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:

Gregory J. Hartz, President

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. 

Mary Opperman, Vice President

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 Cornellís 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 Womenís 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 Grossman, Secretary / Treasurer

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.

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 Cornellís 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. í82 and a Ph.D. í84 in Materials Science and an M.B.A. Ď93 from Cornell University

Joanne Volpe Florino

Joanne Volpe Florino has worked in the philanthropic sector for over 30 years, and is currently the vice president of philanthropic services at The Philanthropy Roundtable, a national organization of foundation leaders and individual donors. She is also a consultant to The Atlantic Philanthropies Archives at Cornell University, 2,000+ cubic foot collection of paper and digital records created by the largest limited life foundation to complete its grantmaking to date. Previously, she served as 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 Atlantic Philanthropies. She currently serves as a board member of the Network of Enlightened Women, the New York Council of Nonprofits, and the Paleontological Research Institution. Ms. Florino earned a bachelor's degree in history from Georgetown University and a master's degree in American history from Cornell University.

Thomas LiVigne

Tom LiVigne had served in the Real Estate Department of Cornell University since 1987, where he retired as the Director in March 2015. In this position, he was responsible for management of all of Cornell's real estate strategic planning, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and property management.

Tom as also served the not-for-profit community as the 1998 and 2009 Tompkins County Chair of the United Way Campaign, as well as two term 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, was on the Cayuga Medical Center Foundation Board, and is Secretary of the Cayuga Health System Board. Tom and his wife, Lisa, co-chaired the Residential Division of the successful 2003-2004 $1 million Cayuga Medical Center fund raising campaign. He has served as the Chair for the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and currently serves as the Chair of the Tompkins Cortland Community College Foundation Board.

In his professional life, Tom has been active as a member and past-president of the Association of University Real Estate Officials, and holds a Senior Leader of Corporate Real Estate (SLRC) certificate from CoreNet Global.

Tom graduated from Cortland State with a degree in Physical Education and received his Masters from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. Tom and Lisa have two sons, Greg and Nick, and two grandsons.

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.

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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