About Pattern

Executive Board of Directors

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.
Pattern Board First Vice Chair Suzanne Rhulen Loughlin is co-founder and chief administrative officer of Firestorm® Solutions, a recognized leader in crisis management, vulnerability analysis, risk mitigation and business continuity. She previously served as chief administrative officer of a public insurance holding company, was managing attorney of a law firm with offices throughout New York and Florida, and was a litigator at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker in NYC. Ms. Loughlin is a board member of the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency and the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development, which awarded her their 2009 Distinguished Service Award. She also received the Catskill Mountain Business & Professional Women’s 2008 Woman of the Year award, and the Anti-Defamation League’s 2007 Americanism award.
KriegerWebPattern Treasurer Julie Krieger has been M&T Bank’s administrative vice president for the Hudson Valley region’s commercial banking group since 2002. Previously she was vice president, commercial lending for the Bank of New York and for Barclays Bank of New York. Ms. Krieger chairs the board of the Ulster County Development Corporation, is treasurer of the boards of United Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County and the Benedictine Health Foundation, and has served on many other boards including the Astor Home, Dutchess Ulster Heart Association, Vassar Warner Home and NY Council of Nonprofits, Inc. She holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Marist College, where she serves on the Business Scholarship Fund committee.
Richard L. O’Rourke, Esq. is a principal member of Keane & Beane, P.C., a general civil practice law firm with offices in White Plains and Fishkill. Mr. O’Rourke has served as counsel to large and small land development companies and municipalities throughout the lower Hudson Valley. He has served as village judge for the Village of Brewster for more than 20 years, and he has served as president of the Putnam County Magistrates Association, president of the Brewster Education Foundation, articles editor of the Westchester County Bar Journal and has served on various boards throughout the region. He received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo, a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University and his juris doctor from Pace University School of Law. He is a resident of Putnam County where he lives with his wife, Reneé, and two daughters.
Pattern Board member and Immediate Past Chair, Michael J. Quinn is president and CEO of Rhinebeck Bank, where he began his career as a management trainee in 1984 after graduating from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Quinn serves on the board of directors for Family Services Inc. and the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc. In addition, he previously served on the boards of the Hospice Foundation and Red Hook Public Library. He resides in the City of Poughkeepsie.
WolinskyWebPhoto_000Larry Wolinsky, past chairman of the Pattern board of directors, is apartner of the law firm, Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP. He joined the firm in 1984 and became partner in 1990. He practices principally in the areas of land use, environmental, municipal and real estate law. Mr. Wolinsky has helped to implement some of the Hudson Valley’s most notable development projects and is well known for his expertise in stewarding complex, multi-use developments through the permits and entitlements process. He is also well known for his experience in environmental compliance and particularly compliance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”). Mr. Wolinsky has been a tireless volunteer and participant in the furtherance of economic development and quality of life in the Hudson Valley. In addition to his service at Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, he has served as Vice Chair of the SUNY Paltz Foundation and served many years on the Board of Directors of the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development where he chaired committees on shovel-ready sites, governance and strategic planning. Mr. Wolinksy received his B.A. degree from the University of Miami in 1973. In 1976, he obtained a Masters of City and Regional Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1984 he received his Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School. He is admitted to practice in New York and the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York and New Jersey.
HoaglandWebExecutive Board Member Glenn Hoagland, executive director of the Mohonk Preserve, has for 25 years worked to save important landscapes and advocate for their balanced use. He has served as land preservation director for Scenic Hudson, executive director of the Dutchess Land Conservancy, and director of the Open Space Institute’s Citizen Action Program. Mr. Hoagland chairs the Region 3 Citizen Advisory Committee for the New York State Open Space Conservation Plan, serves on the Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership Steering Committee and the Shawangunk Ridge Coalition, and is ex-officio to the Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway Regional Partnership. SUNY New Paltz named him Alumnus of the Year in 1998.
brackettWebGeoffrey Brackett is executive vice president at Marist College, a post he has held since August of 2010. In that capacity he functions as second officer to the college president and directly oversees many of the key operating areas of Marist. He also chairs many of the key operational committees of the college, oversees the strategic planning and annual operations for the College, and serves as a key point of contact for local government officials. Dr. Brackett came to Marist after having served 20 years at Pace University in many capacities, most recently as provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. He served as chairman of the Department of English from 2005 to 2006 and associate provost for Academic Affairs from 2006 to 2007. A member of the Association of Governing Boards, the American Council on Education, and Council of Independent Colleges, Dr. Brackett is also a member of the Modern Language Association. He serves on the board of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Orange County. He lives with his wife, Danyelle Means, and their three sons Marley, Dylan, and Boone in the Town of Newburgh.

