Meet Our Board Members
Bill Apgar, a twenty-five year veteran with the Tompkins County Probation Dept., has been involved with Cops, Kids and Toys for twenty years, serving as President for the last four years.
Bill’s primary duty at Probation is supervising community service projects throughout the county. In that capacity, he has worked with many of the area’s not for profits including Friends of the Tompkins County Libraries, Dump and Run, GIAC, United Way and many more.
As CKT president, Bill’s focus is to insure no child in Tompkins County is overlooked during the Christmas season.
Donald Lyke is the Vice President of Cops Kids and Toys. I have been Vice President for three years. He has been a Road Patrol Sergeant at Ithaca College for the last 4 years. He has worked at Ithaca College for the past 22 years. He started out as a Security Officer and was promoted to Patrol Officer, Master Patrol Officer and then Sergeant. Along the way, he has received the Mike Hammer Officer of the Month, been recognized by Ithaca College for helping a suicidal person and for helping the community with Cops, Kids and Toys.
Don started volunteering at an early age. He was a volunteer at Wilson Hospital back in 1984 where he was able to play Santa Clause for the first time handing out presents to the patients over the holidays. Fast-forward to 2008 when he met George Sutfin and started helping out with Cops, Kids and Toys. Don continues to play Santa at during the holidays for fundraisers for Cops, Kids and Toys.
Don believes that Cops, Kids and Toys is a wonderful organization which he is so proud to be a part of. He has brought in two grants from Home Depot, where there staff also come and volunteers their time helping us during the year.
Justin Williams is a life long resident of Tompkins County, NY. He began his law enforcement career in September of 2002, as a Schuyler County Deputy. He transferred to the Ithaca Police Department in July of 2004. He started to work with Cops, Kids, and Toys about 6 years ago and continues to stay involved as work allows. Being a part of the fundraising throughout the year to help with the Tompkins County community has been very rewarding to Justin.
My name is Tom Ferretti and I am just shy of 77 years old. I have been with Cops Kids & Toys close to its inception in the early 1980’s and I have been the treasurer for the last five years.
Marriage and Kids – I have been happily married for 53 years and raised 9 children.
United States Navy – I started service to my country in 1962 for four years and five months during the Vietnam War. I had always wanted to be a policeman, even before I joined the Navy; so, I placed my letter of interest to the Sheriff’s department, hopeful I would get a job when my enlistment ended.
Cornell University Safety Division – In 1967, after I left the Navy, I worked as a University Patrolman for a little over a year and gained experience for what would be my passion as a police officer.
Tompkins Country Sherriff’s Department – In 1968, I was hired as a deputy sheriff, and was first promoted to head the civil division, became a sergeant, and then a detective.
Trumansburg Police Department - In May of 1976, I was appointed Chief of Police for Trumansburg and I remained as a deputy sheriff for many years after my selection. I continuously modernized the police department by bringing new police methods such as low profile police cars and body cams. I served as chief for 42 years and I retired in 2018.
Summary – I have served my country, the State of New York, and the public for over 56 years.
Megan Sotir is a graduate of Penn Yan Academy and Finger Lakes Community College where she earned an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. She enlisted in the Army reserves in 2014 and was assigned to the 490th Quartermaster Company in Rochester NY. She was hired by the Yates County Sheriffs Office in August of 2017 and attended the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy. She transferred to the Tompkins County Sheriffs Department in April of 2019. Megan serves as a board member of Cops, Kids and Toys.