The Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund's Board of Directors is a volunteer board made up of civic leaders, each with a distinguished career in both charitable service and business leadership.

John Gutenberger, President

Mr. Gutenberger is Director of Community Relations for Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He served as Mayor for the City of Ithaca from 1984 until 1990, and currently serves in a leadership role on several local community boards and committees.

James A. Brown, Vice President

Mr. Brown is CEO for United Way of Tompkins County, serving in that capacity for the past 17 years. In addition to the Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund, he serves locally as a member and past President of the Rotary Club of Ithaca, as President of the Legacy Foundation, and as a director of Cayuga Health Systems, Tompkins County Area Development, and Kendal at Ithaca.

Tara T. Masters, Treasurer

Tara T. Masters is vice president and trust officer for Tompkins. Tara serves as a member of the trust and estate administration committee of the New York Bankers Association. She also serves as treasurer of the Tompkins County Estate Planning Council. Tara previously served as president of TCSD Foundation, the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, Inc. and its predecessor, The Arts Council for Tompkins County, treasurer of the Taughannock Soccer Club, as well as a member of the United Way of Tompkins County's Allocation Committee. She is a graduate of Ithaca College.

Michelle Benedict-Jones

Mrs. Benedict-Jones is vice president of development and community engagement at Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Prior to joining Food Bank, she was the managing director for Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund for six years. Ms. Benedict-Jones is a lifetime resident of the area, and has held leadership positions at non-profit organizations for many years. She is a graduate of Colgate University.

Kelly Cobb

Ms. Cobb, CPA, is Financial Controls Analyst with Corning Incorporated. She is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University where she received her BBA in Marketing and MBA in Accounting. She is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs and Tompkins Connect.