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.
forbes (2)Jim is the Executive Director of New Hope Community in Loch Sheldrake, NY (Sullivan County), having joined in 2014.  For 40 years, New Hope Community has been supporting those with intellectual and other developmental disabilities through a host of services including: residential, health, clinical, supported employment, as well as wide-ranging day and leisure programs.

Prior to joining New Hope, Jim’s career included organizations such as Price Waterhouse, Dun&Bradstreet, and Mercedes-Benz where he led significant financial and operational change through his senior executive roles.

Some twenty years ago, Jim left “Corporate America” to focus in the non-profit sector to try to make a difference for those in need. His first opportunity was AmeriCares (international emergency relief) where he was promoted to Executive Vice-Chairman serving a majority of the developing countries in all parts of the world. After AmeriCares, his non-profit leadership actively engaged him in healthcare, human services, biomedical research, human rights and others.

Jim’s experience also includes: AARP, where he recently served as Secretary/Treasurer of the national board of directors; partnering with the National Institutes of Health, The United Nations, and the US Agency for International Development. He was also the Founding Chairman of the Board of the Biomedical Engineering Alliance and Consortium Foundation, focusing on biomedical innovation.

anthony CampAnthony Campagiorni is the Vice-President of Business Development and Governmental Affairs for Central Hudson Gas & Electric, a regulated gas and electric company headquartered in Poughkeepsie, New York that serves 302,000 electric customers and 80,000 natural gas customers in the Hudson Valley of New York State.  In his capacity at Central Hudson, Anthony is leading the corporation’s newly created Energy Transformation and Solutions division that manages several initiatives including: the company’s demonstration projects for the Reforming Energy Vision (REV) instituted by New York’s Public Service Commission. For six years prior to his position at Central Hudson, Anthony was the first President & CEO of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, where he directed the regional marketing and economic development initiative that led to the creation of 10,000 new jobs for the seven counties of the Hudson Valley (Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Ulster and Sullivan). Anthony has also held several appointed positions at the Empire State Development Corporation (NY State’s economic development agency) including Associate Counsel, Director of Business Development in the Mid-Hudson Region, and Director of World Trade Center Business Recovery, where he was responsible for marketing more than $800 million in financia lassistance to assist small businesses below 14th Street in Manhattan to recover from the events of September 11th. He practiced commercial litigation for the firm Heller & Laiks in New Jersey where his practice concentrated on construction litigation and representing large landlords. Anthony obtained his juris doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law, his master of public administration from Marist College, and his bachelor of arts from Syracuse University.  He has completed the Executive Development Program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is the Chair of the Dutchess County Economic Development Advisory Group, in addition to serving on the Pattern for Progress board, he  serves on the boards of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, the Orange County Partnership and the Poughkeepsie Alliance.

Reynolds09212012 (2)Andrea L. Reynolds is president and CEO of the Dyson Foundation, a private, family-directed foundation that, since its establishment in 1957, has awarded more than $300 million in grants throughout New York’s Dutchess County and Mid-Hudson Valley, as well outside the Hudson Valley. Ms. Reynolds previously served as the president of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County and then led the organization through a period of sustained expansion. Under her direction, the Community Foundation grew to include Ulster and Putnam counties, becoming the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley and increased its total assets from $22 million to $51 million.  Prior to that, Ms. Reynolds worked at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis for 10 years, holding a variety of positions that culminated in her being named executive vice president and chief operating officer. Reynolds has an MSSW in Social Administration from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Memphis Branch.  Her undergraduate work was completed at Hartwick College, where she majored in business management and minored in music and sociology, with a concentration in psychology.  Reynolds is a native of Woodstock, NY, and has been in the field of philanthropy all her life.
JimmySmith_000 (2)James P. Smith, Jr. is president and founder of Advance Testing Company, which operates a state-of-the art, accredited materials testing laboratory in Campbell Hall, NY, and provides inspection and testing services across the East Coast with projects in 12 states and Canada. In 1995 he formed Atech Center, Inc. to develop training programs in construction materials testing. Mr. Smith has served on many community boards, such as the Orange County Workforce Investment Board, Orange County Citizens Foundation, Mount Saint Mary College, and SUNY Orange. He is past chair of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, the Orange County Partnership, and the Hudson Valley Boy Scout Council, which awarded him the 2002 Distinguished Citizen Award.

