Board departures:

CRC is saddened to have the terms ending for several outstanding board members, Jerry Dietz, our board president for the past 2 years, Rosemary Lang, a stalwart CRC supporter, and Shivem Shah, who received his Ph.D. while serving on our board and now pursues a medical degree. CRC supporter Gay Nicholson also stepped down from the board. We wish them well and give our sincerest thanks for their contribution to our caring community!

CRC is excited to welcome its newest members to the board:

Mandolyn Grace McConaha has 11 years of non-profit leadership experience developing and implementing evidence-based programming focused on health and education equity, place-based interventions and systemic change. She currently works as the Operations Manager for Brand Communications in the Division of University Relations at Cornell University managing the in-house creative team. Mandolyn is also an award-winning wedding and lifestyle photographer.  Mandolyn has served as a community  member on CRC’s client services committee for the past year and will now chair that committee.

Lee Ginenthal is a retired Ithaca City School District teacher and staff trainer and owner of Der Rosenmeister Nursery. Lee has served as a CRC volunteer for many years, mentoring men with prostate cancer and teaching strength and mobility classes for CRC clients. He also designed and oversaw the creation of the award winning Healing Garden in the backyard of CRC. He has represented CRC at local events speaking about his experiences with prostate cancer, has assisted with our annual walkathons, and has been an active participant with Cornell Partnership class on cancer.

Dr. Peggy Odom-Reed is a senior lecturer in the marketing and management communication area at the School of Hotel Administration, where she teaches courses in management communication. Peggy serves on the SC Johnson College of Business’ Leadership Council on Combating Racism and Promoting Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging. She also serves as a board member for the Village at Ithaca that focuses on educational equity for students in Tompkins County.  Peggy understands the importance of community support, and she, along with her husband, Bertrand, and children, Trinity and Emmanuel, are supporters of CRC’s work. As a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Peggy has worked with her local graduate chapter, Omicron Nu Omega Chapter, to partner with CRC, serving as the captain for Team Alpha Kappa Alpha 1908 in CRC’s Walkathon/5K Run for nearly a decade.

Here is the full list of 2021 board members and officers.


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