Five new board members have been named to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier Board of Directors. Board members provide guidance and assure sound fiscal management of the Food Bank’s resources. They are business and community leaders throughout the six-county region served by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.
Karl Krebs is the Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Chemung Canal Trust Company. He is a Board Member of the Buffalo Museum of Science and a past member of the Board of Trustees of the New York State Bankers Retirement system. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Canisius College and a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance and Accounting, from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Karl lives in Horseheads with his wife, Suzanne.
Shannon Matteson is a controller at Pathways, Inc., a local not-for-profit community agency which services 15 counties. Shannon currently serves as the Secretary of the Central Division of the Financial Managers Association of Rehab Agencies (FMA), which works to provide shared information amongst not-for-profit agencies across New York State. Shannon earned a Master of Business Administration from Clarkson University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Management from Castleton State College. She lives in Big Flats with her husband James and two children.
Jessica Renner is the Regional President of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Southern Tier Region and is responsible for the overall operation of the region including Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Schuyler, Steuben and Tioga counties. Jessica serves on the boards of Three Rivers Development Corporation, Southern Tier Economic Growth and Chemung County Chamber of Commerce. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse. Jessica and her son live in Horseheads.
Christina Sonsire is a partner at the Ziff Law Firm in Elmira, New York where she represents plaintiffs in personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Christina has been named a Super Lawyer in the field of medical malpractice each year since 2014. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Academy of Trial Lawyers and was received the Trial Lawyer’s President’s Award for outstanding trial advocacy. Christina earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Classics and International Relations from Georgetown University and attended law school at Montana University. She resides in Elmira with her husband Damian and their two daughters.
Lorna Swaine-Abdallah is a substitute teacher and summer instructor with the NYS Office of Children and Family Services at the Finger Lakes Residential Center in Lansing. She is a graduate of the Food Bank’s Speakers Bureau. Lorna is pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching (Spanish) at Empire State College. She earned a Master of Science in Education from SUNY Cortland and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from University of Toronto. She lives in Binghamton with her three children.