Board of Directors and Advisory Council

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. taren 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

Janina Deppe 


Advisory Council

Andrew Pellettieri, is a working artist who lives in Columbia County with his wife, the artist Fern T. Apfel.  Andrew graduated from the High School of Music and Art in NYC, received a degree in Art from the State University College at Plattsburgh, and studied at the Art Students League of New York (NYC) with Robert Beverly Hale, Joseph Hirsch and Vaclav Vytiacil.  He received a Certificate of Completion in Painting from the Art Students League.  He served on the Art Students League Board of Control and was a Trustee of the American Fine Art Society.  He has also served on the Ichabod Crane School Board (Kinderhook NY), and was a Trustee of the Kinderhook Memorial Library.

Richard Trachtman, Ph.D. LCSW, is a psychotherapist working in private practice in Manhattan and Columbia County. In addition to private practice he spent much of his professional life working in not-for-profit agencies, as a clinician, supervisor and administrator. He was also a board member of A Better World Fund, a small charitable organization. Richard has been sketching, painting and photographing for much of his life. Over the years he took classes at the Brooklyn Museum, Cooper Union and with Betsy Jacarusso, Maj Kalfus and others. Along the way he taught himself pastel and oil pastel painting. Most recently he has taken several classes at the Art School of Columbia County. His work has appeared in various shows in Columbia and Greene Counties.

Help make art happen in our community – serve on ASCC’s Board or Advisory Council:

We seek motived, service-oriented individuals who would like to ensure art is part of our community. Serving as an ASCC Board member is a great way to be connected to a dynamic group of volunteers whose governance of ASCC ensures our organization serves the needs of our community. Serving on ASCC’s Board is an excellent opportunity to enhance your community connections in the arts, build the public service portion of your resume, and give back to our community.  ASCC’s Board meets 6 times a year and Board service includes some additional committee meetings and fundraising.  Serving on ASCC’s Advisory Council entails volunteering to provide a specialized service: community networking, legal advice, strategy development, or other service.  Service on the Advisory Council is developed to suit the schedule of the individual.

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