Staff

Mailing address: Northeastern IPM Center, 340 Tower Rd/Rice Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: (607) 255-8815

Deb Grantham

Deb Grantham, Director, provides strategic leadership for the Center and works closely with its advisory council, state IPM programs, and IPM working groups comprising experts and stakeholders throughout the Northeast. She was previously with Cornell Cooperative Extension for 25 years, most recently as assistant director for environment and natural resources. She holds an MS in geophysics from the University of Connecticut and a BS in geology from the University of Wyoming. (607) 255-8879

Nancy Cusumano

Nancy Cusumano, Program/Extension Aide, plans for and meets the administrative needs of the Center’s staff by keeping records, managing the office, supervising students, and helping with meetings. Specifically, Nancy arranges meeting logistics; provides in-person support to staff; keeps accurate records and updates databases and project reports; ensures listservs and online rosters are up to date; and orders mailing and training supplies. (607) 255-8815

Jana Hexter

Jana Hexter, Grants and Partnerships Coordinator, manages all aspects of Center grants and proposals and coordinates the Center’s Partnership Grants program while monitoring progress and expenditures. As the owner of Grants Champion, her own grant writing and training business, she has supported many entities in grant writing, consulting and training. Jana has written a book, Grant Writing Revealed, as well. (607) 592-1941

Mike Webb

Mike Webb, Communication Specialist, coordinates communication strategy and projects. An editor-writer with a BS in communication and minor in information science from Cornell University, Mike has carved out a niche in the digital communications and editorial space since he launched a web-based magazine at the age of 17. After college, he spent seven years in the San Francisco Bay Area before returning in 2010 to his home region of Central/Upstate New York. (607) 254-1535

Kevin Judd

Kevin Judd, Web Administrator, maintains the Center’s website and is tasked with improving its design and functionality and managing databases. Kevin has a BFA in computer graphics from Syracuse University and a professional background in web development and graphic design. (607) 255-4726

David Lane

David Lane, Evaluation Specialist, assists and supports the evaluation of IPM projects. He has 17 years of teaching experience in Spanish, English, and Environmental Education along with an EdM and a PhD in Environmental Sciences from Oregon State University. He completed a postdoc at the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions, where he focused on social science and evaluation. He wrote a book, Reframing Environmental Problems, and he is starting a business, Wild Nectar Mead LLC. (607) 255-5523

Susannah Reese

Susannah Reese, Program Coordinator, coordinates the interagency effort on IPM training in Public Housing Authorities. She holds a MS from Slippery Rock University in natural resource management. Her professional background is in horticulture and pest management education with over 13 years of experience as an Extension educator. (607) 254-8990

Consultants

Nancy Crider, Dion Lerman, Michael Swoyer, Deborah Young and Jayne Windham run trainings and provide technical assistance to trained affordable housing providers. Learn more at StopPests.org