Our Team

As the situations in the world have evolved, so has our team. We have embraced togetherness and oftentimes we share our jobs. Everyone that is a part of our team demonstrates leadership and when it is necessary, how to pass the baton.

Nevill Smythe | Interim executive Director


Contact Nevill Smythe | rhrexecutivedirector@gmail.com

Operations and Help Systems

Alex Wolf and Suzanna Hermans | Operations Supervisors

“When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.” – Michelle Obama

We are so proud of our community for coming together in a time of need, and we’re glad to play a small part in helping out.

Dan Budd | Founding Board Member | Founding Volunteer

“Shine a bright light of hope, trust and faith on people working hard together for no reason other than lifting each other up.”

Contact Dan Budd | danielbudd@icloud.com

Prudence Garcia-Renart | Help Services Assistant

“The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.” – H.L.

Jack Marcotte | Process and Web Development

“It’s amazing to see what people can do when they come together. In such a small community, like ours, it amazes me even more.”

ISO Volunteer | Volunteer Scheduling

We are looking for a volunteer who is open to learning our Volunteer Scheduler Platform (VSP) software and has a computer that is able to support remote work.

Cicily wilson | Bard CCE liaison

The Center for Civic Engagement Bard Squad is proud to partner with Red Hook Responds to be able to reach all families within the Red Hook community who may be looking for supplemental tutoring and homework help. Red Hook Responds has built a strong and far-reaching support network and we’re thrilled to be able to work through their platform.

Hannah Baumann | Bard Squad Supervisor

Victoria Mathews | Bilingual Support

“The day we begin to help others and stop focusing solely on ourselves is the day we start to find meaning in life.”

“El día en que comenzamos a ayudar a los demás y dejamos de enfocarnos únicamente en nosotros mismos, es el día en que comenzamos a encontrarle sentido a la vida.”

Membership and Enrollment

Agnes Kelly | Enrollment Screener

“I enjoy volunteering with Red Hook Responds.  They have done so much for the community during the pandemic.  I’m honored to do my part and encourage others to join this great organization.”

Jill Lundquist | Enrollment Screener

I am delighted to help Red Hook Responds as part of the Intake Team. This organization represents the very best of our community, as we come together to help those in need of assistance at a very challenging time. My heartfelt thanks to Dan Budd and the whole RHR team for all they do.

Patricia Seabrook | Membership onboarding specialist

Being part of RHR is a wonderful way to contribute to the community. It’s a great feeling to know that the organization is there for so many people during these extraordinary times. We are fortunate to have the leadership of Dan Budd and the commitment of so many volunteers supporting our community.


Red Hook Eats

Nicole Jensen | Red Hook Eats Team Builder

“Do small things with great love”

Gina Nelson | Red Hook Eats Menu Planner

We’re all in this together.

Elisa Ceasarine | Red Hook Eats Freezer Manager

“We all need help sometimes – you accept it when you need it and give it when you can.”

Kevin Dorrian | Meal Driver Coach

“We’re lost, but we’re making good time.”
-Yogi Berra


Leslie Pulver | Executive Chef

Dr. Bruce Cutler | Hendrick Hudson Masonic Lodge | First Cook

“It’s a gift to be able to help the community!”

Local Food Exchange

Carolyn Ryan | Local Food Exchange Co Supervisor

Motivated by the spirit of helping others, supported by eager volunteers and connected by an organized system of communication, we have sustained a support system that is making a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need in our community.  I am proud to be a volunteer member of the amazing Red Hook Responds team!

Wendy Dorrian | Local Food Exchange Co Supervisor

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss

I am so honored to be a part of the Red Hook Responds team!

Kate Cavotti | Bread Manager | Local food exchange supervisor

“I am so happy to be a part of this community of neighbors helping neighbors.”

Fundraising and Finance

Nicholas Ascienzo | Ascienzo Family Foundation | Funding and Non-Profit Guidance

“As a partner for 5 years with many RH organizations, The Ascienzo Family Foundation is proud to assist RH Responds in bringing out the best in the RH Community in this time of great need.”

Elks Lodge 2022

Rick Belcher | Past District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler | Elks Lodge 2022

Suzie Carlock | Esteemed Leading Knight | Elks Lodge 2022

An ongoing and growing list of volunteer responders who live in or have a connection with the community of the Greater Township of Red Hook New York. (Tivoli, Milan, Annandale-On-Hudson, Barrytown, Elizaville, Clermont)

RHR Board of Directors

Dan Budd | Founding Board Member

“Shine a bright light of hope, trust and faith on people working hard together for no reason other than lifting each other up.”

Contact Dan Budd | danielbudd@icloud.com

John Horiszny | President

Collin Lovas| Secretary

Mary Ann Johnson | Treasurer

Marina Donahue

Jacqueline Rose

Jude Alexis

Stephen Cohen

Government Liaisons

Robert McKeon | Red Hook Town Supervisor

Karen Smythe| Village Mayor

Hai-Ping Yeh | Disaster Preparedness Committee Chair

Emily Majer | Tivoli Deputy Mayor

Past Lead Volunteers

Chris Donohue | Operations Leader | Founding Volunteer | 3/2020 - 8/2020
Anna Marcotte | Enrollment Supervisor | 3/2020 - 8/2020
Anna Dolen | Food Pantry Bag Help Supervisor | 5/2020 - 8/2020
Tessa Husted and Abby Williams | Fundraising Jar Collections Team | 10/2020 - 8/2021
Nick Herron | Technical Support | 3/2020 - 7/2020
Jeung-il Tsumagari Coon | Operators Director | 3/2020 - 1/2021 Executive Director Aug. 2021-Aug. 2022
Samuel Rose and Cecilia Cortina Segovia | Bilingual Support | 3/2020 - 6/2020
Emmaia Gelman | Mutual Aide Liaison | Bilingual Support | 3/2020 - 6/2020
Claire Thiemann | Coverage Supervisor | 3/2020 - 7/2020
Jordan Budd | Marketing and Communications | 3/2020 - 8/2020
Samala Rubin | Marketing and Communications | 3/2020 - 6/2020