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Sullivan Renaissance Welcomes New Staff to Team

February 7, 2013

[LIBERTY] – Sullivan Renaissance has named Diana K. Weiner as horticultural coordinator and Cara Kowalski as volunteer coordinator.  Now in its 13th year, the community beautification program is expanding its staff to provide additional gardening and organizing assistance to volunteers in their communities. 

The appointments follow a job search begun in December.  Weiner started work in January and Kowalski will begin later this month.  Each of the new staff members will lead workshops at the Annual Conference, Local Market & Expo on Saturday, March 9.  For workshop descriptions and to register, go to

The horticultural coordinator will assist grantees with garden design, help promote the Renaissance Collection, and provide technical assistance and training where needed.  She will work closely with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and other partners.

Before joining Sullivan Renaissance, Diana K. Weiner was the restoration and volunteer manager for Friends of High School Park in Elkins Park, PA.  Previously she was superintendent of parks and grounds for Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz.  She also served as the Master Gardener Coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County for 16 years.  She has a degree in agronomy from SUNY Cobleskill and has been a judge for America in Bloom for nine years.

The volunteer coordinator will be responsible for recruiting new volunteers and organizing training for existing volunteers.  She will establish a volunteer database and create job descriptions and procedures for the volunteer program.

Most recently, Cara Kowalski has been working for the Head Start Program administered by the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council in Ballston Spa, NY.  Previously she was volunteer coordinator at the Northeast Food Pantry in Spokane, WA through AmeriCorps and Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest.  She has a degree in geography and sociology from SUNY Geneseo.

“We are pleased to have hired Diana and Cara from a large pool of qualified candidates.  We look forward to working with both of them and know they will make valuable contributions to our program as we work to enhance the volunteer experience and target resources more effectively,” said Sandra Gerry, who chairs the Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee. 

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  For information, call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or visit