Peter Criswell (he/him)
Peter Criswell (he/him)
Peter Criswell is the Executive Director of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ+ Community Center…
Peter Criswell is the Executive Director of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ+ Community Center. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bard College and a Master of Science degree in Business Leadership and Strategic Management from Manhattanville College. His professional career has taken him from Seattle to Philly to New York City, and around the world. He’s focused on the nonprofit sector and has worked as Executive Director for five nonprofit groups: Hudson River Heritage, Historic Philadelphia Inc. & Betsy Ross House, the International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus & Youth Pride Chorus, and, most recently, the Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing.
Peter is currently in his first term as an Ulster County Legislator representing District 7 – City of Kingston Wards 6, 7, and 8. He’s in his second term on the City of Kingston’s Arts Commission. He sits on the Bard College Alumni/ae Association Board of Governors and served as that body’s president for two years. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Key of Q, the Hudson Valley’s LGBTQ and Allied Acapella Singers.
A fun fact is that he portrays old Rip Van Winkle in the annual Sinterklass parade in Kingston. Peter is looking forward to deepening his connection to the Hudson Valley’s LGBTQ+ community and working with the board, staff, and volunteers of the Center to best support the needs of the community.
Signy Furiya (she/her)
Director of Well-Being Institute
Signy Furiya, LCSW, is the Director of the Center’s newest program, the Well-Being Institute . . .
Signy Furiya, LCSW, is the Director of the Center’s newest program, the Well-Being Institute. Signy obtained her MSW from New York University and received psychoanalytic training at the National Institute for Psychotherapies. In addition to extensive clinical experience in private practice and a variety of other settings, Signy has worked as a Clinical Supervisor and Clinical Director at outpatient clinics in New York City.
A native of NYC’s Greenwich Village, Signy has had a wide range of lived experiences. Her life-long love of film and literature inform her work with an understanding of the transformational power of story-telling and the potential for growth and healing found in sharing them.
Signy is thrilled to be living in the Hudson Valley and feels very fortunate to be part of such a vibrant community both here at the Center and beyond. She is excited to develop the Well-Being Institute by expanding the Counseling program and collaborating with the community to bring workshops and programs that approach wellness in a holistic way.
Amanda Norton (she/they)
Director of Programs and Services
Amanda Norton (pronouns: she/they) is the Director of Programs and Services at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center . . .
Amanda Norton (pronouns: she/her/hers) is the Director of Programs and Services at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center.
She describes herself as an out and proud member of the LGBTQ+ Community and am excited to take on this new role to connect with and serve others within our community!
Before starting at the Center Amanda worked in higher education as a Resident Director at the Culinary Institute of America and SUNY New Paltz. At both colleges she took an active role in organizing LGBTQ+ trainings, programming and student support/crisis response. She’s been a part of End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN) in Poughkeepsie and attend other social justice community events and programs.
When not working, she enjoys travelling, hiking, exploring around the Hudson Valley, arts and crafts, camping and spending as much time as she can outdoors!
Renita Principe Garcia (she/her)
Renita has over 10 years experience in the field of accounting . . .
, certified as a Full Charge Bookkeeper. In her spare time she enjoys music and the outdoors. She’s a people person, and enjoys meeting others and sharing good times. She also volunteer in various organizations and her favorite writing is “The Invitation” by Oriah
“It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.”
James Baptiste (he/him)
Program Assistant & Volunteer Liaison
James Baptiste moved to the Hudson Valley from Queens in 2015 ….
James Baptiste moved to the Hudson Valley from Queens in 2015 to attend school at SUNY New Paltz. He fell in love with the area and decided to live in the Hudson Valley permanently, following his graduation in 2019. While attending New Paltz James majored in Sociology: Human Services and minored in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
His time in Hudson Valley has been great and memorable thus far. He looks forward to what is to come.