Board of Directors

Alexander Reese

Chair

Alex resides at Obercreek Farm, an estate in Dutchess County that has been in his family for six generations. The farm operates with a commitment to grow sustainable, fresh vegetables for nearby Hudson Valley communities. Reese […]


Alex resides at Obercreek Farm, an estate in Dutchess County that has been in his family for six generations. The farm operates with a commitment to grow sustainable, fresh vegetables for nearby Hudson Valley communities. Reese has worked to restore the property and bring the land back into production since he took over ownership of the farm in 2005.

Professionally, Reese has also been involved in real estate and venture capital investment with previous experience in European private equity and energy finance. In addition to his leadership position on the Glynwood Board of Directors, Reese serves on the Boards of numerous other organizations in the region that share our vision, including Scenic Hudson  (Poughkeepsie) and Boscobel Restoration (Garrison). He holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from Yale University.

 

Nancy Berner

Nancy is an editor and writer. She is the co-author of Garden Guide: New York City (2002; 2010) and Gardens of the Hudson Valley (2010), and she lectures widely on the subject of public gardens. Nancy […]


Nancy is an editor and writer. She is the co-author of Garden Guide: New York City (2002; 2010) and Gardens of the Hudson Valley (2010), and she lectures widely on the subject of public gardens. Nancy is also on the board of Hudson Highlands Land Trust and is a longtime volunteer at the Conservatory Garden in New York City’s Central Park.

Scott Berrie

Scott is an Emmy award-winning producer, as well as CEO and founder of Impulse Creative Productions, LLC. Before film, Scott co-founded VisionSpring and was CEO of Scojo New York, a three-time winner of Fast Company’s Social […]


Scott is an Emmy award-winning producer, as well as CEO and founder of Impulse Creative Productions, LLC. Before film, Scott co-founded VisionSpring and was CEO of Scojo New York, a three-time winner of Fast Company’s Social Capitalist Award. Scojo New York joined the 2007 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

Scott is the owner of Grape Hollow Farm, a permaculture farm/orchard in Dutchess County’s Hudson Highlands that raises Romney sheep, Heritage chickens and apples for hard cider. Scott has worked to restore the property and bring the land back into production since he took over ownership of the farm in 2013.

Scott is Vice President of the Russell Berrie Foundation and was given the first NYU Stern Stewart Satter Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He holds an MIA from Columbia University, MBA from New York University and a BA from University of Colorado.

G. Kirby Brown

Secretary

Kirby retired from IBM after a 30-year career that included positions in marketing, supply chain management, education and procurement both domestically and abroad. He is currently on the Conservation Committee of the Philipstown Garden Club and […]


Kirby retired from IBM after a 30-year career that included positions in marketing, supply chain management, education and procurement both domestically and abroad. He is currently on the Conservation Committee of the Philipstown Garden Club and serves as Captain of the Fire Police for the Garrison Volunteer Fire Company.

Kirby and his wife, JoAnn, who are life-long residents of the mid-Hudson Valley, reside in Garrison. Kirby holds an MA degree in Communications from Columbia University’s Teachers College, as well a Master of Divinity and a Master’s degree in Religious Studies, both from SUNY, with cross registration at the Union Theological and General Theological Seminaries in New York City.

Anne Perkins Cabot

Director Emerita

The daughter of George and Linn Perkins, Anne Perkins Cabot grew up living at Glynwood as her childhood country home. Later in life, she and her husband, Francis Cabot founded Stonecrop Garden and the Garden Conservancy. Stonecrop […]


The daughter of George and Linn Perkins, Anne Perkins Cabot grew up living at Glynwood as her childhood country home. Later in life, she and her husband, Francis Cabot founded Stonecrop Garden and the Garden Conservancy. Stonecrop Garden is a world-class horticultural institution where Anne and Frank made their home for many years. The Garden Conservancy works to save and preserve America’s exceptional gardens for the education and enjoyment of the public.

Anne is the mother of three and a grandmother of nine. She also served as a commissioner and is on the board of the Palisades Park Conservancy as well as the board of the Therapeutic Equestrian Center.