Board of Directors

AronzonDr. Aronzon began his medical career in Poughkeepsie practicing general pediatrics for 22 years. Dr. Aronzon is one of the founding partners of the Children’s Medical Group, one of the largest and most recognized pediatric practices in the Northeast. Dr. Aronzon’s career at Vassar began in 1979. During his tenure there, he was the Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs while serving concurrently as Chief Medical Officer for its parent company, Health Quest. In 2004 he became President and CEO of Vassar Brothers Medical Center until his retirement in 2011. The new Ambulatory Surgery Center bears his name. Dr. Aronzon has co-authored a leading pediatric textbook, and has pursued medical missions, joined by his wife, with Heal the Children in Colombia, South America. He has worked on behalf of many organizations throughout the region including the Jewish Community Center, the Children’s Dream Foundation, the Red Cross of the Mid Hudson Valley, the United Way of Dutchess and Orange, Walkway Over the Hudson and Miles of Hope. He has chaired the Medical Advisory Board for the Vassar College Haiti Project – helping students create a clinic in a remote part of the country – and the Pre-Health Advisory Board at Marist.
Barnett2015WebDennis Barnett is president of Propinquity Associates Business and Management Consulting in Washingtonville, NY. For the past 15 years, his company has been involved in finding the most value for his clients’ businesses through executive coaching, leadership and management training and development, board development, and other programs. The clients served has been varied, they have been from Fortune 500 companies to sole proprietor businesses, from for-profit companies to not-for-profit entities, from large companies to small organizations. For seven-plus years Dennis served as Chairman of the Board of the Orange County Capital Development Corporation. He later took on a concurrent role as Managing Director/ CEO for the organization. In addition to these activities, Dennis has served as an adjunct professor at New York University, Marist College, Mount Saint Mary College and at our own Culinary Institute of America. He as also participated on other not-for-profit boards as chairman and president.
Alex Betke (3)Alexander Betke is an attorney with Brown and Weinraub. A registered lobbyist, Mr. Betke has extensive experience working with the Governor’s Office, the Legislature, state agencies, the Attorney General and the State Comptroller, along with New York’s federal government representatives. Mr. Betke’s clients range from major industry associations to small businesses to not-for-profit organizations. His work encompasses all aspects of government relations, including legislation, procurement, appropriations and regulatory matters. Mr. Betke draws on his significant experience serving as general counsel to various municipalities. Mr. Betke currently serves as attorney for the Villages of Catskill and Saugerties, providing representation on a number of legal matters. Mr. Betke has been elected to multiple terms as councilman of the town of Coxsackie and served as town supervisor for 8 years.

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.

Tim Cawley HeadshotTimothy Cawley is President and CEO of Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., an electric and gas utility headquartered in Pearl River, New York.  Orange and Rockland is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., operating energy utility companies in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.   Prior to being named President and CEO of O&R, Mr. Cawley was senior vice president of Central Operations for Consolidated Edison Company of New York.  His responsibilities included the planning, design, operation and maintenance of the electric transmission system, the company’s primary control center and electric substations, electric and steam generating plants, the steam system, and engineering and construction activities.  Mr. Cawley joined Consolidated Edison of New York in 1987 and has served in various positions, including vice president of Substation Operations, vice president of Bronx and Westchester Electric Operations, general manager of Transmission Operations and director of Gas Operations at O&R.  He presently serves on the boards of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, the New Jersey Utilities Association, the New York Transco, the Orange County Partnership and the Rockland Economic Development Corporation.  Mr. Cawley holds an MBA from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College.

