Rev. Jennifer Berry
Rev. Jennifer Berry serves as the pastor of New Paltz United Methodist Church. For over twenty years she has worked for social justice, believing in the words of John Wesley that ‘there is no holiness but social holiness,’ and how we take care of one another and the earth is a sacred joy and responsibility. Her work has spanned political and policy formulation to work with the ACLU before answering a call to ministry. In seminary ecological justice was a special area of study, and she was named an International Green Build Scholar in 2014.
In addition to her work at the church, she currently serves on the Ulster County Human Rights Commission, the New Paltz Central School District Racial Equity Initiative Advisory Committee, and is the Chairperson of the Catskill Hudson District Cross Racial Cross Cultural Appointment Task Force. This past year she was honored to be a member of the Police Reinvention and Reimagination Committee for the Town of New Paltz.. Jennifer has two incredible children, Bentley and Kalinda. She is supported in love, laughter and adventure by her partner Art.
David Dell, Ph.D. (Chairman)
David Dell, Ph.D. (Chairman) has a unique background combining research, management consulting, executive leadership, and investment banking. Through publications, conference presentations and news citations, he has been recognized as a thought leader in Sustainability, Outsourcing, M&A integration, HR , Corporate IT strategy, and other areas. Currently as CEO co/founder of Sustainable Profitability Group.
Dr Dell is active in developing new energy investments. As chairman of HRTechTeam he provides guidance for best practices in HR technology. In his personal practice Dr. Dell serves on the boards of growth companies and non profit organizations, and is a trusted adviser to senior business leaders. As Research Director for The Conference Board.,for the Concours Group and Diebold Group Dr. Dell was engaged in numerous reports on best practices for leading corporations. He led multiple research projects in human resources, information technology, sustainability, and merger integration. He has served companies in transition and turnarounds as interim CEO, Chief Technology Officer as well as Chief Talent Officer and been an officer and director of 2 NASD National listed companies. As an investment banker focusing on funding, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures of emerging technology companies he has helped secure over 100 million in funding and helped investors avoid thousands of attractive traps.
Early in his career David managed a consortium of 500 colleges and Universities International Studies Programs and in that capacity published guides and advice on funding support. In the 1990’s he created and published Education Interface, a multivolume comprehensive listing and index of thousands of corporate, foundation, and government programs for educators and educational institutions.
In addition to SHV, he is active on the boards of Luminary Publishing, the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, and the Tibetan Classics Translators Guild of New York. David has a Ph.D. from Columbia University in the languages and culture of India.
Jeffrey Domanski (Treasurer)
Jeffrey Domanski has worked for more than 15 years as a multi-disciplined environmental professional. He has extensive experience in program and project management and organizational sustainability leadership for large and globally-recognized organizations. Through his work, he has acquired both broad and deep knowledge of, and direct experience with, climate and energy challenges and how they are perceived and addressed in multiple settings.
His areas of expertise include the use of science-based behavioral, organizational, financial, and technological approaches to design and deploy effective energy efficiency and other sustainability strategies. He has worked in-house and as consultant for public, private, and academic organizations. At Hospitality Green, Jeff manages delivery of services for clients seeking sustainability strategies to address corporate and facility-focused environmental resource and energy reductions, financing approaches, supply chain management, internal and external reporting, stakeholder engagement, market analysis, policy development, and other social responsibility approaches. As Cushman & Wakefield’s Director of Sustainability Strategies, he guided development of the firm’s global sustainability platform while improving the environmental footprint of the firm’s corporate operations, and supported numerous clients in the pursuit of their environmental and sustainability goals. He also liaised with numerous external partners on projects and industry initiatives, including the WBCSD, the US EPA, the US DOE, the USGBC, NRDC, EDF, and real estate organizations.
He served as Associate Manager of Sustainability at Princeton University and has provided technical and policy analysis consulting services to numerous clients, including The World Bank, the University of Pennsylvania, sustainability consulting and design firms, and as senior staff scientist and project manager at AKRF, a New York-based environmental planning and consulting firm serving clients in the private and public sectors. Jeff is a LEED AP, received his BS in Chemistry from SUNY ESF at Syracuse, an M.P.A. from Princeton University. He proudly served in the U.S. Peace Corps from 1994 to 1996.
Perry Goldschein, J.D.
