Our mission

The Education Foundation for Suffolk County Extension was established in 2011 as a 501(c)(3) charity to raise and manage funds to support the educational and research programs of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. These initiatives are dedicated to strengthening families and communities, protecting and enhancing the environment, fostering economic development and promoting sustainable agriculture.

By funding these programs, the Education Foundation helps disseminate fact-based knowledge that promotes excellence and empowers every individual, family and business to benefit our communities at large.

The Foundation supports all CCE Suffolk initiatives, including those of the four primary program areas:

  • Agriculture

  • Family Health and Wellness

  • Marine

  • 4-H Youth Development

Board of Directors

George LaMay
Principal, LaMay Tree Service

Vice President
Patrick McAsey
Retired, Non Profit Executive

Martha E. Vail
Certified Public Accountant

Flora Garsten
Principal, Apple Honda

Raymond Bell
Retired, Former Principal, Bell’s Garden Center

Maryann Birmingham
Proprietor, Case’s Place

Maureen Fiorello
Director, Town of Smithtown School Age Child Care Program

Bruce Herlich
Principal, The Plant Station

Richard J. Rudden
Managing Partner, Target Rock Advisors, LLC

Charles F. Scheer, Jr.
Consultant, Horticultural Services

Jack Van de Wetering
Principal, Ivy Acres, Inc.

Vito A. Minei, Ex Officio
Executive Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County