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Dr. Lauren S. Roman, MD STORY AND PHOTO BY JOSEPH ABRAHAM

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r. Lauren S. Roman, a board certified Family Medicine Physician and the Director of Primary Care for the Catskill Regional Medical Group of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System Medical Group, was raised in Sullivan County. Before attending Cornell University as an undergrad, where she studied Nutritional Sciences, she attended Delaware Valley Central School, graduating in 1997. She graduated Cornell in 2001 and went on to the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where she graduated in 2005. “I chose a field in Medicine and particularly Family Medicine because I like problem solving, and I enjoy helping people improve upon their health and therefore their quality of life” Dr. Roman said. “I find Family Medicine particularly interesting because each patient is different and has different needs and different health problems to solve.“Being a doctor of Family Medicine allows me

to help people with active medical problems as well as preventing new medical issues through education and preventive health maintenance.”Dr. Roman has been with the Catskill Regional Medical Group since July 2015. After medical school, she entered Active Duty with the US Army and completed internship and residency at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, TX. From there (2008), she went on to serve at Fort Bragg, NC.She deployed as an individual augmentee attached to a Field Artillery Unit as the Battalion Physician from Fort Bliss, TX to Iraq, where she completed a tour of combat. From there, she returned stateside to serve at Fort Drum, N.Y. (2011), where she completed her tour of Active Duty in 2012.“After my army career I became the Chief Medical Officer for River Hospital in Alexandria Bay, NY where I also practiced Family Medicine,” Dr. Roman said.Her husband is also a combat veteran and a board certified Emergency Medicine physician at Catskill Regional Medical Center.She moved back home to Sullivan County in 2015.One of the main reasons Dr.

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Roman decided to move back to Sullivan County was to serve the area where she saw a need.“Sullivan county is an underserved area – a place where people can’t easily access care or transportation to care,” Dr. Roman said. “As a physician, by moving back home to this area , I felt that I could provide access to care for patients

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who may have otherwise not had it.”Dr. Roman is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Association for Physician Leadership. When she isn’t working, some of her hobbies include gardening, homemaking, canning, community outreach events, yoga and pilates.

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lan Coombe grew up in Grahamsville, the son of Phil Coombe III and Margaret Coombe. He received a Bachelors of Science degree in 2009 from Cornell University and ultimately settled in Ellenville with his wife Beata, 14year-old stepdaughter Aliz Halmagyi and 1-year-old daughter Aurelia. “It is where I call home,� Coombe said of his connection to Sullivan County, “Most of my family still lives there.� Coombe works as a Financial Representative, Trader, and back office Manager for Coombe, Bender & Company in Warwarsing, and the branch office in Monticello. Before starting his eight-year career

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ing experiences for him was during the 2010 “Flash-Crash,� a stock market crash that lasted 36 minutes in May 2010. “Assisting my mentor buy shares and sell them 20 minutes later for a $750K profit was eye opening in so many ways,� Coombe said. Coombe holds a series 7, 63, and 55 license with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. “My favorite part of the job is the trading of securities through a tracking and analyzing strategy based on the corresponding price charts,� Coombe said. “I employ the efficient market theory that all information is reflected in the stock price. This allows me to analyze charts to identify trends and inflection points that can be used to optimize invest-

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Bryan Flynn STORY AND PHOTO BY AUTUMN SCHANIL

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ryan Flynn first began his career with Jeff Bank as a bank teller, handling deposits, withdrawals and other routine financial interactions with customers every day of the week. Now, he is the Assistant Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer, and Portfolio Manager. “I started working here in 2006 as a seasonal teller while I was in college at SUNY Oneonta,” explained Flynn. “When I graduated in May with a Finance Degree, Tonya Hahn contacted me about an opening doing underwriting work. “So I became full-time in 2007 doing underwriting and business loans, basically crunching numbers.” Flynn was born and raised in Kenoza Lake, just a stone’s throw away from Jeffersonville, and now resides with his girlfriend of three years and sevenyear-old son just a mile from his childhood home. “When I was presented with the job here immediately after graduating I thought, how fortunate to be working right out of college,” Flynn expressed.

