NARROWSBURG – The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Stephanie Driscoll of Eldred, NY as Administrative Support, effective July 10, 2023.
In the full-time position, Driscoll will provide a wide range of administrative and clerical support services to the non-profit organization which oversees the cooperative management of the Congressionally designated Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River in New York and Pennsylvania by a partnership of federal, states, and local government interests.
Driscoll is a Town of Highland native who graduated from Eldred Central School in 2010. She is the daughter of Allen Knapp and Pamela Horton.
Driscoll comes to the UDC with nearly 10 years of experience in front office management.
Most recently for seven years starting in 2016, she was the receptionist for Pine Island Turf Nursery, Inc., a family-owned and operated farm in the Blackdirt region of Pine Island, NY selling sod, fertilizer and grass products to contractors and landscapers. Duties for her April to November employment each year included serving as the first point of contact for customers, coordinating delivery schedules, collecting and recording payments, data entry, filing, and processing paper and electronic documents.
Her prior work history included being a registrar for Koinonia Summer Camp in Highland Lake in 2015, an AT&T Wireless sales associate from 2010-2015 based in Ulster County and serving customers at various AT&T offices throughout the Hudson Valley, and a dog walker for a pet services company during her residency in New York City.
Driscoll had moved to the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn after high school, living with four roommates. She met her husband in Brooklyn in 2014 through their roommate acquaintances and only discovered then that they actually share the same hometown. Dan Driscoll had been three years ahead of Stephanie Knapp at Eldred School and their paths had not crossed.
After that fateful introduction, the couple were virtually inseparable and wed on October 5, 2019. Dan Driscoll is a computer analyst and project manager for Baxter International, which installs nursing call station systems. His position is primarily remote from home with some travel required.
They had decided to move back in 2015 to be closer to family, first renting a place in Warwick near the turf farm, then buying a small house on State Route 55 in the Town of Highland that they gutted, renovated, and resold. In 2022, they settled into a more spacious ranch house along a quieter road in Eldred with their now 12-year-old pug-beagle mix rescue dog from the Sullivan County SPCA named Kona.
On December 23, 2020, the Driscolls welcomed their baby boy, Jack, now age 2-1/2.
Their son and the couple’s love for the Upper Delaware River were motivational factors in Driscoll seeking the UDC job after it was advertised in mid-May.
“I was ready to do something I could be more passionate about and where I could make a difference closer to home, helping to make a better life for our kid. We want Jack to really appreciate and understand why we choose to live here, and to enjoy environmental opportunities, nature, and the outdoors. Once I started looking at everything the UDC does and is affiliated with, it seems that they make a huge difference. I knew it would be more time consuming than what I’d been doing but I was excited to get back into an office setting, to learn, grow, and help as much as I can. I would like to be here for the long haul,” the 30-year-old says.
Besides being dedicated parents who love to take Jack out for bike rides, walks down River Road in Barryville, and playtime at Rohman’s Park in Shohola, the Driscolls enjoy trying out new restaurants, local breweries, and annual trips to Gettysburg and Kennebunkport, ME with campground cabin rentals. They support the Can’t Hurt Steel Foundation.
The UDC position became vacant on June 1, 2023 when Ashley Bagdonas resigned for other employment after having worked as the formerly titled secretary since October 15, 2018.
Driscoll joins a currently three-member professional team that includes Executive Director Laurie Ramie, who started in April 1997 as Public Relations/Fundraising Specialist before those duties were combined with the director’s role in June 2012, and Resources and Land Use Specialist Kerry Engelhardt, P.E., who joined the Council in November 2021.
Driscoll may be reached at (845) 252-3022 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The business office is located at 211 Bridge St. in Narrowsburg, NY.
As mandated in the 1978 federal legislation which added the Upper Delaware to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, the UDC has operated under a Cooperative Agreement with the National Park Service since 1988.
Thirteen member towns and townships that border along the river, along with the State of New York and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, appoint voting delegates to the UDC board that also includes the Delaware River Basin Commission in a non-voting capacity.
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