Meet the Staff

Evan Geibel

President and Publisher

Job duties: Evan serves as editor and manages the operations of the newspaper.

Education: Born and raised in the city of Cortland, Evan began his career at the Cortland Standard in 2006 as a staff reporter after graduating from Bucknell University. As part of his management training, he later worked in each department at the newspaper in order to learn their various positions and responsibilities. He assumed the role of publisher in July 2013. He is the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the newspaper.

About: Evan enjoys the outdoors, whether camping, boating, fishing, hiking, or skiing, as well as spending time on the St. Lawrence River with his family. Evan and his wife, Jennifer, and daughter live in Cortlandville, where he listens to and makes music, reads, cooks and plays fetch with the couple’s Golden Retriever.

Evan can be contacted at: egeibel@cortlandstandard.com or 607-756-5665, ext. 168

NEWSROOM

Todd R. McAdam

Managing Editor

Job duties: Todd oversees the newspaper’s news coverage.

Education: BS in journalism, with a minor in sociology from Syracuse University.

About: McAdam, a 35-year communications professional, joined the Cortland Standard in November 2015. He has been an award-winning reporter and editor in Binghamton, a political aide and a freelance writer focusing on science and research. In his spare time, he is a “locavore” who creates recipes and meals from local foods, trains in and teaches karate, and continues writing about science and research.

Todd R. can be contacted at: tmcadam@cortlandstandard.com

Kevin Conlon

City Editor

Job duties: Kevin helps coordinate and edit local news coverage.

Education: BA in mass communication from St. Bonaventure University, 1985.

About: Kevin took his first job out of college as a reporter at the Cortland Standard. After four years, he left to work for a year as a reporter and bureau chief at The Record in Troy, then eight years as a reporter at the Daily Gazette in Schenectady. He returned to the Cortland Standard in 1998. Kevin is the father of seven children.

Kevin can be contacted at: kconlon@cortlandstandard.com

Jacob Mack

Staff Reporter

Job Duties: Jacob oversees coverage of the city of Cortland and Cortlandville.

Education: Jacob studied English and communications at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

About: Jacob Joined the Cortland Standard in September 2022, soon after moving to Tompkins County. He hopes to build a name for himself as both a newswriter and fantasy author. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, playing guitar, reading and going camping.

Jacob can be contacted at: jmack@cortlandstandard.com

Nowshin Chowdhury

Living & Leisure Editor

Job duties: Nowshin plans and oversees coverage of entertainment, lifestyles and leisure.
Education: She has a bachelor of arts in journalism with a focus on communication from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.
About: Nowshin joined the Cortland Standard in September 2022. She has been a writer, photographer, designer and editor in newsrooms. Nowshin spent more of her life in Michigan, surrounded by the Great Lakes. She likes exploring communities with her pet rabbit, Lord Milano. She also likes easy recipes, binge-worthy TV shows, festivals and concerts.

Nowshin can be contacted at: living@cortlandstandard.com

Paul Cifonelli

Sports Editor

Job duties: Planning and reporting on sports in the greater Cortland area, including high schools, colleges and recreation leagues.

Education: Paul graduated from SUNY Brockport Honor College in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a concentration in multimedia journalism, and a minor in mathematics with a concentration in statistics. 

About: Paul has been working in the field since 2018. He joined the Cortland Standard in June 2021. He is a sports reporter by nature who has been involved in all types of athletics his whole life. In his free time, Cifonelli practices mixed martial arts and golfs and enjoys cooking, traveling and exploring new areas.

Paul can be contacted at: pcifonelli@cortlandstandard.com

Matt Czeitner

Sports Reporter

Job duties: Matt covers athletics, particularly Cortland, Marathon, Dryden, Groton and SUNY Cortland. 

Education: Matt received a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in sports studies from SUNY Oswego in 2020.

 About: Matt joined the Cortland Standard in September 2021. He hopes to continue to build his experience in sports media with hopes at one day covering sports at the professional level. He is a Broome County native who grew up in Binghamton. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, traveling, watching sports (mostly the Yankees), exercising and spending time with his dog, Zeke.

