NARROWSBURG – The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) promoted Laurie Ramie of Hortonville, NY as executive director of the non-profit conservation organization, effective June 9, 2012.
The UDC board unanimously approved a resolution hiring Ramie at its June 7 monthly meeting, citing her attributes and 15 years of experience with the UDC as its public relations/fundraising specialist since April 21, 1997.
Ramie had been serving in an acting executive direct or capacity since Dec. 5, 2011 in anticipation of the Jan. 1, 2012 retirement of William E. Douglass, whose tenure lasted for 22 years.
The executive director is responsible for providing leadership in overseeing all program-related UDC activities aimed at ensuring proper and effective implementation of the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.
The position requires having skills in intergovernmental coordination; organizational administration; verbal and written communications; strategic planning; staff supervision; public outreach; and an extensive knowledge of resource management issues.
The executive director provides chief staff support for the Council, whose current voting members are 13 towns and townships that border along the Upper Delaware River, the State of New York, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Delaware River Basin Commission is a non-voting member. Incorporated in 1988, the UDC operates under a Cooperative Agreement with its federal partner agency, the National Park Service, to fulfill legislative responsibilities outlined in the River Management Plan.
Three full-time staff members carry out the directives of a board comprised of appointed municipal and agency representatives and alternates.
Ramie grew up in Ogdensburg, NY and earned a Cum Laude Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in English (Writing Concentration) from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1988. After college, she worked in community journalism for a decade in St. Lawrence County and Sullivan County, NY.
Prior to joining the UDC, Ramie was employed by Catskill-Delaware Publications from 1992-1997, lastly as editor of the Sullivan County Democrat newspaper.
For more information on the UDC, its schedule of public meetings, and activities, please visit www.upperdelawarecouncil.org, call (845) 252-3022, or contact the business office at P.O. Box 192, 211 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764.