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From Our Residents:

“If you choose Woodland Pond, you have made the right decision. There are many activities and events here at my new home.”

Leadership

 

Michelle T. GramogliaJanuary 2007

President & CEO

Michelle was appointed President and CEO in March 2016 after holding the Executive Director position at Woodland Pond since November 2013, after having served in various financial roles for the Community since 2007. Immediately prior to being selected as the Executive Director, Michelle served as the Controller from 2010 through 2013. Michelle began her career as a corporate auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers, a role she held for 7 years. Michelle’s finance background and experience at Woodland Pond through the construction phase (2007 – 2010) has served her well in becoming familiar with the challenges and opportunities of the senior living field. This experience led to Michelle’s appointment to the LeadingAge NY Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) Cabinet in 2012, where she served an initial 3 year term, ultimately to be reappointed for a second three year term beginning in 2015. Michelle was elected by her Cabinet peers as the Vice Chair of the Cabinet for 2015 and 2016. Michelle hails from the area – having been born and raised in Kingston, NY and now, with her husband (a police lieutenant), raising her two children in Saugerties, NY.

Christi BattistoniSeptember 2009

Director of Finance

Christi graduated from Marist College in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Christi has over 25 years of experience working in the healthcare finance field. Prior to coming to Woodland Pond in 2009, she worked at Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck N.Y. It was here that she realized how much she enjoyed working with and being around seniors. She resides in Dutchess County with her husband Jeff and four children Nick, Brady, Dara and Tristan. When not working her time is mostly spent as a “soccer mom”.

Robert W. DunnDecember 2013

Director of Environmental Services

Rob has worked in long term health care for the past 25 years in regards to Environmental Services and central supply, including 22 years at Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck N.Y. Rob started his career as a housekeeper, working his way up to Environmental Services Supervisor, then Manager. Rob also spent time at The Baptist home in Rhinebeck managing their central supplies department.

Thomas J. TangoOctober 2016

Director of Plant Operations and Security

Tom holds a Bachelors degree from SUNY Oswego in Industrial Arts Education. He completed the Facilities Management Certificate Program at NYU and is a certified NYS Code Enforcement Officer. Tom was an Industrial Arts Teacher for a while then went into Facilities Management. Over the past 25 years Tom has managed the facilities and operations of senior housing, retail, public schools, and human service agencies in the Hudson Valley.

Tom Lives in Walden with his wife Jeanmarie and their dog Whiskey. His two children are grown and on their own.

Marguerite C. WolfAugust 2011

MSOTR, Therapy & Rehabilitation Director

Marguerite earned her AAS in 1994 for Occupational Therapy from Maria College Albany, NY, in 1994; BS in Health Sciences in 2004 and MS Occupational Therapy in 2007. Marguerite began her career in health care as a home health aide when she was 18. She became CNA in 1991 at Tersian House in Albany. During orientation the OT explained what Occupational Therapy was and she enrolled in the OTA program at Maria the following Monday. She has worked her entire career with both pediatrics and geriatric population. Working with this generation is where her heart is.

Brigitte BlumApril 2011

Director of HR, Training & Development, Corporate Compliance Officer

Brigitte is a graduate of Rondout Valley high school, earning a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She began her career in healthcare in 2005. After spending more than 6 years working at a nursing home in Dutchess County, Brigitte joined the team at Woodland Pond. As Director of Human Resources, Training and Development, Brigitte develops, supports and oversees the human resources function, staff development, and the community’s in-service program. As Corporate Compliance Officer, Brigitte develops and maintains a program which meets all regulatory requirements. Growing up with family homes in the Hudson Valley and coastal Connecticut, Brigitte developed a fondness for both the mountains and the water. After marrying Martin, her high school sweetheart, and living in Brooklyn for a couple of years, the couple decided to raise their family in Kingston, NY-between the mountains and the river! Together they have two very active children, Keely and Tanner.

