Board of Trustees – profiles

Kelley Drahushuk,
Chair of Fundraising Committee

Kelley Drahushuk, Board of Trustees Hudson Area Library Hudson NYKelley grew up on Mount Merino Road, attended Hudson schools, and went to story hour at the Hudson Library as a child.  After attending Rochester Institute of Technology and achieving her degree in industrial engineering, she worked at Liberty Mutual for nine years as a safety consultant.  Kelley and her husband, Alan, now own and operate The Spotty Dog Books & Ale at 440 Warren Street.  

 

Jeff Rigby
Chair of History Room Committee, Armory Committee

Jeff Rigby Board of Trustees Hudson Area Library Hudson NYJeff is a longtime resident of Stockport where he lives with his wife, Deborah. He is self-employed as a library and archive conservator which has afforded him the opportunity to work on numerous old and rare books and documents. He looks forward to bringing his interest in history and professional knowledge to the development of the library’s History Room.

 

 

Mark Orton
President

Mark Orton Board of Trustees Hudson Area Library, Hudson NYMark and his wife Karen Davis moved to Hudson from Cambridge MA in 2009 and opened the Davis Orton Gallery.  Mark, with an extensive background in management, is a business coach and consultant for small enterprises. He brings both his management skills to the leadership of the Board and the enthusiasm of a life-long library user. Mark has two children (NYC and Hong Kong) and four grand children.

Theresa Parsons
Corresponding Secretary, Armory Committee and Co-Chair of Capital Campaign

Theresa Parsons Board of Trustees Hudson Area Library, Hudson NYTheresa’s life experiences include a brief stint in the foreign service, a longer period as a business executive, and a later-in-life career change into the field of Early Childhood Special Ed.  Early positive experiences with her hometown library reinforced her love of reading and made it an easy choice to become involved with the Hudson Area Library, serving as president from 2009-2011.   Theresa lives in Stockport with her husband Todd.

 

David Murphy
Co-Chair of Capital Campaign 

Bio & picture coming soon.

Ginger Benedict,
Recording Secretary and Armory Committee

Ginger Benedict Board of Trustees Hudson Area Library, Hudson NYGinger has worked as an attorney in Columbia County for more than twenty years, and is managing partner at Rapport Meyers LLP.  As a lifelong resident of Greene County, she has an understanding and love of the area.  She and her family live in Greenville, where she is an active member of the United Methodist Church of Greenville and Norton Hill.

 

 

Marie Rasner
Treasurer, Armory Committee and Fund Raising committee

Marie Rasner Board of Trustees Hudson Area Library, Hudson NYMarie lives on Warren Street with her husband Robert and their two dogs, having moved their business, Elijah Slocum Inc., from Manhattan 2 years ago. The Rasners were drawn to Hudson because of its diversity, the great architecture and history, its amenities and the close proximity to 3 of their grandchildren. Prior to founding Elijah Slocum 30 years ago, Marie practiced law and Robert was in marketing and public service.  Marie grew up in libraries, attributing her love of reading, thirst for knowledge and her success in life to her early library experiences.  She hopes to bring her experiences and skills to the Hudson library, helping to provide the same sort of security and inspiration to the youth of Hudson as she received.

 Sharon F. Getty
Armory and Fundraising Committees, Liaison to the friends of the hudson area library

Sharon Getty, Board of Trustees Hudson Area Library, Hudson NYSharon was born in Niagara Falls, NY. She received her B.S. from SUNY Geneseo and M.S. from SUNY New Paltz. She moved to Hudson in 1973 where she began an elementary school teaching career with the Hudson City School District. Now retired after 35 years of teaching, Sharon  is a member of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hudson Area Library. She has two grown children who live nearby and two grandchildren.

 

Mark Young,
Vice President, Fundraising Committee and Armory Committee

Mark Young, Board of Trustees Hudson Area Library, Hudson NYMark Young and his partner Lori Selden moved to Columbia County eleven years ago from NYC.  Nine years ago, they opened Mexican Radio on Warren St., which currently employes over 25 people.  As the son of a librarian and a voracious reader, he benefitted immensely from libraries growing up.  Moving every few years as a child, libraries and books became one of the few constants in his life because wherever he was there was always a library.  Libraries were always at the center of his community and he wants to see this library become the center of Hudson’s.  Lady Bird Johnson may have said it best when she said, “perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library.  The only entrance requirement is interest.”  

Christine Abitabile
Finance Committee

Christine Abitabile Board of Trustees Hudson Area Library, Hudson NYChristine (Canape) Abitabile was born and raised in Hudson, NY.  She is a graduate of Hudson High School where she began her interest in management and bookkeeping skills.  After several years in the medical field she now operates her own consulting and training business for QuickBooks users.  Christine is a founding member and Production VP of Upstage Productions, Inc. and an active member of the Questar III Cosmetology Consulting Board, the Hudson Elks Flag Day Committee and the Columbia County Sons & Daughters of Italy.

Chris Slocum
Armory Committee 

Bio & picture coming soon

Brian Stickles

Bio & picture coming soon