Kathleen M. Yasas, President
Kathleen was born and raised in the Sherburne area and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from SUNY Brockport. In the late 1970s she was city editor of a daily newspaper in northeast Arkansas, following which she spent 30 years in the New York metropolitan area as president of MSP International, Inc., a publishing and conference management company serving the pharmaceutical industry. Kathleen is a writer and editor, continuing to produce medical and consumer newsletters. She is the author of several books: Delta Dead (fiction); Australian Fly (children); and 101 Tips From My Depression-Era Parents and The Port Washington Yacht Club: A Century Perspective (non-fiction). She is the editor of A History of The Lawrence S. Donaldson Residence. She is an occasional columnist for The Sherburne News, writes her own blog, The Squeaky Pen, and has had articles featured in The New York Times, Working Woman, Self Magazine, and Preservation Nation. Kathleen is currently vice president of The Sherburne Public Library board of directors.
Stephen J. Perrin, Vice President & Project Manager
Board Member and Project Manager Steve Perrin worked as a teacher and administrator of DCMO BOCES for 39 years: 25 as a teacher of conservation, 14 as a school administrator, 4 as Director of Career and Technical Education. As a member of the BOCES Administrative Cabinet, he was directly involved in a $48 million building project at the Harold Campus in Masonville and the Chenango Campus in Norwich. Steve served on Sherburne Town Board for 18 years, and the Town planning Board, as well as on various boards in Norwich and the tri-county area of Chenango, Delaware and Otsego, primarily involving business and secondary and higher education partnerships and development.
Christine E. Hoffman, Treasurer
SSIRP Board Vice President has been a resident of Sherburne for 13 years. She is the office manager and gallery coordinator for the Earlville Opera House, a reporter and weekly columnist for the Madison County Courier in Chittenango, and is president of The Sherburne Public Library board of directors. Her experience includes grants administration, human resources, executive recruiting, personnel placement, and judicial assignments.
Karen moved to Sherburne as a teenager in 1973. While raising her family, Karen ran a successful home daycare business for 10 years. In 1998, Karen graduated from SUNY Oneonta with honors and a BS in Life Course Studies. For the past 15 years, Karen has worked for two not-for-profits in Chenango County as a director and grant writer. Her efforts have added approximately $11 million dollars for home rehabilitation and home ownership for low-income families. Karen is a board member for Chenango Housing Improvement Program (C.H.I.P.), the Chenango Housing Counsel and the Homeless Shelter Committee. In August of 2015, Karen took charge of her late husband’s cartoon business and is now self-employed. She and her four grown children and grandchildren reside in Sherburne.
Diane has enjoyed a varied career in the arts, starting with her formation of a reparatory company in Roanoke, Virginia to receiving a variety of Emmys and Academy Awards for Hollywood motion picture studios, and as an independent film producer. She was the senior producer and project supervisor for Dreamworks SKG, a project director and producer for Home Box Office, a studio executive for Walt Disney Productions, and a co-producer for Paramount Pictures.
Prior to joining the Chenango Arts Council as executive director, Diane held many positions at arts organizations in New York City. As the executive director for the Kennedy Center honoree, Martina Arroyo’s foundation, she managed strategic planning and fundraising, and accelerated the foundation’s financial capacity to twice its original size. As the manager of season sales and patron giving for Carnegie Hall, American Ballet Theatre, NY Philharmonic, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, she increased overall donations by more than 20 percent annually.
Diane has been an exhibiting artist for over 15 years, a producer and a steering committee member for The Nashville Film Festival, The Nashville Jewish Film Festival, The LA Directors Guild Student Film Competition Awards, The New York Digital Film Festival, and an originating producer of Visualizations Gallery in Manhattan, which designed the first instillation of video artists — including Nam June Pike. She has created literary programs and coalitions for emerging female writers in poetry and playwriting. Diane has a BA in graphic design and illustration, a BA in Theater and English from Hollins Women’s College, an MFA from NYU Grad Film, and is certified in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from NYU Law School.