Barbara Berntsen, President
President Barbara A. Berntsen is owner and CEO of Sloatsburg-based interior construction firm ADW, Inc., she brings over 25 years of contracting and construction experience to the Sloatsburg Chamber. Guided by her love of historic preservation and revitalization, Barbara has been involved in Village life both as a Trustee and as past President of the Board of The Friends of Harmony Hall in Sloatsburg, NY. She worked with village planners while a member of its Board of Trustee to develop the master plan that supports improvement and expansion of the downtown center, and to help to preserve the historic character of the Sloatsburg.
She is excited to work with community members to help galvanize business in the Village.
Joyce Donohue, Vice President
Joyce Donohue is a resident of Sloatsburg, NY, and owner of Donohue Breannan Consulting, LLC. She is a member of the Sloatsburg Zoning Board of Appeals, a member of the Sloatsburg UMC Food Pantry Board of Directors (Secretary) and also regularly volunteers for the organization. She also serves as Program Coordinator for the Sloatsburg Elementary School Healthy Snack Program (which interacts between the local Sloatsburg Food Pantry and NENY Regional Food Bank), is a Lead Member of Sloatsburg 90th Anniversary Committee and editor and project coordinator for the Sloatsburg 90th Celebration Keepsake Journal.
Joyce is also active with the Sloatsburg Elementary PTA, acting as Treasurer for the organization, and serves as a member of the Sloatsburg Community Development Committee.
Susie McEnery McDonagh, Treasurer
Susie McEnery McDonagh has been a resident and business owner in the Village of Sloatsburg for nearly 30 years. As the founder and owner of Rococo’s Salon since 1989, McDonagh has not only seen but participated in changes to the Village. Rococo’s, located in the Village center along Route 17, was an important leader in investing in Sloatsburg’s business corridor and was an early participant in the Village’s revitalization effort. As a leader of the Sloatsburg Chamber of Commerce, Susie has helped rally many other Village center business owners to the cause of community service.
McDonagh’s talent for stage setting and event management has helped the Chamber develop signature events such as its annual Block Party and partnership with Keep Rockland Beautiful’s Sloatsburg Cleanup.
Kathy Goldman, Secretary
Kathy Goldman is a longtime resident of Sloatsburg, NY, who owns and operates the popular small craft business, Ol' Darlin' Handcrafted Soaps and Salves. Goldman is a board member of The Friends of Harmony Hall that operates the historical Harmony Hall ~ Jacob Sloat House in Sloatsburg. As part of Harmony Hall, Kathy has been instrumental in planning and executing the annual Highlands Bluegrass Festival which takes place in September in Sloatsburg on Harmony Hall's Great Lawn. Goldman has been active in helping to make significant quality of life improvements in the village as a member of the Sloatsburg Revitalization Committee, which makes recommendations to and reports to the Village Board.
Committees and other Roles:
Membership & Social Media
MEMBERSHIP ... Lauren Hayward owns and operates Hayward's Deli & Market along Route 17 in the village center. Hayward's serves as an important and popular Sloatsburg spot for breakfast and lunch, as well as other foods and essentials. Lauren has been instrumental in helping to revitalize the Sloatsburg Chamber of Commerce. Her leadership with membership provides the Chamber with a community figure who has deep roots in the Sloatsburg business community.
Lauren Hayward is joined on the Membership Committee by Randi Colton, who sits on several volunteer boards for both Leadership Rockland and Keep Rockland Beautiful (KRB). A graduate of Hilton Johnson Productions, Inc. Health Coach Training Program, Colton owns and operates her own business, FitChick CPR, and is a member of several networking organizations, including the Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRCC), Tuxedo Chamber of Commerce, Suffern Chamber of Commerce, Rockland Women's Business Network (RBWN), and Pro Connect. Randi also serves as an Adult Training Coordinator for Boy Scout Troop 97 based in New City, NY, and volunteers at the Sloatsburg Food Pantry.
SOCIAL MEDIA ... Marianna Krichevsky has been instrumental in documenting the spirit and community of the Sloatsburg Chamber of Commerce across various social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram. Marianna's dynamic presentations and photo features have galvandized local businesses and the Sloatsburg community. Krichevsky owns and operates Marianna K Design Studio (interior design) and her enthusiastic participation in the Chamber has positioned the Chamber of Commerce as an advocate for businesses and the wider community, attracting new members and a growing social media following.
The Sloatsburg Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit community organization dedicated to promoting economic opportunity and improving local quality of life through advocacy, leadership, events, and education, all to benefit members and the wider corridor community in which they live.
Our members come from all walks of life, and include local businesses, professionals (engineers, doctors, lawyers), residents, first responders (police, fire, ambulance), and the many other groups and organizations (seniors, scouts, historical societies, American Legion) that make up our vibrant, semi-rustic community.
Our mission is to improve communication between the Sloatsburg Chamber, its members, the Village, and wider community, as well as encourage cultural and civic events, activities, and provide programs and services that lead to improvements in the vitality and prosperity of Sloatsburg and the surrounding community.
We believe that together we’re better, and that by working closely together, side by side, where all are welcome, we can build a more dynamic, inclusive and prosperous Sloatsburg.
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