Board of Directors

The Schuyler County IDA is governed by an eight-member board of directors appointed by the Schuyler County Legislature, seven of them voting members.

Carl L. Taber

Carl L. Taber

Chair

Finance Committee, Chair

Audit Committee, Member

Appointed:

January 2003, (6th) Three-Year Term

Public Authority Training Date:

March 2007, October 2010

Professional Experience and Qualifications:

Owner – Taber Hill Farms, Inc.

Community Service:

  • New York State Emergency Medical Technician

  • Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company

  • Cornell Companions Volunteer

John Terry

John Terry

Vice-Chair

Finance Committee, Member

Appointed:

January 2021, (3rd) Three-Year Term

Public Authority Training Date:

June 2015

Professional Experience and Qualifications:

  • Sole Proprietor Tax Preparation Services

  • Retired Senior Lecturer of Chemistry, Cornell University

  • Ohio State University, M.S., Chemistry

  • University of Pennsylvania, B.S., Chemistry

Community Service:

  • Watkins Glen Housing Authority Board

  • Schuyler Hospital Foundation Board

  • Schuyler County Office of the Aging Volunteer

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Carl Blowers

Schuyler County Legislator

Audit Committee, Member

Appointed:

January 2007, (4th) Three-Year Term

Public Authority Training Date:

April 2007, May 2017

Professional Experience and Qualifications:

  • Retired Vice Chairman, Jostens Inc.

  • Retired Vice President, Advanced Materials – Corning, Inc.

  • Boston College, B.S., Finance

  • Dartmouth College, Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Executive Program

Community Service:

  • Corning Community College Regional Board of Trustees

  • Schuyler Hospital Health Foundation Campaign Chair

  • Watkins Montour Rotary

  • Steuben County United Way Chair

  • Buckhannon WV Chamber of Commerce President

  • West Virginia Wesleyan College Corporate Centennial Endowment Fund Drive Chair

  • Arnot Art Museum Board

Margaret Lawrence

Margaret Lawrence

Treasurer

Audit Committee, Chair

Finance Committee, Member

Appointed:

January 2020, (2nd) Three-Year Term

Public Authority Training Date:

April 2017

Professional Experience and Qualifications:

  • Director of Human Resources, Welliver, Inc.

  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Executive MBA

  • Elmira College, B.S., Business Administration

Community Service:

  • The Arc of Schuyler County Board Secretary 

  • CSS Workforce New York Board

Laury Ward

Laury Ward

Secretary

Governance Committee, Member

Appointed:

January 2021, (2nd) Three-Year Term

Public Authority Training Date:

February 2018

Professional Experience and Qualifications:

  • President, Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association, Inc.

  • West Virginia University, B.S., Journalism/Public Relations

Community Service:

  • Clemens Center for the Performing Arts Board 

  • Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance Board

  • Steuben County CVB Board

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor

Member

Governance Committee, Chair

Appointed:

January 2019, (3rd) Three-Year Term

Public Authority Training Date:

April 2015

Professional Experience and Qualifications:

  • Special Assignment, Corning Inc. Exploratory Markets and Technologies

  • Various Positions, Corning Inc. Science and Technology, Optical Networking, Specialty Materials and Strategic Growth

  • Stanford University, Ph.D., Geology

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.A., Management of Technology

  • Carlton College, B.A., Chemistry

Community Service:

  • Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance (MEGA) Board Chair

  • Regional Science & Discovery Center President 

  • Schuyler County Humane Society

  • Schuyler County Board of Elections

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Chad Hendrickson

Member

Governance Committee, Member

Appointed:

January 2019, (1st) Three-Year Term

Public Authority Training Date:

May 2019

Professional Experience and Qualifications:

  • Lakewood Vineyards

  • Cornell University – LEAD NY

Community Service:

  • Town of Reading Planning Board

Kristin VanHorn

Kristin VanHorn, AICP, LEED GA

Ex-Officio

Appointed:

January 2014

Public Authority Training Date:

January 2014

Professional Experience and Qualifications:

  • Director of Planning, Schuyler County

  • Penn State University, B.S., Landscape Architecture

Community Service:

  • Finger Lakes Gateway CDC Board Chair

  • Southern Tier Central Regional Planning Board

  • Watkins-Montour Lions Club Board

Executive Management

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Judy McKinney Cherry, CEcD

CFO/CEO

Professional Experience and Qualifications:

  • Internationally Certified Professional Economic Developer and Fellow Member

  • Cabinet Member and Director, State of Delaware Executive Department (Delaware Economic Development Office)

  • Director of Regional Business Operations, Info Systems, Inc.

  • Utah State University, B.S., Environmental Studies & Political Science

  • University of Oklahoma, Economic Development Institute

Community Service:

  • CSS Workforce Board

  • Erie Canal Heritage Fund Board

  • Watkins – Montour Rotary Club