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 and culture of the Valley.  Dr. Wermuth's research and teaching is focused on the social and economic history of the Hudson River Valley.  He is 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. Dr. Wermuth serves as the Publisher and Chair of the Editorial Board of The Hudson River Valley Review.


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
MPA, Marist College


Jason Schaaf, Education Specialist, Hudson River Valley Institute


HRVI Associates:

Architecture: Mr. Neil Larson, Neil Larson & Associates

Archivist: Mr. John Ansley, Marist College Archivist

Creative Writing Associate: Tommy Zurhellen, Associate Professor of English, Marist College

Economics: Dr. Ann Davis, Bureau of Economic Research, Marist College

Education: Dr. Zsuzsanna Szabo, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Education Programs, Marist College

Educational Technology Associate: Dr. Kevin Gaugler, Associate Professor of Spanish, Marist College

Environmental Sciences: Chris Bowser, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Marist College

Honorary Associates: Mr. David Mathason and Mrs. Ellen Mathason

Law: Annamaria Maciocia Esq., Marist College

Literature: Dr. Donald Anderson, Marist College (retired), and Judith Saunders, Marist College (retired)

Local History: Dr. Nicholas Marshall, Department of History, , Marist College and Mr. Mark Morreale, Department of English, Marist College

New York Politics: Dr. Martin Shaffer, Dean, School of Liberal Arts, Marist College

Women's Studies: Dr. Robyn Rosen and Dr. Sara Dwyer-McNulty, Department of History, Marist College

Writing: Dr. Joseph Zeppetello and Dr. Stephen Mercier, Department of English, Marist College