Chamber Director Candidate Biographies

SUSAN BARNETT
SUSAN BARNETTUpstate Country Realty
Susan Barnett, an award winning journalist and writer, has been a real estate professional for more than a decade. She moved to Delaware County in 2018 and opened Upstate Country Realty in 2022. Specializing in historic properties as well as commercial real estate, UCR is the little company with a big reach. An upstate New York native, Barnett has worked in both television and radio news, led media relations for a major state agency, and worked for both corporate and upscale boutique real estate firms. She is a published author and creator of the new online magazine, The Catskills Literary Journal. She lives in Franklin with musician Kevin Bartlett.
GANNON FRISBEE
GANNON FRISBEENBT Bank
My name is Gannon Frisbee. I am the branch manager of NBT Bank in Hobart, NY. I am a strong and dependable leader, who prides himself on being a resource to his team. I am a problem solver that loves a challenge and will always put tremendous thought and care into anything I do. I was born and raised in Delaware County and have worked here most of my life. The strong sense of community that is shared throughout this county has always been ingrained in me. With a passion for fostering local growth and collaboration, I have been an active force in our community for over a decade. I hope to bring a fresh perspective and spearhead initiatives that collaborate with entrepreneurs and business partners throughout the community to enhance the overall well-being of our county.
JOHN GASSTROM
JOHN GASSTROMDelaware County Electric Cooperative
A native, New Yorker, Gasstrom was raised on a dairy farm in Herkimer County. He obtained his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA) and his M.B.A. in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix (AZ). John has worked in various roles for NYSEG in Binghamton & Ithaca, NY (1991-2002) and for Georgia System Operations Corporation in Tucker, GA (2002-2019). He was the CEO of Indiana Electric Cooperatives in Indianapolis (2019-2022) and has taken the reins as CEO & General Manager of Delaware County Electric Cooperative (DCEC) as of August 2022.

John has done project work for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and has served on national level committees and working groups representing rural electric cooperatives in the areas of cyber security and electric reliability. Gasstrom currently resides in Bovina Center and is passionate about rural life and helping create a “quality of place” for small communities. In his spare time, he enjoys making wine and sharing his creations with friends and family.

JOANN KUDREWICZ
JOANN KUDREWICZRavensview Genetics
Joann Kudrewicz is a serial entrepreneur with an expertise in developing aggressive growth models for corporate health care practices. She has functioned as VP of Operations and Business Growth and Development for several start-up groups and national corporate medical organizations, with highly successful outcomes. Six years ago, Joann left NYC to join her husband in Delhi, and to teach Business Marketing, Sales, and Healthcare Management classes at SUNY Delhi, while pursuing a lifelong dream of owning a Holistic Health Center focused on Body/Mind/Spirit wellness. As owner/CEO of Ravens View Genetics, LLC, a hemp cultivation company, and its subsidiary adult-use marijuana company, Keona Kind Cannabis, LLC, Joann enjoys building a unique and compliant business model with huge growth potential within this emerging industry. She has embraced a company vision focused on creating high-quality products, environmental stability, and a positive corporate culture that nurtures equal opportunity and intraorganizational health.
Edward Mullen, MD
Edward Mullen, MDPeace, Love, and Yoga
Ed is a devoted country boy. His roots are in rural Mississippi and Virginia. Ed immediately felt at home in Delaware County. Ed attended the University of Virginia where he received both his undergraduate and Medical Degree. He did his residency at Columbia Prebyterian Hospital and is a Boarded Radiation Oncologist.

Ed had a long and satisfying career practicing in New York. While Medicine was his calling, his real love was in starting and growing medical practices. Ed created 3 thriving radiation oncology practices in lower New York before he took on his labor of love – Peace Love and Yoga in Roxbury NY. Now Semiretired , Ed has settled into life in Delaware County.

Ed is a dedicated outdoorsman, loves hiking, skiing, mountaineering and “lumberjacking”. He’s deeply committed to seeing Delaware County thrive.

DREW PROCHAZKA
DREW PROCHAZKABeaver Mountain Log and Cedar Homes
Every day, as our Business Manager, Drew leverages his more than 15 years of experience in manufacturing and business management. As well as being responsible for accounting and human resources, he acts as our IT Coordinator, Database Programmer, and oversees Beaver Mountain’s website, blog, and social media presence. Drew spends countless hours researching the best insurance companies, employee benefits packages, and energy-saving programs that will ensure our company is running as efficiently as possible.
Having been with Beaver Mountain for more than 18 years, he’s had many opportunities to bring his education, an Associate’s Degree in Architecture, into play and get involved with design and production aspects of the business. He enjoys maintaining and managing the kiln-drying of our cant stock (a sawmilling term that refers to a partially sawn log edged on one or more sides). This activity requires numerous trips to the kilns to measure the moisture level in the cants during the drying process.

In addition to wearing all these hats, Drew is a licensed helicopter pilot, a goal he pursued since childhood. An active, involved father, he enjoys camping, skiing, fishing, and boating with his wife and their eight children.