Board & Governance

About the Board

People support decisions they help to make, and Cornell Cooperative Extension believes strongly in shared leadership through locally elected Boards of Directors and active program development committees.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County is governed by a 13 member Board of Directors that consists of 13 elected community volunteers and a representative from Cornell University. It includes people from towns throughout Rockland County who bring their knowledge of community needs and concerns to the governance of this organization. Our board sets policy, hires staff, prioritizes educational programs and works with Extension's educational staff to ensure program effectiveness.

Program Committees for each of our issue areas guide the direction of the workshops, classes and other services that we offer the residents of Rockland County, and review the effectiveness of our efforts. Our programs have evolved over the years to reflect changes in values, ethics, community norms, family structures, mobility and the economy in direct response to this grassroots community involvement.

CCE-Rockland is delighted to have active and diverse Board of Directors and Program Committees, which are key to achieving strong and meaningful community impacts! If, as you read more about how we are governed, you believe you have a contribution to make to our programming as a volunteer, please get in touch! We welcome your input and ideas!

2021 Board Members

  • Charmaine Cigliano, President
  • Ann Barry, Vice President
  • Ann Marie Palefsky, Secretary
  • Richard Diaz, Treasurer
  • Carolyn W. Amdurer
  • Dr. Bernadette Connors
  • Natalya Hansen
  • Miguelina Lopez
  • Bill Madden
  • Paul Pietropaolo
  • James K. Riley
  • Rockland County Legislature Liaison – Legislator Aney Paul
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension State Specialist – Adam Hughes

2020 Board Meeting Dates (open to the public)

  • January 27
  • February 24
  • March 24
  • April 28
  • May 26
  • June 23
  • July 28
  • September 22
  • October 27
  • November 17
  • December 8- Annual Meeting 

Meeting Time & Location

Important Change Due to Public Health

Starting August 2021, Board Meeting will take place in a hybrid setting. Meetings will be in person and broadcast live via Zoom. It is still open to the public. For details on how to access the meeting, email Suzanne Barclay at

Normal Meeting Information

All meetings start at 5:30 pm and are held in the auditorium at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 10 Patriot Hills Drive, Stony Point, NY.

Annual Meeting

The December 8th, 2021 Board Meeting is CCE-RC's Annual Meeting.

Last updated July 26, 2021