Michael Shustak, Chair
Mike is a graduate of Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT and holds a B.S. in Meteorology. He and his wife, Bernadette, have lived in Pawling where they raised two, now grown children, since 1987 and have two grown children. A professional meteorologist for more than 37 years with Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. at the Teterboro Airport in NJ, Mike volunteered 10 years as a coach, then 8 years as President of Pawling Little League. In addition, he served 4 years on the Pawling Central Schools District’s school board and volunteers at the Putnam Hospital Center, Carmel, NY. Mike co-hosts “Vinyl and New Arrivals” weekly and contributes to “Uncommon Cents” (for coin collectors)
Bill Bonecutter, Vice Chair
An accomplished musician and textile artist who recently completed his first series of short stories “A year in Wingdale”, Bill lives in an 18th century Quaker Farmhouse and is an active organic farmer raising happy, energetic Vizlas. After producing television shows for Nickelodeon, he retired several years ago to the country and began a career in Real Estate where his passion for properties that value land preservation and local agri-ventures took off. Bill’s show” Farm to Table Talk” is one of PPR’s most popular. Conversations with his 93 year-old mother about the depression and war years highlight “Third Party Line”. “Bill’s Big Band Show” reflects the era of Swing and can be heard live on WPWL. In addition to serving as Vice-Chair, Bill co-chairs the Fundraising Committee and is WPWL’s Director of Programming Development.
Carol-Lee Kantor, Board Secretary
Active member of PPR for the past nine years, Carol-Lee holds a B.S. from Boston University, an M.S, from Western Connecticut State University and an M.S.W. from Yeshiva University. She has worked for local as well as national non-profit organizations as teacher, cultural arts administrator, social worker, program director/developer, grants writer, publicist and fundraiser. A volunteer since childhood, Carol-Lee was active in Community Theater for over forty years. Currently, she serves on the Boards of Pawling Shakespeare Club and Mended Hearts of Putnam County. Carol-Lee and Joseph, her husband, have lived in Holmes, NY since 1975. They have three grown children. She produces and hosts live, “Community Focus” (interviews with Community Members) and “Divine Divas and Friends” (a program about Women Vocalists and their music). She writes a quarterly arts calendar for WPWL. Carol-Lee, a painter, is also a member of Art East, supporting local artists.
Gene Garnes, Trustee
Gene is a 45- year veteran of the broadcast industry. His father was a radio engineer and his mother worked as a music clearance editor for a NYC radio station. Gene began his commercial work in radio at WNBC Radio in 1979, as a vacation relief engineer and by the end of the summer, he became staff. In 1988, he transferred to television operations working on various engineering assignments. In 2015, Gene retired as a digital production services engineer. Gene joined Pawling Public Radio in 2009 as an engineering advisor and is now the station’s Chief Engineer. He lives in nearby Poughquag, is married and the father of two grown children, one who works in the broadcast field as an avid editor. Gene holds an FCC Radio telephone license and is also a licensed amateur radio operator.
Ann Godesky, Trustee
Ann Godesky grew up on Long Island and became a resident of the Hudson Valley after attending the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She has a Bachelor’s Degree and attended Manhattan College for a Master’s Degree. Ann was an art teacher at Pawling High School for 41 years. She also served as department chair, athletic director, coach and extra-curricular advisor. In addition, Ann advised the peer leadership program that served both the school and the community. An artist and community volunteer, Ann is currently President of Pawling Rotary Club, chair of Pawling Youth Development, on the Board of the Pawling Community Resource Center and a member of Art East and other committees. Ann is very proud to call Pawling her home.
Michael Bergquist, Trustee
Mike has lived just down the road from Pawling in the Town of Southeast all his life. Prior to joining Pawling Public Radio, he wrote books which are available at all major e-book websites such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon. He is the host and Producer of “The Fringe, co-host and co-producer of “Vidiots” on WPWL. When off the air, he is engineering many other shows and serving on the board of trustees a well as co-chair of fundraising committee.
