Risa is one of the Founding members of the Chamber. She was also Vice President of the original Chamber back in 1997. Risa grew up in Nanuet, graduated from Nanuet High School and raised her family in Nanuet. She is the President of GMG Public Relations celebrating 25 years of providing award-winning creative marketing, which is also headquartered in Nanuet. GMGPR provides traditional public relations and social media support to non-profits and for profit businesses throughout the region and beyond.
Risa has been active with numerous not-for-profit organizations including the Westchester Association of Women Business Owners, where she held multiple board positions over a fifteen year period including President and twice received the organization’s President’s Award. She is a co-founder of Partnership For A Better Westchester, an organization she helped launch in 1997. She is a past Public Relations Chairperson for the Advertising Club of Westchester as well as a past Vice President of the Tappan Zee International Trade Association. She has served on the board of the Orange & Rockland Community Investment Committee and the Hudson Valley Visiting Pet Program. She is the Vice President of Marketing for the Rockland Business Women's Network and currently serves as President of the Greater Nanuet Chamber of Commerce.
Risa is a Mentor through The Gerald P. Buccino '63 Center for Leadership Development at Seton Hall University's Stillman School of Business. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and, as a NYS certified teacher and a recognized seminar leader, Risa has presented numerous public relations, marketing and social media workshops.
An accomplished business writer and source, Risa has appeared on several radio and television programs and has been quoted and featured in numerous national and local publications. She is the creator and host of The Bigger Picture, a radio shows that highlights Rockland's hardworking entrepreneurs who find time to give back to the community.
She was born in Yonkers, New York but attended school in New City where she attended Clarkstown North High School and then moved with her family to Clearwater, Florida where she graduated from Countryside High School. Susan attended Berkley College, Rockland Community College and graduated with Bachelors in Paralegal Studies from Mercy College.
Susan is a mother of 2 daughters who went through the Nanuet School District and both graduated from Nanuet Senior High School, they are currently attending Pace University for a Bachelor of Nursing Program and her eldest is finishing her Master Degree in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Susan has held the following past Volunteer Positions:
PTA President and Vice President of G.W. Miller Elementary, Nanuet
PTA President of the Highview School and A. MacArthur Barr Middle School
Council Delegate for the Board of Education/Nanuet School District
Highview Playground Community Park rebuild/fundraising committee
Tay-Sachs Event Volunteer
Nyack Homeless Project
Keep Rockland Beautiful
Religious Education Teacher for St. Anthony’s, Nanuet for 12 years
She has currently held the position of Secretary for the Nanuet Chamber of Commerce for the past 3 ½ years, has chaired numerous committees from Halloween Events for the community and our Annual Street Fair. She is also current liaison for the Nanuet Chamber of Commerce. Susan is currently also on the Town of Clarkstown Advisory Steering Committee to review and help develop and plan for downtown Nanuet’s future as a transit oriented neighborhood.
I became involved in Nanuet when I became the editor of Nanuet Patch from 2010 to 2013. During those few years, I extensively covered all aspects of Nanuet from the businesses and school district to nonprofits and politics. I also headed up coordination of all Rockland County patch sites so I also created many relationships county wide.
In 2010, I joined the steering committee of the Rebuild Highview Community Playground as the recording secretary. That year I also participated in the Meals on Wheels 5K run.
I was briefly on the board of the Nanuet-based RCADD (Rockland Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependence, Inc.) as the media liaison before I had to transfer to manage Patch sites in New Jersey. In 2011, RCADD honored with the Media/Arts Award. I also received the Community Support Award from Boy Scouts Rockland District in May 2011.
I was born in California, raised in Texas, went to the University of Missouri, School Of Journalism and graduated with two bachelors: English and Journalism. At Mizzou, I met my now husband, Rob, who is from Rockland, which is how I ended up in New York. He works for MSG Varsity, is a Congers volunteer firefighter and a Marist College graduate student.
In my spare time, I like to bake, hike, camp, travel, scrapbook, do crafts and go on road trips.
