David was asked to join BCS as a Board of Director eleven years ago, his son Dan attends BCS. He feels BCS provides a valuable service to individuals with disabilities and their families. David believes BCS is a unique organization because it provides opportunities for adults with disabilities to volunteer their services and contribute to the community. David has been married to his wife Nancy for 34 years. He has a stepdaughter (Jennifer) and stepson (David) who are both married with children. Together David and Nancy have two sons, Dan who has attended BCS for the past 12 years, and Kevin. David raises sheep and enjoys showing them with his family at the Washington County Fair, He enjoys sports, and attending his grandchildren’s games.
Colette joined BCS as a Board of Director three years ago after an invite from BCS BOD President David Holck. She knew Dave from his service on the Argyle Central School Board of Education. Colette retired after 33 year of teaching Special Education. She was familiar with BCS as former students attended programming here following High School. Colette has been honored and proud to be a part of the great work and amazing community BCS is and look forward to many more years’ service to move the agency forward. Colette feels it’s important to always be innovative and adapting to the needs of individuals and families who utilize the services at BCS. She looks forward to being a part of those changes and providing quality programs now and in the future. Colette has been married to her husband Tim for 27 years, they have 3 children, Sarah (33) a paralegal, Keenan (26) a sales manager, and Riley (23) a Domestic Violence Caseworker. All currently live in the area, which she loves because it allows her to spend more time together. In the summer Colette enjoys golf, Stand Up Paddle-boarding, kayaking, walking/hiking, swimming and bike riding, for winter she likes downhill and cross-country skiing. She enjoys reading, traveling and trivia.
Donna joined the Board of Directors a year ago her daughter Dara attends BCS. She wanted to learn more about the Board and wanted to know how she could best serve the agency. Donna believes BCS is a great program and feels everyone has gifts to share with all! Donna and her family enjoy hiking, scenic drives, bowling, swimming, gardening, and all outdoor activities. She would like to encourage all to participate in any way you can for our BCS family.
Sue Banks joined BCS on August 1st as the new Executive Director.
Sue has her Bachelor’s in Sociology from Temple University and a Masters of Social Work degree from Boston College. Sue is currently enrolled part-time in a Social Work Doctoral Program at UAlbany. She hopes to use her education to benefit Battenkill Community Services in the future.
Prior to joining BCS, Sue worked for an agency in Fulton County where she worked as a Clinical Director and grant writer for a large organization supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
While living in Massachusetts Sue worked at the Department of Developmental Services which is the OPWDD counterpart in that state. Sue was the Regional Community Systems Director and responsible for contracts and development of Family Support, Supportive Employment, Acquired Brain Injury, Autism and Learning and Development services for Central and Western Massachusetts. Sue has worked in the field throughout the years, in other ways- she was once held positions as Job Developer, Residential Director and Behavioral Specialist.
Here at BCS we are just like a family, several of our staff have family who attend programming, several BCS parents also sit on our Board of Directors. Sue understands this as she is the mother of a son, Patrick, who has Autism. Sue also has a daughter, Allie, who loves to dance!
Sue is excited about the opportunity to serve and support all those who benefit from Battenkill Community Services.
Sharon started at BCS first as a Respite Parent Volunteer and Board Member, then Direct Support, and now Operations Manager. Her involvement began because her admiration for the unique opportunities the program had to offer her son. Nick loves BCS! Nick and Sharon live in a rural area with their two Shetland Sheepdogs and Nick's two siblings. They enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities, traveling, cooking, and making upcycled projects.
Karen started at BCS in May 2020. She has extensive experience in Fundraising, Marketing, Travel & Event Planning, Social Media, with strong organizational and communication skills. Karen is active in her community, serving several volunteer organizations. Her hobbies include travel and camping. Karen resides in Greenwich, with her husband, Jerry, and daughter, Kayla, who attends BCS. She is a dog mom to Charlie, an 8 year old Yorkie mix and MaizieMae, her 2 year old Newfoundland and EmmyLou her 1 year old Aussie mix
Mark joined BCS in February 2022. He and his wife live in Argyle. Mark has 3 children who attend and play sports at Argyle Central School. Mark retired as a Captain from the US Army Reserves after a 21 year career. He has spent his entire career in the healthcare field. Mark started as an LPN, went back to school for his RN, has been a Nursing Supervisor and Nursing Administrator. He is a fan of the NY Mets and San Francisco 49ers, he enjoys golf and bowling. In his free time, Mark likes spending time with his family and friends.
Shelly started at Battenkill in 2010. Her first roll was as a Wednesday Volunteer. Within a month, left her 20 year career in the restaurant industry. Shelly felt like this was right where she was meant to be, and like she should have been here, all along. Shelly is a crafting guru, she absoutely loves creating things. She likes music and loves being silly. Shelly loves everything about BCS. She said there is never a dull day and everyone is always happy to be together. It really is a big family, and there is no other place esle she would want to be. Shelly is mom to 2 adult children and has 2 dogs.
