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About Pattern

Executive Board of Directors

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.
Pattern Board First Vice Chair Suzanne Rhulen Loughlin is co-founder of CrisisRisk Strategies.  CrisisRisk works with leaders and boards of directors to identify emerging threats and vulnerabilities which put critical assets at risk—people, reputation, brand, key relationships, financials. We develop strategies for mitigating those risks by preparing and supporting leadership teams to know when to get involved, make decisions, and communicate effectively. ​ She was the 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.

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.

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.

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 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.
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

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.

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.

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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.
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.His 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 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.Prior to joining Zarin and Steinmetz, David 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.David 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.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.

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. 
Tim Kane is Vice President, Server & Storage System Test at IBM where he has worked since 2000.
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 LekocevicKenneth 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.
Joseph McPheter is a senior 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.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Graham Graham_Trelstad (427x640) (2)Trelstad, AICP, is Vice President and Senior Technical Manager at WSP USA, formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.  Prior to this Graham was 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 20 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.