BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Seth J. Blocker has been living in the town of Meredith with his wife Linda and their two children Rachel and Benjamin for the past 15 years. He has operated a chiropractic office in Delaware County for approximately 20 years, currently practicing in Delhi, NY. He currently is a Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care board of directors’ member serving on the board of governance and the patient quality assurance committees. He had been a member of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce for approximately 15 years and served as a member of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 2012-2018 where he served as chairman of the Board of Directors from 2014-2017.
David C. Brower serves as the Dean of the School of Business and Hospitality Management at SUNY Delhi where he oversees a dynamic array of academic offerings including Culinary Arts, Event Management, Hotel & Restaurant Management, Business & Technology Management, Accounting, Computer Information Systems, and Professional Golf Management. David joined the faculty in fall 2002 and became department chair of Hospitality Management in 2012. His industry experience includes positions with the Walt Disney Company, Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts, and the Isle of Capri Casino, Inc. He gained valuable experience with not-for-profit management during his time with the Rhode Island Hospitality and Tourism Association where he served as a school to career liaison and later as Director of Membership Services. David holds associate and baccalaureate degrees in Hospitality Management from SUNY Delhi, an MBA in Hospitality Administration from the Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate School at Johnson & Wales University, and a PhD in Leadership and Management from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN.
Kevin DePodwin is the co-owner and founder of Table to Farm Tours, with his partner Lindsay Barton. Table to Farm Tours connects their customer with local Catskills farmers, distillers, cider makers, and farm-to-table restaurants through day and evening tours. Kevin and Lindsay live in Roxbury in a house Kevin’s great-aunt purchased in 1937, and just had their first child, June Margaret, in September 2019. Kevin is also the principal of KSD Strategies, a boutique consulting firm helping area non-profits, businesses, and governments streamline processes, develop Strategic Plans, and implement new projects. Prior to Table to Farm Tours, Kevin’s career has been in the public sector working in campaigns, legislative offices, and administrations. Kevin has a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University and spent the last ten years working to save taxpayer money by implementing efficiency initiatives, overseeing strategic planning and project management efforts, spearheading performance management tools, and planning for and managing emergencies including hurricanes, snowstorms, and power outages.
Kelsey Earl is a Business Account Representative at Margaretville Telephone Company. She is a lifetime Margaretville native who graduated from SUNY Delhi with a degree in applied science. After graduating from college Kelsey began working with the community and developing relationships in line with her passion of helping others. In 2019, Kelsey began to raise her niece and nephew which encouraged her to become more involved in the local community and leading her so she joined the Chamber’s Leaderful Delaware program in 2020. Since then, she has been encouraging others of all ages to become more involved in local events and supporting local businesses.
Thomas F Kelley has lived in the town of Delhi for over 20 years with his wife, Jayne Anne Harris and their family. He has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Marist College, and worked for KPMG, one of the world’s largest accounting firms. After leaving KPMG, he worked in the internal audit department of General Foods, as the Director of Internal Audit at Handy and Harmon and Assistant Controller of the Industrial Chemicals division of Geest Industries before starting his own accounting practice in 1989. He’s on the board of directors of the ADAC of Delaware County.
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.
Rosie Lamport is the Director of Agriculture and Retail at Lamport Hemp Farm in Hobart. Rosie and her husband John have operated Lamport Dairy Farm for the past 9 years. The dairy farm has been in operation since the 1700s and in 2019 became an alternative agriculture enterprise transitioning to Lamport Hemp Farm. Lamport Hemp Farm grows hemp for its CBD oil content and retails a product line consisting of CBD tinctures, soaps, salves, t-shirts, CBD animal-use products, hemp flower and more. Edible products include CBD infused with locally produced honey and maple syrup. Rosie is focused on evolving agricultural market trends, networking and collaboration and brings the perspective of the Delaware County’s changing face of agriculture.
