Established by the private sector, Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corporation, commonly known as “SEEC,” was organized as a not-for-profit to strengthen Schoharie County by fostering economic growth. SEEC serves as a liaison to local municipalities and institutional leaders with the common goal of highlighting distinctive points of light within the community, cultivating entrepreneurial endeavors and enhancing the ability of local businesses to add value to their enterprises. SEEC is guided by social, environmental and financial principles that will accelerate growth and help provide sustainability through a collaborative and thriving business community.

SEEC BOARD MEMBERS

THOMAS O. PUTNAM

Founder & Executive Chairman, Fenimore Asset Management

Co-Manager of FAM Funds

SEEC Founding Member & Chairperson

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As Founder and Executive Chairman, Mr. Putnam serves as a mentor to Fenimore’s Senior Management and Research teams. He also serves in a strategic role and reinforces the firm’s vision, mission, and culture. Additionally, Tom is a Director on the Fenimore Asset Management board, Trustee on the FAM Funds board, and Co-Manager of FAM Funds.

Mr. Putnam earned his BA from the University of Rochester and MBA from Tulane University before establishing the firm in 1974. Not only is he dedicated to Fenimore’s investors, Tom is passionate about investing in the community. He is a former member of the Investment Company Institute (ICI) Board of Governors, Cobleskill Regional Hospital Board, and Reformed Church of America Investment Committee. Tom currently serves on the Fenimore Art Museum Board, Helios Care Foundation Board (formerly Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care), Koinonia Primary Care Board, Guideposts Board, and Guideposts Foundation Board.

ERIC H. STEIN, FACHE

President of Cobleskill Regional Hospital

SEEC Founding Member & Treasurer

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Eric H. Stein has served as President of Cobleskill Regional Hospital in Cobleskill, NY since 2002. The 25-bed Critical Access Hospital was founded in 1956 and has been part of the Bassett Healthcare Network since 1994. It is the only hospital located in rural Schoharie County, a community of just over 30,000 residents.

During the course of his career, Stein has helped to create a dementia unit, implemented a system of bioterrorism preparedness, helped procure grant money to pay for high priority additions to the hospital, oversaw a major expansion and modernization of the Cobleskill Regional Hospital’s emergency department in 2014-2015 and has consistently prioritized the implementation of changing medical technology throughout the entire establishment.

In addition to being a founding member and Treasurer of SEEC, Stein is very involved in the community where he is a Governor-appointed member of the SUNY Cobleskill College Council and serves as a Trustee for Helios Care (formerly Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care) and Literacy New York. He is a past President of Cobleskill Partnership Inc, with which he is still involved, and former Board Chairman of the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce.

During his time as President of Cobleskill Regional Hospital, Stein received the “Kiwanian of the Year” award by the Schoharie Kiwanis Club and was recognized as the Times Journal’s “Person of the Year.”

Stein earned his B.A. in Biology at the State University of New York at Albany and his M.S. in Hospital and Health Services Administration at Ohio State University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

PETER JOHNSON

Former Historian for David Rockefeller

SEEC Founding Member & Secretary

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Peter J. Johnson worked with senior members of the Rockefeller Family for more than four decades.  He served as a political, economic and philanthropic advisor to John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Laurance S. Rockefeller, and David Rockefeller. He retired from the Rockefeller Office in June of 2018.

Mr. Johnson is the co-author with John Ensor Harr of The Rockefeller Century (Scribner’s, 1984) and The Rockefeller Conscience (Macmillan, 1988.)  He collaborated with David Rockefeller in the preparation of his Memoirs (Random House, 2003). He also was the general editor of The Peggy and David Rockefeller Art Collection, Volumes III-V (1988-2015).

Mr. Johnson was a trustee of the Americas Society/ Council of the Americas, the National Museum of the American Indian, The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, and as a member of the Advisory Committee of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.  He also worked extensively with the Partnership for New York City on economic development issues.

