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Meet the Staff

Fred Stabbert III

Publisher

Serves as the President of Catskill Delaware Publications, Inc. and Publisher of the Sullivan County Democrat, a 130-year-old, twice-weekly newspaper which covers Sullivan County. Mr. Stabbert is the Secretary of the Board at Jeffersonville Bancorp., where he has been a director since 2012. He served as President of the New York Press Association and as Chairman of the Board of the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development for four years. Mr. Stabbert is also President of the Board of the Kautz, Thorwelle, Sawyer Scholarship Foundation, and a founding director of Sullivan Renaissance. Mr. Stabbert also served as a Trustee for Sullivan County Community College for nine years. He is a Legion of Honor member of the Callicoon Kiwanis Club, where he served as President and is a 30-year member. He serves as a member of the Callicoon Business Association. Mr. Stabbert earned a BA degree from St. Bonaventure University in 1983, majoring in Mass Communication. He lives in Callicoon with his wife, Regina. They have three grown children.

Fred can be contacted at: publisher@sc-democrat.com

EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT

Joseph Abraham

Managing Editor

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Joe manages the sports section, community columns and the 50-plus special publications the paper produces annually. As Managing Editor, he collaborates with staff on new ideas and projects, as well as works to grow the paper’s social media presence and new podcast. He also covers the SUNY Sullivan and IDA beats for news. Joe spends his free time volunteering with the Liberty Rotary Club, WJFF Radio Catskill and Sullivan Allies Leading Together.

Joseph can be contacted at: joe@sc-democrat.com or sports@sc-democrat.com

Matt Shortall

Editor

A Sullivan County native, Matt graduated from Liberty High School before attending the University at Albany and the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Matt is in charge of the news, life and opinion sections of the paper. He also covers the Towns of Bethel and Liberty, the Village of Monticello and the crime/emergency beats.

Matt can be contacted at: matt@sc-democrat.com or editor@sc-democrat.com

Isabel Braverman

Staff Reporter

After graduating from Ithaca College with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism she moved back to the area and began working in community journalism. Since joining the Democrat, she covers the County Legislature, Town of Tusten and Town of Delaware as well as news, features, and special sections. She is also the Editor of Catskills Confidential, a tourism magazine highlighting attractions, shopping, dining, lodging and more. She lives in Cochecton Center with her partner, Tim, and cat, Iggy.

Isabel can be contacted at: isabel@sc-democrat.com

SALES TEAM

Liz Tucker

Advertising Director

Liz supervises the outside display advertising sales department. She has a marketing and advertising background from SUNY Sullivan. Liz handles ads from businesses in Liberty, Ferndale, Loch Sheldrake, Hurleyville, Woodbourne, Harris, Neversink, Grahamsville, Jeffersonville, Youngsville, Callicoon Center, North Branch, Parksville, White Sulphur Springs, Swan Lake, Ulster - Ellenville, Napanoch, Kerhonkson, Accord, as well as Dutchess County. On the weekends, Liz participates in several local and virtual 5K, 10K half and full marathon walking events.

Liz can be contacted at: lizt@sc-democrat.com

Barbara Matos

Assistant Advertising Director

Joining the Sullivan County Democrat sales team in 2014, Barbara brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her 20-plus years working in NYC in Television Ad Sales. Her territory is from Fosterdale to Goshen, as well as both sides of the River from Cochecton to Port Jervis. On the weekends you can find Barbara paddling down the Delaware River or enjoying time with her husband on their Hobby Farm.

Barbara can be contacted at: barbaram@sc-democrat.com

Janet Will

Classifieds Manager

In the circulation department she ensures that customer information is up to date and prepares reports that are needed to produce and mail the paper. As the classifieds manager, Janet is here to help you with your classified advertising needs whether you are in need of hiring someone, you have an item for sale or you own a business and would like to take advantage of our Service Directory. As part of the telemarketing team, Janet sells special sections throughout the year including the Job Fair Tab, Graduation, Administrative Professionals Day, Adopt A Pet, Easter and Christmas Worship, and for fun, she creates the Valentine’s Day puzzle and handles the Turkey Raffle.

Janet can be contacted at: class@sc-democrat.com

Michelle Reynolds

Telemarketing Coordinator

Michelle started at the Sullivan County Democrat in December 1998 selling ads for our salute sections from home so she could continue to care for her young son who wasn’t ready for school. By 2004 she had become the head of the in-house marketing department and worked on not only salute sections but ads for the body of the paper and various inserts.  As position grew so did her responsibilities by filling in when needed for other departments.  She enjoys working with our customers and helping them with their advertising needs.

Michelle can be contacted at: mreynolds@sc-democrat.com

Susan Panella

Advertising Representative

Susan, a past recipient of the New York State Certificate of Merit Toast Award, has worked at the Democrat for six years. She proudly serves the Roscoe, Livingston Manor, Callicoon, Hancock, Delaware County, Honesdale, Hawley and Wallenpaupack territories. She enjoys fishing and spending time with her dogs Sully and Bear.

