James (Jim) Pedranti, Chair, is presently retired as President of Pedranti Consulting specializing in Sales and Sales Management to companies which are planning to market their products to the consumer electronic retail market. Jim came to the market with over 42 years of experience in the retail channel. His experience of being involved in both sides of the table (buying and selling) gave him an unusual insight to the channel.
Previously Jim was Vice President of Worldwide Retail Development for Altec Lansing Technologies. Jim was responsible for all retail accounts including expansion of the Altec Lansing distribution network.
A talented sales executive, Jim began his career with Altec Lansing Technologies in 1989 coming from Sparkomatic Corporation where his last position was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. With the transition Jim became Altec Lansing’s Senor Vice President of Retail Sales.
Jim began his career with the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in 1963. He was named a member of Firestone’s Select Management Class upon graduation from NYU’s Graduate School of Retailing and served as a Merchandiser in the company’s Home & Auto Supply Department for seven years before joining Sparkomatic.
Among his many professional and civic posts, Jim is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). In addition to being a founding member of the Small Business Council of the CEA he was also on the committee for the Audio Division, and was involved in several Audio Working Groups; he was also a member of the advisory boards of Retail Vision and System Builders, two prominent trade groups.
Locally, Jim is past Chairman for Corporate Sponsorships for the Pike County Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, a member of the Milford Enhancement Committee and founder and Board Chair of the Greater Pike Community Foundation.
In addition to his graduate degree from NYU, Jim holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Portland State University.
Kirk C. Mackey, Vice Chair, is a First Vice President and Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management where he has worked for 26 years*. His experience in portfolio management, municipal bonds and tailored lending helps to provide reasoned and thorough advice to his individual, corporate and not-for-profit clients. He is committed to using his 26 years of experience to inform, advise and serve his clients.
Prior to moving to Pennsylvania in 2004, Kirk served on the Board of Directors of The Huntington YMCA, the Town of Huntington Youth Bureau and The Townwide Fund of Huntington. He was the Treasurer for The Huntington Chamber of Commerce and volunteered his time to the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. Kirk currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Twin Walker Creek Watershed Conservancy, is Past President of the Twin Lakes Property Owners Association, a member of The Pike County Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Board of Directors for the Pike County Public Library. He and his wife of 43 years, Nancy, live in Shohola Pennsylvania. * Includes years at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, affiliates and predecessor firms.
Rosann B. Kalish, Secretary, grew up in the Bronx and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Hunter College in New York. After moving to Milford in 1967 she furthered her education with a Master’s Degree in Humanistic Education from Marywood University, and later a Master’s Degree from Kean University in School Administration & Supervision.
Her teaching career in elementary school education was in the Bronx, NY, Middletown, NY, and Montague Elementary School in NJ. Having taught kindergarten, second grade, and gifted education, she founded the computer lab program at Montague School. After working as Assistant Principal for several years she retired in 2009.
She has been active in the Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, Black Bear Film Festival, and president of the Sisterhood of Temple Bethel in Port Jervis. She is a founding Board member of the Greater Pike Community Foundation. She is active in two area book clubs, utilizes a local gym, and adores her daughters and grandson.
Maleyne Syracuse, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committees, is an independent professional in corporate finance and investment management. She is a member of the Boards of Trustees of Barings Corporate Investors and Barings Participation Investors, two NYSE traded closed-end funds. She also serves as Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee for each of the Funds’ Boards.
Maleyne is President of the Board of Directors of Peters Valley School of Craft (Layton, NJ) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Charles Lawrence Keith and Clara Miller Foundation (NYC).
She spent more than 25 years as investment banker, working in fixed income and equity markets, derivatives, structured investments, and corporate finance. She was a Managing Director at JP Morgan when she retired. Her earlier career included similar positions at Bankers Trust and Deutsche Bank.
Maleyne received an MBA with Honors from New York University’s Graduate School of Business, a BA with Honors from Brown University, and an MA with Honors from the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum/Parsons New School for Design.
