2023-2024 Board of Directors

  • Kim Reisch, Ontario/Yates Counties Center for Dispute Settlement
  • Malia Spofford Xavier, Keuka College
  • Denise Cheatle, Canandaigua National Bank
  • Lisa Hochadel, Keuka College
  • Peter Bell, Winemaker (Retired)
  • Alan Bishop, Finger Lakes Radio Group
  • Ruth Cahn, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (Retired)
  • Tara Farnan, Barrington Cellars & Buzzard Crest Vineyard
  • Christine Grosodonia, Spring Valley Garden Center
  • Anita Maroscher, CFO (Retired)
  • Audrey Roberson, Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Meet our Staff

  • Liz Searle

    Liz SearleExecutive Director, started working at LVOY in 2018 as the director of development and community relations. She became executive director in 2022. Liz has spent her career working in non-profits in the Rochester/Finger Lakes/Central New York region. She has two cats, Curious and George, and she likes to garden, bake, and read.

  • Daniel Ellers

    Daniel EllersLVOY's office manager, began as an ESL tutor and office volunteer. He has been with the organization since 2016 and staff member since 2019.

  • Cheryl Flynn

    Cheryl FlynnYates County Program Coordinator, has been with LVOY since early 2019 and she enjoys working with the learners, tutors, and volunteers. Cheryl is also the Volunteer Coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Yates County Master Gardener Program and the coordinator for the Penn Yan Community Garden. In conjunction with her work with the community garden, Cheryl also serves on the program committee for Milly’s Pantry. Cheryl enjoys reading, cooking, growing vegetables, peanuts, and flowers. She also has two pet pygmy goats, Frankie and Snowy.

  • Barbara Willmott

    Barbara WillmottOntario County Program Coordinator, is a long-time teacher, originally from Boston, MA, who moved to western New York just a few years ago. Barbara taught for decades, all levels from Head Start to college, people with special needs in Massachusetts, New York and Florida. She also tutored Haitian learners in Florida and worked with Brazilian students on Martha's Vineyard.

  • Donna Crouse

    Donna CrouseAssistant Program Coordinator for Geneva, started working for LVOY in March 2022, but she actually has been a volunteer tutor and office volunteer for LVOY since 2017. Donna has had the honor of tutoring three different learners, one of whom recently became a US Citizen. Donna spent 30 years working in Human Resources at the VA Medical Center in Canandaigua before retiring in January 2016 to babysit her grandchildren. Donna also works part-time for the Geneva and Clifton Springs public libraries. In her spare time she loves to read, knit, scrapbook and walk her dog.