Our Team

Larry Van De Valk headshot
Lawrence Van De Valk

Senior Extension Associate

Department of Global Development

Executive Director, Lead NY

Department of Global Development

Lawrence Van De Valk
Andrea Durmiaki
Andrea Durmiaki

Program/Extension Aide, LeadNY

Department of Global Development

Andrea Durmiaki
Global & local engaged/experiential learning
Food security, food systems & agriculture
Rural advocacy & community engagement

Advisory Board

  • Board PresidentKristine Rogers-Gansz (13), Cargill Animal Nutrition
  • Board Vice PresidentPat McCormick (14), Robbiehill Dairye
  • Beth Ahner, Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Cheryl Bilinski (16), Cornell University, CCE Harvest NY Team
  • John Burns, Tops Markets
  • Lisa Ford (11), Cayuga Marketing 
  • Jean Gallagher (17), Farm Credit East, ACA
  • Katie E. Howard, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • Jennifer Huson (17), Dairy Farmers of America
  • Cydney M Johnson, Syracuse University - Government Relations
  • Charles “Steve” Mooney, School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Morrisville State College
  • Jean O'Toole (16), New York Beef Council
  • Karin Reeves (17), Reeves Farms, Inc.
  • Valerie Venezia-RossNew York Wine & Grape Foundation
  • Kate Wheeler (12), BASF Corporation

Former Directors

  • Jim Preston, Class 1: 1985-1987
  • Robert Gravani, Class 2: 1987-1989
  • Brian Earle, Classes 3 - 4: 1989-1993
  • Diane (Knack) Conneman, Classes 5 - 8: 1993-2001