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After nearly three years in that role, Flynn was then moved to a position as the Assistant Branch Manager in Monticello. He soon came back to Jeffersonville, as he felt it was a better fit for him, and his son attends school just a mile away. “My main focus now is on the lending side and overseeing our two analysts. I still deal with the numbers as I find it interesting, but I like the social interaction of what I’m doing now,” said Flynn. “I’m out, I get to see the projects that are going on and I get to meet the people we are working with. It’s exciting to be a part of making their dreams happen. Flynn said the best part of being with Jeff Bank is that he enjoys learning all aspects of the job, and is always looking at what more he can learn with them. “It’s funny because in hindsight, when I was in my early 20s I wasn’t sure if I would come back to my hometown. There isn’t a whole lot to do around. But when I look at this place being a father, I realized it’s a great place to grow up. My son is doing well in school, and I’m right around the corner if he needs anything. I can’t ask for anything more.” And while you probably wouldn’t guess it by Flynn’s button down shirt and tie, he loves to “tinker,” he said. Particularly on motorcycles and cars. “It’s calming to me.”

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atrina Graby has worked as a sales representative at Liberty Mutual since June 2014, where she has ensured that her clients have adequate coverage and their families are properly protected. Graby is licensed in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to provide auto, home, life insurance, group benefits, retirement planning, and rollovers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to work for a company and in an industry where I could promote change and do something meaningful in my career and community,â&#x20AC;? Graby said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Liberty Mutual not only promotes community involvement but as an organization we truly believe in doing the right thing by people. This provided me with the encouragement and flexibility to become an active member of the community and make the lives of Sullivan County and Orange County

residents a better place to live, work, and play.â&#x20AC;? Graby attended Sullivan West High School, and was heavily active in athletics playing soccer, basketball and track before graduating in 2010. She went on to attend the University of Rhode Island where she earned a Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Degree in Entrepreneurial Management in 2014. Graby is very active in the community. Since 2016, she has been the vice president of the Callicoon Business Association, as well as the coordinator of the Callicoon Tractor Parade. She is the Leader of Sullivan County Young Professionals (SCYP), vice president of Leadership Sullivan Class 2017 and she is an active member in both the Sullivan and Orange County Chambers of Commerce. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My entire family has always supported and encouraged me,â&#x20AC;? Graby said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was raised on a dairy farm in Callicoon, my mother (Marie) and father (Bill) provided me with every opportunity to follow my dreams and

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ince opening their doors in July of 2006, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has built a crew with a wide-spread age range, including teenagers looking for their first job to retirees interested in volunteering. Kasia Zalewska was one of those young people entering the work force when she began her time at Bethel Woods in 2010. She interned there as part of her curriculum for the Academy of Finance at the Monticello High School, and her involvement with Bethel Woods stretched beyond that internship. "I've grown up with the organization, literally," said the now 22-yearold Zalewska. "Through my high school, college, and even post-college years, I've always been lucky enough to be a part of the team." Seven years ago she started out as the Community Outreach Assistant. She then transitioned into the Corporate Partnerships & Events Coordinator. That internship and the positions

that followed eventually developed into a more permanent role as Festivals Coordinator. "I definitely had no idea at the time that it would turn into a career!" Within those many years of working with Bethel Woods, Zalewska graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Management with a concentration in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from the SUNY New Paltz School of Business. The education she received helped build confidence as a professional. Her ability to advance her career at the ever-evolving organization and her love for her family brought her back to the area where she believes there is a lot for young professionals to be motivated by. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are my foundation for everythingâ&#x20AC;?, Zalewska said of her family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plus, this is home. I want to be here to see Sullivan County flourish with all of the new and exciting things that are comingâ&#x20AC;?. Her role in the organization means she spends her time planning farmers markets, hosting wine and craft festivals, and being part of other events like â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Gathering at Bethel Woods.â&#x20AC;? "There's not one day that's the same," said Zalewska. "On Monday I can be working on vendor recruitment at my desk for our festivals, and on Tuesday I can be at a farm meeting goats and cows as a part of support for local agriculture." In her free time, Zalewska enjoys watching Golden Girls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mean it when I say Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m an older woman at heartâ&#x20AC;?. She also enjoys outdoor activities like horseback riding and taking her dirt bike out on trails. The motivated young Zalewska credits many for her success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So many people have mentored / guided me in some way or another. From my college professors to my boss to my father. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a firm believer in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;it takes a whole village to raise a child.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And Golden Girls of course.â&#x20AC;?


