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Our Board of Directors is composed of civic leaders who have proven competence in business, finance,  and community agency management. They have exhibited exceptional concern for the quality of life in our community through their leadership in diverse local organizations.

Photo of Mary OppermanMary Opperman, President

Mary Opperman has been with Cornell University since 1996.  Reporting to the president her portfolio includes oversight of the Division of Human Resources, Environmental Health and Safety, Campus Police and Emergency Management.  Ms. Opperman has served on numerous boards of local organizations, including Challenge Industries, Tompkins Cortland Community College Foundation, the Community Dispute Resolution Center, Workforce Investment Board, and the Women’s Opportunity Center.  She is currently active on the boards of the United Way of Tompkins County, Kendal at Ithaca, Foodnet, and Tompkins County Area Development. She is certified as a senior professional in human resources and is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta.

photo of Joanne FlorinoJoanne Volpe Florino, Vice President

Joanne Volpe Florino has worked in the philanthropic sector for over 35 years and is currently the Adam Meyerson Distinguished Fellow at The Philanthropy Roundtable, a national organization of foundation leaders and individual donors. Previously, she served as senior vice president for public policy at The Philanthropy Roundtable, executive director of the Triad and Park Foundations in Ithaca, New York, and a program associate at The Atlantic Philanthropies. She currently serves as a board member of the Network of Enlightened Women and the New York Council of Nonprofits and is a lifetime member of both the Cornell University Council and the President’s Council of Cornell Women. Ms. Florino earned a bachelor's degree in history from Georgetown University and a master's degree in American history from Cornell University.

Peter Grossman headshotPeter Grossman, Secretary/Treasurer

Peter Grossman is the proprietor of the law office of Barney, Grossman & Dubow. He is a 1973 graduate of Northwestern University and a 1976 graduate of the Washington College of Law of American University. After over forty years of experience in general practice, he has focused his practice in the areas of commercial and residential transactions, small business formation and management, trusts and estate planning, probate and estate administration and municipal law. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, serving as a member of the House of Delegates from 1991 to 1994 and from 2014 to the present, and a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation. He is a member of the Tompkins County Bar Association having served as Secretary of the Association from 1983-1991 and as a member and Chairman of the Tompkins County Bar Association Grievance Committee from 1990 to the present.

Greg Galvin HeadshotGregory Galvin

Dr. Gregory Galvin is Chairman and CEO of Rheonix, Inc., a microfluidic-based fully automated molecular diagnostic systems company. He is also interim CEO of Mezmeriz, Inc. an early-stage MEMS device company, and Executive Chairman of Incodema3D a metals additive manufacturing provider. Until 2013 Dr. Galvin was the President and CEO of Kionix, Inc., a MEMS company he co-founded in 1993. Dr. Galvin was a member of the Cornell University Board of Trustees from 2011 until 2015. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of Cornell’s College of Engineering, the Advisory Council of Entrepreneurship at Cornell, and the Advisory Council of the Cornell Department of Materials Science. Dr. Galvin serves on the boards of the Boyce Thompson Institute and Ithaca Area Economic Development. In 2010 he was a regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner. Dr. Galvin was honored by Cornell as the 2014 Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, a M.S. ’82 and a Ph.D. ’84 in Materials Science and an M.B.A. ‘93 from Cornell University.

Amie Hendrix headshotAmie Hendrix

Amie Hendrix has been serving as the Deputy County Administrator since fall of 2018. Beginning in March of 2020, Amie took on the role of Emergency Operations Center Commander to lead the Counties COVID-19 pandemic response efforts. As the EOC has begun to wind down, Amie has returned to her role as DCA. Her areas of focus include Health & Human Services, Planning, Energy, & Environmental Quality, and Housing & Economic Development. She supports the program areas of innovation, workplace climate, and performance measurements. Prior to stepping into County Administration, Amie served as the Director of Youth Services for nearly eight years. Amie has a theater degree from Niagara University and a Master's in Strategic Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College.

Tom LiVigne headshotTom LiVigne

Tom LiVigne worked at Cornell University for 38yrs, 10yrs in Athletics and 28yrs in the Real Estate Department. He served in various positions from 1987 to 2015, retiring as the Director. In this position he was responsible for management of all of Cornell's real estate strategic planning, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and property management. Tom has also served as the 1998 and 2009 Chair of the Tompkins County United Way Campaign, as well as two terms as a past-president of the Tompkins County United Way, and past-president of Better Housing for Tompkins County. He has also served as the Vice Chair of Cayuga Medical Center Board of Directors and was on the Cayuga Medical Center Foundation Board. Currently, he is the President of the Cayuga Health System Board of Directors. He has served as the Chair for the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a past Chair of the Tompkins Cortland Community College Foundation Board. Tom graduated from Cortland State with a degree in Physical Education and received his master’s degree from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Steve Romaine headshotStephen S. Romaine

Stephen S. Romaine is the President & CEO of Tompkins Financial Corporation, a position he has held since January 1, 2007. He had served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tompkins’ affiliate, Mahopac Bank, from January 1, 2003, through December 31, 2006. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Romaine was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Mahopac Bank. In addition to the Company Board, Mr. Romaine serves on the boards of each of its affiliates and has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tompkins Trust Company since May 2014. Mr. Romaine currently serves on the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, as well as the New York Bankers Association, where he served as Chairman from March 2016 through March 2017. His recent civic involvement includes service as a member of the boards of local historical and educational institutions, previously serving on the boards of the Tompkins Cortland Community College Foundation, Food Bank of the Southern Tier, United Way of Tompkins County, and the Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation. He is a graduate of SUNY Albany with a B.S. in Finance.

Peter Salmon headshotPeter Salmon

Peter Salmon founded the International Food Network (IFN) in 1987 to provide advisory services to the food, beverage, and supplement industries. He is a Certified Food Scientist, a Certified Packaging Professional, a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists, and a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science & Technology (UK). He earned his B.S. in Food Science & Human Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), his M.S. from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in Food Science (Food Microbiology) and his M.B.A. from Fordham University (Gabelli Graduate School of Business) in Marketing & Finance. In addition to founding and managing International Food Network, Mr. Salmon has held various research and group management positions at large multinational food companies, including General Mills and General Foods (now Kraft Foods) where he was involved with developing and launching several successful food and beverage products that are recognized and used domestically in North America and around the world.

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