Sarah HullJune 2009

MS, Director of Resident Services

Sarah has been serving seniors for over 20 years. Her experience began as an activity leader, personal care aide and housekeeper at an adult home. She then earned her bachelors degree in psychology and art therapy with a focus on seniors and her masters degree in Gerontology with a graduate certificate in death and dying. After college, Sarah held positions as a geriatric care manager for Sherwood Associates, case manager at a Hyatt senior living community and a care consultant for the Alzheimer’s Association. She then found her home at Woodland Pond as the Resident Services Director, supervising the concierge, activities coordinator, wellness nurse, transportation services and providing social work services to residents.

Shannon ScaturroJune 2013

Retirement Counselor

Shannon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Health Service Management from DeVry University. With immense experience in marketing and administration, she began her career at Woodland Pond as the Marketing Coordinator and transitioned into her role as a Retirement Counselor. Shannon’s personality, skills and desire to help senior adults are a perfect match for this position. She truly enjoys helping all of the new residents plan their retirement at Woodland Pond. Shannon resides in Marlboro, with her husband, Dave, three children, Jayden, Juliana and Giavanna, and her Australian Shepherd, Benji.

Philip MehlMay 2016

Director of Long Term Care

Philip Mehl, LMSW, NHA, RAC-CT has worked in health care for over 25 years. He has experience working as a Social Worker and Director in long term care, acute care, medical surgical units, emergency departments and trauma centers. Philip did his undergraduate studies in Social Work at New York University and obtained his MSW from Columbia University. He received his Nursing Home Administrator's License in 2008 and has helped facilities reach and maintain 5 Stars on the Medicare.gov website. Philip serves as a consultant for LeadingAge New York, where he assists other long term care facilities develop quality systems. He has been the recipient of Leadership awards from The American College of Health Care Administrators and The Healthcare Association of New York State. Philip brings to his work a strong focus on Person Centered Care, workplace culture, and sustaining quality initiatives through team building, effective communication, and root cause analysis. Philip has a strong background in music and theater and spends his time between New York City and the Hudson Valley, where he currently lives with his husband and two beautiful daughters.

Carrie MosleyMay 2016

Director of Nursing

Carrie Mosley, RN, A.A.S., RAC-CT has been working in health care for over 9 years, with a focus in long-term care. She also has a clinical background in acute nursing care with a specialty in emergency nursing. Carrie attended Maria College for her associate’s degree, where she is currently pursuing her bachelor’s. Prior to coming to Woodland Pond Carrie served as Director of Nursing at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville, N.Y. She has a great passion for nursing and advocating for the rights of the geriatric population, providing person-centered care. She currently resides in Delaware County with her husband and three children.

Ronnie Marie LicataJanuary 2017

Director of Dining Services

Ronnie has worked in the hospitality industry for 28 years and the last 20 years has been with Sodexo as a Chef and as a General Manager. She received a Culinary Arts degree in 1995 from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park NY and from there her career has taken her from cooking at a restaurant in the Hamptons to managing four accounts in New York City. As the Director of Dining Services Ronnie manages the food quality, standards and general hospitality services for all residents. Ronnie loves making people happy with food and service.

Ronnie was raised in Newburgh where she currently resides with her wife and son. She loves to ride motorcycles, travel and loves cooking for her family.

Board of Directors

 

Alan Dunefsky, Chair(2017)

Special Assistant for Projects, SUNY New Paltz

Alan obtained his B.A. in Biology and his M.S. in Humanistic Education from SUNY New Paltz. He retired from his alma mater’s Athletics Department in 2005 where he served as Director of Recreation and Coach for 34 years. In his retirement Alan continues to work at the college part-time as Special Assistant for Projects in the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs. He also serves on the SUNY New Paltz Alumni Council Executive Board and is Vice President of the Rondout Hills Townhouse Community Board of Directors.

