Joseph Loughlin joined the Greater Hudson Valley Health System Board of Directors in 2012 and has been a member of the Catskill Regional Medical Center Board of Directors since 2007. Mr. Loughlin is currently Chair of Catskill Regional’s Board of Director’s Performance Improvement Committee and a member of Catskill Regional’s Audit, Compliance and Governance Committee. Mr. Loughlin also serves on the Greater Hudson Valley Health System Board Ad Hoc Governance Committee, which is focused on revising the bylaws of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.
Mr. Loughlin is the co-owner and managing partner of M.L. Zager P.C. and a partner in the law firm of Billig Loughlin & Baer, LLP, both located in Monticello, New York. Prior to these positions Mr. Loughlin was the Chief Claims Officer of a large national insurance holding company with responsibility and oversight of all claims and legal operations, including significant medical malpractice exposures. He additionally served as Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President for the public holding company and its insurance company subsidiaries.
Mr. Loughlin began his legal career at Gordon and Silber, New York, New York where he focused on multi distinct asbestos litigation and representation of physicians in malpractice matters.
Mr. Loughlin obtained his J.D. from New York Law School, his Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University, and his B.S. from St. Lawrence University
Mr. Loughlin serves as an Executive Committee member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Middletown and Sullivan County and is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Sullivan County Bar Association.
He resides with his wife in Rock Hill, New York.
JACQUELINE RICCIANI, VICE CHAIR
Jacqueline Ricciani is the Managing Partner with Ricciani & Jose, LLP, a law firm based in Monticello, New York, and serves as Attorney for the Town of Bethel Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. Previous to her current position, she was a Senior Attorney at Greenwald Law Offices in Chester, New York. Prior to her law career, Ms. Ricciani earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Policy Management. She held several positions within the healthcare field working at acute care hospitals in Newark, New Jersey and in Brooklyn, New York.
Ms. Ricciani serves on the Sullivan County Bar Association Board of Directors and is a member and former president of the Women’s Bar Association of Orange and Sullivan Counties. Additionally, she is a member of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York and the Monticello Rotary Club. Ms. Ricciani is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Dispute Resolution Center.
BARBARA HACKETT BLAKEY, EDD, SECRETARY
Dr. Blakey is the retired Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at Sullivan County BOCES. She is currently an education consultant having been an educator in Sullivan County since 1978. She is an active member of the Liberty Rotary and St. Peter’s Church in Liberty. Dr. Blakey is a former Village of Liberty Trustee and Liberty Planning Board member.
She served on the executive committee of many professional education boards and remains an active member in the Council for Administrators in Special Education, Council of New York Special Education Administrators and the New York State Association of Woman in Administration. From the latter organization, she received the Ann Meyers award in March 2013. This prestigious award is named after the founder of NYSAWA. It is given to recognize individual commitment and expertise in mentoring educational leaders and sharing time and wisdom with prospective administrators.
Dr. Blakey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Nazareth College of Rochester, a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from the College of St. Rose, a Master’s degree in School District Administration from the College of New Rochelle, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership degree from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Blakey is a New York State licensed Speech Pathologist and is a Member of the New York State Speech, Language and Hearing Association, and the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association.
Dr. Blakey resides in Liberty, New York.
MICHAEL WASCHITZ, CPA, TREASURER
Michael Waschitz is a Partner with the Accounting Firm of Bachrach, Waschitz & Waschitz in Monticello, N.Y., and has been with the firm since 1973. He is responsible for client accounting, system implementation and staff training, and is in charge of the firm’s in-house continuing education programs.
Mr. Waschitz holds a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Buffalo in Business Administration, and has been a New York Certified Public Accountant since 1972. Michael is a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Waschitz is Past President and a Board Member of the Monticello Lions Club, is a Member of the Board for the New York State Amateur Trapshooting Association, and was a United States Army Reservist from 1969 to 1975.
Mr. Waschitz resides in Monticello, New York.
IMRAN AHMED, MD
Imran Ahmed, MD, MPH is an established physician with over 31 years of medical experience. He has been in private practice for 21 years serving the local community. His office, Bethel Medical Family Practice in White Lake, NY received the IPRO Outstanding Service to the Health Care Community Award.
Dr. Ahmed serves patients of all ages, both in the office and at the hospital. As a member of the Medical Staff at Catskill Regional Medical Center for the past 21 years, he has served as the Chair of the Credential Committee and Vice President of the Medical Staff. He is currently a Member of the Med Exec Committee, Chair of the Bylaws Committee, and a Member of the Utilization Management Committee.
