Board & Governance

People support decisions they help to make, and Cornell Cooperative Extension believes strongly in shared leadership through locally elected Boards of Directors and active program development committees.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties is governed by a 20 member Board of Directors that consists of 18 elected community volunteers; two voting members appointed by the Columbia County Board of Supervisors and the Greene County Legislature and a representative from Cornell University. It includes people from towns throughout Columbia County and Greene County who bring their knowledge of community needs and concerns to the governance of this organization. Our board sets policy, hires staff, prioritizes educational programs and works with Extension's educational staff to ensure program effectiveness.

Program Committees for each of our issue areas guide the direction of the workshops, classes and other services that we offer the residents of both counties, and review the effectiveness of our efforts. Our programs have evolved over the years to reflect changes in values, ethics, community norms, family structures, mobility and the economy in direct response to this grassroots community involvement.

CCE of Columbia and Greene Counties is delighted to have active and diverse Board of Directors and Program Committees, which are key to achieving strong and meaningful community impacts! If, as you read more about how we are governed, you believe you have a contribution to make to our programming as a volunteer, please get in touch! We welcome your input and ideas!


September Board Meeting 

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Meeting Hall, Extension Education Center

479 Route 66, Hudson, NY

Please be advised that videoconferencing will be used.

Members of the public body participating in person at the Extension Education Center:

Billy Greer

Virginia Benedict

Alicia McCagg

Roberta Keller

Rebecca Pinder

Virgilia Tegiacchi

Members of the public body participating via videoconferencing:

Paula Van Meter- 208 School House Road, Stuyvesant, NY 12173

Joshua Lipsman - 35 S Franklin Street, Athens, NY 12015

Danielle Hautaniemi - 2776 N Triphammer Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850

Matthew Maraglio - 584 Vernal Butler Road, Cairo, NY 12413

Bryan Frisbee - 52 Mansion Street, Coxsackie, NY 12051

List others attending via video

Please note that the public has the right to attend the meeting at any location from which a member of the public body is participating.

For additional information, please contact Shaylyn Decker, Administrator (insert contact info)


Board Meeting Schedule

Please note dates are subject to change, contact Shaylyn Decker 518-622-9820 X121 or sid23@cornell.edu to confirm time and location. Meetings are open to the public.

Regular board meetings are the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm.  There is no meeting in August. 

In-person board meetings have now resumed.  Masks are required for all indoor meetings & programs.  Please continue to check this page should circumstances change.

Tuesday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m.  Extension Education Center, Meeting Hall, Hudson

Tuesday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m. Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra

Annual Meeting - November 16, 2021 (location yet to be determined)

Tuesday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m., Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra

Last updated September 1, 2021