Susan can be contacted at: susan@sc-democrat.com

Margaret Bruetsch

In-House Marketing Rep and the Monticello Branch Office Manager

Margaret, who graduated from Marist College with a double major in Communication (Journalism) and English (Writing), works on a variety of special sections including salutes for national weeks and local events; tabs including our 911 Emergency Services publication and Winter and Fall Student Sports Guides; run of paper sections including Leadership Sullivan, Sips & Shots: Celebrating Sullivan County’s Craft Beverages, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month; and our annual Graduation Keepsake, celebrating the graduating classes of all eight Sullivan County schools as well as Hancock High School in Delaware County, NY and Honesdale High School in Wayne County, PA.

Margaret can be contacted at: monticello@sc-democrat.com

BUSINESS OFFICE

Sue Owens

Business Manager

Sue started with the ‘Democrat’ in 1981, the first month of going computerized in the Business Office and has worked her way up to the position she’s in today, Business Manager.  She enjoys the daily challenges of newspaper life and takes pride in our Business Office being people-friendly. The office helps and directs our customers, and the duties are diversified and challenging. Sue always looks forward to learning something new each and every day.  In her spare time she enjoys hunting, fishing and loves to get her hands dirty in the garden.

Sue can be contacted at: sowens@sc-democrat.com

Patricia Biedinger

Assistant Office Manager

Patricia joined the Democrat May 2013, working in Customer Service, and has 40+ years experience. Everyday is a new learning and sometimes a changeling experience. She is always ready to give a helping hand to settle a issue with accounting and subscriptions, AR, AP, Circulation (Subscriptions), Worship Listings, and Achieve Research. The Democrat is a family of hard working individuals who put the customer first. In Patricia’s spare time, she never stops working, taking care of Family, enjoys reading, listing to music, gardening, walking.

Patricia can be contacted at: patriciab@sc-democrat.com or 845-887-5200

Tricia Roberto

Tricia can be contacted at: subs@sc-democrat.com

PRODUCTION/DESIGN TEAM

Petra Duffy

Production Manager

With over 15 years in the graphic design field, Duffy is a jack of all trades. Her duties include facilitating projects in the production department, creating and designing advertisements, laying out pages of the paper’s different sections, designing inserts, and she single-handedly designs the Hurleyville Sentinel.  When she isn't working, Duffy enjoys reading, photography, going on long scenic drives, playing video games, watching movies and game nights with the family.

Petra can be contacted at: petraduffy1123@gmail.com

Nyssa Calkin

Photo Editor

Nyssa's responsibilities include obtaining, selecting, and postprocessing images for news print as well as uploading articles to the website. You might even catch her out and about taking photos of events for the paper. Nyssa lives in Callicoon with her partner, Rob, two kids, and their many animal companions. Her ties to Sullivan County date back to the 1700s when her family settled in the area. When not involved in her work or studies, she is likely wandering the countryside taking photos of wildlife with daughter Lily, enjoying one of her son William's many sporting events, plotting out a home improvement project, or training a pup.

Nyssa can be contacted at: nyssa@sc-democrat.com

Jessica Roda

Legal Admin/Production and Editorial Assistant

Roda’s duties range from processing legals, organizing coming ups, meetings and the sports calendar, obituaries, formatting all columns/send-in articles, Down the Decades, special sections work, school contact list, Catskill-Delaware Magazine, format/retype articles, create/export pages for publication, and importing ads for the paper and special pubs. When she isn’t working, Roda is spending time with her husband Adam and their dog Bo.

Jessica can be contacted at: legals@sc-democrat.com or calendar@sc-democrat.com

Rosalie Mycka

Graphic Artist

Growing up in a family of professional artists, Rosalie attended Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and went on to become a graphic designer and illustrator in Toronto, New York City and in Sullivan County. She has worked for Catskill Delaware Publications for over a decade and has won or helped to win over a dozen national and state awards during her professional career. At the Democrat she is responsible for the editorial design and redesign of ancillary publications such as Catskills Confidential, Home in the Country, Business Edge, Health and Wellness and others. She also does layout for The Sullivan County Democrat newspaper.

Elizabeth Finnegan

Proofreader

If it’s printed, she’s seen it. Finnegan proofreads all ads and editorial copy that appear in the newspaper and our 50-plus annual special publications.

Katey Dnistrian

Graphic Artist

Now in her second year at the Democrat, Katey designs pages and ads for the various newspaper sections and special publications we produce annually. When she isn't working, you'll find her cooking up new recipes with friends and spending time with her two Orange cats –– Clementine and Fred.

Katey can be contacted at: katey@sc-democrat.com