June 12, 2012 —
The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) promoted Laurie Ramie of Hortonville as executive director of the non-profit conservation organization, effective June 9.
The UDC board unanimously approved a resolution hiring Ramie at its June 7 monthly meeting, citing her 15 years of experience with the UDC as its public relations/fundraising specialist. Ramie had been serving as acting executive director since December 5, 2011 in anticipation of the January 1 retirement of William E. Douglass.
The executive director provides leadership in overseeing all program-related UDC activities aimed at ensuring proper and effective implementation of the River Management Plan (RMP) for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.
The position requires skills in intergovernmental coordination, organizational administration, verbal and written communications, strategic planning, staff supervision, public outreach and an extensive knowledge of resource management issues.
The executive director provides chief staff support for the council, whose current voting members are 13 towns and townships that border the Upper Delaware River, the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Delaware River Basin Commission and National Park Service are non-voting members. Incorporated in 1988, the UDC operates under a Cooperative Agreement with its federal partner agency, the National Park Service, to fulfill legislative responsibilities outlined in the RMP.
Ramie grew up in Ogdensburg and earned a Cum Laude Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in English from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1988. Prior to joining the UDC, Ramie was employed by Catskill-Delaware Publications from 1992 to 1997, lastly as editor of the Sullivan County Democrat newspaper.
For more information on the UDC, visit www.upperdelawarecouncil.org  or call 845/252-3022.