Our Values


carrying out all our work with the greatest responsibility and accountability


providing leadership for our community’s well-being and a willingness to volunteer


providing frequent structured and impromptu options for learning through programs, mentorship, sponsorship, and scholarship


collaborating with institutions, organizations, and businesses that offer educational programs, services and incentives

Our History

Our roots go back to the creation of the Ulster Leadership Development Initiative program in 1993 by the Ulster Regional Chamber of Commerce. Since then, the program has graduated over 450 local workers, who have benefited from direct exposure to dozens of successful entrepreneurs, leaders and officials. In 2014, the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation was created as a 501(c)3 organization with bigger aspirations; not only would we continue to offer and enhance the Leadership program, but we’d expand our offering to include youth leadership while fostering connections to employment and volunteer opportunities.

Foundation Board of Directors and Staff

Michael Janasiewicz (ULDI ’16), Chair
Ulster Savings Bank

Ethan Mass (ULDI ’18), Vice Chair
M&T Bank

Sean Soliva (ULDI ’14), Treasurer
Rondout Savings Bank

Mariel Fiori, Secretary
La Voz; Bard College

Crystal Jacob, Chair, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Ulster Savings Bank

Ward Todd, President, Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors

Jennifer Alnwick
Sawyer Savings Bank

Elliott Auerbach
Office of the NYS Comptroller

Kristin Backhaus, Ph.D
SUNY New Paltz School of Business

Meagan Bianco (ULDI ’21)
CBRE, Global Corporate Real Estate

Susanne Callahan
Institute for Family Health

Amanda Norton (ULDI ’22)
Go Beyond Greatness

Ryan Occhino
Ulster Savings Bank

Lt. Phil Roloson
Town of Lloyd Police

Leslie Sewell (ULDI ’00)
Rondout Savings Bank

Kate Waage (ULDI ’07)
MVP Health Care

Ingrid E. Kulick
Executive Director