Christian (475x640) (2)Donald Christian was appointed the eighth president at the State University of New York at New Paltz, in June 2011. Prior to that, he served as interim president and as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at the college. In addition to serving as president, Dr. Christian is a professor in the biology department. Prior to his arrival at New Paltz, Dr. Christian was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Previously, he served as associate dean for the biological sciences at the University of Montana and he held many positions at the University of Minnesota-Duluth including chair and professor in the biology department. Dr. Christian earned a B. S. in Wildlife Biology, and an M. S. and Ph.D. in Zoology from Michigan State University. Dr. Christian and his wife Sandy, a psychotherapist, reside in New Paltz and have two children.

Mr. Cooper handles land use, SEQRA/NEPA and environmental compliance, as well as civil litigation matters, for private, municipal and non-profit organizations throughout the state.

Mr. Cooper’s litigation practice includes eminent domain proceedings, zoning law enforcement hearings, land disputes and administrative law matters in front of local, state and federal courts. He recently completed a two-week condemnation trial on behalf of a Village located in Rockland County. He also handles various matters at the appellate level, including obtaining certiorari from New York’s highest court to review long-standing DEC permitting review practices. He has also presented oral arguments on multiple matters to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Prior to joining Zarin and Steinmetz, Mr. Cooper served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where he was assigned to a Trial Bureau prosecuting felony level crimes from arrest to verdict.

Mr. Cooper received his Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2003, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Moot Court Honor Society. He also received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude, from Colgate University in 1998.

He has served as a Member of the Katonah-Lewisboro School Board LES Utilization Committee.

Joan Cusack-McGuirk, a longtime resident of the community, has 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry, serving more than 30 years at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. She was instrumental in finalizing the partnership between SLCH and the Montefiore Health System and has worked to integrate SLCH into the Montefiore Health System, a national leader in transforming health care to improve access, quality and experience of care and a leading academic health system.

Under Ms. Cusack-McGuirk’s leadership, SLCH has earned numerous awards and accreditations; the 2016 Gold Award Get with the Guidelines Stroke, Healthgrades Recipient, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Joint Commission National Quality Approval, and Health Care’s Most Wired. SLCH is also being designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement by BlueCross BlueShield.

Ms. Cusack-McGuirk graduated as an RN from St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City, received her BS in Nursing from SUNY New Paltz, earned a master’s degree at NYU, and is a graduate of the Wharton’s School Fellow Program.

Ms. Cusack-McGuirk is a member of the Executive Board of the OC Partnership and is also an active member of the Healthcare Association of NYS (HANYS), the Greater  New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and the United Hospital Association. Joan resides with her husband, John between them they have 7 children and 9  grandchildren. 

TIMDEAN_000 (2)Tim Dean is president of Marshall & Sterling, one of the 30 largest privately held insurance agencies in the United States with more than 15 offices in New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He came to Marshall & Sterling more than 25 years ago after graduating from the University of Michigan. In addition to holding property and casualty and life and health brokers and consultants licenses, Mr. Dean is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and a Certified Risk Manager (CRM). He serves on several nonprofit boards including the United Way of Dutchess County, The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley and the VBH Insurance Company, and he has been board chairman for the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Mid Hudson Civic Center.
Diorio (2)Todd Diorio is president of the Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Council, which represents 28 trade locals and 10,000 members, and is business manager of Laborers International Union Local No. 17. He serves on boards such as the Eastern NY Laborers District Council, Stewart Newburgh Empire Zone, Catskill Casino Coalition and NYS Laborers PAC Fund, and chairs the board of the Local 17 Health, Pension and Training Fund. He has served on the Ulster County IDA, and was appointed to Ulster’s Well Being Committee and to the Orange County Business Development and Retention Task Force. He has also worked as a registered lobbyist on issues such as prevailing wage, IDA reform, casino development and most recently the Utility Street Cutting Bill.
p-doulinPatrick Doulin is a vice president at Sterling National Bank. He has over 30 years of banking experience. He has served as market credit executive and a senior vice president at Provident Bank and previously was regional commercial executive, commercial banking for HSBC Bank USA, N.A. in Greenwich, CT. In his role with Provident Bank, Doulin managed the commercial banking team members and developed complex commercial banking business for the bank in the greater Westchester County area. Doulin resides in Salisbury Mills, N.Y., with his wife, Prudence, and their three children. He earned his B.A. from SUNY Oneonta..
Austin-DuBois

