Staff and Associates
Thomas Wermuth, Director, Hudson River Valley Institute
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Marist College
Ph.D., Binghamton University
Dr. Wermuth is the editor of the book series "The Hudson River Valley: An American Region" from the state University of New York Press, which is focused on the history, culture, literature and tourism of the Valley. Dr. Wermuth's expertise is the social and economic history of the Hudson River Valley. An associate editor of The Encyclopedia of New York State published by the Syracuse University Press, and author of Rip Van Winkle's Neighbors: The Transformation of Rural Society in the Hudson River Valley, published by the State University of New York Press. Vice President Wermuth also contributed to The Other New York: The American Revolution Beyond New York, 1763-1787 which is part of the State University of New York series on Hudson Valley history. His particular emphasis within the book was "The Central Hudson Valley: Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties."
James M. Johnson, Executive Director, Hudson River Valley Institute
Dr. Frank T. Bumpus Chair in Hudson River Valley History, Marist College
Military Historian of the Hudson River Valley
Ph.D., Duke University
Dr. Johnson, the Military Historian of the Hudson River Valley, is responsible for developing the American Revolutionary interpretive theme for the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. He is completing an inventory of the American Revolutionary War sites and developing a heritage trail system that will link the most important sites. Author of Militia, Rangers, and Redcoats (Mercer University Press, 1992), Dr. Johnson is an expert on the War for Independence in the Hudson Valley and the author of numerous scholarly and popular essays and pieces on this subject. He is presently working on a study of the Hudson Highlands in the War for Independence.
Christopher Pryslopski, Program Director, Hudson River Valley Institute
MPA, Marist College
Mr. Pryslopski coordinates projects and programs associated with the core mission of the HRVI. He also coordinates the development of the HRVI's Digital Library and Portal Site. He is a specialist in the regional studies and is the author of "Cultivating the Greenhouse Complex at Mills Mansion," The Hudson Valley Regional Review, March 1999, "A Thoroughly Modern Conundrum: Paul Rudolph's Orange County Governor Center" The Hudson River Valley Review Autumn 2004, and “Getting to “The Point;” Design No. 26: The L. M. Hoyt House at Staatsburg,” Dutchess County Historical Society Yearbook, 2009.
Andrew Villani, Coordinator, Hudson River Valley Institute
Jason Schaaf, Education Specialist, Hudson River Valley Institute
Architecture: Mr. Neil Larson, Neil Larson & Associates
Archivist: Mr. John Ansley, Marist College Archivist
Art & Art History: Dr. James Luciana, Department of Art and Art History
Creative Writing Associate: Tommy Zurhellen, Associate Professor of English, Marist College
Economics: Dr. Ann Davis, Bureau of Economic Research
Education: Ms. Sally Pittman-Smith, Department of Teacher Education
Educational Technology Associate: Dr. Kevin Gaugler, Assistant Dean of the School of Liberal Arts
Environmental Sciences: Chris Bowser, Department of Environmental Science
Honorary Associates: Mr. David Mathason and Mrs. Ellen Mathason
Law: Annamaria Maciocia Esq.
Literature: Dr. Donald Anderson, and Judith Saunders
Local History: Dr. Nicholas Marshall, Department of History, and Mr. Mark Morreale, Department of English
New York Politics: Dr. Martin Shaffer, Department of Political Science
Research: Mr. Alan Aimone, Library, United States Military Academy
Women's Studies: Dr. Robyn Rosen and Dr. Sara Dwyer-McNulty, Department of History
Writing: Dr. Joseph Zeppetello, Department of English