Robin Blakely-Armitage is a Senior Extension Associate with the Community & Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) and a member of the Department of Development Sociology. Her focus is on community development and the use of demographic data for strategic planning and informed decision-making. Robin serves as Managing Editor for the various CaRDI publication series, offers demographic trainings, and co-organizes the CALS NYS Internship Program, which includes teaching and mentoring student interns and working with local partners to support community development initiatives.
David Brown's scholarship is motivated by an interest in explaining the determinants of spatial inequality in more developed nations. In particular, Professor Brown is interested in how processes of uneven national development shape opportunity structures and life chances of people living in various types of areas.
Mary Jo Dudley is currently involved in capacity building within the farmworker community in New York State. She is also engaged in research on farmworkers' contributions, farmworkers` perceptions about life in their new communities, farmworker empowerment, and gender and participation. Current research with farmworkers and farmers examines how to improve workplace relations.
David Kay provides leadership for CaRDI programming in the areas of energy, land use and community development. His work on land use involves research, outreach, and training efforts that attempt to build community-based decision making capacity and to help weave local policy into a regionally coherent fabric. Recently, he has increasingly focused on the community and economic development implications of energy transitions.
Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman is interested in an array of issues related to regional community and economic development, including community capacity building, learning networks, the role of higher education institutions in economic development, sustainable communities, agriculture and food systems, leadership and organizational development, impact assessment, and professional networks for peer-support and collaboration.
Gretchen Rymarchyk is Extension Associate for the New York State Rural Schools Program, and Deputy Executive Director for the Rural Schools Association of New York State. In addition to administrative duties and coordination of the NY Rural Schools annual conference, she connects New York's rural schools to researchers at Cornell University and beyond, helping schools address issues at the local, state, and national levels.
John Sipple has focused his research interests on the responses of public school districts to changes in state and federal policy. Central to his work are issues of community and organizational change and how they relate to learning opportunities for students across racial, socioeconomic, and geographic lines.
Larry Van De Valk is Executive Director of the Empire State Food and Agricultural Leadership Institute, or LEAD New York, a leadership development program for adult professionals in the food, agricultural and natural resource industries. His research interests are in the areas of leadership development theory, program evaluation, and the social capital building effect of leadership development initiatives.