Staff and board of directors

Staff and board of directors

Barbara Mink, Founding Director

Barbara Mink has taught oral and written communication for MBAs and Executive Coaching for EMBAs at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management since 1986. She is also a guest lecturer on American-style presentations at ESCP-EAP in Paris, France. Mink was News Director of WHCU radio in Ithaca for eight years, and received the 1982 Associated Press Award for a program on ethics in journalism. In 1989 Mink was elected to the Tompkins County Legislature, and served as Chair of the board for five years, stepping down in 2002. She is also an active painter (, and runs a communications consulting firm Mink stepped down as Light In Winter Festival Artistic Director in 2011.


Phil Wilde, President; VP & partner, Insights International

Barbara DiSalvo, Treasurer; Cornell Libraries (ret.)

Karen Edelstein, Secretary; Cartographer, environmentalist, and science educator


David Bock, Math Teacher (ret.), Textbook Author and Consultant

Mary Helen Cathles, Event Planning and Development Consultant 

Sarah Evanega, Research Associate, Cornell University

Kitty Gifford, Organizer, Ornithologist, Social Media Marketing and Consulting

William D. Highland, Attorney

Jonathan Miller, Executive Director, Homelands Productions

Frank Moon, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Cornell; Curator Cornell Collection of Reuleaux Kinematic Mechanisms

Advisory Board

James Byrnes, Retired Chairman and CEO of Tompkins Trust Company, Inc.

Thomas Colbert, Integrated Properties Management

Dale Corson, President Emeritus, Cornell University

Howard Hartnett, Vice President and Regional Manager, M&T Investment Group

Roald Hoffman, Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters, Cornell University

Ron Hoy, Merksamer Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University

Jean McPheeters, President, Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce

Shelley Semmler, Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Ithaca College

Paul Winter, Musician, Environmentalist

Greg Woodward, Dean, School of Music, Ithaca College

Ex Officio

Bruce Stoff, Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau