Jeff Love - Chair
Jeff has been a member of the Ithaca community for over 30 years. He has been an active participant in IYB programming from a very young age, having played youth sports such as football and baseball as an adolescent, to being a member of the Ithaca Youth Council and Peer Educators group as a teen, and becoming a volunteer coach of youth football, basketball and baseball as an adult. Jeff is employed at BorgWarner Morse TEC Corp. Aside from coaching, Jeff loves to sing in the local funk and soul band, The Jeff Love Band. Jeff’s family includes his wife Jessica and 3 children, who also participate or have participated in various IYB programming. Jeff is an advocate for the IYB and a strong believer that “our youth need Friends”.
Rachel Ash - Vice-Chair
Rachel Ash currently is focused on obtaining her Masters in Social Work. Her background includes fundraising, programming and volunteer management for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Publicolor, Inc., and Cornell University in various roles. Rachel obtained her undergraduate BA in Psychology as well as her MBA from Cornell. She lives in Ithaca with her husband, two sons and golden retriever. Her passion is for experiential education and youth development. Along with Jeff and others, she was excited to help launch the Friends in 2010.
Linda Grace-Kobas - Secretary
Summer camp can be a life-enhancing experience for a young person, as Linda Grace-Kobas confirmed when a young family member benefited from the Ithaca Youth Bureau's summer camp inclusion program. In almost twenty years of living in Ithaca, she and her family and friends have often enjoyed the swimming, skating and sports programs managed by the IYB. Grace-Kobas is a media relations specialist, writer and editor whose experience includes serving as news service director at Cornell University.
Mary M. Grainger
Mary Grainger was pleased to assist at the time of the founding of Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau. Her three daughters participated in IYB recreational soccer, lacrosse, baseball, and softball; and her husband Brad was a volunteer coach. Mary has been a board member of Tompkins Girls Hockey Association that annually contracts with the Cass Park ice rink. Two Grainger girls were members of the Ithaca Shooting Stars travel teams and the Ithaca High Girls Varsity Hockey team that calls Cass Park its home ice. Mary is a community volunteer involved with fundraising and public relations for several nonprofits, and is the coordinator of the annual event for middle school girls called sister2sister.
Allen has worked at the Ithaca Youth Bureau (IYB) for about 35 years. Back in the 70's he developed the Mechanical All Stars Program and worked directly with teens. More recently he has had the privilege to serve as the Director of the IYB. Originally from Queens, Allen landed at Cornell University, fell in love with the Ithaca area and decided to settle here. Allen feels fortunate to be working with a dynamic and dedicated staff in a community that is so supportive of young people and is excited about the evolution of the Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau.
A recent transplant to Ithaca, Miriam Musco is passionate about youth development and providing role models for today's children to become tomorrow's leaders. In college she was a Big Sister to a wonderful girl, and got to see first-hand how necessary youth programming is and how much community support matters. A New Jersey native, Miriam earned a B.A. from Indiana University and an M.A. from University of the Arts, and now spends her days working with children as an educator at the Sciencenter.
Tanya Gold Vanasse
Born in Ithaca, Tanya recently returned, having lived just north of NYC for 28 years. Tanya graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in economics. After college she moved to the NYC area and, for 25 years worked there as a senior manager in banking and financial marketing. Tanya moved back to Ithaca in 2008 and now works for The CBORD Group, Inc., as Healthcare Marketing Manager. Active in the community, Tanya has served on the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) board since 2008 and is currently a member of its executive committee. Tanya loves to hike, swim, sail, and ski. Art is her passion and she hopes to one day learn to paint. Tanya grew up with severe dyslexia and has come to see it as an advantage. She believes that challenges can be as much a gift as a detriment, and would like to help other children overcome their challenges.
Will has been involved with education and athletics for the past ten years as a teacher, coach and athletic director as well as serving on the executive board of the Massachusetts Charter School Athletic Organization. Will has been involved with the IYB football and basketball programs. He and his family moved to Ithaca in July 2012. Will is currently employed at the Ithaca YMCA as the sports and volunteer coordinator and as an adjunct physical education teacher at the New Roots Charter School.
Jenny Bisha is a recent transplant to Ithaca from Roanoke, Virginia where she taught Special Education in the public school system. Upon her arrival in New York, Jenny began working at the Ithaca City School District. Her involvement with the school district quickly showed her the significant impact that the IYB has on so many youth in the community and prompted her to seek out opportunities to connect with the FIYB.
Sean Donnelly was born in Ithaca and attended school here. He has spent the past 15 years in Central Florida and has always had a passion for helping children. He is a proud father of 6 boys ranging from infant to teenager. Sean has just moved back into this area and is excited about the opportunity to help support Ithaca's youth.
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