Council Members

Elected Officers

Tom Esposito


Tom has a Master’s Degree in Engineering and worked in industry as an engineer, programmer, and project manager. He had a 33 year career at IBM in the Hudson Valley in product development.

As a member of LLI since 2004, Tom has held several positions on the Bard LLI council. Currently he is serving as President and as chair of the Governance Committee. He has served as interim chair of the Registration committee, as a member of the Long Range Planning Committee and as a member of the subcommittee to update our software technology. He has also served as LLI Treasurer, as a member of the Executive Committee and as class manager.


Nanci Kryzak

Nanci Kryzak

1st Vice President

Nanci Kryzak lives in Clinton Corners and has been an LLI member since 2017. She co-chairs the LLI Member Services subcommittee in Member Development. Nanci sings in the Bard Symphonic Chorus, the Millbrook Community Festival Choir, and the Grace Church Choir (Millbrook), where she also serves on the Vestry and Altar Guild. She is a member of Mad Gardeners and volunteers at Hollister House Garden (Washington, CT) and for Women’s Support Services of Northwestern Connecticut. 

Having left her career in advertising account management in NYC to raise her two children in Dutchess County, Nanci is delighted to be back “at school” with such avid fellow “students” and is continually amazed by the compelling class choices. She is honored to serve the membership and to help foster awareness of the extraordinary opportunities that LLI and Bard have to offer.


Mary Deady

2nd Vice President

Mary formerly co-managed Membership Development with Maddy Watterson. She has participated in the Program Committee and currently works with the Planning & Evaluation Committee. Being involved on these various committees has been such a wonderful way to get to know the LLI members who value this incredible learning opportunity.

Mary moved to Red Hook in 2005 from the Chicago suburb of Oak Park. While in the Chicago area she was a print sales representative for nearly 20 years. She returned to school to earn a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Roosevelt University. Previously she obtained her MBA and BA from Loyola University Chicago.

Mary became a member of Bard LLI in September 2015, right after she retired from teaching at Arlington High School.  Her husband, Matthew, has been a valued member of Bard’s Physics Department for 31 years and has been a frequent LLI presenter.


Deborah Lanser


Deborah became Secretary of the Bard LLI Council as a way of contributing to the organization and becoming more fully involved with the community.  The position built on her more than 40 years’ experience as a writer and editor as well as her volunteer work as secretary for a nonprofit organization in New York City.  In her time at Bard LLI, she has worked on the Communications Committee and the Catalog Committee, and acted as a class manager.

She was raised in the Hudson River Valley, went to college in Chicago, and then moved to New York City. While she and her husband, Steve, lived in the city, they also maintained a place in Newburgh and often came up to Bard to hear concerts. When they retired, they chose to move to Rhinebeck, knowing they would enjoy the beauty of the Hudson River Valley and the cultural riches of the area.

Their participation in Bard LLI has only enhanced their pleasure in living here. They have delighted in taking some of the intellectually challenging courses as well as some of the more lighthearted ones. And they have continued to attend many of the concerts at Bard, with a profound appreciation for the quality of the performances. But perhaps the most rewarding aspect of joining Bard LLI has been the connections they have made with so many interesting, engaged people from a diversity of backgrounds. 

She is looking forward to doing what she can to help Bard LLI enrich all of our lives.


Susan Hirsch


Susan is the current Treasurer of LLI at Bard.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts from Douglass College, a division of Rutgers University and a Master of Science in Education from SUNY New Paltz.

Susan began her career as a teacher of social studies in her home state of New Jersey. She and her husband, Steve, moved to Kingston in the early 70’s. When their youngest child went off to school, Susan went back to school herself to study tax preparation and accounting. After passing the IRS exam for Enrolled Agent Certification, Susan worked for local accounting firms. She went on to become a Certified Financial Planner, and became part owner of Tax Savers, a tax preparation firm in Kingston. Eventually Susan sold the business to a local bank and retired.

