scottScott Ferguson, Chamber President

Executive Committee

Upstate Professional Cleaning

Scott Ferguson is the owner of Upstate Professional Cleaning. He is also the founder, board member, and Treasurer of Solar Farms, Inc. which is a hydroponic farm. Scott also raises pheasants and hay on his family’s land. Additionally, Scott is a tenure track Assistant Professor at SUNY Cobleskill where he teaches a wide variety of business and management courses. He has 20 years of small business ownership experience and twenty years of corporate organizational development and Human Resource Management experience. Upstate Professional Cleaning provides cleaning services, which include duct cleaning, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and power washing, to both residential and commercial customers throughout Schoharie County.

Scott and his wife Carrie live in the town of Root just a mile north of the Schoharie county line. They made this area their full-time home in 2005. They have eight children and seven grandchildren and are actively engaged in supporting their children in the local sports programs, scouting, and church activities. Upstate Professional Cleaning are members of the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber’s Business Generators Group which is focused on keeping and growing business in Schoharie County. Scott received his doctorate in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College. He was awarded his Global MBA from Duke and his BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. He has served on the board since 2010 and been an active member of the Chamber since 2008.


613431_2_bodycms3ebd72Jamie Casterlin, 1st Vice President

Executive Committee, Economic Advancement

National Bank of Coxsackie

Jamie Casterlin is a retail banking branch manager with National Bank of Coxsackie. Jamie has 15 years’ experience in retail banking and consumer lending.  Jamie is also a member of various community organizations including the Schoharie County Tourism Committee, Middleburgh Area Business Association, Middleburgh Rotary and Albany County Rural Housing Association.


georgiaGeorgia Van Dyke, 2nd Vice President, Executive Director

Executive Committee, Events, Economic Advancement, Business and Education Committee

Gobbler’s Knob Family Fun Park

Georgia relocated to Schoharie County from North Babylon, LI in 1986 when she worked for the New York State Nurses Association. She continued to work for the Association as a Nursing Representative and Organizer, and after 21 years of service Georgia retired in 2004. In March of 2005 SUNY Cobleskill recognized Georgia as one of six “Notable Women of Schoharie County”. Georgia is also active in the Town of Wright, Schoharie Valley Lions Club – President 2015, SALT – Co-chair, and Chair of Unmet Needs Roundtable.

In 2003 Georgia established “The Darryl West Van Dyke Memorial Fund” through the Community Foundation of the Capital District. This fund supplies AED’s (portable defibrillators) to businesses and churches throughout Schoharie County. To date the fund has donated ten defibrillators.

Since 2002 Georgia has been president of Van Dyke Enterprises Inc. which, oversees “Gobbler’s Knob Family Fun Park”. Gobbler’s Knob opened in 2001 with a Driving Range and Club house. By 2006 the family business had expanded to and 18-hole lighted miniature golf featuring “Schoharie County Landmarks”. Additionally in 2006 the Ice Cream Parlor/Snack Bar opened and Robert Strong opened the “Muscle Motors Speedway” Go-cart Track.

2009 brought a nine-hole Par 3 course named “D’s Tees” in memory of Darryl Van Dyke. 2011 brought a Bungee Trampoline. The trampoline was replaced by a “Bounce House” in 2014.

In 2009 the County reclaimed Tourism from the Chamber. Shortly after that in early 2010 the Chamber experienced many internal changes. The Chamber’s Executive Director left unexpectedly, thus as Chamber Board President, Georgia stepped into that role for the next three years. At the end of Georgia’s term as Board President, she was then hired as part-time Executive Director in 2014. During this time period the Chamber membership grew with 40 new members, a new more user friendly website, a revitalized Business EXPO, and the Chamber once again has Tourism with Becky Stark as the Tourism Coordinator.

Georgia looks forward to supporting businesses in Schoharie County and the continued growth of the Chamber.


milanMilan Jackson, Treasurer

Executive Committee, Business Generators Chair

Lamont Engineers

Milan H. Jackson, P.E. is Principal Engineer and Supervisor of Business Development for Lamont Engineers, P.C. in Cobleskill with over 19 years of civil engineering experience. Mr. Jackson received his B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University graduating with Honors. Prior to his position with Lamont Engineers, Mr. Jackson held positions with Chemung Contracting in Elmira, New York; ATCS, PLC in Waldorf, Maryland, and ABD Engineers & Surveyors in Schenectady, New York. Mr. Jackson’s civil engineering experience includes hydrologic computations, hydraulic engineering, environmental site assessments, design of stormwater facilities and reports for stormwater management, water treatment design for public and private facilities, site designs including layout, grading, roadways, water supply, sewer service/septic systems, lighting, landscaping, and applications and reports for proper permitting, structural design of wood framing, masonry construction, and concrete construction, with responsibility for cost accounting, project schedule, subcontractor scheduling, safety, material testing, supply and material acquisition, and overseeing personnel. Mr. Jackson is a Licensed New York State Professional Engineer and a certified Code Enforcement Official. He is a member of Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honors Society), Rotary International, and Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce Business Generator Group. Milan and his wife, Lisa, reside in Schenectady with their two daughters, Elizabeth and Alaina.


476044.small-chamber-logoSherwood Veith, Secretary

Executive Committee, Membership Committee Chair

Sherwood, Veith; Certified Public Accountant

 


chrisChris Guldner, Tourism Chair

Tourism Committee

Bull’s Head Inn Cobleskill, Inc.