Matt can be contacted at: mczeitner@cortlandstandard.com or 607-756-5665 or ext. 125

Jaime Cone Hughes

Digital Editor

Job duties: Jaime oversees the newspaper’s website and  digital presentation. She also provides additional reporting support.

Education: Jaime has a master's degree in journalism from New York University, and a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Colby-Sawyer College.

About: Jaime joined the Cortland Standard in October 2022. She has been a reporter in Brattleboro, Vt., and a reporter and editor in Ithaca. She lives in Dryden with her husband and two children, enjoys dining out, local festivals and her cat.

Jaime can be contacted at: jconehughes@cortlandstandard.com

DISPLAY ADVERTISING

Patti Walts

Business Manager and Advertising Director

Job duties: Patti oversees all finance and advertising functions.

 Education: Associate’s degree in business administration

 About: Patti joined the Cortland Standard in May 2017. She has a strong background in non-profit, grant funded accounting and finance. She enjoys cooking, reading books and decorating.

Patti can be contacted at: pwalts@cortlandstandard.com

Andrea Wilkinson

Advertising Coordinator

Job duties: Andrea serves as a marketing consultant to a variety of businesses and organizations and creates ad plans for the daily paper and special editions.

Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Art & Design at Alfred University in 1996. Additional classes in typography and graphic design at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

About: Andrea has worked in the display advertising department of the Cortland Standard since July 1998, coming from an art background. Originally hailing from the Bronx, Andrea moved to the area with her mother and stepfather in 1988 and attended Dryden High School.  Andrea lives in Groton with her husband, Alan, their two sons, Bryce and Colin, as well as their two Labrador Retrievers, Charlie and Maggie. In her spare time, Andrea still loves to create art, both for their home as well as commissioned house and pet portraits.

Andrea can be contacted at: awilkinson@cortlandstandard.com

Kymm Devlen

Advertising Representative

Job duties: Kymm serves as a marketing consultant to a variety of businesses. 

Education:Kymm attended the New England School of Art and Design. 

About: Kymm joined the Cortland Standard  in August 2021. She returned to her home town of Cortland from Boston, where she started her own business and raised a family. Kymm’s favorite part of the job is meeting new clients and learning what the community has to offer. In her free time, Kymm enjoys listening to music, baking, gardening and creating art.

Kymm can be contacted at: kdevlen@cortlandstandard.com

PRODUCTION/DESIGN TEAM

William Kusytn

Production Manager and Circulation Director

Job duties: Will directs the newspaper’s production department, which includes the press room; he’s also responsible for circulation, customer service and the building facility. 

Education:Will has a bachelor’s degree in communication from SUNY Oswego. 

About: Will’s career spans 30 years and four newspapers, including The Citizen in Auburn, the Daily Sentinel in Rome and the Post-Standard in Syracuse. He has been a member of the New York State Circulation Management Association since 1997 and won the Charles Latus Outstanding Newcomer Award in 1998. Will and his wife, Lisa, have two children and live in Camillus.

William can be contacted at: wkustyn@cortlandstandard.com

Jessica Baker

Customer Service

Job duties: Jessy is the first person to greet you at the front door of the newspaper and answers incoming phone calls. She can help answer any question regarding your subscription, including moving your delivery to a new address or to your seasonal home. Jessy can also help you if you would like to pay for your subscription over the phone. 

Education:Jessy has a bachelor’s degree in human development from SUNY Oswego. 

About: In her free time, Jessy designs jewelry, enjoys painting and is a practicing Reiki master.

Jessica can be contacted at: jbaker@cortlandstandard.com or 607-756-5665 or ext. 156

Pam Paige

Customer Service

Job Duties: Customer service and data entry

Education: Business degree from the University of Kentucky

About: Pam worked as a victims services coordinator for the Commonwealth Attorney of the 19th Judicial Circuit in Mason County, Kentucky. After moving back to New York, she served in the same capacity for the Schuyler County District Attorney in Watkins Glen. In Pam's spare time she enjoys her family, friends and her three big and goofy dogs.

Pam can be contacted at: ppaige@cortlandstandard.com