The members of the Community Foundation of Ulster County Advisory Board are community leaders chosen for their interest in increasing philanthropy in Ulster County. They live and work throughout Ulster County; their geographic diversity ensures that the Foundation is by Ulster and for Ulster. The entire Advisory Board reviews the Ulster County Community Response Grant applications and makes recommendations for approval. The Advisory Board plays a crucial role in introducing the Community Foundation to Ulster County donors.
2011 - 2012 Advisory Board
Arthur R. Upright, Chair
Upright is currently a consultant and was previously a Senior Vice President with Central Hudson Gas & Electric. Art and his wife live in Highland. Art is currently a construction volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, a Director of the Central Hudson Enterprises Group and a Board Member of the Lutheran Care Center. Art serves as a Trustee for the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.
Susan R. Cary is a partner in the firm of Prime Title Services LLC. She and her family reside in Marlboro where she grew up. She is active in Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh, the Friends of Marlboro Library and the Marlboro High School PTSA. Sue serves on the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley’s Development and Marketing Committee.
Philip Coombe III, CFP, is with the firm of Coombe, Bender and Co., LLC in Wawarsing. Phil lives with his family in Grahamsville and is active in the Ellenville Noonday Club and the Ellenville Hospital Foundation. He is also a member of the Tri-Valley Lions Club.
Brian Drabkin is semi-retired from the wholesale lumber business and lives with his wife in High Falls. In the late winter/early spring he spends a great deal of his time tapping his maple trees and making maple syrup. The rest of the year he is an active emissary of the Community Foundation.
Stephen Hakim is the owner/manager of Raymond James Financial. Steve and his family live in Hurley. He is a board member of the Boy Scouts of America Rip Van Winkle Council and a member of the Kingston Kiwanis Club.
Tony Hall is an independent management consultant with a focus on community and economic development. Previously he was a software analyst and designer. Tony serves on the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley’s Development and Marketing Committee. He resides in Saugerties and Manhattan.
Johann Huleatt is an Executive Vice President of Church Communities Foundation. He serves on the Board of the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster. He resides in Rifton, New York.
Elizabeth S. Manion retired as the Library Director of the Marlboro Free Library. Libby and her husband live in Marlboro. She chairs the Town of Marlborough Greenway Committee, is the President of the Community Garden Club of Marlborough and is a member of the Town of Marlborough Historical Society. Libby serves on the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley Garden Party Committee.
Thomas J. Murphy is Vice President and Regional Manager, Government Banking with M&T Bank. He is active in the community and specifically with M&T Charitable Foundation, Mohonk Preserve, St. Joseph Church and Camp Callabar. Tom serves as a Trustee for the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley and serves on its Development and Marketing Committee. An Orange County native, Murphy now lives in Ulster County.
Marianne Murray and her husband moved to New Paltz from Orange County. Active in many fundraising causes in the past, one of Marianne’s first activities in Ulster County was to establish an annual fundraising event at her home. The event, Carve for a Cause, takes place around Halloween and raises money for a different nonprofit organization each year.