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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.

Board Members

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

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

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Kim Babuka
Senior Director, Workforce Planning and Compensation
Cornell University

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Todd Bruer
Business Manager and Fund Administrator
IBEW - Local 241

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Suzanne Cerquone
Human Resources Manager
Ithaca Marriott Downtown

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Kip Cerasaro
Employment Services Manager
New York State Department of Labor

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John Cometti
Business Agent and Organizer
Teamsters Local 317

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Danielle Harrington
Executive Director
Tompkins Community Action

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Leon Holden
Human Resources Director
Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services

Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services

Kit Kephart
Social Services Commissioner
Tompkins County Department of Social Services

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Paul Levesque
HOLT Architects

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Chris Malcom
Service Area Manager

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Heather McDaniel
Ithaca Area Economic Development

Ithaca Area Economic Development

Ron Olson
Director of Operations
Cornell NanoScale Facility, Cornell University

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Samantha Pennell
Human Resources Generalist

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

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Teri Tarshus
Regional Manager of Operations
Baywood Hotels

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Jennifer Tavares
President & CEO
Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce

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Andrew Tunison
Director of Counseling

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Denise Vreeland
Vice President of Services

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Steve Waight
Human Resources Manager
Cayuga Health

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

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Yen Wu
Lev Kitchen

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Ex-Officio, Non-Voting

Bridgette Nugent
Deputy County Administrator
Tompkins County

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Creating pathways to better careers and economic growth.