Board of Directors/Administrators

Meet TCDC

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#*

Chair

121 E. Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-274-5434
Tompkins County Legislature
Current Term: 1/1/21 – 12/31/21

 

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.

Martha Robertson
Vice Chair

121 E. Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-274-5434
Tompkins County Legislature
Current Term: 1/1/21 – 12/31/21

 

Martha Robertson has been a member of the Tompkins County Legislature since 2002 representing the Town of Dryden. She served as Chair of the Legislature, as well as Chair of the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency, from 2010 – 2013. Since January 2018 Martha has again been Legislature Chair. In addition, she chairs the Program Oversight Committee of the Community Housing Development Fund, a partnership among Tompkins County, the City of Ithaca, and Cornell University, which supports development of affordable housing in the county. Before joining the County Legislature, Martha’s career included serving as Director of the President’s Council of Cornell Women at Cornell University, a development officer for several nonprofit organizations, and a museum exhibit developer.

Mike Sigler#
 

Mike Sigler121 E. Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-274-5434
Tompkins County Legislature
Current Term: 1/1/21 – 12/31/21

 

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*
jgorsky@swcllp.com
607-272-5550
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
tbrueribew241@gmail.com

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; john@urbancoreithaca.com
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.

Laura Lewis#
Secretary/Treasurer
Laura LewisIthaca City Common Council

108 E. Green Street
Ithaca, NY  14850
607-279-2075
Elected Municipal Official
Current Term: 1/1/21 – 12/31/22

Laura Lewis is a 40-year resident of the City of Ithaca. She worked at Cornell University in student services in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations for 30 years. She retired in 2016. She sat on the Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) Board of Directors for many years, and at one point served as the board’s president. Laura was elected to the City of Ithaca Common Council in November 2017 where she represents the City’s 5th Ward.

Advisory Committee

Lisa Holmes

Tompkins County Interim Administrator
125 E. Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-274-5551

Katherine Borgella
Tompkins County Planning Department

Katherine Borgella121 E. Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-274-5560

Richard Snyder
Controller, Tompkins County Finance Department

Richard Snyder125 E. Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-274-5502

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
heatherm@ithacareaED.org
607-273-0005

TCIDA Legal Council
Russell E. Gaenzle – Attorney at Law

HARRIS BEACH PLLC
99 Garnsey Road
Pittsford, NY 14534
585.419.8718   Direct