Robert W. Elliott, III

Treasurer

Bob has held multiple position in state and local government, as well as in the business and nonprofit sectors. His positions have included Deputy Secretary of State for New York State, Mayor of Croton-on-Hudson, President of […]


Bob has held multiple position in state and local government, as well as in the business and nonprofit sectors. His positions have included Deputy Secretary of State for New York State, Mayor of Croton-on-Hudson, President of the New York Conference of Mayors and of the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal, Co-Chairman of Westchester County’s Council of Government, and Chairman of the Historic River Towns of Westchester, which he founded.

Bob has held appointed positions on the Governor’s Task Forces for Access to the Hudson River and Local Government Reform, the state legislature’s Rural Land Use Advisory Committee, the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Management Plan Advisory Board and the Hudson Valley Greenway Communities Council.

Bob authored the New York Conference of Mayors’ Sustainable Communities Initiative and served as the Vice Chair of the New York Main Street Alliance and Chair of the Hudson Valley Tourism Development Council. In Westchester County, he has served as Director of Economic Development, headed the Industrial Development Agency and was President of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has served as Executive Director of the New York State Planning Federation and on a number of nonprofit boards including the Hudson River Foundation for Science and Education (as Board Chair) and Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Bob holds a Master’s Degree from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Government and Business.

Gale Epstein

Gale is co-founder, President and Creative Director of Hanky Panky Ltd., an upscale New York intimate apparel company established in 1977. The collection is designed and manufactured locally and distributed globally. Gale also serves as a […]


Gale is co-founder, President and Creative Director of Hanky Panky Ltd., an upscale New York intimate apparel company established in 1977. The collection is designed and manufactured locally and distributed globally. Gale also serves as a member of the board of directors of theTherapeutic Equestrian Center in Cold Spring, NY.

Gale is a life-long supporter of environmental, animal rights and social issues. As a longtime resident of the Hudson Highlands, she enjoys its extensive trail systems and dirt roads both on horseback and by horse drawn carriage. She is also a closet harpist. Gale was raised in St. Louis, MO, and studied at Washington University and Parsons School of Design.

Susan Goodfellow

Susan’s interests in health, well-being and education have shaped the projects and work that she has been devoted to since leaving New York City 34 years ago to take up primary residence in Tuxedo Park. Her […]


Susan’s interests in health, well-being and education have shaped the projects and work that she has been devoted to since leaving New York City 34 years ago to take up primary residence in Tuxedo Park. Her general and professional interest in healthy eating has morphed into efforts to ensure watershed protection and protection of drinking water, which has led to an interest in best practices for farming and protecting soil. Recently, Susan and her husband purchased Blue Hill Farm in Chester, VT, where they will begin their own farming experience.

Susan has served on the Board of Directors of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and the Tuxedo Park Library. She also currently serves as Trustee for the Village of Tuxedo Park and serves on the Strategic Planning, Historic Keep Preservation and Environmental Advisory Committees for the Village.

Samantha Kappagoda

Samantha Kappagoda is Chief Economist and co-founder of Risk Economics, Inc., a New York City based advisory firm. She provides advisory services as well as research and development (R&D) of rigorous analytics with applications to large-scale, real-world modeling and surveillance […]


Samantha Kappagoda is Chief Economist and co-founder of Risk Economics, Inc., a New York City based advisory firm. She provides advisory services as well as research and development (R&D) of rigorous analytics with applications to large-scale, real-world modeling and surveillance of global macroeconomic trends, socioeconomic and demographic conditions, and geopolitical events. As lead for the RiskEcon® macroeconomic and portfolio strategy advisory practice, Samantha’s areas of expertise include currency, fixed income, commodity and capital markets activity, as well as business cycle dynamics, econometric time-series and longitudinal analyses of consumer behavior, labor markets, wealth and income distribution, housing, population and immigration, political risk and international trade, resource allocation, environment, health, aging and retirement.

Samantha is also co-lead investigator at RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics, established in 2011 at NYU Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences, in order to apply a range of computational methods to analyze commercial, consumer and population-related societal trends. She is also Visiting Scholar at Courant Institute, and associated with the Social Media and Political Participation Lab (SMaPP) at NYU, an interdisciplinary collaboration that investigates the relationships between social media and political behavior. Previously, she was Senior Economist at Caxton Associates LP, a hedge fund established in 1983. She was a key member of Caxton Global, the firm’s flagship global macro fund, which, at its peak, had approximately $12 billion of assets under management.

