Our Board    

Seamus Carroll, Board Chair, has over twenty years of experience in the design, production and marketing and strategic planning of industrial electronic equipment and software. He graduated from Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. He has worked in leadership positions with companies including Agfa Gevaert NV, Bayer AG, and AFP Imaging. He founded PointMedia Corporation, through which he holds several U.S. patents.

Krystal Ford, Secretary/Treasurer, has a Masters in Food Studies from NYU with a focus on sustainable agriculture.  In the past she worked for Glynwood, a non-profit dedicated to food and farming issues, first as a garden apprentice and later as the program assistant at the Glynwood Institute.  Currently Krystal is co-managing the Cold Spring Farmers' Market.

Kyoko Gelber has a Masters in Education from Teachers College at Columbia University and studied social work at Hunter College.  For many years she worked with children and families in the foster care system in New York city at a contract agency of the Administration for Children's Services.  She also has years of experience in the non-profit sector as a program officer at the Open Society Institute, founded by George Soros, where she managed grants for documentary filmmakers focusing on human rights and social justice issues.  She lives with her family in the lower Hudson Valley, where her children are active participants of Hudson Valley Seed. 

Dr. Peter Gergely graduated from Dartmouth College after which he attended Tufts Medical School. In the U.S. Army he trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., finishing a three-year residency in pediatrics with a concentration in childhood developmental pediatrics. He went to West Point, NY for four years as a Captain, then Major, then as a pediatrician at Keller Army Hospital. He then fell in love with the lower Hudson Valley and bought a house, opened a pediatrics practice and here he stayed! His focus on food stems from his belief in the critical role healthy eating plays in childhood development.

Joshua Kogan, PE, LEED AP, is a licensed civil environmental/water resources engineer, who’s practiced technical design professionally since receiving his Masters in Environmental Engineering in 2003 from the Stevens Institute of Technology.  Joshua currently works in public policy and community engagement for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where he is the Region 2 Trash Free Waters Coordinator.  Joshua is also very active in environmental justice issues and transparency and solutions development. He spends considerable pro bono time on grant-based community empowerment projects that focus on the environment.  Joshua and his family currently live in Beacon, NY.

Melissa Ptacek has worked in the field of education for over 25 years.With a Masters degree from Bank Street College of Education, Melissa has experience as an early childhood teacher, school administrator, and adjunct professor. She currently works with early childhood centers and cultural institutions to assist in the development of a program to help increase literacy and family engagement in schools and museums. She is passionate about healthy living and thrilled to be working with Hudson Valley Seed!

Zanne Early Stewart worked at Gourmet Magazine from 1972 until 2008, the majority of that time spent in the test kitchens as food editor. She has been privileged to work alongside some of the world's finest cooks and chefs, Marcella Hazan and Jacques Pepin among them. The importance of quality ingredients has underscored her work as a chef and she has long been an enthusiastic shopper at local growers markets. A passionate teacher, Zanne believes that a good meal is made from the ground up and she believes in sharing that knowledge and enthusiasm with Hudson Valley children. 

Deborah Walker Wilkins, currently retired,  has worked in the private sector for over twenty five years in various capacities at PepsiCo Inc., and as a regional bank’s Hudson Valley and Westchester Districts Marketing Manager.  Over the years Ms. Wilkins has served on several boards including YWCA of Orange County, Orange County Chamber of Commerce, SUNY New Paltz Foundation Board, and the Orange County Community Foundation.     She has been the recipient of various community awards, profiled in Times Herald Record’s 2007 issue of “Women in Business,” inducted into SUNY New Paltz 2007, School of Business Hall of Fame, 2006, the recipient of the Greater Hudson Valley Health Center’s “Pillars of the Community Award, and the 2001 recipient of the Inaugural Harriet Tubman Humanitarian Achievement Award, the first to be issued in New York State. She is also the founder of In My Mother’s House Resource Center for Women, an organization dedicated to helping women succeed in their everyday, professional and personal lives by developing programs and activities which promote and positively affirm self.  The need to collectively and respectfully create a safe and sustainable community for those individuals classified as members of “marginalized” communities is an important and integral part in the development of her work.   She passionately promotes collaboration and partnerships with those community organizations who mirror this vision.