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 .
Chairwoman - Jenny Ceccherelli: Appointment Date - January 10, 2017
Jenny was appointed Chairwoman of the Tioga County IDA on January 8, 2020. 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. Jenny is currently President of the Owego Revitalization and Betterment Corporation, a non-profit organization which supports projects and activities that benefit the Village of Owego. 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 serves as Chairwoman for the IDA’s Governance Committee. She volunteers at Achieve and has also worked with preschoolers at Zion Lutheran Church, where she and her husband are members.
Vice-Chairman - Kevin Gillette: Appointment Date: January 1, 2014
Kevin was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Tioga County IDA on June 5, 2019. 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.
Treasurer - Aaron Gowan: Appointment Date: February 10, 1993
Aaron was appointed Treasurer of the Tioga County IDA on January 8, 2014. 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 was appointed Secretary to the Tioga County IDA on January 4, 2017. Martha is the Chairwoman of the Tioga County Legislature since 2014 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
CERTIFICATIONS, CAREER DEVELOPMENT, AWARDS:
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
Tracy Monell: Appointment Date: January 12, 2010
Tracy is a Tioga County Legislator serving District 4 since 2009. Tracy is currently the Chairman of the IDA's Railroad Committee. Tracy previously served one year as the IDA Secretary.
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.
Jon Ward: Appointment Date: December 10, 2019
Jon is Vice President at Tioga State Bank. Jon was previously Commercial Services Officer, Commercial Appraiser Trainee, and Commercial Credit Analyst. Jon studied Business Administration at Niagara University and Business Economics at State University of New York at Oneonta. He is a board member and Treasurer for the Tioga County Local Development Corporation. Other leadership roles include serving the Community Foundation of the Twin Tiers in Sayre, PA and the Broome Leadership Institute Alumni Association in Vestal, NY.
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
Aaron Gowan - Committee Chair
Chairman - Jenny Ceccherelli
Vice Chairman - Kevin Gillette
Secretary - Martha Sauerbrey
Treasurer - Aaron Gowan
Jenny Ceccherelli - Committee Chair
Jenny Ceccherelli - Committee Chair
Sam Thomas - Committee Chair
Ralph E. Kelsey
Tracy Monell - Committee Chair