WHAT'S HAPPENING AT VAL-KILL
Partnership Welcomes Two Extraordinary Women to our Board
Marilyn Swartz-Lloyd, President of MASCO the area planner and service provider for the 23 institutions that make up the Longwood medical and academic area in Boston, and long-time Partnership supporter and advisor Fiona Lawless, who is Director of Corporate Engagement for the American Kidney Fund.
Marilyn has had a long and successful career in city planning and non-profit management and brings those important skills to our Board. She was CEO of the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Boston as well as Senior Advisor to the President of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a key member of MASCO. She was also Principal in the BRF&G Consulting Group, advising clients in real estate, strategic planning and economic development.. She is a graduate of Smith College with a Master of City Planning from Yale University. We are excited at the skills and dedication that she brings to The Partnership .
Fiona, as Program Manager for Save America's Treasures (SAT) beginning in 1998, was instrumental in the creation of The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership along with the late Bobbie Green McCarthy who was director of SAT and a member of our Board. Fiona helped run this successful public-private partnership (founded by then First Lady Hillary Clinton) that was dedicated to identifying and rescuing the enduring symbols of American tradition that define us a nation. Fiona's career has been dedicated to the arts and culture. Her previous experience in the preservation of historic and cultural heritage includes work at Tennessee's State Division of Archaeology and the Achill Island Archaeological project in County Mayo, Ireland. She has, since our inception, provided wise counsel and support for The Partnership. Fiona is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and a Certified Historic Preservation Specialist. We are delighted to add her expertise in historic preservation to our Board.
Partnership Says Goodbye to long-Time Executive Director
The Partnership is sad to report that after a long and successful eight years of leadership, Uri Perrin, our superb Executive Director has decided to leave the Partnership to pursue new career challenges. Uri has been a stalwart colleague whose dedication and talent have taken the Partnership's mission to new heights, beginning with leading us from an all-volunteer organization under the umbrella of the National Trust to our current status as a professionally managed 501c3 nonprofit. During her tenure, Uri oversaw some of our most significant interpretive projects in public / private partnership with the National Park Service, including the restoration of the swimming pool, Stone Cottage seminar room, Eleanor's sleeping porch, as well as the creation of new educational exhibits for Stone Cottage. Uri brought fresh vision to our work, establishing new on-site public programs such as the Val-Kill Picnic & Square Dance; student forums with Bard College, SUNY New Paltz, and the Sorenson Center for International Peace and Justice; and a Women & Climate Change Summit with the EPA. Uri's skills have helped to strengthen and enhance our relationships with elected officials, the National Park Service, and many other organizations. In the last year, she laid the foundation for an ambitious new initiative by spearheading a feasibility study for converting the Val-Kill stables to a world-class education facility and retreat center, a project that will broaden visitation to our site and offer new programs based on Eleanor Roosevelt's contributions and methods for social change. We will miss Uri's creative, entrepreneurial spirit as well as her grace and humor under pressure. We wish her well in her future endeavors, and are grateful for the myriad ways in which her leadership fostered lasting appreciation of Eleanor Roosevelt's ideals in our time and inspiration for the next generation.
Val-Kill named one of: 10 great places to honor our foremothers
Read our Fall Newsletter
Opinion: Cheers to Park Helpers
Partnership recognized by the Journal Opinion page for our $2 million in direct contributions to the site.
Read our Spring / Summer 2016 Newsletter
- STABLES INITIATIVE
- PARTNER PROGRAMS
- Bard / Dept of State SUSI >
- We Make Our Own History: Bard College Student Exhibit >
- Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice Convene at Val-Kill
- SUNY New Paltz Feminist Economics Conference
- NPS Human Rights Curriculum
- Facing History Comes to Val-Kill
- Teaching Eleanor Roosevelt with GWU
- Student Art Exhibit on ER & Civil Rights