Council Members

Elected Officers

Robert Beaury


Robert joined LLI in 2019 and has been a presenter since that fall. He was elected treasurer in the spring of 2020. Originally from New York City, where he worked in law and business, Robert made the full-time transition to Columbia County in 1994.

Robert 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.

Robert formerly was a Town Justice and the Supervisor of Germantown, Columbia County. He also served on the county’s Board of Supervisors, where he sat on several committees, including finance, and was the chair of the county’s Economic Development Committee.

As LLI President, Robert serves in the position of Governance as well.

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Mary McClellan

1st Vice President

Born and raised in New York City, Mary arrived in the Hudson Valley in 1974 via SUNY New Paltz. Like so many other transplants, she found this area to be a fine place to lay down roots. With her husband, she established a home in Ulster County, where they raised their daughter. Since retiring from her career as a guidance counselor in the Kingston City Schools, she has pursued her interests in travel, photography, writing, reading, hiking, politics, and gardening.

Since joining LLI in 2016, Mary has served on the Registration Committee and worked to develop the previous LLI Bard website. She has been a class manager for several LLI classes and has produced one class. Mary is currently active in the DEI Justice Group and on the Curriculum Committee. She hopes to continue to serve the Bard LLI community as a member of the Council.

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Felice Gelman

2nd Vice President

Felice is retired from 28 years on Wall Street, where she worked for several investment banks and investment managers and then began her own business. Before that, her work life was quite varied — postal carrier, trade union organizer, social worker, substitute teacher, typesetter, etc. She graduated from Boston University, earned an MA from Tufts University, and an MBA from NYU.

She and her husband Yoram had a weekend house in Rhinebeck for 35 years and finally decided to move to the area full-time several years ago. Bard LLI played a significant role in that decision. They now live in Red Hook. She’s involved in local community activities, including Red Hook Mutual Aid, and has, for many years, supported a theater in the West Bank, Occupied Palestinian Territories. LLI members may have heard her 2019 Winter Intersession presentation Theatre in a Conflict Zone: Cultural Resistance.

Since joining Bard LLI in 2013, Felice has been a class manager and has worked on the Communications Team and the Social Gatherings Team. She’s had a great time learning about LLI by writing for the LLI newsletter, getting to know other LLI members by being a class manager, and, most recently, helping people get together in online social events.

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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 both intellectually challenging and lighthearted courses. And they have continued to attend  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 connection with so many interesting, engaged people from a diversity of backgrounds. She is looking forward to helping Bard LLI enrich of our lives.

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Jerry K. Brockett


Jerry joined LLI in 2020, having retired after 40 years as an attorney/accountant engaged in tax consulting with national and regional CPA firms. He has served on LLI’s finance committee. Other activities include working as chairperson of the Investment Committee of the Rhinebeck Reformed Church, as well as volunteering with its food pantry.

Jerry first became familiar with LLI through his wife, Brenda Brockett, who has been involved with LLI for many years as a student and class manager. He believes that one should never stop learning, so finds LLI to be an ideal opportunity for continued expansion of knowledge. During his first year, Jerry was invited to join the finance committee and, subsequently, to offer himself as a candidate for treasurer. He believes that his qualifications and experience will allow him to contribute to the excellence that he finds to be a hallmark of LLI.

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Members at Large

Carol Goss

Member at Large

Carol has been a member of LLI since 2003. Through the pre-Zoom years of 2016-2020, Carol was co-chair of the Class Support Team, enlisting and training LLI’s army of class managers each semester.

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 the Arlington School District before retiring in 2002. Carol first volunteered at the Red Hook Library. She has thoroughly enjoyed her LLI experience, even more after she became actively involved. Carol 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 with her husband Peter, surrounded by woods, wildlife, and an occasional bear. During the pandemic, Carol has enjoyed watching the many resident and just-passing-through birds and the small animals occasionally featured on her new trail camera.

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Kayla Bell

Member at Large

Kayla joined LLI in 2018 and became a member of the Membership Development Committee in 2019, just as it started meeting via Zoom. She created a social event on Zoom based on the idea of Vision Quest for Membership Development in 2020, helped with the tour of the Hessel Museum, and arranged the social at Greig Farm afterward. She has been active in the DEI Social Justice Group since it started in the fall of 2021.

