Who We Are

Mission: The NYS 4-H Foundation cultivates, secures, and stewards financial resources to support the Cornell Cooperative Extension New York State 4-H program in developing and delivering superior 4-H youth development programs.

Overview: Learn more about the Foundation’s management, financial status and plans for achieving goals.   The following documents provide information about the Foundation’s financial standing, fiduciary responsibility and vision.

Governance: The Foundation is governed by a diverse, elected Board of Trustees, including young trustees.

Board Members:

  • Emmaline Long (Chair), Crop Production Manager, CY Farms, LLC
  • Teishawn Florestal-Kevelier (Vice Chair), 4-H Youth Development Assistant, Cornell Cooperative Extension of New York City, and student, Dowling University
  • Andrew Turner (Secretary), Interim 4-H State Program Leader, Senior Extension Associate (ex-officio)
  • Shirley Spencer (Treasurer), Credit Representative, Farm Credit East, ACA


  • Brian Gilchrist, Executive Director, Washington County, Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Debbie Grusenmeyer, Extension Associate, Animal Science Department, Cornell University
  • Chris Watkins, Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension (ex-officio)                         
  • Tristan Zuber, Dairy Foods Processing Extension Associate, Cornell University             

Operations Manager

Jennifer Trice, (315) 702-8242,  jtrice@nys4hfoundation.org

4-H Pledge

I pledge my HEAD to clearer thinking, my HEART to greater loyalty, my HANDS to larger service and my HEALTH to better living for my club, my community, my country and my world.