Zach Silva, Trustee/Webmaster
Zach Silva is a graduate of Northwestern University, having earned his Master of Science degree in Media Marketing and Managing and Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. His career experience includes working in various roles in the music industry: digital marketing for Sony Music Entertainment; The Capitol Theatre; Publicity for Pitch Perfect; PR and Promotions for Far Out Distant Sounds and ‘stache media/ RED Distribution and Jeff McClusky and Associates. An avid fan of Music History, Zach was instrumental in helping Pawling Public Radio acquire a physical music collection which includes over 10,000 45 singles and over 1,000 CDs. Zach, a former intern at PPR during his High School years, has returned to work as an engineer at the station, serve as a trustee, and provide advice on issues of programming, events, and digital marketing.
Jacque Roche, Trustee/Contributor Liaison
Newly active member and music enthusiast, Roche broadcasts a Live Monthly Music Hall Showcase Fundraiser in PPR’s lobby featuring local music before an in-studio audience. A Fashion Institute graduate, Roche is President of JacqueButterfly Presents.
Her passion is introducing local musicians to the Lower Hudson Valley while enthusiastically encouraging attendance in the Region’s Live Music Venues. A frequent contributor to More Sugar Magazine Jacque also authors a weekly Positive Intentions newsletter inspiring readers to follow a positive lifestyle. She is a band manager, booking agent, event planner, freelance writer and a personal assistant.
In addition to serving as Contributor Liaison, Jacque co-chairs the Fundraising Committee and is producer/host of Jacque’s Giant Hudson Valley Music Show.
Dr. Patrice Thornton Passidomo, M.D., Advisory Board Member
Dr. Thornton was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County in 1960. She graduated from Rhinebeck High School, started college in Pennsylvania training to run a medical lab—and realized, “I could reach further and be a doctor.” She transferred to NYU, graduated with a B.A. in biology, minor in history, then went on to medical school at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. She has two sons, now in their twenties, and is an avid hiking, music and skiing fan. Patrice is part of the NYU/Langone Village Medical Practice in Pawling where she has had the privilege of practicing with Dr. Michael Grill and their wonderful staff for over 15 years. She also writes and records a monthly article for PPR called “All Things Human”.
Brian Berlandi, Advisory Board Member
Brian received his B.A. from Bowdoin College and his JD from Boston College Law School. He has been a practicing attorney since 1999 and currently serves as Managing Partner of the law firm of Berlandi, Nussbaum & Reitzas LLP, as well as principal and founder of a business advisory company called Harkness Advisors LLC-both of which are headquartered in NYC and Pawling. Brian is an active participant in the Pawling Community where he serves on the Board of the Christ Church Nursery School and as Captain of the Pawling Fire Department’s Mizzentop Engine Company on Quaker Hill. A Member of the Board of Christ Church, Brian enjoys teaching as an Adjunct Professor at the Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT. He especially enjoys spending time with his family. Giving back to the community has always been his priority. Brian and his law firm write a monthly article for PPR “This Side of the Law”.
Theresa Ryan, Advisory Board Member
A life-long resident of Pawling, Theresa Ryan is a retired project manager for a civil engineering firm. She is currently the Chairman of the Oblong Land Conservancy-a local non-profit land trust. Besides volunteering for many non-profit organizations, she grows her own organic vegetables and raises sheep. Her passion is being shepherd to her Finn sheep and processing their wool for her knitting and weaving projects.
Bernadette Shustak, Advisory Board Member
Bernadette is a former newspaper editor and journalist and was the recipient of a New York Press Association award for her newspaper columns. She has written articles on numerous subjects for websites, and is a freelance writer and editor. In 2006, she was awarded an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award for “I Love You Through and Through,” a board book for toddlers, which has been published in five languages, and has sold close to 4 million copies. She and her husband, Mike, have two grown children. They live in Pawling with their two cats, Mickey and Mattingly. She enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, miniatures, volunteering, and traveling.