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.
Mark joined BCS as a volunteer in 2009 and came on board full time in 2010, with a background in Human Resource Management. He finds the most rewarding part of Battenkill Community Services is to work with the incredible staff who help facilitate dreams and have a positive impact on the lives of wonderful people that BCS serves. When not at BCS, he enjoys spending time with his wife, adult children and pets, music, kayaking, and traveling.
Jess started at BCS in April 2012. She enjoys kayaking on the Battenkill, which she is able to start right from her backyard! Jess likes to hike in Lake Placid, NY. She is married and has 2 sons, Shamus 16 and Daniel 14, and their 140 lb black lab. Jess enjoys what she does, not everyday is the same. It's rewarding in so many ways.
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, a 7 year old Yorkie mix and Maizie, her 1 year old Newfoundland.
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.
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.
Dale joined BCS in July 2004. Music has been her passion since she was just starting to talk. Music took her a long way through piano, organ, voice, and Off Off Broadway productions as chorus, lead actress and Orchestral Director. As a young person, Dale belonged to 4-H and showed cattle at the Washington County Fair in 2 different locations. Her sewing and baking went to The New York State Fair, often, where she was also a paid demonstrator for 4 years. The family passion is riding motorcycles. Dale has captained her own since 1979, including a trip through the Rocky Mountains. She rides to Church, weekly, where she serves as organist and choir director. Dale loves the ocean, especially York Beach, Maine. Dale has a special love for her friends at BCS and enjoys staying in touch while she winters in the Florida sun.
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.
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.
Chasity started at BCS in January 2020. She is a mom of 6 and has a dog, cat, guinea pig, and a hermit crab. In her spare time Chasity likes to camp, walk, and bike ride with her kids. She also enjoys dinners out with girlfriends. Chasity has worked in this field for over 12 years and she learns something new every day. She loves her job here at BCS and loves what she does each and every day. Chasity is currently pursuing a nursing degree, however, plans to continue in this field after she obtains it.
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.
Tracy started at BCS in August of 2020. She is mom of 4 children and grandmother to 4 grandkids. In her free time Tracy enjoys crafts, hiking, fishing and camping. Before coming to BCS, Tracy was a home health aid. Tracy loves working at BCS; she finds it rewarding and everyone is wonderful. She thinks the programs and services at BCS are amazing.