Audrey Bailey-Hocker is currently the General Manager of Operations for Spring Fresh Indoor Air Quality Associates, LLC, located in the East Stroudsburg University Business Innovation Center. She is the presiding Executive Director of Academic Affairs for the American Mold Academy which is a subsidiary of Spring Fresh and the CEO of Fresh Start Contracting Inc., which specializes in Mold Remediation.
She was the Former Administrator of the Pocono Seido Karate Kidz, Afternoon, Tutorial and summer day- camps. She was an educator with the New York City Board of Education
Audrey also worked as the Administrative Director of the Baisley, South Ozone Park Day Care Center, Queens, New York following a distinguished eight years as an Administrator in the New York City Mayors office of John V. Lindsey.
She has earned recognition for her contributions in business, politics and community issues of concern. She was elected to the East Stroudsburg area School Board, and was elected to be the First President of the East Stroudsburg Chapter of the National Council for Negro women.
Audrey also serves as President of the Sathya Sai Center of the Poconos emphasizing Education in Human Values. In addition, she is a member of the Stroudsburg Rotary and was a member of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Institute for Non-Violence.
Davis R. Chant is the founder of Davis R Chant Realtors, the largest real estate company in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He opened his first office in 1964 in the John Kurz building across from the courthouse on Broad Street, in Milford.
Dave was born in Port Jervis, NY and his family moved to Milford in 1944. He has lived in the Milford area since that time.
Dave has been an active member of community organizations particularly in Pike County but in all Northeastern Pennsylvania for over half a century. His base of operations is still at 106 E Harford Street, Milford, PA 18337.
Lara Anne Dodsworth is currently concentrating her law practice in estate planning and administration. She represents clients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania through her office, Schneider Dodsworth Law, located at 115 Steele Lane, Milford, PA.
Lara Anne obtained a Juris Doctorate in Law from Seton Hall Law School; a Bachelors in Mathematics from Rutgers – Newark College of Arts and Science; and received an award for graduating Top in her Class, Paralegal Studies, Bergen Community College, NJ and was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 2002; Federal District Court of 3rd Circuit in 2002; the Pennsylvania Bar in 2008.
Lara Anne began representing personal injury and workers compensation plaintiffs as well as assisting in Municipal Criminal Prosecutions and criminal defense but her passion quickly turned to estate planning after she represented beneficiaries in estate litigation. Since then, she has dedicated her law practice to estate planning and administration, including crisis planning – terminal illness, life crisis, etc. She visits clients at home, hospital or assisted living facility. Estate Planning services include health care powers & living wills as well as financial powers of attorney, revocable and irrevocable trusts, supplemental needs trusts, testamentary trusts and charitable trusts. Estate Administration services include representing executors and administrators in basic and/or contested estates; inheritance and estate tax return preparation; mediation services and additional estate planning services to prevent family arguments upon disability and death.
Lara Anne has a passion to help each person make tough life choices while they can as she knows this can avoid unnecessary trauma, guilt, family disputes and/or unintended consequences in the event illness, dementia, incompetency, and/or death. Lara Anne has been known to take quick action when she sees elder abuse and has the compassion to act as Power of Attorney Agent for those without close family. She actively advocates for prevention of abuse – elderly abuse, power of attorney abuse, and child abuse.
She volunteers much of her time to various community service organizations such as Lions International and is a member of Lions of Dingmans Ferry; American Cancer Society, Cancer Care, Wills for Heroes, and is currently President of the League of Women Voters of Pike County. Lara Anne helped to form Greater Pike Community Foundation. When not volunteering or working, both Lara Anne and her husband Andrew Dodsworth take pride in their gardens – hers is a serenity flower garden and his is a vegetable garden.
Jack R. Fisher is both a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner with offices in Pike County, PA and Sussex County, NJ. He has over 35 years of diverse experience in accounting, taxation and financial services. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Hofstra University, Zarb School of Business. He also has a Master’s Degree in Financial Planning.
