Hawthorne Valley Association
Executive Director, Martin Ping
Martin has been at Hawthorne Valley for more than 30 years. He taught practical arts in the High School, served as Director of Facilities for 14 years, and managed several multi-million dollar construction projects. Since the early 2000s, Martin has served as Executive Director, balancing his time developing the synergies amongst the Association’s diverse enterprises and the more than 200 co-workers who carry those initiatives while cultivating collaborative relationships between Hawthorne Valley and other organizations in the Upper Hudson Valley/Berkshire region as well as like-minded initiatives nationally and globally. He is passionate about creating learning opportunities for young people to connect with their vocations, including through Hawthorne Valley’s new Place Corps gap-year program. He is co-founder and storyteller for The Magical Puppet Tree Theater, a founding member of the Slow Money Alliance, and has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. Currently, Martin sits on the Advisory Board for Ethical Markets.
Executive Assistant, Sushannah Laurange
Sushannah joined the Hawthorne Valley in June 2012 and currently works in the development office, assisting the executive director and managing donations. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in writing from Messiah College in Grantham, PA, and spent a semester studying abroad at Oxford University. She worked as an intern in the Buyer’s Guide department of Photonics Media for three summers, and also was a staff writer for The Bridge Magazine for a year. Sushannah is a life-long Berkshire County resident, and in her spare time, she enjoys gardening with her niece, reading, writing, baking and knitting.
Director of Campus Services, Gary Ocean
Director of Finance, Cliff Keyes
Accounts Receivable, Irene Davis
Irene has assisted in the Finance Office at Hawthorne Valley since 2008. She manages payroll and accounts receivable, among many other tasks. Prior to joining Hawthorne Valley, Irene worked at Stan Martin Ford for 17 years. She has lived in Columbia County since 2001 and enjoys taking her dog for walks, riding her motorcycle, and knitting.
Accounts Payable, Patty Rafferty
Director of Marketing and Communications, Heather Gibbons
A Connecticut native, Heather joined the Hawthorne Valley team in January 2016. She moved to the Hudson Valley in 2001 with her husband and young son. Heather has worked in marketing her entire career, starting out in medical education. For seven years, she was creative director for a marketing and custom publishing firm that she co-owned with her husband. Together they published a monthly regional arts and culture magazine for which Heather was editor and designer until selling it to a larger publishing company in 2014. She lives in Elizaville with her husband, son and daughter. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to help share Hawthorne Valley’s story and collaborate on its many important initiatives.
Director of Development, Kaitlin Armocida
Kaitlin was hired as the Hawthorne Valley Association’s Development Director in October 2018. Prior to this she was the development director at a social service agency in Cleveland, and has experience working in development and marketing at nonprofits across New York and her home state of Ohio. Kaitlin has holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Art History and Anthropology from the Ohio State University, and a Master of Arts Degree in Museum Studies with a concentration on nonprofit administration from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Kaitlin currently lives in Hudson with her dog, Stella, and in her free time enjoys hiking, cooking, and practicing yoga. She was drawn to Hawthorne Valley because of her interest in local food systems and environmental sustainability.
Community Relations & Development Manager - Linda Park
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Hawthorne Valley School
School Director, Karin Almquist
Director of Enrollment, Amy Flaum
High School Chair, Simon Frishkoff
Lower School Chairs, Karin Almquist & Andrew Sansone
Kindergarten Chair, Janene Ping
High School Administrator, ESL and French Teacher, International Student Exchange Coordinator Eileen Lee
Receptionist, Marla Tolz
Hawthorne Valley School Faculty and Staff
Hawthorne Valley Farm
Farm Manager, Field Crop & Compost Manager, Spencer Fenniman
Field Vegetable and CSA Manager, Todd Newlin
Director of Retail, Jeremy Laurange
Director of Sales and Production, Zachary Fox-Hill
Director Place Based Learning Center, Matt Davis
Farmscape Ecology Program
Center for Social Research
Walking the Dog Theater
Executive Artistic Director, David Anderson