Executive Board of Directors
Before founding CrisisRisk, Suzy co-founded a nationally recognized crisis management firm which she sold in 2017, served as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of a NASDAQ company, Director and CAO of a NYSE insurance holding company, a litigator with a major New City law firm handling professional liability matters and Managing Attorney of a law firm with multiple offices throughout the country.
Very active in the New York Hudson Valley region, Suzy serves on the board of Rhinebeck Bank as well as the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency and the Trevor Loughlin foundation. She is Race Director of the Rhulen Rock Hill Run & Ramble 5K, now in its 28th year, benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She has received numerous awards for her service, including the Anti-Defamation League’s prestigious ‘Americanism Award’, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ‘Inspiration Award’, Catskill Mountain Business & Professional Women’s ‘Woman of the Year’ award, Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development’s ‘Distinguished Service Award’, and the Sullivan County Community College ‘Women Who Make a Difference’ award.
Suzy is co-author of the book Disaster Ready People for A Disaster Ready America
Prior to joining Naugatuck Valley, Mr. Calderara served as Senior Vice President Chief Lending Officer at Newtown Savings Bank. As Executive Vice President, at Fairfield County Bank, and at the The Bank of New York Mr. Calderara held a variety of positions including President and Chief Financial Officer of BNY Holdings, LLC a $7 billion REIT; he was also Chief Financial Officer of BNY Mortgage Company. Mr. Calderara has also been very involved in community and industry leadership, and has received a number of awards and accolades throughout his career.
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.
Geoffrey 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.
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
Eric in his role as Owner/Vice President at Baxter chairs strategic planning & leadership within the organization. Overseeing $40+ million of annual construction as well as real estate acquisitions and development projects. Eric also provide guidance to 70+ employees that have worked on the multitude of projects within the valley which include: LAGRANGE FARMS AT OVERLOOK Poughkeepsie, NY $20M project – Development of 100+ luxury apartments in the town of LaGrange.MAPLE STREET APARTMENTS – Poughkeepsie, NY – $5.6M project New construction of a 38,600 SF apartment complex. CHURCHILL APARTMENTS – Beacon, NY $10M – New construction of 46 Unit Apartments over parking garage HERITAGE FOOD + DRINK Wappingers Falls, NY $1.6M – Design-build 250 seat restaurant, re-purposed structure with 2-story tower additions. SCRIBNER’S CATSKILL LODGE – Hunter, NY $3M – Design-build, gut-renovation of 38,000 SF hotel featuring 38 lodging accommodations, event spaces, & an intimate on- property restaurant. HYDE PARK ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY – Hyde Park, NY – $5M – Gut-renovation of an abandoned bowling alley. The renovated Assisted Living Facility hosts 64 beds, leisure spaces,MILL HOUSE BREWING COMPANY (MHBC) – Poughkeepsie, NY – $3.5M – Full gut-renovation of pre-1830’s historic building plus addition.
Mr. DeLucia currently serves on the board of directors of Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, Habitat for Humanity of Rockland, North Rockland High School’s Academy of Finance and the President’s Council of St Thomas Aquinas College. He is the former Chairperson for Meals on Wheels of Rockland County and former board member for Rockland Economic Development Corporation, Access Support Services, The Salvation Army, Leadership Rockland, and the Rockland County Builders and Remodelers Association.
Deborah Garry, CEO & President of BBG&G Advertising & Public Relations, leads a full-service marketing communications team of designers, content and social media strategists, programmers, digital specialists, copywriters and other professionals to develop award-winning and effective integrated branding and marketing programs for clients in a broad range of industries.A Certified Account Planner and Marketing Automation Specialist, Deborah contributes regularly to business journals and the agency blog, and leads seminars on marketing for businesses and niche industries. She has been a guest educator at NYU and Mount Saint Mary College, and enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with the next generation of marketing leaders. Deborah past community involvement includes Chair of the Marketing Committee for the Women’s Leadership Fund, Board Member for the Academy of Finance, Middletown schools, and Marketing Committee member for the Hudson Valley Boy Scouts Council. She currently serves on the Orange County Citizen’s Foundation Placemaking Committee, the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress Board and Strategic Planning Committee, and the Marketing and Nominating Committees for Leadership Orange, as well as serving as a member of Leadership Orange’s Board. She is a past recipient of the Hudson Valley Women in Business award and has recently been named one of the 2020 recipients of The Enterprising Women of the Year award
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.
