Members


Sharon Rosen

Sharon Rosen

Owner, Heart of Self Care

Sharon Rosen, LMT, CWC has helped people relieve the stresses of life since 1987. Her three decades of training and practice in energy healing, massage, spiritual guidance, holistic wellness, and meditation weaves a rich medicine bag of wisdom to guide you through life’s challenges with presence, hope and grace.

Sharon’s first book, Crazy World, Peaceful Heart: 6 Core Practices for Cultivating Joy and Resilience, is filled with simple, effective practices and inspiration. She works in-person or long-distance with individuals around the country and loves teaching meditation and self-care to groups and organizations. Most recently, her reverence for life in all its stages inspired her to become a volunteer with Hudson Valley Hospice. Visit HeartOfSelfCare.com for more information.


Rachel Reuben

Rachel Reuben

Chief Marketing Tech Therapist, Marketing Tech Therapy

Rachel Reuben is a marketing consultant and experienced leader who helps marketing professionals and small businesses who are stretched thin so they are freed up to focus on business development and their niche while increasing operational efficiency and their overall image. In addition to being EPIC’s marketing therapist, she owns Rachel Reuben Consulting, LLC , a consultancy focused on higher education, and Marketing Tech Therapy, focused on helping solopreneurs, small businesses and non-profits with their marketing and communication needs.


Diane Barkey Fokas

Diane Barkey Fokas

Designer & Owner of DOEN Creative

Diane Fokas From the Netherlands, DOEN is a design studio centered on the powerful idea of putting inspiration and creativity to work. We help launch new brands and revitalize old ones by creating honest, hands-on, and human designs.

Defining your goals, setting yourself apart, and surrounding yourself with the right people are only the first steps. Building a powerful brand is vital to differentiate you from your competitors, but there’s more to branding than having a memorable logo and design. Every sprouting startup should be thinking about the message they want to send to their audience from the very beginning. Your business idea may be extraordinary, but how will you stand out among your many competitors?

DOEN is the Dutch word for: do, act, doing, make & perform.  Get Inspired, be creative, take initiative, DOEN!

What’s your story? We’d love to be part of it and help you shape your future brand. For more information visit our website at Doencreative.com.


Megan Gelber

Megan Gelber

Owner, Gelber Health

Megan Gelber helps people struggling with relationships, business, or health transitions to shift their perspective from crisis mode to feeling peace, freedom and joy. By  using her “blunt talk, open heart” method, she helps clients to find self-empowerment so they can stress less and laugh more.  She offers coaching sessions, reiki and a variety of workshops.  Visit GelberHealth.com to learn more about Megan and to book a session or workshop.


Olga Mares

Olga Mares

Qi Gong Master/Blue Lotus Qi Gong

Qi Gong is the ancient Chinese art of self-healing through breath, movement and visualization that allows energy to move and create balanced mind, emotions and healthy body. We offer classes and courses on how to heal yourself through classes, online classes. Heal yourself and learn how to heal others through during our Qi Gong Healing courses.


Johanna Thompson

Johanna Thompson

Dance Instructor

Johanna is a dance instructor who specializes in teaching young children.  Her classes focus on creativity and getting her students to approach movement from a thoughtful and lighthearted perspective.  She has been teaching dance to children for 5 years and looks forward to many more!  In addition to dance instruction, Johanna teaches knitting, crochet, and general arts-and-crafts classes to children and adults.  For over a decade, Johanna has been an avid knitter/yarn-lover and is never without a project of some sort.  She loves sharing her passion for fiber arts and hands-on creating.  Her business, Dream Weaver Arts, provides classes and workshops for children and adults, as well as custom-made knitwear for businesses and individuals.


