(Member of the Board since 2012)

Mr. Osadchey is Vice President/ General Manager of the Cayuga Radio Group, which is comprised of seven (7) local radio stations broadcasting in the Ithaca and surrounding Finger Lakes region. He brings 20+ years in advertising, marketing, media, and public relations experience to the board. Mr. Osadchey was born in Ithaca, graduated from Ithaca High School and Cornell University, and has successfully run various aspects of radio operations in Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, and Hartford, Connecticut in a variety of formats including operation of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.

Vice President

(Board Member since 2015)

Mr. Kuo is the Associate Vice President for Facilities Management at Cornell University which provides maintenance, construction, custodial, and landscaping services for the campus community. He is a chemical engineer with prior experiences in environmental, health and safety as a consultant and for Toyota. He is currently a board member at the Country Club of Ithaca, and serves as a steward for the Nature Conservancy’s Eldridge Preserve. Previously he was Board President for the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra as well as a member of the board for The Carnegie, an art gallery, performance theatre, and education center in Northern Kentucky. He has a love of all music, and currently serves on the Theatre’s Facilities Committee.


(Founding Member of the Board)

Mr. Guttridge is the owner of Bright Works Computer Consulting, a local Information and Technology business. He brings significant technology know-how to the board to assist in the development of systems for effective, efficient management, and has donated both phone and computer services to the State Theatre. In addition to The State Theatre, Mr. Guttridge’s company has donated generously to numerous organizations throughout the community.


(Founding Member of the Board)

Mr. Ferguson is the Executive Director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, a non-profit, tax exempt organization dedicated to sustaining downtown Ithaca as a community resource. He has been a driving force in the strategic plan for downtown Ithaca and has been instrumental in the development of two new City parking garages, the Seneca Place Hilton Garden Inn, the relocation of 380 Cornell University Employees into downtown Ithaca, the Gateway Commons and Gateway Plaza’s 4-acre mixed use office, retail, and residential site in downtown, and numerous other revitalization activities in downtown Ithaca. Mr. Ferguson also serves at the Chair of The State Theatre of Ithaca’s Strategic Planning Committee as well as the Nominating Committee.

(Member of the Board since 2012)

Ms. Dickinson is author of the nationally syndicated advice column, “Ask Amy,” which is read by an estimated 22 million people. Her memoir, “The Mighty Queens of Freeville” is a New York Times bestseller. She is also a panelist on the popular NPR comedy quiz show “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” A lifelong fan of the State Theater, she has appeared on its stage twice – as a guest of Michael Feldman’s “What Do You Know?” and in a surprise duet with musician Bobby McFerrin

Ms. French is an associate of the Harris Beach Law Firm and practices in the Corporate and Commercial Real Estate Practice Groups and serves on the Financial Institutions and Capital Markets Industry Team. In the area of general corporate law, Ms. French counsels businesses on organizational matters, general business contracts, financial transactions, governmental compliance issues and mergers and acquisitions. She also structures entity formation and drafts operating agreements and by-laws. Ms. French is currently serving on The State Theatre’s Major Gifts and Facilities committees. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Franziska Racker Centers.

(Board Member since 2013)

Mr. Gearhart is the Assistant Provost for Online Learning & Extended Studies at Ithaca College, and has been an administrator, educator and media producer, as well as active community member, for almost 30 years in Ithaca. He most recently served on the Ithaca Yacht Club Board as Membership & Marketing Director (2010-12), which followed a long commitment to the Ithaca Festival Board (1993-2009) where he served as President twice – and as a result, claims to have sold more Ithaca Festival buttons than anyone. Mr. Gearhart serves on The State Theatre’s Development Committee.

(Board Member since 2010)

Ms. Gutenberger is the Manager of Real Estate Operations for Cornell University. She is an architect and attorney and is the primary transaction person in the Real Estate Department. Additionally, she serves as the Department's construction project manager and deals with marketing issues surrounding Cornell's Business and Technology Park.


(Founding Member of the Board)

Mr. Kuckuk has been an architect and owner of the Thomas Group Architecture (now TetraTech) firm employing a staff of 180 in downtown Ithaca. He has been involved civically as a donor to many not-for-profits in Ithaca, as well as serving on the Board of Directors of Historic Ithaca, the former owner of The State Theatre. Mr. Kuckuk is the head of a group that recently purchased The Ithaca Journal building on State Street, just a few doors down from the State Theatre.

Ms. McCollister served two terms on Ithaca’s Common Council, devoting her time primarily to planning, zoning, economic development, and historic preservation issues. She was formerly director of external relations at the College of Architecture, Art & Planning at Cornell University, and later held a similar position at the Johnson Art Museum. Newly retired, she’s looking forward to spending more time on musical and artistic pursuits and engaging with the Ithaca community.

(Member of the Board since 2011)

Mr. Scaffido is an Assistant Dean of Students for Student Activities at Cornell University. Having served in the field of higher education for over 20 years, Mr. Scaffido specializes in large-scale event planning/production, and advising student organizations. At Cornell, he oversees the promotion and production of major events, including concerts, lectures, comedians, and Slope Day. He has also assisted with major community events, including working on visits by the Dalai Lama and Wynton Marsalis.

Past President

(Founding Member of the Board)

Mr. Travis is an experienced real estate owner and developer. He owns several properties in downtown Ithaca and is committed to maintaining a vibrant, community owned, performing arts venue in downtown Ithaca. Mr. Travis is a devotee of the arts and a former filmmaker. He has served on the board of numerous local charities and besides serving as the President of The State Theatre’s Board of Directors, he is also the Chair of the organization’s Finance Committee as well as the Development Committee.

(Founding Member of the Board)

Dr. Velleman is a tenured professor of statistics in the ILR School at Cornell University. He is the author of several textbooks in his field and has developed and owns a software company in town. He is an experienced entertainer, and gives public performances with his Barbershop Quartet.

(Member of the Board since 2009)

Mr. Walker is a co-founder and first Executive Director of the "Village at Ithaca" which has been recognized for its advocacy, programs and services in expanding educational opportunities for students of color, economically disadvantaged students and others. He is also Cornell's Outreach Liaison to the Ithaca City School District, the first to serve in this role. Mr. Walker has extensive experience in corporate sales and higher education administration. He currently works to raise student achievement in public education by improving systems, expanding community support, broadening access to relevant programs and services, and helping to create new ones where significant voids exist.

(Member of the Board since 2016)

Ms. Yeoh is the Interim University Controller for Cornell University. After graduating from Cornell, she was the operations manager of the Haunt where she developed her love of the vibrant music scene in Ithaca, and decided Ithaca was a great place to live! She began working at the Statler Hotel while completing her MBA at Johnson Graduate School of Management, and has since worked in various financial and administrative management roles at Cornell for the past 27 years.



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State Theatre of Ithaca Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that owns and operates Tompkins County’s last remaining historic theatre. Our mission is to enhance the cultural life of Ithaca and the Finger Lakes by preserving, operating and promoting the historic State Theatre as an active venue for national, international and community performances and programming.

107 West State Street
(607) 277-8283
Ithaca, NY 14850

Box Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Closed Mondays!