Tracy Verrier

Executive Director


Tracy has worked as the Economic Development Technical Specialist for the Cayuga Economic Development Agency since June 2013. In that role, she provided staff support to various economic development boards, including the Cayuga County IDA, Auburn IDA, and Auburn Local Development Corporation. In addition, she contributed to grant writing, underwriting for local loan programs, and various research initiatives. Verrier was also the Acting Director of the Cayuga Economic Development Agency before being hired as the Executive Director.

Tracy has Master’s Degrees from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, a Bachelor’s Degree from Drew University, and an Associate’s Degree from Bard College at Simon’s Rock. She is a member of the advisory board for the Auburn chapter of the Salvation Army and is a member of Auburn Public Theater’s a cappella group, Tonal Recall. Verrier and her husband, Ian Phillips, live in Owasco and are co-owners of Heifer Hops.

Maureen Riester

Maureen Riester

Economic Development Specialist


As the Economic Development Specialist for CEDA, Maureen works to retain and expand existing businesses, as well as to attract new businesses to expand or relocate to Cayuga County.  To do so, she identifies available commercial sites and buildings, and helps businesses navigate the myriad of programs and incentives at the local, state, and federal levels.

Maureen is a Cayuga County native and graduate of RIT’s College of Business.  She is an active volunteer, serving on multiple local boards and committees including IGNITE and the Auburn SCORE Chapter.  Maureen resides in the Town of Fleming with her husband and two young boys.

Derek Simmonds

Business Development Specialist


As the Business Development Specialist for CEDA, Derek is responsible for providing resources for entrepreneurs in emerging businesses.

Prior to CEDA, Derek spent five years at Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension working as an Agriculture Economic Development Specialist, where he advised farmers and agricultural processors on business issues and organized the Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Conference. Before that, he worked at Onondaga County Cornell Cooperative Extension for two years as a Food Systems Educator. Previously, Derek worked in Ecuador, managing a USAID project focused on diversifying livelihoods and building local capacity in a rural coastal community. He was also in Peace Corps Malawi, working as a Natural Resources Extension Agent. Derek holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the UMASS-Amherst Isenberg School of Management and a Master of Science degree from SUNY ESF. He grew up in the Auburn area and currently lives in the Town of Owasco with his wife and two children.

Samantha Frugé

Economic Development Technical Specialist


As the Economic Development Technical Specialist for CEDA, Samantha is responsible for assisting businesses with loans, incentive and grant applications, research and data analysis, and providing staff services to the areas economic development boards: Cayuga County IDA, Auburn IDA, and Auburn Local Development Corporation.

Ms. Frugé is a graduate of the University of South Florida. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Technical Writing. Ms. Frugé recently moved to Auburn from Saint Petersburg, Florida.

Teresa Auchman

Teresa Auchman joined the Cayuga Strategic Solutions team as the Office Manager.  Her responsibilities include the administrative work for both the Cayuga Economic Development Agency and for the Cayuga County Chamber in addition to that of CSS.

Teresa received her Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Cayuga Community College and lives in Weedsport with her daughter.


Karen Tehan

Karen Tehan

Communications Specialist


Karen Tehan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from John Carroll University and has previously worked for Lawyers Cooperative Publishing and MacKenzie-Childs, Ltd.   Karen has been active in the community serving a volunteer for the school district and the YMCA Stingrays.  She lives in Auburn with her husband David and their three children.

Devon Roblee

Marketing Coordinator


Devon Roblee was hired as Marketing Coordinator in December 2015. Devon brings her experience in journalism and as a small business owner to assist CEDA in developing and executing its marketing plan. She was born and raised in Cayuga County, received an Associate’s Degree in Telecommunications from Cayuga Community College, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema & Photography from Ithaca College. She, her husband Andrew, and their two beautiful boys call Auburn home.