Dr. Miles serves on national and regional boards at organizations focused on economic mobility, workforce development, and the impact of technology on the future of work: American Association of Community Colleges; American Association of Colleges and University President’s Trust; Block Center for Technology and Society at Carnegie Mellon University; COMBASE; Hudson Valley Education Consortium; Westchester-Putnam Workforce Investment; and the Business Council of Westchester.
Dr. Miles is a highly regarded regional and national presenter on a range of topics including leadership development, and community colleges as a disruptive innovation in academia that fosters an equitable and inclusive democracy.
Originally from Queens, N.Y., Dr. Miles holds degrees in Higher Education (Ed.D.) and Educational Psychology (M.A.) from Columbia University Teachers College and Political Science (B.A.) from York College CUNY.
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.
Robert Sanchez is President and CEO of Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.,an electric and gas utility that’s leading the energy industry transformation. Orange & Rockland is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., operating energy utility companies in New York and New Jersey, and providing smarter and cleaner energy solutions for the nearly 1 million people in the territory.
Mr. Sanchez is also a member of the Board of Directors of Orange and Rockland Utilities and Rockland Electric Company.
Prior to being named President and CEO of O&R, Mr. Sanchez was Senior Vice President of Corporate Shared Services at Con Edison, Inc. His responsibilities included overseeing technology infrastructure, cyber security, gas and electricity supply, and resource planning for the power company serving the 10 million people of New York City, Westchester, Orange and Rockland counties. He was also responsible for employee recruitment, retention, benefits, compensation and professional development as well as supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives for the company’s 15,000 employees.
A 27-year veteran of Con Edison, Mr. Sanchez previously served as Vice President of Brooklyn & Queens Electric Operations, and Vice President of System and Transmission Operations.
He has served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity NYC, Teatown Lake Reservation, Queens Economic Development Corporation and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the 2017-2018 class of David Rockefeller Fellows.
Mr. Sanchez holds an MBA from Pace University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Miami.
after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College and his Property and Casualty License. By 1984 Mr. Siegel had advanced to
Commercial Lines underwriting and was instrumental in introducing the ﬁrst comprehensive insurance package for providers of services to people with developmental disabilities. In 1994 Mr. Siegel was named Executive Vice President and COO.
Mr. Siegel is a strong supporter both personally and professionally with
local, state and national organizations that enhance human service programs. In 1994, Howard developed the Award for Improvement in the Quality of Life for People with Disabilities to honor direct support staff. Howard has also sponsored several other awards, including the American Association on Mental Retardation’s Robert Guthrie Award for Advances in Biochemical and Molecular Genetics, United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association’s Irv
Rutman Award and the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation- John F. Kennedy, Jr. Award for Excellence as a Direct Support Professional.
Mr. Siegel currently serves his local and professional communities as a board member for a newly formed federally qualiﬁed health center (FQHC) operating in the Bronx and as board member for the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency as well as a corporate member of the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers. He is also a member and past president of the Monticello Rotary Club and has also served as President for the Rock Hill Business and Community Association, Inc., and a past trustee of NYSARC Trusts.
Additional memberships include the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce which in 2010 awarded him with their Business Person of the Year Award and the National Safety Council which in 1998 awarded him their Distinguished Services to Safety Award recognizing him as a leader of “Best Practices” in safety for those with disabilities. Previously, he has served as an Advisory Board member of Reaching Up, Inc., as well as a board member of the Town of Thompson Planning Board, the Partnership for Economic Development, and the Holiday Mountain Ski Commission.
