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Board Candidate Bios
Lynden Archer (1st 3-year term) Prof. Archer is the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering at the Cornell University College of Engineering. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His research contributions have been recognized with a variety of awards, including the National Science Foundation award for Special Creativity.
Amy Allyn (1st 3-year term) Born and raised in Auburn, Amy is a former elementary school teacher who has served on the National Down Syndrome Association board and is past president of Matthew House board of directors. She is a member of the Allyn Family Foundation board, as well as the Advisory Council for the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University. She and her husband David serve as co-chairs for the FLLT’s “Finger Lakes Forever” campaign, and live with their 4 children in Skaneateles.
Karen Meriwether (2nd 3-year term) Karen is a Senior Vice President for wealth management firm John G. Ullman & Associates, Inc., where she has served as an advisor for 38 years. She has served on the investment committee of the Diocese of Rochester, was on the board of directors of the Steuben ARC Foundation, and most recently, served on the board of the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes. She and her husband, Tom Snow, live on Keuka Lake.
Lindsay Ruth (3rd 3-year term) Lindsay retired from the Alumni Affairs and Development Division at Cornell University in 2020. Prior to joining Cornell’s fundraising staff in 2003, she was the Executive Director of the Geneva Free Library. She is a former board member of the Geneva Boys and Girls Clubs in Geneva and the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex in Seneca Falls. She and her husband, Perry, live in the Town of Fayette, Seneca County.
Kristin Swain (3rd 3-year term) Kristin recently retired as the Executive Director of The Rockwell Museum in Corning, and previously served as President of the Corning Incorporated Foundation for 20 years. Her affiliations with the not-for-profit community have included regional health and human service agencies, as well as regional and state-wide visual and performing arts organizations. Currently, she is a board member of the Clemens Performing Arts Center and Elmira Savings Bank. She and her husband, Charles, live in Corning and have two adult daughters.