About Us

About Us

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, Secretary,  A resident of Philmont for over 25 years as a small business owner.  A lifelong social activist, she and her family have been a vital part of Philmont growth, understanding, and constant encouragement to all.  Read the PBI story....it all started sitting around Carolyn's welcoming kitchen table.



John Gourlay, President, a prior resident of Philmont for over 8 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.




Kate Martino, Co-founder, Treasurer.  A life long resident of Philmont  Kate raised her family of three children in the village.  She has over 20 years of management in local law offices in Columbia County, and professional bookkeeping.  Kate brings a life long experience in fabric arts and food justice activism to PBI where she advises on PBI's downtown revitalization and food programming. 



Sally Baker, Co-founder, Executive Director.  A resident of Philmont for over 19 years, PBI Co-founder and Executive Director, Sally Baker, has guided, developed, and implemented PBI programs and projects for seventeen years including three major funding rounds of NYS Homes and Community Renewal Main Street programs 2007-2013,  a NYS HCR Rural Area Revitalization Grant (RARP) 2009-2010, PBI Project Management of a current NYS/DOS Brownfield Opportunity Area program in partnership with the Village of Philmont (municipality). She has grown the organization as Executive Director from the small grass-roots community group into a sustainable not-for-profit organization that includes active support from local private foundations, county, state and federal program funding agencies, and the loyal organization support of business owners, the Philmont community, and local media. 

She has successfully guided the organization in the planning and implementation of a $5.6 million dollar public/private projects investment in the Village of Philmont since 2007 completing 40 significant impact building renewal projects including, storefront restorations, commercial re-adapts, affordable housing renovations, park restorations, assisting the opening of four new restaurants, establishing a community resource center, operation of a seasonal Main St. farmers’ market since 2009, and completed a site readapt of a 1.1 acre Main St. property donated to the organization in 2012 by Stewart's Shop Corp to serve local farmers and consumers to address local food security by creating a community-based food system.

She brings to PBI over 30 years of not-for-profit project development, management, and micro-business certified experience for developing small business, community development, and has a long history of activism, including several years in human services peer working with people with disabilities, and as a curator of social-political exhibitions of contemporary arts in NYC.  She is a Visual Arts Fellowship Alumni of Syracuse University of Visual and Performing Arts, and a post-graduate from St. Martins School of Arts in London.  She believes in community empowerment through hands-on experience and collaboration.

Sally Baker is a non-voting member of the PBI Board of Directors, serving at the pleasure of the Board as Executive Director. 

Affiliations: 2014-2016 serving as a Director of the Board of the Farmers’ Market Federation NYS.

2001 Co-founders

Carolyn Stern

Sally Baker

                     Megara Cassin                                                                         Kate Martino        

  Barbara Sagal  


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, 2007- current

Mayor Clarence Speed, Chair
Mary Prazma, Philmont Planning Board Chair (seat open)
Charles Nichols, local historian (deceased)
Linda Gatter, architect Gatter Architects (seat open)
Christopher Reed, consultant
Deborah Shakotko (2010 Main St Project Selection Committee)
Karyn Novakowski  (2010 Main St Project Selection Committee) (seat open)

Summit Reservoir Area Revitalization Exec. Steering Committee 2012 - current

Larry Ostrander, Village of Philmont, Steering Committee Co-Chair
Barbara Sagal, Village of Philmont, Steering Committee Co-Chair
Kathy Abeyatunge, PB Inc. SRAR Project Management Assistant
Sally Baker, PBInc. SRAR Project Management & Administrator 
Jean Giblette, High Falls Gardens
Peter Paden, Columbia Land Conservancy
Thomas Paino, Sustainable Architecture
Chris Reed, Angello’s Food Distribution
Christine Vanderlan - Columbia Land Conservacny

116 Co-op Collaboration Team - advising for the start-up of the Philmont Market & Cafe Co-op, and Kitchen at Philmont, 2012 - current

Kathy Abeyatunge,  Secretary to the Co-op Board
Elizabeth Angello,  Main Street Public House, Co-op Board President
Sally Baker,   Philmont Beautificatin, Inc, Executive Director
Faith Benson,   Retired public school teacher
Sheri Bolevice,  Human Services, Math teacher in the prison system 
Hugh Williams,  Threshold Farm, Philmont


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

Pocket Park - aimed at programming 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 and special projects.

2010 New York Main St Program Selection Review Committee -2005-2012 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 and restoration projects of commercial properties and affordable housing properties; the 2007 target area running from Prospect St. to West Street, and the 2005 target area running from Ellsworth St. to Chuch St.

Ex-officio Board Members

PB Inc would like to thank the ex-offico board members for their outstanding committment and support in the early formation 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), and Gretchen Helimann (2008-2010).

Nondiscrimination Statement: 

In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs) To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-6382 (TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity lender, provider and employer. 

Policies and Disclosure:


Conflict of Interest Policy

Procurement Policy

Financial Documents

2017 form 990

2016 form 990

2016 CHAR500

2015 Annual Report

2015 form 990 and CHAR500

2014 form 990 and CHAR500

2013 form 990 and CHAR500

2012 form 990EZ and CHAR500

2011 form 990EZ and CHAR500