Perry Goldschein, J.D. is a corporate sustainability consultant, and former environmental and regulatory lawyer, with 15 years of experience helping organizations create value through sustainability. Perry has served such world-class clients as GE, Goldman Sachs, the International Monetary Fund, Johnson & Johnson, National Geographic, PepsiCo, Walmart, and Yale University. He has been quoted and published widely in academic journals, industry press, and the general media. He has also taught at the State University of New York, New Paltz, and presented at American Strategic Management Institute, Cornell University, Sustainable Brands, and Net Impact. Perry holds a J.D. from the University of California, Davis, and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Emma Jenkins is a manager on CDP’s Capital Markets team and has an MBA in Sustainability from Bard College. Emma spent her early career working in education for sustainability, which ultimately inspired her to dedicate her career to propelling a low-carbon economy. She has experience supporting financial services companies through their sustainability reporting process and using ESG analysis to advise individual investors on how to take ambitious action on climate change. In her current role, Emma works with various capital markets stakeholders to reduce their financed emissions and achieve net zero by 2050 through science-based targets and incentivizing their clients to develop ambitious climate transition plans. Emma is also on the board of the Kingston Land Trust and the associate board of the Impact Capital Forum.
Kirk Jensen has transitioned from a successful 30+ year career in life sciences publishing to focus on long term care planning, which he regards as a much larger quality of life issue than most people realize. He divides his time between assisting members of the Baby Boom generation family by family, and working to encourage employers to make LTCI an employee benefit, to solve this problem at scale more efficiently. After a publishing career with such firms as Oxford, Pearson, Plenum, and the New York Academy of Sciences, he remains deeply engaged with science and scientific communities. He has worked closely with many of the best scientists in ecology, conservation, biodiversity, and the environmental sciences. He has been involved with diverse publications including Environmental Practice, the official journal of the National Association of Environmental Professionals, scholarly review series in ecology and conservation biology, ecological economics, Current Ornithology , Current Mammalogy, the Long Term Ecological Research Network series, and a couple of series in evolutionary biology. He worked on the Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution, the premier monographic series in these areas. He has edited textbooks and scholarly books including A Citizen’s Guide to Practical Ecology (Lawrence Slobodkin), Win-Win Ecology (Michael Rosenzweig), The Nature of Design (David Orr), Precious Heritage: The Status of Biodiversity in the US (Bruce Stein and others at The Nature Conservancy), Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity (Eric Chivian and Aaron Bernstein), and several books each by Garrett Hardin, David Ehrenfeld, and Dan Botkin.
Lucy Johnson (Secretary)
Lucy Johnson received her PhD from Columbia University in 1973, and started teaching at Vassar College, where she is now a Full Professor. She has taught numerous courses in Anthropology as well as Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies and Technology and Society. Extending over a period of more than forty years, Prof. Johnson, has been active in archaeological field studies, including survey and excavations in Alaska, Egypt, Chile, Peru, Idaho, Arizona as well as numerous locations in New York State.
In 1991 Prof. Johnson’s edited book, ‘Paleoshorelines and Prehistory‘, CRC Press, was published. She has also published many book chapters, articles and reviews. Her contributions extend from 1973 to 2009. From 1972 to 2009 Prof. Johnson has lectured, presented papers or participated on panels at over fifty professional events. In her portfolio there are over ten research reports, and numerous contract reports including many dealing with archeological and cultural resource evaluations for the Town of Poughkeepsie improvement projects. She has been active in the governance of Vassar College as well as serving on the boards of a number of local not-for-profit organizations. She is currently secretary of the Board of Directors of the Poughkeepsie Day School, chair of the Steering Committee of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities, chair of the Board of Directors of the Hudson River Environmental Society, president of the board of the Independent Dutchess Energy Alliance (IDEA) and is the Archaeological Consultant to the Town of Poughkeepsie Historical Commission.
Edward Lawson, Jr., JD, MBA, is President and CEO of Family and Community Engagement Services, Inc. He is a committed change agent and transformative leader with over 25 years of experience in community mobilization. A strategist and sought-after speaker, Edward has procured over $60 million in direct service and grant writing of federal and major foundation grant proposals for Department of Education, Health and Human Service, and Department of Justice programs. He has designed and managed Fatherhood initiatives, Healthy Marriage and Relationship programs, and Re-entry programs.
