Our Values


carrying out all our work with the greatest responsibility and accountability


providing leadership for our community’s well-being and a willingness to volunteer


providing frequent structured and impromptu options for learning through programs, mentorship, sponsorship, and scholarship


collaborating with institutions, organizations, and businesses that offer educational programs, services and incentives

Our History

Our roots go back to the creation of the Ulster Leadership Development Initiative program in 1993 by the Ulster Regional Chamber of Commerce. Since then, the program has graduated over 380 local workers, who have benefited from direct exposure to dozens of successful entrepreneurs, leaders and officials. In 2014, the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation was created as a 501(c)3 organization with bigger aspirations; not only would we continue to offer and enhance the ULDI program, but we’d expand our offering to include youth leadership and mentorship while fostering connections to employment and volunteer employees.

Foundation Board of Directors and Staff

Kristin Backhaus, Ph.D, Chair
SUNY New Paltz School of Business

Peter Carr, Vice Chair

Ryan Occhino, Treasurer
Ulster Savings Bank

Harris Safier, Secretary
Berkshire Hathaway Hudson Valley

Col. David Gagnon, CPA, Chair, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Gagnon Associates

Ward Todd, President, Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors

Nancy Clark, P.E. (ULDI ’12)
KC Engineering & Land Surveying, P.C.

Tara Dickett (ULDI ’16)
M&T Bank

John A. Eickman
HITS Endurance

Paul Kesick
Marshall & Sterling Insurance

Eileen Larocca (ULDI ’12)
Arconic Fastening Systems

Laurie Morris (ULDI ’15)

Leslie Sewell (ULDI ’00)
Rondout Savings Bank

Kate Waage (ULDI ’07)
MVP Health Care

Michael Janasiewicz (ULDI ’16)
Ulster Savings Bank

Su Marcy (ULDI ’06)
United Way of Ulster County

Ingrid E. Kulick
Executive Director