Kayla is a long-time resident of Upper Red Hook, NY. She came here kicking and screaming from Brooklyn and has been happy here ever since. She is a retired psychiatric nurse and spent 26 years at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie.

Kayla is an avid gardener and has been the president of the Old Dutchess Village Garden Club for the past three years. She spends her time being a devoted mother of twin girls and grandmother to her granddaughter. She also enjoys reading self-help books. In her spare time, when not in the garden, she explores the possibilities of the written word, attempting to write poetry, and armoring herself against injustice.

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Michael Weinstock

Member at Large

Michael S. Weinstock, MD, was Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, at the Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania. At LVHHN, Michael served as Interim Chief Medical Officer from April to October 2003. He also is professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Penn State University College of Medicine.

His national activities for the American College of Emergency Physicians include membership on several committees and task forces and serving on the Board of Directors for six years. At ACEP’s Annual Scientific Assembly in 2000, Michael received the James D. Mills Award for Outstanding Contributions to the field of Emergency Medicine.

Michael has been a popular LLI presenter, most recently teaching Current Concepts in Medicine in the fall of 2021. He and his wife, Leslie, live in Rhinebeck. They enjoy traveling, walking, theater, and canasta. He is an avid golfer. He and his wife have been active at Bard LLI, enjoying classes, fellow members, and the Fisher Center.

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John Mathews

Member at Large

Raised in the desert Southwest in Tucson, I attended the University of Arizona where I received a BS in biology and an MS in genetics. In 1979 I moved to Europe for six years while attending medical school in Belgium.

After completing my MD, I returned to Arizona to complete an internship and residency in anesthesiology. Moving to the Hudson Valley area in 1992, I joined the Columbia Memorial Hospital Dept. of Anesthesia, serving as chief from 1998 to 2013. I retired from medicine in Sept of 2018. My career at CMH spanned 26 years and I currently serve on both the hospital Foundation Board and the Board of Trustees.

I have been involved with medical humanitarian work in areas of armed conflict with Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders. Assignments included five missions: Amman, Jordan; Nigeria; Democratic Republic of Congo (twice), and South Sudan.

My husband Paul and I met in Belgium when I was a med student and have been together 40 years. We live in Athens, NY with our English setter ‘Kai’ in an old (1790’s) Dutch farmhouse. Although Belgian, Paul is an American citizen now and is fluent in English, however, we still speak French at home as it helps maintain my skills (and the dog’s) with that beautifully melodic language. Visitors are always delighted the dog understands French.

I’m also a gentle beekeeper, although I think most beekeepers are gentle by nature. I’m also very happy indeed to have joined Bard LLI in 2019.

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Standing Committee Chairs

Linda Legendre

Curricular and Special Programs

Robert Inglish

Membership Development

Robert enjoys serving on the MD Committee because he likes meeting new people and making new members feel welcome. He and his husband Craig have owned their Woodstock home for 20 years, they have been full-time residents for 6 years. LLI has provided an opportunity to
meet fellow learners in the Hudson Valley.

Besides a passion for learning, he enjoys reading, gardening, studying French, and exploring New York.

Leadership roles have included LGBT rights, the ACLU, historic preservation, and education.

A native of Oklahoma, he returned after college to the small town in which he grew up to practice law with his father. He continues to serve as president of the local title company. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University and his law degree from the University of Oklahoma. In 1988 he received the Courageous Advocate Award from the Oklahoma Bar Association for his representation of a special needs student excluded from public schools because of his HIV status.

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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.

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Carmela Gersbeck

Program Support

Carmela Gersbeck became an LLI member in 2019. She soon joined the Communications Committee and the Technology Committee. She is Chair of the Program Support team, which is responsible for the classes presented in Zoom, and the class manager, A/V, and hospitality teams when on campus. Carmela also assists with answering emails seeking technical help and produces the Bard LLI monthly newsletter.

Carmela moved full-time to Tillson in 2018, after spending 20 years as a weekender in the Woodstock area with her husband, Al. She retired in 2018 from a 40-year career working in leadership roles for Goldman Sachs, Bear Stearns and JP Morgan. Carmela’s favorite pastimes are spending time with her two grandchildren, camping, cooking, bicycling, hiking, and reading detective novels. 

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