Wayne Pyle

Wayne Pyle

Actor, Director, Writer, Producer, and Acting Coach

Wayne Pyle is a SAG/AFTRA/AEA actor with years of experience in film, television, theatre, voice over and new media. As a working actor he brings his unique perspective on acting to actor training. He has toured with Broadway’s The Lion King, done Shakespeare at major festivals, acted on regional theatre stages, toured internationally, been on television and in new media, voiced animated characters, commercials and educational videos and has appeared in films with stars such as Linda Cardellini, John Slattery, Catherine Keener and many others.

As a partner with Heidi Eklund in Hudson Valley Casting, Wayne has a unique perspective on what casting directors are looking for and helps his students find where their strengths and weaknesses are as an actor. He has an MFA in Acting from the PTTP at the University of Delaware and has studied with film acting coach Bob Krakower at the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s famed Actors Apprenticeship Program.  For information on current training programs, visit hvpatp.com.

You can see more of Wayne’s credits at IMDb.com.


Heidi Eklund

Heidi Eklund

Owner and Head Casting Director, Hudson Valley Casting

Heidi Eklund
Heidi brings her unique perspective to actor training at Hudson Valley PATP as the owner and head casting director of Hudson Valley Casting.

Heidi is also a SAG/AFTRA actor with many years of experience and understands what actors need to perform at their best. She has cast numerous films, commercials, industrials, and voiceovers including King Cobra starring James Franco, Mi America starring Robert Fontaine, Angry Orchard Cider, Burger King, Hudson Valley Renegades and many more.

See more of Heidi’s work on IMDb.com and follow her on Twitter @HVCasting.


Christie Lapitan

Christie Lapitan

Certified Divine Healing Hands Soul Healer

Christie Lapitan, Certified Divine Healing Hands Soul Healer, offers high frequency soul healing blessings to help people transform at the level of the soul. Heal the soul first; then healing of the mind and body will follow. Divine Healing Hands is a unique healer transmission through world renowned healer and teacher, Dr. & Master Zhi Gang Sha. Divine Healing Hands soul healing blessings can be offered for improving health, balancing emotions, increasing finances, having more loving relationships, blessing your pets, releasing mindsets and attitudes, and more. These non-touch healing blessings are offered in private sessions and include chanting practices that you can take away to accelerate your soul and life transformation. Christie also offers group singing for Love, Peace & Harmony to bring healing to the community and world.


Julian Baker

Julian Baker

Music Teacher & Owner, New Paltz Rock

From the UK, Julian Baker has been teaching music to young musicians for many years. Whether you need private lessons on piano, guitar, bass or trombone, Julian has established himself as a teacher in New Paltz and the surrounding area. He has extensive experience teaching music at Marist College as well as working alongside name performers in the US and the UK. He also holds a bachelors degree in Jazz.

Julian also owns and directs New Paltz Rock, an organization that provides rock band workshops for students ages 9-16. His energy and knowledge is passed on to each young student so they can learn about their instrument, build confidence and experience all that goes into being in a band while playing their favorite songs and having a great time!


Deborah Valentine Smith

Deborah Valentine Smith

Deborah Valentine Smith is a NY State Licensed Massage Therapist and Senior Authorized Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® Teacher and Practitioner. She has been doing this work for over 40 years and is still excited every day by its capacity for wisdom, healing and magic.
She is passionate about sharing the depth and beauty of bodywork that is gentle, powerful and easy to perform, yet offers a deep, healing experience of self-awareness and empowerment to the recipient. Deborah offers both public self-care workshops and private sessions for personal well-being and awareness. She also teaches continuing education workshops and/or full training in Asian Bodywork Therapy for those looking to begin or deepen their experience of bodywork based on Chinese Medicine and eastern philosophy.
For more information, please visit her website at www.bodymindtreasures.com

Caylena Cahill

Caylena Cahill

Photographer

Caylena Cahill of CC Photo & Media

CCP&M is a Mid-Hudson Valley-based, photo-centric marketing company focused on helping area businesses and entrepreneurs make beauty a strategic choice in order to build deeper emotional connections and drive prospect and customer relations.

