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Workforce Development Board


The Tompkins County Workforce Development Board works to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of Tompkins County by developing and coordinating resources that meet employer needs while facilitating employment and development opportunities for individuals. The board is composed of fifty-one percent private sector and forty-nine percent non-for profit, community-based, and other organizations.

Tompkins County Workforce Development Board


Scott Pronti - Chair
Vice President of Human Resources
Tompkins Trust Company


Brian Forrest
Vice President of Human Resources
Cayuga Medical Center


Heather McDaniel
Ithaca Area Economic Development

Vacant - Vice Chair

Kirra Franzese
Associate Vice President, Human Resources and Planning
Ithaca College

Kate Shanks-Booth
Director of Youth Services
Tompkins County Youth Services


Jeff Matteson - Secretary
District Superintendent
Tompkins Seneca Tioga BOCES


Danielle Harrington
Executive Director
Tompkins County Action


Samantha Pennell
Human Resources Generalist


Amy Iles - Treasurer
Sciarabba Walker & Co, LLP


Kit Kephart
Social Services Commissioner
Tompkins County Department of Social Services


Teri Tarshus
Regional Manager of Operations
Baywood Hotels


Kim Babuka
Director, Compensation
Cornell University


Kevin Kersey
Director Human Resources


Jennifer Tavares
President & CEO
Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce


Todd Bruer
Business Manager and Fund Administrator
IBEW - Local 241


Theresa Fiacco
Regional Coordinator


Carrie Whitmore
Director of Continuing Education & Workforce Development
Tompkins Cortland Community College


Kip Cerasaro
Employment Services Manager
New York State Department of Labor


Paul Levesque
HOLT Architects


Denise Vreeland
Vice President of Services & COO
Mozaic & Challenge Workforce Solutions


John Cometti
Business Agent and Organizer
Teamsters Local 317



Chris Malcom
Service Area Manager


Ron Olson
Director of Operations
Cornell Nanoscale Facility, Cornell University

Suzanne Cerquone
Human Resources Manager
Ithaca Marriot Downtown