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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

Board Members

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

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

Jeff Matteson - Secretary
District Superintendent
Tompkins Seneca Tioga BOCES

Kim Babuka
Senior Director, Workforce Planning and Compensation
Cornell University

Todd Bruer
Business Manager and Fund Administrator
IBEW - Local 241

Suzanne Cerquone
Human Resources Manager
Ithaca Marriott Downtown

Kip Cerasaro
Employment Services Manager
New York State Department of Labor

John Cometti
Business Agent and Organizer
Teamsters Local 317

Theresa Fiacco
Regional Coordinator

Brian Forrest
Vice President of Human Resources
Cayuga Medical Center

Danielle Harrington
Executive Director
Tompkins Community Action

Kit Kephart
Social Services Commissioner
Tompkins County Department of Social Services

Kevin Kersey
Director Human Resources

Paul Levesque
HOLT Architects

Chris Malcom
Service Area Manager

Heather McDaniel
Ithaca Area Economic Development

Ron Olson
Director of Operations
Cornell NanoScale Facility, Cornell University

Samantha Pennell
Human Resources Generalist

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

Teri Tarshus
Regional Manager of Operations
Baywood Hotels

Jennifer Tavares
President & CEO
Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce

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



Creating pathways to better careers and economic growth.