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Montefiore Nyack Hospital President & CEO Named Regional Hospital Association Chair

Mark E. Geller, MD, FACR, President and CEO of  Montefiore Nyack Hospital, was named chair of the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association (NorMet). His two-year term expires December 31, 2025.

Mark E. Geller, MD

NorMet represents hospitals in seven counties in New York’s Hudson Valley. It advocates for reasonable and rational healthcare regulation and legislation. NorMet is affiliated with the Suburban Hospital Alliance of New York State (SHANYS), which oversees lobbying activities for NorMet and its sister organization on Long Island, the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council.

Dr. Geller began his healthcare career as a radiologist. He holds radiology certification through the American Board of Radiology and was made a Fellow of the American College of Radiology in 2023. Before being named President and CEO in 2014, Dr. Geller served in multiple leadership positions during his medical staff tenure with the Hospital. He previously served as CEO of Hudson Valley Radiology Associates for 17 years. Dr. Geller’s clinical and leadership expertise within the radiology industry played a central role in forming American Physician Partners Management, a national radiology services company.

He has overseen Montefiore Nyack Hospital’s Transformation Project, the largest construction project at the hospital in decades. In 2018, he helped lead the formal affiliation process for Nyack Hospital with the Montefiore Health System, one of the nation’s leading academic healthcare systems.

Dr. Geller earned his medical degree from SUNY Downstate and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Duke University.

Veolia & NAWC To Offer Eight $3,000 Scholarships To NY High School Seniors Pursuing Degrees In Water Industry

Veolia and the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) – New York Chapter are offering eight $3,000 scholarships to New York high school seniors who plan to pursue a degree in fields that support the water industry.

These scholarships, totaling $24,000, are being offered to high school seniors living within Veolia’s New York service area who meet the following criteria:

  • Pursuing a degree at a college or university (two- or four-year) as an undergraduate student (part- or full-time) or trade school, working toward a certification in a plumbing or electrical program.
  • Maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 GPA grading scale.
  • Enrolling in a curriculum related to the water utility industry or related fields, such as natural resource management, environmental sciences, biology, chemistry, engineering, computer science, environmental law, etc.

Completed applications must be submitted by April 30 via this Google form

“As the water industry becomes more complex, so does the need for enthusiastic, intelligent and highly motivated young people who have the educational background to move us forward,” said Chris Graziano, vice president and general manager of Veolia operations in New York. “These scholarships are aimed at investing in the next generation of employees who will lead our industry.”

Winners will be recognized at a dinner at The Hotel Thayer at West Point in May.

Veolia serves over 500,000 people in Rockland, Westchester, Orange, Putnam and Tioga counties.

The NAWC is a professional organization representing private water service companies throughout the United States. Through its scholarship program, the organization encourages young people to further their education in areas that will strengthen the industry’s future workforce.

Pattern for Progress Adds Seven Regional Leaders to Board of Directors

Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress has added seven regional leaders to its Board of Directors. Directors on Pattern’s board support its nonprofit mission to provide objective research and planning to the Hudson Valley by helping the organization with strategic planning, governance, fundraising, and by bringing the nonprofit’s work to regional leaders who can use it for action.

Directors are nominated and voted into office by the broader membership of Pattern for Progress, which includes academic institutions, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and local governments throughout the nine-county region that it serves.

The following were appointed as new board members:

James Arrabito is an attorney with Catania, Mahon & Rider, PLLC in Newburgh. His practice focuses primarily on all aspects of environmental regulation, diligence, and litigation under state and federal law.  Arrabito also works with clients on commercial real estate transactions and development matters, providing multi-faceted legal counsel with a strong emphasis on mitigating environmental liabilities. Arrabito also represents landowners in negotiating ground leases and purchase options for utility-scale renewables projects in the Hudson Valley.

Susan Browning is western regional president of Nuvance Health and president of Vassar Brothers Medical Center, where she oversees the center’s operations, including financial performance, patient satisfaction and quality of care. She works closely with a team of healthcare professionals to ensure the medical center continues to be a leader in healthcare in the Hudson Valley. Prior to joining Nuvance Health, Browning served at Northwell Health for more than 24 years in numerous roles.

Alison Buckley is the seventh president of SUNY Ulster. She assumed office in 2022, bringing a student-centered approach to leadership and cultivating a culture of inclusive excellence to increase degree completion and transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Buckley previously served as vice president for enrollment management and student affairs for Connecticut State Community Colleges, and associate vice president of enrollment management at Howard Community College in Maryland. She currently serves on the advisory committee of Presidents for the Association of Community College Trustees, the National Junior College Athletic Association Presidents’ Commission, and has served on the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Institutional Infrastructure and Transformation.

Javier Gomez is the director of community development and impact for Hudson River Housing. He oversees advocacy, communications, and various community programs and local partnerships for the agency. He also reviews internal data and prepares reports related to the nonprofit’s organizational impact. Gomez held previous positions within the agency as a real estate development program coordinator and manager of real estate development, where he coordinated the development of affordable housing projects throughout the Hudson Valley. Before joining Hudson River Housing in 2018, he completed a one-year service term as an Americorps VISTA for the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative in the City of Newburgh sponsored by the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region.

Tony Marmo is the president of Normann Staffing, a staffing and recruitment agency based in Kingston. Normann Staffing has served hundreds of businesses and placed thousands of employees in Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Greene, Columbia, and Sullivan counties. Marmo previously served as the CEO of Kingston Hospital, and as an administrator at three skilled nursing facilities in New York and New Jersey. He is the Hudson Valley District Membership Chair for Rotary International; co-founder and current president of the Ulster County Italian American Foundation; president of Ulster Strong, and a board member for the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation. He serves on the board of the Ulster County Workforce Development Board.

Julika von Stackelberg is the family and community resilience educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County. She is an educator, resilience trainer, and researcher focused on building communities of belonging based on strategies that promote well-being and equity. She is a speaker and community organizer with insights and strategies for professionals, families, individuals, and youth that reduce stress, foster connection, increase protective factors, build resilience, and create belonging. She is a leader of innovative community-based approaches to increasing public health through programs like the Master Community Builder Program, a research-based program she developed, piloted, and launched in 2023.

Clarissa Timbrouck has worked in the banking industry for 12 years, and with Rondout Savings Bank since 2017. She has worked in both retail banking and lending, currently in commercial lending. She is very involved in the community by sitting on a variety of boards including, The YMCA of Ulster County, The YWCA of Ulster County, and the Kingston Midtown Business Foundation.