Chairperson: Frank Pagano
& JWDC Delegate and Vice Chair o the Essex County DC
My wife Sue and I are retired, living off-grid in a little old cabin we bought decades ago. I mostly stay active by volunteering in emergency services here and as an inmate educator at Ray Brook. I’m honored to serve on the JDC, one of the many grass-roots organizations revitalized by the calamitous 2016 election.
I think the JDC merely resumes our community’s heritage of political activism. Many years ago, townspeople facilitated the Underground Railroad that passed through here. John Brown, the abolitionist who led the raid on Harper’s Ferry, settled in nearby North Elba. Rockwell Kent, the famous painter and political activist, lived at Asgaard Farm. I’m proud to be associated with a group that respects and builds upon our historical legacy.
Vice Chairperson: Eliana Godoy
Eliana is the Director of Advancement at Literacy Inc. In this role, she is responsible for leading the organization’s advocacy, communications and development efforts to end the literacy crisis in New York City. Passionate about supporting families and children affected by systemic poverty, Eliana brings years of experience in program design, evaluation, cultural organizing, and capacity building across a wide range of social issues, nationally and internationally.
Eliana received the Union Square Award, as well as the Catherine Reynolds Fellowship on Social Entrepreneurship in recognition for her cultural and community development work in New York City. She founded Art for Change at the intersection art and community organizing. Later, she began Carlitos Café y Galería as social venture and platform for Art for Change. These grass-roots institutions supported the civic engagement of families, local residents, and artists. The café became landmark destination for artists and activists and was featured on numerous media platforms.
Eliana holds a B.S. in Communications from Boston University and a MPA from New York University. She lives in Wilmington, where the mountains remind her of her birth country, Bolivia. She is a proud member of JDC and serves as a newly elected Vice-Chair.
Secretary: Marie-Anne Azar Ward
Marie-Anne Azar Ward lives in Jay and considered herself apolitical until the last administration. She was spurred to register as a Democrat and recently joined the Jay/Wilmington Democratic committee. As a first generation American child of Lebanese immigrants, Marie-Anne values a true democracy. With a BA in English from St. Michael’s College in Vermont, she worked for over a decade at MLPBS in Plattsburgh, wrote home features for a local magazine and maintained a long time involvement in both the Upper Jay Library and Keene Central School from which her twins graduated last June. Marie-Anne now works side by side with her husband, Jeff at Ward Pine Mill.
Treasurer – Knut Sauer
& JWDC Delegate to the Essex County DC
Actively working as a senior executive at an international sales and marketing firm, and Town of Jay Council member. Passionate about the Adirondacks and the Town of Jay, and love the outdoors. Truly enjoy my community involvement at many local organizations, either as a member or as a volunteer, where I get to meet so many other like-minded people and can give back to the community.
Communication Coordinator – Marisol Sauer
& JWDC Delegate to the Essex County DC
Married, a mother of 2 grown boys, and a creative designer who works with HTML, CSS, and many other programs and applications. When not working on a project or enjoying our beautiful Adirondack nature, I am actively participating in local organizations like the Au Sable Valley Rotary Club, the Essex County Democratic Committee, and the Town of Jay Democratic Committee, or out volunteering with the North Country SCPA, ORDA at many of their events and venues, The Au Sable Acres Property Owners Association, Friends of Hurricane Mountain, and the Au Sable Forks Fast Pitch Tournament Committee, among others.
I am passionate about the outdoors and EVERYTHING it has to offer – I enjoy hiking, traveling, gardening, wildlife, ocean life, animals and I am sure I can come up with a few more 😊 Oh and I love photography.