PPR Board, Trustees and Advisors

Bill Bonecutter, Chairman

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.

Michael Shustak, Vice 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, “The Time Tunnel”  and contributes to “Uncommon Cents” (for coin collectors)

Carol-Lee Kantor, Trustee

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, Chief Engineer

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Board of Director/Chief Engineer Gene Garnes comes from a family of broadcasters, his father E. Eugene Garnes was a long-time radio engineer at NBC Radio in NY for over 36 years.  Gene’s Mother Barbara was a Music Clearance Coordinator for Mutual Radio.  It was only natural that Gene followed in his footsteps and entered the business in 1979 as a radio engineer for the NBC Radio Network, transferring to owned and operated radio station WNBC in October, 1979 working at both the transmitter at High Island and in the studios at Radio City, New York.  He retired from NBC in July, 2015 after 36 years of service.

Gene has worked with many well known radio personalities, including but not limited to Wolfman Jack, Soupy Sales, Howard Stern, Don Imus, Allen Beebe; actors/actresses Linda Blair, Kelly McGillis, Paul Rieser, Shirley McLaine, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Don Pardo, Karen Black; Musicians Paul Nelson, Dean Dinning, Glen Phillips, Ric Ocasek, Elton John, Yoko Ono, Robert Goulet and various sporting and political figures.

Gene Joined Pawling Public Radio in 2008 as a volunteer engineer-advisor; since that time he has advanced to the position of Chief Engineer and is currently overseeing the construction of our radio tower and development of our transmitter building.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for Pawling Public Radio.  He is also the Vice-President of the Radio Division of Depot Hill Media which owns and operates Beekman radio station WBXO AM/FM/Internet.

He is married, the father of two grown children, Matthew, a Public Information Officer of the Yemessee, SC  Police department and a daughter, Caroline, who has also followed in the family footsteps and is employed at NBC as an AVID Editor and also works as a radio engineer at WPWL-FM in Pawling, New York.

Gene is also a 42 year member of the volunteer fire service; currently serving the Beekman Fire Department and is a member of Oblong Lodge No. 666, F&AM.

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.

Lori Johnson/Trustee, Board Treasurer

 

Zach Silva, Trustee/Social Media Guru

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAKkAAAAJDk5NDZiNTY1LWU0NzYtNDEzZC04ZjE5LWU4N2EzZDlmMzNlNwZach 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

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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.

Bernadette Shustak/ Trustee/ Board Secretary

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.

                  Paul Toscano, Trustee, Show Contributor

Paul Toscano is a blues music lover and quasi-historian who also plays harmonica and sings in a couple of local Blues projects. Paul used to work as a project manager/engineer in the satellite communications industry and retired from that profession to care for his twin sons after moving to Patterson from Huntington, Long Island. He is a member of the Patterson Rotary Club and is chairman of the annual Patterson Rotary Blues & BBQ Festival, which is held every September. He has also volunteered at Comcast Public Access producing, directing and editing cable television programs. He enjoys amateur photography, hiking, biking and exploring. He lives in Patterson with his wife and sons. One of the highlights of his week is putting the Pork Chop’s Blues Time radio show together.


Dr. Patrice Thornton  M.D., Advisory Board Member

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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

BLB-pic-199x300Brian 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.

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