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[LIBERTY] – Long-time leader of Sullivan Renaissance, Glenn Pontier, will retire as Executive Director on Thursday, December 31. He helped develop the beautification contest after founder Sandra Gerry said she wanted to challenge and reward communities that addressed the way they appeared by developing a sense of pride and spirit.
“Glenn will be missed,” said Sullivan Renaissance founder Sandra Gerry, “he has been an anchor for Sullivan Renaissance … an important member of our team . He has kept all aspects of our program moving forward and on track for the past 16 years. I am most grateful for his dedication to Sullivan Renaissance and to the people of Sullivan County.”
Pontier oversaw the organization as it evolved to fund multiple community development initiatives in every town and village throughout Sullivan County. He is recognized as a c ommunity organizer, writer and journalist experienced in collaborating with organizations that have various and diverse missions – from government and non-profits to small businesses and corporations.
“My professional and personal goals have always been similar: a world free from want, a country I can be proud of, and a good life for my family,” said Pontier. “The best part of this job has been working with all the volunteers, and for two great people, Sandra and Alan Gerry. But I'll be 70 years old in May, and it's time for me to turn my attention to some other parts of my life."
As Sullivan Renaissance Executive Director, he was responsible for day-to-day management and coordination of the Sullivan Renaissance program throughout Sullivan County, including staff supervision and public information. He also represented the Gerry Foundation on several Sullivan County boards and facilitated collaborations with agency partners.
Liberty native Pete Gozza, an economic development specialist, will assume the role as the new Executive Director on January 1, 2016.
Pontier began work with the Gerry Foundation in 2000 as Director of Communications, h elping to plan and create the music pavilion and museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, and handling regional news releases and press communications. Prior to that he was Director of Communications for the County of Sullivan; News Director for WVOS Radio in Liberty; and Editor of The River Reporter in Narrowsburg, where he established, built, managed and edited the award-winning weekly newspaper. He and his wife, Ari, live along the Delaware River in Barryville.
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. For more information, visit www.sullivanrenaissance.org .