Leadership

Meet the Board of Directors

 

Brian Buchman is one of the founding members of Ithaca Biodiesel Cooperative. He owns several vehicles that run on vegetable oil and biodiesel, and has become an asset to other members of the cooperative who want to convert their diesel vehicles to run on straight plant waste oil. He enjoys riding his motorcycle and visiting with his daughter. By day, Brian is the head pastry chef at Ithaca College.

 

Joe Fisher is homesteading off-grid in upstate NY. Much of his household energy and hot water needs are supplied via a stationary diesel engine designed in 1929.  Having been involved in biofuels for over 7 years, he has driven waste oil converted vehicles on multiple coast to coast tours and logged over 165,000 miles driven on straight cooking oil. He proposes a diverse approach to increasing energy security and reducing its negative socio-environmental impacts.

 

Marina Gershon joined the Board of Directors of Ithaca Biodiesel Cooperative on November 3, 2011. She  assists with the day-to-day financial and regulatory management of the company including cash and inventory, budgeting, assisting with purchasing, and member relations. She began working with alternative fuels in 2009 when she co-founded a vegetable oil powered educational homestead, the Dacha Project. In this venture, she contributed to both the financial stability and the daily functions of the project. Since then, she has been working with green building and sustainable efforts in the community. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Marina immigrated to the United States and was raised in New Jersey. She received a Bachelors Degree in Business Management with a minor in Psychology. Currently, Marina resides in Freeville, NY.

 

James Jones-Rounds has been an active member of Ithaca Biodiesel Cooperative for over 3 years. He holds a B.S. in Science from Penn State University, and has extensive experience in private start-up settings and university research laboratories, including several years as a laboratory manager. His experience with various EPA, OSHA, and DEC regulatory processes, as well as his scientific acumen and familiarity with quality control processes, will continue to prove invaluable as Ithaca Biodiesel Cooperative moves forward.

 

McKenzie Jones-Rounds has been driving a vegetable oil powered car since 2007and volunteering with Ithaca Biodiesel Cooperative since 2008. She has a Masters degree from Cornell University in Design and Environmental Analysis. She is the Director of Planning, Operations, and Design for the Cooperative and oversees start-up, design, administrative, and outreach efforts among the Board of Directors, including the creation of the bylaws and member relations. She is involved in many local organizations that promote environmental and social justice, such as Ithaca Freeskool, Share Tompkins, and Lore Productions. McKenzie has two young children and lives with them and her husband in Ithaca, NY.

 

Michael Tokman brings many years of business development experience and scientific background to the cooperative. Michael received his PhD in Biological Sciences and Toxicology from Cornell University in 1994. While working on clinical research he has also founded an online retail business which he developed and later sold to a large international corporation. Currently Michael is a general partner of ChooseIt, LLC, a local business consulting firm.  He and his family reside in the Village of Lansing.

 

Greg Tolbert has a degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Cornell University. He is currently working as an engineer and specializing in pumps. He looks forward to designing the new Ithaca Biodiesel Cooperative facility and directing the engineering process. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his girlfriend and his cats.

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