August 19, 2022


Phelps Mansion Museum Announces

New Executive Director Jennifer Corby

Headshot of Phelps Executive Director Jennifer Corby

BINGHAMTON, NY (Aug 19, 2022)  The Phelps Mansion Museum Board of Trustees has named Jennifer Corby the new Executive Director of the unique Victorian facility.

Corby, a former professional actress and native of Binghamton has been deeply involved in the Binghamton community since moving back from Los Angeles in 2005. 

“We are very excited to welcome Jennifer as our new Executive Director,” says Board Chair Sue Machayras, “Not only does Jennifer bring with her a deep passion for history and our Binghamton community, but she brings a fresh energy to help us continue to grow the Phelps after two years of pandemic programming.” 

Corby, who started on August 3, 2022, will manage the day-to-day operations of the Phelps Mansion as well as continue to organize programs, special events, fundraising, and community outreach at the Mansion. “I’m truly honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead the Phelps Mansion Museum.  This is such a wonderful hidden gem from the Gilded Age right in downtown Binghamton,” says Corby. “It’s exciting to be a part of making the house a community arts hub and destination for all age groups.”

Corby worked professionally as an actress for over twenty years and is a member of Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association. Corby taught in the Binghamton School District at the high school as a long-term substitute for the theatre teacher. She has served on the Binghamton City Schools Foundation for seven years and is currently the President of that organization. She most recently worked at the Lourdes Hospital Foundation.

Corby succeeds Interim Director Toby Jean Manker, a long-time patron and former Phelps Mansion Museum Board of Trustees member, who assumed the role in 2016. 

The Phelps Mansion Museum is located in the heart of downtown Binghamton and has been open to the public as a 501c3 nonprofit museum since 2005. Formerly the home of the entrepreneur and Binghamton Mayor Sherman David Phelps, today the Phelps Mansion is a humanities-hub that provides weekly house tours and arts programming. Its mission is to utilize and preserve its unique facility and collections to serve the public by emphasizing local history, education, literature, art, and music. You can book a tour or find out more about the Phelps Mansion Museum at

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