Members of the MARK board include:
President, Susan Dey
After spending 37 years in California, Susan returned to her home state of NY to be closer to family and to once again live where her sensibilities were formed. Along with her career as an actress Susan worked on many awareness and fundraising campaigns for organizations that addressed children with special needs, affordable housing, food bank distribution, and other socioeconomic issues. Susan continues serving on the Executive Board of The Rape Foundation in Santa Monica, CA.
Glen Faulkner, Vice President
Glen Faulkner is a lifelong resident of New Kingston. He graduated from Margaretville Central School in 1984 and went on to receive an electrical engineering degree from SUNY Morrisville. After college, Glen was employed by Time Warner Cable in Saugerties where he assumed the role of Plant Manager for a tri-county region. In 1996, an employment opportunity at the Margaretville Telephone Company enabled Glen to fulfill his desire to continue to live and work locally. In 2008, Glen was promoted to General Manager where he oversees the management of the Company including its cable television and broadband subsidiaries.
Glen is a member of the Margaretville Fire Department, Commissioner of the Middletown-Hardenburgh Fire District, part-time pyrotechnician for Bay Fireworks, and active in various community organizations. He and his wife Elaine have raised three children of which two still reside locally. Additional interests include spending as much time as possible working outdoors on land and building improvement projects (or anything required work with his tractor) and collaborating with the individuals and organizations looking to revive the local business community.
Mark Birman, 53, is the owner and Director of Tennis at Tenniseveryone, in Halcott Center, NY as well as a ski race coach at Belleayre Mountain. He can be heard on local radio station WIOX twice a week during his MarkBirmanSports+ show.
Presently developing commercial property in Fleischmanns, he has a real estate background in NYC in addition to having been a civil litigator there.
Prior to his duties on the Mark Board, Mark first served on the Fleischmanns First Leadership Committee, and then as President of the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce.
He, his wife Maritza and their two dogs, Sofie and Lola, live in Halcott Center.”
Nicole is a lifelong Delaware County resident. She grew up in Andes until her sophomore year of high school and then moved to Roxbury where she graduated. She then continued her education at SUNY Delhi where she earned her Culinary Arts degree. After working in the restaurant industry for multiple years as an Executive Chef, she went on to a career in banking, and later found her calling in Real Estate. She is now a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties out of Margaretville and finds great joy in making people’s dream of home ownership in the Catskills a reality. In 2012 Nicole married the love of her life, Jesse. They welcomed their son Sloan into the world in November of 2014. They are enjoying every moment of being new parents. They look forward to raising their son in the region where they both were raised and call home. Nicole spends most of her down time with her family. She also enjoys golfing with her husband, gardening, and shopping the local farmers markets. She has been a black belt in Tang Soo Do since the age of 16 and also dabbled in MMA as an adult. Along with serving on the Board of Directors of the Mark Project, Nicole also serves on the Roxbury Historical Preservation Commission. She enjoys doing her part to better her community.
Treasurer, David Riley
David, a CPA residing in New York City, discovered the Catskills when attending a birthday party in Phoenicia. Hooked on the area, he and his wife, Anita, spent the better part of a year and a half looking for their “real home”. The further west they went, the more they liked it. They landed in Margaretville a decade ago and have enjoyed it ever since –even the winters. Most weekends are now spent with family and friends trying to take advantage of everything the Catskills have to offer. Dave holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Connecticut and currently works in the finance industry in New York City.
Mr. Brown brings over 20 years experience in the not-for-profit sector and is also well versed in day-to-day reporting and accounting procedures, providing fiscal oversight and accountability to all of MARK’s funding sources and donors.. He fully understands what is necessary to effectively run several rehabilitation programs and works with staff program administrators on funding agency requirements during all phases of project delivery. His attention to detail ensures the utmost efficiency in program delivery and fiscal oversight. He currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the NYS Rural Housing Coalition, Inc.efficiency in program delivery and oversight.
Anastasia Benjamin is a lifelong resident of Roxbury. She graduated from Roxbury Central School in 2001 and received an Associates degree in Early childhood development from SUNY Cobleskill. Right after college Anastasia started working as a Group leader in the toddler room at a local daycare center. After a year in this job she decided to start her career in banking. She began working as a teller at The National Bank of Stamford in 2005 and left as a Branch Manager in 2016. Anastasia is currently the Branch Manager and loan officer in the Fleischmanns office of Community Bank N.A.
