Jemma Schwartz


Jemma's Bio

Jemma Schwartz is a clinical social worker and registered yoga teacher offering individual and group services to people aged 17 and up. She offers traditional talk therapy modalities as well as body based techniques of mindfulness, breath work and trauma informed yoga to cope better, increase self awareness, shed unhelpful patterns, heal, grow and thrive. She specializes in treating stress, anxiety, the impact of trauma, PTSD, depression, life adjustments, professional burnout/fatigue, pain, grief, low self esteem. Jemma looks forward to meeting with you and being a part of your journey in healing.

Denise Summerford

Denise's Bio

Denise Summerford 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.

Jennifer Stack

Jennifer's Bio

Jennifer Stack is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator providing personalized, non-judgmental counseling for adults struggling to lose weight and manage chronic health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Jennifer has over 20 years’ experience helping people make lasting changes to their diet and lifestyle so they can improve their health. Besides writing the cookbook, The Diabetes-Friendly Kitchen 125 Recipes for Creating Healthy Meals (HMH 2012), her cooking and nutritional advice has been quoted in publications such as The New York TimesThe Valley Table and Diabetic Living magazine. In addition, Jennifer has been a guest chef on The Dr. Oz Show many times. Whether her clients need a few suggestions to improve their diet or a full meal plan, Jennifer’s focus is always on helping them to Enjoy Good Food & Good Health.

Lee Dellamonica


Lee's Bio

Lee Dellamonica loves helping people. As a Health and Wellness Catalyst and Independent BEMER Distributor, Lee supports our community through connection, education and events. We all want to live happier, healthier, more vibrant lives.

When Lee discovered BEMER, her sense of physical, emotional and spiritual balance from improved circulation provided a new career path helping others do the same.

Since BEMER enhances delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the brain, organs and blood vessels, Lee is confident this modality will prove to be a game changer.

Lee is available for sessions, packages, rentals and sales. Life Is Better With A BEMER in it!

Eve Walter

Eve's Bio
Eve Walter, a PhD in Epidemiology has conducted high-level research and evaluation for over twenty years. She is excited to continue this work outside of academia, designing research, assessing data, and identifying impacts and challenges, for non-profit and for profits through Eden Research & Evaluation. 

Ashley Walko

Ashley's Bio
Whatever your struggle may be at this time, you do not need to face it alone. My name is Ashley Walko and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Often times we can become overwhelmed with our circumstances, we can feel down about who we are, or we allow fear to block us from reaching our full potential. If you want more for yourself, then join me on a path of gradually creating a new way of being in the world.
I specialize in adolescents, college-aged students, millennials, young professionals and adults. Most of my experience includes treating anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, life-adjustment issues, PTSD, relationship issues, low self-esteem and mood regulation difficulties. I’ve worked in the school setting, psychiatric inpatient and a group outpatient practice.
I will be committed to you and invest myself in helping you reach any goal you may have. My hope is that you will join me.

Michael LaFemina


Michael's Bio

Michael LaFemina is an acupuncturist and meditation teacher in New Paltz and NYC. His acupuncture practice (Golden Light Acupuncture) specializes in treating children and adults of all ages and stages – prenatal, pediatrics, and adult care. In clinic, he combines acupuncture with Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage) and patient education about how to support their health with every diet and lifestyle choice they make. He is also the founder of Meditation For Families, specializing in teaching meditation to children and adults in a way that is approachable and transformative. He has also taught Yoga & Meditation at Columbia University Medical Center, Tri-State College of Acupuncture, Stone Wave Yoga, and in corporate offices in Manhattan. To learn more, please visit and

Sharon Rosen

Sharon's Bio

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 for more information.

Heidi Ekland

Heidi's Bio

Heidi Eklund 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 and follow her on Twitter @HVCasting.

David Sterman


David's Bio

David Sterman, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™  founded Huguenot Financial Planning to fulfill a long-standing goal of empowering consumers as they prepare for a prosperous future. David believes that financial planners can be especially useful during “life change events.” These can entail a job promotion with a new salary, a growing family, inheritance, divorce, pending retirement or other such milestones in life. 

David got his career start as a Wall Street analyst. Over his career in the financial industry, he has discovered all of the ways that national Wall Street firms fail to act in the best interest of their clients. David went on to use that knowledge in service of consumers, working as a financial journalist and investment analyst for more than 15 years. David’s previous positions include Director of Research for Individual Investor magazine, Managing Editor at and Chief Market Strategist for StreetAuthority, LLC. 

Beyond his career focus on investing, David perceived a need for financial planning that would go beyond investment advice to help clients with decision-making in all aspects of their financial lives.

David’s academic career includes earning Bachelor’s Degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from Emory University, along with a Master’s in the Science of Management from Georgia Tech. He has also been very actively involved in the non- profit community, at both the Board Director level and as a volunteer. 

Carol Lundergand

Carol's Bio

Carol Lundergan is President and CEO of CompuDat Systems, Inc., a software firm which designs customized fund and union administration software applications (“MemberTrack”) for the labor union industry. She founded the company in 2001, and the company headquarters are currently located in the beautiful “treehouse” space at One Epic @ Innis (Suite 9). In addition to MemberTrack, the company also designs customized websites for its labor union clients and for arts organizations in the community.

