Board Election 2022

Spring is the time when we elect our Board of Directors for the coming year.
This year we have 6 dedicated individuals who have offered to serve as Board members. They bring a nice variety of environmental knowledge and practical skills to our slate of candidates.

Pictured below are the this year's candidates for the Board. You can learn more about their backgrounds below.

Nicole Zazzarino - Secretary Nelson Zayas - Treasurer
Dan Sheridan - President Seth Henry - Vice President
Jan Shuster - Board Member Ethan Moran - Board Member

Current ARC members will be sent a link to vote during a period from April 15th through April 30th.

If you would like to vote for our Board of Directors: Please make sure your membership is still current, or renew your membership if needed, or become a new member before April 15th. All current members will be sent an email with a link to the election ballot form. Check your inbox on April 15!
Nicole Zazzarino - Trail Manager
Nicole grew up in the area, a native of Pawling, NY. Initially drawn to ARC by a profound & long-held curiosity for mushrooms, the move to trail manager was a natural one. She learned (and is still learning) all she needs to know by helping her uncle maintain his 200 acres in the Berkshires. When not at ARC, she's a science educator at an independent school in Westchester.
Nicole Zazzarino

Nelson Zayas - Treasurer

Artist: Nelson Kaoamarix Zayas
Nelson Zayas was born and raised in NYC and currently resides in Pine Plains, New York, where he is an elementary school teacher. He first learned how to weave in 2000 while attending a survival course in Arizona. In 2014, Nelson began to research his Taino heritage. His research along with his love for weaving produced custom orders and a love for Taino art. In addition, he is co-owner of Sacred Ways with his wife, Lisa Zayas and sole proprietor of Nelson Zayas Tax Services. Nelson also enjoys gardening, bird-watching, astronomy, robotics, and biking.
Nelson Zayas
Dan Sheridan - President, Sustainability Director
Dan Sheridan was born and raised in the mid Hudson valley in a large family in a small town. From a young age his facinanition of wild foraged foods, plant medicine and ecology inspired him to follow a career in environmental science and forestry. In the start of his second year at SUNY Cobleskill Dan was in an accident requiring extensive reconstructive spinal surgery. During the three years of recovery he spent his time reading and researching methods of self suffiency, primitive survival, and native plant identification. Once able to start walking and driving again he began his life as a volunteer working with solar cities biogas innovators and praxtioners learning new applications of ancient methods for more sustainable waste management, volunteering at Chapel of Sacred Mirrors as their herbalist, gardener, and running a tea lounge at monthly events. After 3 years of local volunteering and regular physical therapy Dan choose to start traveling the county working with small communities and non profit organization creating permaculture plans, teaching classes on gas digester, and sharing his hand crafted teas. At the end of 2019 Dan Sheridan joined the team of the Amenia Regenerative Center first as our Sustainability Director and then joined the board as president of the organization.
Dan in his ARC T-Shirt
Seth Henry - Vice-President
I am Seth H. Henry, i am, a lifelong political peace and environmental activist. I work under the name of Green Man Landscapes, which is a Native, Habitat and Edible gardens landscape company. That work is not only my business but also my passion. The ARC gives me a chance to work to pass that along to others.
Seth Henry on the trail
Jan Shuster - co-founder & Board Member
Jan grew up on Long Island and went to City College of NY and graduated with a degree in Architecture. 

He is interested in indigenous architecture, natural building, and energy conservation. He ran the Outing Club in college, and became an avid bicyclist, backpacker and canoeist.

After college he bicycled across the US, completing about 8500 miles in 90 days. After college he began his career in architecture, and became an advisor to a Boy Scout Explorer Post climbing Mt. Washington,  rock climbing in the Shawangunks, and summitting Mt. Ranier. Upon moving to New Paltz he coordinated a hiking program at the Mohonk Preserve. 

Jan began work as a tax preparer for 16 years before retiring. He enjoyed helping people plan for their financial needs. 

With his interest in planning, natural building, and gardening he was drawn to Permaculture and graduated from a course given in Ithaca N.Y.

He lives in a self built, wood heated, off grid solar home.
One of the founding members ARC, he now is a board member.

Jan says: "I became a tax preparer because I didn't find architecture creative enough!" 
Jan Shuster - board member5Jan Shuster in his garden
Ethan Moran - Board Member
Hi I'm Ethan (he/him), the production manager at ARC. 

I have been passionate for decades about nature, connection, food, and how events can bring them all together in a beautiful way. Being at ARC and getting more connected to nature and myself has been a deeply rewarding experience I yearn to pass on to others.

I have over a decade experience in the food industry, logistics industry, and over 5 years working in festivals and events. I was drawn to ARC due to my love of nature + sustainability, my general thirst for knowledge, and my desire to produce sustainable events on the land.
Ethan Moran
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