Christopher J. Guldner is an experienced restaurateur and an independent management consultant and with a particular passion for developing US manufacturing capability. While serving in the US Navy as a reactor operator and electronics technician, he earned a B.S. in Human Resources Management, then entered the civilian world working in various industries throughout North America as an instructor, training manager, maintenance manger and workplace performance improvement consultant. Over the last two decades, Chris’ industry experience includes manufacturing, investment banking, health insurance, federal government agencies, food processing, aerospace, construction, and national defense. He founded and then operated a chain of three restaurants throughout Saratoga County and is now leading a team to restore and reopen the Bull’s Head Inn, a full service restaurant in Cobleskill, NY.


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Shannon Almy
Membership Committee
Fenimore Asset Management

Shannon Almy was raised in Schoharie County and currently resides in Sharon Springs with her husband, Keith. She enjoys volunteering, and is actively involved in her local church. Shannon is an alumni from the Cobleskill Central School, and SUNY Cobleskill, and having completed an MBA from the University at Albany. Shannon is the Client Relationship Manager at Fenimore Asset Management, Inc. and has been with the company since  2002.


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Pat Coffey

Membership Committee, Economic Advancement

Schoharie County ARC

Patrick is employed by Schoharie County Chapter NYSARC, Inc. as Job Developer for the agency’s New Pathways Employment Services program. New Pathways is an employment service providing disabled county residents with career counseling, soft skills training, job placement and specialized job training. It also is a resource for employers providing qualified trained employees, assistive technology resources and up to date information on tax credits and money incentives that are available to businesses that hire workers with a disability. New Pathways is currently working with over sixty individuals at over forty Schoharie County businesses. Patrick serves on the Fulton-Montgomery-Schoharie Workforce Investment Board’s Business Consortium Committee and represents the Schoharie ARC on the Human Services coordinating Council. He has served on the Chamber’s Membership Committee for the past six years. He is a former member of the Guilderland Chamber. After graduating from Siena College, Patrick began a long career in business and sales management working for several large and small companies including R. H. Macy, BP Oil and Tractor Supply Co. Patrick’s spare time is spent caring for the many horses and Labrador retrievers at the family farm in Schoharie. Patrick believes that a strong local economy is necessary to provide opportunities that people desire in Schoharie County.


mickelDebra Mickel
Events Committee
National Bank of Coxsackie

Debra is the branch manager for National Bank of Coxsackie, Middleburgh Branch. She began her banking career in 1999 as a teller for Catskill Savings Bank. Due to several banking conversions, she also worked for Troy Savings Bank, First Niagara, Legacy Banks and Berkshire Bank at the same location. Due to the flood in 2011 she was relocated to Berkshire Bank on Central Avenue in Albany, NY. When she heard that National Bank of Coxsackie had purchased the building that was flooded, she knew she Wanted to be employed back in her hometown and Work for National Bank of Coxsackie because they are a small hometown bank with only 7 branches. She is married to Terry MíckeI and has 2 children, 4 step children and 9 grandsons who keep her very active. She has been a resident of Schoharie County her entire life.


andrewAndrew Noble
Business & Education Committee
Noble Ace Hardware

Andrew Noble has been working at his family owned hardware stores, part-time and full-time, for over twelve years. Born in Oneonta, NY, across county lines, in 1984, his family moved to Vermont in 1996 to East Corinth. In 2002 he graduated from Oxbow High School in Bradford, Vermont, and from there, attended Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks where he earned two degrees in Forestry and Urban Tree Management.

In 2007, Andrew was working full-time in the family hardware stores in Rutland, VT, South Glens Falls, NY, Johnstown, NY, and Watertown, NY. In December of 2008, when the family purchased the Selkirk family hardware store, Andrew was prepped and ready, and moved to manage the store in Cobleskill because of its long-standing reputation, position and potential to serve the larger Cobleskill community.

Andrew and his store staff are committed to helping Schoharie County residents and assisting in any way possible to bettering this wonderful community.

Andrew met his wife Brittany here in Schoharie County and were married in 2011. They built a home in Warnerville with live there along with their two dogs Ruger and Maddie. Brittany also works for all seven Noble Ace Hardware stores as the Training Coordinator.

Andrew also serves on the board for CPI (Cobleskill Partnership Inc.). If you know Andrew, you know he enjoys the wonderful, recreational opportunities gifted to Schoharie County…..so if you don’t find Andrew in the Noble Ace Hardware store, he may be found snowmobiling, skiing, hunting, fishing, or golfing close by. To reach Andrew at the store is 234 3518 or email an.nobleace@yahoo.com.


sarahSarah Goodrich
Economic Advancement, Membership Committee
Schoharie Area Long Term (SALT)

Graduate of University of Georgia, BS in Home Economics; moved to NY State upon marriage to husband, David, in 1969, and have lived in Dewitt, East Greenbush, Cazenovia, and presently a country property in the Town of Wright since 1988. Have two daughters, one son-in-law and 3 grandchildren. A long time community volunteer through Church affiliations, Girl Scouts, and public schools, etc; presently on Consistory of Schoharie Reformed Church and Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; held numerous positions of leadership through volunteer work.


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Mario Roefaro
Tourism Committee
New York Power Authority

Mario Roefaro is the Manager of Community & Government Relations for the New York Power Authority’s central region. He has been with NYPA for four years and is a graduate of Binghamton University, class of 2008. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Law. Mario is married to his wife Christina, a school teacher, together they have a son Gabriel.


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Eric Efthimiou
Agricultural Business Representative
Farm Family Insurance


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