Erica Wagner, President
Alyssa Dube, Vice President
Diane Sadowy, Secretary
John Albright, Treasurer
Beth McLendon Albright, Director
Deborah Meyer DeWan
Jackie Rankel (Student Associate Board Member)
Juliana Sebben (Student Associate Board Member)
George and Kathy Weiss
ULSTERCORPS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Erica Wagner, President, is the Service Learning Coordinator in the Career Resource Center at SUNY New Paltz. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Industry from SUNY Oneonta and a Master’s degree in Humanistic/Multicultural Education from SUNY New Paltz. A lifelong volunteer, Erica was an active member of the Girl Scouts for 13 years. While at SUNY Oneonta, she joined Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed community service fraternity and volunteered hundreds of hours with local soup kitchens, blood drives, and other community organizations. In her current position at the college, Erica has the opportunity to work with New Paltz students who want to get involved in their community and gain valuable experience through volunteer work. Her goal is to encourage greater numbers of students to become involved as volunteers in order to build a culture of citizenship and service at SUNY New Paltz. She has created and implemented many new volunteer programs at SUNY New Paltz including the annual Volunteer Fair, Alternative Spring Break, and Saturdays of Service. A lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley, Erica currently lives with her husband and two cats in Newburgh, NY.
Alyssa Dube, Vice President, holds a BS in Business Administration from University of New Hampshire and an MBA from European University Brussels. Her senior group project started the first NEBASR (New England Business Association Social Responsibility) conference including Stoneyfield Yogurts, Toms of Maine, Ben & Jerry’s and many others. These days she volunteers with community needs at animal rescue shelters, children groups and disaster relief emergencies. She is the proud mother and wife to a family who loves to help volunteer regularly. We believe it is important to help others and give back to our community. Our pet cat Minnie and dog Princeton are rescues and bring joy everyday.
Diane Sadowy, Secretary, is a Farmer’s daughter who grew up on a potato farm on Eastern Long Island, NY. She achieved a Masters in Psychiatric Nursing in 1967 and worked in NYC as a staff nurse until her daughter was born in 1970. She then pursued further training in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and worked as a therapist in private practice in NYC from 1972 to 2000. She left her practice in 2000 so she and her husband could achieve their dream of sailing around the world on their sailing vessel “Dragonfly” from June 2001 to June 2006. They returned to land to help oversee the care of her aging parents in Long Island. For 10 years there Diane volunteered at her family church organizing chicken BBQs, coordinating winter meals for a homeless shelter program, and in the administration office of a residential child care center. After her parents passed, Diane and her husband moved to Ulster County. Her husband climbed here in the 60s so he wanted to return to a place that had provided him with so much joy. She is now finding her way into the volunteer world of the local community through the Farm to Food Pantry Program and the Mohonk Preserve and in the process getting back some of the feel of being a farmer’s daughter again.
John Albright, Treasurer, is an engineer for Applied Materials at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany. He has been an engineer for the past 19 years in the semiconductor industry. John’s experience includes; writing technical procedures and troubleshooting guides, planning and budgeting engineering activities and expenses for semiconductor equipment, complex data analysis and technical support to a team of engineers. He is a lifelong resident of Ulster County and has been a regular volunteer with the Farm to Food Pantry Program and UlsterCorps Zombie Escape since 2013. He lives in Stone Ridge with his wife, two children, and two pets.
Beth McLendon Albright, Co-Founder and Director, works part-time for Family of Woodstock, Inc., serving as Program Director for Volunteer Services and Food Security. She plays a lead role in the Farm to Food Pantry Program, recruiting and coordinating teams of volunteers to assist with gleaning, processing and distributing produce donated by local farm to food pantries, feeding programs, and shelters across Ulster County and the region. She was a co-founder of Freelance Farm, a web development co-operative specializing in nonprofit and arts organizations, and has designed and developed numerous award-winning websites for service agencies and nonprofits. She holds a master’s degree in architecture from Princeton School of Architecture, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale University. The daughter of a girl scout leader, she has been a committed volunteer her whole life, serving with the ASPCA as a teenager, Women’s Aid while living in Dublin, Ireland, and the Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center while living in New Mexico. Beth lives in Stone Ridge in the passive solar home she designed in 2005 with her husband, two step-children, and two pets.
Ethan Burwell is a lifelong Ulster County resident. A gradation of SUNY Ulster’s Nursing program and Cornell University’s Atmospheric Science program, helping others has always been of great importance to him. His work with UlsterCorps has spanned multiple projects, including the 2009 Harvesting A Lifetime initative, public fire safety campaigns, and organization of the 2014 Ulster County Volunteer Expo.
