IAED Seats 2024 Board, Elects Officers

Pictured: Cathy Hart, President, IAED Board of Directors.

ITHACA, N.Y., February 7, 2024 – Ithaca Area Economic Development (IAED) appointed its 2024 Board of Directors at the first quarterly meeting of the year in February. New 3-year appointments include Jason Leifer (Town of Dryden) and Peter Dugo (Arnot Realty) and a new 1-year seat for Charlie Mulligan (Entrepreneur). Those reappointed to 3-year terms are Lisa Whitaker (CFCU Community Credit Union), Tom Robinson (BorgWarner), and Brian Noteboom (North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters).

New annual appointments include Margo Martin (Groton Central School District), Anne Koreman (Tompkins County), and Robert Cantelmo (City of Ithaca). A full board list can be found at IthacaAreaED.org/about-iaed.

“IAED board members represent every sector of our economy, from education and healthcare to government, non-profit, and industry. They contribute to the organization’s culture, strategic focus, effectiveness, and financial sustainability, as well as serving as ambassadors and advocates. I look forward to the insight, foresight, and oversight of the new and returning members,” said IAED President, Heather McDaniel.

At the same meeting, IAED’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to elect as officers Cathy Hart (Ithaca Marriott), Chair; Joel Malina (Cornell University), Vice Chair; Jeff Gorsky (Sciarabba Walker), Treasurer; and Jodi Denman (Knickerbocker Bed Company), Secretary. All are engaged personally and professionally in the Ithaca and Tompkins County communities and combined have several decades of leadership experience at IAED.

“IAED supports local employers and the economy through direct services to businesses, workforce development, and by coordinating economic development initiatives. Much of our work is not very visible to the public but is absolutely vital to job quality and quality of life in our community,” added Hart.

The IAED Executive Committee, which includes the officers along with Katie Borgella (Tompkins County), Dr. Greg Galvin (Rheonix), Cantelmo and Koreman, serve in the same capacity for IAED’s 501(c)3 subsidiary, TCAD Foundation. The TCAD Foundation was established in 2013 and currently oversees administration of the organization’s numerous federal and community grants.

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