Jeff Rindler (he/him)
Jeff Rindler (he/him)
Jeff Rindler is the Executive Director of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center….
Jeff Rindler is the Executive Director of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center. In his role he oversees all operational, programmatic, and strategic aspects of the organization.
Previously, Jeff spent over 20 years at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York City, the nation’s first AIDS service organization as their Chief Program Officer. He was responsible for all agency programming, Information Technology, Facilities and Building Operations and managing an 18 million dollar budget. During his tenure, he created and implemented the agency’s first workforce development program; interviewed, trained and placed over 700 volunteers and secured one million dollars annually in donated theater and event tickets.
Jeff started his career operating and managing his family’s office supply store in Ridgewood, Queens and has spent his career managing human services agencies since that time, especially ones that focus on LGBTQ individuals, friends and family members. Jeff is a board member of KUBA (Kingston Uptown Business Association), sits on the Ulster County Department of Social Services Advisory Council, an honorary board member of the National Working Positive Coalition, and a founding member of Governor Cuomo’s End The AIDS Epidemic by 2020 Older Adults Core Advisory Group.
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/her)
Director of Programs and Services
Amanda Norton (pronouns: she/her/hers) 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!
Liz Schiavoni (they/them)
Assistant Programs Director
Liz Schiavoni is excited to join the staff as the Assistant Programs Director . . .
Liz Schiavoni is excited to join the staff as the Assistant Programs Director. They’re passionate about bringing people together to create abundant, joyful communities and bring years of volunteer, advocacy, youth program, and community outreach coordination experience to the position.
Liz was inspired to leave laboratory biomedical research, and act directly in communities, by learning about LGBTQ history and the scientists who brought information about the Human Immunodeficiency Virus to activists. They loves creating zines, painting, and parenting houseplants. Liz can be found enjoying one of the Hudson Valley’s many nature trails or reading in a coffee shop, when not at the center.
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!
Zoë Rose (she/they)
Administrative Assistant / Website Manager
Zoë is happy to join the staff, lending . . .
Zoë is happy to join the staff, lending aid and assistance to the many talented people working both at the center, and in the community.
Outside the center, Zoë is an illustrator, and enjoys books and cooking probably more than is healthy.