Administration & Finance

Alan Rosa, Executive Director

A life-long resident of the Catskills, Alan 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.

James Martin, Business Manager, Finance Director Ext. 315

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 corporation’s finances, and for financial reporting. He lives in New Kingston.

Timothy Cox, Corporate Counsel Ext 304

Tim joined the CWC in 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. Tim grew up in the Adirondack region and now resides in Olive where he was elected as a Town Justice in 2005.

Wendy Loper, Bookkeeper Ext 314

Wendy came to the CWC in 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 employed by a local bank as head teller and customer service representative before joining the CWC. She resides in Roxbury.

Sonia Martinez, Secretary Ext. 301
A life-long resident of the Catskills, Sonia graduated from Margaretville Central School in 2013 and joined the CWC in July 2017. She has worked with Freshtown Market, Peekamoose Restaurant and Kaatskill Eldercare. Sonia lives in Fleischmanns.

Samantha Costa, General Office Personnel Ext. 302
Samantha joined the CWC staff in July 2017. She graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Studies. Samantha is a lifetime resident of Arkville and has worked in a few businesses in the local community.

Economic Development

Barbara Puglisi, Economic Development Director Ext 317

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 has served 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.

LynnAnn Kavangh, Administrative Assistant-Economic Development Ext. 311
Lynn joined the CWC in July of 2017. She moved to the Catskills from Long Island in 2002. She received an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies in 2010. Before joining the CWC, she worked for Cobleskill Stone Products as a secretary. She currently resides in Roxbury.

Jason Merwin, Program Specialist-Economic Development Ext. 316
Jason is a native of Gilboa. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science. He interned at Schoharie County Planning and Development before joining the CWC in 2011.

Philip Sireci, Program Specialist-Economic Development Ext 319

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. Phil lives in Harpersfield.

Technical Programs

Leo LaBuda, Environmental Engineering Specialist Ext 313

Leo joined the CWC in August 2001 and manages the Septic Rehabilitation and Replacement Program. His engineering experience included many years in the water/wastewater design and development field. Formerly associated with Kelly Engineering P.C. of Liberty, Leo resides in Stone Ridge.

John Mathiesen, Environmental Engineering Specialist Ext 308

John graduated from SUNY Broome in 1983 with an A.A.S. degree in Fire Technology and Building Construction. He has been involved in NYS Code Enforcement for many years and has also been a self-employed building contractor. 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.

Kimberlie Ackerley Program Specialist-Stormwater Ext 305

Kim 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 the Town of Middletown.

Todd Henderson Program Specialist-Septic Ext 307

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.

Mitchell Hull Program Specialist-Septic Ext 310

Mitch joined the CWC staff in May 2017 and works with the Septic Rehabilitation and Replacement Program. He graduated from SUNY ESF in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Natural Resources Management. Mitch is a lifetime resident of Margaretville and is also an avid outdoorsman.

John Jacobson Program Specialist-Septic Ext 309

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-Septic Ext 312

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.

Justine Rutherford Program Specialist-Septic ext 312

Justine joined the CWC staff in July of 2017. She graduated from SUNY Delhi in 2017 and received an A.S. in Environmental Studies. Before CWC, Justine was employed at the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency. Justine resides in Walton and is and ardent outdoorswoman.

Charlie Schafer Program Specialist-Septic Ext 318

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.

Education Coordinator

Diane Galusha (Communications Director) Ext 306

A former editor of the Catskill Mountain News and reporter for the Oneonta Daily Star, Diane is responsible for public information and media liaison for the CWC, where she also coordinates the Education Grants Program. Diane lives in Margaretville.