Board Governance

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 of Chemung County is governed by a Board of Directors that consists of 9 elected community volunteers; 1 voting member appointed by the Chemung County Legislature and a representative from Cornell University. It includes people from throughout Chemung County 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 and/or community input  guide the direction of the workshops, classes and other services that we offer the residents of Chemung County, and our board reviews 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.

CCE Chemung recognizes the importance of having an active, diverse board, as well as committees and multiple ways for community input, 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!


Amos Mainville, President

industry and Manufacturing

Judy Mather, Vice President Retired, Teaching
David Boor, Treasurer Farming
Cathy Hendrickson, Secretary


Rodney Strange Legislator
Sheila Washburn Banking
Fr. Arthur Jones III Episcopal Priest/Pastor Marketing Coordinator
Irene Brookins Legal

Willie Owens


Michelle Podolec

CCE Chemung Executive Director

Paul R. O’Connor

Cornell Representative/SC SBN

Last updated February 27, 2024