Members of the MARK board include:
Leigh Melander, President
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.
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.
David Riley, Treasurer
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.
Kent Brown, Secretary
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.
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.
Thomas Hugh White
Tom is a retired CEO of a prestigious New York City Automobile dealership, representing Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Lotus and other British marques. He also has long experience as a real estate broker, investor and consultant. He holds a BBA in Industrial Management and Economics from CCNY and attended the Fordham University Graduate School of Business.He is a veteran, having trained and served in the United States Army Special Forces – the Green Berets –including combat assignments in Viet Nam and Cambodia.He is the Chair of the Coalition for Belleayre, past Vice Chair of the Belleayre Conservatory, founding member of the Belleayre Regional Advisory Group. Tom is an awardee of the Spirit of the Catskills honor and has a long history of activism in promoting economic opportunity in the Catskills and supporting community and cultural organizations.Tom and his wife, Hedi, have two grown sons and have maintained a home in the Delaware/Ulster Region since 1979.
Deanna Osborn was born and raised in Roxbury. She graduated from Roxbury Central School in 1995 where she attended K-12. She has an Associate’s Degree in Hotel Management from the State University College at Cobleskill and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics from the State University College at Oneonta. After college, Deanna moved to Florida briefly, but returned to the Catskills where she grew up. Deanna started her career at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals in 2003 and has held numerous positions and is currently a Sr. Validation Engineer.
Her interests include spending as much time as possible with family and friends, attending concerts, camping, and traveling. She is also an avid local high school sports fan and attends many games.
Chris has over 40 years of experience in Entertainment Marketing and Project Development for label groups EMI, Elektra and RCA Records where he worked with artists such as The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Queen, Warren Zevon, ZZ Top, Dave Matthews, Michael Penn, Ray Davies(Kinks), Joan Baez and Robert Palmer.
In the new media world, he was a founding partner for Mediagraphics, International, a company that developed and marketed high concept advertising and imaging vehicles for US and International clients including Coca-Cola, the United Nations, Ogilvy-Mather, the Columbus Pavilion in Genoa Italy and Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport.
As General Manager for N2K Encoded Music, he oversaw start-up for the first internet positioned recording label and was part of the management team the led N2K, Inc. to a successful IPO less than 12 months after inception.
For 13 years, Chris was President of MusicDisc-covery – an internet marketing and research company that helped expose and familiarize hundreds of music artists and projects for major recording labels.
After retiring full-time to the Catskills in 2014, Chris spent 3 years developing an underwriting foundation for WIOX Community Radio. Currently, he consults Spillian on marketing and pr priorities, does business development for WDST Radio Woodstock, produces Spillianfest, the Emerson Supergroup Jams, the Catskill Food Truck Festival and the Hudson Food Festival for Columbia Green Media. As an avid fly-fisherman, Chris is also proud of his role as a Board member for the Ashokan-Pepacton Trout Unlimited Chapter. When not occupied poking his nose into other people’s business, Chris fishes, golfs vacuums his dark green carpet and hangs out with his wife, Dana and Siberian Husky Koda.
Suzanne spent her early years in the Central NY area graduating from Jordan-Elbridge HIgh School near Syracuse. Initially, her career started in the Construction and Engineering field however after meeting her soon to be husband, Wayland, a life-long Andes resident, she married and relocated to the family’s multi-generation dairy farm in Andes eventually raising two daughters. She attended SUNY Delhi RN program graduating in 1988. Early in her nursing career she was employed as an RN at Margaretville Memorial Hospital and Delaware County Public Health, she soon found her passion for geriatric nursing serving in numerous capacities at the Countryside Care Center in Delhi. She later accepted the Director of Nursing position in 2002 at Mountainside Residential Care Center where she continues to dedicate her efforts toward high quality resident care.
Suzanne has served the community in many roles since choosing Andes as her home including ACS Board of Education, Planning Board, Fire Department and EMS, Stars and Stripes, Comprehensive Plan Review Committee and the Andes Chamber of Commerce. When she’s not providing nursing care or community service, her and her husband continue farming through the beef and hay industry. Her free time is spent attending the activities of her five grandchildren and caring for her beloved miniature donkeys.