A graduate of Syracuse University, Mr. Johnson holds advanced degrees in American and British History from the University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He was a lecturer in the History of Public Administration from 1974 to 1976.

Mr. Johnson currently serves as a trustee for the Village of Schoharie and is secretary of the Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corporation. He and his wife, Dawn, live in the Village of Schoharie.

JIM BECKER

President of MIDTEL / President of INOC Datacenters

SEEC Founding Member

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Jim is 4th generation of his family to own and operate the 123 year-old Middleburgh Telephone Company (MIDTEL), and represents the 5th generation to work in the rural telecommunications business.  He currently serves as MIDTEL’s President, as well as the President of Newport Telephone Company, which was acquired by MIDTEL in 2016.

Jim has had multiple duties and titles at MIDTEL since officially starting in 1993; leading MIDTEL’s entry into the Long Distance, Internet-Broadband, and Cable TV businesses.  He has also led MIDTEL’s entry into the wireless Internet and fiber to the home businesses over the past 5 years.

In addition to his MIDTEL duties, Jim founded and is President of INOC Datacenters.  INOC has two datacenters in the Albany, NY area that provides wholesale ISP services, Internet backbone, and colocation/datacenter related services to ISP’s, CLEC’s, and small to large businesses throughout the Northeast region of the U.S.   Jim also serves as President of New York Access Billing, LLC, a national billing and clearinghouse company serving most of the major telecommunications carriers in the United States.

Jim is active in community economic development advancements as well as real estate development.  Jim is one of the founding members of SEEC (Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corporation) and serves on various boards inside and outside of the telecommunications industry.

In his spare time, Jim enjoys being with his family, coaching his travel softball and soccer teams, racing stock cars, and playing basketball and soccer.

STEPHEN A. HARRIS

President & CEO of Sterling Insurance

SEEC Founding Member

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Stephen A. Harris is the President and CEO of Sterling Insurance Company, a property casualty company that has been based in the Village of Cobleskill since its inception in 1895. Harris also presides over several affiliated organizations and subsidiaries, together which, comprise the Sterling Group. Harris has been with Sterling since 1986, after previous employment with insurance companies that provided him with both national and international experience in the trade.

Harris has obtained his MBA, as well as a CPCU designation. He is a lifelong Schoharie County resident who has great passion for the area. In addition to being a SEEC Founding Board Member, Harris is also involved with numerous local non-profit organizations.

SEEC ASSOCIATES

JULIE PACATTE

Executive Director
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Julie Pacatte serves as the Executive Director of Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corporation (SEEC), a private sector-led, not-for-profit organization with the mission of Economic Development in Schoharie County, NY. She was appointed to the position in September, 2019.

Previous to joining SEEC, Pacatte was Municipal Funding Specialist for The Chazen Companies in Troy, NY. Before that, she led Economic Development in the City of Batavia, NY for nearly a decade, as the Executive Director for the Batavia Development Corporation. Pacatte landed her first quasi-government role in Schoharie County, working for the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) as the Empire Zone Coordinator.

Pacatte brings decades of valuable experience to her role at SEEC, with a strong background in private-sector real estate development, in addition to administering state and federal economic development programs. She has led community development initiatives of all sizes from central Florida, to the mid-Atlantic region and all across New York State.

Pacatte has leveraged significant resources to mobilize multi-million private investments related to Downtown Revitalization Initiatives, Main Street building improvement programs, brownfield redevelopment, micro-enterprise lending and administering infrastructure investments. Pacatte has a proven track record of securing capital incentives and capital stacking grants and tax credits to assist project feasibility.

Pacatte received her B.S from the University of Tampa, after which, she spent a decade working in the private-sector for real estate developers. She is a graduate of Cobleskill High School and a native of Howes Cave, NY. She currently resides in Richmondville, NY.

