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Michael and his beloved wife, Tracy and their four children live in the town of Nassau. Michael has been involved with youth locally, for a number of years. He has acted as a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, and Troop Chaplain in the local scout troop, and is currently the Youth Director for the town. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church and Amvets through Chandler Young Veterans Association. He is also involved in prison ministry as a mentor for incarcerated men. Michael is currently working on his doctoral studies on issues related to poverty. Michael is a safety and health professional who owns a local company, Needham Risk Management. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and refurbishing antique axes.
John moved to the Village of Nassau in 2015 with his wife and sons. John works as an Environmental Health and Safety professional at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in Rensselaer. In addition to the time he devotes to his family and work, John’s pastimes include being an Assistant Scoutmaster with Nassau’s Boy Scout Troop 166, building knives in his workshop, keeping bees, and fishing when the opportunity strikes.
Lori Clark is a native of the Village of Nassau. She is employed by New York State as a Project Manager in the Energy Affordability and Equity team with the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority. Lori is passionate about bridging the gap in access to clean energy solutions, social service programs, improving social outcomes and affordable housing for low to moderate income and disadvantaged communities. Lori serves on various boards/committees, including the Nassau/Schodack Cemetery Association, Village of Nassau’s Youth, Beautification and Bicentennial. Lori volunteers at the Nassau Resource Center and is Treasurer of the Nassau Reformed Church. Lori enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dogs at her lake house.
Joe is one of the newest members to the Nassau Community Connections committee. He has brought his expertise in Graphic Design, Web Design, Social Media, Marketing, and Writing to help the organization. Originally from Long Island, Joe currently resides in the Village of Nassau. He is the author of four novels. When he’s not writing, he is golfing, traveling, and leading his brand and graphic design strategy business JG3.
Jean grew up on her family’s farm in Nassau. After a few years working in Arkansas and Pennsylvania, she returned to the farm with her husband Jeff. Together they raised three delightful daughters and now have a grandson too.
Jean was employed by the Chatham Central Schools as the orchestra teacher. She loved helping her students discover the joy and discipline of playing their instruments and making music together. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, bird watching, playing the violin and learning to play tennis.
Dana Salazar, Esq.
Dana is a long-term resident of Schodack, just outside the Village of Nassau. She is an attorney with a practice in East Greenbush and raises Gotland sheep.
Reverend Edward L. Van Kampen
Reverend Kampen, Minister of Word and Sacrament (Pastor), Nassau Reformed Church. Reverend Ed was formerly Minister at Stuyvesant Reformed Church; past president of the Columbia-Greene Classis, Reformed Church in America and past member of its executive committee. Reverend Ed taught in area high schools and served as Youth Director of Rensselaer County Cooperative Extension. He lives happily with his wife Janet Beverly Burns Hail Van Kampen.
Shaykha Sheila DS Foraker
Sheila Diane Stromwasser Foraker is a clergy member of the AQRT Sufi Order (Ansari Qadiri Rifai Tariqa), a worldwide Sufi Order whose headquarters are in Nassau. She was raised in the Village of Nassau where she and her parents were active members of the community. She lived in Germany, Pennsylvania, and California, before returning the Town of Nassau in 2005. The land she lives on has been in her family for over 80 years. She continues to be active in the community. For example, Pastor Dion Marquit and she founded the Hudson Valley-Berkshires Interfaith Network in July 2011. This interfaith group is celebrating its 11th year.
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