Dominique DeVito, Transition Coordinator. Dominique grew up on a farm in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. She went to Mount Holyoke College, and landed in New York City, where she had a career in magazine and book publishing. In 2006, she and her family purchased and started what is now the Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent. Since then, she has learned more than she ever thought she would about agriculture, wine making, marketing, retail sales, and owning a small business. She is a huge fan of the riches Columbia County and the area have to offer in everything from local food awareness to cultural institutions to natural beauty. The Art School of Columbia County is certainly one of the County’s gems, and she’s honored to part of it.
Board of Directors
Karen J. Martin, President. Karen recently transitioned to Columbia County from Long Island after retiring from a large pharmaceutical company after 20 years as a Senior Business Development Manager. She and her husband Elliot bought a farm in Valatie were they grow much of their own food. Karen received an art scholarship and holds a BFA degree from Long Island University and started her professional life in advertising. She is the proud mother of 2 daughters and is passionate about art, photography, gardening and farm to table cooking.
Thomas Chulak, Vice-President, is a retired Unitarian Universalist Minister who, in addition to parish ministry, spent much of his ministerial life leading, organizing, coaching and contributing to congregational and denominational growth and development on local, regional and national levels. Tom is the co-owner of the Chatham Bookstore and former president of the Chatham Area Business Alliance, father and step-father of four grown children and grandfather of three (which includes a set of twins). Thomas is a “gentleman” farmer who has a passion for traveling the world. Tom resides with his wife, Nicole, in Ghent, NY.
Betsy Braley, Treasurer, is a longtime resident of Columbia County and has been instrumental in running some its most important institutions, including First Niagara and Key banks, and now the Bank of Greene County. She is also on the Board of the Columbia County Fair.
Kristen Schiffer, Secretary, lives in Columbia County and is the Branch Manager of the new branch of the Bank of Greene County in Valatie.
Nancy Kohler holds a Master of Arts, Visual Communication and Sequential Narrative from SUNY Empire State (Saratoga, New York). Her background is in fiber art and drawing, which she studied in the Banff Center of Fine Arts (Alberta, Canada) and the University of Washington (Seattle). She has extensive experience teaching, including at Art/OMI Education (Ghent NY), the Cleveland Art Museum (Ohio), the University of Vaxjo (Sweden), and the New York State Museum (Albany NY). She has served as a Committee Board Member of The Fields, Art OMI International Art Center since 2001, and was a Founding Member and President of the Board of the Ossining Arts Council (Ossining NY). She has exhibited throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, and Sweden, and her work is in many private collections.
Janina Deppe. After receiving a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art, Janina embarked on a career in Graphic Design before returning to school to study Architecture. Graduating from the City University of New York (CUNY) with BS Architecture and BArch degrees, she was registered and licensed to practice Architecture in New York and later in Florida. She also received Certification from NCARB and became a LEED Accredited Professional (US Green Building Council). Janina had a 20-year career practicing Architecture in New York and Florida. A move to Columbia County almost a decade ago brought her back to the place where she spent childhood summers and also to a re-engagement with her youthful love of drawing and painting. She continues to be a licensed Architect while pursuing personal artistic goals, being involved with the vibrant arts community in Columbia County and serving as a Board member of the ASCC.
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