Michael S. Rosenberg, Vice Chair (2018)

Dean, School of Education and Professor of Special Education at SUNY New Paltz

Dr. Rosenberg is a Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins University where prior to his 2012 appointment at SUNY, he was a Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Special Education and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Education. Preceding his 26 years at Johns Hopkins, Michael was an Assistant Professor for four years at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and, for an all-too-brief semester, a visiting scholar at Westminster College in Oxford, England. He completed his doctoral work at Penn State University and was a 2008 Fulbright Fellow at Saint Patrick’s College in Dublin, Ireland. He was the co-editor of Teacher Education and Special Education from 2009-2012. The co-author of five textbooks, Michael has been a recipient of numerous competitive federal and state grants. He has also authored or co-authored over sixty articles and chapters, presented at numerous national conferences, and served as a field editor for a number of special education journals. He has advised over thirty-five doctoral graduates and was a recipient of the 2007 TED Merrill Teacher of Excellence Award.

John Klassen, Treasurer(2017)

Rhinebeck Bank

John has been a community lender with the bank since 2012. He provides commercial lending and banking services to manufacturers and distribution companies in the Hudson Valley. John has over 20 years of residential, commercial lending and banking experience. He has owned his own mortgage banking operation, construction company and title company and has worked in a variety of capacities at local and national banks. His awards include Lender of the Quarter at M&T Bank and Rhinebeck Bank as well as Commercial Treasury Management Partner of the Year at Key Bank. In the local community John serves on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the Middletown Community Health Center. This is a federally qualified health center serving western Orange and Sullivan Counties and Milford PA. He serves on the International Board of Advisors for Business Network International and as a volunteer for the Benedictine Health Foundation. Community awards have included the Hope Award from Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in 2010 and the American Diabetes Association Volunteer of the Year award in 1994. John is a 1987 graduate of Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor’s in Economics. He was commissioned and served as an officer in the U.S. Army specializing in HAWK and Patriot missiles until incurring his medical disability in 1992. John has been married to Barbara for 20 years and they reside in Saugerties, New York. They have two children, Nicholas and Lauren.

Richard Barry, Secretary(2017)

Retired educator and school administrator

Dr. Dick Barry has occupied many roles in a long career in education: high school English teacher, multi-department supervisor, principal, district director of education, university lecturer, editor of educational newsletters, presenter at regional and national conferences, and curriculum consultant to a dozen Long Island school districts. He has also served on numerous community councils, boards and committees. A Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of New York University where he obtained an M.A., Dick then earned a second master’s degree and his doctorate from Columbia University, all four degrees on full fellowships and in related fields of English. He also did post-doctoral work at Harvard in strategic organizational planning and at Hunter College in administrative leadership. Over a thirty-year span Dick has worked with Literacy Volunteers of America, tutoring adults in basic literacy, and he also conducted evening classes preparing adults for the high school equivalency exams. In retirement Dick has published ten books, including Experiencing Woodland Pond, recounting his first two years of residency at Woodland Pond.

Anna M. Brett, Member (2019)

Retired Principal, Kingston Schools

Anna’s educational experience includes a B.A. in Health Education from SUNY Cortland, M.S. in Health Education from Russell Sage College and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from SUNY New Paltz. Anna worked for over thirty-five years as a Health Educator and then administrator for the Kingston School District. For the past forty years Anna has volunteered in her community on many different boards and organizations. All of these experiences have provided her with the skills, knowledge and expertise to understand the organization of Woodland Pond including her role and responsibilities. After moving from Long Island to Kingston to begin her career in education in 1973, she decided that Kingston was the place she wanted to call her home. She met her husband, Kenneth, at Kingston High School where they were both teachers. They became very involved with their community and continue to be so to this day. They have one daughter, Rebecca, a pre-school teacher in Silver Spring, Maryland. As a family they have enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. Anna has also been involved in physical fitness programs including long distance running, weight training and body building. In her spare time she enjoys reading and volunteering in her community. Anna’s civic affiliations include the following board memberships: Woodland Pond, Junior League of Kingston, SUNY Ulster Board of Trustees, Friends of Historic Kingston, Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Ulster County Italian American Foundation, Friends of Forsyth Nature Center and St. Joseph’s Parish Council.

