
Janice Conrad
Fabina Colon
Clover Drinkwater
Nancy Potter
Ex Officio
Alan Mathios

2017 FIELD OF INTEREST
ADVISORY COMMITTEES

Women’s Fund Advisory
Board Rep
Susan Murphy

Community Members:
Stephanie Bailey (Chair)
Pamela Bleiwas
Suzie Brache
Jill Burlington
Elsa Hyde
Stacey Murphy
Carrie Regenstein
Nancy Schuler
Angela Sullivan


Children & Youth Fund Advisory
Board Rep
Randy Ehrenberg

Community Members:
Kara Lombardi (Co-Chair)
Tony Pane (Co-Chair)
Maryanne Banks
Fernando de Aragon
Tina Hallock
Cindy Noble
Helen Saunders
Susan Van Sickle


Gratitude for Board Emeriti

Since 2000 many volunteers have contributed their time and expertise to guide our work and we acknowledge them with gratitude for tireless service.

Jacki Barr
Beverly Baker
Fred Ballantyne
John Bailey
Donald Barber
Mary Berens
Percy Browning
Max Brown
Tommy Bruce
Penny Boynton
Travena L. Byrd
David Call
Michael C. Cannon
Samantha Castillo-Davis
Luis Manuel Charris
Eric Clay, PhD
Tom Colbert
Caroline Cox
Paula Davis
Fernando de Aragon
Mary Pat Dolan
Marcie Finlay
Francille M. Firebaugh
Jennifer Gabriel
Greg Garvan
Mariette Geldenhuys
Jean Gortzig
Brad Grainger
Matthew Green
Wendy Hankle
Eldred Harris
Robert L. Harris, Jr.
Howard Hartnett#
Janet Hawkes
Margaret A. Hendricks Board Chair and Executive Director Emerita
Damayanthi (Dammi) Herath
Carman Hill
John Moss Hinchcliff
Mary Beth Holub
Anthony Hopson
Theodore Hullar
Joanne James
Bob Jewell
John Krout
Eric Lerner
Laurie Linn
Tim Little
Ken McClane
Linda Madeo
Robin Masson
Alan Mathios
Nelson Mead
Mimi Melegrito-Palmer
Nina Miller
Risa Mish, JD
Ed Morton
Bill Myers
Ron Poole
George Ridenour
Frank Robinson, PhD
John Rogers
Kim Rothman
Jake Ryan#
Vilma-Santiago-Irizarry
Mickie Sanders-Jauquet
Helen Saunders
Diane Shafer
Caitlin Schryver
Anne Shelton
David Squires
Neal Stamp#
Carol Terrizzi
Tom Torello
Carol Travis
Jeffrey B. True Executive Director Emeritus
Sally True
Linda Wagenet
Julie Waters
Baruch Whitehead
Stephanie Wiles
Amy Yale Loehr
Gene Yarussi

# deceased

Incorporating Directors
Jeff Furman
Howard P. Hartnett#
William Myers
John Semmler
Diane Shafer
Bob Swieringa

quote George Washington

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