Board of Directors

Gene Pierce

Chairman

Gene Pierce is the owner of Glenora Wine Cellars/The Inn at Glenora, Chateau Lafayette Reneau and Knapp Vineyards Winery and Restaurant producing more than 90,000 cases of wines annually. Gene is extremely active in promoting the Finger Lakes Region as well as serving on numerous wine and grape committees. This is Gene’s third term on the FLEDC Board of Directors. Gene was appointed to the Board of Directors by the Yates County Legislature on January 12, 2015 and will serve on our Board from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016.

Jerry Hiller

Vice-Chair

Jerry Hiller is the Vice President of Finance and Administration at Keuka College, a position he has held for 12 years. Hiller has 30 years of experience in local government administration, has an M.P.A. from SUNY Albany, and a B.A. from SUNY Buffalo. Hiller is also a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the International City Management Association and is an Executive Member of the Upstate New York College Collaboration. Hiller has served on the FLEDC Board since January, 2014. This is his third stint as a member of the FLEDC Board of Directors. Jerry was appointed to the Board of Directors by the Yates County Legislature on January 11, 2016 and will serve on our Board from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017.

Mary Zelazny

Assistant Secretary/Treasurer

Mary Zelazny is the CEO of Finger Lakes Community Health (FLCH). Under Mary’s leadership, FLCH has expanded to operate 6 health center locations in NY with 121 employees and an annual operating budget of $7.3 million. FLCH also oversees the Medical / Dental voucher system for 42 counties of New York State. A recognized leader in Tele-medicine and Tele-health, Mary is also the CEO of the National Farmworker Telehealth Network and the NYS Community Healthnet Telehealth Network. Mary was appointed to the Board of Directors by the Yates County Legislature on January 12, 2015 and will serve on our Board from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016.

Mark Morris

Mark Morris is the owner of Eastlake Consulting and has been on the Yates County Legislature for the past 10 years. Prior to that he was with Eastman Kodak in Rochester for 33 years holding various positions in global procurement, engineering, project management and maintenance. He also worked for Optimization Technology as an Engineering Program Manager and as an Adjunct Professor at Keuka College. Morris graduted from Clarkson University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, from University of Rochester with a M.S. in Engineering and an MBA from Simon School. Morris has served on the FLEDC Board of Director since January 2014 as the Yates County Legislature’s representative. Mark was appointed to the Board of Directors by the Yates County Legislature on January 11, 2015 and will serve on our Board from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017.

Jim Willson

Jim Willson has been part of the banking community for the last 17 years and is one of the three original founding management members of the nine-year old, $245 million USNY bank, doing business in the area as Bank of the Finger Lakes. He is currently the Chief Credit Officer at USNY Bank & Bank of the Finger Lakes in Geneva, NY. Willson resides in Yates County and has been serving on the FLEDC Board of Directors since January, 2014. Jim was appointed to the Board of Directors by the Yates County Legislature on January 11, 2016 and will serve on our Board from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017.

Rita Gow

Rita Gow is a Certified Public Accountant and recently retired after nine years as a Professor of Accounting at Keuka College. Rita has worked as a CPA for Ernst & Young in Boston and Percival Bixby in Buffalo, with experience in both audit and tax. Rita has over 25 years of experience in operations and financial management in the manufacturing, insurance and not-for-profit sectors. She received her BA in Accounting from Skidmore College and her MBA in Finance from SUNY-Buffalo. Rita has served on numerous committees while teaching at Keuka College and was voted Professor of the Year in 2011. She is currently the Treasurer of the Keuka Housing Council, Inc., on the Board of the FL Boating Museum, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Yates Community Endowment. She has served as Treasurer of both the Genesee Land Trust and YCRR and lent her financial expertise to other community organizations in the Finger Lakes region. Rita was appointed to the Board of Directors by the Yates County Legislature on January 12, 2015 and will serve on our Board from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016.

Taylor Fitch

Taylor Fitch began F&W Parts in 1973 and later sold the business and ‘retired’ in 1999. During his retirement, Taylor has remained very active within the Yates County Community by serving on the St. Mark‘s Terrace Board, Town of Jerusalem Board, Junior Football Coach, Lions Club Member, Soldiers and Sailors Hospital Board and a member of the Yates County Legislator from 2001 to 2014, where he was Chairman from 2010 to 2014. Taylor has been recognized for the Keuka College ’Don and Corry Stork Award for Community Service’, Yates County Chamber of Commerce Spirit Award and was selected as the first recipient of the FLEDC Willie Taaffe Award. This is Taylor first term on the FLEDC Board after having previously served for 20 years. Taylor was appointed to the Board of Directors by the Yates County Legislature on January 11, 2016 and will serve on our Board from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017.

Staff

  • Stephen Griffin, CEO
  • Doreen Jensen, CFO

Audit/Finance Committee

  • Mary Zelazny
  • Rita Gow
  • Jim Willson

Governance Committee

  • Jim Willson
  • Mark Morris

Personnel Committee

  • Gene Pierce
  • Mary Zelazny
  • Jerry Hiller

Policies, Budgets & Financials

Meeting Notices, Agendas & Minutes

Meeting Notices

Meeting Agendas

Meeting Minutes

  • December 2015 – No Meeting
  • November 2015
  • October 2015 – No Meeting
  • September 2015 – No Meeting
  • August 2015
  • July 2015
  • June 2015 – No Meeting
  • May 2015 – No Meeting
  • April 2015 – No Meeting
  • March 2015
  • February 2015
  • January 2015 – No Meeting