My career spanned 33 years in the retail industry as a buyer and inventory planner for A&S, Bamberger’s and Macys. In 2006, I migrated to the supply side as an inventory analyst for a home textiles import company serving all major retailers across the country. I grew up on Long Island, earned an MBA at Adelphi university and moved to my current home in Nanuet in 1980. I retired last August after a 43 year career. I am currently walking dogs as a temporary job when not gardening, running, bicycling or fishing.
Immediate Past President
Confidently helping people to save, borrow and plan for their futures since 1985.
A resident of Nanuet for almost 18 years, I am Branch Manager for Capital One Bank in Nanuet collaborating with a group of experts specializing in Personal and Business lending and planning solutions to meet all financial needs.
I have worked in Rockland the last 17 years in Financial Services, primarily with HSBC Bank USA, which recently sold its upstate branches to First Niagara. I am also licensed with NYS Life Insurance License and Series 6/63 to discuss alternative financial investments.
I am a Board Member of the West Nyack Little League as uniform coordinator for both the regular season and All Star play. I also assist with umpiring games as needed. Both my sons have played Little League there, as my home's border is part of their "map".
As part of the Chamber board, I help to shape the decisions we need to make to help businesses thrive while allowing homeowners to take advantage of what Nanuet has to offer.
Adrienne Carey is a Nanuet resident raising her 4 daughters alongside her husband of 25 years. Three of her girls graduated from Nanuet High School and her youngest attends A. MacArthur Barr Middle School.
Adrienne grew up in Rockland County, attending Suffern School. She graduated from Suffern High School and Rockland County BOCES for Practical Nursing. Adrienne received her Bachelors in Nursing at Dominican College in Blauvelt.
Adrienne cares deeply for her community working with many great organizations:
• St. Anthony's Parish in Nanuet as Catechist & Children's Liturgist
• Meals on Wheels
• Nanuet Little League
• Girl Scouts USA- Nanuet Girl Scout troop leader
• Clarkstown Soccer Club
• Orangetown Mighty Midgets
• Nyack Hospital- race director for Breast Cancer 5k run/walk
Adrienne was appointed and served on the Clarkstown Town Board in 2016. She has a long career as a Registered Nurse working in the healthcare profession for over 30 years. Adrienne a hospital administrator as Hackensack UMC mountainside Hospital.
Adrienne's business experiences include:
• Starting up medical offices for growing practices to meet the needs within a community
• Recruited by facilities to look for efficiencies, provide quality and optimize services.
• Acquires new sources of revenue to facilities, research, business plans & financial growth
• Worked on the Town Board to provide a business sense keeping in mind the needs of tax payers without compromising the quality services we all enjoy.
Adrienne cares about Nanuet and its future by supporting many Nanuet Chamber events. As a board member, Adrienne is proud to continue to work with our Nanuet businesses and families.
Sales experience includes retail sales for major retail chain as well as direct Sales and Marketing for high end product sales delivering highly effective product presentations for prospective clients.
Nanuet Resident for 24 years
Michael has over 35 years in the printing industry. Prior to starting M-Tech Printing in 1988, he was Sales Manager for DV Communications in Yonkers, NY, responsible for sales development in the telecommunications, automotive, information services and trade association industries. Before that, Michael was Sales Manager at BB Weit Printing in NYC, where he effectively doubled the company’s sales dramatically in the two years he was there. He also worked in catalog production in NYC and in the typesetting and financial printing sectors of the business.
He holds a BS in Printing Management from WV University, something fairly unique in the printing business today. Michael has held several board positions and became president of the Advertising Club of Westchester. He is a long standing member of the Rockland Business Association and a founding member of the Nanuet Chamber of Commerce, serving on the board almost since its inception. As president of M-Tech Printing, Michael brings his expertise and experience in graphic communications to his clients in Rockland, Westchester and New York City. He uses a creative and cost effective approach in helping his non profit, corporate and educational clients with their many printing, graphic, signage, promotional and wearable needs.
