Sheila Giovannini, President

I was born and raised in Seneca Falls, having graduated from Mynderse Academy in 1977.  I subsequently went on to attend Elmira College where I received a B.S. in Speech and Hearing and later an M.A. in Audiology from Western Michigan University.  After managing a successful, audiology practice in Elmira, NY for 26 years, I returned to Seneca Falls to take care of an aging parent.

Moving back to Seneca Falls has been awesome!   I have enjoyed getting reacquainted with old friends and making new ones.  I have been active in Canal Fest, It’s A Wonderful Life, the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry.  I believe that Seneca Falls is at a turning point in its history and I am proud and excited to be a part of it!

Fun Fact: I’m married to Lenny!

Steve Cornett, Past President

Steve Cornett moved to Seneca Falls summer of 2014. He is the National Account Executive for  Zurich North American Insurance Co. Steve and his wife,  Susie used the Seneca Falls Visitor Center as a place to learn about the community.  By doing this we were able to meet many people who have become close friends to this day. It is an honor to serve as a board member for the museum/ visitor center.

Deborah Tedrick, Vice President

Deborah Tedrick is an expert in fundraising, event planning, writing, and editing. She dedicates her time to this board and the committee work because she loves Seneca Falls and the surrounding communities.  She enjoys being part of the museum as it grows and transforms.  She spends her free time practicing classical ballet.

Tammy Mills, Treasurer

Tammy is a native of Seneca Falls, graduated from Waterloo High School and then Cayuga Community College with an Associate Degree in Accounting. She has several years’ experience in small business accounting, payroll and income tax preparation. She currently serves as Treasurer of both the United Way of Seneca County and the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry. Her passion is to volunteer in her community by supporting those less fortunate as well as preserving history and promoting the beauty and history of Seneca Falls and the Finger Lakes Region.

D. Charles Mason, Secretary

Chuck Mason resides in Auburn, New York and serves as the City Clerk for the City of Auburn.  A former City Councilor in Auburn, Mason was a founding member of the City of Auburn’s Historic and Cultural Sites Commission.  In his position as City Clerk he has been involved with the establishment and operation of the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center, a tourist center located in downtown Auburn.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Cayuga County Office of Tourism and the Auburn Beautification Commission, and is an advisory board member to the Auburn Doubledays minor league baseball team.

Ginny DeJohn

She has been a resident of seneca falls since 1967. Over the years, she has had the privilege of serving the community through her work on several boards. She enjoys this board because of its huge commitment to education. Band concerts and summer camps enrich and entertain  the people of Seneca Falls. She also believes that our lectures and programs are informative and fun.

As an educator with over 50 years in the schools, she celebrates the enrichment that this museum offers.  Come and visit us.

Steve Churchill

Steve has been a lifelong resident of the Finger Lakes, attended CCC and Union Colleges. He is a father of four with his wife, Valerie! He is the founder and owner of StoneBoat Computing. Steve is committed to his community as he served on the Seneca County Board of Supervisors, representing Seneca Falls for four terms and is currently also a member of the Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension Board of Directors. Steve enjoys assisting with the momentum of this center and museum and thinks that its future will be something that the whole town can be proud of.

Wendy Sparks

Wendy is passionate about history and nature as essential to human well being. This museum and visitor center provides both of these things for all. She is retired from a career in occupational therapy, but still caring about people.

Judy Pipher

She has been associated with the Museum for many years, in various capacities. She is very interested in the history of Seneca Falls, and the Museum tells an important part of that story.

She is an astrophysicist at the University of Rochester, retired from the teaching faculty, but still active in research. She has served on other boards of directors, including national boards in space research. She is currently an emerita member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame board of directors.  Her experience on boards has included as vice president, governance, Induction committee co-chair, website manager, education cte., proposal writing, etc. She originated and managed the gingerbread house contest for the Seneca Museum: 2019 was the 10th year.

Cheryl Terryberry

Cheryl Terryberry has a Master’s Degree from Elmira College and was licensed as a Registered Nurse and Nursing Home Administrator. During her career, she held administrative positions in nursing home administration, quality/performance improvement, and corporate compliance.

Cheryl formerly sat on the boards of Elizabeth Cady Stanton Children’s Center, and the Seneca County Community Services Board of which she served as chairperson. She also served as co-coordinator of the Seneca County Social Agencies Coalition for a two year period. Now retired she enjoys traveling, walking, reading, pickleball and dancing.

Jim Terryberry

Jim Terryberry studied at Auburn Community College and was employed for New York State at Willard Psychiatric Center and Five Points Correctional Facility.  After thirty-four years he retired as locksmith and maintenance supervisor from Five Points.

Jim also had a career in local politics. From 1979 to 1991 he served as Councilman for the Town of Romulus, New York.  After moving to Seneca Falls, New York he was elected and served as Councilman from 2000 until 2008 and County Supervisor for the Town of Seneca Falls from 2008 to 2010. Jim was most proud of the board’s support and building of the Seneca Falls Community Center and the town-wide water line installation.

He was former President of the Ovid Willard Lions Club and was past Director and Vice President of South Seneca Sportsman’s Club.

Jim has many leisurely interests, but especially enjoys traveling, walking, pickleball, golf and winters in Florida.

Kyle Brady

Kyle Brady is a local graduate of Romulus Central School, and a graduate of SUNY Buffalo.  He is a father, husband and local businessman with Brady and Sons Agency, Inc.,  his family’s business that has operated in Seneca Falls for decades.  He is passionate about the history of our region and our town and looks forward to playing a role in the success of the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry. Kyle enjoys wine making, camping with his family, fishing, and gardening.

Brian Sparrow

Brian graduated from Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls.  He attended Empire State College and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Community & Human Services.

In the past, Brian managed the largest privately-owned vineyard in Upstate New York and worked at Ferrara Lumber in Seneca Falls for 22 years.  He currently owns a successful plumbing and heating business in Seneca Falls, Sparrow Plumbing & Heating, LLC.

Brian was the former Vice President and then President of the Romulus Central School Board.  He also was involved in Habitat for Humanity installing Heating & Plumbing systems.   Brian currently serves as an Advisory Board member for the Senior Companion Program for New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

Brian’s volunteer involvement include: Volunteer Charity-Holiday Out Reach-2009-2013; Volunteer at Seneca Falls Canal Days – 2019; Member of Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK)

Interests:  Running, Hiking, Cycling, Traveling, Kayaking

Brian resides in Seneca Falls with his wife, Catherine Li.

Catherine Li

Catherine graduated from Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls.  She attended Empire State College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Communication.  

In the past she worked in marketing, sales, and insurance.  Catherine currently is employed by New York State as a Senior Companion Program Coordinator for the Office for People with Disabilities. 

Catherine’s volunteer involvement include: Executive Director of the Downtown Revitalization Committee-1998-2003 (Volunteer); Committee Member of the Canal Fest-1999-2002 (Volunteer); Committee Member of the Convention Days-1998-2002 (Volunteer); Volunteer Charity-Holiday Out Reach-2009; Member of Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK)

Interests:  Running, Hiking, Cycling, Traveling, Kayaking

Catherine resides in Seneca Falls with her husband, Brian Sparrow.