Cat Wilson

Executive Director

Cat has been working with food most of her life. Over fifteen years of experience in the restaurant industry, and 5 years in organic farming have given her the experience required to run the Catskills Food Hub. She has spent every summer of her childhood and most of her adult life in Sullivan County New York, finding it to be a region rich with culture and history. She is dedicated to working with her community and improving the well-being of the individuals within it.

 

Denise Frangipane

CHairperson

Denise joined the Gerry Foundation in 2000 as part of the development team for Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and the Museum at Bethel Woods.  There she helped create Sullivan Renaissance, an organization that supports volunteers in their efforts to build beautiful, healthy active communities where she now serves as Executive Director. 

 Denise has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Marist College, a volunteer background in environmental conservation and community organizing, and a professional background in program development.  She spends her free time outdoors as much as possible where she enjoys gardening, growing food, hiking, skiing and kayaking.  She lives in Bethel, New York with her husband and their son Ian William Hawk Pammer. 

 

Mark McLewin

Vice-Chairperson

Mark owns own a Gas station, Deli, Grocery Store, Catering operation, Real estate brokerage, Commercial and residential rentals, Construction company building commercial and residential buildings, LED billboards, and an avocado farm.

Mark joined the board of the Food Hub because he believes the County will benefit from its operation.  Farmers – Restaurants - Residents. 

“This area will thrive on fresh local food and products.  Sullivan County has been relying on outside influences for its economic vitality for too long.  It’s time Sullivan took an active role in helping itself.” - Mark

 

Ed Sykes

Treasurer

 

Kim Kline

Secretary

Kim brings extensive experience in non-profit consulting for major organizations and events in Cincinnati and Chicago. She served on numerous boards, committees, and chaired major events in both cities. Kim received her chemical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota. Prior to moving to upstate New York, Kim was the Environmental and Compliance Manager for Mobil Oil, Avon Products and then Unilever. Her most recent positions were as Real Estate Project Manager for WW Grainger and Director of Development for General Growth Properties.

 

Brett Budde

Board member

Brett Budde owns and operates Majestic Farm with his family. He has a Masters and background in visual arts, but transitioned to focus primarily on his farm 10 years ago to indulge in his love of the land. Mr. Budde has experience farming various organic fruits trees and plants, apiaries, vegetables, goats, sheep, meat and dairy cattle. Currently Majestic farm produces heritage chicken and pork. Recently Brett planted a Biodynamic apple orchard at Majestic, on track to be Sullivan County’s only u-pick. Brett also works as a consultant to orchards and livestock farms in the NY region.

 

Todd Erling

Board member

With an academic background in environmental design and planning from Miami University and the Pratt Institute, years of experience in community and economic development, and growing up in the family orchards, Todd brings a holistic approach to agribusiness development. Todd lives on his wife’s family farm in Southern Columbia County and has hands-on knowledge of the challenges to the Valley’s agriculture while applying practical Economic Development programs and projects to protect and preserve open space by keeping farmers in business. With HVADC’s Board of Directors, Todd has developed the first regional entity to focus on farms and local food business as economic development in the Hudson Valley. HVADC has grown to having multi-year service contracts with 7 counties’ economic development offices and raising over $4 million since 2007 for programs and service to assist ag-related/ag-dependent businesses in the region. HVADC has assisted projects in accessing over $30 million in funding.

 

Colleen Monaghan

Board member, Ex-oficio

Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County provides training and technical assistance to farm businesses and agriculture related organizations in the areas of production, business development, retention and expansion, best management practices, and food systems. Representatives include the executive director and/or members of the ag and food systems team.

 

Wendolly Ortega

Board member

 

Ashley Tully

Board member

Ashley is the Administrative Assistant at Cornell Cooperative Extension. She is an East coast native, with a background in Communications and Photography. A varied career in service, Ashley has worked in natural resource conservation and affordable housing, before delving deeper into her passion for sustainable agriculture and nutrition.

After living throughout the States, she found roots in the Catskill Mountains, where she has immersed herself in local agriculture, working directly on farms and in restaurants and as a coordinator and educator with several Delaware Valley regional non-profits. In 2017, she founded her own garden design and landscaping business to serve homeowners and hospitality clients throughout the region.

Ashley is a yogi, avid cyclist, and writer. She resides in Livingston Manor, NY where she practices herbal medicine in her spare time.