Board Member & Terms
Our board member terms are as follows:
- Two (2) year terms (Expiring in May 2017)
Amanda Gerkens, Paul Campanella, Laurie Dzeidzic, Mike Littier
- Three (3) year terms (Expiring in May 2018)
Terry Schommer, Sophia McKenzie, Marilyn McIntosh, Stephen Kalmus
Terry Schommer (Appointed to fill a Board Vacancy January 2015)
A Minnesota native, Terry Schommer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Minnesota, and is a graduate of Goucher College in Baltimore, where she earned a Master of Arts in Arts Administration. During the course of her graduate studies, she spearheaded the first cultural assessment study for and commissioned by Orange County, NY, and co-authored the study with Craig Dreeszen, PhD. Upon graduation, she was retained by Weekend of Chamber Music and served as Communications Director for eight years. She was appointed Managing Director in 2012.
A former staff arts writer for the Times Herald-Record, Ms. Schommer still freelances, and is the owner of Treehouse Arts, an independent consulting business for marketing, publicity and writing for non-profit arts organizations. She also teaches private lessons in her Treehouse Arts Piano Studio in Monroe, where she lives with her husband.
Sophia McKenzie (Appointed to fill a Board Vacancy January 2015)
Sophia McKenzie is a Licensed Master of Social Work and a wellness and Business Coach. She is a graduate of Fordham University having earned a Master of Social Work degree. Sophia is an entrepreneur and owner of Healthy Transitions 4U . She is a creative and strategic change agent with the mission of improving the quality of life for others by empowering them to make a Healthy-‐Transition! Sophia has previously served on boards for Head Start of Rockland and the National Association for Social Workers, NYS Chapter where she served on and chaired several key committees contributing to overall improvement in the organization. Sophia and her husband reside in the Monroe area with their children attending the MW schools.
Marilyn McIntosh (Board Member since June 2011, Founding Board Member)
Marilyn McIntosh is the Executive Director of Monroe Free Library She began working at the library in 1984, and assumed her current position in 1994. She holds the chair of the Directors’ Association of the Ramapo-Catskill Library System, and spent three years as chairperson of Automated Network Services (ANSER). She is an active member of the Mountain View United Methodist Church, where she has worked with Community Blood Services to organize blood drives locally. She is a volunteer at Edward J. Russell Elementary School in Pine Bush.
Marilyn holds a Masters of Information Science and Policy degree from University of Albany and a certificate in Public Library Administration from Long Island University; she holds a Bachelor of Science from Lowell University. She is a resident of Pine Bush, and has lived in Orange County since 1974. She is a mother of two, stepmother of three and grandmother of one.
Stephen Kalmus (Board Member since June 2011, Founding Board Member)
A seasoned veteran of the insurance industry working with Marshall & Sterling, Stephen holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration & Finance from Ramapo College of New Jersey. He is licensed as a property and casualty, as well as life and health insurance broker through the New York State Insurance Department, and is also a graduate of The Hartford School of Insurance.
Stephen serves on the 2012 Sales Advisory Panel for Marshall & Sterling.
Stephen resides in Monroe with his family.
Charles Pakula (Charlie) has been a Monroe resident for over forty years.
He has been self-employed for most of his adult life having a number of different businesses. Most recently Charlie owned and operated the GNC in Federal Plaza until 2013.
In addition to being one of the founders of the Greater Monroe Chamber of Commerce he volunteers and has led a number of civic and Not-for-Profit organizations in the Town of Monroe.
Charlie also serves as a SCORE Counselor, sharing his knowledge of business and entrepreneurship with those starting a new enterprise or striving to grow their current business.
Edison Guzman – Owner, A&E Advertising and Web Design – 1997 to Present
Offer the services of Web Site Design, Hosting, SEO, Social Media Marketing, Internet Marketing, Advertising and Marketing Strategy implementation. Over 19 years of experience and business ownership in the advertising and web development.
Board Member – Greater Hudson Valley Health System – 2013 to Present
Member – Greater Monroe Chamber of Commerce – 2015 to Present
Member – Goshen Chamber of Commerce – 2015 to Present
Past Board Member – Orange County Chamber of Commerce – 1998 to April 2016
Past Chapter President – SCORE Chapter 465 – 2006 to Present
Volunteer to counsel individuals who want to start their own business, as well as existing business owners with business challenges. Through volunteerism, the Orange County NY SCORE chapter helps over individuals, either start or grow their business through counseling, workshops and webinars.
Other Committees: Monroe Clean Sweep committee.
Action in Monroe – Monroe Cheese Festival Committee
Wayne Cutter has worked for Paychex for over ten years in the Hudson Valley helping over 1,000 businesses streamline their payroll and taxes. He attended Don Bosco Prep and holds a bachelor’s degree from Marist College in Organizational Leadership and Communication.
In addition, he is a current board member of the Greater Monroe Chamber of Commerce, award recipient of the Orange County Chamber’s Rising Star Award, and an active member of the Monroe Cornerstone Historical Society.
He lives in the Town of Monroe with his family.
His interests are golf and travel.