Playing an active role in the promotion of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge, he was instrumental in establishing the Yonkers MBK Plan, MBK Stakeholder Summit, and the Lower Hudson Valley MBK Alliance. He served as the grant writing team lead and the inaugural Program Manager for Yonkers MBK Impacting Communities Grant, which was selected as 1 of 10 of the Obama Foundation MBK National Impact Communities.
An expert in change management, Edward has developed a diversity, equity, and inclusion framework which has effectively assisted law enforcement agencies to envision, develop, and implement comprehensive local action plans to increase agency communication and connection with the public. Edward is a family mediator and adjunct professor at SUNY New Paltz in the Black Studies Department.
Victor-Pierre Melendez is an experienced community outreach professional and multidisciplinary environmental economics expert who recently earned his third Master’s degree from the College of New Rochelle. Victor is the founding principal of V-Structuring Concepts, a strategic consulting group.Vic received his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science & Marine Biology from the University of Tampa, Florida, and his M.S. from the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. He directed the Green Cities initiative for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, and works in depth on a range of issues from environmental justice to green infrastructure. He worked in the City of Kingston’s Economic Development department, performing business and commercial space inventories in Uptown Kingston and Scenic Hudson as an Outreach coordinator and community educator in the Ulster and Westchester County areas. Victor has sat on the Diversity Committee for the New York State Outdoors Education Association which serves environmental educators from the entire state of New York. As an entrepreneur, Victor has managed a cafÃ© and art gallery/dance studio in the Downtown Waterfront district of Kingston.
Michael Sheridan, Ph.D
Michael Sheridan, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the School of Management at SUNY New Paltz. With a focus on business strategy, organizational behavior and environmental sustainability, Michael engages students in important research in enterprises and the community. His professional honors include the Pontikes Center Research Award and membership in the National Scholars Honor Society.
With over 25 years of experience in nonprofit leadership as a vice president of operations and chief financial officer, David Toman is now sharing these valuable skills as a consultant through David Toman Advisory Services. David’s career focused on the environment through the efforts of the Mohonk Preserve in New Paltz, New York, and the Delaware Nature Society in Hockessin, Delaware. David oversaw the program areas of land protection, natural area and visitor stewardship, conservation science, and environmental education. Formerly, he had chaired the Planning Commission for Franklin Township, Pennsylvania where multiple ordinances were developed and enacted to better protect natural resources and the environment. More recently, David sat on the Ulster County Trails Advisory Committee. David’s wife Wendy has been very engaged in our community with environmental issues; she started the Repair Café in Gardiner, New York, and the Paint Swap in New Paltz. They have two children – Gillian 22, and Garrett 18.
John Wackman, beloved community leader, passed away suddenly in January 2021. John was known throughout the Hudson Valley for his work in founding one of the first Repair Cafes in the United States and launching a movement that spread throughout the Hudson Valley; his love of film and service on the board of the Rosendale Theatre; his role in coordinating the Solarize Hudson Valley campaign and service on Sustainable Hudson Valley’s board; his participation in many local boards and commissions including the Ulster County Climate Smart Commission and Zero Waste initiative. A former television producer, writer, and massage therapist caring for people with serious illnesses, he brought a spirit of healing and connection to everything he did.
For many years, John acted as coordinator, communicator and cheerleader for Repair Cafes in the Hudson Valley, Catskills, and the Capital District of New York, as well as for the repair movement globally. In 2018, John spent his summer holiday in the Netherlands, where he participated in several Repair Cafes. He also visited Repair Cafe International Foundation in Amsterdam and spoke with founder Martine Postma about his ideas to spread Repair Cafe further and strengthen the international repair movement. Later that year, he co-presented with Martine at the Drawdown Learn Conference at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. John and co-author Elizabeth Knight wrote Repair Revolution: How Fixers Are Transforming Our Throwaway Culture which was published by New World Library on October 27, 2020. In this book, John and Elizabeth explore repairing in the broadest sense of the word. They focus on the community repair experience, the wisdom of repair, the sustainable aspects of repairing, the adventure of opening a device and seeing what’s inside, the right to repair that is being increasingly advocated internationally – and much more!
“John was one of our most prominent contacts in the United States”, says Martine Postma, founder of Repair Cafe International. “He had a real passion for repair and Repair Cafe. He was a wonderful repairer, organizer and communicator, but more importantly, a warm, kind and wonderful person. The repair movement will miss him terribly.”