Board of Directors/Administration


TCIDA Board of Directors

Rich John

First appointed to IDA: 1/14/16
Current IDA term: 2/8/23 – 12/31/23
Tompkins County Legislature


Rich has spent twenty years as a general practice partner in a local law firm, and nine years serving as the general counsel and vice president of compliance for a global product testing and inspection company, Intertek. Currently, Rich John is a member of the Government Operations Committee and serves as the Chair of the Public Safety Committee.

Deborah Dawson

First appointed to IDA: 2/8/23
Current IDA term: 2/8/23 – 12/31/24
Tompkins County Legislature


Jeff Gorsky

Vice Chair
First appointed to IDA: 12/15/20
Current IDA term: 2/8/23 – 12/31/24
IAED Board  Appointment


Jeff Gorsky, CPA, is a partner at Sciarabba Walker & Co., LLP. He joined the firm in 1992 and has been a partner since 2001. He is head of the firm’s Consulting department and serves as leader of the firm’s High-Technology and Emerging Businesses specialty practice area. His emphasis is on small business consulting, new business startups, local entrepreneurs, and taxation.  Over the years, he has assisted clients in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, business valuations, financing, and new business startups.

Anne Koreman
First appointed to IDA: 1/1/20
Current IDA term: 2/8/23 – 12/31/24
Tompkins County Legislature



Todd Bruer

Todd Bruer

Business Manager
IBEW Local 241
134 Cecil A Malone Drive
Ithaca N.Y. 14850
( 607 ) 272-2809

First appointed to TCIDA: 2/4/21
Current TCIDA term: 2/8/23 – 12/31/24
Organized labor Representative



John Guttridge

607-277-8585 x 00
First appointed to IDA: 6/4/18
Current IDA term: 2/8/23 – 12/31/24
At-Large Director

John Guttridge founded Brightworks Computer Consulting (then Black Box Computer Consulting) in 2004 as a one-man operation based in his dining room and grew it to a 16 employee operation. He is deeply involved in the ongoing redevelopment of downtown Ithaca. He serves on the Board of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (where he chairs the Downtown Operations Committee), the Board of the State Theater of Ithaca, and is President of the State Theater Foundation Board. He is also integral to the team of people that works to bring Wizarding Weekend to life.

Ducson Nguyen
First appointed to IDA: 2/8/23
Current IDA term: 2/8/23 – 12/31/2
Municipal Official – Common Council Member, City of Ithaca



TCIDA Legal Counsel

Russell Gaenzle – Attorney at Law
Harris Beach PLLC
99 Garnsey Road
Pittsford, NY 14534

TCIDA Advisory Committee

Katherine Borgella

Tompkins County Planning Department


Lisa Holmes

Tompkins County Administrator

Andrew Braman

Deputy Controller, Tompkins County Finance Department

Additional TCIDA Committees

Finance & Audit Committee
(Audit Committee established 2008;
Finance & Audit Committee established 2018)
Rich John, Chair
John Guttridge
Jeff Gorsky
Todd Bruer

Housing Committee
(Housing Committee established 2019)

John Guttridge, Chair
Anne Koreman
Ducson Nguyen
Nels Bohn (IURA)
Jennifer Kusznir (City of Ithaca)

Governance Committee
(Governance Committee established 2008)
Rich John
Deborah Dawson
Ducson Nguyen