Staff Directory


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.

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Director of Campus Services, Gary Ocean
Gary has been working at Hawthorne Valley since 2002. He and his family first arrived in the Valley in 1991 when his son joined the kindergarten class at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School. Gary shepherds our Campus Services team, which includes the management and oversight for all maintenance, grounds, landscaping, housekeeping, events, and security functions. Gary has also serves as our Project Manager on all capital projects. He works closely with all the educational, farm and commercial managers to help support programs and insure smooth operations, and best practices, throughout the organization. Previously, he has served Hawthorne Valley in many capacities, including landscape gardener, school athletic director, boys basketball coach, and substitute teacher, among other things. Before working at Hawthorne Valley, Gary spent 15 years growing a large regional retail garden center, and an award winning design/build, landscape firm. He and his wife Indigo, coordinator of our Farm Learning Center Farm & Arts program, live and garden happily, adjacent to the farm in a home they designed and built in 2004. They have two sons Ben (HVWS Class of 2004) and Max (HVWS Class of 2011). Gary also serves the community as an active member of the Town of Ghent’s Planning Board.

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Director of Finance, Cliff Keyes
Cliff has been a part of the Hawthorne Valley team for 23 years, providing fiscal oversight for the various branches and initiatives. Prior to that, he spent 13 years working for government, private businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. He received a BA in Business Management from Westminster College and an MBA in Accounting from the University of Buffalo, and has a CPA license. Cliff also provides fiscal oversight to various not-for-profit organizations in the region.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Community Relations & Development Manager - Linda Park

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Eric Bradway 518-821-8655


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

Hawthorne Valley Farm Staff
Hawthorne Valley Farm Store Staff
Place-Based Learning Center Staff


Farmscape Ecology Program

Researcher, Botany, Claudia Knab-Vispo, PhD
Researcher, Wildlife Ecology, Conrad Vispo, PhD
Researcher, Anna Duhon
Farmscape Ecology Program Staff


Alkion Center

Director of Teacher Education, Eric G. Müller
Co-Administrator, Patrick Stolfo
Alkion Center Faculty and Staff


Center for Social Research

Co-Director, Gary Lamb
Center for Social Research Staff


Adonis Press

John Barnes


Walking the Dog Theater

Executive Artistic Director, David Anderson