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

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

Yuner Gao

Staff Reporter

Job duties: Yuner covers the city of Cortland and town of Cortlandville.

Education: Yuner has a master of arts in journalism from Hofstra University, and a bachelor of arts in communication from the Communication University of Zhejiang.

About: Yuner Gao is a curious person, eager to travel and explore new cultures. She likes to listen to people telling their stories. She joined the Cortland Standard in December 2021, her first full-time, in-person position. She has kept a journal since she was 10, and speaks fluent Mandarin, and conversational English and Cantonese. 

Yuner can be contacted at: ygao@cortlandstandard.com

Kevin Limiti

Job duties: Kevin covers Cortland County government, health and towns of Dryden, Groton and Moravia.

Education: Kevin received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Brooklyn College.

About: Kevin joined the Cortland Standard in March 2022. Previously, he worked as a multimedia stringer for a variety of news organizations in New York City, covering Black Lives Matter protests, whistleblowers and human rights issues. He grew up on Long Island and likes playing guitar, writing novels and watching anime. 

Kevin can be contacted at: klimiti@cortlandstandard.com

Katie Keyser

Job duties: Katie writes community interest stories, focusing on non-profits, social clubs, seniors and children, literature and the arts.

Education: She has a bachelor’s in English from SUNY Oswego and a master’s of art in Teaching from SUNY Cortland.

About: Katie has worked for the Cortland Standard for 19 years, starting as a typist in the composing room, and then covering the town of Homer, city and county government as a reporter, before assuming her current post around 2000. Before this, she was a self-employed day care provider, staying home with her two children, Kim and Mike, for five years. She loves biking, walking her two dogs, Sammy and Stub, cooking soup and reading a good novel. She grew up on Long Island.

Katie can be contacted at: living@cortlandstandard.com

Paul Cifonelli

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

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Patti Walts

Business and Advertising Manager

Job duties: Patti oversees all finance and advertising functions.

 Education:Associate’s degree in business administration

 About: Patti joined the Cortland Standard 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 coordinates advertising production.

About: Andrea has worked in the display advertising department of the Cortland Standard since July 1998, coming from an art background. In addition to the daily opportunity to be creative, her favorite part of working at the newspaper is the relationships she has built with her coworkers and loyal clients. Originally hailing from the Bronx, Andrea moved to the area with her mother and stepfather in 1988 and attended Dryden High School. She then received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Art & Design at Alfred University in 1996. She also took additional classes in typography and graphic design at Tompkins Cortland Community College, in order to be prepared for employment in the advertising world. 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 Sales 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 or 607-756-5665 or ext. 146

PRODUCTION/DESIGN TEAM

William Kusytn

Production Manager

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