Board of Directors


Sheila Giovannini

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!

Vice President

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.


D. Charles Mason

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.

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.

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

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

She was an astrophysicist at the University of Rochester, retired from the teaching faculty, but was still active in research. She served on other boards of directors, including national boards in space research. She was an emerita member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame board of directors.  Her experience on boards 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.

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.

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.

Deborah Green

Deborah Greene is a retired consultant and project manager specializing in organization development, strategic planning and program evaluation for government and non-profit entities. Most recently she worked with Syracuse University in evaluating a national project designed to support state government agencies and programs on employment for individuals with disabilities. In addition, she has volunteered with various local programs and organizations, including serving as co-chair of the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s 2017 Induction.

Prior to retirement, Ms. Greene was employed by Syracuse University and San Diego State University to manage and evaluate national and statewide projects and grants. In the previous fifteen years she had operated a successful consulting practice, providing technical assistance, facilitation and coaching services to over 60 state and local organizations and communities across New York State in building collaborative and innovative approaches to service delivery. Prior to that she worked in New York state government, leading statewide initiatives, including as Deputy Director of Governor Mario Cuomo’s Human Investment Subcabinet. Her areas of expertise include workforce development, juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health and education.

Ms. Greene holds a Master of Arts degree from SUNY Albany’s School of Criminal Justice. A long-time Albany resident, Ms. Greene relocated to Seneca Falls with her husband, Jon Tonsoni, in 2007.

Fiona Jarrett-Thelwell-Dunphy

Fiona moved from Québec, Canada, to the Finger Lakes Region. She is a full-Professor at Northeast College of Health Sciences where she teaches courses in radiology and in diagnosis. She is actively engaged on several Boards and committees to include, but not limited to, Dept. Chair for Radiology, Diagnosis & Assessment, Vice-President of the NYS Board for Chiropractic, Finger Lakes Regional Emergency Medical Services Board member, Finger Lakes Regional Medical Advisory committee, and NYS Chiropractic Association. Prior commitments, in the Finger Lakes Region include a Board member of North Seneca Ambulance and a firefighter for Seneca Falls Fire Department.