Coarc Board of Directors

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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for Coarc, the Columbia County Chapter of NYSARC, Inc., is representative of the Columbia County, NY, community at large.

2015/2016 Coarc Board Members:

  • Dorothy Wheeler, President
  • Mary Anne VanDenburgh, Vice President
  • Mary Blass, Secretary
  • Mary Ann Harris, Treasurer
  • Denise Barry
  • John W. Craft
  • Donna Knight
  • Annette Dennis
  • Karen Blass
  • Priscilla Moore
  • Ann Marie O’Hanlon
  • Michael Torchia
  • Patricia Stockman
  • David Herskowitz

Brief Bios:

Dorothy (Dodie) Wheeler resides in Ghent. She has two sons, one of which is developmentally and speech delayed. She is employed by NYS OTDA in the Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance. She is a current member of the NYSARC, Inc., Board of Governors. Ms. Wheeler is the President of the Board of the Albany Cougars Special Hockey Club and has been active in youth sports in the Chatham area for many years. Ms. Wheeler joined the Coarc Board in June of 2008 and is currently President. Read Dodie’s message.

Denise Barry, Ed.D resides in East Chatham. Dr. Barry retired as of June 2011 after forty years of teaching Special Education in the Hudson City School District. She had a separate “summer career”, having spent twenty-eight years as a teacher and/or administrator in local correctional facilities. Active in the community, she was a Jefferson Award Medalist for volunteerism in the Capital District in 2010. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities for Columbia/Greene Counties and Outreach Coordinator at St. James Church in Chatham. Dr. Barry is the longest, continuously serving member of Coarc’s Board of Directors, having joined the Board in 1972.

Karen Blass and her husband Ken Blass and daughter Victoria (who is currently in grad school) are long-time residents of Old Chatham. Ms. Blass is the Business Development Manager at Blass Communications LLC. She serves as the Treasurer of the advisory board of the Hudson Salvation Army, on the Membership Committee of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the American Heart Association. Ms. Blass has served as the Treasurer of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, a board member of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce for six years, a board member of the March of Dimes and as a board member and director of the Columbia/Greene Walk for ten years. She was a Philmont and Hudson Rotarian for ten years. Ms. Blass joined the Coarc Board in February of 2009.

Mary Blass resides in East Chatham. In 1967, Ms. Blass, along with her husband, became a New York State Certified Family Care Provider and provided residential services to developmentally disabled individuals ranging from adolescents to geriatrics until her retirement in 2005. She is past President, Vice‑President and Secretary of the Coarc Board. Ms. Blass joined the Coarc Board in June of l996 and is currently Secretary.

John W. Craft resides in Ghent with his wife Joanne and two children. Mr. Craft has over thirty-five years of manufacturing experience, including Plant and Supply Chain Management. He currently is the Director of Global Supply Chain for Power and Composite Technologies in Amsterdam, NY, overseeing operations in Hungary, China, and the United States. His other interests and affiliations include Director and Assistant Fair Manager of the Columbia County Agricultural Society, President of New York Fair Managers Association, member of American Production and Inventory Control Society and member of Lean Manufacturing Users Network. He has previously served as the Race Secretary of the New York State County Fair Harness Horse Racing, Board member of the Work Force Investment Board of Columbia and Greene Counties, Chairperson of Continuous/Quality Improvement Committee of the Workforce Investment Board, President of the Board of Directors of Cornell Cooperative Extension, member of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, founding Board member and Treasurer of Capital Region CSR Association and basketball coach for Taconic Hills Youth Program. Mr. Craft joined the Coarc Board in June of 2013.

Annette (Mickey) Dennis resides in Spencertown with her husband and daughter who is developmentally and speech delayed. Mrs. Dennis is employed at the Chatham pediatric office of Dr. Lawrence Greitzer as a registered nurse. She is the Director of Religious Education (pre-K through 6th grade) at St James Church, Chatham. Ms. Dennis joined the Coarc Board in June of 1989.

Mary Ann Harris resides in Ghent with her husband David. She is the parent of a son Mark who has Down Syndrome. Mark lives in Chatham with his wife in a Coarc supportive apartment. Mrs. Harris retired from the medical field as Kaiser’s Office Manager/Administrator. She currently is the Office Manager for David Harris Electrical Contracting Inc. and works in the offices of Ghent Wood Products and Meltz Lumber Co. She has been active with The Challenger baseball league. Ms. Harris joined the Coarc Board in June of 1999 and is currently treasurer.

David Herskowitz resides in Columbia County as well as Brooklyn New York. He graduated with a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Hofstra University. David is currently a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and the Administrator of Pine Haven Nursing Home in Philmont, New York. His direct focus has always been long term care and the geriatric population, he has traveled to many states specializing in transitioning homes from out of compliance to compliant as well as often change in ownership. Mr. Herskowitz joined the Coarc Board in February of 2016.

Donna Knight lives in Canaan with her husband Jeff and three children, one of whom has Cerebral Palsy and developmental delays. She is a graduate of Springfield College and for eleven years she was the IS Manager for Country Curtains. For the past ten years she has been a parent advocate for the Committee on Special Education for the Chatham Central School District. She served on the Canaan Planning Board from 1996-2008. Ms. Knight currently volunteers for the Adams Point Beach Association and the Ghent Playhouse. She is a parishioner of St. James Church in Chatham. Mrs. Knight joined the Coarc Board in June of 2009.

Priscilla Moore resides in Hudson with her husband of forty-five years, Don. Ms. Moore has been a certified Family Care Provider for thirty-four years. She has served on the Family Care Advisory Board for the Taconic DDSO, acquiring a great deal of knowledge and information regarding developmental disabilities. She is a member of St. Mary’s Church, Catholic Daughters of America and she has many hobbies. Mrs. Moore joined the Coarc Board in June of 2007.

Patricia Stockman resides in Coxsackie with her husband. She currently works as a Human Resources Manager for a manufacturer (Simulaids) employing over one hundred thirty people. Prior to her current role, Ms. Stockman owned and operated The Executive Connection, a permanent placement agency for eleven years. Ms. Stockman is a former Chairperson of the Membership Committee and Member of the Executive Board for the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. She also served as a Board Member of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce and is a former Vice-President of the Board of Directors for Special Needs Program, Inc. Ms. Stockman has also served on fundraising committees for the Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation and the National Association for the Blind in Albany and was a member of the Steering Committee for the Greene County Economic Development Plan. Ms. Stockman joined the Coarc Board in July of 2010.

Mary Anne VanDenburgh resides in Stockport with her husband Paul and youngest son. Currently she is working part-time at Camphill Village and Camphill Hudson. Ms. VanDenburgh retired from Taconic DDSO in 2010. From 1974 to 2010 Ms. VanDenburgh worked out of the Valatie office in Columbia County for CDDSO and then Taconic DDSO.  She worked with adult day program, as a case manager, case management supervisor, Family Care Coordinator, Family Care Home Liaison and trainer. Part of her duties included membership on Coarc’s Residential Screening Committee. She was employed by Coarc briefly from December 1978 to April 1979 at the Germantown residence as a houseparent with her husband. She was a den leader in Cub Scouts for both of her sons. Ms. VanDenburgh joined the Coarc Board in July of 2010 and is currently Vice-President.