Meet The Board

Our dedicated Board of Directors volunteer their time and experience to improve our business and community.
We are always looking for volunteers who may wish to participate and assist in planning or executing our events. If you are interested, contact us.

Risa Hoag - President

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.

Susan Farese - Vice President

Susan Farese is a Nanuet Resident who is currently employed as a Vice President with Truman Capital Advisors, LP in Armonk, NY.  Her current position is to manage a portfolio of Real Estate Owned Properties Nationwide obtained from her companies purchasing of performing and of non-performing residential loans. She has worked in the legal field and banking industry for over 30 years.  She is experienced in many levels of paralegal work in numerous areas of law. She was an Office Manager in both a New York City office and Tampa, Florida office for a Nationwide Law Firm where they handled foreclosure and bankruptcy proceedings. She has also worked in numerous lending and default service based companies such as New Century Mortgage, Superior Bank and GRP Financial Services.  She is also a current member of REO Mac an organization in the real estate default industry since 2004.

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.

George Mollo - Treasurer


A founding member of the Graeater Nanuet Chamber of Commerce, he is a 30+ year veteran of the direct marketing, wholesale and retail industries. George Mollo has served in senior executive positions for several direct marketing companies, including "start-ups" and "turn-arounds.” These companies included Lillian Vernon Corporation, Genesis Direct, Disney Direct, and J. Crew Group, Inc.
With hands-on experience at all levels of management, including financial, operational, systems and merchandising, Mr. Mollo has achieved success in the turnaround of several catalogs.

In 2000, Mr. Mollo started GJM Associates, Inc. a consulting company focused on all aspects of merchandising operations for direct marketing companies. Our primary focus is supply-side processes, starting with merchandise analysis and planning, inventory management strategies and the critical coordination of merchandising, marketing, finance, creative and operations through all elements of the business to the ultimate and profitable fulfillment to a customer. To broaden his reach, while continuing his business, in 2014 George also became a partner of CohereOne a full service direct and digital marketing agency.

Mr. Mollo has designed and implemented merchandise planning and forecasting systems and his overall management expertise has contributed substantial improvements to the “bottom line.” He started his career, spending 10+ years at Sak’s Fifth Avenue and the start-up of Kid’s R Us and then broadened his experience by spending several years working for a wholesale import distributor before entering the catalog and direct marketing industry.

As Senior Vice President of Merchandise Operations at Lillian Vernon Corporation he increased the quantity of new product in several catalogs, yielding a 22% to 70% increase in new item productivity. In titles where he directed a change in merchandise mix and creative direction, the productivity per page circulated increased 28%-33% over the previous year.

At Disney Direct, operational, merchandising, marketing and other across the board changes implemented by Mr. Mollo saved $1.6+ million within the first year. His efforts were key factors in the “turn-around” of this division, attaining an operating income of 15.9% EBITDA (from an operating loss the prior year), all within a 14-month time period.

Mr. Mollo also serves as Dean of Merchandising for Catalog University an on-line learning community with affordable classes covering a wide variety of direct marketing topics from fundamentals to cutting-edge thinking. He has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences and contributed periodic articles to industry publications.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/georgemollo
Twitter: @gjmollo

Jerry Tuchband - Secretary

Jerry's career spanned 33 years in the retail industry as a buyer and inventory planner for A&S, Bamberger’s and Macys. In 2006, he migrated to the supply side as an inventory analyst for a home textiles import company serving all major retailers across the country.

Jerry grew up on Long Island, earned an MBA at Adelphi University and moved to his current home in Nanuet in 1980. He retired last August after a 43 year career.

He currently walks dogs as a temporary job when not gardening, running, bicycling or fishing.

Tony Pallogudis - Immediate Past President

Confidently helping people to save, borrow and plan for their futures since 1985.

A resident of Nanuet for over 23 years, he has served as Branch Manager for several banks i teh Nanuet area collaborating with a group of experts specializing in Personal and Business lending and planning solutions to meet all financial needs.

Tony also volunteers with many Non-Profits in Rockland to help them provide a valuable service and to help spread the word about their focus in our communities.

As part of the Greater Nanuet Chamber of Commerce board,  he helps 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

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.
Jeffrey Gibs

Jeffrey Gibs was born in 1966 and raised in New York.  He attended Monmouth University, where in 1988 he earned a B.S. degree in Business with concentration in Computer Systems.

Mr. Gibs has over 26 years of experience in the financial investment industry. He began his career at Chase Manhattan Bank (now J.P. Morgan Chase) in the global custody area for the U.S. Private Banking Division. 

Mr. Gibs had worked several years for two separate investment advisers, managing their back and middle office operations and as compliance officer. Most recently, he was Vice President and manager of a hedge fund administration group at US Bank. In addition to these companies, Mr. Gibs has served as a consultant to Volumetric Fund since 1988 and was employed full time as Vice President from 1997 to 2001. He has served as Volumetric Fund’s Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) and Vice President since 2007.

In 2015, he became a full time employee again. From 2015 to 2016 he served as Executive Vice President and in 2016, he was appointed as President and Portfolio Co-Manager to Volumetric Fund. He performs a vast area of responsibilities in the areas of operations, accounting, shareholder relations, compliance and marketing.

Jeffrey is the son of Gabriel Gibs, Founder and Chairman, of Volumetric Fund. He is married with two children.

Michael Khekoian

Throughout the past 10 years since graduating high school I placed myself in a leadership position in all of my daily activities.

