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Board of Directors

Thomas R. Rochon
Chairman


Thomas R. Rochon 

Mr. Rochon has served as a Director of the Company since 2009 and as a Director of Tompkins Trust Company since January 2009. In July, 2008, Dr. Rochon was appointed President of Ithaca College. Prior to his appointment, he served from 2003 to July, 2008 as the Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, following a career as professor of political science on the faculties of Princeton University and Claremont Graduate University.  From 2000 to 2003, he was the Executive Director of the Graduate Record Examinations program at the Educational Testing Service (ETS). He is on the board of directors of New York Campus Compact, an association of colleges and universities committed to community service, and also serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Independent Colleges and Universities, the association of private institutions of higher education in New York State.  He is also actively involved with several local charitable organizations.  We believe Dr. Rochon’s qualifications to sit on our Board of Directors include his many years of management experience, including as the President of Ithaca College, as well as an understanding of the challenges faced by an organization which operates in a heavily regulated sector.

Stephen S. Romaine
President & Chief Executive Officer


Stephen S. Romaine

Stephen S. Romaine was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective January 1, 2007.  From 2003 through 2006, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mahopac Bank.  Prior to this appointment, Mr. Romaine was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mahopac Bank.  Mr. Romaine currently serves on the board of the New York Bankers Association, currently serving as its Treasurer and Chairman, New Century Investment Fund.
James W. Fulmer
Vice Chairman


James W. Fulmer

James W. Fulmer has served as Vice Chairman since January 1, 2007, and Director of the Company since 2000.  From 2000 through 2006 he served as President of the Company. He has also served as a Director of The Bank of Castile since 1988 and as its Chairman since 1992. Effective December 18, 2002, he assumed the additional responsibilities of President and Chief Executive Officer of The Bank of Castile. Mr. Fulmer has served as a Director of Mahopac Bank since 1999, and as Chairman of Tompkins Insurance Agencies since January 1, 2001.  He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Letchworth Independent Bancshares Corporation from 1991 until its merger with the Company in 1999. Mr. Fulmer also served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Bank of Castile from 1996 through April 2000.  He was elected to the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank in 2006, effective January 2007.
John E. Alexander

John E. Alexander

John E. Alexander has served as a Director of the Company since 1995 and as a Director of Tompkins Trust Company since 1993. Mr. Alexander was a principal shareholder and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The CBORD Group, Inc. (“CBORD”), a computer software company which Mr. Alexander founded in 1975, until July 1, 2004. Mr. Alexander served as Chairman of the Board of CBORD through February 2008. Prior to CBORD, Mr. Alexander was a Vice President in the Money Market Division of Bankers Trust Company. He currently serves on the board of the United Way of Tompkins County and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, as well as serving as a Trustee Emeritus of Cornell University.  We believe Mr. Alexander’s qualifications to sit on our Board of Directors include his executive leadership and management experience, as well as the financial expertise he has brought to bear during nearly two decades of board service with our organization. Mr. Alexander has a long track record of community involvement in the Ithaca area, including the aforementioned service on the board of the United Way of Tompkins County and as Trustee Emeritus of Cornell University.  
Paul J. Battaglia, CPA

Paul J. Battaglia

Paul J. Battaglia has served as a Director of the Company since 2010 and was a Director of TFA Management, Inc. f/k/a AM&M Financial Services, Inc. from April-December 2010.  He has served as a Director for The Bank of Castile since January 2011.  He became Chairman of the Audit Committee in May 2011.  Mr. Battaglia is a Managing Director of Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C., a 285-person public accounting firm headquartered in Western New York. As a Managing Director, Mr. Battaglia consults on various transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, design and implementation of financing plans, estate planning and business succession planning. Among his other professional qualifications, he is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  He also serves on the Firm’s Executive and Compensation Committee, as well as a trustee for the Firms’ retirement plan.  Mr. Battaglia currently serves as a Commissioner of the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority and is on the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities of Western New York and the Board of Directors of the Genesee County Economic Development Center.  He also serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee for Catholic Charities of Western New York.  Mr. Battaglia has served as a director or volunteer for over thirty not-for-profit or educational organizations. In 2010, Mr. Battaglia received the “Distinguished Citizen” award from the Boy Scouts of America (Iroquois Trail Council), and has received numerous other community recognitions.  We believe Mr. Battaglia’s qualifications to sit on our Board of Directors include his forty years’ experience with public and financial accounting matters for complex financial organizations.  He has acquired a deep understanding of the Western New York business environment during his years of working with commercial clients in the region.  We note that Mr. Battaglia has demonstrated significant involvement with local civic organizations through his years of service on the above-referenced boards of directors. 
Daniel J. Fessenden 

