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Five Elected To Ithaca College Board of Trustees

The February meeting of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees was the first to be attended by five recently elected members. John Fracchia has joined the board for a three-year term as staff trustee; David Ames, Kathleen Garner and David Giannotti were each elected to four-year terms; and Adelaide Gomer was returned to the board for a three-year term.John Fracchia has served since 2005 as the assistant director for employer relations in the Office of Career Services. His responsibilities include conducting employer development and outreach activities, managing online recruiting systems, planning career fairs and mock interview days, developing and facilitating seminars, and assessing user satisfaction with services. He is also a lecturer in the School of Business.Prior to joining the career services office, Fracchia served for six years as coordinator of housing services/operations assistant in the Office of Residential Life. He earned his bachelor’s and MBA degrees from SUNY Binghamton. He has held leadership positions with the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers and served on several Ithaca College task forces and committees.Following a highly diverse career in the Internet/data services, entertainment, telecommunications and computer industries, David Ames ’72 has more recently been active investing in and developing alternative energy companies, technologies, processes and services. In 2004 he founded Alterna Energy; he is currently the president of Xethanol Corporation. He serves on the Chief Executive Officer Council of the American Council on Renewable Energy and is a member of the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition.While earning his degree in television-radio, Ames served as a staff manager for the college’s student-run television station. His is a member of the Roy H. Park School of Communications National Advisory Board, and he established the David R. Ames Film Fund to provide financial assistance for student film projects.Kathleen Garner has been an active member of the local community, serving on the boards of Hospicare of Tompkins County and the Tompkins County Public Library as well as volunteering with the Family and Children’s Service of Ithaca. In 2006–7 she served as executive director of Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service. She holds a divinity degree, and prior to residing in Ithaca she served as minister of Christian education and family life at the Presbyterian Church of Mt. Kisco, New York.Garner has held several leadership positions with the Friends of Ithaca College, including president of the Executive Committee. In memory of her late husband, the former president and chief executive officer of Tompkins Trust Company, she established the Stephen E. Garner Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded annually to an outstanding junior or senior in the School of Business with recognized leadership abilities, commitment to the community and demonstrated financial need.Attorney David Giannotti ’69 has more than 30 years of experience in environmental law and in developing and conducting environmental auditing programs for clients. Now in private practice, he served for nearly a decade as an environmental attorney with Occidental Petroleum Corporation, where his positions included counsel to the Environmental Committee of Occidental’s board of directors. He has been an active member of numerous industry and bar association committees and has lectured and written frequently on environmental issues.In addition to his bachelor’s degree in politics from Ithaca, Giannotti holds a law degree from Emory University. An active volunteer with the college’s successfully completed “Making a World of Difference” fund-raising campaign, he is a member of the Athletics and Events Center National Committee. He recently established an endowed scholarship fund, to be awarded to a junior or senior majoring in legal studies with demonstrated financial need.Adelaide Gomer returned to the board following a one-year absence. She is a trustee/vice president of the Park Foundation, where she reviews and awards grants to educational, social and environmental organizations. She previously taught reading and special education in Ithaca, Richmond and Rochester, and served as an adjunct faculty member at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and master’s degree from Longwood College.An active volunteer locally with the United Way, Literacy Volunteers and Special Olympics, Gomer is a member of the national board of directors of the Defenders of Wildlife. While previously on the Ithaca College Board of Trustees, she served on the Buildings and Grounds, Trusteeship, Audit and Finance, Campus Life and Community, and Educational Policy Committees. She is the daughter of Dorothy Park and the late Roy H. Park, after whom the Roy H. Park School of Communications and the Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise have been named.

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