Susan has been active in many local organizations over the years including the League of Women Voters, Kingston Chapter of AAUW (American Association of University Women), Jewish Federation of Ulster County, and her local synagogue. In each she has served in various board positions, including president, secretary, and treasurer.

Currently, she is a tutoring a young woman from Nepal through Ulster Literacy, an activity that she is finding very worthwhile and satisfying.


Members at Large

Emily Michael

Member at Large

Emily Michael, after completing a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania,  accepted a position at Brooklyn College CUNY, where she served as a professor for nearly 40 years.  For most of that time, she also served as the elected Chairperson of the Brooklyn College Philosophy Department, where her duties included budget, curriculum and events planning, scheduling of courses, hiring new full time and part time faculty members, organizing and chairing meetings, writing proposals and reports, participating in Collegewide planning and committees, and other responsibilities of the office.  While Emily was a faculty member at Brooklyn College, besides teaching and chairing, she also published numerous papers in scholarly journals, focusing mainly on the history of philosophy and the history of science in the medieval, Renaissance, and early modern periods and on twentieth century thought.

After her retirement from Brooklyn College, Emily moved to Germantown, and, in short order, she became a member of Bard LLI, where she joined the Curriculum Committee and began planning and producing courses for LLI.   She has enjoyed participating in activities and events at Bard LLI, in meeting Bard LLI members, and in becoming a part of the Bard LLI community.

Her activities include participating in the life of Germantown and in various local organizations.  She is a widow, with two children and six grandchildren.


Maddy Watterson

Member at Large

Maddy formerly served as  co-Chair of the Volunteer Leadership Development Committee, now renamed to Membership Development. She has served as a class manager for several semesters.

Maddy has held many education positions during her career, including:

  • Principal of Dutchess County BOCES High School;
  • Administrator for Special Education Services in the Arlington School District;
  • Principal of the Astor Learning Center in Rhinebeck;
  • Teacher in Poughkeepsie City School District and Astor Learning Center.

She is a wife, mother of two boys, and a grandmother to eight. All are a great joy!


Chuck Mishaan

Member at Large

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, 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.


Cathy Reinis

Member at Large

Cathy is a Member at Large assigned to chair the Communications Committee.

Cathy Reinis has been a member of LLI since 2006, and has volunteered in several roles. She has been chair of Class Support and of Communications and has served as Secretary of LLI. She is a member of the Curriculum Committee and produces Bard Masters of Math and Science and co-produces Around Bard. She is also a member of the Registration Committee. Cathy is now Interim Chair of the Communications Committee and is working with the committee to enhance our website to keep members informed.

Professionally, Cathy was a writer, editor, and trainer at TIAA, a financial services firm serving higher education. She was manager of TIAA’s HR training and development area, organizing corporate training and facilitating workshops for work groups.

What she loves about LLI@Bard is the intellectual stimulation and the opportunity to work with others to create a great learning organization – and being on the beautiful campus!


Standing Committee Chairs

Deborah Schwartz

Administration / Infrastructure

Deborah serves as Administration/ Infrastructure Chair. As such, she works with Chuck Mishaan to evaluate and support the LLI technology structure. Most recently, she redesigned and developed the LLI WordPress website published in June 2018. She joined LLI in August 2017 and has been thrilled to meet and work with so many interesting people at LLI.

Deborah has worked as a technology consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), as an owner and manager of a small business specializing in technology-based training for major corporations, and as an MBA professor at Iona College, Fordham, East Carolina University and University of Georgia. She has a Bachelor’s degree from University of Binghamton and MS and Ph.D. from Clemson University. 

Deborah is the proud mother of adult, boy-girl twins, the joys of her life.


Anne Sunners

Curricular and Special Programs

Anne Sunners’ current role is Chairperson of the LLI Curriculum Committee. Since joining  LLI as a founding member in 2000, she has served LLI as President for two terms, head of Hospitality, and a class manager.