Daniel J. Fessenden 

Daniel J. Fessenden has served as a Director of the Company since 2009 and as a Director of Tompkins Trust Company since January 2009. Mr. Fessenden served as a member of the New York State Assembly from 1993 to 1999. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Fred L. Emerson Foundation, a fourth-generation family foundation located in Auburn, New York. From 2004 to 2006 he served as the founding Executive Director of the Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park, Geneva, New York. Prior to 2004, Mr. Fessenden served as a key member of the government relations team for the Carrier Corporation, Syracuse, New York. Mr. Fessenden has been actively engaged with various business, civic and educational organizations throughout the Central New York region for more than 25 years.  In addition to serving as a director of Midstate Mutual Insurance Company, he also serves on the board of Seward House Museum, Wells College, American Agriculturist Foundation and several other charitable organizations.  We believe Mr. Fessenden’s qualifications to sit on our Board of Directors include his extensive experience in government and public service (as well as executive experience in the private sector), his active engagement with civic organizations, and his deep connections to the Central New York business community.

Susan A. Henry, Ph.D

Susan A. Henry 

Susan A. Henry has served as a Director of the Company since 2010 and as a Director of Tompkins Trust Company since April 2010. Dr. Henry is the Ronald P. Lynch Dean emerita, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, where she is a Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics.  Prior to her appointment at Cornell, Dr. Henry was Dean of Science of the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Henry is a member of the Board of Directors of Seneca Foods Corporation, where she serves on the Compensation and Nominating Committee, and she is also a member of the Board of Directors of Agrium, Inc., where she serves on the Governance Committee, and the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. We believe Dr. Henry’s qualifications to sit on our Board of Directors include her extensive experience in the management and administration of a large non-profit organization, coupled with her experience serving on the boards of other publicly-traded companies.

 

Patricia A. Johnson

Patricia A. Johnson

Patricia A. Johnson has served as a Director of the Company since 2006, and as a Director of Tompkins Trust Company since 2002. As of January 2014, Ms. Johnson became the Vice President for Finance and Administration with Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.  She had previously been with Cornell University, starting as the Assistant Treasurer in 1995, was appointed Treasurer in March 1999, and in 2007, was appointed Associate Vice President & Treasurer.  Ms. Johnson served on the finance committee of Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, and was a Director of the Legacy Foundation of Tompkins County, TC3 Community College, the Social Service League, and the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation.  She is currently a director and the finance chair for Market Matters, a not for profit located in Ithaca, NY which provides business training to residents of South Africa. She was also a member of the NACUBO Accounting Principles Council and the Association for Financial Professionals.  We believe Ms. Johnson’s qualifications to sit on our Board of Directors include her accounting expertise and her ability to understand and evaluate the Company’s complex financial operations, based in part on her prior work in the banking industry.  Ms. Johnson has demonstrated civic leadership through service on the boards of many local charitable organizations.

 

Frank C. Milewski

Frank C. Milewski

Frank C. Milewski has served as a Director of the Company since August 2012, when he was appointed by the Board to fill a vacancy following the VIST Acquisition.  Mr. Milewski served as Vice Chairman of the Board of VIST Financial Corporation (“VIST”) from 2007 to 2012, where he served as a director from 2002 until its acquisition by the Company in August, 2012.  Mr. Milewski served as a director of Merchants Bank from 1985 until VIST acquired Merchants in 1999.  He has served as a director on the Board of Directors of VIST Bank since 1999. Mr. Milewski is Regional President of Providence Service Corporation, a publicly traded company which provides services in the human services field. Formerly, he was the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of The ReDCo Group, prior to its acquisition by Providence Service Corporation in 2004.  Mr. Milewski is responsible for oversight and direction of six separate operating companies in five states.  Mr. Milewski currently serves as a member of the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO’s) Board of Directors and as such is involved in fostering economic growth, development, and job creation in the greater Schuylkill County region. Previously he served on a number of community-oriented not-for-profit boards.  We believe Mr. Milewski's qualifications to sit on our Board of Directors include his executive experience in a leadership position with a publicly traded company, his prior service on VIST’s Audit/Examining Committee and the VIST Bank Board of Directors, and his involvement with economic development and other civic engagement in the Schuylkill County region.
Michael H. Spain

