Board of Directors & Advisory Committees

People support decisions they help to make, and Cornell Cooperative Extension believes strongly in shared leadership through locally elected Boards of Directors and active program development committees.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties is governed by a 12 member Board of Directors that consists of 12 elected community volunteers; 2 voting members appointed by the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors, and Otsego County Board of Representatives and a representative from Cornell University. It includes people from towns throughout Schoharie and Otsego Counties who bring their knowledge of community needs and concerns to the governance of this organization. Our board sets policy, hires staff, prioritizes educational programs and works with Extension's educational staff to ensure program effectiveness.

Program Committees for each of our Program areas guide the direction of the workshops, classes,and other services that we offer the residents of Schoharie and Otsego Counties, and review the effectiveness of our efforts. Our programs have evolved over the years to reflect changes in values, ethics, community norms, family structures, mobility, and the economy in direct response to this grassroots community involvement.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties is delighted to have active and diverse Board of Directors and Program Committees, which are key to achieving strong and meaningful community impacts! If, as you read more about how we are governed, you believe you have a contribution to make to our programming as a volunteer, please get in touch! We welcome your input and ideas!

Name / Board Role / Professional Affiliation

Board of Directors 2021

Maureen Blanchard / Program Director FCS / Contract Manager, Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene at OASAS

James Bryant / At-Large Director, President / Attorney at Law

Sarah Goodrich / At-Large Director, Treasurer / Retired Executive Director, SALT

Pati Grady / Program Director Ag/Hort / Retired Management Consultant and MGV

Danielle Hautaniemi / Appointed by CCE Director / CCE State Specialist, Cornell University

Betsy Jenson / Program Director Ag/Hort / USDA Meat Lab Manager, SUNY Cobleskill

Alex Luniewski / Appointed by Schoharie B.O.S. / GE IFPTE Local 147 President, Representative Schoharie County Board of Supervisors

Andrew Marietta/ Appointed by Otsego B.O.R. / NYCON VP Regional Development, County Legislative Board of Representatives

Kristin Pullyblank / Program Director FCS, Vice-President / Supervisor, Rural Health Education Network of Schoharie, Otsego, and Montgomery Counties

Jason Stone / At-Large Director, Secretary / Farmer, Oaks Creek Farm/Hops Grower Brewery Ommegang

Dan Sullivan, / At-Large Director / Regional Outreach Coordinator, Richfield Springs Community Food Cooperative

Vali Vargha, / At-Large Director / Farmer, Big Sky Farm

Lydia VanEvera, / Program Director 4-H / Farmer, Windcrest Farm

Ag Program Advisory Committee

Jordan Clements / District Manager, Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District 

Elizabeth Goblet-Schubert / Farmer, Hessian Hill Farm

Pati Grady / Retired Management Consultant and Master Gardener Volunteer

Betsy JensenUSDA Meat Lab Manager, SUNY Cobleskill

Karli Johnson Committee Chair / Farmer, Muddy River Dairy

Mary Leonard

Family Consumer Sciences Program Advisory Committee

Maureen Blanchard / Contract Manager, Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene at OASAS

Brittany GoodrichDirector, The Kennedy Willis Center

Toni JoslinExecutive Assistant

Kristin Pullyblank / Committee Chair / Research Nurse, Center for Rural Community Health

4-H Program Advisory Committee

Cindy Powers / Committee Chair / Retired School Teacher

Bridgette Shepardson

Steve Sinniger / Farmer, Crops/Hay

Lydia VanEveraFarmer, Windcrest Farm

Last updated September 16, 2021