Sarah joined the BCS team in December of 2018. Sarah loves to garden both flowers and veggies. She enjoys camping and swimming during the summer months, also loves to hike and snowshoe. Sarah describes herself as an outdoors kinda gal. She enjoys painting and cooking. During our Covid shutdown, Sarah cooked weekly healthy meals while sharing cooking lessons with our folks in virtual programming. She loves cats and hopes to adopt two kittens fall of 2020. Sarah loves her BCS family and cannot imagine her life without the love and support they give her.
Jill joined BCS in June 2019. She is a country girl, growing up on a small farm in Easton, NY, just a few miles from BCS with goats, bunnies, chickens, geese and of course dogs and cats. Jill now has 2 dogs, 5 chickens, a parrot and a very old Guinea pig. Jill's background is in Special Education; she has worked with the elderly and young children. For many years Jill, along with her sisters ran a summer day camp for young children.
Carole joined BCS in 2016. She has a lifetime of interaction with people who have challenging needs. Carole's older brother attends BCS. She has a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Carole has cumulative experience in care giving, dance, music (currently favors the tenor ukulele) costume designing, drama and puppetry. She has worked in a food magazine test kitchen and has done catering. Carole's interests include organic gardening, kayaking, sailing, and nature in general.
Trina started with BCS in November 2008. She owned and operated a day care for over 30 years in Greenwich. Trina enjoys all the activities she gets to do every day and helping the folks we support to experience new things. She likes seeing their reactions to all the different things we get to experience each week. Trina's favorite activites are bowling, visiting museums, and walking. In her spare time, Trina likes to relax and do projects around her home. She loves to go shopping.
Trina makes her home in Greenwich, with her husband of 40 years, Jeff, she has 3 daughters, 1 son, 4 grandaughters and 4 grandsons.
Josh started at BCS in June of 2018. Josh lives in Greenwich with his mom and brother. His mom, Shelly, has been with BCS since 2010. Josh was recently given the task of operating our drone. Everyone loves seeing the drone and the cool pictures and videos it takes. In his spare time, Josh enjoys hanging with friends, playing Video games, and taking hikes. He really likes the variety of activities at BCS, it's something different each day.
Tommy joined BCS in January 2015. He wants to make his friends at BCS experience a fun one. Tommy likes to fish, have campfires, and enjoys sports. He likes to travel and one day hopes to visit all MLB stadiums. Tommy has been a volunteer with RSVP since 2015. Warren/Washington Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is run by the Tri-County United Way. It helps folks 55 and older find volunteer opportunities in their communities.
Bob joined BCS the summer of 2020. He has been volunteering with our Groovy Tuesday program for quite a while and was first introduced to BCS by his wife, Carole Liggett. Bob loves music, plays the guitar, enjoys gardening, and kayaking. Bob is a people person; he is very social and likes to learn new things. Science and Weather watching are his interests. Bob comes to BCS with 30 years of management experience, he loves working with the individuals BCS supports along with the staff, and believes in the mission of the agency. Bob has a 19 year old daughter and 3 cats.
Liz started with BCS in April 2021. She has one daughter, two granddaughters, and two pups. In her free time Liz likes to take road trips in the Adirondacks. She also enjoys spending time with her daughter and granddaughters. Liz likes to shop in thrift stores.
Matthew is a native Floridian who is still adjusting to the North Country winters, even though he has lived here since 2013. In his spare time he is working towards climbing all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks and also enjoys cycling whenever he gets a chance. Matthew has been a foster parent for six years, working with children and families in our community with a wide range of needs. He has worked as a Foster Care caseworker and as a Child Protective Services caseworker to help families overcome obstacles, build on strengths, and create. a safe atmosphere for that family to succeed. Throughout Matthew's work history and personal life, he has been involved in assisting people with Developmental Disabilities to achieve their goals, develop their skills and find joy in their day. Matthew is looking forward to working with the folks at BCS to help families and individuals thrive in their lives and community.
Nicole (Nickey) started at BCS in October of 2021. She and her husband David, have one dog named Bailey. Nickey enjoys watching crime shows and spending time with her family. She loves animals, crafts and singing. Nickey loves working Community Habilitation for BCS because she gets the opportunity to make connections with people and learn a lot of new things.
April started at BCS in November of 2021. She and her domestic partner Mike have two daughters, Maygan 8 and Mykenzie 16. April is an amateur photographer who often spends her weekends selling her beautiful pictures at local craft shows. She is also a volunteer for Tri-County Marines Toys For Girls and Boys toy program, hosting events and fundraisers for them throughout the year. April loves crafting and brings her love of all things craft to our folks at BCS with creative projects each week.
Jerry started at BCS in November 2021. Jerry works with individuals in our Community Habilitation Program. Jerry lives in Middle Falls with his wife Karen, daughter Kayla and mom Beverly. He is a life-long resident of the Middle Falls/Greenwich Community and currently serving as Chief of the Middle Falls Fire Department where he has been a member for 42 years. In his spare time Jerry likes to travel and camp with his family. He is a fur-dad to Charlie a 9 year old Yorkie mix, Maizie a 2 year old Newfoundland and Emmy a 1 year old Aussie mix. Jerry enjoys working with individuals at BCS who are interested in learning about the community they live in.