Owning my own business has been a dream of mine since high school, which aspired me to start my first business in 2009 entitled Amped Media. I managed multiple website and computer projects from start to finish, leading multiple teams of graphic designers and developers, as well as gathering content from clients to help deliver the best end-product.

Working at Levity Live as the primary graphic designer and at Rand Realty as one of the only two IT specialists at the time contributed to acquiring further experience in a leadership position as other employees would inquire with me directly on the best way to move forward with day to day challenges relating to graphic design or computer issues.

After merging my businesses with Computuners in 2013, I became the CEO and helped launch our first retail location in Nanuet. Managing a team of over 8 employees and ensuring we were performing optimally contributed to making Computuners a profitable, high-end computer store which caters to both residential and business.

Focusing on bettering Nanuet, I am honored to be accepted onto the board to share my vision with likeminded individuals!

Michael Kitt

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.

Jenna Mega

Jenna comes from an art and engineering background and is currently taking classes to become a certified Interior Designer. She derives from a family of contractors; Her father has been a local contractor for the last 18 years (Anthony Mega Contracting) and her brother has worked closely by his side for 12 years. For the last 4 years she has been meeting with clients, measuring, creating 3D walk-throughs, ordering cabinetry, helping clients select cabinetry, quartz, hardware, plumbing fixtures and tiles. Her family decided to venture out and create a showroom/design studio to allow people to be able to have a hands on experience of how the products we use work and feel. Jenna is a touch, see and visual person, who likes to show you exactly what you're going to get, before you even say yes to a purchase. She wants you to make the best and most educated decisions that will help us create your dream kitchen or bath. Our start to completion family owned and operated company will work professionally and diligently, each step of the way to help you create the kitchen or bath of your dreams.

Valerie Moldow

Valerie was born in White Plains and raised in Nanuet – attending the public schools which included Highview k-5th. She 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 she held the job with Red Lobster to keep up with basic expenses until finding a position that matched her 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 her dad juggle three occupations to make ends meet taught Valerie strong work ethics and the value of money. Experiencing the death of Lisa Thomas near her home and the notorious Brinks robbery made her realize that we are all vulnerable no matter where we live in the US.

Valerie and her husband Shawn returned to her hometown when their children were in elementary school so that could provide them the same high level of education she enjoyed. She has called Nanuet home and proudly continues in that spirit. Her work with not for-profits in Rockland is a way of giving back to a community that has stood by her  as she grew and developed her business. Valerie is so honored to serve on this board, because of her love for this town and the promise of a strong future. She 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. She promises to do what is in the best interest of my community now and for the years to come.

Erica Sallahian

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

Linda is Broker/Owner of Area Pro Realty of Rockland. She is a published writer and pursues this passion when not busy with real estate. Her other hobbies include music, theater and art. She cherishes time with family and friends and can often be spotted on Interstates 81 and 40 beating a path back and forth from New York to Tennessee. She was in the first graduating class at Nanuet High School to allow early graduation and received her diploma in three years while working after school. Working a wide variety of jobs—cashier, hotel desk clerk, substitute teacher--Linda put herself through college and received a Teaching Certification (grades 7-12 English, History and Government) from Tennessee Technological University and taught public school in Clay County, TN for four years.  She home-schooled 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. She started her own real estate brokerage in 2013 and has recently opened a new company, “Creekside Realty” in Tennessee.

www.rocklandareaprorealty.com   linda@rocklandareaprorealty.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/linda-j-stankard-4132464

Kim Tran

Kim became involved in Nanuet when she became the editor of Nanuet Patch from 2010 to 2013. During those few years, she extensively covered all aspects of Nanuet from the businesses and school district to nonprofits and politics. Kim also headed up coordination of all Rockland County patch sites and also created many relationships county wide.

In 2010, she joined the steering committee of the Rebuild Highview Community Playground as the recording secretary. That year she also participated in the Meals on Wheels 5K run.

Kim was briefly on the board of the Nanuet-based RCADD (Rockland Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependence, Inc.) as the media liaison before she had to transfer to manage Patch sites in New Jersey. In 2011, RCADD honored her with the Media/Arts Award. She also received the Community Support Award from Boy Scouts Rockland District in May 2011.

Kim 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, she met her now husband, Rob, who is from Rockland, which is how she ended up in New York. Rob works for MSG Varsity, is a Congers volunteer firefighter and a Marist College graduate student.

In her spare time, Kim likes to bake, hike, camp, travel, scrapbook, do crafts and go on road trips.

Stacey Yanosy

Born in Saudi Arabia and growing up in Houston, Texas, Stacey Yanosy studied Economics at Penn State University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She is a proud third generation Penn Stater as her Grandmother graduated from Penn State in 1926 and her parents graduated in 1958.

After graduation, Stacey moved to New York City to live and worked for a Japanese trust company on Park Avenue and then for investment banks on Wall Street and at the World Trade Center.  At that time, Stacey married her college sweetheart, Brian Yanosy and they are currently raising two wonderful teenagers.

Stacey has been a resident of New City for the past twenty years and is currently working in Nanuet as a banker for People's United Bank.  Mrs. Yanosy has an extensive background in all phases of banking from investment banking to credit union managing. She is a "Jane of all trades" when it comes to finances, IRAs and loans.

Stacey is proud to be a part of the Greater Nanuet Chamber of Commerce and will continue all efforts to make Nanuet a great place to live and work.