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
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
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 Jensen / USDA Meat Lab Manager, SUNY Cobleskill
Karli Johnson / Committee Chair / Farmer, Muddy River Dairy
Mary Leonard /
Maureen Blanchard / Contract Manager, Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene at OASAS
Brittany Goodrich / Director, The Kennedy Willis Center
Toni Joslin / Executive Assistant
Kristin Pullyblank / Committee Chair / Research Nurse, Center for Rural Community Health
Cindy Powers / Committee Chair / Retired School Teacher
Bridgette Shepardson /
Steve Sinniger / Farmer, Crops/Hay
Lydia VanEvera / Farmer, Windcrest Farm
Last updated September 16, 2021