Who We Are

The Chautauqua County Land Bank is made up of a Board of Directors who are appointed by the Chautauqua County Legislature to serve staggered terms. Representation includes 2 members of the Legislature (Democrat and Republican), the Directors of Development from the cities of Jamestown and Dunkirk, a representative of the county Planning Board, the Real Property Tax Director, local representatives from the banking and real estate industries, community development organizations and the general public. We endeavor to be representative across the county.


Chautauqua County Land Bank Members

 Board of Directors

       John Hemmer; CHAIR                                             Westfield

       (Chautauqua County Legislator, District 19)


       Bob Scudder                                                          Fredonia

       (Chautauqua County Legislator, District 3)


       Diane Hannum, Treasurer                                        Dunkirk         

       (Exec. Dir. Community Foundation)


       Nicole May, Secretary                                            Fredonia                    

       (Compliance Officer, Lakeshore Savings & Loan)


       Hugh Butler, Asst. Secretary                                   Chautauqua

       (Organizational Development Consultant)


       Bonnie Rae Strickland                                             Westfield

       (Assessor, Code Enforcement Officer)


       Louis S. Drago, Jr.                                                 Lakewood             

       (Branch Mgr. Corry Federal Credit Union)


        Charles E. Cornell                                                 Bemus Point         

        (Executive Dir.; Business Incubator)


        Mark Geise, Vice Chair                                          Fredonia

       (Deputy County Executive for Economic Development)


       Rebecca Meeder                                                     Ripley

      (Office Mgr.; General Partitions)                   


       Taylor Scott                                                           Lakewood



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.



John Hemmer                      Chair

Mark Geise                          Vice-Chair

Nicole May                           Secretary

Diane Hannum                      Treasurer

Hugh Butler                         Assistant Secretary

Vacant                                Assistant Treasurer



Gina Paradis                        Executive Director

Jennifer Cameron                Finance Manager (P/T)

Mike DiGiralamo                  Project Mgr. (P/T)

Aili Makuch                         Program Coordinator

Todd Thomas/Steve Abdella 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.