Our Location and Team

Our Location


Our Team

Chris Hewitt
Executive Director
Chris Hewitt is the executive director of the Hudson Valley Current, a digital local currency for the mid-Hudson Valley. As a co-founder of the nonprofit project, Hewitt has helped grow the membership in the barter exchange to over 210 members that have exchanged over 160,000 Currents since January 2014. He launched the monthly newspaper Country Wisdom News—age-old and modern thoughts on community, the land and the home—in August 2010, which is now a nonprofit educational component of the Hudson Valley Current. Country Wisdom News, with its new economy insert (Livelihood magazine), reaches over 30,000 readers in Ulster and Dutchess counties each month. Chris Hewitt studied Professional & Technical Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology with a focus on printing, publishing and journalism.
Brian Nieves
Head Photographer
Brian Nieves is a photographer, actor, entertainer, and communicator from the Greater New York area. Having worked in photography for 25 years and acting for over 30, he has refined his skills in communication and interpersonal relationships. He has been a member of the Air Pirates Radio Theater and was the Travel and Event Photographer for Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. He loves talking in funny voices, hammock camping, fly fishing, and helping people to be happier humans. You can follow his antics on Instagram: @briancyanide.
Nathan Bunch
Technical Assistant
Nathan Bunch is a software engineer, web developer, and a technology enthusiast based in Accord, New York. He has been programming since the age of twelve, fostering an obsession with technology that has encouraged him to pursue an education and career in computer science. He is currently a student at SUNY Ulster, where he will graduate with an Associate's degree in computer science this May. Aside from working in web development for Country Wisdom News, Nathan is also lead programmer for the Hudson Valley Current, the parent company of CWN.
Katie Clayton
Editorial Assistant
Katie Clayton is a writer and editor based in Rosendale, NY. Her work has been featured in a handful of local publications such as The Hudson Valley Transmitter, The Little Rebellion, and Country Wisdom News.  She will graduate SUNY New Paltz this May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interpersonal/Intercultural Communications and a minor in Linguistics. She received her AS in Human Resources from Hudson Valley Community College in 2014. She is also an editorial assistant for the publication’s parent company, the Hudson Valley Current. When she’s not working you can find her hiking, thrifting, and exploring the Eastern U.S.