Every person plays an important role in what we do!

Our Staff

Tina Sharpe – Executive Director
Richard J. Leggett – Fiscal Director
Gail Paone – Director of Operations
Suzie Geerholt
Kim Smith

Community Services
Kathy Applegate – Program Director   
Malachi Walker                                                                                

Ann Albright
Laila Papry

Family Literacy Program
Sophia Becker – Program Director
Rebecca Boushie
Jewell Chestnut
HosneAra Kader

im Reutenauer – Program Director
Annmarie Friebe
Shawn Jennings
John Kline
Brandon Mabb
Lincoln VanWettering

Head Start
Cindy Andrus – Program Director
Yelaine Betancourt
Danielle Camacho
Jena Castano-Camarillo
Celestine Chance
Chanae Coleman
Deborah Dallas
Jaclyn Dixon
Brianne Doty
Kerri Esposito
Julie Fenoff
Tina Garcia
Wendy Gloss-Rubet
Tabatha Gregory-Tipple
Rezwana Haque
Michelle Harrington
Cindy Hutchings
Sandy Jones
Kimberly Lee
Kathy Mabb
Danielle Markessinis
Nicole Markessinis
Terry Mellin
Chrystal Perry
Stephanie Poucher
Ashlee Quickenton
Marlene Stelling
Tajshauna Thornton
Keona Velasquez
Tina Vessio
Kathy Williams
Tia Williams

Our Board

Columbia Opportunities, Inc. is governed by a tri-partite Board of Directors made up of public elected officials, democratically elected consumers and private-sector representatives. This unique structure is designed to promote the participation of the entire community in attacking the causes and conditions of poverty in Columbia County, NY.  

Bruce Frishkoff, Chairperson
Carol Friedman, Vice Chairperson
Berne Bendel, Secretary Treasurer
Katy Cashen
Tiffany Garriga
Theresa Mayhew
Barbara Sagal

 The Board of Directors meets on the third Thursday of each month at the 540 Columbia Street Community Action Center in Hudson, NY.

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