I was born in White Plains and raised in Nanuet – attending the public schools which included Highview k-5th. I was the first of five siblings to go away to college, Boston University and graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations and advertising. Starting a career during the great recession proved challenging as I held the job with Red Lobster to keep up with basic expenses until I could find a position that matched my education. Then on to New York City, commuting via the Red and Tan lines from the Nanuet Mall for about 1 ½ years. Growing up with five siblings and seeing my dad juggle three occupations to make ends meet taught me strong work ethics and the value of money. Experiencing the death of Lisa Thomas near my home and the notorious Brinks robbery maybe realize that we are all vulnerable no matter where we live in the US.
My husband Shawn and I returned to my hometown when our children were in elementary school so that we could give them the same high level of education that I enjoyed. I have called Nanuet my home since I was an infant (over 50 years ago) and proudly continue in that spirit. My work with not for-profits in Rockland is my way of giving back to a community that has stood by me as I grew and developed my business. I am so honored to serve on this board, because I truly love this town and the promise of a strong future. I was truly impressed when George Hoehmann and Risa Hoag re-implemented a Chamber of Commerce for Nanuet during the years of new progress. Its success is a testament to those that served and still serve the board. Thank you for this honor. I promise to do what is in the best interest of my community now and for the years to come.
Erica's expertise is in real estate, as an achieved award winner with over 2 million closed transactions and an Associate Real Estate Broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, New City, NY, will help you through the process of mortgage, inspection and insight to the steps of buying or selling a home. She has developed techniques from years of professional training and experience to help her clients achieve home ownership or relocate anywhere in the world. Honesty, integrity and going the extra mile has shown that she is committed to always keeping the best interest in mind for her clients.
With diligence and care in helping clients find their new homes she also finds time to support local and national charitable organizations in communities such as: Make a Wish Foundation Committee Member, Sunrise Rotary, Meals on Wheels; Hospice, Formerly Co-Coordinator of Mother's Center of Rockland, Volunteer for Literacy Program of Rockland County, Co-Ambassador to Coldwell Banker Cares Programs works with the Board of Elections and is an elected Board Member of the Nanuet Chamber of Commerce since 2015.
Erica started her real estate career selling homes in Washington Heights, NY at Hudson View Gardens and Castle Village properties overlooking the Hudson River in 1986. In early 1993 she moved to Rockland County accumulating much knowledge of county resources and resides with her husband and son in Nanuet. Erica has utilized her Film/Video degree in real estate with skill from film distribution/promotion and post-production. Interests include photography, writing and coordinating special event community functions.
Linda Stankard is proud to call Nanuet her “home town.” Her parents still live in the same house she grew up in and she calls those early years, “the best childhood that money just can’t buy.” She joined the Chamber, in part, to help keep Nanuet a great place for future generations to enjoy.
She was in the first graduating class at NHS to allow early graduation; she got her diploma in three years while working after school at Lambert’s Bakery at the original Nanuet Mall. “I started working at fifteen and put myself through college; these early experiences influence my roles in the Chamber and my commitment to its mission.” Linda lived in Tennessee for over twenty years before returning to Rockland. “I’ve beaten a path on Interstates 78, 81 and 40 for so many years, they should name the route after me!” she quips. She received Teaching Certification (grades 7-12 English, History and Government) from Tennessee Technological University and taught in Clay County, TN for four years. She homeschooled her two children for three years while returning to TTU for her MA in English. While teaching college courses as an adjunct, she also began working in real estate.
Although planning to “do real estate part time” she was a “Million Dollar Producer” her first year and says “since starting my own company three years ago, I had to let classroom teaching go. But I still teach one course for Rockland Community College; an online course I developed called, “Detective Fiction.”
Linda is Broker/Owner of Area Pro Realty of Rockland. She is a published writer; she loves music, theater and art; she cherishes time with family and friends, and she will be merrily beating a path to Tennessee again this fall for the arrival of her first grandchild.
She is currently the Vice President of the Chamber and heads up the Scholarship Committee and chairs the Art Contest/Exhibition.