Corn Hill Navigation Board of Directors


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 2017



Elizabeth M. TeallChair
Centra Financial

Fran Gotcsik, Vice Chair

Parks and Trails Consultant

Devin Palmer, Esq. Treasurer

Boylan Code

Melisa Beauchesne, Secretary



Sarah Abbamonte

Girl Scouts of Western New York

Lynn Buehlman

Lynn Buehlman Design

David Carpenter

Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center

Brett Costello

Anthony J. Costello and Son, LLC

Patti Donoghue

Community Volunteer

Wayne Goodman

The Landmark Society of Western NY

Carol Love

Nonprofit Leadership Consultant

Greg Marshall

Visit Rochester

Tom Snyder

Seneca Park Zoo Society

Dr. Lisa Wing

Genesee Community Charter School

Ex Officio

Edward P. “Ted” Curtis

Honorary Commodore