Born in Scotland, Anne emigrated to Dutchess County in her 20’s by way of Canada. She has lived in Rhinebeck for 30 years, where she was head of her homeowner’s association. After her retirement as Director of Columbia County Head Start, she became an avid golfer. She has two children and  three grandchildren, who know her as “sungrannie.”

Anne has seen many increased member benefits at LLI over the years, importantly more course offerings, the addition of Intersession and SummerFest, and the technological advances that support both online class registration and membership renewal.

Her advice to new members is to get involved, because, by volunteering, members get to know each other. At LLI, she finds that volunteers work together with sincere dedication to getting the job done.  


Tom Esposito


Tom has a Master’s Degree in Engineering and worked in industry as an engineer, programmer, and project manager. He had a 33 year career at IBM in the Hudson Valley in product development.

As a member of LLI for the past 14 years, Tom has held several positions on the Bard LLI council. Currently he is serving as President and as chair of the Governance Committee. He has served as interim chair of the Registration committee, as a member of the Long Range Planning Committee and as a member of the subcommittee to update our software technology. He has also served as LLI Treasurer, as a member of the Executive Committee and as class manager.


Robert Inglish

Membership Development

Robert Inglish is enthusiastic about his new position as Chair of Membership Development. He notes, “I like learning. I like people. LLI provides the opportunity to enjoy both. I like working with membership development because we try to make new members feel at home at LLI.”

An obsession with all things Gotham led Robert and his husband Craig to the illogical and wonderful decision to relocate from Oklahoma to Woodstock where they enjoy the magnificent scenery and eccentric creative people. 

Robert had a rewarding career practicing law with his father in the small town in which he grew up.  Along the way, his charitable efforts included founding a private academy and creating a historic preservation district in his hometown, establishing a vibrant LGBTQ organization in Tulsa and serving as President of a charitable foundation in Eastern Oklahoma.  In 1987 he received the Courageous Advocacy Award from the Oklahoma Bar Association for his representation on behalf of the ACLU of a special needs child excluded from school because of his HIV status.


Jill Lundquist

Planning and Evaluation

Jill has served on the LLI Council since 2013 and has been responsible for developing its policy manual and operations manual.  She serves on the Long Range Planning Committee, the Planning and Evaluation Committee, the Communications Committee, and chaired the Bylaws Committee that recently completed a revision of our bylaws. Jill also serves as LLI’s liaison to the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), our umbrella program at Bard, and is a member of the CCE Advisory Board. 

Jill was Director of Admissions at Poughkeepsie Day School until her retirement in 2011. Certified in education and social work, she had a long career as an educator and administrator in educational and human service organizations.  She was Director of Mid-Hudson Family Mediation Center, was a clinician at Catskill Family Institute, and was Director of Community Education for Ulster County Mental Health Services.  She was a member of the Board of Education for the Red Hook Central School District, and ran an enrichment program for the Red Hook Schools.  In the 1970’s she worked in the grants office at Bard College. 

Jill lives in Barrytown with her husband Doug Baz.  They have three adult children and two grandchildren.


Ann Miller

Program Support

Ann Miller, a resident of Malden, NY, is retired from a 25-year career in interior landscape design for one of the largest companies in the industry. Her focus centered on offices, hospitals, retail, and residential housing. Ann managed sales and sales support, installation logistics, maintenance, and customer relations. Her efforts contributed to the company receiving a wide array of awards. She also was part of the team introducing clients to new environmentally sound practices such as sub irrigation and Green Walls.

Ann was one of the founding members of YCSD (Yonkers Committee for Smart Development), who successfully led the continued effort of daylighting the Saw Mill River in downtown Yonkers.

Ann enjoys gardening, Tai-Chi (she’s a certified instructor), hiking, and trying desperately to play the violin. Her current LLI volunteer efforts include Class Manager and member of the Class Support Committee.