Board of TRustees

 
 
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Guy Garnsey

President

Guy is a graduate of Cornell University and a retired professional engineer. He is a board member and secretary of Southern Cayuga Instant Aid and past board member of Seward House Museum and Southern Cayuga School District. Guy is currently treasurer of CNY Chapter of American Council of Engineering Companies, and a lifetime member of National Fire Protection Association. As chair of the Facilities Committee he leads the Opendore restoration effort.

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Larry Bell

Vice-President/Secretary

Larry is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College and Gordon-Conwell Seminary. A native of Broome County, he moved to Southern Cayuga in 1991 and pastored area churches for 23 years. He has studied archaeology and Near Eastern history at Cornell University and has written historical articles for Rodziny, Genoa-King Ferry Tribune and FamilySearch. He is on the HSSM Fundraising and Facilities Committees and is active in the Opendore restoration effort, having previously worked as a finish carpenter.

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Andrew simkin

Treasurer

Andy served a term on the HSSM board and was Treasurer from 2014-2017, then rejoined the board in 2018, serving again as Treasurer. He has been an active volunteer on the Opendore Project. Andy and his wife, Bess, own and manage the Phoenix Building in Auburn, where Andy also practices law. He retired in 2011 after a 25-year career as a Foreign Service officer, including 10 years in Washington DC and 15 years at U.S. embassies and consulates overseas, culminating in service as Consul General of the United States in Chennai, India.

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Carolyn Littlejohn

Committee Member

Carolyn is a native of Union Springs and a graduate of SUNY Geneseo. She was a primary school teacher at Southern Cayuga for over 25 years. She volunteers at Hazard Library. At HSSM, she is a docent and serves on Collections and Fundraising Committees.

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Barbara Taylor

Committee Member

Barbara as daughter of Dorothy Wiggans, is a second generation HSSM trustee. Barb worked with curator Brad Mitchell for several years and is active on the Collections Committee. She is church historian, clerk and choir member of the 1st Congregational Church of Ithaca. She is a long time area resident, a docent for HSSM, and is currently researching the Underground Railroad in this area.

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Stephen L. Zabriskie

Chair of Fundraising

Stephen has served Wells College as Trustee since 1995, with a year away in 2005-06 and 2015-16. He conducts loan review and is a Director and Board Secretary of Cayuga Lake National Bank since 1975. He co-founded and served as president of the Auburn Community Hospital Foundation; co-founded the Cayuga Economic Development Agency (CEDA); co-founded the Cayuga Community Fund. He also served Auburn Community Hospital in the past as Board president.
He was Supervisor of the Town of Ledyard for twelve years in the ‘80s and ‘90s and since 1989 is a member of Central NY Regional Planning & Development Board. Active in local and statewide Freemasonry, Zabriskie is Secretary of Scipio Lodge No. 110 in Aurora and Vice-President of the not-for-profit Aurora Masonic Center, a chartered Historical Society. The AMC is a landmark historic building and the present focus is on fundraising for restoration and preservation.
Zabriskie attended Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and earned a B.A. from Ithaca College. He is married to Randi Shaw Zabriskie, Wells ’74; their adult children, Haley and Charlie, are sources of pride.

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Tom Butcher

Committee Member

Tom is a graduate of SUNY Cortland. He taught health and physical education for 34 years in Auburn schools; then taught outdoor education and supervised student teachers at SUNY Cortland for twelve years. He is a long time resident of Southern Cayuga and is active in the Opendore restoration project.

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Marilyn Post

Chair of Education Committee

Marilyn is a native of Scipio where nearly all her ancestors have lived since the post Revolutionary period. She graduated from Wells College, then lived and worked in Syracuse for thirty years as a supervising counselor at Hillbrook Detention Facility. She has taken many classes in art and special education at Syracuse University. She now lives in her grandparents’ house in Scipio and teaches art at Peachtown. She is a long time docent at Everson Museum, is on the HSSM Facilities Committee, and is active in the Opendore restoration project.

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Ann Tobey

Chair, Collections Committee

Ann is a graduate of Columbia University and NYS College for Teachers (Albany). She taught high school history at Sherwood and Southern Cayuga and has been a school administrator at Southern Cayuga. She is a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Community, and has served on Aurora Zoning Board of Appeals and the HSSM Board. While teaching in Sherwood she lived in both Howland houses: Opendore (formerly owned by Isabel) and Tanglewood (formerly owned by Emily).

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Jamien Shea

Board Member