ISA’s Developmental Disabilities Program continues to be the cornerstone of the agency’s Human Service programs today. Through Mr. Siegel’s direction, ISA is positioned as a leading provider of insurance and risk management services to the Human Service ﬁeld. Mr. Siegel has guided ISA’s transition to becoming a program administrator in the program division of Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, AIG, and Chubb.
As CEO of a company that embodies his vision, Mr. Siegel is ideally placed to address critical issues within the human service ﬁeld and carry on ISA’s mission of “Supporting Those Who Support Others.™”
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.
Prior to joining Walden Savings Bank, Mr. Wynkoop was with Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (HVFCU), from 2004 to 2011. He was Vice President of Retail Delivery & Marketing, where he was responsible for their branch locations, the Contact Center, HVFCU Financial Services, Insurance Agency of Hudson Valley, Business Development and Marketing. He was Chief Financial Officer from 2004 to 2007. While at the credit union, Mr. Wynkoop was one of sixteen individuals nationwide selected to participate in the prestigious Filene’s Research Institute in 2010 and 2011.
Prior to his work with HVFCU, Mr. Wynkoop was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Marketing of Walden Federal S&L, from 1990 to 2004. He also served as President of the bank’s Ever-Green Financial Services. While at Walden Federal, Derrik hosted a radio show called “Financial Talk”.
Mr. Wynkoop served as an Adjunct Professor in the undergraduate program at Mount Saint Mary College (1992 – 1999) and is a frequent guest speaker at the college. In 2016, Wynkoop and Walden Savings Bank collaborated with MSMC to establish and endow the Medici Scholar’s Program. In 2019, Wynkoop was awarded the Joseph A. Bonura Leadership Award at the Mount Saint Mary College’s 10th Anniversary Gala. He was also an Adjunct Professor at Marist College from 1996 – 2003 and currently serves as Chairman of Marist College’s Hudson Valley Scholars Program.
In the community, Mr. Wynkoop is a Past Chairman for the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan County, and has served on the board since 2001. Also, he is the Chairman for the SUNY Orange Foundation and has been on the board since 2010; and became a Board Member of the Orange County Partnership in 2016. Mr. Wynkoop was Co-President and Founder of the Walden Community Council from 1996 to 1999. He also served as Vice President of the Walden Local Development Corporation from 1998 to 2004 and was one of the community leaders responsible for the 4-day construction of the Walden Community Park in 2001 at Wooster’s Grove in Walden.
In 1991, Mr. Wynkoop was one of the original Board of Directors for the Wallkill Valley Health Center (WVHC) in Walden; where he still serves as Vice President. He later joined the board of the Hudson River HealthCare (HRH) in Peekskill when WVHC became a satellite of HRH.
In 2015, Mr. Wynkoop hosted a “Take Your Lawmaker to Work Day” with Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney. In November 2016, Wynkoop received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Cornerstone Family Healthcare at the Annual Pillars of the Community Gala. In January 2017, Wynkoop served as the keynote speaker for the 7th Annual Village of Walden Leadership Awards. In June 2017, he received The Cancer Resource Center of the Hudson Valley’s Great Guy Award based upon his work with Cancer Prevention, Education and Awareness. In February 2018, Derrik was appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the New York Bankers Association in New York City. NYBA is comprised of more than 150 community, regional, and money center commercial banks and thrift institutions operating in New York State. NYBA members have aggregate assets in excess of $10 trillion and more than 200,000 New York employees.
Five generations of the Wynkoop family have lived in Walden and Mr. Wynkoop currently resides there with his wife Allison. He has three children, Sara, Christopher and Matthew. He received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Master of Business Administration in Accounting from Marist College. Mr. Wynkoop also possesses his securities (Series 6, 7 and 63) and life insurance licenses.