Christopher C. Drouin, Member(2019)

Registered Investment Advisor

Chris joined the Woodland Pond Board of Directors in 2016 and currently serves on the Executive and Finance Committees. The Jazz and Psychology programs at SUNY New Paltz lured Chris from northwestern Connecticut to the Hudson Valley in 1996. With a B.A. in Psychology, he remained at SUNY New Paltz for graduate studies in Experimental Psychology and Counseling and served as an Admissions Officer, Academic Advisor, Instructor in the Psychology Department and ice hockey coach. He entered the financial-life-planning profession in 2001 and went on to found Beyond Wealth Management, a boutique firm with expertise helping clients develop strategies for college, estate planning, asset protection, investment management and closely held business succession. He frequently speaks at industry conventions about helping clients make informed decisions where money, life and family collide. Chris is Chair Emeritus, Board of Directors, New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce, and a former Trustee of the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. Chris, his wife, Christy, and their two girls make their home in the heart of the Mid-Hudson Valley where they always find time to savor the cultural and outdoor offerings of the region. Chris enjoys cooking, having racked up thirty hours of professional chef continuing-education credits, and plays the drums as part of the music accompaniment at his church’s services.

Beverly Finnegan, Member(2017)

Ulster Community College Foundation Board Secretary, Ulster Garden Club, Wiltwyck Golf Club, Junior League of Kingston

Beverly obtained her B.A. in English from SUNY New Paltz. She served as the Hudson Valley Vice President for the American Cancer Society where she had oversight of programming and income development for the six counties in the region. She has been a past member of the board of the Wiltwyck Golf Club, having served as Treasurer, and is currently serving on the house, pool and social committees. She is also a member of the HealthAlliance Foundation Board. Beverly has been an Ulster County resident since 1964 and enjoys gardening, reading and traveling to visit her grandchildren.

Laurel M. Garrick Duhaney, Member(2019)

Dr. Laurel M. Garrick Duhaney earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of the West Indies-Mona, Kingston. She also has an M.S.Ed., and a Ph.D, both in special education, from Southern Illinois University. Dr. Garrick Duhaney has held a broad range of teaching and administrative positions in Jamaica and the United States. She joined the SUNY New Paltz faculty in fall of 1996 as a professor of special education and, since June 2004, has held the positions of Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School. She served the college as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2010-11. As Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Garrick Duhaney administers New Paltz’s more than 50 masters and advanced study programs. In November 2016 she was appointed Interim Dean of Extended Learning.

Dr. Garrick Duhaney has held a number of teaching positions and is the recipient of a distinguished teaching award. Her research interests include inclusion of students with disabilities in general education classrooms, meeting the educational needs of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and responsive teacher education for a diverse society. She has published dozens of articles and several book chapters in various refereed scholarly publications. She also has given several keynote addresses and numerous presentations at various international, national, and regional professional meetings. She has served as editor, associate editor, and reviewer for several refereed publications. Dr. Garrick Duhaney has received many awards including a United States Agency for International Development scholarship, a nomination to the National Institute for Urban School Improvement, a P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship, and the 1992 Illinois Congress of Parent and Teachers Special Education Annual Scholarship.

Floyd Lattin, member(2019)

Floyd Lattin’s professional career has spanned many diverse fields including managing investment funds, banking, real estate and the arts. Floyd is the Co-founder, Principal and Chief Investment Officer of The Praedium Group, a privately held real estate investment firm that has invested $9.2 billion of capital on behalf of its clients. He has also served as Vice President and Chief Credit Officer in the Real Estate Finance Group, Bankers Trust Company, now Deutsche Bank, and as a visual arts consultant for the New York State Council on the Arts. Other positions have included Secretary of the Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and curatorial roles in the Dept. of Egyptian and Classical Art at The Brooklyn Museum. Floyd earned his B.A. from Antioch College, his M.A from N.Y.U.’s Institute of Fine Arts and his M.B.A. from Columbia University. He currently serves on the Mohonk Preserve Board, is a member of its Executive Committee and is Chair of its Land Protection Committee. He also is a member of the Board of the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council in Highland.

