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 2022

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

Tina Douglas / At-Large Director / Schlather & Birth

Deborah Gansinger Hall / Program Director, FCS / High School FACS Teacher

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

Wes Laraway / Schoharie County Representative / Middleburgh Town Supervisor

Andrew Marietta / Otsego County Representative / Special Assistant to the Chairman, The Clark Estates, County Legislative Board of Representatives

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

Steve Sinniger / Program Director, 4-H / Farmer, Crops/Hay

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

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

Ag Program Advisory Committee

Sophie Ano / Department Chair, Business, Food Service

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 / Carefree Gardens

Pete Nichols / Schoharie County Soil & Water, District Manager

Family Consumer Sciences Program Advisory Committee

Deborah Gansinger Hall / High School FACS Teacher

Jessica Hill

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

Tristin Sharratt

4-H Program Advisory Committee

Cindy Powers / Committee Chair / Retired School Teacher

Bridgette Shepardson

Steve Sinniger / Farmer, Crops/Hay

Debbie Stanton / Real Estate Broker, Howard Hanna

Lydia VanEveraFarmer, Windcrest Farm

Last updated June 16, 2022