Chrissy Knapp, President
From 2013-2014 Chrissy Place served as a Parks Commissioner for the Village of Nyack. In 2015, Chrissy completed the Master Gardener program at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County. She utilizes her training to educate children and adults in the community on various horticultural topics and as a volunteer in the local school garden network. She currently works for Morgan Stanley in Tax Compliance. Prior to her current roles, Chrissy earned her BA in Finance from the University of Connecticut and is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Rockland. Chrissy has resided in Nyack for the last 18 years where she is raising her three daughters.
Morgan Strand, Vice President
Morgan is a Rockland County Native, who has lived in Nyack since 2004. She was a Special Education teacher for 10 years, and is currently a Youth Services Information Specialist for the Nyack Library. She is a mentor for the SOAR Mentorship Program at Nyack Middle School, the chairperson for a Rockland County election polling site, and is involved with the Young Democrats of Rockland County. She was also a special guest on the 2015 John Newbery Medal winning author and poet Kwame Alexander’s web series “Bookish”. Morgan is a 2018 graduate of the Leadership Rockland Program.
Elizabeth McGrory, Secretary
Elizabeth has spent her career in the not-for-profit and philanthropy sectors, currently as an independent consultant in international public health. Recent clients include the World Health Organization, the Population Council, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), AVAC and the Public Health Institute. She helped start and served as the first Director of Access at the International Partnership for Microbicides, a new public-private partnership to develop and deliver new HIV-prevention products for women in developing countries which developed the dapivirine ring. Prior to joining IPM she worked at the Population Council, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation and several non-governmental organizations. She has worked on a wide range of initiatives related to research, programming and advocacy on women’s rights, reproductive health, HIV and clinical trials in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Liz is an honors graduate of Brown University in International Development Studies and holds a ScM from the Harvard University School of Public Health.
Mike Gambale - Treasurer
Mike has been working in the financial markets for nearly 20-years. He is currently employed by Thomson Reuters and works in the primary bond market. Mike’s main responsibilities include overall coverage of the bond market, product management and serves as a specialist for company’s global accounts. Prior to working at Thomson, he managed an analyst team at Informa Global Markets and worked on the floor of New York Stock Exchange. Mike graduated Ithaca College with a Finance and International Business degree. He later received his MBA from Brunch College in Finance and Real Estate. Mike, his wife and three children have been living in Upper Nyack for the past 6-years. He is active with youth sports, coaching little league for NVCLL and basketball for JCC Rockland.
Jen Laird White
Jen is the Director of Community Relations for the renewable energy project Champlain Hudson Power Express. Before her transition to the renewable energy field, Laird White served three terms as Mayor of the Village of Nyack. Prior to her service as Mayor, Laird-White served as Trustee and Deputy Mayor for the Village and began her service to the Nyack community as a Nyack Park Commissioner and a volunteer for everything under the sun. Mayor White founded the Nyack Park Conservancy and is an active and passionate believer in social justice, equality for all, the power of the arts and women’s rights. Prior to entering public life, Jen spent many years at CBS News first as a producer for Charles Kuralt, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Connie Chung, Dan Rather and others and then as a correspondent for the news magazine Coast to Coast. She also reported pieces for 48 Hours, the CBS Evening News and did some anchoring for the CBS Overnight. She has been a casting director, a documentary film maker, an actor, a waiter and she is always looking for a next adventure. The thing she is most proud of is her family, husband Rich, sons Jack, Luke, Pierre, Clay and daughter Caroline. She has so many wonderful friends, some awesome pets and, despite her love of NY, she is a passionate Patriots and Red Sox fan.
After 15 years as a Manhattanite, Linie moved to Nyack in 2009 with her husband Joe, a Rockland native. Like all good suburbanites, they immediately got an SUV, a dog, and two kids -- Jake and Relly. Linie joined the Nyack Parks Conservancy Board of Directors because, as a mother of two young children, she appreciates everything that the parks have to offer the people of Nyack. A graduate of Duke University, Linie is a Realtor in the Nyack office of her family's real estate company, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, and also volunteers with United Hospice of Rockland
Greg Logiodice is a Director for Deloitte Consulting. Greg was born, raised and currently lives in the Village of Nyack. Greg is married and has two daughters in the Nyack Public School system.
Jim is a Nyack resident who also serves as the chairman of the Nyack Parks Commission. By day he gets to play with cool gadgets as senior electronics editor at Consumer Reports, and as a freelancer he's written for numerous national publications ranging from BusinessWeek to Rolling Stone. His favorite assignment, however, is being dad to his son Tyler. In his spare time he builds guitars and jams with a band, rides motorcycles, and enjoys sailing—hobbies he hasn't yet successfully figured out how to combine.
Valerie is a Rockland native and has been a Nyack resident since 2006. She holds an MS in Special Education and has been working as a special educator in a variety of settings for twenty plus years. Valerie currently provides special intruction services and suppoort to families and children of the birth-5 population. She resides in South Nyack with her husband and two children.
Melissa Curley is an Upper Nyack, NY resident who has served on the board of the Upper Nyack Elementary School PTA as communications secretary, the Nyack Parks Commission and has volunteered with the Nyack Chamber of Commerce for special events. She also has participated in the past as a board member of the Pascack Valley Chamber of Commerce in Westwood, NJ. Melissa works as an editor at Happi, a magazine that covers the household and personal products industry, and also is a freelance contributor to The Journal News covering new business and real estate. A globally published journalist for over 20 years, her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Time Out New York and The Record. Her career also includes public relations experience at Spin Magazine and HarperCollins Book Publishers.
Nancy Blaker Weber
Nancy has been a Nyack resident since 1976 and has served Nyack as a former Village Trustee and as Mayor. Nancy is a full time Real Estate Broker Associate and is the Director of Hudson Valley Gateway MLS. She is also a former member of the Advisory Board for The Rockland Parent Child Center and the Nyack Library Expansion Committee. Nancy resides in Nyack with her family.
Nancy Taggart is a new resident to Nyack, having moved from Washington DC to Nyack in the summer of 2017. She has twenty years of experience directing and managing international education, youth workforce, and gender programs in Africa and the Middle East. Ms. Taggart is currently a Sr. Youth and Workforce Advisor in the Education Office at USAID in Washington DC. Throughout her career, Ms. Taggart has led youth and workforce programs for several international non-government organizations and has authored research on the topics of gender, technology and workforce. She holds an MA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in History from Northwestern University.
Martha moved from Pomona to Nyack in 2016. She retired from a 35 year career as a New York City High School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. During her tenure at Stuyvesant HS she organized, instructed and supervised a diverse student population on a daily basis while also supervising over 30 athletic teams. She worked tirelessly with students, parents, and administrators to continually improve student education, added diverse class offerings, and all the while making sure after-school programs were available for all students. Now retired after 30+ years she finally finds the time to travel and of course “play” in her garden.