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George P. Ferrari, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Email George at firstname.lastname@example.org.
George has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Community Foundation of Tompkins County since August 2005.
George has been a committed and active participant in the Tompkins County community since 1980 with a special focus on mission driven organizations that combine alleviating individual suffering and injustice with working for societal change. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Tompkins and Tioga Counties and as Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service’s Crisis Line Manager. George was the founding Executive Director of AIDS WORK of Tompkins County. He has also served in positions with Head Start as well as in residence life at Cornell University.
George is a past board president of the Grantmakers Forum of NYS, now called the NY Funders Alliance, an association of foundations from across upstate New York. George currently facilitates the Tompkins County Human Service Coalition’s Forum meetings. He is a member of the Ithaca Rotary club and the Estate Planning Council of Tompkins County. George serves on the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Kendal at Ithaca Board of Trustees and the board of directors of NYCON, a statewide membership organization which enriches communities by building the capacity of nonprofits through services and advocacy.
George has a degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology .
George enjoys camping, working out, opera and many varieties of chocolate. He lives in the City of Ithaca with his spouse Daniel Hirtler, an architect and founder of the firm Flatfield Designs.
Chief Impact Officer
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Janet joined the Community Foundation in 2007. She has a Master’s of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from RIT. She came to Ithaca in 1997 to work as the Assistant Director of Finance at Racker. Janet has been an advocate for racial justice, individuals with developmental disabilities, low-income families, women’s issues and many others. Her work with the foundation has predominantly been around the strengthening of our mission-driven sector through approaches such as collective impact, systems that support diversity and inclusion and the building of social capital. She has enjoyed teaching at Binghamton University in the College of Community and Public Affairs and leading workshops on impactful grantmaking for various audiences. She thrives on building the strategic vision of the Community Foundation and mobilizing philanthropic investments throughout Tompkins County.
In addition to engagement on a variety of community boards and committees, she has enjoyed performing as an originating member of the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, with the Burns and Kristy Band, touring with Tom Mank and Sera Smolen, and others.
Janet and her partner, Greg Foster, have 4 young adult children living coast to coast. The six of them enjoyed a trip to Russia and Croatia in search of soccer and island adventures. Janet and Greg recently embarked on a musical and culinary excursion to the Netherlands, Belgium and Egypt. Janet appreciates how travel opens the heart and expands one’s perspective.
Chief Philanthropic Services Officer
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Amy joined Community Foundation in 2009, coming with experience as an entrepreneur, self-employed, and having managed a wholesale business. Prior to that, as a financial consultant at M&T Bank Investment Group, Amy developed many connections throughout Tompkins County. Amy graduated from Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Business Management.
Amy currently serves as on the board of directors for AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) Finger Lakes Chapter and Cornell Club of Ithaca. She has served in various roles in her community including volunteering as an Ombudsman through Office for the Aging, serving on the board of Dryden Sports Boosters (DSB), and contributing on the marketing committee at the Dryden Community Center Cafe. Amy has stayed active by seeking to improve financial systems in the non-profit sector and serving as an officer for FINZ Finance Officers Association of Tompkins County. She stays involved in her church and faith community. Amy has raised five sons and continues to enjoy sporting and outdoor activities. Amy is excited to be a part of Community Foundation and looks forward to continuing to promote the intersection of philanthropy with all aspects of community life.
Chief Development Officer
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Nancy joined Community Foundation as its first Chief Development Officer in 2015, following over 12 years in officer positions at both Tompkins Financial Advisors and Cornell University Alumni Affairs and Development. She established Tompkins Trust Company’s Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund, a donor-advised and pooled income fund, to help facilitate clients’ charitable giving plans and grantmaking.
She received her bachelor’s degree in economics, business, and management from Empire State College. She earned credentials as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy mastering financial details involved in different forms of charitable giving. In addition, she is a graduate of Trust and Estate Administration schools offered by the New York Bankers Association.
Nancy served on the Board of Directors for several not-for-profit organizations including president and board member of the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She was secretary of the Estate Planning Council of Tompkins County and a member of Rotary International. In addition, she was a United Way Pacesetter Campaign volunteer and an Ithaca High School Sports Booster. She also found time to volunteer for the Endowment Committee for the City Federation of Women’s Organizations, Tompkins Learning Partners Board Capital Campaign, and Tompkins Cortland Community College Foundation Alumni Committee.
Nancy resides in Ithaca with her husband, Peter. She is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor and as often as possible gets away from her laptop to go cycling, hiking, and participating in Women Swimmin’ on Cayuga Lake to support Hospicare.
Email Madeline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Madeline joined the Community Foundation at the end of 2021. She graduated from the Art Institute in Phoenix, AZ with an Associates Degree in Business Management and Certification of Medical and Dental Office Assisting from Professional Career Development Institute from Atlanta, Georgia. She has 20 plus years in the medical field holding various positions. Madeline ran a family music business creating a vision to constitute a universal sound called “Ragin’ Mambo, Mambo Escalante”. She has diverse experience using a collaborative approach in creating music, dancing and coordinating events.
Madeline, who moved to Ithaca in 2020, is a proud mother of two children, with a daughter at Cornell University studying animal science and a son who graduated high school seeking continued education within his area of interest of sports medicine/physical therapy while currently working a full-time job. She volunteers in many direct care capacities, has raised funds for those in need and has also co-created a children’s book with her daughter.
Madeline enjoys dancing, music, reading, food, nature and communion/engaging with others.
Community Impact Associates Team
During the 2021 Fall Semester, Community Foundation has partnered with the Cornell’s Community Work Study program to employ the following paid interns to work on a variety of communications, event, data analysis and grantmaking projects.
Adesuwa Carlton ACarlton@cftompkins.org
SaMari Hall SHall@cftompkins.org
Carlene Mwaura CMwaura@cftompkins.org
Nabila Okudo CommunicationsAssociate@cftompkins.org
Janis Song JSong@cftompkins.org