518-295-8824 – info@schohariechamber.com

About the Chamber

Welcome to the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce, celebrating 30 years of supporting our residents and the business community in Schoharie County.  At the heart of every local economy and the backbone of the nation’s economy, you will find a Chamber of Commerce.  The Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce focuses on a broad range of events and programs that provide Advocacy,Education and Economic Growth to support its businesses and the community.  When you are looking for information or a way to be connected in Schoharie County, look no further, because the Chamber has something for everyone.  Together we can continue to make Schoharie County the best place to live, work and play!

 

Our Mission

The Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce is an organization focused on supporting, facilitating and advocating for local business success by working together to advance sustainable economic growth and the long-term stability of Schoharie County.

2021 Officers:

Ron Ketelsen – President

Lois Goblet – 1st Vice President

Lucas Fiedler – 2nd Vice President

Shannon Almy – Secretary

LeeAnn Arnold – Treasurer

Board of Directors

Ron Ketelsen

Ron Ketelsen

President

Sharon Springs Chamber of Commerce

Lois Goblet

Lois Goblet

1st Vice President

Hessian Hill Farm

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Lucas Fiedler

2nd Vice President

National Bank of Coxsackie

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Shannon Almy

Secretary

Fenimore Asset Management

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LeeAnn Arnold

Treasurer

NBT Bank

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Jessica Kirby

Board member

New York Power Authority

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Lindsey Giagni

Board member

STATE FARM

Wendy Gilman

Wendy Gilman

Board member

SUNY Cobleskill

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Mohamed Baligh

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Ron Ketelsen
President
Sharon Springs Chamber of Commerce

Ron Ketelsen is from Sharon Springs. Ron has been a member of the Board for three years and has recently been Vice-President of the Board. He is the owner of The Roseboro in Sharon Springs and has been president of the Sharon Springs Chamber for six years and is also president of the Sharon Historical Society. Ron served on the Schoharie County Occupancy Tax Board for three years, spent three years on the Schoharie County Tourism Committee, and also was the Schoharie County Tourism Coordinator for 2018. He is currently on the Sharon Joint Planning Board and a member of the Schoharie County Economic Alliance Committee.

Lois Goblet
1st Vice President
Hessian Hill Farm 

Lois E. Goblet is the President of Hessian Hill Farm, LLC , a 4 generation diversified agriculture operation.  Most recently, Lois opened the Canine Center at Hessian Hill Farm where the mission is to offer canine educational opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment. Lois retired from SUNY Cobleskill after 25 years in alumni relations and college advancement. Currently, she serves as the Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Tague.  

She has dedicated over 20 years as a board member on the  Cobleskill Agricultural Society Board of Directors. Lois also volunteers at the local library with Cassie, her therapy dog..

Lois was asked to serve on the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce because of her dedication in the area of agriculture.  Lois shares the following thoughts: 

” Schoharie County has an incredible resource of talent in so many areas. Now more than ever we all need to work together to promote each other and our community.” 

Lucas Fiedler
2nd Vice President
National Bank of Coxsackie

I was born and raised deep in the Catskill Mountains on a family farm where I was brought up under the beliefs that, “together we can achieve anything” and “if you are not working hard, you are not working.” These values, among many others, stay with me today in my professional career. Graduating from Paul Smith’s College and finding my way in life, I have worked in the public service and financial fields for over 14 years. These experiences have lead me to where I am now as the Business Development Office in the Middleburgh Branch for the National Bank of Coxsackie.  Creating relationships with the backbone of our business community and guiding them through achieving their needs and wants.  I live with my wife, two children, large Golden Retriever, cat, and flock of chickens on our dream home and land in Esperance, NY.  I enjoy everything Mother Nature has to offer and love working with my hands and helping my fellow person!

Shannon Almy – Secretary
Secertary
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 graduated from Cobleskill Central School and SUNY Cobleskill, and earned her MBA from the University at Albany. Shannon is a Client Relationship Manager.

LeeAnn Arnold – Treasurer
NBT Bank

LeeAnn is a Branch Manager for NBT Bank.  With 19 years of banking experience, starting her career as a teller with Central National Bank in 1998.  She is a lifelong resident of Schoharie County and serves on several boards in the Schoharie Area, including the Schoharie Community Development and the Schoharie County ARC Foundation.

Jessica Kirby
Board member
New York Power Authority

Jessica Kirby is the Community Relations Supervisor for the NY Power Authority Blenheim- Gilboa Visitors Center and Lansing Manor.  From 2012 to 2019, she was the Managing Director of Apple Barrel Country Store & Café.  Prior to that, Jessica has been a Cruise Sales Consultant at Cruise.co.uk and Banking Advisor for Halifax Bank in Redditch, England.

Jessica was born and raised in Schoharie County.  She is a 2000 graduate of Schoharie High School and attended Keuka College in the Finger Lakes.  She has spent 10 years living in California and England before returning to Schoharie in 2012.  She is a dual British American citizen.

Community involvement is extremely important to Jessica.  Besides being on the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors she is also on the Board of Directors for Schoharie Valley Association and President of the Reflections Memorial Foundation.  Jessica has previously been a committee member for NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program, and member of the SALT PR & Marketing Committee, Schoharie Alliance, and Schoharie County Business Generators Group, as well as, an EMT Aide for Scho- Wright Ambulance.

Wendy Gilman
SUNY Cobleskill

Ms. Gilman earned an S.B. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Operations Research and Statistics from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her early career included stints as a high school math teacher, procurement analyst for the federal government, and consulting work with small businesses and school districts. Ms. Gilman began working in public higher education in 1994 as a budget analyst at SUNY System Administration, and rose to Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget, Policy, and Analysis. Ms. Gilman joined SUNY Cobleskill in 2016 as the Vice President for Business and Finance. Along with financial management responsibilities, her role includes oversight of the Cobleskill Auxiliary Services Corporation, internal controls, risk management, and sponsored program grant administration. She was a parent member of the Woodland Hill Montessori School Board of Trustees from 2012-2018, including two years as treasurer, and rejoined the board in January 2021 as a community member. She has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce board since September 2020. 

Lindsey Giagni
Lindsey Giagni State Farm

As a lifelong resident of the Capital Region, I grew up in Guilderland, NY. I received my associate’s degree from SUNY Cobleskill then fled the NY snow until I received my bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University. I now reside in Altamont, NY with my family and we really enjoy our community. I love volunteering locally and I partner with many non for profits with the State Farm Quotes for Good program. Outside of work, I spend my time trying out different flavors of ice cream and soaking up all four seasons with my family. I love hosting family gatherings, but I also love a good road trip.  

I opened my State Farm agency in April of 2019 and I’m so thankful for the warm welcome and support that I’ve received from the Middleburgh and Schoharie County communities.. I’m looking forward to watching my State Farm agency evolve and customers turn into family right here in Middleburgh.

Mohamed Baligh
SUNY Cobleskill

Mohamed is a marketing professional with over 10 years of experience in Digital and Online Marketing. He focuses on up-to-date trends and techniques in various fields ranging from higher education to small businesses & start-ups. Mohamed has volunteered with the Chamber over the past 5 years and he has presented different Social Media  & Digital Marketing workshops over the years.