Executive Board of Directors
Mary Beth Bianconi is a Partner and Senior Project Manager with over 20 years of experience as a consultant to public and private entities with a focus on infrastructure and economic development. She applies her expertise to conceptualizing, permitting and financing small and large scale municipal infrastructure projects as well as providing assistance to community planning and zoning boards in conducting site plan, subdivision and variance reviews in conformance with local and state codes, the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and, if necessary, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Additionally, Ms. Bianconi has spearheaded a number of economic development master plans, from concept and due diligence as well as economic pro forma analysis through the SEQR process to permitting and implementation. A proponent of regional approaches to economic development and infrastructure, her work experience spans throughout New York’s Capital District, the North County, Catskills, Southern Tier and Hudson River Valley.
Susan Gerry brings extensive transactional, public policy, legislative and leadership experience to advance the WMCHealth network’s role in serving as a catalyst for health and well-being and bringing primary and advanced healthcare to families across the Hudson Valley, as close to their homes as possible. Susan plays a pivotal role in the development and implementation of strategic relationships to advance the Network’s role as an anchor institution in the communities we serve by developing and implementing plans and programs that optimize the engagement of business and community stakeholders in alignment with the economic, workforce and healthcare access priorities in local communities. Gerry served for six years as the City of Yonkers’ Deputy Mayor, where she managed the City’s major policy initiatives, economic development, the consolidated administrative functions of the City and Yonkers Public School system, fiscal planning and policy, capital programming, and labor relations. Gerry also served as Secretary to the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency, and as a member of the Yonkers Economic Development Corporation and the Executive Committee of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association. Susan also served as a policy advisor for NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo’s first gubernatorial campaign, researching and writing policy positions in the areas of Affordable Housing & Community Development, Workforce Development, Small Business Investment, Education & Literacy, Health Care Access, Obesity Prevention, Poverty, and the promotion of enhanced Public-Private Partnerships to support policy priorities. Gerry also served for 14 years in the Westchester County government, as both an attorney and as Senior Assistant to Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano, focusing on major transactional and regulatory matters for the government. A graduate of George Washington University with a BBA in Business, Economics and Public Policy, Gerry also earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. She is a resident of South Salem, New York.
Executive Board Member, Donna Johnson-Klonsky, is president of DJ Consulting Services, Inc., a business and practice consulting and coaching firm that assists Mompreneurs and entrepreneurs at all stages to create successful business models that complement their lifestyle goals. She is an emeritus board member of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce and a past chairman, and has served on many other boards including: Elant, GET, Mid-Hudson Civic Center, and YWCA. For 11 years, she was a monthly contributing editor for business success articles in Fashion Mannuscript Magazine, a national publication. She graduated from Baruch College and obtained her MBA, Marketing & Small Business Entrepreneurship, from Empire State College in June 2011.
Pattern Chairman Michael Turturro, CPA, is a partner with RBT CPA’s, serving in the accounting and client service areas. Previously he worked for a large Washington, DC firm specializing in government contracting, software development and construction, and he was a project manager for IEX Corporation, the software and engineering firm that developed the Air Phone. Mr. Turturro serves on the executive committee of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, is vice president of the Hudson Valley Auto Dealers Association, and has been appointed to the Ulster County Comptroller’s Advisory Committee. He enjoys the performing arts, architecture and reading, and is an avid golfer, skier and bicyclist.
Board of Directors
In 2004, Philip Guarnieri was instrumental in the organization and the chartering of Empire State Bank, a bank providing commercial banking products and services to the communities in and around the Orange, Ulster, and Richmond counties of New York. Through Phil’s oversight and strategic planning, this start-up bank has grown to contain over $150 million in assets and has become a banking leader in the small business community. With more than 33 years of banking experience, Phil’s distinguished banking career began at Hamilton Federal Savings FA as a customer service representative and as a teller and went on to hold positions such as Assistant Branch Manager, Assistant Vice President/Mortgage Officer, Vice President, and Branch Administrator during his 21 year tenure. After leaving Hamilton Federal Savings, Phil went on to serve as Vice President /Loan Origination at Home Federal Savings Bank and as Senior Vice President/Chief Lending Officer with The Yonkers SLA, FA. From 2002-2004, Phil then served as President /COO of Atlantic States Mortgage Corp. and was responsible for all facets of mortgage banking. An active member of the community, Phil is currently a director of the Empire State Bank Foundation, a director of the Community Fountain of Orange and Sullivan Counties, a director of the Grace Foundation of New York, as well as many others in his home region. Phil received his B.A. in Banking and Finance from Hunter College before completing a continuing education program on Real Estate and Commercial Bank Lending at New York University. Phil is married with two children.
Mr. Oates is the former Managing Partner for Bellefield Development Partners LLC the developer of Bellefield at Historic Hyde Park in Dutchess County. Bellefield is a $500 million culinary campus located directly across the street from The Culinary Institute of America. This project consist of over 2.1 million SF of commercial and residential development. Prior to joining Bellefield, Mr. Oates was the former CEO of Hudson River Ventures, a small business investment fund focused on Food & Beverage, Tourism, Hospitality, 3D Printing and Innovative Technology with investment projects located in the Hudson Valley.
Matt Rand is the Managing Partner of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty and Rand Commercial Services along with Hudson United Home Services, their affiliated mortgage, title and insurance providers. Rand is one of the top 100 real estate firms in the United States with 22 offices and more than 800 agents serving New York’s Hudson Valley Region, along with Bergen and Passaic Counties in northern New Jersey. Matt currently serves as Chair of the New York State Board of Real Property Tax Services and as President of People to People, a Rockland based food pantry. He previously served on the Boards of the American Red Cross in Greater New York, the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC), and Leadership Rockland, Inc. In 2005, Matt received the Rockland Economic Development Corporation’s “Forty under Forty” award. He served as the President of the Rockland County Board of Realtors in 2004. He is actively involved with the New York State Association of Realtors and the local Realtor Associations and Multiple Listing Services across the Hudson Valley region and Northern New Jersey. Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College in 1996 and currently resides in West Nyack, NY with his wife and two children.
Chris Robbins is Sr. Technical Director in the Hudson Valley office of AKRF an environmental, planning and engineering consulting. For nearly 20 years, Mr. Robbins has managed due diligence, environmental review and permitting efforts for a wide variety of commercial, residential, and trail related projects throughout the Hudson Valley and New York City. Early in his career he worked for Raytheon as a test engineer on a number of classified communication systems. Between his time as an engineer and an environmental scientist, Chris started and ran Gravity Research, a mountain bike accessory design and manufacturing company based in Westchester County. Mr. Robbins graduated with a B.S.E.E. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a M.E.S. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science and has served on the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council.
Patrick M. Trask, CPA, has been appointed Senior Vice President, Team Leader of the New York Commercial and Middle Market Lending team, headquartered in Highland Mills, New York. The team is responsible to develop commercial banking relationships in the Hudson Valley (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties) of New York State. Trask brings substantial leadership experience to his new role at Lakeland Bank.
Most recently an SVP at Webster Bank, Trask has also developed his expertise at TD Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co, the Bank of New York, and HSBC Bank USA, where he worked for more than 25 years combined in positions of increasing responsibility, primarily delivering the full range of commercial banking products to his middle market clients. Trask worked towards his CPA while working at Price Waterhouse.
A resident of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., Trask is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and, earlier in his career, served as squad leader/corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.