Samantha serves as a senior editorial advisory board member of The Journal of Risk Finance (JRF), an Emerald Publications journal which provides a rigorous forum for the publication, both by academics and practitioners, of theoretical and empirical research related to the financing of risk, with a long-standing focus on issues of market convergence. She was originally the founding Managing Editor of JRF in 1999, initially published by Institutional Investor Journals/Euromoney, before its successful sale to its current publisher. She has also served as Special Editor for Risk Management, for The Journal of Alternative Investments, another Institutional Investor journal.

Samantha holds an M.B.A. in Analytic Finance and Statistics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She also holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto, and graduated with a B.Sc. (Honors) in Mathematics from Imperial College, London. In addition to Glynwood, Samantha currently serves as a member of the board of directors of two other not-for-profit organizations: Council for Economic Education, an organization that delivers economic education and financial literacy to K-12 students by educating the educators; and the Girl Scouts of Greater New York. Samantha is also a member of the leadership council of Black Rock Forest Consortium, a 4,000-acre natural living laboratory for field-based scientific research and education, operated by a consortium of twenty-three colleges and universities, public and independent schools, and scientific and cultural institutions.

Judah S. Kraushaar

Judah and his wife own Meadowland Farm, a historic homestead farm located in Dutchess County. The farming activities at Meadowland Farm have evolved over the years and are now focused on grass-fed lamb and organically grown […]


Judah and his wife own Meadowland Farm, a historic homestead farm located in Dutchess County. The farming activities at Meadowland Farm have evolved over the years and are now focused on grass-fed lamb and organically grown vegetables, but Judah especially takes pride in providing land, capital support and mentoring for young farmers eager to pursue entrepreneurial farming careers.

Judah has an extensive professional background in finance and investing. He is currently the Managing Partner of Roaring Brook Capital. Judah formerly ran Merrill Lynch’s Global Financial Services Equity Research team and was the top ranked bank analyst on Wall Street for more than a decade. He is also a best-selling author, having co-written The Real Deal: My Life in Business and Philanthropy with former Citigroup CEO, Sandy Weill.

Judah holds BA and MBA degrees from Cornell University. In addition to farming, he is an avid advocate for social businesses that embrace financial and social returns. He serves on the global board of the Israel Venture Network, the leading sponsor of Israeli social entrepreneurs. Judah and his wife, Michele, have resided in the Hudson Valley for over 30 years and have three grown children.

Barbara Kurz

Barbara Kurz is a senior Human Resources (HR) executive with over 25 years of diverse international leadership experience in blue chip financial and professional services organizations. Barbara is currently the Global Head of Talent Acquisition for […]


Barbara Kurz is a senior Human Resources (HR) executive with over 25 years of diverse international leadership experience in blue chip financial and professional services organizations. Barbara is currently the Global Head of Talent Acquisition for MetLife, a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management with operations in nearly 50 countries and 65,000 employees. In this role, she is responsible for enhancing and expanding all aspects of MetLife’s talent acquisition strategy as the competition for world-class talent around the globe continues to intensify.

From 2005-2013, Barbara held HR leadership roles for several Citibank Global Consumer businesses, each of which was undergoing significant transformation. Her earlier HR career was shaped at American Express, Booz Allen and Chemical Bank. From 1996-2001, Barbara was an Executive Search Consultant at the leading British firm, Whitehead Mann Group plc in London and New York. Additional search experience was gained at Gow & Partners-New York and Korn/Ferry International in Hong Kong.

Barbara holds a B.S. in Social Work from Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania. Additional academic training includes successful completion of Georgetown University’s Executive Coaching Program and the University of Michigan’s Executive HR Management Program.

Barbara lives in New York City with her husband, Richard. She enjoys kayaking, hiking and cooking. In addition to serving on Glynwood’s Board of Directors, she served most recently on the board of The Forest Lake Club, a 125 year-old hunting and fishing club in Pennsylvania, dedicated to land conservation and stewardship. Prior board affiliations include The Next Stage, a performing arts company in New York City.

