Who We Are

The Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation is made up of a Board of Directors who serve staggered terms. Representation includes a member of the Legislature, a representative of the county Planning Board, local representatives from the financial and real estate industries, community development organizations and the general public. We endeavor to be geographically & demographically representative across the county.  Our meetings are generally held the second (2nd) Wednesday of each month at 9AM in Mayville, Room 331 of the Gerace Office Building. If you are interested in serving on the Board, please contact gparadis@CHQlandbank.org.


Chautauqua County Land Bank Members

 Board of Directors

       John Hemmer, CHAIR                                             Westfield

       (Retired Chautauqua County Legislator, District 19)


        Mark Geise, Vice Chair                                          Fredonia

       (Deputy County Executive for Economic Development and Chief Executive Officer, CCIDA)


       Diane Hannum, Treasurer                                        Dunkirk         

       (Executive Director, Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation)


       Bob Scudder, Secretary                                            Fredonia

       (Chautauqua County Legislator, District 3)


       Hugh Butler, Assistant Secretary                              Chautauqua

       (Organizational Development Consultant)


       Bonnie Rae Strickland                                             Westfield

       (Assessor, Code Enforcement Officer)


       Louis S. Drago, Jr.                                                  Lakewood             

       ((retired)Branch Manager, Corry Federal Credit Union)


        Charles F. Cornell                                                 Bemus Point         

        (Executive Director, Business Incubator)


       Rebecca Meeder                                                     Ripley

      (Office Manager, General Partitions)                   


        Shelley Lincoln                                                     Cherry Creek



         Todd Hnatyszyn                                                       Jamestown

         (Financial Advisor, UBS)


      Qualifications, manner of appointment, and term of office of members of the Board

Members of the Board of Directors must be residents of, or be employed in, the County of Chautauqua. Appointments shall be made by the County Executive, subject to confirmation by the County Legislature. The term of office of members of the Board shall be two (2) years.

The Land Bank endeavors to have board membership be representative of geographic, and demographic interests in the county, as well as represent desired skill sets pertinent to land bank business. 


     John Hemmer                     Chair

     Mark Geise                         Vice-Chair

     Bob Scudder                       Secretary

     Diane Hannum                    Treasurer

     Hugh Butler                        Assistant Secretary

     Vacant                                Assistant Treasurer

Audit Committee

     Lou S. Drago Jr., John Hemmer, Bob Scudder

Finance Committee

     Dianne Hannum, Rebecca Meeder, Todd Hnatyszyn

Governance Committee

     Hugh Butler, Dianne Hannum, Charles F. Cornell

Property Acquisition/Disposition Committee

     Mark Geise, John Hemmer, Bonnie Rae Strickland, Bob Scudder, Crystal Surdyk, Vince DeJoy



     Gina Paradis                        Executive Director

     Jennifer Cameron                Finance Manager (P/T)

     Reuben Hernandez                Program Coordinator

     Todd Thomas, Legal Counsel, Chautauqua County under contract with Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation


Contact the Chautuaqua County Land Bank to learn how you can get involved.