Deborah Cipolla-Dennis for Dryden Town Board

Deb PictDeborah grew up on a farm and ranch and now raises goats and chickens on her West Dryden property.

She became involved with the Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition in 2009 and has been on the steering committee ever since. Deborah feels passionate about protecting the wonderful community character of Dryden and also feels that Dryden needs to concentrate on supporting small businesses and developing an economic development strategy that will benefit all residents.

Deborah and her spouse live in an efficient home powered 100% by solar energy in West Dryden. She helped establish the Solarize Tompkins SE program, which created 50 full-time living wage jobs in Tompkins County. Deborah is the Program Manager for the Bioacoustics Research Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology where she oversees a staff of 35 researchers and engineers and manages a $4M budget. She has experience in non-profit administration, economic development, and software development.

She holds a BS from the University of Texas and a Masters in Public Administration from SUNY Binghamton. She belongs to the Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition, Sustainable Tompkins, and the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca. Her greatest strengths are – being organized, understanding finances/budgeting/ accounting systems, and being honest and dependable.