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 (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.”
Tim Doak (he/him)
Timothy Doak, MS, LCAT, MT-BC is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and . . .
Timothy Doak, MS, LCAT, MT-BC is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Board-Certified Music Therapist within the Well-Being Institute. Timothy has been a music therapist since 2013 and has worked with a wide range of clinical populations. He is also a yoga teacher since 2017 and incorporates the principles of yoga into his clinical practice. He received his Bachelors of Music Therapy from Shenandoah University, and his Masters of Science in Music Therapy from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Timothy is currently a Advanced Trainee to become a Fellow of the Association of Music & Imagery and currently serves as the Vice-President Elect for Conference Planning for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association.
Growing up in upstate New York, Timothy discovered his passion for music, helping others, and traveling the world. This inspired him to join the Peace Corps, where he served in Fiji as a Health Empowerment Facilitator from 2013 to 2015. His experiences within the Peace Corps helped shape his desire to work within mental health and witness the impact music has on an individual’s well-being. Timothy is excited to join the LGBTQ Center and incorporate music and the creative arts within this vibrant community!
Erik Harris (he/him)
Erik Harris is the Program Assistant at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center…
Erik Harris is the Program Assistant at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center. He oversees youth programming and supports the creation and implementation of all programming at the Center. He is a proud Black, queer, trans man from North Carolina. Erik is excited to be welcomed in the Hudson Valley and begin serving LGBTQ folks of all backgrounds in the community!
Before coming to the Center, Erik was a high school English teacher in Nashville, Tennessee where he was one of the founding advisors of the SafeZone, a club for LGBTQ teens and allies to explore their identities and advocate for their needs in the school. He was a member of the Diversity Committee as a graduate student at UNC-Greensboro and of the Committee on Community as an undergrad at Salem College. All these experiences, in addition to his own lived experience, shaped his long-standing passion for social justice and equity.
When he isn’t working, Erik enjoys hiking, playing video games, cooking, and practicing guitar. He spends most of his days hanging out with his cat, Tux.
Skyler Roach (he/him)
Community Outreach & Volunteer Liaison
Skyler Roach grew up in upstate New York…
Skyler Roach grew up in upstate New York, spending his time drawing his friends, skiing, and working at an Art Studio where he put on programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other social disabilities.
Since he came out as a transgender man, his passion for helping others and LGBTQ+ advocacy has only grown, starting by leading his high schools PRIDE Club, through LGBTQ+ housing at SUNY New Paltz, and finally coming to work at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ+ Community Center.
His experiences through his work in different social fields has helped him grow his knowledge of intersectional justice and adapt his personal style of interpersonal communication and art therapy techniques to best suit the needs of his loved ones and his community.