We provide “photo-centric” creative content services, consulting and education. Specific services are tailored to each client and may include things like: strategy consultations; content marketing creative; commercial photography, such as food, events, headshots/portraits, & lifestyle; graphic design; corporate trainings in photography; workshops; one on one education; and more. Services are typically available in subscriptions and as one-offs.

With a passion for healthy lifestyles, small business and creativity, we typically work with small to medium-size companies, solo-preneurs and non-profits in the health/fitness/wellness; food/agriculture/hospitality; and creative industries.


Katy Weber

Katy Weber

Certified Personal Coach & Weight Watchers Leader

Katy Weber founded the website Worth It with Katy  part food blog, part wellness journey. A recovering binge eater who has struggled with disordered eating for 27 years and counting, Katy now works with others to break the vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting and the shame of binge eating by embracing whole foods, nutrition and reclaiming intuitive eating. Katy is currently training to become a certified health coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition  She is also a Weight Watchers leader and certified personal coach.

Amy Tung

Amy Tung

Personal Chef/Caterer

Chef/Owner of Valley Home Dining (VHD). VHD is a boutique caterer and personal chef service for the Hudson Valley region of New York. Valley Home Dining caters a range of events, provides fully-cooked meals for families with reheat instructions, offers easy to assemble kits with prepping options and other personal chef and freelance services. VHD strives to cook with locally sourced, non-GMO and/or organic ingredients and is happy to cook all cuisines.

 http://www.valleyhomedining.com/

Ted Nitza

Ted Nitza

Civil/Environmental Engineer

Ted is the Founder and President of The Secant Group, LLC (TSG), a civil/environmental engineering and consulting firm. He is a Professional Engineer with an MBA and more than 20 years of engineering experience in drinking water, sanitary sewer and stormwater utility related fields. Ted has helped many public, private and district structured utilities grow and thrive through direct engineering efforts as well as through the development of new markets, relationships and approaches to organic customer growth and utility partnerships and acquisitions. He has also helped challenging projects get across the finish line and produced continuing education materials on engineering, environmental and ethics topics. With an office now in the Hudson Valley of New York, Ted is working to bring creative engineering solutions and aggressive leadership to the region.


Jen Puleo

Jen Puleo

LuLaRoe Consultant

Jen lives in New Paltz with her husband and two teen children. She joined OEP in November when she she needed a space for her LuLaRoe business and needed a place to host parties. Her love for clothing and helping others sparked an interest in becoming a consultant with LuLaRoe. She not only hosts parties, she also provides women with one on one styling sessions.


Denise Summerford

Denise Summerford

Actress/Singer/Voice Coach

Denise has appeared on Broadway in such shows as the Rosie O’Donnell/Boy George musical Taboo, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Saturday Night Fever and Grease. She has played leading roles in the Broadway touring companies of Leader of the Pack, Grease, Company and The Who’s Tommy. Denise recently received a Drama Desk Award for her work in the hit a cappella musical In Transit and was also in the original cast of the Off Broadway musical Shout!. Regionally, she has performed at The Ford’s Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, Trinity Rep, and The McCarter Theatre to name a few.  She is a Half Moon Theatre company member has a BFA in acting. Denise has taught master classes at the Governor’s School in NJ, SUNY NEW PALTZ, Rosie’s Broadway Kids in NYC. She also teaches acting and voice privately for adults and children and is a freelance casting director. Denise is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA as well as the musicians union Local 802.


Mar Kelly

Mar Kelly

Envirnomental Scientist/Owner of District Sun

Mar is an environmental scientist and entrepreneur who believes in the power of applied science, the private sector and empowering people to soar in the fields of environmental and renewable energy solutions. She has held senior posts in photovoltaic management at Astropower, GE Energy, Home Depot Solar and Conergy AG. Before entering the solar industry, Mar built a 14-office, national environmental and engineering due diligence firm, MAK Environmental, which she sold in 2000. At present, she is pushing the envelope again, with her new company District Sun, by creating and implementing models for community solar in the Hudson Valley in NY.


