Advisory Council

Amy Somchanhmavong

Associate Director, Service-Learning and Partnership
As Associate Director of Community Service-Learning and Partnership Amy has dedicated herself to purposeful work that produces lasting impact. Amy's programs encompass student-centered programs such as the Public Service Scholars, to faculty engaged scholarship via action research in teaching and practice, to delivering collective empowerment initiatives for improved community health and wellbeing. Most recently she launched the Patient Care Advocacy Team (PCAT) program  in collaboration with Cayuga Medical Center and Cornell Career Services to expose students interested in the field of medicine to a direct service partnership with Cayuga Medical Center for what Amy refers to as a process of instilling and building a "culture of care” into healthcare for future practitioners.

Annalisa Raymer

Director of CLASP, Community Learning and Service Partnership program
Dr. Annalisa L. Raymer a lecturer in Adult, Community and Leadership Learning. She is also the interdisciplinary director of Cornell’s adult education program, the Community Learning + Service Partnership, CLASP. Her teaching and inquiry praxis focuses on effective democratic practices and processes to facilitate social learning, team intelligence and public-minded, purposeful leadership.

Donna L. Haeger

Faculty Director of Dyson Leadership Development Program
Dr. Donna L. Haeger is a Professor of Practice in management and analytics and the director of leadership development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the SC Johnson College of Business for the Dyson School. Her role as the faculty director is aimed at overseeing and expanding the Cornell Leadership Minor for Dyson students. Her PhD from Case Western Reserve University is in management and design. Donna has over 20 years of experience as a management professional working with people, process and technology. She is dedicated to “blending human systems” through engaged scholarship that will turn knowledge into action. She does this through community engagement, education, research, and publication in the fields of leadership, business analytics, organizational behavior and management. Her contributions relate the development of leadership programs focused on systems and design principles.

Karel Hilversum

Associate Director of Cornell Outdoor Education, The Dan Tillemans director, Cornell Team & Leadership Center
Karel comes to us from his native Puerto Rico where he has been designing and delivering challenge course programming, outdoor adventure education, and leadership workshops for 20 years. He has lead hundreds of team & leadership development programs to worldwide audiences. Karel holds a MS in Experiential Education and Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University at Mankato and is currently a PhD candidate in Organizational Leadership at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Karel's enthusiasm for this work, along with his experience in the field makes him an excellent addition to our Cornell Outdoor Education team. When not leading workshops, he enjoys volunteering in Scouting, adventure travel, and caving expeditions.

Lawrence Van De Valk

Senior Extension Associate, Executive Director of the Empire State Food and Agricultural Leadership Institute of New York
Larry is Executive Director of the Empire State Food and Agricultural Leadership Institute, or LEAD New York, a leadership development program for adult professionals in the food, agricultural and natural resource industries. Van De Valk is also a Senior Extension Associate in the Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI), part of the Department of Development Sociology at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. Larry earned a PhD in Adult and Extension Education, MA in Teaching and BS in Agricultural & Biological Engineering, all from Cornell, as well as an AAS in Forestry from Paul Smiths College. He has published several articles in refereed journals, and his research interests are in the areas of leadership development theory, program evaluation, and the social capital building effect of leadership development initiatives. Larry is the recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service and the International Association of Programs for Agricultural Leaders Outstanding Leadership Program Director Award.

Leah Cynara Cook

Plant Sciences Undergraduate Program and Leadership Minor Coordinator
Leah Cynara Cook joined CALS and the Department of Horticulture in 2010 as assistant to the chair and program coordinator for the Plant Sciences major. In 2014, her position transitioned to the School of Integrative Plant Science, where her role has expanded beyond the Plant Sciences major to include support for the school’s eight minors and, most recently, the college’s Leadership Minor. Leah relishes her work with undergraduates—the best part of her job is watching the undergraduates transform into mature, engaged and committed scholars and global citizens during their tenure at Cornell. She graduated from Cornell in 1993 with a B.A. in Classics and Philosophy.

Lynn Perry Wooten

David J. Nolan Dean, Professor of Management and Organizations in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Dean Wooten joined Cornell in 2017 from the University of Michigan, where she served as senior associate dean for academic and student excellence as well as clinical professor of strategy, management and organizations at Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Dean Wooten has taught such courses as corporate strategy, knowledge management, organizational behavior and consulting. Her research interests include crisis leadership, positive organizing routines, strategic human resource management, and workforce diversity and competitive advantage.

Marvin Pritts

Professor of Horticulture, Coordinator of Leadership Minor
Marvin’s goal as a professor with a teaching, extension and research appointment is to seamlessly integrate these three activities into one program that is scholarly, credible and relevant to the multiple audiences that benefit from my program. He strives to be a good communicator with many different audiences and intentionally seeks out audiences that range in age from preschool to adult and in expertise from novice to professional. Marvin also seeks to be broadly informed about the many issues that affect the food system so he can be a useful resource, and he is frequently asked to speak to Cornell alumni. He served as department chair for 13 years, played a major role in the merging of departments between the Geneva and Ithaca campuses, and helped create the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS). He currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Plant Sciences and is the lead faculty advisor for the Leadership Minor.

Michael Hoffmann

Professor of Entomology, Executive Director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions
As Executive Director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions I provide visionary leadership, communicate to a wide range of audiences the challenges and opportunities that come with a changing climate, and build partnerships among public and private organizations. As a professor of entomology my goal is to advance the integrated pest management (IPM) strategy through mission-oriented research and extension. My research program is directed at improving our understanding of pest biology and ecology in vegetable crop systems and applying that information to develop practical, cost-effective, and environmentally sensitive pest management tactics. The goal of my extension program is to ensure that new knowledge is delivered to the end-user and adapted to their needs.

Mike Bishop

Director of Student Leadership of Office of Engagement Initiatives
Mike Bishop is director of student leadership, focusing on supporting students on their engaged leadership journeys mainly by supporting the vibrant network of leadership educators at Cornell and beyond. For the past twenty years Mike has helped young leaders connect their community engagement to academic scholarship, career exploration, and personal development. Passionate about experiential education, Mike has created leadership programming in varied settings that emphasizes service to the public good, democratic teaching, reflective dialogue, and peer mentoring. He views his work as strengthening democracy by providing emerging leaders with the tools to build healthy communities.

Robert Gravani

Professor of Food Science, Director of the National Good Agricultural Practices Program
Bob is actively engaged in food safety extension/outreach activities with all sectors of the food system including production agriculture, food processing, food retailing, food service, regulatory training, consumer information, as well as food protection and defense (food biosecurity). In addition, he teaches or co-teaches three Food Science courses, is a Dining Discussion Faculty Fellow and maintains a small research program.
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