Jennifer Mercurio

Jennifer Mercurio is founder and owner of Eleanor’s Best, an artisanal food company producing award-winning old-fashioned homemade jams and marmalade. With her husband, Joseph, Jennifer owns and operates Mercurio Farms in Garrison, NY. In addition to […]


Jennifer Mercurio is founder and owner of Eleanor’s Best, an artisanal food company producing award-winning old-fashioned homemade jams and marmalade. With her husband, Joseph, Jennifer owns and operates Mercurio Farms in Garrison, NY. In addition to serving as the home of Eleanor’s Best, the farm produces free-range, pastured, non-GMO chicken eggs and seasonal vegetables, herbs, flowers, and orchard fruits. Additional value-added products include raw wildflower honey, beeswax hand and lip salves, pure Grade-A maple syrup, and wool roving and yarn processed from the farm’s Jacob sheep.

Previously, Jennifer was Vice President and General Counsel of the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA), the non-profit membership organization representing consumers of interactive entertainment in the U.S. and Canada, where she directed ECA’s legal, policy, research, advocacy, action, lobbying, and government affairs unit(s). Prior to that, she was Associate General Counsel and Director of State Legislative Affairs for the video game publishers’ trade association, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which included the video game rating board, Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) and the largest video game publishers trade show in the Americas, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). She has also held senior positions in NYC government and for ESPN, where she was the second female soccer producer in the world.

Jennifer is the Putnam History Museum’s most recent past Chair of the Board and current Trustee. She is the Second Vice President of the Philipstown Garden Club and she and her husband are active volunteer firefighters with the Garrison Volunteer Fire Company. Jennifer is also a guest lecturer at the Culinary Institute of America. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Barnard College/Columbia University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School.

Judith Mogul

Co Vice Chair

Judith L. Mogul is a Partner at Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC. She is a civil litigator who handles complex commercial litigation for individual and corporate clients in state and federal court. She has […]


Judith L. Mogul is a Partner at Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC. She is a civil litigator who handles complex commercial litigation for individual and corporate clients in state and federal court. She has extensive experience defending individuals in internal investigations, securities class actions and related regulatory proceedings. Judy also regularly represents individuals and companies in a broad variety of commercial matters involving employment, partnership, contract, unfair competition, insurance and other disputes.

She has been recognized by The Legal 500 in Securities: Shareholder Litigation and in White Collar Criminal Defense (2013, 2012). Judy is co-author of the treatise Civil Practice in the Southern District of New York, 2d. Ed. (Thomson West 2011), as well as of a regular column on federal civil practice in the Southern District of New York for the New York Law Journal. Judy is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Access to Justice, a non-partisan law and policy organization dedicated to achieving reform on behalf of vulnerable people in the civil and criminal justice systems.

Arnold Moss

Co Vice Chair

Arnold serves as a Director of Trio Advisors, a family office. Previously, he served as President of Hudson Heritage LLC and Hudson Valley Housing Associates, developers of historic properties in the Hudson Valley. Arnold serves as […]


Arnold serves as a Director of Trio Advisors, a family office. Previously, he served as President of Hudson Heritage LLC and Hudson Valley Housing Associates, developers of historic properties in the Hudson Valley. Arnold serves as a trustee of Boscobel Restoration, Santa Lucia Conservancy and the Abraham Foundation. He is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

D. Bryce O’Brien, II

Bryce is a principal in Douglass Winthrop Advisors LLC. Previously, Bryce was a senior portfolio manager at Nicholas Advisors, Inc. for eight years. During this period he was also responsible for asset allocation and manager selection. […]


Bryce is a principal in Douglass Winthrop Advisors LLC. Previously, Bryce was a senior portfolio manager at Nicholas Advisors, Inc. for eight years. During this period he was also responsible for asset allocation and manager selection. Prior to NAI, he worked at Lazard Frères Asset Management as an analyst in the Fixed Income group.

Bryce also currently serves on the Board of the Palisades Park Conservancy, a charitable organization involved with the Palisades Interstate Parks Commission, and the boards of Part of the Solution (POTS), a community center in the Bronx, Wave Hill, the New York Public Garden and Cultural Center, and the Mianus River Gorge Preserve in Bedford, NY. Bryce holds an MBA from the McDonough School for Business at Georgetown University and a BS from the University of Vermont.