Austin DuBois focuses his practice on estate planning, elder law, asset protection, business formation, and business succession planning. In 2014 and 2015, Austin was named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars List in the field of elder law, and was named “Top Attorney” for estate litigation in 2009 and 2010 by SJ Magazine. In 2010 he received the “Awesome Attorney” award for estate litigation from South Jersey Magazine. Austin is a member of the New York and Middletown bar associations, and has been admitted to the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania Bars, and before the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. He is a member of WealthCounsel, ElderCounsel, and the Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council.

Austin is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Inspire Foundation and Vice Chairman of the City of Newburgh Industrial Development Agency. He is a Leadership Orange alumnus, where he currently serves as chair of the Government and Politics Session Committee and was inducted into the Leadership Orange Hall of Fame. In 2012, Austin received a Rising Star award from the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. He is also Lodge Counsel for the Mid-Hudson Fraternal Order of Police and Special Counsel for Orange County Shields. Most recently, Austin was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Partnership for Economic Development.

A seventh-generation resident of Orange County, N.Y., Austin is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia, the Rutgers University School of Law, and the Temple University Law School (Masters of Law in Taxation).

PEdingtonheadshot023_small (2)Pamela R. Edington, Ed.D., was named the fifth president of Dutchess Community College in  August 2014. Immediately prior to her arrival at DCC, Dr. Edington was current Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs at Norwalk Community College in Connecticut where she served for nine years. At Norwalk Community College, Dr. Edington began as Dean of Academic Affairs and in 2011, earned the additional title of Provost. Previously, she worked for 19 years at Middlesex Community College (Bedford/Lowell, MA), first as an Assistant Professor of Sociology, and then as division chair – and ultimately Dean – of Social Science and Human Services. Dr. Edington was one of just 37 community college leaders selected in 2010 to attend the prestigious Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College, an international association dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. In 2011, the Community College National Center for Community Engagement honored Dr. Edington as a “Beacon of Vision, Hope and Action” for her commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Dr. Edington holds an Ed.D. in Educational Policy, Research and Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. in Sociology from the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN. She and her husband, William, a research administrator, have two adult daughters.

DFEdun-crMs. Fedun joined Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in 2006 as Senior Director, External Affairs. In her current role as CEO, she oversees all divisions of the not-for-profit cultural center. Bethel Woods is ranked #22 among the world’s top 100 amphitheaters, has generated over $400 million toward the NYS economy, and is committed in all its programs to inspiring, educating and empowering individuals through the arts and humanities. A resident of Liberty, New York since 1971, Darlene was employed at Cablevision Industries [CVI] for 20 years, managing as vice president operations, marketing and customer service functions. Following the sale of CVI, she formed a telecommunications company, Renaissance Media, along with four other former CVI executives, subsequently selling the firm to a large cable television company within three years. A mother of two boys, Darlene then devoted her time to a variety of youth and community projects until joining the Bethel Woods management team in 2006. She has served on the boards of the Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation Planning and Liberty Little League, and as board President of the Liberty Youth Center. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Liberty Properties, Sullivan County Visitor’s Association and the Liberty Community Development Corporation, and was recently appointed to the board of Sullivan County Partnership. Honors include the Youth Leadership Award in 2007 from the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce and “Sullivan County Woman of the Year” in 2010 from the Sullivan County Democrat. In 2012, she received the SC Partnership’s Distinguished Service Award for her commitment to economic development.

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.

