The Maya Gold Foundation is governed by an eight member Board of Directors. Each Board member brings a sincere commitment to our work and unique skills and qualities which we value deeply.
Amy Weisz, , joined the Board in 2018 after travelling to Nepal with the Maya Gold Foundation. She has a BS in Biology and Elementary Education from SUNY New Paltz and an MS in Information Science. Amy is the School Library Media Specialist and girls’ modified track coach at the Onteora Middle/High School in Boiceville, NY. Amy has worked in education for over 25 years as an elementary school teacher, school librarian, and summer camp director. She also serves on the Ulster BOCES School Library Systems Council. In her free time she enjoys being with her family, hiking with her dogs, and riding her bike on the roads of Ulster County.
Elise Gold, Treasurer, retired in 2019 as the Executive Director of Jewish Family Service of Orange County and serves as the Treasurer of the Board of the Maya Gold Foundation. Elise is an Adjunct Professor at SUNY New Paltz and a therapist with Wellness Embodied in New Paltz. She holds a Masters of Social Work, is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, a Certified Psychodramatist, and brings over 30 years of experience in human services to our organization. She has been active in the areas of social justice and human rights for many years, and is a co-founder of the Maya Gold Foundation.
Mathew Swerdloff, President, has served as an educator in New York State’s public schools for over twenty seven years. He has held positions as a classroom teacher in grades 3 through 8, Director of Technology, Director of Library Media Services, Executive Director of Educational Support Services, and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the State University of New York in New Paltz. Mathew earned his Master’s Degree in Education and his New York School District Administrator Certification from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and his Doctorate from Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT. Mathew is the co-founder of the Maya Gold Foundation.
Nicolas Swerdloff, Vice President, is a Managing Partner of the New York office of the law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He started with the firm in 1983, and is admitted to the bars of the States of New York and Florida as well as to the bars of multiple federal courts, including the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. His practice focuses on complex litigation and arbitration, both international and domestic, involving financial services, securities, professional liability and foreign sovereign disputes.
Paul Alexander is the owner of Paul Alexander Construction Company, in Woodstock, NY, where his business focuses on renovations and custom additions to older homes. Paul brings a passion for social change to the Board, and experience working in a variety of settings in bringing about healing and transformation for individuals and communities. He facilitates men’s healing groups in Woodstock and is a former board member at High Meadow School in Stone Ridge, NY. He is a life-long resident of Ulster County with strong community ties and relationships in New Paltz and Woodstock. Paul took part in the 2017 exploratory trip to Nepal, and was a co-leader on the 2020 Adult Trip to Nepal.
Sarah Dukler joined the Board in 2017, before participating in the exploratory trip to Nepal, and has been an active presence on our Social Media and Community Programs committees. She is an Executive Assistant at Marathon Woman, Inc., where she is responsible for business schedules, travel logistics, speaking engagements, TV appearances, and arranging interviews. Sarah is also the Social Media and Event Manager at Rough Draft, in Kingston, NY. Sarah received her BA from SUNY Geneseo in International Relations and Business, and is an avid fitness enthusiast, a Fitness Coach, and Personal Trainer.