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

Peter Carr, Chair
Hudson Valley Insurance Agency

Leslie Sewell (ULDI ’00), Vice Chair
Rondout Savings Bank

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

Kate Waage (ULDI ’07), Secretary
MVP Health Care

John Burlingham, Chair, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
American Solutions for Business

Ward Todd, President, Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors

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

Seanne Crozier, CBAP, CCBSO (ULDI ’07)
Rhinebeck Bank

John A. Eickman
Alpha Win

Mariel Fiori
La Voz; Bard College

Steve Gill
Howmet Aerospace

Ethan Mass (ULDI ’18)
M&T Bank

Philip Mattracion
Chief of Police, Ellenville

Ryan Occhino
Ulster Savings Bank

Sean Soliva (ULDI ’14)
Rondout Savings Bank

Amy Summers (ULDI ’21)
Raising HOPE, Ulster United Way

Ingrid E. Kulick
Executive Director