Nadine Lemmon, member(2019)

Dr. Nadine Lemmon has worked in public policy for the last 25 years. Most recently, Nadine was Director of New York and Federal Policy for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC). Formed in 1993 by leading environmental, transportation and planning organizations, TSTC is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to reducing car dependency in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. She joined TSTC in 2011, initially as their first Albany-based Legislative Advocate.

 

Nadine was a two-term member of Gardner’s Town Council, where she helped pass and implement a smart-growth revision to Gardner’s zoning code and was project manager for the town’s $1.6 million federally-funded sidewalk improvement project. In 2008 she was the prime mover in the founding of The Gardner Gazette, a non-profit sixteen-page local quarterly, and she served as a charter member of its Editorial Committee.

 

Nadine has been an Adjunct Professor at CCNY, from whose Graduate Center she received a Ph.D. in Sociology. She also has an M.F.A. from New York City’s School of Visual Arts and a B.A. in Economics from Duke University.

 

In 2011, Nadine received the Wallkill Valley Land Trust’s Conservation Award, “for active advocacy in open space preservation and farmland conservation.” She is currently on the Board of Champlain Area Trails, an accredited Land Trust, based in Westport, NY, which has built and maintains forty-two miles of trails in the Champlain Valley. Nadine’s home straddles Hurley and Marbletown, NY, where she lives with her husband, Philip Underdown, a photographer, and two Labs.

Elaine B. Rylance, Member (2018)

Currently a member of Ulster Garden Club, The Memorial Tree Fund and a reading tutor at Graves School

Elaine received her R.N. degree from SUNY Ulster in 1980. She worked at Kingston Hospital, the New York Blood Center and also at the American Cancer Society to establish a program to provide free mammograms. She currently serves as office manager for Rylance Associates. Elaine has served locally on many boards including UPAC, Kingston Library, Kingston Consolidated School District, Kingston Junior League and Redeemer Lutheran Church. She enjoys quilting, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family, two adult children and three grandchildren who all live locally.

Marc Schain, Member(2019)

Certified Public Accountant

Marc A. Schain is the managing partner of the New Paltz office of Schain and Company, a full service Certified Public Accounting firm with offices in New Paltz, New York and Coral Springs, Florida. In addition, Marc is also a licensed investment representative. Marc currently serves as President of The Jewish Congregation of New Paltz. He has previously served as President of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and Wiltwyck Golf Club, the Paltz Club and the Treasurer of the Jewish Federation of Ulster County and of The Jewish Congregation of New Paltz. Marc has also previously served on the boards of The Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Music in the Mountains and McKenna Productions, Inc. Marc is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant and has practiced in New Paltz since 1975. His practice consists of serving many small businesses providing tax, accounting cash flow analysis, forecasting and business valuations. He is also a financial advisor with Cetera Financial Specialists, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services are offered through Cetera Investment Advisors, LLC Cetera entities are under separate ownership from any other named entity (70 N. Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY, 12561 (845) 255-5888). Marc is a graduate of Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn, NY and The New York Institute of Technology with a B.S. degree in Accounting. Marc, along with his wife, Colleen, and their two Labrador Retrievers live in High Falls, N.Y. Credentials: Licensed CPA, Series 7, Series 66, Registered Investment Advisor, Life and health insurance, Certification for Long-Term Care, Certification for NYS Partnership for Long-Term Care.

Raymond D. Smith, Jr., Member(2019)

Retired Managing Director, Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank), New York City and London

Ray and his wife, Anne, have been residents of Woodland Pond since 2011. He is a former chair of Woodland Pond’s Mill Brook Preserve Committee and was a charter member of the Editorial Committee of The Gardiner Gazette. Ray has served as a board member and chair of the Finance Committee of the Wallkill Valley Land Trust; as a trustee of the Hiram Halle Memorial Library in Pound Ridge, NY; and managed two successful municipal ballot propositions to fund the preservation of open space, one in Pound Ridge and one in Gardiner, NY. Ray was a Fulbright Scholar and has a B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA.