Beverly L. Mancuso, the daughter of the creator of the business incubator concept, has spent her entire life working with others. Learning from an early age the importance of listening, she has successfully ‘infiltrated the frastructure’ of every group or organization for which she has volunteered or worked, and is most comfortable working behind the scenes, while positively affecting others.
A staunch activist, Ms. Mancuso has spent her entire professional life in the not-for-profit and public sectors. Initially working in finance and physician practice management at two hospitals, she pursued further education at Rochester Institute of Technology while working full-time. Following completion of her master’s degree, Ms. Mancuso left the hospital environment and entered the public sector in Genesee County, where she worked as the administrative officer at the Genesee County Health Department. There, she became involved with system transitions and streamlining to create more cost effective and efficient systems, thereby enhancing patient experience.
For the past 16 years, Ms. Mancuso has worked at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Genesee County, 13 years as its Executive Director. She is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization, providing programming including Leadership Genesee, 4-H Youth Development, the Master Gardener Program, and Agriculture. In this role, Ms. Mancuso has been widely recognized as an exceptional connector of community-based organizations, community leaders, volunteers and pretty much anyone she has encountered along her path.
A self-proclaimed “non-joiner,” Ms. Mancuso has been involved in Kiwanis, Boy Scouts, Genesee Country Village, parish councils, the Office for the Aging Advisory Committee, and the Muriel H. Marshall Fund Planning Team. She was a member of the inaugural class of Leadership Genesee in 2001, later receiving the Outstanding Alumnus Award.
Ms. Mancuso will retire in June of this year, and is looking forward to her next great adventure!