Carol sits on the board of several arts organizations and is an active performer in the Hudson Valley. She is a member of Kairos: A Consort of Singers, a select vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of unaccompanied choral literature from the Medieval to the present, and serves as its Secretary. She is also President of the Hudson Valley Society for Music, and she has been a soloist and member of many choral groups in the Hudson Valley and New York City.

Ted Nitza

Ted's Bio

Ted is the Founder and President of The Secant Group, LLC (TSG), a civil/environmental engineering and consulting firm which was recently acquired by Walden Environmental Engineering. 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.

Wayne Pyle


Wayne's Bio

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 You can see more of Wayne’s credits at

Marika LaFemina

Marika's Bio

Marika LaFemina, L.Ac. is a certified pediatric Acupuncturist and Co-founder of Golden Light Acupuncture PC. She focuses her practice on working with children of all ages, but is also very passionate about women’s health, fertility, pre- and post-natal care and sports medicine. In addition to her training as a physical therapist in Austria, Marika spent three years studying Shiatsu massage in Melbourne, Australia and completed a 200-hrs Ashtanga Yoga certificate in Goa, India.

Born in Malaysia to a Japanese mother and an Austrian father, Marika lived in many different cities and speaks five languages. She immigrated to New York five years ago and found her soulmate and home in New Paltz. After recently giving birth to her first child, Marika is grateful to be part of the beautiful New Paltz Community.

Irene Berner

Irene's Bio

Irene Berner, CFP®, CDFA® is the founder of Berner Financial Services, a New Paltz based company that provides wealth management and life planning. Irene is passionate about educating women on financial matters in order to empower them to take control of their financial life. She has worked in the financial industry since 1986, formed her company in 1996 and is affiliated with LPL Financial, the largest independent broker/dealer in the country. She holds a B.S. in Finance from SUNY New Paltz, and is the current chair of the Business Advisory Council. Irene was the 2017 recipient for Alumna of the Year in the School of Business Hall of Fame.

She is a member of the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council. She is Past President of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association. She was a long-time member of the New Paltz Rotary Club and served as Secretary for most of her tenure.

Irene has run 2 marathons and many half marathons, some of them to raise money for charities. Her last fundraising adventure was hiking in the Grand Canyon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in May 2012. She is the proud mother of two incredible daughters and doting grandmother of three delightful grandkids.

Karina Antonopoulos


Karina's Bio

Karina Antonopoulos is the founder of The Center for Highly Sensitive People. She is a Relationship & Leadership Development Coach, soon-to-be Mother, and retreat facilitator. She is passionate about teaching practical skills related to what seems like abstract concepts to couples, parents, visionaries, and Highly Sensitive People who wish to develop their leadership skills and abilities. She believes relationships are the center of life and will support you in strengthening, deepening, and developing your relationships from a place of authenticity so you can experience greater flow and harmony at work, in your business, and in your personal life.

Kevin Borden

Kevin's Bio

Kevin Borden began organizing in Missoula, Montana in 1995 with Montana People’s Action as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He was the Missoula District organizer and worked on housing justice campaigns. He also led the Bozeman and Missoula Chapter membership drives for MPA. From 1996 to 2000, he was the Lead Organizer of Idaho Community Action Network while based in Boise, Idaho. He was responsible for directing ICAN’s health care campaigns which included working with leadership from across the state to win the adoption and expansion of Idaho’s Children’s Health Insurance Program and successfully worked with leaders in Boise to win Idaho’s first-ever charity care agreement with Boise’s largest hospital, St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center. Kevin was responsible for the re-building ICAN’s chapters in 7 cities across the state, including Burley, Idaho. The Burley Chapter of ICAN became the foundational basis for a successful push to include farm workers under the state’s minimum wage law. In 2000, he worked for the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations and led their income support ‘testing projects’ which were designed to analyze the racial barriers when signing up for the Food Stamp and Medicaid programs. From 2001 to 2004, he was a National Field Organizer with the National Campaign for Jobs and Income Support (NCJIS), a sponsored project by the Center for Community Change. He was responsible for oversight of NCJIS’s direct action engagements which included actions on the Heritage Foundation, Haliburton, and a march to deliver demands to former President George W. Bush’s ranch in Waco, Texas. From 2003 to 2006, Kevin took time off from organizing to be closer to his parents and founded an environmentally friendly carpentry business. In 2007, he returned to organizing as the Lead Organizer for CCC’s Campaign for Community Values. Starting in 2012, he was responsible for putting together the initial stages of CCC’s Manufactured Home Owner Project, now known as MHAction. He currently resides in New Paltz, New York with his partner, Teresa Horgan, and spends his free time chasing around two energetic boys, Finnbar and Cormac.

Heather Stadler

Heather's Bio

Heather Stadler is a writer and educator who is passionate about animals, humans, and rights for all beings. When she’s not rocking the social media game for Catskill Animal Sanctuary, she’s writing for her lifestyle blog, Official Fat Vegan. Heather believes in inclusionary veganism, meaning folx of all size, color, gender, and background are equal parts in this movement. Basically, there’s no wrong way to have a body and there is no wrong way to be vegan. Her blog focuses on body positivity and promotes veganism as a celebration of life. You can join the party on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or on her website!