The Council is the governing body of LLI. Key positions are elected by the membership for two-year terms. The upcoming term for newly elected Council members will be from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022. The election will take place from March 15 to 29. Members will receive a ballot via email to participate anonymously. Please review these candidates and vote to ensure your voice is heard.
This year, open positions are for:
- First Vice-President
- Two Members at Large
The election results will be published in the April newsletter and announced at the Annual Meeting in May.
Many thanks to the LLI members who are willing to serve by being candidates for these key positions. These members are shown below – be sure to thank them for being willing when you see them at LLI.
Candidate for President
Nanci Kryzak became an LLI member in 2017. She soon joined the Membership Development Committee and now chairs the Member Services Team with responsibility for LLI parking and security matters on campus, members’ Bard ID cards, campus tours, new member information folders and name tags, and the New Member Survey.
Appointed First Vice President in February 2019 to serve through June 2020, Nanci now oversees the LLI Annual Member Survey and is the liaison to other regional LLIs and to Road Scholar. She serves on the LLI Council, the Planning and Evaluation Committee, the Workflow and Operations Manual Task Force, served with the recent Leadership Development Task Group and continues to chair the Member Services Team.
Nanci is a lifelong Dutchess County resident. After a career in advertising account management in New York, she worked for the NYS Bridge Authority, UPS, and the US Census, and now volunteers for local service organizations. She is an avid gardener and loves visiting historic homes and all gardens, reading murder mysteries, driving the back roads with Jack, her husband of 40 years, and singing, especially in the Bard Symphonic Chorus.
Candidate for 1st Vice President
Linda has been a member of LLI since 2008 and was Chair of the Member Services Committee and a member of the LLI Council. More recently, she became a member of Volunteer Ops, which became Membership Development, and she has remained a member of this new committee.
Linda moved to Rhinebeck with her husband, Ward, in 1993 and they opened and ran the Veranda House B & B. Ten years later, they sold the B&B but stayed in the area because they loved it so much. She was one of the founders of the Rhinebeck Farmers Market and eventually President of the Board. She was also a Village Trustee for five years and is a volunteer at Wilderstein Historic Site, where she has been on the Board there for nine years. She is also a founding member of Rhinebeck @ Home.
Linda received a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois and a Masters Degree from Drexel in Library Science and was the director of a small medical library in Philadelphia until 1993. She has returned to art, working primarily in collage. She loves LLI and the opportunities it offers both in education and service.
Candidate for Treasurer
Robert joined LLI in 2019 and presented his first class last fall. Originally from New York City, where he worked in law and business, Robert made the full-time transition to Columbia County in 1994.
He is a retired high school social studies teacher and college adjunct. He earned his BA from Hunter College in history and political science, an MS in education from Sage Graduate School, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in education administration from SUNY New Paltz, and a Certificate in Tax Law from NYU. He also devoted a few years toward a PhD in history at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
A retired Town Justice, Robert is currently Supervisor of Germantown, Columbia County. He is also CFO of the Town. Robert is a member of the County’s Board of Supervisors, where he sits on several committees, including Finance, and is the chair of the county’s Economic Development Committee.
Candidates for Members at Large
(You will vote for two of the four.)
My name is Mark Gerstle, and I am asking to be a member of the LLI team. I have lived in the Hudson Valley for the last five years, after retiring from my business, which I founded in the 1970’s.
I am a self-starter and team player. I am the father of two girls whom I have raised with the help and support of my wife, Anne. Since my credentials include working with many NYC agencies, I have developed the ability to listen and offer suggestions that are both helpful and educational. I belong to several groups including the VFW and the American Legion. I know I will be an asset to the Council and look forward to joining them.
Carol has been a member of LLI since 2003. She is currently Co-chair of the Class Support Committee, a role she has held since 2016.
Carol received a BA degree from Hunter College and an MS from SUNY NewPaltz. She worked as a primary grade teacher in New York City and in the Arlington School District before she retired in 2002. Carol first volunteered at the Red Hook Library, then joined LLI and soon became an active participant. She has completely enjoyed her LLI experience, even more after she became actively involved. She feels that volunteering is a good way to pay back for all she has received being a member of LLI.
Carol is a long-time resident of Milan. She lives surrounded by woods, wildlife, and an occasional bear, with her husband, Peter, and an aging Scottish terrier named Abbie.
Chuck is a software solutions developer, specializing in medical applications. He still actively consults with healthcare providers in automating their clinical practice. For many years, he was an adjunct professor at NYU, teaching about technology and its impact on health care.
Chuck is a current member of Bard LLI’s Council, member of the AV/Tech committee, serves on the Planning & Evaluation Committee, and liaises with the Registration, Communications, Curriculum and Photo/Video Committees. He is a Bard LLI presenter of the popular Opera as Politics course which he has also been presenting at Marist CLS, SUNY New Paltz, Lifespring Saugerties, and Vassar LLI.
You may also have had the opportunity of hearing his introductory lectures to the Met HD Live opera presentations at Bardavon or perhaps seeing his recent photography exhibit at Rhinebeck’s Starr Library.
Margaret Moran, known to most as Marge, holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology from Nazareth College of Rochester and a Master of Arts from Syracuse University in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She had a 46-year career in the field, which included both public education and private practice.
Marge is a long-term resident of Northern Dutchess and has lived in the town of Stanford and most recently in Rhinebeck. She has been active in many local organizations over the years including the American Association of University Women, Rhinebeck at Home, the Stanford Free Library, where she was a board member, and her local church, serving as President of the Women’s Group, and Bard LLI.
Since joining Bard LLI seven years ago, she has been a class manager several times, a member of the Leadership Development Committee, the Social Gatherings Team, and the Curriculum Committee. During SummerFest last year she taught a class on Reiki. She regards Bard LLI as a true treasure in her life, valuing the opportunity to explore so many subjects and meet many interesting dynamic people.
Marge is the mother of three and a grandmother of seven who are the loves of her life. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, yoga, and many outdoor activities especially kayaking.