Patricia Pomeroy was appointed the Executive Director of the Hudson Valley Regional Council in 2012. She previously served as the Supervisor of the Town of Rockland for 8 years, guiding the Township through 5 major floods, several federal grants for mitigation and buy-outs, new zoning regulations and a comprehensive plan. She returned to Binghamton University for a master’s degree in Geography and also completed the requirements for FEMA’s Certified Floodplain Managers designation. In addition to her administrative duties with HVRC, Ms. Pomeroy works primarily with communities to want to access federal funding for water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades that will create and/or retain jobs as per the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration protocols. She also works on HVRC 604 B Water Quality program which comes through the Environmental Protection Administration and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation providing assistance, outreach and education communities and MS4’s on water quality issues including funding for Green Infrastructure planning. She is excited to be participating in the new Clean Energy Communities Program with NYSERDA not only because of the significant positive energy impacts it will bring to the Hudson Valley Region but because it takes her back to her municipal government roots.
PHONE:845-564-4075, ext. 214
Carla Castillo joined HVRC in August 2016. As Deputy Executive Director and Clean Energy Communities Coordinator, Ms. Castillo directs NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities Program in HVRC’s seven-county Mid-Hudson Valley Region, promoting economic development while reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions as well as increasing energy cost savings through the implementation of clean energy projects. She is also facilitating local communities’ plans for organics collection programs while providing support on HVRC organizational matters. Previously in Philadelphia, Ms. Castillo led the transformative sustainability and neighborhood revitalization efforts of NKCDC. With Recyclebank, Ms. Castillo inspired city-wide residents to recycle more through Philadelphia Recycling Rewards. At the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and the Reinvestment Fund, she stabilized distressed neighborhoods through the development of 550+ homes as an affordable housing lender and technical assistance provider to community development corporations. Also at the Reinvestment Fund, Ms. Castillo worked with internationally-based microfinance CEOs to advance the micro-finance industry.
Ms. Castillo received a master’s degree in City & Regional Planning and a Master of Science in International Development & Appropriate Technology from the University of Pennsylvania. She received a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from UCLA. Ms. Castillo volunteers in the Town of Cornwall, chairing the Cornwall Conservation Advisory Council and working with select Cornwall Central School District schools to implement school-based recycling programs.
She recently completed her tenure as an appointed member to the Town’s Comprehensive Plan Committee. Ms. Castillo is an appointed member of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council Board and the Orange County Climate Smart Communities Task Force.
PHONE:845-564-4075, ext. 210
Anilla Cherian joined HVRC in October 2020 as Clean Energy Communities (CEC) Coordinator on NYSERDA’s CEC Program. Her work will focus on promoting local government engagement with clean energy actions aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency and energy cost savings, and improving access to renewable energy services through the implementation of clean energy projects. Ms. Cherian brings over 20 years of experience working as an independent sustainable energy and climate consultant with a range of UN organizations, the Rockefeller Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat. She has also worked as an Adjunct Professor at Mount Holyoke College and at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and authored Energy and Global Climate Change: Bridging the Sustainable Development Divide.
Ms. Cherian has a dual Bachelor of Arts in History and Government from Cornell University, and a Master of Arts and PhD focused on climate change and energy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Ms. Cherian has been an active community volunteer, currently serving as Chair of Dobbs Ferry Sustainability Task Force, and volunteering with other local nonprofit organizations focused on reducing food insecurity and building community resilience.
Chana Friedenberg joined HVRC as Planner in October 2020. She works on Drinking Water Source Protection Planning as a part of HVRC’s 604(b) Water Quality Planning funding. Ms. Friedenberg provides technical assistance, outreach, and education to communities throughout the region for the improved resilience of their watersheds. She works with Watershed Alliances and MS4's, focused on source water and stormwater protection. This work is funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Ms. Friedenberg completed her Master of Science in Environmental Science at Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, concentrating on watershed governance, collaboration, and environmental justice. She is a dedicated volunteer for various environmental organizations and serves on the Rockland County Environmental Management Council representing the Town of Ramapo.