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Gary Stewart

Gary Stewart is associate vice president for Community Relations. He has been on staff at Cornell for 17 years, following a newspaper career in the U.S. and abroad. A Finger Lakes native, Gary serves on several boards including Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Ithaca Air Services and the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce. He is also on the executive board of the International Town & Gown Association.

Gary created and regularly hosts the award-winning weekly radio show “All Things Equal” that airs at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday mornings on WHCU (870 AM), and is lead writer/editor of the twice-monthly newspaper column “East Hill Notes” that has been published in local newspapers for 17 years. His favorite event is Community Relations’ annual Town-Gown Awards, a.k.a. the TOGOs, that recognize community-campus partnerships, and local leaders who are retiring from top elected or appointed positions. 



Susan Riley

Susan Riley is Deputy Director for Community Relations and has been a staff member at Cornell for 24 years. Prior to joining the Community Relations team in the spring of 2015, she served in several leadership positions in Residence Life at Cornell. Susan grew up in central Connecticut, and after studying Journalism and College Student Development, eventually made her way to Ithaca via New Hampshire, Maine, and Ohio. Susan has served on several local non-profit boards including the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, United Way, Human Services Coalition, Environmental Management Council, and the LGBT Task Force. Susan also leads the Cornell United Way campaign as the Coordination Director.

Susan is interested in a variety of shared community-campus issues, including housing, sustainability, and transportation, and has served as coordinator of the annual Community Relations drive-in regional conference related to these topics.


Kate Supron

Kate Supron is the Campus Community Liaison for Cornell Community Relations. She has been on staff at Cornell for 3 years, first with the Office of Engagement Initiatives before joining Community Relations.  Kate previously served as Mayor of the Village of Cayuga Heights for 6 years. In this capacity, she served on a variety of local governmental boards and committees.
A native of Arlington, Virginia, Kate has a background in preK-12 education, with 7 years teaching high school social studies, three years on pre-school boards, and 4 years as PTA co-president (2 elementary, high school). Kate is currently vice-president of programming the Ithaca High School PTA.
Kate works with local school districts and a variety of non-profits.  She works to facilitate productive, progressive connections between campus and the community on a variety of levels. Kate is the president of the board of Lifelong, and vice-president of the Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension Association board. In addition, Kate serves on the board Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway, and sits on the planning committee of the Ithaca Tompkins County Transportation Council.


Penny Givin

Penny Givin coordinates day-to-day operations in the Office of Community Relations.  She has 34 years of University service in Government and Community Relations, with responsibilities including oversight of voluntary contributions, time-sensitive scheduling – often with off-campus and internal leadership – and front-line office management. For many, both on and off campus, she is the face of Cornell Community Relations.

Penny, a native of Watkins Glen, serves as administrative coordinator for the nationally recognized Cornell United Way campaign, Cornell’s annual Town-Gown Awards (the TOGOs), and other high-profile Community Relations’ initiatives.  She is a previous winner of the Ithaca Rotary Club Pride of Workmanship Award, a 2017-18 Leadership Tompkins graduate and is a member of Cornell’s Emergency Management team.  



Katelynne Brill

Katelynne Brill is often the first face one sees in the 110 Day Hall suite as Administrative Assistant for Community Relations.  Kate is responsible for high-level office coordination, serves as a representative on the Cornell Events Management Planning Team, and oversees the office’s social media platforms and outreach initiatives, including our website.

In addition, Kate develops content for and manages the 1st floor Day Hall information center, maintains essential databases capturing hundreds of town-gown stakeholders, and works with colleagues on key Community Relations’ programs, ranging from the Cornell United Way Campaign to the annual Town-Gown Awards.

A native of Groton, NY, Kate studied Business at Tompkins Cortland Community College prior to beginning her Cornell career 14 years ago, with previous experience in the Office of the Bursar and at The Statler Hotel.