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

Glen Pontier
Glenn Pontier, Executive Director, is responsible for day to day management and coordination of the overall Sullivan Renaissance program including staff supervision and public information.  He also represents the program on several Sullivan County boards and facilitates collaborations with agency partners.

Tel. 845-295-2442 or email

Helen Budrock
Helen Budrock, Community Planner, is responsible for conducting outreach to communities, and helping groups move beyond beautification to address broader community development issues. She works primarily with Category C projects and also coordinates the Community Development and Technical Assistance Programs.

Tel. 845-295-2462 or email
Kathleen Capozzoli
Kathleen Capozzoli, Office Manager, oversees the day to day operations and provides support to program staff. In addition, 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 development of the Sullivan Renaissance website, in addition to providing general support to communities in the core program. She also researches and manages special projects, and assists with environmental initiatives.

Tel. 845-295-2719 or email
Denise Frangipane
Denise Frangipane, Assistant Director, assists with day to day management and operation of Sullivan Renaissance programs and staff. She has a specific focus on environmental, agricultural, economic development, tourism and youth related initiatives.

Tel. 845-295-2443 or email
Saraid Gonzalez

Saraid Gonzalez, Program and Events Coordinator, is responsible for coordinating all Sullivan Renaissance program functions and events to include the 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

Pete Gozza

Pete Gozza, Deputy Executive Director, assists in day to day management and coordination of program areas. He represents Sullivan Renaissance to several collaborating organizations and agencies, with emphasis on Main Street economic development and facilitating new partnerships with municipal governments.

Tel. 845-295-2446 or email

Cara Kowalski

Cara Kowalski, Volunteer Coordinator, manages the Sullivan Renaissance Volunteer Program designed to assist with recruitment, 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, Liaison to Spanish Speaking Community, is creating a program to increase the participation of Spanish speaking individuals in beautification and community development programs, and help develop gardening and horticultural skills among Spanish speaking individuals.

Tel. 845-295-2434 or email

Christy TerBush

Christy TerBush, Office Assistant, greets callers and answers 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 by identifying design and garden needs for Sullivan Renaissance groups and special projects.  She oversees 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.

Summer Staff

Summer Horticulture Assistant: Matt Kerendian
Summer Horticulture Assistant: Joseph LaCatena
Summer Horticulture Crew Leader: Jon Wallach