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North East Community Center
Board of Directors

Christine Bates
Board Chair
Christine Bates is currently a Trustee of the village of Millerton, where she was elected to her third term. She also writes monthly articles for Main Street Magazine and is an active real estate investor, a serial renovator of old homes, a passionate gardener and intrepid traveller. Ms. Bates is a graduate of Oberlin College, (BA Art History), University of Michigan (MA in Art History) and Columbia Business School where she received her MBA in marketing and finance. Christine grew up in Upstate New York and had a business career in banking, corporate development and consulting stretching from Brazil to Korea, Miami and New York. After raising a family in Greenwich Village she moved to the village of Millerton ten years ago with her husband Peter Greenough.

Nancy Elting
Vice Chair
Nancy Elting has over 30 years experience as an educator and school administrator. For 15 years, Nancy worked at The Spence School as a 4th & 5th grade teacher, then Director of Admissions and later as the Head of School. She went on to serve as Interim Director at The Town Hill School, The Spence School, the Bronx Charter School for Children and the School at Columbia University. She has served on the board of The School at Columbia University and is currently President of the Gulf Pines Homeowners Association. Nancy and her husband John live on their farm in Millerton, but spend part of the year in Florida.

Leslie Mackenzie Gottlieb
Leslie Gottlieb is the publisher at Grey House Publishing, a major, independent information company working with libraries and the business and health communities. Before joining the Board of NECC, Leslie was a Board member of the Sharon Day Care and Northwest Mental Health Center, Sharon Historical Society and Sharon Green Preservation. She lives with her husband, Dick, in Sharon CT.

Sherrell Andrews
Sherrell Andrews has over twenty-five years of commercial litigation experience in NYC and Cleveland and spent four years as an International Relations Specialist at National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) in Washington DC. Ms Andrews grew up in Houston and received a B.A. in Mathematics from Texas Tech, an M.A. in Government/international Affairs from Georgetown University, and a JD from Georgetown University Law School. She has considerable nonprofit experience, having previously served on the Boards of Townscape and Friends of Coleman Station and served as Board Chair of both Inwood House in NYC and New York Common Pantry, which empower marginalized youth and address food insecurity and social service needs, respectively. She has been a longstanding volunteer with young women and has traveled to villages and towns in Malawi and Ethiopia to learn about local programs and challenges relating to orphan care, health, and young women's issues and to assist in HIV/AIDS leadership training. Sherrell and her husband Rob Kuhbach, an NECC Advisory Board member, have owned a home in the Millerton area (initially Boston Corners) since 1981 and now live in Coleman Station.

Jon Yard Arnason
Jon Arnason practiced corporate law in New York City for over 40 years. Jon is a graduate of Harvard College, A.B. and University of Michigan Law School, J.D. Now retired, he is a member of: the Town of North East's Zoning Board of Appeals and its Conservation Advisory Committee. Jon chairs the Democratic Committee of Town of North East and also chairs the Town's Solar, Sign and Wind Committee. Jon and his wife Sia have lived in North East for over 35 years.

Evelyn Garzetta
Evelyn Garzetta is the Director of Grace Episcopal Church Latino/Immigrant Outreach in Millbrook. She also chairs the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Latino/Immigrant Outreach Roundtable Advisory Committee and teaches ESL classes in Millbrook. Evelyn is an active parishioner at Grace Episcopal Church Millbrook, NY, where she is a Vestry, Hospitality and Altar Guild Member. She also serves as board member for: Townscape of Millerton; the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 178 Millerton; the Town of North East Planning Board; the Foundation for Community Health; Esperanza Dutchess County Hispanic Organization; and is President of the Briarwood Homeowners Association. Prior to her career retirement in 2008, Evelyn was a Facilities Director in charge of fourteen offices throughout the country for a trade magazine publishing firm. A devoted grandmother of eight, Evelyn and her husband, Joe, are longtime residents of Millerton, New York.

Trudy Kramer
Trudy Kramer served 26 years as the director of the Parrish Art Museum on Long Island. Currently she serves on the board of the Bard Graduate Center. Along the way, she was the chair and trustee of the New York Foundation for the Arts and has advised foundations, public state and federal arts agencies and organizations on planning, governance, fundraising and management. She lives in Lakeville, CT with her husband Harry and her dogs Enzo and May.

Eleanor Nurzia
El Nurzia creates environments and experiences through her fine restaurants. She owns and operates 52 Main in Millerton, and previously owned Abruzzi Trattoria in Pawling. She has managed several properties for Coach's Sports Bar and Grille, Sutton Place Gourmet, and Capital Management. El uses her position to bring people together, support local causes and create a warm lively community wherever she goes. She lives in Sharon with her husband Kurt and two college-aged sons.

John Parsons
John Parsons is the Assistant Vice-President, Bank of Millbrook, 2015 to present, with 23 years' experience in retail and commercial banking and lending. John is currently the Treasurer of the Harlem Valley Chamber of Commerce as well as a board member of the Webutuck Quest for Excellence Fund, of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. John lives in Gallatin with his wife, Heather and their menagerie of critters.

Linda Quella
Linda Quella has 28 years' experience as a financial advisor. She began her career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse Coopers and ultimately retired from a position as a CFO with a multi-billion dollar company in New York City. She and her husband James, moved to the Northwest corner to launch a sustainable, humane pasture based protein farm in Sharon, CT. Together, with their Farm Manager, Dan Carr, Q Farms strives to bring diverse, healthful and locally sourced protein to our community.

Annie Walwyn-Jones
Born in London, Annie Walwyn-Jones arrived in New York City at the age of 21, and attended the Parsons School of Design. Today, she designs clothes for private clients, many for special events. Annie has lived in the Hudson Valley since 1982, initially as a weekender but becoming a full-time resident in 2010. In part to get her neighbors to know each other, she launched the Ancramdale Pig Roast over 10 years ago. It has grown in size each year, becoming an annual event and fundraiser for summer camp scholarships for local youth. Annie enjoys, cooking, gardening and entertaining. She shares her home with her husband Murdoch, two finches, and a Briard, and depending on the weekend, their 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Diane Zimmerman
Diane Zimmerman is the Samuel Tilden Professor of Law Emerita at New York University School of Law. She is a graduate of Beaver College (now Arcadia University) and earned a JD from Columbia University. Prior to law school, she was a reporter at Newsweek and a special features writer for the New York Daily News. Diane serves as Vice President of the Stephen and May Cavin Leeman Foundation (which supports programs for inner city youth), and is on the Board of Equal Justice USA, a national organization that works against the death penalty and is pioneering innovative programs to deal with trauma and the prevention of violence. Diane and her husband, Cavin Leeman, live in Boston Corners in Millerton.

Advisory Board

Samuel Busselle
Tammy Cooper
Wendy Curtis
Elizabeth Gilmore
Jennifer Hand
Robert Kuhbach
Louise Lindenmeyr
Joan Osofsky
David Rosenberg
Helen Scoville
Daniel Sternberg