Br. Dan O’Riordan
Br. Dan O’Riordan, FMS, a Marist Brother, currently serves as Vice Provincial for the USA Province and has been connected to Esopus for almost 40 years in many roles. He graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School in NY, University College Cork, Ireland, and earned an MA at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Br. Dan has served as a teacher, coach, counselor and campus minister at numerous Marist High Schools around the country. He also served his Province as Vocation Director.
Br. Dan has volunteered at the Center’s Mid-Hudson Valley Camps over the years as a counselor, member of the maintenance crew and cook. He continues to lend his time and talents to MBCE retreat programs, including Encounters, LaValla Weekends, Foundation Stones and Marist Youth Gatherings.
Br. Dan has worked to assist the annual Esopus Runners event and was instrumental in initiating the biennial Hall of Fame. Both events help to bring the MBCE community together while fostering support for the Center.
He has coordinated more than one hundred mission service trips allowing many young people the opportunity to serve the least favored in many communities. He also led numerous Pilgrimages for young people and continues to be a featured speaker at youth retreats and youth gatherings, where he encourages young people to find ways to answer God’s call and use their gifts and talents in responding to the many needs of our world.
James M. Raimo Sr.
Jim Raimo was hired in July 2019 to serve as the Executive Director of the MBCE-Mid-Hudson Valley Camp, Inc. (Marist Brothers Center at Esopus/MBCE). Before joining the Marist Brothers Center at Esopus he worked in Higher Education for over 35 years. 21 years at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburg serving as the Vice President for Auxiliary Service, Acting President, Vice President for Facilities and Operations and Executive Director. Prior to the Mount he worked at Marist College in Poughkeepsie New York in the Student Affairs Department as the Director of Housing and Residential Life. He also worked at St. Cabrini Home in West Park, Y.W.C.A. in Poughkeepsie and the Children’s Home in Poughkeepsie/Hyde Park. He has also owned several business in Hyde Park,NY (a Deli/Restaurant and property management business). Jim grew up on Long Island in the Town of Port Washington.
Jim is currently the Chair of the Facilities Committee of the Newburgh Armory Unity Center and Chair of the Regina Coeli Parish Finance Council. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of Director of the Astor Services for Children and Families and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Children’s Foundation of Astor. In addition, Jim was Chair of the Finance Committee for Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan Counties Board. He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 40 years serving as Treasurer, Deputy Grand Knight and Grand Knight. He has served as Treasurer and President of the Newburgh Rotary Club.
Jim received his Bachelor of Arts Degree and his Paralegal Certificate from Marist College in 1981 and his Master of Arts in Public Administration also from Marist in 1992. He has also taught in the Marist Computer Science & Information Systems Department as an Adjunct Instructor. Jim, his wife Carol and their family have lived in Hyde Park for 30 years where they attend Regina Coeli Church. He is the proud father of three adult children James (and his wife Allison), Carly (and her husband Anthony) and Jack.
Bryan Doran has been a member of the MBCE-MHVC community since 1993 when he was a camper at the Archbishop Molloy Freshman Camp. Since then he has experienced the MBCE-MHVC from various perspectives – including as a camper, retreat participant, camp counselor and retreat leader. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board of the MBCE, Chair of the Finance Committee and has been a devoted volunteer at the MBCE’s special needs camps.
Bryan graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School in 1997. Outside of his time dedicated to the Center, Bryan is a partner in the Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction Assurance Practice at Ernst & Young LLP, a professional services firm.
Kerry grew up loving the Mid-Hudson Valley Camps as she watched her parents direct Deaf Camp each summer. In 1999, Kerry began volunteering at other weeks of camp, serving a variety of different populations, which enhanced her passion for the mission of the MBCE. Since 2008, Kerry has served as a Session Director for Kids 1 Camp and has loved connecting with the campers and their families and supporting the extraordinary volunteer staff at Kids 1.
In 2015, Kerry was appointed to the MBCE Board of Directors and in 2020 she was named Vice-Chair. Kerry also serves as Chair of the Mission Committee, charged with overseeing the alignment of the MBCE’s practices and policies with its mission. Kerry has found these roles to be a meaningful way to support a place she believes in so deeply. Outside of the MBCE, Kerry is a Bilingual Special Education Teacher/Instructional Coach in the NYC Department of Education. She lives in Manhattan, where she spends many hours exploring local parks with her husband and two young daughters.