Michael MacDonald is Superintendent of Walton Central School. He holds a doctorate of education degree in educational leadership and management and is a New York certified school district administrator and school administrator/supervisor. His educational administration career spans more than 20 years including positions at DCMO BOCES and Hancock Central School. His published work includes “Invisible Disorder, Visible Effect.” Principal Leadership Jan. 2010 and “Making the Case for Minimum Expectations” .
Valerie Nichols is the Customer Service Manager at Delhi Telephone Company and has been with the company for seven years. A native of the Margaretville area, Valerie resides in Andes with her husband and their two children. She brings experience in marketing, sales and event planning to her work with community groups and is active as a director with Greater Delhi Area Chamber, co-leader of Delhi Girl Scout Troop #30206, a member of the Delhi Women’s and Men’s Club, Delaware County Youth Soccer coordinator for Andes, Andes Elementary Ski Club, and as a community liaison for Kappa Sigma Epsilon fraternity at SUNY Delhi.
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.
Jim Reynolds has served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Sidney Federal Credit Union since January 2019. Jim is a central New York native with extensive experience in the credit union movement. He began his career in credit unions in 1996, and has held the titles of business development account executive, director of sales, VP of communications, and SVP of operations, and chief operating officer. Jim is active in a number of community and charitable organizations, including United Way of Sidney.
Jacob Sackett graduated from Delaware Academy in 2011, going on to study Sustainable Agriculture at Cornell University. He later attended Boston College Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate. Jacob returned to Delaware County where he now practices law, with an emphasis on real estate, estate planning, and matrimonials. In addition to his legal practice, Jacob and his girlfriend, Elizabeth Starks, are co-owners of Bovina Farm and Fermentory, a small permaculture farm and market.
Tara grew up in Walton, attended culinary school in Rhode Island, and pursued a restaurant career in Seattle. Upon moving back to her hometown she opened a successful restaurant and dove headfirst into the community. Tara was recently elected to her second term as president of the Walton Chamber of Commerce. She prides herself as a champion for shopping local (especially for food), being as green as economically possible and being a supporter of the arts both in the community and in her restaurant.
Amy Warner is the Executive Director of the A. Lindsay & Olive B. O’Connor Foundation. Originally from DeLancey, Amy spent much of her life throughout the Northeast and abroad. She and her husband (a Delhi native) returned to Delhi in 2013. They now reside in Meredith with their three children. With a degree in Non-Profit Business Management from Boston University, Amy’s career has focused on fundraising development for nonprofits and grantmaking through philanthropic organizations. Additionally, Amy sits on the board of the Delhi Campus Child Care Center (DC4).
Seth Wildenstein is a lifelong resident of Walton. Currently he is a level 3 Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinator and is the Director of Support Services at UHS Delaware Valley Hospital overseeing Bio Medical, Dietary, Housekeeping, Maintenance, Emergency Preparedness, Safety and Security. In addition he is also a member of the Sr. Management Council. Seth spent 25 years in the family retail/wholesale florist and greenhouse small business. Following in his parent’s footsteps, civic activities have included 22 years of service with the Walton Fire Department and Emergency Squad where he has served in several support and leadership roles and as a member of the Central New York Firemen’s Association Audit Committee. As a parent of two sons, Seth was a Board Member of the Walton Nursery School, Den Leader and Committee Member of Cub Scout Pack 45 and Committee Member of Boy Scout Troop 45, as well as PTA and Building Level Team Member of Townsend Elementary and Walton Middle School.
Ray Pucci is optimistic about the future of the Catskill Mountains. Throughout his over thirty-year career working with regional nonprofit, education, government, and business groups, Ray has demonstrated a straight-forward approach coupled with strategic thinking that has contributed to his reputation as an honest partner and advocate. During his two tenures as president of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce–in the late-1990s and today–Ray has initiated successful efforts to re-brand the Catskill Mountains to new audiences of visitors. Understanding that environmental stewardship, agriculture, natural resources, and main street retail development contribute to regional promotion, Ray continues to facilitate connections among business owners, government, advocacy groups, and residents to create a shared future for the Catskills.