Michael H. Spain

Michael H. Spain has served as a Director of the Company since 2000, and as a Director of Mahopac Bank since 1992.  Mr. Spain owns and serves as the President of the Spain Agency, an insurance agency located in Mahopac, New York.  Mr. Spain is also a General Partner in W. D. Spain & Sons, LLP, a family limited partnership that owns common stock of the Company; President of Sleeping Indian, LLC, and Trail Properties, Inc, real estate holding companies; and President of Wind River, LLC and Indian Paintbrush, LLC, companies engaged in real estate development, and President of Risk Mitigation Advisors, LLC, a company engaged in loss control risk management. His brother, William D. Spain, Jr., is also a Director of the Company.  He has demonstrated civic leadership through service on the boards of several charitable organizations in the Hudson Valley, including past President of Mahopac Rotary, The Putnam Alliance, Putnam Independent Insurance Agencies, and has served on the Hudson Valley Hospital Board and Foundation, along with over twenty years of service as a bank director. We believe Mr. Spain’s qualifications to sit on our Board of Directors include his extensive executive experience in the financial services industry. 
Alfred J. Weber

Alfred J. Weber

Alfred J. Weber is president of Tweed-Weber, Inc., a management consulting firm, and has been a member of our Board of Directors since August 2012 when he was appointed by the Board to fill a vacancy following the VIST Acquisition.  Mr. Weber served as Chairman of the Board of VIST Financial Corporation from 2005 to 2012, where he served as a Director from 1995 until its acquisition by the Company in August, 2012.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of VIST Bank, and has served as its Chairman since 2005.  He has been in the consulting industry since 1974 and has been president of his own business since 1984.  The fundamental focus of his work is to help clients build and implement strategies to gain and sustain competitive advantage in their marketplace.  He has worked with hundreds of businesses, not-for-profit organizations, health and home care agencies, and associations across the country.  Mr. Weber currently serves on the boards of Berks County Community Foundation, Our City Reading, and Boscov’s LLC.  He previously served on the boards of Alvernia University, the United Way of Berks County, the Berks County Chamber of Commerce, the Berks County Workforce Investment Board, the Greater Berks Development Fund, and the Burn Prevention Foundation.  We believe Mr. Weber's qualifications to sit on our Board of Directors include his experience in leading change initiatives and his expertise in the area of strategic planning.
Craig Yunker

Craig Yunker

Craig Yunker has served as a Director of the Company since 2000 and as a Director of The Bank of Castile since 1991.  He is the Managing Member of CY Farms, LLC, CY Properties, LLC, CY Heifer Farm, LLC, and Batavia Turf, LLC, companies engaged in farming.  Since 2001, he has served as a Trustee of Cornell University. Mr. Yunker is closely involved with the Western and Central New York business community, and he currently serves in leadership roles on both state and national agricultural organizations, including the New York State Agriculture Society, and the Farm Foundation Roundtable. We believe Mr. Yunker’s qualifications to sit on our Board of Directors include his extensive executive experience, particularly in the agribusiness sector, and his corporate strategy acumen, along with over twenty years of service as a bank director.
 

 
 

  

















































Leadership Team

Stephen S. Romaine
President & Chief Executive Officer

Stephen S. Romaine

Stephen S. Romaine was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective January 1, 2007.  From 2003 through 2006, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mahopac Bank.  Prior to this appointment, Mr. Romaine was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mahopac Bank.  Mr. Romaine currently serves on the board of the New York Bankers Association, currently serving as its Treasurer and Chairman, New Century Investment Fund.
Francis M. Fetsko
Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

Francis M. Fetsko

Francis M. Fetsko has been employed by the Company since 1996, and has served as Chief Financial Officer since December 2000.  He also serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the Company’s four banking subsidiaries.  In July 2003, he was promoted to Executive Vice President and he assumed the additional role of Chief Operating Officer in April 2012.   
David S. Boyce
Executive Vice President

David S. Boyce

David S. Boyce has been employed by the Company since January 2001 and was promoted to Executive Vice President in April 2004.  He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Tompkins Insurance Agencies in 2002.  He has been employed by Tompkins Insurance Agencies and a predecessor company to Tompkins Insurance Agencies for 23 years.
Alyssa Fontaine
EVP & General Counsel 

