Board of Directors
Lynn Leopold served as the former Recycling Specialist for the Tompkins County Solid Waste Management Division, providing outreach and education on reuse, waste reduction and recycling. Prior to that, she served as the Education Coordinator for 5 years for the City of Ithaca's recycling program, Ithaca Recycles. She came to Ithaca in 1979 and in 1983 received a MS from Cornell University in Science and Environmental Education. She presently serves as a board member of Finger Lakes ReUse, Inc. and is a trustee of the Village of Lansing, and in 2011 was awarded the NYSAR3 Recycler of the Year - Lifetime Achievement Award.
"Reuse is the ultimate waste management tool and for me, it just follows that reuse--creative, adaptive or otherwise--is the most sensible way to manage our precious resources while rerouting wealth back into our community. Keeping useful goods in circulation goes way beyond just sensible resource management. It can provide meaningful work for many and get us off the buy, use up, and dispose treadmill to nowhere."
Marlene Sack recently retired as business manager for McCune & Murphy Physical Therapy. She managed the Ithaca practice and helped open the Trumansburg and Dryden PT offices. From 1988 to 1994 she was the administrative director of Cayuga Nature Center outside of Ithaca. She completed her masters of education degree at the University of Minnesota, specializing in Recreation and Leisure. She has been a member of First Baptist Church DeWitt since 1995 and served as chair of the trustees, church moderator and chair of the worship and outreach committee.
Finger Lakes ReUse became an important organization to her in 2008 when someone told her about the e-center services. Finger Lakes ReUse became a source of furnishings for the Trumansburg physical therapy office at its inception. This association led to involvement in the finance committee and was later invited to join the board.
"We only have one world and now is the time to do all we can to conserve and preserve all its resources."
Marshall McCormick joined the Finger Lakes ReUse Board of Directors in the Fall of 2014. He supports the organization through strategic growth and oversight of organizational financials. He is the President & Wealth Management Advisor of Fingerlakes Wealth Management where he actively encourages Socially Responsible Investing and supporting businesses that do good. Marshall was a Peace Corps volunteer in economic development and agriculture in Zambia & Madagascar. Marshall returned to Ithaca in 2011 and in 2013 received a Master’s degree in City & Regional Planning from Cornell. Marshall currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce and Ithaca Public Education Initiative, and is a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Ithaca.
“Creating and managing wealth is a passion of mine and it pains me to watch so many our resources flow through the waste stream. The ability of FL ReUse to reinvest in our community by creating value and wealth through effectively managing our waste is a true testament to the ways our society can change. By re-envisioning our waste, we’re able to reduce our collective impact on the environment, create jobs, and provide valuable resources to the local economy.”
John Lemley, a recent retiree from Cornell after more than 37 years, was Administrative Manager in the (academic) Department of Communication for thirteen years and an administrator in human resources in the College of Agriculture for another 16. Specialty in later years was academic appointments and appointees, processes, procedures, and policies. John has an MBA and a doctorate from Cornell.
"I am intrigued at the concept of ‘reuse,’ as distinguished from ‘recycling.’ Seems to me that to the extent it can be achieved in various contexts, it makes immense economic sense to encourage and facilitate reuse initiatives whenever possible. The economic benefits derive not only from savings that result from avoiding the need to manufacture and craft new materials and merchandise, sometimes from costly and scarce raw materials, but also to livelihoods of current and potential employees and the concomitant benefit of the surrounding community."
Erin Marteal is the Executive Director of the Ithaca Children’s Garden. Here’s what she has to say about why she chose to join our Board of Directors:
"I serve on the board of ReUse because I am a big fan of environmental empowerment. When we can see ourselves as part of the solution- that’s where change begins. ReUse is on the leading edge of a paradigm shift that our grandchildren and great grandchildren will look back on and say, wow! What took them so long! It’s a bit about how we make smart choices about the stuff, and a lot about how we make kind choices about people and our futures. ReUse helps us all be part of a world we want to live in. As a life-long thrift-store, yard sale shopper, I do derive great pleasure from giving new life to old things. It is a privilege to be supporting this important culture shift through service to ReUse."
Megan McDonald is the Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability for Tompkins County. Since joining the Department in 2013, her work has focused on addressing housing challenges within the community and advancing sustainable practices within County operations. Megan received a Master of Regional Planning in 2005 from Cornell University, and returned to Ithaca in 2009 to become Program Manager for the NSF-funded Institute for Computational Sustainability at Cornell. Her previous experience also includes advancing the protection of environmental and cultural resources through work with the National Park Service and private consulting firms, providing historic preservation and neighborhood planning services as a Planner for the City of Raleigh, and teaching preservation planning courses at the University of Mary Washington. She joined the Board of Finger Lakes ReUse, Inc. in 2015.
"Reuse has been part of my family's values and basic thinking from my earliest years, motivating much of my interest in sustainability, historic preservation, and planning. The combination of vision, creativity, pragmatism, and stewardship that reuse involves is inspiring, and particularly meaningful when combined with the creation of living wage jobs. Reuse empowers each of us to help our communities strike a healthy balance between environmental, economic, and social needs while learning to be mindful of the impacts our 'stuff' has on the world around us."
Ryan Mercer joined the Finger Lakes ReUse Board of Directors in January 2019 after having served on the finance committee for the last few years. He is currently employed at Tompkins Trust Company where his primary focus is management of secondary market functions for the residential mortgage department for all Tompkins Financial affiliate banks. Ryan calls Atlanta, GA home and moved to Ithaca with his family in 2012 after having lived in Ithaca for a few years as a child.
"We all have things in our possession that could be better served in someone else’s hands. I serve on the board because Finger Lakes ReUse provides a place where items can get a second chance at a new life. ReUse also provides training opportunities for those looking to add or update skills to help them succeed in gaining local employment which an entire community can benefit from."
Jan Rhodes Norman
Gideon Stone is a founding member of Trade Design Build, a local Architectural and General Contracting firm which was founded in 2016. After graduating from Cornell with a degree in Architecture in 2009 he chose to stay in Ithaca where he worked for various Architectural and Contracting organizations and eventually started his own company back in 2013. Being involved in one of the most intensely waste producing industries, Gideon is very aware of the importance of the mission of Finger Lakes ReUse and is excited to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors.