Board of Directors
Betsy Braley, President/Treasurer, a life-long resident of Columbia County, is the manager at Key Bank (Chatham NY) and has been an active volunteer and Board member of numerous community nonprofits.
Richard Trachtman, Ph.D. LCSW, Vice-President, 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 Green Counties.
Dominique DeVito, Board Member
Nicole Furnée, Board Member, is the visionary behind the Art School of Columbia County. Nicole was raised in the Netherlands and has lived and been active in Columbia County for nearly two decades. A nurse by training, Nicole’s lifetime dream was to own and operate a bookstore – a dream she continues as co-owner of the Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY. Nicole is the mother and step-mother of four grown children, and Oma to three grandchildren. Nicole resides with her husband, Thomas, in Ghent, NY.
Andrew Pellettieri, Board Member, 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.
Thomas Chulak, President Emeritus, 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, 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.
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.
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