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eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s played a lot of roles in his young life: a valet, landscaper, a hotel bell hop and a kids camp counselor, but his passion lies in marketing. Chris Lockwood, born in Herkimer and raised in Liberty, is the Marketing Outreach Coordinator for the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always enjoyed marketing and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found a real niche in it,â&#x20AC;? said Lockwood, â&#x20AC;&#x153;from branding ambassadors to how to sell a product. You have to be able to talk to people and be outgoing, and I enjoy doing that.â&#x20AC;? During high school, Lockwood spent most of his summers working at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center, eventually graduating and moving to Syracuse to attend Le Moyne College. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mother, Roberta Lockwood is President of the Sullivan County Visitors Association, so I used to go to a lot of events with her, both as support and to be social and network,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So after meeting a few people from the Partnership I ended up interning

here between my junior and senior year of college.â&#x20AC;? After graduating from Le Moyne College with a Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Marketing and Business Analytics, Lockwood moved back to the Liberty area and struck gold when he landed a full-time position with the Partnership. The Partnership works to promote, as well as coordinate, the economic development of private businesses throughout Sullivan County in order to help enhance and improve both quality of life and standard of living, while also protecting and preserving the environment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got really lucky for a person my age, especially around here, to have found a job pertaining to the field I studied,â&#x20AC;? said Lockwood, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and I get to work in collaboration with other great businesses in the area.â&#x20AC;? The Partnership is even helping further his education by sending Lockwood to learn economic development in other places like Albany and Columbus, Ohio. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not all work and no play for Lockwood. As a native of Sullivan

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and Uncle Norm in that regard. “They just ingrained in me an appreciation of the natural environment. “... Not to mention I love animals!” she adds. So much so that she foresaw a career literally in the field. After graduating Monticello High School in 2000 (where she was president of the Environmental Club), she earned a biology degree from SUNY Binghamton in 2004. “I did a lot of study on wetlands and ecology,” she remembers, even enduring a yellowjacket attack (36 stings!) while probing a root ball in a cranberry bush. An initial plan to start a career in Colorado morphed instead into a return home to the Town of Bethel, where she’d grown up stocking shelves and setting out newspapers


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izzy Coy used to work in the world of digital advertising in New York City, and like so many others, soon tired of the fast-pace and looked for somewhere quiet to recharge. After two years of casually browsing real estate sites she saw a listing for a cottage in Yulan, and decided to come up and see it. “It was even better in person, despite the dreary November day, and I immediately made an offer,” Coy said. “I closed on the house on my birthday and moved up permanently within a few weeks.” A Rochester, NY native, Coy says that despite only living in Sullivan

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iguring it out comes naturally to Peter Frunzi. He remembers how easily he grasped finances in Mike Weiner’s Fallsburg High School class, how eagerly he served as a college insurance agent for Northwestern Mutual while finishing his economics degree at CUNY Baruch, how readily he navigated the financial services industry through both bull and bear markets. This is a guy who’s always had goals in mind, and that translates very well into the 37-year-old’s independent advisor work with Quest Financial Services.