He has served as President of the Milford-Matamoras Rotary Club. He also has been elected to and served as Vice President of The Delaware Valley School District where was Chairman of Finance and Budget overseeing a budget in excess of $80M.
Jack and his wife Sue have been Pike County residents since 1984. They have two adult children and four beautiful grandchildren. He and Sue enjoy hiking, skiing, racquetball, and Army Football.
Robert Martin is Managing Partner at Gordonhurst Realty, LLC. Prior to his retirement in April 2008 from Orchard First Source Asset Management, LLC, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer of the company and is a co-founder of Orchard First Source. The company is a Specialty Finance Company focused on middle market corporate loans with, at the time of his retirement, over $1.2 billion in assets under management. Robert possesses over 30 years of corporate finance experience, in the areas of structured finance, leveraged acquisitions, corporate restructurings, merger and acquisitions, and the management of significant distressed loan portfolios.
Prior to founding Orchard First Source in March 2001, and for the period from 1996 until mid-2000, Robert served as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of FINSERV Healthcare Systems, Inc. a healthcare industry financial information systems company, and Carret and Company, Inc., a New York based asset management company, with in excess of $1.0 billion in assets under management. From 1993 until 1996, Robert served as Director of the Loan Asset Resolution practice within KPMG Barents Group, LLC, an international financial advisory subsidiary of KPMG. While in this position, he assisted in the restructuring and recapitalization of major banks in Central Europe.
From 1990 until 1993, as Treasurer and Senior Vice President, Robert was one of two principal officers of a private investment firm responsible for organizing a middle market senior loan asset management company and creating a “bad bank” for the purchase of performing and non-performing loans from banks and other institutional investors including the RTC. He worked extensively with the bank regulators on this project. Prior to joining this private investment firm, Robert was Vice President and Area Head in the Leveraged Capital Division of Citibank, N.A. Prior to joining Citibank, NA, he formed and managed the Acquisition Finance Group of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (“CIBC”) and as President of CIBC Capital Corp. was also responsible for managing CIBC’s equity portfolio in the U.S. Additionally, while at CIBC, he was directly accountable for managing, restructuring and divesting the distressed and non-performing commercial and industrial loan portfolios of CIBC’s wholly owned subsidiary, California Canadian Bank.
For the period from November 1973 to November 1979 Robert was an officer of Midlantic National Bank, a N.J. based regional bank. During that period, his positions included advancing corporate credit at both the branch system level, management of the largest commercial branch in the Midlantic system, and by way of a special corporate lending staff, supporting the President and CEO of the bank. Prior to that, he was an officer in the US Army. Robert received a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University.
Maryanne Monte is a thirty-year resident of Pike County, and an active community member who serves as the Chair of the Milford Enhancement Committee and also on the Boards of the Economic Development Authority and the Historic Preservation Trust of Pike County.
Prior to relocating to Pike County, Maryanne was the Administrative Officer of the then New York Immigration and Naturalization Service, the largest and most diverse office in the country. She was elevated to the position of Administrative Officer of the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the jewel of the Department of Justice.
Her commitment to our community extends to volunteerism with the Pike County Historical Society, the Black Bear Film Festival, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and the Pocono Fox Trot that raises funds for Parkinson Disease research.
Ann I. Morey has called Milford her second home since 1986 when her lifetime friend, Richard L. Snyder, purchased Foster Hill Farm. She served as Trustee of his Charitable Remainder Trust that left over $2.3 million to Greater Pike Community Foundation.
Upon retirement, Ann was Dean, College of Education and Distinguished Research Professor at San Diego State University. She is author of over 200 books and articles on higher education, diversity and teacher education. She is the recipient of several national awards for her professional career achievements and leadership in higher education. Morey has served as leader and member of numerous international, national and state non-profit boards and commissions.
