Board of Directors


Dominique DeVito, 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 the Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent, which they grew into a very successful destination with high-scoring, internationally recognized wines. The winery was sold in May 2020. Dominique 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

Thomas Chulak, 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.

Janina Deppe, Treasurer. 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.

Karen J. Martin. 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.

Cathy Farrell. Cathy built a career in education, marketing, and development before retiring in 2018. The oldest of six children, Cathy grew up in Middletown, Connecticut. She attended Southern Connecticut State University, where she majored in education and minored in art. Cathy then taught fifth and sixth grade and studied Literature and the Arts at Wesleyan University before working in college marketing and communications in New York City. She met and married Terence Farrell and had two (wonderful!) children before going on to work at the University at Albany, most recently as a Director of Development. Since retiring, Cathy feels fortunate to have the opportunity to read, travel, and rekindle her interest in art.

Melissa Daly. Melissa has worked in financial and business communications for 20 years, with a special focus on key message development and strategy around critical issues. Melissa is the founder of MFD Communications. She is often quoted in the press discussing a variety of business topics, and has frequently appeared on CNBC and CNN serving as an industry commentator. Bloomberg calls her “a veteran Wall Street message maker.” Her experience spans across business sectors and continents. She spends time in Columbia County with her husband and son.

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