Though presently Goshen-based, Peter is working towards opening a Sullivan County office. This is, after all, where he grew up, and he maintains a home in South Fallsburg with wife Hayley and children Isabella (11), Adam (8), Jax (2) and Ryan (8 months). “My dad and his brothers coowned a Sunoco service station and a Midas muffler shop in Liberty,” he relates of a place where he himself first assisted answering phones behind a counter. Kitchen and busboy work followed at Rocky’s Italian Restaurant and the Old Homestead, and then, at 16, running carts at the Tarry Brae and Lochmor golf courses.

“I did that until I was about 20, and I got to know a lot of people there,” he recalls. Thus began the assembling of Peter’s enormously valuable people skills, which he continued to hone through college. Why Baruch? “I was reading a lot of positive things about the college and some of the programs, including the Entrepreneurial Intern Fellowship Program, was gaining national recognition.” Hayley wanted to attend Hofstra, and so the couple found an apartment on Long Island. “Our first date was when we were 8 years old,” Peter remembers fondly.

“I asked if she would go to the movies, and she said yes – if her sister could go, too!” They’ve now been married almost 14 years. In fact, it was Hayley’s grandfather, Harold Gold, who helped him land a job after graduating Baruch in 2002. He told Peter of an opening at Barriger & Barriger, where Hayley herself had once worked. “That opened the door for an interview with Lloyd and Linda Barriger,” Peter says. “I hit it off with them right from the start.” Lloyd calmed the young associate’s anxiety. “I was never a salesman. I was never aggressive or pushy for any


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account for the Sullivan County Department of Community Services and, as if he isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t busy enough, also acts as the Chair of the Sullivan County Emergency Food & Shelter FEMA grant and program, and is in charge of the United Way Classic Golf Tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite part of my job is helping our county residents overcome adversity and improving the quality of life for residents in Sullivan County,â&#x20AC;? Dawson said. Additionally he also acts as a Board Member for the CACHE Agency in Liberty; Board Commissioner for the Monticello Housing Authority; and a volunteer instructor for the Village of Monticello. When heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not busy with work or his numerous civic and volunteer affiliations Dawson likes to play or referee in various adult recreation leagues including flag football, softball and indoor soccer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite vacation spot is rest and relaxation in front of my television, since Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m all over the place,â&#x20AC;? Dawson said. Currently, Dawson says his favorite thing at the United Way right now is its current Community Impact Program that hosts Opioid and Heroin Education Awareness seminars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The United Way is holding monthly seminars throughout Sullivan County to raise awareness of the epidemic here in Sullivan County,â&#x20AC;? Dawson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The outreach and participation of county residents and our presenters is making great strides in bringing awareness to everyone in Sullivan County.â&#x20AC;?

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n authentic experience. That’s all Amanda Loviza has ever craved. She’s found one after another in places across the country and around the world. And that wanderlust has brought her here, to Sullivan County. Born in North Carolina 28 years ago, Amanda and family hopped to California, Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia in her childhood, following her Marine dad’s military assignments and business ventures. “It’s a defining aspect of who I am that I haven’t lived in one place very long,” she acknowledges. One day, her dad brought home “a big box of a digital camera,” and a 13year-old Amanda, already drawn to journalism, found a new way to tell stories. Her baby sister proved a readymade subject: big curls, gorgeous eyes, long lashes – and at just a year old, unable to hide from the lens! Three years later, Amanda landed her first freelance shoot with an architectural firm in need of promotional photos of buildings. “Mostly I just felt really cool and professional,” Amanda laughs – but it proved a keystone moment that propelled her into Western Kentucky University’s famed photojournalism program, where she learned a painfully useful lesson. “I really am not a great photographer,” she recalls, “and after a year I changed my major to news editorial journalism. I was always a good writer, and I always liked talking to people and asking questions.” She honed that while waiting tables and job-hunting during the lean eight months after graduating in 2010, when the recession’s deepest impacts were felt particularly keenly in the media

