PPR Contributors

Bernadette Rossetti Shustak, Editor and Contributor

Bernadette is a former newspaper editor and journalist. She has written magazine articles on food, medical issues, and family; and her columns on family life made her the recipient of a first place award from the New York Press Association in 1995. Mrs. Shustak is the author of the children’s book “I Love  You Through and Through,” for which she received a 2006 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. The book has since been translated into three other languages and and IPad application. Currently she is the Assistant to the Head of School at Mizzentop Day School in Pawling, and a member and contributor to Pawling Public Radio.


Carole Baral,  Vegan Delights

carole baralCarole Baral received her BA from Lehman College and her MS in English/Education at Iona College in 1975. She taught English at the H.S. level in both the Dover and Mahopac districts for over 20 years. She received her Yoga Teaching Certificate in 1976 from the Integral Yoga Institute in NYC. She taught Yoga for over 25 years in the Carmel H.S. and an adult Education program as well as Vegetarian Cooking and Relaxation Techniques. She has been a vegetarian for 40 years and vegan since 2010. Carole has been a board member for over 20 years with the North American Vegetarian Society who sponsor and present the Vegetarian Summerfest celebration every year since 1975. She is presently writing a monthly column for PPR called “Vegan Delights” which includes suggestions on how one can improve their diet and offers healthy recipes. She taught Gentle (chair) Yoga at the Mahopac Library which is open to all levels of students geared toward increased flexibility and relaxation. Carole received the gift of life in the form of a successful liver transplant in 2006 for which she is eternally grateful allowing her to continue her service in these capacities.  Carole currently reside in Santa Barbara, Ca.


Jeremy Stone, PhD, Peace of Mind

Dr. Jeremy E. Stone, a clinical psychologist, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and Director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program for Self-Injuring Adolescents at the Westchester Division of New York-Presbyterian Hospital in White Plains, New York. He resides in Pawling with his wife, Susan, and their family.



Todd Kesseman, Heart of the Matter

Todd currently works for Prudential Serls Prime Properties in the Village of Pawling and has been a top producer in the Putnam/Dutchess area over the last 9 years. He has lived and worked in the area his entire life.
Before his real estate career began 9 years ago he worked on the family farm in Patterson, NY.  He attended a New York State Agricultural and Technical College in 1981 where he studied plant and soil science.

Todd, his wife of 25 years, and daughter currently live in Wingdale, New York. He enjoys golf, fishing and many other outdoor activities.



Lisa Kelsey, Stirring the Pot and Spice: The Final Frontier

Lisa (Kocaurek) Kelsey moved to New York City after graduating from California College of the Arts with a BA in Graphic Design and has been working in the publishing world ever since. Lisa has worked in the art departments of Ms. Magazine, PC Magazine, and Fast Company and is currently the Art Director at Family Circle where she enjoys dropping in to the test kitchen and sampling the tasty concoctions created by the food department. Lisa is the proud, if demented (her husband says), owner of well over 400 cookbooks as well as a sizable collection of history books on food and eating. When she is not reading about cooking, in the kitchen cooking, or eating, she likes to garden, hike, swim, watch old movies with her husband, go to rock concerts with her fifteen year old son, and make crafty things with her eleven year old daughter.



Mike Pepper, The Computer Guy

“Mike Pepper ~ Computer Guy has been making computers work for people for nearly 30 years.  He’s received awards and recognition for his developments in projects ranging from human/machine interfaces (Johns Hopkins/Tandy Corp) to book publishing systems (Yale University Press) to production systems for the earliest online and internet services.  Nowadays, when Mike isn’t on call for computer users and small businesses in the greater Pawling region, he helps his wife Annie running websites at www.Coffeerooms.com, www.ThisllWork.com, www.ArtsandDafts.com, PawlingComputerGuy.com and others including the Pawling Library’s site at www.PawlingLibrary.org.”



Dr. Patrice Thornton,  All Things Human

photo (6)“I am Dutchess County born and bred, and happy to be working in the lovely community of Pawling for over 20 years.  I have 2 sons, one grandson and a wonderful assortment of friends, colleagues and patients. That alone is enough to make me one lucky lady, but in addition, I still truly love my work!”




Ben Rendich, Silver Screen

Since he moved to Pawling at the age of four, Ben Rendich has grown up with this town and lives in the village with his parents and younger brother. Currently a student at Poughkeepsie Day School, Ben attended Pawling Central Schools until the fifth grade before switching to Mizzentop Day School; he graduated from there in 2009. Having written movie reviews for Pawling Public Radio since August of 2011, Ben Rendich has an avid fascination with film and plans to become a movie writer and director someday. He is also deeply interested in literature, art, and history, and is very thankful to PPR for allowing him this opportunity to express his opinions on film with a wider audience than himself.



Diane Ingram, PCC, Transformational Speaker, Author, Life/Career Coach

diane-lowresCredentialed as a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation and a degree in psychology and human development, Diane has passionately studied human potential, both in and out of the classroom, for over forty years.

Knowing that mountains can move when a life is grounded in a sense of purpose, Diane uses what she has learned to inspire and motivate people to do what is necessary to live a fulfilled, purposeful life both professionally and personally.