518.517.1700

director@seecny.org

SARAH BATES

SEEC Marketing Coordinator
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Sarah earned her Bachelor of Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, from the State University of New York at Cobleskill in 2020. This fall, she will begin graduate study at Rochester Institute of Technology pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration, focusing in Sustainable Business Management.

marketing@seecny.org

JERRINE CORALLO

SEEC Associate
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Jerrine Corallo received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Women’s Studies, Summa Cum Laude, from the University at Albany, SUNY and a Master of Science in Environment & Development from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Ms. Corallo has worked with various community-based nonprofits in New York and Edinburgh for the past 20 years and has experience with all aspects of nonprofit management. Over the past 15 years, Ms. Corallo’s work has focused on community and economic development and she has secured over $3 million dollars in grant funding for various entities and municipalities to support this work.  

Through her work with Laberge Group, an engineering, planning, grant writing, surveying, and architectural firm, provides grant administration for a $19.7 million dollar NYS Department of State Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Project, “Brookhaven United,” assisting with and documenting all aspects of grant administration for the Town of Brookhaven, in Long Island. Brookhaven United consists of 16 distinct municipal consolidation and efficiency projects ranging from taxing district consolidation to land management systems to street lighting and paving. 

In 2015, Ms. Corallo co-founded Country Classroom, a nonprofit, nature-based Independent school chartered through New York State Department of Education serving students ages 4 – 11. Ms. Corallo currently continues assist with financial management and fund raising for Country Classroom.  

Together with her husband, she also recently started Forest Farm Waterfall Campsites featuring glamping and RV campsites on their 60 acres of forested land in Middleburgh, NY.  

Ms. Corallo is eager to put her skills and experience to work again locally in support of developing a strong and resilient local economy. 

518.364.8295

grants@seecny.org

JASON BRIZZEE

SEEC Student Intern
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Jason Brizzee represents SEECs first student intern having volunteered over winter break and later accepting a paid internship summer 2020. Jason was first tasked to develop the reference material for local, state and federal small business funding programs that now serves as basis for a business quick guide.

Jason’s work ethic and project leadership enabled him to continue as a part-time intern while attending his junior year at SUNY Binghamton. Jason was entrusted with the research, organization and establishment of the Schoharie County Eagle Trail. He studied the market potential of attracting birders to the Trail proving the effort to be a worthy tourism and economic development initiative. Then, working with wildlife photographer, Bill Combs, Jr., Jason spent many hours learning about local eagle habitats, which culminated in a detailed map of observation sites and hot spots within the County. He prepared and delivered presentations for SEEC Board of Directors and the Village of Middleburgh garnering more support for the project.

When Jason isn’t mapping eagles, he is a member of the State University Presidential Honor Society, has earned Dean’s List recognition and Captain of the softball and flag football intramural teams. He also volunteers for various community outreach organizations including his local library and food pantry.

Jason is currently a Junior at Binghamton University and is pursuing a Business Administration degree in Marketing and Supply Chain.

518.517.1700

jbrizze1@binghamton.edu

SEEC ADVISORY COUNCIL

Richard Ball,  Commissioner of Agriculture, NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets

Cindy Barber, President, Barber’s Family Farm

Jim Barber, Ag & Farmland Implementation Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension

Fonda Chronis, Confidential Assistant to the Schoharie County Administrator

Paul M. Conroy, Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales, Hanwha L&C

Dr. Tara Winter, Chief Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness Officer, SUNY Cobleskill

Ron Filmer, Chief Executive Officer, Schoharie County IDA

Bart Finegan, Retired Executive

Leo T. McAllister, Supervisor, Town of Cobleskill

Anne Morton, Retired Executive

Carl Mummenthey, Superintendent of Schools, Cobleskill Richmondville Central School District

Kevin Neary, Mayor, Village of Richmondville

Benjamin Oevering, Councilman, Town of Schoharie

Doug Plummer, Mayor, Village of Sharon Springs

Nan Stolzenburg, Principal, Community Planning & Environmental Associates

Steve Wilson, Administrator, Schoharie County Government

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