Harrison2014 EJH (2)Edmond Harrison, joined the Port Authority of NY & NJ in 1993, and became General Manager of Stewart International Airport on June 9, 2014.  His goals as General Manager include developing air service and advancing the Port Authority’s vision for Stewart International Airport as a strong regional airport and important economic engine for the region.Prior to taking over at Stewart, Ed was the Manager of Properties and Commercial Development for Newark Liberty International and Teterboro airports.  Before the Port Authority, Ed was Vice President of Business Development for Universal Maritime Service Corp. Ed is a past commissioner for the New York State Board of Commissioners of Pilots, and currently serves as an adjunct professor at St. Peter’s University.  He also is a member of the Navy League of the United States, the National Defense Transportation Association, Airports Council International and the American Association of Airport Executives.  He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Fairfield University, an MBA from Baruch College/The City University of New York, and is at work on a Master’s Degree in Theology from Seton Hall University. Ed lives in Short Hills, NJ with his wife, and they have two grown children. 
mark kastner (2)Mark Kastner  is president of the Chazen Companies, one of the region’s largest engineering, land surveying, environmental, planning and landscape architecture consulting firms. A licensed professional engineer, Mr. Kastner earned an MBA from Union College and a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University.  Mr. Kastner also serves on the boards of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, the Council of Industry, and Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries/Clarkson University.  He and his wife, Debbie, reside in Ulster County. 
Developer Ken Kearney unveils his plans for a new housing project that is in the works for seniors and working families in Coxsackie. Photo by Melanie Lekocevic
Kenneth Kearney is the founder and president of The Kearney Realty & Development Group, which has established itself as a leader in developing and managing senior and affordable housing across the Hudson Valley. Mr. Kearney has guided affordable senior housing and workforce housing projects in Beacon, Catskill, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Red Hook, Somers, Yorktown and elsewhere. In 2009, he was recognized by Pattern for Progress as Hudson Valley Developer of the Year. Mr. Kearney has been actively involved in real estate since 1990, working as property manager, broker, builder and developer. A native of Mahopac, he and his wife, Jean, continue to reside there with their three sons.
marymadden (2)Mary Madden has been president and CEO of Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union since 2002. She serves on the boards of Health Quest, the American Heart Association of Dutchess/Ulster, the Filene Research Council, the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, and the advisory council for Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh. In 2011, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York chose her to serve on its local advisory panel reporting to the national Community Deposit Institutions Advisory Council. Ms. Madden was named 2011 Business Person of the Year by the Poughkeepsie Journal, and she received the 2010 Commitment to Community award from Greater Southern Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce. She earned her MBA from the University of Massachusetts and her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.
Joe McPheter (2)Joseph McPheter is a vice president with Key Bank managing relationships of middle market companies in the Tri-State area.  He turned to banking in 2002 after selling his interests in a full service commercial cleaning company he started and ran for 7 years in Rockland County and NJ.  His banking career started as branch manager of a new Washington Mutual location and within 12 months he was managing 10 offices.  Born and raised in the boroughs of New York City, he relocated to Rockland County where he studied Business Administration and Fire Science at Rockland Community College.  McPheter worked and volunteered for 13 years with EMS and fire services in Rockland where he currently resides.
Meyer101614 (2)Carl Meyer is currently the President/CEO of The Solar Energy Consortium (TSEC), headquartered in Kingston, NY.  TSEC is a not-for-profit, public-private partnership dedicated to helping small and medium-sized manufacturers in the region grow their companies. Mr. Meyer retired as President/COO of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. and Executive Vice President of CH Energy Group, a publicly traded holding company headquartered in the Hudson Valley of NYS. In his current position at TSEC, Mr. Meyer is actively engaged in broad-based regional economic development initiatives including the attraction of businesses and jobs to the Hudson Valley.  Notably, he was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Meyer also serves on the board of the NYS Business Development Corporation. Mr. Meyer also serves on the boards of many regional not-for-profit organizations.  He serves on the Board of Trustees of Vassar Brothers Medical Center, the SUNY New Paltz Business Advisory Council and currently chairs the Mount Saint Mary College Business Advisory Council. Mr. Meyer holds bachelors and masters degrees in electric power engineering from RPI in Troy, NY and is a registered Professional Engineer in NYS.

