Awards Photo

Sullivan Renaissance Team

The staff and consultants of Sullivan Renaissance are professionals with many years of experience in their fields. The staff provides hands-on assistance and support to communities made up largely of volunteers. Consultants bring their expertise in particular fields to assist Sullivan Renaissance with specific program needs.

Sandra Gerry's Vision

“My thoughts turned almost immediately to Sullivan County- why couldn’t we do something like that here?”

Sandra Gerry Chair, Sullivan Renaissance


Sandra and Alan Gerry

Sandra and Alan Gerry
Michael Gold photo

Lamp Post in Neversink

“I sincerely believe Sullivan Renaissance to be the single most important program ever undertaken in the history of Sullivan County.”

John Conway Sullivan County Historian

Sullivan Renaissance Staff

Denise Frangipane

Denise Frangipane, Executive Director, oversees the organization and operational activities of Sullivan Renaissance. She facilitates collaborations and represents Sullivan Renaissance through its many community partnerships. Denise also manages special projects and initiatives with a focus on healthy communities.

Tel. 845-295-2443 or email

Helen Budrock

Helen Budrock, Community Planner, helps groups move beyond beautification to broader community development issues. She works primarily with the Municipal Partnership and Business Assistance Programs and coordinates the Community Development and Technical Assistance Grants.

Tel. 845-295-2462 or email

Kathleen Capozzoli

Kathleen Capozzoli, Office Manager, oversees the day to day office operations and provides support to program staff. She is responsible for program budgeting, grant monitoring, and administering the merchant discount program. She also co-chairs the annual Sullivan Renaissance-SullivanArc Garden Tour.

Tel. 845-295-2452 or email

Colleen Emery

Colleen Emery, Project Coordinator, oversees the public awareness campaign and the Sullivan Renaissance website. She also provides general support to communities in the core program. She researches and manages special projects, and assists with healthy community initiatives.

Tel. 845-295-2719 or email

Saraid Gonzalez

Saraid Gonzalez, Program and Events Coordinator, is responsible for coordinating all Sullivan Renaissance program functions and events including Annual Conference & Expo, Spring Forum, Awards Ceremony and seminars. She is bilingual and assists with outreach to the Spanish speaking community.

Tel. 845-295-2402 or email

Cara Kowalski

Cara Kowalski, Volunteer Coordinator, manages the Sullivan Renaissance Volunteer Program which includes recruiting, training, placement and retention of volunteers in individual communities and in support of special initiatives. She helps identify community needs, and uses social media to foster participation.

Tel. 845-295-2405 or email 

Ari Mir-Pontier, Multicultural Community Liason, manages the Sullivan Renaissance En Español Program designed to increase the participation of Spanish speaking individuals in beautification and community development programs. She oversees the Bilingual Advisory Committee and develops gardening and horticulture classes for Spanish speaking individuals.

Tel. 845-295-2434 or email

Christy TerBush

Christy TerBush, Office Assistant, greets callers and responds to inquiries about the program. She also provides clerical support to program staff and consultants, and assists with marketing and outreach.

Tel. 845-295-2404 or email

Diana Weiner

Diana K. Weiner, Horticulture Coordinator,manages the Sullivan Renaissance horticulture program. She identifies design and garden needs for Sullivan Renaissance projects and special projects. Diana facilitates the Garden Design Panel, Renaissance Collection, and other horticultural aspects of the program.

Tel. 845-295-2612 or email

Sullivan Renaissance Consultants

Allen Frishman, Seasonal Program and Community Consultant, manages the Community Mitzvah Award Contest and the Seasonal Demonstration Grant Program for Sullivan Renaissance.

Tel. 845-295-2441 or email

Judy Green

Judy Green, Seasonal Data Collector, observes camps and bungalow colonies that are participating in the Community Mitzvah Award contest every week.