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 2020

Maureen Blanchard / Program Director, FCS, Secretary Project Director & Community Coordinator, Creating Healthy Schools and Communities, SUNY Cobleskill

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

Elizabeth Goblet-Schubert / Program Director, Ag / Farmer, Hessian Hill Farm

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

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

Alex Luniewski / Appointed by Schoharie B.O.S. 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 / Supervisor, Rural Health Education Network of Schoharie, Otsego, and Montgomery Counties

Cindi Shelley / At-Large Director / Professor, Department of Animal & Plant Sciences, SUNY Cobleskill

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

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

Katerina Weingarten / Program Director, 4-H / Student, SUNY Cobleskill

Bill Woodward / Program Director, 4-H

Ag Program Advisory Committee

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

Elizabeth Goblet-Schubert / Committee Secretary / Farmer, Hessian Hill Farm 

Betsy Jensen / Meat Lab Manager, SUNY Cobleskill

Karli Johnson / Farmer, Muddy River Dairy

Mary Leonard / 

Alicia Terry / Director of Planning, Schoharie County Planning & Development Agency

Family Consumer Sciences Program Advisory Committee

Maureen Blanchard / Project Director, Creating Healthy Schools and Communities, SUNY Cobleskill

Arleen Clark / Home Dialysis Supervisor, Bassett Health Care

Brittany Goodrich / Director, The Kennedy Willis Center

Toni Joslin / Executive Assistant

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

4-H Program Advisory Committee

Ruth Allen / Retired, NY CCE Administrator

William Combs / Grounds Supervisor, Cobleskill Sunshine Fair

JoAnne King / Farmer, Kings Roaming Angus Farm/Cafe Help Cook

Cindy Powers / Committee Chair / Retired School Teacher

Bill Shue / Retired School Teacher

Lydia VanEvera / Secretary

Katerina Weingarten / Student, SUNY Cobleskill

Bill Woodward / 

Last updated August 13, 2020