Our Team: The hearts behind the Current.

Chris Hewitt Executive Director of Hudson Valley Current

Chris Hewitt

Executive Director

Chris co-founded the Current in 2013 because (as a local entrepreneur himself) he wanted to bring joy to his community while helping local businesses connect and thrive.

In pursuit of this same goal, he also launched the Country Wisdom News—a monthly newspaper combining age-old and modern thoughts on community, the land and the home—in August 2010. Known today as Livelihood Magazine, the publication speaks to local economic initiatives and reaches over 30,000 readers each month!

Chris studied Professional & Technical Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology with a focus on printing, publishing and journalism.

Liz Harrington

Liz Harrington

New Economy Pollinator

Liz has over 20 years experience matching business needs with talent, content and digital media solutions. She currently works as an independent growth and new economy strategy consultant from clicks to bricks.

In addition to her work with the Hudson Valley Current, she is also Head of Growth for PivotGround, a digital strategy agency that helps nonprofits increase capacity, deliver better programming, attract more funding, and hopefully make the world a little better.

Liz is also a board member for O+, holds a B.S. in cultural anthropology from SUNY Brockport, and is certified in intellectual property law from New York University.

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Sonia Narvaez

Ambassador Program Director

Sonia is an Ulster County native who attended Rondout Valley High School, received a Bachelor's in Health Sciences with a concentration on public health from SUNY Stony Brook, and a Master's in Public Health from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She returned home to found her own company, Socially Passionate Consulting.

Our Board of Directors

David McCarthy

PRESIDENT
David, the co-founder of the Current, is an avid musician, author and entrepreneur. After receiving a B.A. in music at University of Michigan, he continued to study at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, where he played along such jazz greats as Ralph Towner, Charlie Hayden, and John Ambercrombie. He moved to the Hudson Valley as part of his study and work with Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, the abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) in Woodstock, for whom he ran video and book production enterprises. David is also the author of Civil Endowment: The Transformation of Economic Power, and founded the organization that has since become Sustainable Hudson Valley.

Mike Caslin

TREASURER
After three decades of his own successful entrepreneur work, Prof. Caslin is recognized as a respected entrepreneur practitioner, faculty member and Social Entrepreneurship thought leader through his work as co-founder and CEO of NFTE and his education and leadership roles with Babson College, Babson Global, Investor’s Circle, Rising Tide Capital, SJF Institute, STRIVE, CUNY-Baruch College-Zicklin Business School, The Fund for American Studies, and Urgent VC, LLC, among others, as well as a member on numerous for and nonprofit boards. Mike holds a B.A. in Economics & Political Science from Manhattanville College and an MBA, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. He founded Kingston-based GCSEN as a means of better centering social entrepreneur startups within the Hudson Valley.

Rebecca Rojer

MEMBER
An independent filmmaker, artist, and community organizer, Rebecca’s work has been published by Jacobin, The New Inquiry, and The Nation. She is also the founder & creative director of Beccatron Studios, a multimedia production company with an emphasis on videography, graphic design, and identity services. Rebecca graduated with high honors from the Visual and Environmental Studies Department at Harvard University in 2010; her undergraduate thesis film “Ashley/Amber" premiered at the Berlinale in 2011. Rebecca is a founding member of Ulster People for Justice and Democracy, a board member of Midtown Rising, and a founding board member of the Modern Money Network.

Scott Morris

MEMBER
Scott is a social entrepreneur, community currency system expert, and community organizer. He is the founder and president of IthaCash, a regional cooperative currency program for in-and-around Tompkins County, New York. Scott is also the founder of AmeriQoin, a Cooperative for Community Currencies in North America emulating and expanding on the model of its Dutch partner Qoin. AmeriQoin provides currency system engineering expertise, consulting, and implementation assistance to existing community currencies, grassroots organizations, local business networks, and others seeking to create and deploy designer and/or targeted currency programs for social, environmental, and commercial purposes.

Christine Atkinson

MEMBER
Christine owns and operates Graze Farm to Table, offering farm to table catering, full-service wedding and event planning, and private chefs for the Hudson Valley and Catskills. Graze’s philosophy is to create elegant, memorable, one-of-a-kind experiences for any occasion. Christine’s menus celebrate the bounty of local farms with a passion for showcasing an abundance of farm-direct meat, dairy, and seasonal produce. She started her chef's career in Miami, with notable stops in Manhattan before moving to the Hudson Valley.

Chris Hewitt

MEMBER
See Chris' bio under staff, above by clicking here.

Our Advisory Board Includes:

  • Nelson Conde, United Nations Credit Union
  • Scott Cullen Jenkinstown Motors
  • Ahmad Khabra, Jerusalem Stone
  • Joanne Leffeld, Moolah Doula
  • Brendan Mullally, Beeline Moving
  • Johnny LeHane, HV Startup Fund
  • Kelly Maroney, Ulster Savings
  • Tim Moore, Digital Hudson
  • Melissa Orozco, Turkey Point Ltd.
  • Nancy Ostrovsky, fine artist
  • Jennifer Schwartz-Berky, Hone Strategic
  • Noa Simons, HV Startup Fund