Meet the Board

Ralph E. Kelsey, Chairman
Mr. Kelsey, is a lifelong resident of Tioga County, NY. As a semi-retired banker, he continues to serve on the Board of Directors of Tioga State Bank and the Broome Cooperative Insurance Company. Ralph currently serves as Lay Pastor of the Grace Bible Church, in Candor NY. He volunteers as a Board member of the Tioga County Farm Bureau and the Tioga County Industrial Development Agency. Ralph resides in the Town of Owego and has been a board member of the TCSCF since 1989.

Dr. Gary J. Williams, Vice Chairman
Dr. Williams practices optometry in Owego. He is past president of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and has served as the education chair since 1996. An active Rotarian, Gary has resided in the village of Owego for 40 years and was appointed to TCSCF’s Board in 1989.

J. Paul Cavataio, Treasurer
A native of Tioga County, Mr. Cavataio is the owner-operator of Agway Farm and Home Store. Paul is a resident of the town of Owego and has served on the TCSCF Board since 1998.

Carolyn Wright, Secretary
Mrs. Wright is a retired educator and a lifelong resident of Tioga County. A Rotarian and friend of the Coburn Free Library, she resides in the Village of Owego. Carolyn has been on the Board of Directors since 2001.

Maureen Hawley, Owego

Christopher Kuhlman 

Merlin Lesser
A retired electric and gas utility manager, Mr. Lesser was appointed to the board in 2014. An Owego resident, he works as a freelance writer under the name “The Old Coot.” He is also a Rotarian.

Ross McGraw
A retired educator, Mr. McGraw has served on the Board since 1994. A resident of Newark Valley for over 35 years, Ross chairs the Board of Trustees for the Newark Valley Historical Society.

Keith A. Nichols, MD
Dr. Nichols maintains a practice in the Village of Owego. He also serves on the Tioga County Community Services Board. A lifelong resident of Tioga County, Keith has been a Foundation director since 1994.

Mary Ellen Odom

Judith M. Quigley
Ms. Quigley, attorney for Tioga County, currently resides in the town of Owego and has been a resident of Tioga County for 50 years. Judy is a Rotarian and also serves on the Owego Gymnastics Board of directors.

Emily Rankin
Mrs. Rankin is a resident of Nichols and has lived in Tioga County for over 45 years.   Emily is a retired accountant. She was elected to the TCSCF Board in 2000.

William H. Standinger, III

David Wheelock
Mr. Wheelock has been an insurance agent in Owego for 25 years. He joined the foundation Board in 2000. Dave also serves as a volunteer at his church and on the Board of the Les Wagner Foundation.

David C. Woodburn
Mr. Woodburn, a third generation resident of Tioga County, joined the Senior Citizen Foundation Board in 2015. He also serves as a board member for Tioga County Rural Ministry and the Charles Bassett Youth Foundation and on the Finance Council of Saint Patrick’s Church, Owego. After a career in banking and public administration, he currently works part time at Estey, Munroe and Fahey Funeral Home in Owego and Candor.