TCIDA Board of Directors

Rich John

First appointed to IDA: 1/14/16
Current IDA term: 1/1/20 – 12/31/20
Tompkins County Legislature


Rich has spent twenty years as a general practice partner in a local law firm, and nine years serving as the general counsel and vice president of compliance for a global product testing and inspection company, Intertek. Currently, Rich John is a member of the Government Operations Committee and serves as the Chair of the Public Safety Committee.

Martha Robertson

Vice Chair
First appointed to IDA: 2/20/06
Current IDA term: 1/1/20 – 12/31/20
Tompkins County Legislature
Martha Robertson has been a member of the Tompkins County Legislature since 2002 representing the Town of Dryden. She served as Chair of the Legislature, as well as Chair of the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency, from 2010 – 2013. Since January 2018 Martha has again been Legislature Chair. In addition, she chairs the Program Oversight Committee of the Community Housing Development Fund, a partnership among Tompkins County, the City of Ithaca, and Cornell University, which supports development of affordable housing in the county. Before joining the County Legislature, Martha’s career included serving as Director of the President’s Council of Cornell Women at Cornell University, a development officer for several nonprofit organizations, and a museum exhibit developer.
Jennifer Tavares


First appointed to IDA: 1/18/15
Current IDA term: 1/1/19 – 12/31/20
TCAD Appointment


Jennifer Tavares, CEcD, has been President of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce since 2014.  Prior to leading the Tompkins County Chamber & Convention & Visitors Bureau, she was the director of economic development for Chenango County and also director of the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce. Jennifer currently sits on the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency board, Workforce Development Board, Air Services Board, United Way Board, and Tompkins County’s Energy Task Force.

Mike Sigler

First appointed to IDA: 2/8/18
Current IDA term: 1/1/20 – 12/31/20
Tompkins County Legislature


Mike Sigler has served on the Tompkins County Legislature for two non-consecutive terms from 2006 to 2010 and then from 2014 to present. Mike also works for Park Outdoor Advertising full time. Mike worked in television, as an Anchor, Reporter and Producer.

Anne Koreman
First appointed to IDA: 4/1/20
Current IDA term:4/1/20 – 12/31/20
Tompkins County Legislature


Anne Koreman was elected to the Tompkins County Legislature in November of 2017. Originally from Albany, NY, she grew up in a working class family where she learned the value of hard work and giving back to the community. Since moving to Trumansburg in 1984, Anne has been a social-justice and environmental activist. Her extensive community service has included serving as the chair of the Finger Lakes Sierra Club, board member of Black Oak Wind Farm, Co-founder of Finger Lakes PULSE – an LGBTQ+ advocacy group, and board member of Fight Back of Central NY – a women’s self-defense program.

Currently, she is a volunteer educator for the First Time Home Buyers Program with Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services. For 22 years, Anne worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in diverse health care settings including with the elderly, mental health, developmental disabilities, vocational training, and addiction treatment/alternatives to incarceration. In 2006, she went back to school and then began her second career as a NYS licensed home inspector. Anne has started two successful small businesses including her current business, Every Square Inch Home Inspections, LLC.

Coming from a working class background and as a past union representative, Anne is passionate about the right to unionize, affordable housing, creating good local jobs, expanding public transportation, and passing a living wage.

John Guttridge
607-277-8585 x 00
First appointed to IDA: 6/4/18
Current IDA term: 1/1/19 – 12/31/20
At-Large Director

John Guttridge founded Brightworks Computer Consulting (then Black Box Computer Consulting) in 2004 as a one-man operation based in his dining room and grew it to a 16 employee operation. He is deeply involved in the ongoing redevelopment of downtown Ithaca. He serves on the Board of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (where he chairs the Downtown Operations Committee), the Board of the State Theater of Ithaca, and is President of the State Theater Foundation Board. He is also integral to the team of people that works to bring Wizarding Weekend to life.

Laura Lewis

First appointed to IDA: 2/8/18
Current IDA term: 1/1/20 – 12/31/21
At-Large Director


Laura Lewis is a 40-year resident of the City of Ithaca. She worked at Cornell University in student services in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations for 30 years. She retired in 2016. She sat on the Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) Board of Directors for many years, and at one point served as the board’s president. Laura was elected to the City of Ithaca Common Council in November 2017 where she represents the City’s 5th Ward.

TCIDA Administrative Director

The Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency is managed by Tompkins County Area Development.

Heather McDaniel
Administrative Director, Tompkins County IDA
President, Tompkins County Area Development
401 East State/MLK Jr. Street, Suite 402B
Ithaca, NY 14850

TCIDA Legal Counsel

Russell Gaenzle – Attorney at Law
Harris Beach PLLC
99 Garnsey Road
Pittsford, NY 14534

TCIDA Advisory Committee

Katherine Borgella

Tompkins County Planning Department


Jason Molino

Tompkins County Administrator

Richard Snyder

Controller, Tompkins County Finance Department


Additional TCIDA Committees

Finance & Audit Committee
(Audit Committee established 2008;
Finance & Audit Committee established 2018)
Rich John
Martha Robertson
Jennifer Tavares

Housing Committee
(Housing Committee established 2019)
Laura Lewis
Martha Robertson
John Guttridge
Nels Bohn (IURA)
Joe Bowes (INHS)
Seph Murtagh (City of Ithaca)
Jennifer Kusznir (City of Ithaca)

Energy Committee
(Energy Committee established 2019)
Rich John
MIke Sigler
Jennifer Tavares

Governance Committee
(Governance Committee established 2008)
Rich John
Mike Sigler
Laura Lewis