Dr. Ahmed obtained his medical degree from Dow Medical College, University of Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his internship in surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook, NY and finished Family Practice Residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Stamford, CT. Additionally, he has received a Master of Public Health from New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY. Dr. Ahmed was recently named Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY. He is Board-certified in Family Medicine and a Fellow of American Academy of Family Physicians.
JOAN RHULEN FARROW
Joan Farrow and her family helped build the Rhulen Agency Inc. into the 19th largest privately owned insurance agency in the United States. After the Rhulen agency was acquired in 1989, Ms. Farrow became a Vice President and division head for Markel Corporation, thereafter became a principle shareholder in the Frontier Insurance Group. Joan was one of the founders of Catskill Hudson Bank in 1993 and served as its board president for 5 years before retiring in 2004.
Farrow was appointed to the SUNY Sullivan board of trustees by Governor Pataki in 1995. Having retired from SUNY Sullivan in 2013, she holds the post of trustee emeritus, but continues to serve on its Foundation Board and the Dormitory Board. In 1986, along with her husband, Ms. Farrow received the American Camping Association Special Recognition Award. Joan has received the Anti- Defamation League Americanism award in 1996, the BPW woman of the year award in 1999, and was recognized by the SUNY Sullivan Foundation in 2010 with the “Women Who Make a Difference” award. Ms. Farrow was a Charter Member of the Philip E. Wilson Society Hospital for Special Surgery NYC. She has been a member of the board of trustees for Catskill Regional Medical Center for over 20 year and is the President of Catskill Regional’s Foundation. Ms. Farrow also serves on the Academy of Finance of Monticello High School, her alma mater
Ms. Farrow resides in Monticello, New York.
RICHARD (RICK) LANDER
Rick Lander is the owner and operator of several Western Sullivan County businesses, including Ten Mile River Enterprises, Lander’s River Trips, Lander’s RiverMart and River Café.
Mr. Lander holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Fairfield University. Lander is a Past Supervisor for the Town of Tusten and was a Member of the Narrowsburg Central School Board and the Sullivan West School Board.
Rick is an active Member of the Tusten Ambulance Corp, and is a Past Secretary and active Member of the Narrowsburg Fire Department. Mr. Lander is a Member of the Sullivan County Visitors Association, Pocono Mountain Vacation Bureau, the Narrowsburg, Callicoon and Sullivan County Chambers of Commerce, and is the Town of Tusten Republican Party Chairman. In 2005, Mr. Lander was awarded the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce “Business Man of the Year” award.
Mr. Lander resides in Narrowsburg, New York.
Andrew Pavloff is a Partner in the Accounting Firm of Knack, Pavloff & Company, LLP with offices in Monticello and Goshen, N.Y. Mr. Pavloff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from SUNY Albany and became a New York Certified Public Accountant in 1982. Andrew has over 33 years of diversified experience in accounting, auditing, taxation and consulting.
He currently serves as Director and Secretary of the Cooperative Federal Credit Union, and is a member of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties Board of Directors. Previous posts include being a member of the United Way of Orange County Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Woodridge Fire District from 1998 to 2007, Advisory Board Member for Catskill Hudson Bank from 2001 to 2003, Trustee and Deputy Mayor of the Village of Woodridge, as well as posts in several other civic organizations.
Mr. Pavloff resides in Newburgh, New York.
GERALD J. SKODA
Gerald Skoda is the President of Mid-Hudson Cooperative Insurance Company, operates his own crop farm and is an agricultural consultant specializing in farm tax consultation and preparation. Mr. Skoda spent over 37 years in Education, bringing the research of Cornell University to the citizens of Sullivan, Madison and Delaware Counties, retiring as Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Sullivan County in 1997.
Mr. Skoda is the President of Emerald Corporate Park, Inc.; is a member of the Board of Directors for Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan; served as Chairman of the Board for Catskill Regional Medical Center; served as Director and was Past Chair of the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development where he received the prestigious Walter A. Rhulen Award for ”Business, Community and Humanity”; Co-Chaired “Sullivan First” a County enhancement effort which grew into Sullivan Renaissance where he currently serves on the Steering Committee; and served on the Tri-Valley School Board of Education for 24 years, 17 years as President.
Mr. Skoda resides in Woodbourne, New York.
Darrell Supak is Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff for Granite Associates, LP. Mr. Supak was actively involved in the planning, development and construction of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a not-for-profit job creation and economic development initiative in Sullivan County, New York. In 2011, Mr. Supak received the prestigious Walter A. Rhulen Award for “Business, Community and Humanity” from the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development.
Mr. Supak serves on the board of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor and is Chairman of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council for the Archdiocese of New York. Mr. Supak is a retired U.S. Army Colonel. He holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University at Kingsville and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Sul Ross University. Mr. Supak is actively involved in health, education and veterans activities.