Russell E. Gilmore, President
After a fourteen-year stint as a Bank Manager and Regional facilities Manager, I began a twenty-two-year career as Director of Operations at two of the Nation’s largest childcare facilities for adjudicated youth with learning and social-emotional disabilities. During that time, I also taught evening classes, as an Adjunct Professor of Behavioral Science, at Dutchess Community College and Marist College. For three years, I served as Executive Director of a private school for high school dropouts in Newburgh, as an experiment with the NYS Board of Regents. This past year, I earned my NYS Home Inspection license and opened my own service, Hudson River Valley Home Inspections, LLC. For my community, I serve as Vice President of the Highland Landing Park Association, my 4th term on the Zoning Board of Appeals and I serve as an Alternate Delegate to the 3rd Judicial District of the State of New York. Working to develop our local character and promoting our local businesses is essential to successfully grow our great Highland community.
Vice President Elizabeth "Dolly" Decker
Elizabeth “Dolly” Decker, Broker/Owner of Hello Dolly Real Estate, the Real Estate Matchmaker, specializing in Highland and Southern Ulster County real property for 40 years. A lifelong resident of Ulster County, the mother of two grown men, grandmother of one young man and step grandmother of seven young women. Always striving to see the good in people and working to promote and improve our community. Experienced leader in several nonprofit organizations including Highland Downtown Business Association, Southern Ulster Chamber of Commerce, Ulster County Board of Realtors, UC Multiple listing Service and UC Habitat for Humanity. Chosen 2003 REALTOR of The Year and honored for service and commitment to the real estate profession. Currently serving on the Community Service Committee of the Ulster County Board of Realtors and the Esopus Economic Development Committee.
Secretary Bonnie Napier
My name is Bonnie Napier. I am a lifelong Highland resident. I have been in business as an Avon Sales Rep for 12 years. I have been a member of the Highland Business Association for 2 years. I was on the the Town of Lloyd Republican Committee for approximately 20 years, and served as their Secretary for the entire time that I was a county committeperson, and I have continued to serve as their caucus Secretary (whenever they have caucuses).
Business: Avon Ind. Sales Rep., and Team Leader
I thank the nominating committee for their confidence in nominating me for Secretary, and I plan on doing my best to fulfill the duties of Secretary.
Director Robert Forrest
My name is Robert Forrest. I started in the Sign & Design business designing logos and all types of signs. For over 20 years I owned a sign business in Dutchess County. I was also a speaker for the New York State Cornell Cooperative Extension conference and was responsible for speaking on the topic of "effective sign design and placement".
In the late 90's I added graphic arts to our services and produced a national 4 color magazine for a non-profit, and designed ads and flyers. I was part of a small team that put on national conferences in the Tampa Bay and The Orlando Conference Centers (1999 and 2000). In 2003 we put on a national conference in Branson, Missouri. I designed the 10' x 30' banners (backdrops for the stages) along with all the signage and printed material for these conferences.
Returning to New York I was a manager for a print publication company and was directly responsible for taking its 21 publications and converting them from paste-up into a digital workflow between Macintosh computers and PCs ensuring a smooth workflow, speeding up production, and relieving the company of its high production costs saving the company over 1/4 million dollars each year.
I have been designing websites since 2000 and have incorporated all my experience into ADK Digital Media.
Director Renae Martin
My name is Renae Martin, I am a wife and mother of four. Three of my children have graduated from Highland School District and my youngest attends HMS where she maintains her place on the principles list. Although I grew up here in Highland I attended private school and graduated from Dutchess Community College. I currently own a small shop here in Highland, Lilly Rae in the Hamlet, where I carry many locally made items including my own line of all-natural skin and body care. My everyday life consists of a strong belief in old family values, spending quality time with my family, and having dinner together, at the table with no phones. Supporting small local businesses and contributing to the community is very important to me and I do my best to instill these same values in my children.