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world. Amanda was not dissuaded, however, and the Glasgow (Kentucky) Daily Times gave her the chance she needed, assigning her to agriculture … and anything else they wanted. “It was intense: a daily paper that covered three rural counties,” she admits. “I loved it!” And she was good at it, telling stories which turned eyes toward the paper’s pages, including the excessive-force trial of a sheriff who ended up in jail. She also vigorously (and successfully) fought an open-records battle with local government. But after two and a half years, she was burnt out. “As much as I absolutely love my career and am passionate about what I do,” she explains, “I always put my life first.” So Amanda did what so many only dream – she scraped the last of her savings and moved to Europe, working at bed-and-breakfasts in England. For a short time, she even picked oranges in

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Spain. “I had never been happier!” She was indulging in a love of travel she’d carried since trekking to the Bahamas in high school. It’s a passion that has since taken her to Ireland, Ecuador, Guatemala, Morocco, El Salvador, Germany, Iceland, Mexico, Austria, Honduras, Canada, Barbados, Chile, Denmark, Belize and soon, Argentina and the Netherlands. Serving as maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding brought her back to the States, specifically Washington, DC, where she wrote legal and political pieces for a news service. A desire to craft stories of the human experience put her on a job-hunting road trip that eventually led to the Times HeraldRecord’s Middletown offices, and she was assigned Sullivan County as part of her duties. “There are some incredible people on the Record’s staff, some really great writers and mentors,” Amanda explains with a wistful fondness. “I just had this feeling they could make me a

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f you are from, or at all familiar with, western Sullivan County, it’s likely you’ve heard her family’s name before. Thirty-one-year-old Villa Roma Group Sales Manager Kelly Mullally, grew up in Jeffersonville, where her mother worked in the school and other relatives own multiple businesses. Like most of the youth in the area, Mullally's days working at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center began in her teens. She spent a winter in the rental room of the ski chalet and then became a waitress in the main dining room during the summers throughout high school. She graduated from Sullivan West Central School's JeffersonvilleYoungsville campus in 2003, its final year accommodating high school students prior to the move to Lake Huntington. Following high school, Mullally attended SUNY Purchase College. She studied abroad at the University of Limerick in Ireland and the Escuela de Espanol in Burgos, Spain before returning to Purchase where she would attain her degree in history in 2007. Her love for the area lead Mullally to move back home, where she can

spend time indulging in some of her favorite hobbies such as camping, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding, crocheting, sewing and playing piano. Many of those activities, she enjoys with her partner of 10 years, Mike. Upon returning from college, she spent a year working at Bethel Woods prior to beginning her former position as administrator of group sales before advancing to group sales manager in 2010. As Group Sales Manager, Kelly is responsible for booking group businesses (those requiring 15-plus rooms or made up of 30-plus people) into the hotel section of the Villa Roma, and coordinating all the details of their stay. She has worked with hundreds of different organizations throughout the years, from girl scout troops to motorcoach groups, associations, corporate outings, conferences, unions, class trips, reunions, fraternal groups, golf outings, retreats, photography groups for shoots in the area, musicians performing at Bethel Woods, and so much more. Mullally loves the challenges that go along with being group sales manager. Her enthusiasm for her job is obvious. When asked what she enjoys most, she praises her sales crew for being an awesome team to work

with. She likes meeting with clients, listening to their needs, and figuring out how we can make their event work the best. “I’ve met so many people over the years and have a ton of connections, which also leads to spin-off business and lots of repeat business” Mullally said. The Villa Roma is versatile in how many different types of groups they can accommodate. They have something to offer everyone. “There aren’t many places where you can go and be in meetings during the day and then see a live stage show every night, go golfing or bowling or go-karting or play tennis or swim or horseback ride or play bingo during any leisure time.

There are so many different activities and amenities to choose from. We like to describe it as a cruise ship on land,” said Mullally. “I think my favorite part, however, is going on the road and representing the Villa Roma and the Sullivan Catskills at trade and travel shows throughout the northeast. Tourism is vital to our area, and I do whatever I can to promote not only the Villa Roma Resort, but all of the wonderful attractions in Sullivan County. Tourism of the area and the success of the Villa Roma go hand-in-hand. I’m passionate about Villa Roma and the beautiful area that I call home.”

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