A sunny summer afternoon back in 2000 brought a group of Philmont residents together to plant a memorial garden for Preston Stern overlooking the Summit Reservoir. That’s where it all started. Several pot luck dinners later, mostly around Carolyn’s kitchen table, Philmont Beautification was founded. Our mission? To build a not-for-profit charitable organization that would welcome a hands-on experience of collaboration, for all ages, in the spirit of a barn raising tradition to help revitalize an old mill village located in Columbia County, NY.
View a graphic-rich presentation DHCR Eastern New York Main St. Presentation telling the story of Philmont Beautification, Inc., in pictures!
Board of Directors
Carolyn Stern, Co-founder. A resident of Philmont for over 20 years, she and her family have been a vital part of Philmont growth, understanding, and constant encouragement to all. Read the PB Inc story....it all started sitting around Carolyn's welcoming kitchen table!
John Gourlay, a resident of Philmont for over 6 years with 20 years of professional experience in magazine publishing, marketing and executive management, including publications of the National Audubon Society, Utne Reader, PRIMEDIA, and the American Craft Council.
Sally Baker, Co-founder, Executive Director. A resident of Philmont for 15 years, she brings to Philmont Beautification, Inc. over 30 years of not-for-profit project development, management, and micro-business certified experience for developing small business, community development, and a long work history of activism, including several years in human services working with people with disabilties, and as a curator of contempory arts in NYC. She is a Visual Arts Fellowship Alumni of Syracuse University of Visual and Performing Arts, a post-graduate from St. Martins School of Arts in London, our cherished grant writer, and program administrator.
Program Advisory Committees
If you would like to join a Program Advisory Committee - please give us a call. 518 697 0038
Main St. Program Streetscape Committee - oversees selections for Streetscape improvements
Summit Reservoir Area Revitalization Exec. Steering Committee
116 Co-op Collaboration Team - advising for the start-up of the Philmont Market & Cafe Co-op
Main St. Selection Committee - oversees selections of building projects for the Main St. Program, PB Inc Board members
Farmers Market Advisory - lends a hand for quality, ideas, and volunteers for market Sundays, PB Inc Board members
Village Pocket Park - aimed at programming for the Pocket Park currently under going renovations to be used for outside events on the Main St, and the creation of a Community Garden.
Made in Philmont Selection Committee- an advisory group formed to select and review local artisans applications for product display at our new building located at 113 Main St.
2010 New York Main St Program Selection Review Committee - comprised of Philmont and Claverack residents with the capacity to review grant applications and nominate grant awards for buildings located in the 2010 Main St. target area running from Ark St. to Martindale Rd for renovation projects in 2011.
Ex-officio Board Members
PB Inc would like to thank the ex-offico board members for their outstanding committment and support in the early years which included laying the administration foundation to build a strong organization committed to benefitting the community in the village of Philmont and residents of Columbia County.
Tim Deak (Chair 2008), Bill Mazalli (Board member 2008), Ardal Powel (Board member 2008) Barbara Sagal (2001-2010), Eileen Ordu (2008-2010), Gretchen Helimann (2008-2010).