Executive Director of the Upper Delaware Council

Laurie Ramie

Laurie Ramie serves as Executive Director of the Upper Delaware Council.

She provides leadership in implementing all Council activities aimed at ensuring proper and effective implementation of the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. Laurie is responsible for overseeing organizational and financial administration, intergovernmental coordination, strategic planning, staff supervision, verbal and written communications, public outreach, event logistics, grants administration, fundraising, and maintaining an extensive knowledge of conservation and resource management issues. She also serves as editor of “The Upper Delaware” newsletter.

As Executive Director, Laurie represents the Council in a variety of public capacities and organizational memberships, including the Delaware River Basin Commission’s Water Management Advisory Council, Scenic Wild Delaware River Geotourism Stewardship Council, Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (recording & corresponding secretary), and the Delaware & Hudson Canal Transportation Heritage Council (secretary)

Laurie began employment with the UDC in 1997 as Public Relations/Fundraising Specialist. She was promoted to the Executive Director position on June 9, 2012. The Ogdensburg, NY native earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in English (Writing Concentration) from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 1988. She worked in community journalism for 10 years prior to joining the UDC, including a 1992-1997 stint as a reporter and editor of the Sullivan County Democrat and a former freelance writer for the River Reporter.

She resides in the Town of Delaware, NY, serves on the Callicoon Depot, Inc. non-profit board, and is a member of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Callicoon Business and Community Association, the Delaware Community Center, Dorflinger Factory Museum, and the Basket Historical Society of the Upper Delaware Valley.

staff member

Shannon Cilento

Shannon Cilento serves as the Resources and Land Use Specialist at the Upper Delaware Council. Shannon joined the UDC in 2020.

Shannon is responsible for conducting the UDC's substantial conformance reviews, administering the Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program, and providing technical assistance to member towns on a variety of conservation and preservation activities.

Originally from Mexico, NY, Shannon earned Bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and International Studies with a minor in Museum Studies (Art History concentration) from the State University of New York at Oswego in 2015. Following her studies at Oswego State, Shannon attended graduate school at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and received her Master’s degree in Historic Preservation Planning in 2017.

Prior to her work at the UDC, Shannon worked for the Sullivan County Division of Planning in Monticello, NY, Discover Downtown Westbrook in Westbrook, Maine, Cleveland Restoration Society in Cleveland, Ohio, and conducted research on the codfishery and its related architecture in rural Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Shannon lives in the Village of Monticello, NY, serves on the Village of Monticello Planning Board, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Monticello, Leadership Sullivan Class of 2020, and the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress Fellows Program Class of 2019.

Secretary at the Upper Delaware Council

Ashley Hall-Bagdonas

Ashley Hall-Bagdonas is the Secretary at the Upper Delaware Council.

The UDC Secretary provides a wide range of administrative and clerical support to Council staff, Council representatives, and the non-profit organization itself. Ashley is also part of the National Park Service Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Water Safety Committee and event coordinator for the UDC Annual Family Raft Trip.

Ashley began employment with the UDC in 2018. Growing up in Wayne County, PA Ashley earned an Associate’s degree in Human Services from Lackawanna College in Scranton in 2006. She studied social work at Millersville University for two years. She worked at Bugaj/Fischer, P.C. for 3 years prior to joining the UDC.

She resides in Lake Ariel, PA with her wife Sarah Hall-Bagdonas. Ashley enjoys utilizing the beauty of the Upper Delaware River by kayaking, tubing, flyfishing, and doing river clean-ups in her spare time.

drawing of a Leni Lenape fishing village
Did You Know?

Archeologists have found remains of prehistoric human settlements on the Delaware River dating back 10,000 years or more. Lenni Lenape Native American tribes appeared some 4,000 years ago. The first lasting settlement on the Upper Delaware River was started at Cushetunk around 1750 by Connecticut residents in search of land ownership.