Meet the 2017 Board of Directors Candidates

There are five candidates currently running at-large for the five seats that are open on The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. Of the five seats available four of them are for a term of three years. The fifth seat will be for a one-year term.
Running for the board is Faith Ann Butcher of Halston Media, Christine Picone of J. Philip Real Estate, Susan Salomone of Drug Crisis in our Backyward, Tracey Walsh of the American Cancer Society and Peter West of United Way of Westchester and Putnam.
Learn more about the candidates:
Faith Ann Butcher is the current chairwoman of The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She has been a board member for six years and an active volunteer for seven years. She has helped with the reaffirmation of the mission of the chamber of commerce, implementation of plans to ensure the chamber is fiscally sound and assisted in the development of programs that benefit the local business community.

Professionally, Faith Ann Butcher is an award-winning journalist who works as the production manager and editor-at-large for Halston Media.

Faith has been honored as part of the 2013 Class of the Business Council of Westchester’s Rising Stars 40 under Forty as well as the inaugural class of the Putnam Chambers of Commerce’s 40 under 40 Trailblazers.

Faith is a Mahopac resident. She is married to David; the mother of Josephine, Noah and Gregory and stepmother to Elizabeth and Connor.

Christine Picone is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with J. Philip Real Estate. She started her career in 1999 with Houlihan Lawrence as an Administrative Assistant while obtaining her license. In 2001, she moved to RE/MAX Classic Realty where she held the position of Office Manager/Trainer for 8 years.  After taking some time off to have her second child Christine returned to her passion, real estate. She joined J. Philip Real Estate in December of 2015 and is actively growing her business as a full-time realtor.

Christine has been a resident of Mahopac for 15 years. In her spare time, she works as an assistant/photographer at Margaret Rizzuto Photography. She is an active member of St. Johns Parish. Her daughter Gillian is a dancer for the Mahopac High School dance team and also attends Darcy’s Academy of Dance. Her son Vinny is on the Soccer team for MSA and is also a Boy Scout in Mahopac. Christine also donates some of her time to both of her children’s extracurricular activities.

Susan Salomone has lived in the Mahopac/Carmel area since 1988.  Susan’s children went through the Mahopac School District and participated in many sports and activities offered by the community. Currently, Susan is the Executive Director of Drug Crisis in our Backyard, a 501(c)(3) grassroots organization that was founded in June 2012.  The tragic loss of Justin Salomone and Erik Christiansen led to its formation.  The organization is dedicated to raising awareness of the rampant use of heroin and opiates in the community, erasing the stigma of addiction, supporting families struggling with active addiction and working with legislators to improve treatment and make it more accessible to those who need it.

Susan was born and raised in New York State. She earned a BS in Education; MS in Counseling, and MS in Supervision at esteemed NYS universities.  Susan is now retired from the NYC School System where she taught third and fifth grade.  She has trained elementary age students in peer mediation and creative conflict resolution.   She has recently received her credential as a Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC-T).

Susan lives in Brewster, NY with her husband Steven.  They have three grown children that live in different areas of the country.

Tracey Walsh is a life-long Putnam County resident with a deep knowledge and appreciation of the culture and a philanthropy of the community.

She is currently a Director of Special Events with the American Cancer Society, Hudson Valley Region.  Tracey is a passionate advocate for the American Cancer Society and proud to promote its mission and fundraising goals.  Prior to her employment with the Society she was an active volunteer for over ten years serving as a committee member for the Relay For Life of Mahopac.

Tracey has excellent communication skills and her seventeen years of teaching experience provides her with the expertise needed to motivate and train other volunteers and committee members.  She has built strong positive relationships within each of the communities that she serves, and is able to motivate and organize a diverse group of fundraising teams and individuals.

Tracey has been active chamber member and volunteers on the Holiday in the Park committee. She was also named a Women of Distinction by the Town of Carmel and state Sen. Terrence Murphy in 2015.

Peter West is Director of Development at United Way of Westchester and Putnam. He and his wife, Debra, have been Brewster residents since 1992, choosing to raise their three children in Putnam County because of its great quality of life, good schools and affordability.

Born and raised in Queens, Peter West came to United Way of Westchester and Putnam in 2012 after a long career as a writer and editor at daily newspapers, websites and nonprofits. He covered Putnam County for Gannett Suburban Newspapers (now the Journal News) in the early 1990s.

Peter switched to nonprofit fundraising because he felt it had many of the same benefits he enjoyed as a newspaper reporter – the chance to meet new people, hear their stories and make a positive impact in the community. He divides his time between United Way offices in Mahopac and White Plains.

A lifelong food lover, Peter is particularly excited about his leadership role in United Way’s Putnam Best Chefs and Fine Wines event, which brings together the area’s best chefs, brewers and winemakers at an annual fall tasting event at Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac. He believes that Putnam, Westchester and the Hudson Valley are home to some of the finest food artisans in the country, and the area’s dining scene is getting better every year.

In his spare time, Peter likes to read, travel, volunteer and spend time with Debra.

Back to the election information:

The chamber election will be held during the regular April dinner meeting at Char Steakhouse & Bar on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

There will be an opportunity for members to be nominated on the floor, but those nominees’ names will not appear on the absentee ballot.

Absentee ballots will be available to those who can not attend the meeting through the chamber office. Absentee ballots must be received by the chamber office by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25.
For more information, contact the chamber office at 845-628-5553.