George Pacchiana

George J. Pacchiana was born and raised in Mount Vernon, NY, and earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Villanova University. Upon graduation, George worked for Thalle Construction Co., Inc., a heavy and highway construction […]


George J. Pacchiana was born and raised in Mount Vernon, NY, and earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Villanova University. Upon graduation, George worked for Thalle Construction Co., Inc., a heavy and highway construction company founded in 1947 by his father, Guido Pacchiana. He became President at the age of 30. In 1985, George founded Thalle Industries, Inc., which includes a stone quarry, asphalt plant, and recycling facility that supplies asphalt, stone products and recycled materials to the heavy construction industry.

George is currently Chairman of the Board of Thalle Industries and serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Construction Industry Council, a professional trade organization representing more than 600 businesses who are at the core of the region’s construction industry. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of General Contractors of America-NY State Chapter, a Trustee for the NY State Heavy Construction Laborers Local 60 Benefit Funds, a member of the New York Construction Materials Association, and active in the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

George helped to form the Clean Water Jobs Coalition, a partnership between the construction industry, labor and the Audubon Society. George was also instrumental in working with government and conservation groups to bring about the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

 

Jennifer P. Speers

Jennifer Speers grew up in New York’s Hudson Valley with farming and conservation in her blood. She has carried her values of land stewardship into the management of her own ranching properties along the Colorado River […]


Jennifer Speers grew up in New York’s Hudson Valley with farming and conservation in her blood. She has carried her values of land stewardship into the management of her own ranching properties along the Colorado River in Moab, Utah, where she raises crops that provide habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife that utilize the river corridor.

Prior to becoming a full-time farmer, Jennifer worked for 18 years as a surgical technician at Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City. In addition to her service on Glynwood’s Board of Directors, Jennifer serves on the boards of the Grand Canyon Trust, the Nature Conservancy of Utah, Artspace, Wave Hill and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Paul N. Watterson, Jr.

Paul is a senior partner in the New York office of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. Paul advises many investment banks, private investment funds and other alternative investment vehicles. He is a frequent speaker and is […]


Paul is a senior partner in the New York office of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. Paul advises many investment banks, private investment funds and other alternative investment vehicles. He is a frequent speaker and is widely published on securitization, derivatives and regulatory issues.

Paul graduated cum laude with a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an Editor of Harvard Law Review.

Penelope Perkins Wilson

Director Emerita

Penelope Wilson was born and grew up in New York State. She attended schools in New York and Virginia and attending Bennington College in Vermont. In 1943, she married William B. Wilson. Penny is the mother […]


Penelope Wilson was born and grew up in New York State. She attended schools in New York and Virginia and attending Bennington College in Vermont. In 1943, she married William B. Wilson. Penny is the mother of five daughters. She is the grandmother of fourteen and great-grandmother of fifteen. Penny added Big Timber, MT, as a part-time residence with a neat craftsman house and the Grand Hotel.

In Pennsylvania, Penny is currently serving on the boards of Moore College of Art & Design, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Open Land Conservancy of Chester County, and Historic Sugar Town, Inc. In Vermont, she serves on the Board of Trustees of Bennington College. In Virginia, she serves on the Board of Trustees of Chatham Hall. Penny’s main interest is in the preservation of worthwhile buildings and landscapes whenever and wherever they happen to be.

Christopher Zuehlsdorff

Chris is a portfolio manager for the Permal Group, a New York based alternative investment manager. He joined Permal in 2003 and focuses on manager selection and asset allocation in multi-asset, multi-strategy portfolios. He is a […]


Chris is a portfolio manager for the Permal Group, a New York based alternative investment manager. He joined Permal in 2003 and focuses on manager selection and asset allocation in multi-asset, multi-strategy portfolios. He is a CFA© Charterholder. Chris has an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

Chris grew up on a family dairy farm in Minnesota. Currently, Chris, his wife Anita and their three sons reside in Briarcliff Manor. He is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys running, biking and gardening.