New media artist and software entrepreneur, Jim has been involved in the Pine Hill community for over 19 years. At age 16 Jim went to Bombay (Mumbai), India as a foreign exchange student, joining a Hindu family with whom he still keeps close contact. The experience led him to focus on Asian history at Yale University and later journey overland by Land Rover from London, England to Katmandu, Nepal and back, visiting the remoter regions of Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Nepal and the former Yugoslavia. Jim continued his journey in New York City where, as an aspiring writer, he worked in jobs as diverse as waiter, bartender, book salesman, journalist, teacher, inventor and software engineer. In 1989 Jim came with his wife Nancy Rosenthal to Pine Hill to resume writing “The Ferris Reels,” a work which has evolved into a new form of live, electronic narrative he calls a “realto.” Combining live-video, blue-screen and computer-generated scenery, Jim’s goal is a portable, electronic story-telling theater that travels “to the people.” Jim brings this passion for diversity, creativity and community-involvement to the Board of the Pine Hill Community Center.
Jan Jaffe - Secretary
Dottie has had a second home in Oliverea since 1972, the year she married Al Burger, with whom she raised 2 sons, Ken and Eric. She has a BS in Biology and an MS in Secondary Science Education. Dottie taught Earth Science, Biology, Forensic Science and Chemistry for the Northport School District. In 2003 she retired from teaching and moved to her home in Oliverea full time. Dottie still works for an internet review company called School Island doing their Living Environment and Chemistry review programs. She and her husband winter on the eastern shore of Virginia.
Florence Hamling graduated from Onteora School District in 1964 and attended BOCES in New Paltz for cosmetology. She owned and operated a beauty shop in Boiceville for 12 years and in Pine Hill for 15 years. In 1991 she married Bernie Hamling. Florence and Bernie bought a beautiful farm in Fleischmann’s in 1999 where she cares for abused and neglected animals, 42 of them at the latest count! Long standing and generous friends to Pine Hill, Florence and Bernie provided their 287 Main Street building to house the Pine Hill Community Center for $1 a year when it began in 2000. At the end of 2008 they outright gifted the building and grounds at 287 – 289 Main Street to the organization. Florence has a deep affection for the people and places of the Catskill Mountains.
Pauline Vos attended the Cooper Union, the Art Students’ League and The New School. She graduated from Cooper Union in 1946. In New York City she worked as a graphic artist and illustrator, and upon retirement moved to her home in Highmount. She has served on the Community Center Board for five years, and now resides in Pine Hill.
Michael Boyer’s family roots in Pine Hill go back to the 1920′s. He currently teaches pottery in the City University system in New York and maintains an organic garden each summer in Pine Hill.
Harriet is a resident of Fleischmanns where she has lived since 2003. For 32 years Harriett had a career in Administrative Management for an international law firm in New York City. She has served 2 terms as a Village Trustee in Fleischmanns, is a Skene Memorial Library Trustee, volunteers at the Belleayre Music Festival, for Roxbury Arts Group and for Village and stream clean up efforts. Harriet’s interests are painting, reading and tap dancing, and she is passionate about honesty in government and environmental efforts.
The Pine Hill Community Center is seeking new Board Members, especially people with stong vision, skills in not-for-profit stewardship, and follow-through. If you are interested in attending a board meeting as a guest please do not hesitate to contact us. Besides being in a position to better serve your community and further develop the mission and programming of the Pine Hill Community Center, being a board member offers educational experience, especially in the field of non-profit organizations, as well as good friends and fun. Because we serve an area much larger than the Hamlet of Pine Hill, you need not live in Pine Hill to participate. Call us today.
Ann has had a home in the Catskills for over 2o years. She worked for The Roxbury Arts Group for many of those years, serving in a variety of positions, including Project Manager, Program Director; and Community Arts Funding Director and Volunteer Coordinator. She has played an active role in Writers in the Mountains , served on the (then) Margaretville Chamber of Commerce and has been an enthusiastic volunteer in a number of community activities. Before relocating to the Catskills, Ann was a Senior Vice President at Alan R. Liss, a scientific , technical and medical journals publisher, taught adult literacy and developed jobs readiness programs at CAMBA in Brooklyn and Common Ground in Manhattan, and has published interviews in The Catskill Guide and The New York Womens Business Newsletter. She produces two programs for WIOX Community radio .