Alyssa Fontaine

Alyssa Fontaine started with Tompkins on January 1, 2016.  She was a partner with Harris Beach PLLC, prior to joining Tompkins.  She focuses on corporate transactional work, bank regulatory compliance and securities matters.  Her experience in mergers and acquisitions includes identifying appropriate deal structures for public and private clients, assisting in the negotiation of deal terms and drafting deal agreements.  She has worked on many legal projects for Tompkins Financial during the last several years, and has demonstrated her ability to provide sound legal advice combined with a strong business sense.  She is a graduate of Cornell Law School and Brown University.
Scott L. Gruber 
Executive Vice President

Scott L. Gruber 

Scott L. Gruber has been employed by the Company since April 2013 and was appointed President & COO of VIST Bank and Executive Vice President of the Company effective April 30, 2013.   He was appointed President & CEO of VIST Bank effective January 1, 2014, upon the retirement of Robert D. Davis on December 31, 2013.   Mr. Gruber brings more than thirty years of banking experience to his position at VIST Bank. He spent the last sixteen years at National Penn Bank, most recently as Group Executive Vice President where he led the Corporate Banking team.  Prior to that, Mr. Gruber was President of the Central Region leading the commercial and retail banking business.
Gregory J. Hartz
Executive Vice President

Gregory J. Hartz

Gregory J. Hartz has been employed by the Company since 2002 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Tompkins Trust Company and Executive Vice President of the Company effective January 1, 2007.  Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Tompkins Trust Company, with responsibility for Tompkins Investment Services.  Mr. Hartz serves on the Board of Independent Bankers Association of New York State, currently serving as its Chairman.
Brian A. Howard
Executive Vice President
Brian Howard

Brian A. Howard

Brian A. Howard was appointed President of Tompkins Financial Advisors and Executive Vice President of the Company effective July 25, 2016.  He brings over 30 years of leadership experience with nationally recognized financial service firms to his position at Tompkins Financial Advisors. Most recently, he served as a senior vice president, market manager for Key Bank covering the Central New York region, where he oversaw the bank’s full service wealth management division for high net worth clients. 
Gerald J. Klein, Jr
Executive Vice President

Gerald J. Klein, Jr

Gerald J. Klein, Jr. has been employed by the Company since 2000 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Mahopac Bank and Executive Vice President of the Company effective January 1, 2007.  Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Mahopac Bank, responsible for all lending and credit functions at the Bank.
John M. McKenna
Executive Vice President  

John M. McKenna

John M. McKenna is President and CEO at Tompkins Bank of Castile, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tompkins Financial Corporation, and has served in that capacity since January 2015.  In that role, John works to advance the Bank’s presence in the western New York region that it serves.  John's priorities are serving and expanding the Bank's consumer and commercial client base, retaining and developing talented employees and supporting the communities in which the Bank operates.  In addition, John serves on the Board of Directors at Tompkins Bank of Castile and leads a team of commercial lenders across Tompkins’ four bank affiliates whose focus is on serving larger, middle market commercial clients.  John’s office is located in Batavia which is the Bank's headquarters at 90 Main Street. 

John has more than 25 years of banking experience including approximately 17 years with JPMorgan Chase Bank and its predecessors and 4 years with Citibank including experiences in investment banking, commercial lending and retail banking.  John rose to the position of Managing Director within the syndicated and leveraged finance group of JPMorgan Securities, Inc.  He led a team dedicated to the origination and execution of syndicated asset based loans for the company’s commercial bank and investment bank clients in the United States and Europe.

John earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Rochester in 1988 and a M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the William E. Simon School of Business Administration in 1992.  John resides in Brighton with his wife, Martha, and their four children.  He is active in his children’s activities and in the community.  John is a member of the Bishop's Stewardship Council for the Diocese of Rochester, board member of Medical Motor Service of Rochester, Vice Chairman of the board of Monroe Community Hospital Foundation, board member at the Country Club of Rochester, and board member and Treasurer of Al Sigl Community of Agencies. 

Susan M. Valenti 
Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing

Susan M. Valenti 

Susan M. Valenti  joined Tompkins in March of 2012 as Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing. Prior to joining the Company, Susan spent 23 years at JPMorgan Chase working in a variety of marketing roles, most recently as Vice President of Chase Private Client Marketing Executive.  Prior to that time she was Vice President, Retail Rebranding Project Lead and led the rebranding of The Bank of New York branches and Bank One to Chase.

 

Bonita Lindberg
SVP & Director of Human Resources 

Bonita Lindberg

Bonita Lindberg started with Tompkins on December 28, 2015, and comes to Tompkins Financial from Cortland Regional Medical Center and Albany International Corporation. She earned her Master of Arts in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois and her Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from LeMoyne College.  Lindberg was certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources in 2001.