Alan Rosa, Executive Director
A life-long resident of the Catskills, is a former accountant and small business owner who was elected Supervisor of the Town of Middletown in 1990. In 1991, he helped found the Coalition of Watershed Towns and became a chief negotiator of the New York City Watershed Memorandum of Agreement which established the Catskill Watershed Corp. Alan was elected the first president of the CWC Board of Directors in 1997, and was named to the Director's post in March, 1999.

Kimberlie Ackerley, Stormwater Program Specialist
Kimberlie joined the CWC staff in May 2002. Originally from Margaretville, she moved to Irving, Texas in 1994 and was employed as a Veterinary Technician there. She moved back to New York in 1998, and now resides in Gilboa. Kim currently manages the Future Stormwater and Stormwater Retrofit Programs and maintains the CWC website.

Timothy Cox, Corporate Counsel
Tim joined the CWC in January, 2003. He previously practiced law in Connecticut. He also served as court clerk for two years in Bridgeport, CT. He received a B.A. from SUNY Plattsburgh and his juris doctorate and environmental law certificate from Pace University School of Law. While at Pace, he interned in the Environmental Litigation Clinic in the mid 1990s when he was involved in New York City watershed issues. He previously served as chair of the Pace Environmental Law Alumni Advisory Council and president of the Ulster County Magistrates Association. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the New York State Magistrates Association. Tim grew up in the Adirondack region and now resides in Olive where he was elected as a Town Justice in 2005.

Diane Galusha, Communications Director, Education Coordinator
A former editor of the Catskill Mountain News and reporter for the Oneonta Daily Star, Diane is responsible for distributing information about CWC activities through press releases, publications, and presentations. She also serves as media liaison for the organization, and coordinates the Education Grants Program. Diane lives in Margaretville.

Todd Henderson, Program Specialist
Todd joined the CWC in May 2007 and works with the Septic Rehabilitation and Replacement Program. He previously worked at Delaware County ARC as a Program Coordinator for 19 years. He is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.

John Jacobson, Program Specialist
John assists in the Septic Rehabilitation and Replacement Program. He holds a psychology degree from SUNY Oneonta, and formerly managed homes for developmentally disabled adults. A former self-employed fishing guide, John lives in Andes.

Larry Kelly, Program Specialist
Larry joined the staff in May of 2003. He works with the Septic Rehabilitation and Replacement Program. He also implements the Septic Mantenance Program and the GIS Program. He received a BS in Computer Science from SUNY Potsdam. Prior to joining the CWC, he worked for Rotron, Inc, In Woodstock for 26 years in various areas of manufacturing management. He lives in New Kingston.

Leo LaBuda, Environmental Engineering Specialist
Leo joined the CWC in August 2001 and manages the Septic Rehabilitation and Replacement Program. He brings 27 years of engineering experience to CWC, specifically, in water/wastewater design and development. Formerly associated with Kelly Engineering P.C. of Liberty, Leo resides in Stone Ridge.

Wendy Loper, Bookkeeper
Wendy came to the CWC in October of 2004. Originally from Eastern Long Island, she attended college for two years in West Virginia. She moved to the Catskills in the late 1980s, and was most recently employed by a local bank as head teller and customer service representative. She resides in Roxbury.

John Mathiesen, Environmental Engineering Specialist

John graduated from SUNY Broome in 1983 with an A.A.S. degree in Fire Technology and Building Construction. He has been involved with NYS Code Enforcement for more than 20  years and been a self-employed building contractor for 25 years. He joined CWC staff in July of 2015 and manages the Community Wastewater Management, Future Stormwater, Stormwater Retrofit, Local Technical Assistance and Flood Hazard Mitigation Programs.


James Martin, Finance Director / Business Manager
A New York State-licensed accountant, Jim was an internal auditor for Sealed Air Corporation, Ernst & Young and KPMG before joining the staff at the CWC. He is a graduate of Rockland Community College and SUNY Oneonta. Jim is responsible for maintaining the corporationís finances, and for financial reporting. He lives in Margaretville.

Jason Merwin, Economic Development Program Specialist
Jason is originally from Gilboa and joined the CWC in October of 2011. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science. After graduation, Jason gained experience interning at Schoharie County Planning and Development. He now assists with the duties of the Economic Development staff at the CWC, and is responsible for IT management.

Barbara Puglisi, Economic Development Director
Barbara returned to the Catskills in 1997 from Huntington, LI, where she was accounting supervisor and paralegal for the law firm of Jacoby and Meyers. She formerly worked as a lab technician at Deltown Chemurgic in Fraser, Delaware County, and now lives in New Kingston. She holds an Associate's Degree in Applied Science and a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration. She holds appointments on the Town of Middletown Planning Board and the Board of Assessment Review, is affiliated with the International Economic Development Council and is a licensed Notary Public. She has been with the CWC since 1998 and is responsible for the Catskill Fund for the Future.

Charlie Schafer, Program Specialist
Charlie joined the CWC in May of 2008. An auto technician for GM for 36 years, he enjoys restoring old cars and is also an avid outdoorsman. Charlie lives in New Kingston.

Philip Sireci, Economic Development Program Specialist
An accountant by training, Phil worked for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service for 12 years, and as Special Projects Coordinator for the Village of Stamford. He now tracks the Economic Development Grant Projects and assists in loan underwriting. Phil lives in Harpersfield.

Frieda Suess, Secretary
Frieda joined the CWC March 31, 2008 as Secretary. Born in Kentucky, her family moved to the area in the early 1980s. She has worked with several local businesses, including The Open Eye Theater as Administrative Associate. She resides in Roxbury.

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