Coleen Waldron, CFP®
In 2015, Coleen Waldron was asked to join the Board of MBCE due to her relationship with the Center and her expertise in finance. Coleen has witnessed her nephew Matthew, and niece Deirdre, volunteer at Esopus for over 20 years and was always moved at how they consider Esopus a second home. Hearing them speak of the time they spent at camps and how everyone there became “family”, Coleen accepted the invitation to join the Board and is committed to volunteering her time and talents to help the Center grow and flourish. In 2018, Coleen was named Secretary of the Board. She serves as Chair of the Development Committee, and is an integral member of the MBCE’s Finance Committee. Coleen is responsible for securing numerous grants that have gone a long way to support the longevity of the Center.
Coleen has volunteered as a support car driver for MBCE’s Century Ride in September 2019 and most recently joined the Esopus Runners as one of the more than 100 people who ran/walked to honor the memory of Br. Bob Andrews and to raise funds for MBCE. Coleen is a graduate of St. Vincent Ferrer High School (’79) and St. John’s University (’83), in addition to the College for Financial Planning (’10) where she obtained her Master’s degree in Personal Financial Planning. Coleen is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP®), which arms her with expertise in the financial planning process, including investments, cash flow, and more. Since 1984, Coleen has worked for a multinational family, first in their retail organization, then with the U.S. family service office and now serves as Vice President in their U.S. philanthropy organization.
Coleen has experienced firsthand the special bond that forms between those who dedicate their time to being involved with Esopus and enjoys being part of such a special place. Coleen feels privileged to work with such talented and generous individuals who donate their time to being part of the Esopus family.
Bob is an ESL instructor at Literacy Volunteers of Orange County and a bookkeeper at MBCE. From 2002-2018 he taught at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, NJ. Prior to teaching, Bob worked at Allen & Company in NYC for 15 years. He serves on MBCE’s Finance Committee. Susan and Bob, who have three sons, two daughter-in-laws, and three granddaughters, live in Warwick, NY.
Buildings & Grounds Committee
Bob has served on the MBCE Board since 2015. He is the chair for the MBCE Building and Grounds Committee. His responsibilities are to work with the Esopus staff in order to report any recommendations for physical plant, grounds and special projects to the MBCE Board. His connection and introduction with the Marist Brothers started in the early 1970’s when he was an undergraduate at Marist College. He had the pleasure of being taught by an exceptional group of dedicated Marist Brother’s faculty and attended classes with many Marist Student Brothers. After graduating from Marist College, Bob continued to serve Marist College in a number of capacities such as Assistant Residence Director, Marist College Residential Freshman Mentor, Director of Marist Little People’s Summer and Coordinator of Marist Intramural Program.
In the early 1980’s Bob was a science teacher for 5th – 8th graders and religious educator at St. Mary’s School, Poughkeepsie, New York. At present, Bob is now serving as the Marist College Director of Student Activities. He continues to serve as host for many on campus Marist Brother celebrations and Marist Youth Gatherings. In 2009, Bob was recognized as an affiliated member of the Marist Brothers of the US Province. This honor is a culmination of keeping with his Christian faith and to celebrate the Charism of Saint Marcellin Champagnat.
Br. Roy George, FMS
Br. Roy George, FMS, is an important component to the Marist community. He served as Vice Provincial of Marist Brothers USA and currently teaches at Archbishop Molloy Highschool. Br. Roy has taught at Christopher Columbus Highschool, Union Catholic Highschool, and Marist Highschool, and served as Assistant Principal and Principal at St. Mary’s Highschool and Archbishop Molloy Highshool.
Br. Roy is also deeply connected to the MBCE and has cooked for Sister Pat’s, Adult and Archbishop Molloy camps through the years. While Principal at Molloy he also served as Director of the Molloy Freshman Camp held at the Center.
Margaret Henn has been a member of the MBCE community since 2003 when she began volunteering weeks of her summers to the Mid-Hudson Valley Camps dedicated to children and young adults with special needs. As a graduate of Roselle Catholic, a Marist Highschool based in Roselle, NJ, Margaret attended a number of retreats at the Center, including Encounters and Outdoor Adventure. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the MBCE-MHVC, and as Chair of the Marketing Committee, working to bring the Esopus community together through events and communications, and increase exposure of the Center’s mission.
Outside of her volunteer work for the Center, Margaret is the Senior Marketing Manager at Sax LLP, a top 100 accounting, tax and advisory firm headquartered in NJ.
Jim Sheldon has been a vital asset to the MBCE-MHVC community for over two decades. He was a member of the Center’s Board from 2013-2018, serving as Secretary and Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, and was essential in the Board’s evolution to the organized and professional body that it is today. Jim joins the Board again in 2020, contributing institutional memory while safeguarding the Center’s traditions and history as new generations emerge.
