ChristineCurtis, Executive Administrator
Christine Curtis
Executive Administrator


Location & Phone

56 Main Street #205
Owego, NY 13827

Main Phone:

It is the mission of the Tioga County Industrial Development Agency to promote, develop, encourage and assist in acquiring, construction, maintaining, equipping and furnishing certain types of projects and facilities, to advance the job opportunities, health, general prosperity, economic welfare and recreation opportunities of the citizens of Tioga County .


 Documents and Programs

 2019 Board and Committees

Chairman - Ralph E. Kelsey: Appointment Date - January 1, 1999

Ralph E. Kelsey the current Chairman of the Tioga County IDA is a lifelong resident of Tioga County, NY. As a semi-retired banker, he continues to serve on the Board of Directors of Tioga State Bank. Mr. Kelsey is also the Chairman of the Broome Cooperative Insurance Company, the Chairman of the Tioga County Senior Citizen Foundation and serves on the Tioga County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. In addition to his civic service he is Lay Pastor of the Grace Bible Church, in Candor NY.  

Treasurer - Aaron Gowan: Appointment Date: February 10, 1993

Aaron graduated from Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1975 with a degree in Plant Pathology and a minor in Business Ag. In May of 1975 started working at Owego Promart Home Center, our family business. Part owner of Owego Promart Home Center by 1977. Owego Promart Home Center is now known as Home Central of which I am a part owner with my family.      

Secretary - Martha Sauerbrey: Appointment Date: January 13, 2016 (previously served 2007 - 2014)

Martha Sauerbrey is the Chair of the Tioga County Legislature, 2014 to 2018 and has served as a Tioga County Legislator since 2005. Martha is the past President and CEO of the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce, 1999 to 2014. Martha's previous employment includes: Tioga County Economic Development & Planning - Economic Development Zone Coordinator/Economic Development Specialist, 1998 – 1999; New York State Senator Thomas W. Libous - Operations and Communications Coordinator, 1989 – 1998. 
EDUCATION: Graduate course work, Elmira College, Elmira, NY
BS, Business, Management & Economics, SUNY Empire College, Binghamton, NY
Kellogg Leadership Program, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
Co-Founder of Tioga Women Lead
Advisory Board Member, NYSAC Women’s Leadership
NYSAC Board of Directors
NYMIR Board of Directors
Institute for Organization Management,
Communications/Business & Organization Award
Grant and Proposal Writing (24+Hrs.)
NYS Economic Development Zone Training (50+Hrs.)
Public Relations (100+Hours), Leadership (200+Hrs.), National Campaigning (100+Hrs.)
Recipient: (2) Scholarships – Business and Professional Women’s Association
Recipient: Tioga County Boys & Girls Club Women & Youth Award
Graduate of Dennis A. Pelletier County Government Institute, 2014

Kevin Gillette: Appointment Date: January 1, 2014

Kevin is a partner in Tioga Hardwoods Inc. located in Berkshire NY. Established in 2000 in Tioga County. Kevin serves on the IDA Railroad & Finance Committee. Kevin is a Trustee of the New York State Lumbermen’s Insurance Trust Fund and Executive Board Member for the National Hardwood Lumber Association. Kevin is a Board Member for the local Chamber of Commerce.

Tracy Monell: Appointment Date: January 12, 2010

Tracy is a Tioga County Legislator serving District 4 since 2009.  Tracy is the VP Director of Field Operations for
CVP, Inc. Tracy is currently the Chairman of the IDA's Railroad Committee.  Tracy previously served one year as the IDA Secretary.  

Jenny Ceccherelli: Appointment Date: January 10, 2017

Following a 30-year career with IBM, Microelectronics Division, Jenny retired in 2010. She served as a Village of Owego, NY, elected Trustee for two terms, a total of four years. She is currently President of the Owego Revitalization & Betterment Corporation, a non-profit group which supports projects and activities that benefit the Village of Owego, NY. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Historic Owego Marketplace and has been the Commissioner representing the Owego Historic Preservation Council. She is currently the Chairwoman for the IDA’s Governance Committee. She volunteers at Achieve (formerly Association for Retarded Citizens) and also at Zion Lutheran Church School where she works with preschoolers.

Eric Knolles:  Appointment Date: June 12, 2019

Eric is the Superintendent of the Waverly Central School District.  Eric obtained his Master's Degree in Administration at Mansfield University.  Prior to his career in education, Eric served four years in the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army and worked as a deputy sheriff for the Bradford County's Sheriff's Department. Eric was recently appointed to serve on the IDA Audit Committee.     

Christine Curtis - Executive Administrator:  November 26, 2018 - present

Christine obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Economic Finance Analysis at Binghamton University & Associate's Degree in Business Administration at Broome Community College.  Her most recent positions included Tax Roll Supervisor for Tioga County Treasurer's Office, Bookkeeper for Keith's Services Construction Company, and Coach at Southern Tier Gymnastics Academy.  

Cathy Haskell - Executive Assistant:  June 4, 2008 - present     

Joe Meagher - Attorney for TCIDA: November 1, 2006 - present

Ralph E. Kelsey - Committee Chair

Aaron Gowan

Eric Knolles

Chairman - Ralph E. Kelsey

Vice Chairman - Kevin Gillette

Secretary - Martha Sauerbrey

Treasurer - Aaron Gowan

Ralph E. Kelsey - Committee Chair

Kevin Gillette

Aaron Gowan

Jenny Ceccherelli - Committee Chair

Aaron Gowan

Ralph Kelsey

Sam Thomas - Committee Chair

Ralph E. Kelsey

Aaron Gowan

Douglas Barton

Kevin Dougherty

Tracy Monell - Committee Chair

Martha Sauerbrey

Kevin Gillette