Nancy Pompeo, President
Erica Wagner, Vice President
Sheila Blair, Secretary
John Albright, Treasurer
Beth McLendon, Director
Jackie Rankel (Student Associate Board Member)
Sarah Williamson (Student Associate Board Member)
George and Kathy Weiss
ULSTERCORPS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Nancy Pompeo, Co-Founder and President, 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.
Erica Wagner, Vice 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.
Sheila Blair, Secretary, is a Technical Writer for Arconic Fastening Systems & Rings in Kingston and a graduate of Ulster Leadership Development Institute. She is a dedicated member of Kingston Kiwanis and of the Ulster County Disaster Response and Recovery Committee and Communications Subcommittee. She recently became a Certified HAM Radio Operator to assist with disaster communications. In the past, she served as Ambassador and Loaned Executive for many years for the United Way of Ulster County, as well as Secretary of Kingston Sailing Club, Secretary of Robert Graves Elementary PTO, and Religious Education Secretary of Presentation Church. She is the proud mother of 2 sons and a daughter.
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 partner, two children, and two pets.
Beth McLendon, 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.
Grace Bonney is the founder of Design*Sponge, an online magazine dedicated to the creative community. Grace is passionate about supporting all members of the creative community; she runs an annual scholarship for up-and-coming designers, writes a free business column for creatives, and is the host of a weekly radio show, After the Jump. Her new book, In the Company of Women, was named a New York Times Best Seller. She now lives in Accord, NY with her wife and their three 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.
Alyssa Dube 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.
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.
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.
Diane Sadowy 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.
Julia Turshen is the author of Small Victories, named one of the Best Cookbooks of Fall 2016 by The New York Times. She has coauthored such cookbooks as Spain…A Culinary Road Trip with Mario Batali, It’s All Good with Gwyneth Paltrow, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen with Dana Cowin, as well as The Kimchi Chronicles, Hot Bread Kitchen, The Fat Radish Kitchen Diaries, and Buvette. She hosted the first two seasons of Radio Cherry Bombe and has written for Vogue, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Saveur, SELF, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. She lives in Ulster County with her wife, dogs, and cat.