Corn Hill Navigation Board of Directors


Ted Curtis

Edward P. “Ted” Curtis

Founder, Corn Hill Navigation

For more than half a century, Ted Curtis has applied his energy and talents to professional endeavors ranging from counter-espionage to canal boating. Through his leadership in many Rochester area organizations.Corn Hill Navigation, George Eastman House, Center for Governmental Research, Center for Environmental Information, Monroe County Legislature Commission on the Future of our Waterways, the Rochester Sesquicentennial, and more.Ted has demonstrated boundless dedication to protection of our community's heritage and natural resources, particularly the Erie Canal and Genesee River.

As a result of his dedication and success with the Sesquicentennial, Ted was asked to lead the Greater Rochester Visitors Association, where he served from 1987-1990. Shortly thereafter Ted founded Corn Hill Navigation and launched the 19th-century replica packet boat Sam Patch. It was the first docking of a commercial vessel in downtown Rochester, New York in thirty years.

Ted Curtis has witnessed - and influenced - the evolution of Rochester's waterways from polluted eyesores to sites of recreation, education, economic development, and historic preservation for this and future generations.

Ted is the recipient of many awards paying tribute to his efforts. He remains active in Corn Hill Navigation as the organization's Honorary Commodore and Ex-Officio member of the Board.


Corn Hill Navigation Board Members 2014



Brett CostelloChair
Anthony J. Costello and Son, LLC

Devin Palmer, Esq.Vice Chair
Boylan Brown

Carolee A. ConklinTreasurer
Councilmember At-Large, City of Rochester



Melisa Beauchesne
Mutual of America

Edward G. (Ted) Case
Office of Counsel, 
University of Rochester Medical Center and Strong Health

Carol DiMarzo
Community Volunteer

Jim Durfee
Bergmann Associates

Joanne Giuseppetti
Staybridge Suites

Scott Hill

Judy Kaplan
Community Volunteer

Eric Birdsall
Center Financial Group Inc.




Carol Love
Nonprofit Leadership Consultant

Greg Marshall
Visit Rochester

Kayleigh Rae Nutting
Al Sigl Community of Agencies

Lawrence A. Staub, Jr.
Monroe County Department of Parks

Elizabeth M. Teall
Centra Financial

Dr. Lisa Wing
Genesee Community Charter School


Ex Officio:

Edward P. "Ted" Curtis
Honorary Commodore