kevinoconnor (2)Kevin O’Connor is the CEO of Rural Ulster Preservation Company, located in Kingston. He has more than 23 years of experience in housing and community development. He is vice chair of the Ulster County Housing Consortium and a driver of its “Give Housing a Voice” campaign. Mr. O’Connor serves on the board of directors for the NYS Rural Housing Coalition, the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council, and sits on NeighborWorks America’s National Real Estate Development Committee. Mr. O’Connor earned his bachelor’s degree from Marist College, and currently resides in New Paltz with his wife, Maria, and their three children.
MikeOates2015 (2)Mike Oates joined Bellefield Development partners in 2017, serving as Man.aging Partner. Mike was previously with Hudson River Ventures,  a small business investment firm founded by Sean Eldridge that is focused on the Hudson Valley by making investments within its targeted sectors. Before Hudson River Ventures, Mike served as the President and CEO of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC), which promotes New York’s Hudson Valley as one of the world’s premiere locations for business.  For two years prior to joining HVEDC in October 2009, Mr. Oates was a senior executive with Empire State Development Corporation.  Most recently, he served as Vice President/Regional Director and was responsible for managing New York State’s economic development initiatives in Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Sullivan, Ulster and Putnam Counties – the same seven counties represented by HVEDC. Prior to joining Empire State Development Corporation, Mr. Oates was CEO and President of The Creative Field Marketing Group, Inc.  The special event and marketing agency created promotion campaigns for Bacardi, Anheuser-Busch and other consumer product companies.

RossPepe (2)Ross Pepe is president of Construction Industry Council of Westchester and Hudson Valley, Inc. and building Contractors Association of Westchester and Mid-Hudson, Inc. Collectively, these organizations represent more than 500 local firms in the Hudson Valley. He is publisher of CONSTRUCTION NEWS, a monthly news publication. Mr. Pepe is co-chairman of the NYS DEC Clean Water Collaborative; a three-term member of the NYS Department of Labor’s Public Works Advisory board; a member of Audubon New York’s Board of Directors; and was appointed by former Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano to the Westchester-Rockland Tappan Zee Bridge Task Force. Mr. Pepe is a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the U.S. Navy.

matt-randMatt 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.

JohnRathWebJohn Rath is senior vice president at Lakeland Bank. He began his banking career in 1980 at the Bank of New York. Mr. Rath is active on many civic and nonprofit boards, including the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, the Orange County Community College Foundation, and the Vassar Brothers Medical Center, where he has served as chairman. He has also chaired the advisory board of the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, and is past treasurer, trustee and elder for Mid Hudson Christian Church in Wallkill and Goodwill Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Montgomery. Mr. Rath lives in Newburgh with his wife Deborah; they have six children and one grandchild.

Rothfeld_Barry_F (2)Gannett’s 2010 Publisher of the Year Barry Rothfeld has since 2004 been president and publisher of The Poughkeepsie Journal, where he was executive editor from 1990 to 1994. Previously he was president and publisher of the Ithaca Journal and editor of the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton. He began his career in 1973 at the Gannett Suburban Newspapers Group in Westchester County. He has chaired the New York Newspaper Publisher Association’s board of directors, sits on the board of Vassar Brothers Medical Center and the Alumni Board of the Columbia School of Journalism, and was the 2010 chair of the Dutchess County United Way Campaign.
SeidmanMug_000 (2)Alan Seidman was appointed Executive Director of the Construction Contractors Association of the Hudson Valley in 2010. He had been vp of business development and regional manager for Clough Harbour Associates. Mr. Seidman served twenty years on the Orange County Legislature, including four years as its chairman. He has served on many civic and nonprofit boards, chairing boards for the Hudson Valley Regional Council and the Orange County Partnership for Economic Development. He is a past recipient of the Boy Scouts of America’s Distinguished Citizen Award and the Leadership Orange Award, is a life member of the Cornwall Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and serves on the Cornwall Planning Board.