Anastasia married the love of her life and they have two beautiful children. She loves to spend as much time as possible with her family, making memories and being the best mother and wife she can be. Anastasia joined the MARK Board in August 2016 and is very excited to be a part of this great organization.
Leigh Melander, Ph.D. has a doctorate in cultural mythology and psychology and an eclectic background in the arts, writing, and graphic design, as well as consulting in strategic planning, outreach and marketing, and event planning around the country for over 20 years. She has performed and taught internationally as an actor, dancer, singer, and harpist and currently hosts two talk shows on WIOX Community Radio. In 2013, she and her husband Mark opened Spillian: A Place to Revel, a center for imagination and creativity in the old Fleischmanns family estate in Fleischmanns, NY. Since she and Mark moved to the area, she has co-founded Andes Works!, a community/economic development group in Andes; served as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce; served as co-chair of FAB (Fleischmanns Alliance for Business); and supports a range of other efforts in the region. Nationally, Leigh serves on the Board of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and the Academic Advisory Board of Spring Journal and Books. Leigh is honored to be working with the MARK Project and its inspired community building efforts in the region.
Bob Andersen splits his time between New York City and Roxbury where he enjoys playing tennis and bike riding with his wife, Jan, from Spring through Fall, skiing in the Winter and just enjoying the beauty of the Catskills year – round. Bob has an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Northeastern University and an MBA from NYU. He is an executive with Thomas Publishing Company, an international business-to-business publishing operation. Bob and Jan are the parents of two grown sons, one practicing medicine in Wellington, New Zealand and the other involved with commercial real estate finance in New York.
Bob is honored to be associated with the MARK Project and its commitment to the renovation and revitalization of our Central Catskills communities.
Casper de Boer
Casper de Boer is a filmmaker working both in the Netherlands and in the US, and a small business owner in Roxbury, where he’s the owner and operator of The Roxbury Barn & Estate.
After studying drama at the Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands, Casper made his film debut as an actor in The Assault, winner of the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. Within a few years he played leading roles in a number of Dutch movies, working with internationally renowned film directors like Theo van Gogh. Casper then moved behind the scenes, starting as assistant-director, and building a career in casting, script writing, editing, and movie marketing and distribution. In collaboration with his husband, Oscar winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams, Casper has produced, written and/or edited several documentary films, among which Blackface for CNN Films, The Remembrance for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, and God Loves Uganda, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, winning numerous awards worldwide.
The Roxbury Barn & Estate has been a pioneer in the recent entrepreneurial revival of the Catskills. Having welcomed guests for eight years, the estate has established itself as a leading event venue. Casper joined the MARK Board in October of 2016 and is honored to be a part of an organization which is instrumental in the revitalization of our communities.
John Fairbairn III
John was born and raised in the Catskills to Dr. John and Sally Fairbairn. He attended Margaretville Central School K-12, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University in 2003, then Albany Law School with his Juris Doctorate in 2006. John was admitted to practice law in New York State in January, 2007 and has a private practice in Margaretville. When not in the office, John enjoys several hobbies, including woodworking, home renovation, and playing rugby with a local club, the Highlander Rugby Football Club based in the Catskills.
John is married to Courtney Fairbairn, a school psychologist, and they have three children, Callum, Avery, and Lochlan. John has previously served on various boards, including the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce, Kirkside Retirement Home, and Woodchuck Lodge.
Although Jeff spends much of his time in United Kingdom, he considers Margaretville his home and spends as much time as he can there with his wife, Indrani, and three children. A part-time resident since 2001, Jeff has become increasingly interested in ways to support the local community, trying to find ways to incorporate resilience, sustainability, and independence into the economy and social support system. Jeff helped to set up the Small Business Development Fund in 2011 to support holistic growth and development of local entrepreneurs, and is also the founding member of Transition Catskills a group dedicated to improving living standards in a time of increasing economic and environmental stress. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from MIT, and master’s degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Cambridge University and presently teaches physics at Westminster School in London.