Paula has a PhD in Sociology from Columbia, is a published author (The Hourglass Solution) is a weekly columnist in 15 newspapers (Short Answers) and a full time resident of Hudson. She had a long and successful career in advertising and ultimately was President of Wells Rich Greene BDDP, the New York headquarters of a large global communications network. Subsequently, she dusted off her academic credentials and taught sociology at CUNY and Simon’s Rock College of Bard. Paula is the Founder and Director of Perfect Ten.
Africia attended Lagrange College for a BA in Art and Design and is an Art History MA Candidate at the City College of New York. Prior to moving to New York City in 2000, she spent several years living in Berlin, Germany. Africia has worked in various New York museums and is currently at the International Center of Photography in the exhibitions department. She has a strong interest in promoting the "it takes a village" philosophy.
Jeffrey brings a combination of corporate executive experience and a passion for education to our board. She is a seasoned corporate professional with a successful 25-year career as an advertising executive working with companies such as Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson. After retiring from advertising, Jeffrey started a second career in adult education at Columbia University’s Community Impact, a social service outreach organization that enables volunteer Columbia students to teach and administer ESL, GED and Computer Training classes for low income adults in Upper Manhattan.
Stephanie graduated from Russell Sage College and earned a BS in Accounting. She is a licensed certified public accountant in the state of New York and has been employed at Karp, Ackerman, Skabowski & Hogan, CPAs, PC since 1994. Stephanie specializes in audit and tax services to nonprofit organizations, and is experienced in tax preparation for business entities and individuals. A native of Hudson, Stephanie shares in the experience of growing up in the city and attending Hudson City Schools and continues to hold many ties to the local community. She currently resides in Ghent with her husband William and teenage son Daniel. In her free time she enjoys taking dance lessons with Sternfeld Dance Studio, attending her son’s sports and music events, traveling with her husband and spending time with her family and friends.
Katherine moved to Columbia County in 2010 after visiting the county for many years. Katherine holds a BA, MA and M.Phil from Columbia University. Her background includes 24 years at Marsh & McLennan, from which she retired as the Property Practice for the International Division at the end of 2009 shortly after returning from 5 years in London. While in New York, Katherine mentored girls at a NYC public high school as part of a Financial Women’s Association program. She now volunteers as a mentor in the Hudson Reads program at the intermediate school in Hudson. She also serves on the board of the Royal Oak Foundation, which is the US affiliate of the National Trust of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Katherine chairs the Member Services Committee, and serve on the Audit and Executive Committees.
Philip graduated from NYU and earned an Masters in Education and an MBA. He married Paula when he was still a child, and remains a staunch supporter and her favorite date. Philip had a long and distinguished career in advertising serving as President of the WPP group of companies. He went on to found a Management Consultancy with 12 partners from McKinsey called Mitchell Madison Group. MMG grew to 900 employees in 8 countries. Phil currently serves on the BAR for Hudson, The Historic Preservation Commission, Historic Hudson, and is President of the Friends of the Presbyterian Church in Hudson.
Mimi graduated from agricultural school in Wales and ever since then has played an active role in the production, provision and teaching of food. A transplant to New York from the UK twelve years ago Mimi, who started out as a shepherd, has enjoyed roles in dairy farming, restaurant management, food television production, celebrity chef organization, as a cooking teacher and as a mother of two, now teenage, daughters. A firm believer in the role of education in developing sustainable food practices Mimi has taught cooking at an adult school, volunteered as a school visit guide at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and co-created a school kitchen garden program. Returning to her agricultural roots, Mimi and her family are restoring a small farm in the Hudson Valley with a vision to produce local food and to extend teaching opportunities.
Arminee is a retired executive originally from New York City with 30 plus years experience in international and domestic banking and finance. She has held various positions in major Wall Street firms and banks. Arminee and her husband Ramon have had a house in Columbia County for over 20 years and in 2015 moved to Claverack, NY on a full time basis. In addition to her career, Arminee has and continues to be active as a volunteer in many social and educational events and she is an avid mentor to young women. Arminee graduated with a BA from Mount Holyoke College where she remains an active alumni. She also has an MA from Tufts University. In her free time, Arminee is an avid gardner, enjoys travel and sharing time with family and friends.
Cameron Melville is an owner of Club Helsinki Hudson in Hudson New York. He is also a co-owner of The Vortex an event center in downtown Los Angeles dedicated to progressive & community events and fundraising, as well as an offshoot of the The Vortex, a small performance space and artist in residency program in New Orleans called OneLove.