Rich is a WNY native, and grew up in Yorkshire, NY and has been a resident of Wyoming County since the early 1970’s having resided in both Bliss and Arcade. He attended the University of Buffalo and Canisius College earning Engineering degrees in Aerospace and Engineering Science disciplines and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Rich held a career in Engineering and Manufacturing having worked as an Engineer, Engineering Manager, Quality Manager, Program Manager, Quality Director, Plant Manager and Division President, General Manager and Executive Vice President. In his career Rich worked for the US Navy, Motorola, Continental Teves and Prestolite. He is currently retired from full time work but continues to participate in consulting activities in his areas of expertise.
In public life, Rich served as a Trustee and then as Mayor for the Village of Arcade, served on advisory Boards for curriculum development at Genesee Community College (Business) and the Rochester Institute of Technology (Microelectronic Engineering), is an active member of the Planning Board for the Village and Town of Arcade, volunteers as a Director and the Treasurer for Wyoming County Community Action, holds a position on WCCHS’s Board of Managers, currently as President of the Board, and is the current Wyoming County representative on the Board of Commissioners for the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority.
Rich participated in Wyoming County located softball and floor hockey teams for over 30 years and remains active in local bowling and golf leagues.
Rich is married and lives in Arcade, Southwestern Wyoming County.
Mark Merrill, Vice President
A resident of Bliss, NY, Mark has been employed by Tompkins Bank of Castile as Senior Vice President, and Commercial/Agricultural Practice Leader for 14 years with 22 years of previous commercial banking employment for Wyoming County Bank/Five Star Bank.
Mark is active in the community serving or having served on the boards for Wyoming County Business Center, Inc. (LDC), Wyoming County IDA, Wyoming County Local Development Agency, Wyoming County Ag and Farmland Preservation Board, Genesis Conference Board of Administration and Foundation, Wyoming County Republican Party Executive Committee, and Living Waters Circle C Ranch Advisory Board.
He is a volunteer and holds leadership positions for various community organizations such as Cornell Cooperative Extension, Valley Chapel Free Methodist Church and occasional speaker for The Fast Trac program, Business Education Council of Wyoming County, and occasional lecturer for Houghton College’s PACE program, as well as Alfred State College’s farm management classes.
Mark and his wife own and operate a beef operation in Wyoming County.
Bio to come
Board of Managers
Salman Abbasey, MD
A. Douglas Berwanger
Cynthia Elbow, Wyoming County Hospital Foundation Member
Bryan Kehl, Board of Supervisor Member
Rich Kosmerl, President
Mark Merrill, Vice President
Laura Paolucci, County Health Department Representative
J. Thomas Reagan, MD, Secretary
James Wawrzyniak, DC
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