Board of Directors/Administrators


Board of Directors

* Finance/Audit Committee member – Audit committee originally established 2008; Finance Audit Committee established 2018
# Governance Committee member – committee originally established 2008

Rich John#*


121 E. Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Tompkins County Legislature
Current Term: 1/1/22 – 12/31/22


Rich has spent twenty years as a general practice partner in a local law firm, and nine years serving as the general counsel and vice president of compliance for a global product testing and inspection company, Intertek. Currently, Rich John is a member of the Government Operations Committee and serves as the Chair of the Public Safety Committee.

Shawna Black


121 E. Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Tompkins County Legislature
Current Term: 1/1/22 – 12/31/23



Mike Sigler#


Mike Sigler121 E. Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Tompkins County Legislature
Current Term: 1/1/22 – 12/31/22


Mike Sigler has served on the Tompkins County Legislature for two non-consecutive terms from 2006 to 2010 and then from 2014 to present. Mike also works for Park Outdoor Advertising full time. Mike worked in television, as an Anchor, Reporter and Producer.

Jeff Gorsky*
First appointed to TCDC: 12/15/20
Current TCDC term: 1/1/21 – 12/31/22
IAED Board  Appointment


Jeff Gorsky, CPA, is a partner at Sciarabba Walker & Co., LLP. He joined the firm in 1992 and has been a partner since 2001. He is head of the firm’s Consulting department and leads the High Technology group. His primary emphasis is on small-business consulting and taxation issues.

Over the years, he has assisted clients in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, business valuations, financing, and new business startups. Jeff graduated from Villanova University and previously worked for Chase Manhattan Bank in the Operations & Systems Management Development Program.

Todd Bruer

Todd Bruer

Business Manager
IBEW Local 241
134 Cecil A Malone Drive
Ithaca N.Y. 14850
( 607 ) 272-2809

First appointed to TCDC: 2/4/21
Current TCDC term: 1/1/21 – 12/31/22
Organized labor Representative



John Guttridge*


Brightworks Computer Consulting

123 W. State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-277-8585 x 100;
At Large Director
Current Term: 1/1/21 – 12/31/22

John Guttridge founded Brightworks Computer Consulting (then Black Box Computer Consulting) in 2004 as a one-man operation based in his dining room and grew it to a 16 employee operation. He is deeply involved in the ongoing redevelopment of downtown Ithaca. He serves on the Board of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (where he chairs the Downtown Operations Committee), the Board of the State Theater of Ithaca, and is President of the State Theater Foundation Board. He is also integral to the team of people that works to bring Wizarding Weekend to life.

Faith Vavra#

Vice Chair

Chief of Staff, City of Ithaca

108 E. Green Street
Ithaca, NY  14850
Current Term: 1/1/22 – 12/31/23

Faith serves as Chief of Staff for the City of Ithaca, the first woman to hold that post. Previously, she worked for Southern Tier 8 Regional Board and as Deputy District Director for U.S. Representative Anthony Brindisi’s NY22 Congressional District office, Secretary to the Deputy County Executive of Broome County, and Adjunct Instructor of Criminal Justice/Forensics at SUNY Broome.

Faith holds a Master of Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Public Administration from Troy University. She is a member of the board of several regional nonprofits and is also a FEMA Public Information Officer and published author. In 2020, Faith was recipient of the Broome County Status of Women Council’s Woman of Distinction Award and the Junior League’s Watrous Bowl Award.

Advisory Committee

Lisa Holmes

Tompkins County Interim Administrator
125 E. Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

Katherine Borgella
Tompkins County Planning Department

Katherine Borgella121 E. Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

Richard Snyder
Controller, Tompkins County Finance Department

Richard Snyder125 E. Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

TCDC Administrative Director

The Tompkins County Development Corporation is managed by Ithaca Area Economic Development.

Heather McDaniel
Administrative Director Tompkins County Development Corp.
President, Ithaca Area Economic Development
401 East State/Martin Luther King Junior Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

TCIDA Legal Council
Russell E. Gaenzle – Attorney at Law

99 Garnsey Road
Pittsford, NY 14534
585.419.8718   Direct