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You have tremendous pride in your life’s work and you have taken great care to build a future for yourself and those you love. It’s our honor to be part of your philanthropy, and we cherish your trust in the university. Our current team has over 200 years of experience in gift planning, trusts, and estate planning. Please reach out to any one of us today.
Ian Garrett is the current director of gift planning and has been at Cornell for over 20 years, both in the Office of Gift Planning and University Major Gifts. Prior to Cornell, he was a senior consultant at the Winslow Group, based in Winston-Salem, NC. He holds a bachelor's degree from Binghamton University and a master’s degree in public affairs, specializing in nonprofit management from Indiana University. Ian is originally from Corning, N.Y., and has three children along with his wife Melissa, a teacher in the Trumansburg schools. They reside in Ithaca, NY.
Direct phone line: 607-254-6179
Amy Jacobson joined Cornell’s Gift Planning team in October 2021 after serving as Senior Director of Advancement and Director of Gift Planning at Alfred University for over a decade. She received a BA in political science from Wellesley College and a JD from New York University. A member of New York, Pennsylvania, and federal bars, she practiced law in both Philadelphia, PA and Olean, NY. Her areas of practice included civil legal services, immigration, and civil rights. Amy was the first Director of Alfred University’s Women’s Leadership Center and has served on community boards including The Alfred Montessori School Board, and the Allegany County Youth Board. Amy and her husband Dr. Allen Grove (an English professor at Alfred University) have two college-age children. In their free time, they enjoy exploring Ithaca’s trails, waterways, and restaurants.
Direct phone line: 607-254-5829
Rachel Rohwer '14 was promoted to Gift Planning Officer in August 2021 after joining the team as Gift Planning Associate in May 2019. She is responsible for building new relationships and deepening stewardship practices. Prior to Gift Planning, Rachel spent three years as Data Manager for the Roper Center at Cornell, and also worked in Admissions at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Johnson Executive MBA Program. Outside of work, you will find her exploring nature with her family, or honing her skills as a museum taxidermist. She holds a BS with Distinction in Research from Cornell University and an International MSC in Social Policy Analysis.
Direct phone line: 607-254-6223
Christina Shutts joined as Trust Administrator in October 2022 and oversees gifts from realized bequests, trusts, life insurance policies, and retirement accounts. She also assists in the management of charitable remainder unitrusts where Cornell is Trustee. She joins the team from the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office. Prior to her tenure in the DA’s Office, she served as Office Manager and Paralegal for an Ithaca law firm. Christina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Human Services. In her free time, she and her husband enjoy working together on household projects and spending time with their three adult sons and grandchildren.
Direct phone line: 607-254-3465