BeaconInst-Sugrue-webTimothy F. Sugrue, Ph.D. was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in 2011 as Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries entered into a formal strategic alliance with Clarkson University. Sugrue served as the Dean of Clarkson University’s School of Business for over 13 years, during which time he successfully implemented several new traditional and online programs in Clarkson’s School of Business. Under his watch, Clarkson University garnered high rankings from U.S. News & World Report for its graduate MBA program and earned Entrepreneur magazine’s distinction as one of the top 15 entrepreneurship programs in the nation. Upon joining Beacon Institute, Sugrue immediately conceived and launched the Institute’s unique “River U” interdisciplinary summer program for undergraduates, as well as initiating a graduate program in engineering management that takes advantage of Beacon Institute’s Hudson River location and environmental mission. Sugrue holds a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Massachusetts. He traces his Hudson Valley roots back to an undergraduate degree in engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he completed a thesis in river monitoring and competed as a member of the sailing team. With an established research record in corporate finance, Sugrue also is an award-winning leader in graduate and undergraduate business education, and in developing and presenting professional and executive programs. Prior to joining Clarkson University, Sugrue was a professor of finance and senior associate dean at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and has taught on the faculty of West Virginia University and as an affiliate faculty member at both the United States Military Academy and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

r_tietjenRick Tietjen is the chief of staff and chief information officer at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). As chief of staff, Mr. Tietjen is responsible for the President’s Office administration, compliance, policy, business intelligence, and the planning and execution of major college initiatives. Under the chief information officer role, he oversees the college’s Information Technology Systems department, which includes enterprise systems, infrastructure services, user support, network services, telecommunications, and audio/video. Prior to his current appointment in 2015, Mr. Tietjen was the college’s associate vice president of planning & operations support for five years. After joining the CIA in 1990, he advanced through successive responsibilities in the Information Technology department, achieving the senior position of director of systems and networking, followed by an appointment to the college’s administration as senior director of planning and operational improvement. He also taught Computers and Food Business as an adjunct instructor from 2005 to 2007, and was awarded CIA Staff Member of the Year in 2002. As background for his work at the college, Mr. Tietjen gained foodservice industry experience in dining operations at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, NY, from 1987 to 1992. Mr. Tietjen earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN in 2003 and his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, in 1991. He also holds Oracle DBA and Novell CNE technical certifications along with completing other technical and non-technical certificates. Rick Tietjen is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers and serves on the board of Abilities First Incorporated in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Graham Graham_Trelstad (427x640) (2)Trelstad, AICP, is a senior vice president and director of planning for the Hudson Valley office of the New York City -based firm, AKRF. Mr. Trelstad graduated with a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia University and received an M.E.S. from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has more than 15 years of experience in community and regional planning, environmental impact assessment, integrated transportation and land use planning, and visual impact assessment. As a regional and environmental planner, he serves as the planning consultant to a number of towns and villages throughout the Hudson Valley.
Aimee J. Vargas, Esq. is the Director, State Affairs (Northeast) for Anheuser-Busch Companies.  Prior to A-B, Ms. Vargas served as Chief Government and Community Affairs Officer for the MTA; Director of Downstate Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo; and Mid-Hudson Regional Director and the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council for Empire State Development. Ms. Vargas also served on Governor Cuomo’s Tappan Zee Bridge Community Outreach team.  She was formerly Associate Counsel at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and, prior, Director of Finance for the Town of Clarkstown in Rockland County. Ms. Vargas is a member of the Rockland Community Foundation’s Advisory Board and was recognized by Rockland Economic Development Corporation as a recipient of their “40 Under 40” award. She has also been recognized by the Dutchess County Exempt Volunteer Firefighters Association’s Hispanic Heritage Award. Ms. Vargas is a graduate of the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  Aimee is married and lives with her family in Rockland.
Ray WatrobaRay Watroba Jr. is vice president Client Advocacy and Systems Assurance for IBM Systems responsible for Engineering System Test, Development Quality and Client Engineering Product Support. He previously was the VP, Greater China Group (GCG) Systems Development Lab. Ray has held leadership roles in the Integrated Supply Chain (ISC), Client Support, and Systems Development over his thirty years with IBM. He has also held engineering management positions within IBM’s  server manufacturing, development, and brand organizations. Ray joined IBMafter graduating from Manhattan College with a B.E. degree in electrical engineering.