Lorraine E. Cucci

Lorraine E. Cucci

RN, Certified Usui Reiki Master Practitioner, ARCB Board Certified Reflexologist, Integrative Healthcare Practitioner, Medical Intuitive

Lorraine has an extensive background as a Registered Nurse, as well as an Energetic Intuitive Specialist which allows her to assist her clients to realize the full potential of empowering themselves to heal and seek wellness from within.  Her energy healing consists of treatment techniques that address the root cause of your ailment and can assist you and release the blockages that get in the way – those in our bodies contained in our chakras and auric fields (energy center).  Once these blockages are released, you can begin to feel a profound movement of energy and flow throughout your entire being.  You can begin to heal and grow to the full potential of who you truly are, allowing you to live fully – empower yourself to be in the here and now.  She is a registered nurse, certified reflexologist, Usui Reiki Master practitioner, integrative healthcare professional, aromatherapist and medical Intuitive practitioner. As a nurse for 40 years, Lorraine has always been a natural intuitive healer incorporating the ability of easing the pain of emotional and physical difficulties for her patients and her clients.  Lorraine offers all of her services through her business, Hands To Feet Reflexology and Healing Arts. To make an appointment call 914-489-9149. Lorraine@healingpathtohealth.com, Healingpathtohealth.com


Michele Zipp

Michele Zipp

Reiki Master, Wedding Officiant, Writer

Michele is a Reiki Master trained in the Dr. Usui method. Reiki is an incredible healing modality using life force energy that has the power to heal body, mind, and spirit — helping to balance chakras, relieve pain, clear toxins, and reduce stress to name a few benefits. Reiki is also beneficial for children, during pregnancy, postpartum, and while trying to conceive. It’s a beautiful healing practice for couples as well. She offers one-on-one sessions, as well as healing workshops for kids and adults. In addition to Reiki, Michele is a Wedding Officiant and creates custom ceremonies incorporating magical rituals with crystal grids, handfasting, and more. Michele is also a writer, editor, and parent educator. Visiti http://www.michelezipp.com/ to learn more about Michele and book an appointment.

Jaimi Tarasoff

Jaimi Tarasoff

Have you ever wanted to try Reiki? Has it been way too long since your last session?  My name is Jaimi Tarasoff founder of Hudson Valley Family Reiki. I am an Usui Reiki Master who loves introducing and sharing Reiki with as many people and animals as possible. I will be available during the open house to give free mini Reiki sessions! Reiki is an incredibly relaxing healing energy to recieve. When your body is in a relaxed state it allows for your own bodies healing abilities to occur.  I treat people of all ages, walks of life, with all types of needs (physical, emotional as well as spiritual). I particularly enjoy hearing my clients share how receiving Reiki is helping to improve their lives in so many positive ways. I also love to share Reiki with all animals great and small. I always treat animals in the comfort of their own home to reduce their stress. Please visit my web site for more information and testimonials @ www.hudsonvalleyfamilyreiki.com I will have both a massage table and zero gravity chair which ever you prefer available for your comfort while receiving Reiki. I am so excited and looking forward to sharing Reiki with you!


Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller

My approach is collaborative and compassionate in nature. I will work with you step by step to create and accomplish realistic and attainable goals that match the vision you have for your life. I want to understand where each of my clients are coming from so that I can work to provide well-informed, culturally sensitive care, unique to each client’s individual needs.
I am experienced in working with trauma, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, addiction, compulsive behaviors, and many other mental health issues. In treatment, I pull from evidence based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Problem Solving Therapy.
I have been described by previous clients as authentic, warm, genuine, caring and informative. If you are interested in meeting to see if I am the right fit for your therapeutic needs, please contact me. I am looking forward to working with you!

Thank you so much!