Our Board of Directors is composed of civic leaders who serve without pay. They are responsible for managing the foundation. Board members are men and women who have proven competence in business, various professions and community agency management. They have demonstrated exceptional concern for the quality of life in our community through their leadership in diverse local organizations.

Our staff serves as independent operators and is paid on a fee basis to accomplish the administrative activities necessary to maintain an efficient operation.

The current board and staff are:

James Brown, President

For the past sixteen years, James has served as United Way of Tompkins County’s CEO. Prior to this, he was president of the United Way in Colorado Springs, CO. James has also held leadership positions with local United Ways in Houston, TX, and St. Louis, MO.

During his tenure at UWTC, James has been involved with a number of local organizations including board service with Cayuga Medical Center and Tompkins Cortland Community College. James is a member of the Rotary Club of Ithaca Board and is a past President of the Rotary Club of Ithaca.

In addition to serving at the Legacy Foundation, James is a director at Tompkins County Area Development, Kendal at Ithaca, and the Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund.

Mary Kane, Secretary/Treasurer

Mary Kane is the President and CEO of Concept Systems, Inc., a woman-owned small business with clients in Federal and state government, foundations and educational institutions. Mary has been active in both the business and cultural communities of Ithaca and Tompkins County for over 25 years. As a previous Executive Director of the Community School of Music and Arts, Mary worked closely with arts and social services agencies throughout the county to create and share the arts through many venues. Her involvement with the Hangar Theatre over the last 20 years includes contributing as a performer, an advisor, a contributor and patron, and most recently as the President of the Board of Trustees. Mary believes strongly that communities are built through one thoughtful gesture; one act of confidence in the future; and one contribution to a good cause at a time. She is proud to be able to support the work of
the Foundation.

Larry Baum

Larry Baum grew up in the Ithaca area moving here from a family farm in Genoa, NY at age 7. He attended the Ithaca schools and Cornell University graduating with a degree in Communications in 1972. After working outside Ithaca for a short-time as a journalist, Larry returned to Ithaca and worked as a photojournalist and writer through the 1970s.

In 1978, Larry along with a partner bootstrapped a two person computer programming and technology company which ultimately grew into The Computing Center. The business began in his mother's house in downtown Ithaca and now has over two dozen employees, providing computer systems, networking technologies, hosting services, systems consulting, training and support throughout southern central New York. Larry currently serves as Chairman and CEO of the company.

Larry's community activities are many and varied. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Cayuga Medical Center. He is a board director of the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency and Tompkins County Development Corporation. He also serves as a director or trustee on the boards of Tompkins Cortland Community College Foundation, Legacy Foundation, Tompkins County Area Development Corporation, the East Hill Flying Club and is on Class Council of the Cornell University Class of 1972.

Previously some of the other boards where Larry has served include the Cayuga Medical Center Foundation, the Cornell University Council of Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise, Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, Red Cross, Tompkins County Public Library, Paleontological Research Institution, and Cayuga Nature Center.

Professionally, Larry has served on a number of computer manufacturer and distributer advisory councils and has been a director and officer of several early-stage companies.

Larry is forty year private pilot and plane owner. He is active in boating, photography, and has traveled extensively. He is been married to Trudy for over 32 years and has two grown sons, Brian and Ari.

Greg Hartz

Gregory J. Hartz, serves the Tompkins Trust Company as its President and CEO.  He joined the Bank in August of 2002, previously serving as Senior Vice President and Trust Officer.  In 1998 he joined Finger Lakes Productions International as Executive Vice President following many years of service with Citizens Savings Bank and M&T Bank.

Greg is extremely involved in our community.  He is a member of the Finance Committee of Challenge Industries, where he was the Board Chairman from 2004-2007.  He serves on the Boards of the Boyce Thompson Institute; Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD); United Way of Tompkins County; Legacy Foundation; is a member of the Cornell University Council, and Sunrise Rotary.  He has also been very involved with the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, and was a past Board Chair.  He was named the United Way Outstanding Volunteer in 2005, and was the recipient of the Baden Powell Council’s Distinguished Citizen Award in 2008. 

Greg and his family are long-standing members of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.  Greg had previously chaired the Finance Committee, and both he and his wife Bev have served as youth group leaders for several years.   Greg has coached youth hockey and softball teams, and currently plays basketball and hockey.  Greg and Bev have three wonderful children of whom they are very proud.  Greg is a graduate of the Cornell University class of ’83. 

Gregory 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. He currently serves on the boards of Rheonix and Mezmeriz. 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 is a trustee of the Ithaca Sciencenter and a director of Tompkins County Area 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

Peter Grossman

Peter Grossman is a Partner at the law office of Barney, Grossman, Dubow & Troy, LLP. 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. 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.

Mary Opperman

Mary George 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.  She works on matters in Ithaca, at Weill Medical College and at the Medical College in Qatar.

In recent years, Cornell has received numerous workplace awards as a result of Cornell’s Human Resource programs.  These include being named AARP's top U.S. employer for workers 50 and older 2 years in a row--making the university the first employer to receive this top billing more than once.  Cornell has also been listed as a best employer for working mothers, prospective and adoptive parents, IT professionals, veterans and women executives.

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.

Prior to working at Cornell, Ms. Opperman spent 13 years in the human resource function at Harvard University.  She is certified as a senior professional in human resources and is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta.

Peter Salmon

In 1987, Mr. Salmon founded the International Food Network (IFN) 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.

Sean Whittaker, Director

Sean Whittaker is President & CEO of Incodema and Incodema3D located in Ithaca and Freeville, NY. He is the founder and visionary at INCODEMA. Under his leadership INCODEMA is fast becoming known as the preeminent precision sheet metal / rapid prototype stamping manufacturer.

Jean McPheeters, Director of Development

Ms. McPheeters retired in 2014 as the president of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and started Jean McPheeters Consulting LLC, which focuses on small business management and board development. She currently serves on several board of directors, including the Cayuga Health System and Cayuga Area Plan, Inc. as well as the Tompkins County Area Development Foundation. She served for many years on the boards of Tompkins Cortland Community College and the TC3 Foundation, the Paleontological Research Institution, Tompkins County Area Development, the Workforce Investment Board of Tompkins County, the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency, and the Community School of Music & Arts, and has also served on the boards of several other local, state, and national organizations. She has worked as a congressional aide and district administrator for Congressmen Matthew McHugh and Maurice Hinchey, and as a community education coordinator for Tompkins Seneca Tioga BOCES.

Janet Hewitt, Recording Secretary

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