As the Mid-Hudson Valley Camp’s Volunteer Coordinator since 1997, Jim manages the application process for our summer camp volunteers, including the application mailing, record keeping and background checks, and ensuring each camp is fully staffed and that all Marist schools have representation.
Currently, Jim is a Science Teacher at Archbishop Molloy High School and has been since 1992. He has been the Director of the MBCE-MHVC’s Molloy Freshman Camp, which is a week-long orientation for new students to be introduced to each other and the Marist traditions. In his spare time, Jim volunteers as Personnel Director/Kitchen Director for our summer camps, responsible for all food ordering, addressing any issues that rise, and ensure the success of the Volunteer Cook Program.
Jim received his B.A. from Queens College and his M.S. in Science from St. John’s University. Jim has also been a NYS Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) since 2000 and is a member of the IAABO Board #119 (Certified Basketball Official) since 1991.
Beverly Rogers has been a member of the MBCE family since 2009. She has volunteered at both Deaf Camp and Special Kids 2 Camp. Beverly currently serves as Co-Director of Deaf Camp, the Mid-Hudson Valley Camp dedicated to serving deaf and hard of hearing children from NYC and Westchester County. She first assumed the position of Co-Director in 2012 after serving as a volunteer counselor at Deaf Camp for five years. Beverly has dedicated her career to working with the deaf students of St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf in Brooklyn for over 30 years. She worked as a speech therapist and joined the administration team as Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services, where she oversees the development and amendment of individual education plans as the IEP Coordinator.
She continues to establish successful working relationships between parents, teachers and other agencies advocating for related services to support the learning for the deaf students of St. Francis de Sales. She develops and coordinates workshops for families to understand the educational process and support their deaf child. When not at camp, Beverly also volunteers weeks in the summer traveling with graduating deaf students to Rochester Institute of Technology for a Steps to Success Program. This program supports African American, Latino and Native American deaf students and parents learn about leadership, technology, business and prepare for college. She continues to strive to advocate for students who are deaf, hard of hearing and deaf with additional/multiple disabilities. Beverly has three children and lives in Brooklyn.
Brother Michael Flanigan, FMS
Brother Michael is a Marist Brother who is and always was a strong advocate for the Marist Brothers Center at Esopus. He was responsible for moving Mount St. Michael retreats to the Center when he was Campus Minister from 1994-1998 and 2002- 2003, and he has been participating in Encounter Retreats at the Center since 1981. He is the Province Historian on St. Marcellin Champagnat for the Marist Brothers United States Province and has been a frequent presenter on Marcellin Champagnat at Sharing Our Call, a Province hosted program at the MBCE for U.S. high school teachers and staff as an introduction to the life of Marcellin Champagnat, Marist pedagogy and the Marist mission to evangelize through the Christian education of youth. Presently ministering at Marist College, Brother Michael has sent many students to help with volunteer activities at the Center. Brother Michael has held many positions in schools and administrative positions in the Province and General Administration in Rome.
Jason Jurgens has been a member of the MBCE-MHVC family since 1988. Jason currently serves as Session Director of Sacred Heart Camp, the Mid-Hudson Valley Camp dedicated to serving children from Highbridge, an economically-challenged section of the Bronx. He first assumed that position in 2007 after serving as a volunteer counselor at various Mid-Hudson Valley Camps for nearly two decades. A graduate of Archbishop Molloy High School (‘92), Jason also explored Esopus as a camper and a retreat participant. Away from Esopus, Jason is a partner in the Financial Markets Practice of Jones Day, an international law firm, where he advises financial institutions with respect to litigation and regulatory risks. Jason lives in Manhattan with his wife and twelve-year-old son.
Jason is an active member of the Saint Paul the Apostle Parish near Lincoln Center where he taught religious education for several years. He also founded a CYO basketball program at Ascension near Morningside Heights. In addition, Jason currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Columbia Law School Association and the Advisory Board of Legal Outreach, a not-for-profit that uses the law as a tool to prepare high school students from underserved communities for college.
In 2007, Barry Donnelly was the first alumnus to serve as Principal of St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, New Jersey, a position he held for the next nine years. In 2016, he became the school’s first President, and served in that role until his retirement as a full-time administrator in 2019. In September of 2020, he began his 45th year as an educator at St. Joe’s, where he continues to teach English part-time. He is also the Director of Communications at the Church of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. During his time as Principal/President, Barry was a frequent visitor to Esopus, supporting his students whether on retreats or serving the various Mid-Hudson Valley Summer Camp programs. In 2019, he volunteered for a week himself at Young Adult Camp in August, assisting in the kitchen with the preparation of the week’s meals. Barry has joined the Board of Directors for the MBCE this year and currently serves on the Marketing Committee.