Board OF DIRECTORS

Sheila Rauch

Chairperson

Sheila is a watercolor artist and has lived in Cold Spring since 1980. She has served on the boards of the Yorkville Common  Pantry in NY, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and is currently on the board of the Philipstown Depot Theatre. 

Lynda Ann Ewen

Vice Chairperson

Lynda moved to Philipstown in 2012 with her husband who had advanced vascular dementia. She and Ande (Tony) Merante took care of him and Ande’s wife, who had Alzheimer’s, at home until they passed. That underscored for her the importance of an aging at home organization. Lynda Ann holds a PhD in community organization and societal  development and is a retired college professor. She has volunteered as a rape victim advocate and at other community organizations in West Virginia.

Ellyn Varela-Burstein

Secretary

Ellen and her family have lived in Philipstown for more than 20 years. She has had several careers, the last one as an  Occupational Therapist with a specialty in Gerontology. She taught occupational therapy at Dominican College and  Columbia University. Ellyn has served on the Haldane School Foundation Board and the Board of the Putnam Highlands  Audubon Society among other volunteer activities. 

Ellen Raphael Collins

Treasurer

Ellen has lived in Cold Spring for the past 10 years. She began her career in theatre on and off Broadway. She later moved to  Los Angeles where she won an Academy Award Nomination, two Emmys and a Peabody award. A favorite project was  work on “A Place of Our Own” and “Los Ninos en Su Casa”: a PBS series designed to help caregivers prepare children  for success in kindergarten. She is currently working on a civil rights documentary and another on artist Michelle Stuart. 

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Susan Freeman

Susan lives in Cold Spring and currently works as a geriatric Care Manager and volunteer at Presbyterian Hudson Valley  Hospital. Susan was a NYC in-patient hospital social worker at Mt. Sinai and St. Luke's hospitals for thirty years. She graduated from Hunter School of Social Work in 1990 and continued graduate work at Columbia University School  of Social Work.

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Priscilla Goldfarb

Priscilla has lived in Philipstown since 1997. A retired nonprofit executive in the fields of health and global health, she currently  serves as Trustee of the Mid Hudson Library System. She is a co-convener of the Philipstown Community Congress and  a member of the Taghkanic Chorale. Previous board service includes National Peace Corps Association, Landmark on  Main Street and Friends of Hospice. She was a Peace Corps teacher and has worked on USAID projects. 

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Martee Levi

Martee is a working artist and co-founder and Director of the Buster Levi Gallery in Cold Spring. With an art education from RIT,  Columbia University and Arts Students League, she is now sharing her talent as an art educator. She teaches private  classes and has taught at the Art Students League in NYC. She created programs and taught teens in Harlem for  MOMA’s outreach program and the summer Art Institute at the Garrison Art Center. She has volunteered as curator for  the Garrison Art Center’s Galleries as well as Boscobel’s summer sculpture garden.

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Carol Marquand

Carol moved with her family to Garrison in 1993 leaving behind a several decades long career in documentary film at BBC  Television in London. She has served on several nonprofit boards including Common Ground Farm and five years as  President of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. 

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Karen Rattazzi-Stein

Karen has been an advocate for the arts in education and personal growth for her professional career spanning forty-five years. She completed her master’s degree at the Pratt Institute and went on to have a private practice, working primarily with  artists. In the 1990’s Karen shifted her focus to the power of the arts in personal growth and education. She started  several education programs that are still enjoyed today at Garrison Art Center and served as the Director of Education at  the Katonah Museum of Art. 

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Barry Skura

Barry was senior Policy Advisor on Health Care and Aging for the New York City Comptroller’s Office. As Assistant Director of  Corporate Reimbursement for the NYC public hospital system, he worked on the Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement  rates of its eleven hospitals and five nursing homes. Barry holds a PhD in Sociology and taught at the universities of  Rochester and Minnesota. He is on the board of the Mid-Hudson Civil Liberties Union, treasurer of the Philipstown  Reformed Synagogue and a hike leader for Mid-Hudson Adirondack Mountain Club.