Gary Stewart is associate vice president for Community Relations. He has been on staff at Cornell for 16 years, following a career in newspapering, including 10 years as Ithaca Journal opinion page editor. A native of Canandaigua NY, Gary has served on several non-profit boards during his time at Cornell, including the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, Hospicare, the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, and Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Gary created and often 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 editor of the twice-monthly newspaper column “East Hill Notes” that has been published for 15 years, currently in Tompkins Weekly. 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 is Deputy Director for Community Relations and has been a staff member at Cornell for 23 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 in New Hampshire, and College Student Development in Ohio, eventually made her way to Ithaca. Susan has served on several local non-profit boards including the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, Human Services Coalition, Environmental Management Council, and the LGBT Task Force. Susan also serves as the Coordination Director for the Cornell United Way campaign.
Susan is interested in a variety of shared community-campus issues, including housing and sustainability. Tied to the latter, Susan was a member of a Cornell delegation that travelled to Iceland to study that nation’s work in geothermal district heating.
Kate Supron is Campus Community Liaison for Cornell Community Relations. She has been on staff at Cornell for 2 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, and three years on pre-school boards. Kate is currently co-president of the Ithaca High School PTA.
Kate works with local school districts and educational non-profits, coordinates Community Office Hours program and the annual Town-Gown Resource fair. She works to facilitate productive, progressive connections between campus and the community on a variety of levels. Kate serves on the boards of Lifelong and the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway.
Penny Givin coordinates day-to-day operations in the Office of Community Relations. She has 33 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, and is a member of the Leadership Tompkins Class of 2017-18.
Katelynne Brill is an Administrative Assistant in the Office of Community Relations, and often the first face one sees in the 110 Day Hall suite. 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.
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 13 years ago, with previous experience in the Office of the Bursar and at The Statler Hotel.