Deborah Meyer DeWan is a regional environmental professional and community advocate who has worked throughout the Catskills and Hudson Valley assisting not-for-profits, government agencies and others with policy formation, environmental planning and preservation projects, as well as fundraising, communications and strategic planning. Firmly rooted in community and environmental principles, at the heart of Deborah’s work is an abiding commitment to building bridges, to meaningful public participation and inclusiveness, and reaching through controversy to bring together previously contentious groups to find common cause. Most recently, Deborah served as Executive Director of the Rondout Valley Growers Association, a community-based non-profit organization of over 70 local farmers, who with businesses and residents form a strong collective voice committed to strengthening farms, creating a sustainable food supply, and preserving active agricultural open space for future generations. Deborah led RVGA’s Farm to Food Pantry program in collaboration with Family of Woodstock and UlsterCorps to bring locally grown produce to food insecure residents in Ulster County. As an environmental advocate, Deborah has navigated political waterways and tenaciously protected the Hudson Valley and Catskill regions most precious assets — whether saving historic buildings on Catskill’s Main Street, ensuring public access to Hudson River waterfronts, or protecting the drinking water for 9 million New Yorkers while fostering environmentally sound development in upstate watershed communities. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from SUNY Stony Brook and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from Bard College. A nature enthusiast and student of watercolor painting who draws inspiration from the natural world, Deborah resides with her family in Ulster County at the nexus of the Catskill Park and Hudson River Valley.
Bambi Economos is a life long resident of the area. She received her undergraduate degree from SUNY New Paltz and a Masters Degree in Communication Disorders from the College of St Rose. Bambi was a Speech/Language Therapist with the Red Hook Schools in Dutchess County until her retirement. Over the years she has served with many groups including the Board of the YWCA in Kingston, the Board of the Rondout Valley Food Pantry as well as serving on the building level teams in both the Red Hook and Rondout Schools. While volunteering with the RVFP, she developed the Weekend Food Backpack program for the Rondout Schools ( and introduced the idea to retired Red Hook faculty – they now also have a program.). She sought and received multiple grants for the child based programs at RVFP.
Sam Magarelli is a community volunteer. He is a Founding Member of Staying In Place, a senior support network, Founding Member of the Woodstock Volunteers’ Day Committee, Member- Board of Directors of the Woodstock Memorial Society, commonly known as the ‘Artists Cemetery’ and the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce & Arts. Over the last 35 years he has been a member of the Woodstock Rescue Squad, Founding Member of the Woodstock Soccer League, Member – Board of Directors of the Woodstock Arts Board, Trustee of the Onteora Central School District, President of the Board of Education, Ulster County Legislator, Member of the Phoenicia Rotary. He is a retired teacher. He taught for 38 years, 33 of them in the Kingston School District, until his retirement in 2006. He and his wife Catherine have two children and four grandchildren. They have resided in Woodstock for almost four decades.
Debra Markes has been a dedicated community volunteer in Ulster County for over 30 years after relocating to the area with her husband, John. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Kingston where she served as treasurer and recording secretary during her active membership, as well as participating in many community projects and fundraisers. A portion of her League activities included co-chair of the Junior League funded and volunteer build of a Habitat for Humanity home in Kingston. Co-chair of the renovation of the Kingston Area Library Children’s room and helped with the running of the Children’s Explorium. Her involvement in the Kingston school district included PTA president, tutoring students and serving on the District-Wide Parents’ Council. She served on the board of Fare Share Soup Kitchen and coordinated and took an active role in food pickups from local restaurants and supermarkets. She currently is the hospitality food coordinator for the Woodstock Film Festival. She has a BA in communications from SUNY Albany. Debra resides in Glenford with her husband. They have three grown children and one granddaughter.
Ken Oldehoff came to New Paltz for an education and is still learning. He has lived in the Mid-Hudson valley for over forty years and spent over thirty-five years in a commercial kitchen. He retired recently from the Campus Dining Department at Vassar College. As the department’s sustainability director, he began bringing local foods on to the campus. When he realized after he had retired that he could take the skills he learned at Vassar and apply them to the greater Mid-Hudson community he realized that the college was just a long course of training. He lives in Tillson with his wife, Kate.
Nancy Pompeo, Co-Founder, had her first volunteer experience at age 6 collecting money for Unicef and has been a committed volunteer ever since. She has volunteered with the Salvation Army, Planned Parenthood, Safe Homes Women’s Shelter, and food pantries in the different communities where she’s lived. In 2002 she was awarded “Volunteer of the Year” for her work with the Salvation Army. She is currently president and owner of Action Resources, a consulting firm with over 20 years experience partnering with corporations to meet their professional development and learning objectives. Nancy lives in Wallkill, NY.
Juliana Sebben, Student Associate Board Member, grew up in Yonkers NY and is a student at SUNY New Paltz. In 2021, she will be graduating with a Bachelors degree in Digital Media Production with a double-minor in Anthropology and Spanish. In 2017, Juliana was the first-year intern for SUNY New Paltz’s Saturdays of Service, a program which allows students to engage in volunteer projects in their community. The year following, Juliana took a year off of school to complete ten months of service with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and assisted in various projects, including disaster relief, habitat restoration, and energy conservation. Now Juliana is back in New Paltz, excited to continue pursuing her degree and sharing her passion for service with her community.
Esther Taylor-Evans is an Outreach Coordinator for the New Progressive Baptist Church; a Board
member of A Thousand Moms, a resource organization for youth in crisis with their sexual identity; and a
board member of Raising the Torch Through The Arts that brings theater to youth through the educational
system. Prior to retirement Esther was a Recruitment Specialist & Foster Care Trainer at the Mental Health
Association in Ulster County. She also served for 4 years as President of the Women’s Club of Rosendale
and as Co-President of the Rosendale Main St. Association. Esther is a graduate of Fordham University and
has lived in the area since 1986, presently Stone Ridge.