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 10 member 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!


Name / Board Role Professional Affiliation

Russ Hyde, President


Barbara Classen, Vice President Retired, Various
David Boor, Treasurer Owner, Boorcrest Farm
Tanya McGee, Secretary

Planner, Chemung County

Rodney Strange Legislator
Sandra Jessup Retired, Chemung Canal
Fr. Arthur Jones III Episcopal Priest/Pastor Marketing Coordinator
Judy Mather Retired, Job Coach and Teacher

Rhonda Schweiger

Retired, Accounting

Sheila Washburn Executive, Chemung Canal

Michelle Podolec

CCE Chemung Executive Director

Paul R. O’Connor

Cornell Representative/SCSBN

Last updated July 21, 2022