Leadership

Executive Director:  Denise Gomber

Denise Gomber is our Executive Director who brings over 30 years of experience in education, management and community development to DICC. She holds Master Degrees in School Administration and Supervision, Education and Speech and Language Pathology. She has been a teacher, therapist, director of early childhood programs, elementary principal, central office administrator, secondary school administrator and a leadership consultant. Her work has been in varied settings some including: Ithaca City School District, New York State Education Department, Tompkins Community Action – Head Start, New Roots Charter School, New York State Early Childhood Consortium, International Education for Model Schools – Infant through Age 21, Cornell University and Ithaca College. Her skills are demonstrated through her knowledge of: curriculum and instruction; program design and development; staff development and supervision; child and adult development; grant, small business and fiscal management; family empowerment; community collaborations; inclusion and anti-bias practice and policy; culturally competent and responsive teaching and learning environments; sustainability and social justice.