Maggie Niles has lived in Blooming Grove Township full time since 1999. In addition to participating on the Greater Pike Community Foundation, she is active locally as a board member at the Peters Valley School of Craft, the Wayne Memorial Hospital Foundation, and on a committee for the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem.
Before moving to Pike County Maggie did community work in social services, schools and churches as well as working occasionally as a freelance editor and potter. She and her husband, Nick, have two children and two grandchildren.
John “Duke” Schneider is an attorney who has maintained an office in Milford, Pike County, for 50 years. His practice has concentrated in real estate development and estate planning. He represented Richard Snyder in the preparation of charitable remainder trusts which, upon Mr. Snyder’s death, have provided a substantial benefit to the greater Pike County community.
With Mr. Snyder and others, Duke was active as a founding member of the Greater Pike Community Foundation. He consistently networks with clients and friends to espouse the benefits of charitable giving and the use of the Greater Pike Community Foundation to meet their charitable goals. He is the past president of the Milford Lions Club and a past president of the Pike County Bar Association. He has provided pro bono services in the formation and operation of many nonprofit community organizations.
Duke is the founding member of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys and has lectured on various estate planning subjects. He and his son, Attorney Duke Schneider, are coauthors of two estate planning books: Legacy and Generations.
One of the joys of his practice is the ability to be of service to the Greater Pike Community Foundation.
Gail Shuttleworth worked as a consultant, during her early career, in the public utility and transportation industries in New York, London and Hong Kong. Specializing in customer service, work management and quality management, she provided advice to companies undergoing restructuring and privatization and led teams of up to 100 people performing process design and systems integration.
Since returning to Pennsylvania in 1998, Gail has owned and managed a specialist manufacturing business, and with her husband has raised three children. Gail’s community involvement has included a variety of organizations including schools and the environment. Leisure interests include anything outdoors, especially hiking, tennis, shooting and paddling on the Delaware River.
Timothy M. Smith is the owner of Smith Financial Group, a full service investment advisory business, and T&K Tax Service; he has been in both practices for over 30 years.
Already a board member of several nonprofit organizations helping local communities, he chose to work with Greater Pike Community Foundation so that he could serve the people of our region on a grander scale by reaching a larger number of recipients through grants provided by the Foundation to nonprofits in our community. Timothy also serves as a member of Greater Pike’s Finance Committee. He lives in Pike County with his wife, Kim, and his children, Aedan and Madeleine. He has been a county resident since 2002.
Sean Strub is the owner of the Hotel Fauchere/Relais & Chateaux, in Milford, Pennsylvania, and also serves as the town’s Mayor. For more than 20 years, he has been part of a revitalization effort in Milford that has included launching festivals, economic development initiatives, the restoration of more than a dozen buildings and working with the Milford Enhancement Committee (a public/private partnership) to improve public spaces and streetscapes throughout Milford.
Edson Whitney, a native of Port Jervis, now consults and is Associate Director of the Center for Communication Programs at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He was employed at Johns Hopkins for 26 years in social behavior change communication strategy design, conducting needs assessments, and designing and managing national programs in the areas of Family Planning, Maternal and Child Health, Adolescent Health and HIV/AIDS.
After completing his undergraduate degree at Gettysburg College, Edson returned to teach in the Port Jervis Middle School for 2 years before marrying his wife, Barbara, in 1975. They left their US teaching positions after their wedding and traveled and worked overseas as educators in Swaziland, Peace Corps Volunteers in Thailand, and teacher trainers and curriculum development specialists in a refugee camp in Indonesia.
Upon returning to the US, Edson completed his Masters degree in Development Communication at Cornell University after which they lived and worked in Bangladesh, Vietnam and Jordan where Edson managed national health communication programs for the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Edson and Barbara have two sons, one in Eagle, Colorado and the other in Baltimore, Maryland. They relocated back to Shohola in 2013 and continue to consult and travel.
Barbara Buchanan, Emerita
Tom Hoff, In Memoriam
Richard Snyder, In Memoriam