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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Kathy Yacoe Skura

She taught art to at-risk children in a residential setting for many years and is currently a Teaching Artist with ArtsWestchester. She is also a practicing artist and has shown her paintings widely in the New York area. Kathy has a BFA from Boston University and an MFA from SUNY New Paltz.