RUPCO staff group on June 6, 2016 at The Lace Mill, 165 Cornell Street, Kingston

RUPCO is recognized as a leader in housing and community revitalization, known for our quality work and professional staff. Our reputation has grown to a national level, as evidenced by the partnerships, funding and recognition received by organizations such as NeighborWorks® America, New York State Assocation for Affordable Housing and Rural LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation).

Achievements of this nature are dependent on strong leadership on the Board of Directors and among our Senior Staff. Our Board members are deeply engaged and provide effective oversight, encouragement and resources of time and expertise. Our Senior Staff have deep roots in the industry and in the communities we serve. All of these elements work synergistically to created a whole that is even greater than the sum of its parts.

Catherine A. Maloney, Chairperson, RUPCO Board of Directors

Catherine Maloney joined RUPCO’s Board of Directors in 2010 and is serving as Board chairperson through 2017. She is currently leading our Board through NeighborWorks® America’s Excellence In Governance Program, a two-year leadership development training. In October 2016, RUPCO received $10,000 for its commitment at the Board level to creating opportunity through our programs and services.

Kevin O'Connor, RUPCO CEO Kevin O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer, RUPCO

As an executive in housing and community development, Mr. O’Connor enjoys 28 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector. Prior to joining RUPCO in November 2002, Mr. O’Connor had previously developed over 150 units of affordable housing with combined development budgets exceeding $14 million including homeless housing, homeownership and rental housing.

Today, Mr. O’Connor leads a dynamic organization with a staff of 65 and an annual operating budget in excess of $6.8 million dollars. RUPCO is a leading agency providing comprehensive housing and community development services in the Hudson Valley region and recently built Woodstock Commons, an intergenerational campus of 53 homes for seniors, working families and artists! In 2015, RUPCO completed creative placemaking efforts through the rehabilitation of The Lace Mill, an $18-million adaptive re-use of the former US Lace Curtain Mill Factory, located in Kingston, creating 55 rental units preferenced for artists. Currently, RUPCO has over $75 million of real estate development in its pipeline while operating five business lines: real estate development, property management, rental assistance, community development and a HomeOwnership Center. RUPCO provides nearly 2,000 units of rental assistance, manages 411 affordable housing units and is the leader in providing homeownership assistance, housing rehabilitation, energy efficiency and accessibility modifications.

Under O’Connor’s direction, RUPCO has piloted New York State programs such as the Nursing Home Transition & Diversion program, and forged significant collaboration with other nonprofits to provide Foreclosure Prevention, Homeless Prevention, and Rapid Re-Housing programs. Increasing its regional footprint, RUPCO administers the Housing Choice Voucher program in Ulster and Greene Counties and delivers housing programs in Orange and Sullivan Counties through its affiliate, RDAC. Since 2011, RUPCO has contracted with NYSERDA to market its Green Jobs | Green New York program in 10 Hudson Valley Counties including Westchester. In 2007, RUPCO received the Quality of Life Award from Pattern for Progress, a leading regional planning organization. In 2013, RUPCO’s Woodstock Commons won national recognition as a finalist in Affordable Housing Magazine’s annual awards competition and was also named Building of the Year by the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce. The Lace Mill, completed in 2015, has been recognized by several national industry leaders for its innovative work including Most Complex Financial Structuring (NH&RA), the Trailblazer Award (NYSERDA), and Upstate Project of the Year (NYSAFAH).  

Mr. O’Connor serves on the board of directors of Pattern for Progress and recently joined the national NeighborWorks Assocation board of directors. he served nine years on the NeighborWorks® America’s National Real Estate Development Committee. From 2003 to 2013, Kevin served on the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York’s Affordable Housing Advisory Housing Council. In March 2010, Mr. O’Connor graduated from Harvard University’s Achieving Excellence in Community Development, an 18-month executive leadership program presented in association with NeighborWorks® America. In March 2013, the National NeighborWorks® Association named O’Connor as its Practitioner of the Year.

Previously, Mr. O’Connor served as Associate Executive Director of Hudson River Housing in Poughkeepsie, New York. Mr. O’Connor is a 1983 graduate of Marist College with a BA in Communications and resides in New Paltz with his wife Maria and their three children.

RUPCO Board of Directors

  • Catherine A. Maloney – Chairperson
  • Christopher J. Marx – Vice-Chairperson
  • Henry Gleich, CPA – Treasurer
  • Leah Gherardi – Secretary
  • James B. Childs – Director
  • Renee Darmstadt  – Director
  • Richard Heese – Director
  • Joan Lonergan – Director
  • Adam Mandell – Director
  • Karen Winkle-Gorsline – Director

RUPCO Advisory Council

  • Eliza Bozenski
  • Thomas A. Collins, C.C.I.M.
  • Frank DeSiervo
  • Peter M. Frank, Esq.
  • John Mizerak
  • Constance Snyder

RUPCO Executive Council

pic-fpauloFrank Paulo, CFO



pic-gkempeGuy Kempe, VP of Community Development



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Sheila Kilpatrick, VP of Operations



Joseph Eriole, VP of Real Estate Development



RUPCO HomeOwnership Center Committee Advisory Council: Reisa Adato, Ryan Hastie, Richard Heese, Michael Jordan, Michael Lawlor, Joan Lonergan, Michael Lonergan Esq., Anthony Pagano, Patti Riozzi, David Sosa, Lynne White, Matt Wolf

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¿Hablas español? Join us for our fourth "Comida y tierra" conversation (in Spanish)! As a gesture of our appreciation, we are providing free meals to all native Spanish speakers who attend this event, as they are volunteering their time to help facilitate the conversation. Support us in this effort by contributing here! Agenda 6PM - 7:30pm: Note: We are aiming to create an immersive environment where only Spanish is spoken once you walk in the door! 1. Orientation, seating (based on level) and placing meal orders 2. Standing facilitated conversation in different groups (according to level) 3. Back to seats for eating and further discussion 4. Kingston Land Trust and Kingston YMCA Farm Project announcements Everyone is welcome- this event is open to anyone! Our organizations are non-governmental and work to support the community. Our goal is to create safe and friendly environments to get to know each other and eat together. Comida y tierra is a facilitated conversation series in Spanish hosted by the Kingston Land Trust in collaboration with the Kingston YMCA Farm Project, at Latin restaurants along Broadway. This immersive experience brings together native Spanish speakers and those who are learning and want to practice Spanish over a meal (not included) to build community and discuss issues of land and food that affect our city. For more information and to RSVP, contact Kingston Land Trust Executive Director Julia Farr at or call 845-877-5263. ********** ¿Hablas español? ¡Entonces únete a nosotros para nuestra cuarta conversación "Comida y tierra" (en español)! Como un gesto de agradecimiento, estamos ofreciendo comidas gratis a todos los hablantes nativos de español que asisten a este evento, ya que están ofreciendo su tiempo para ayudar a facilitar la conversación. Agenda 6pm - 7:30pm: Ojo: Estamos tratando de crear un ambiente inmersivo en el que una vez adentro, sólo se habla español! 1. Orientación, asientos (según nivel de español) y pedidos de comida. 2. Conversación facilitada de pie en diferentes grupos (según nivel) 3. Volver a los asientos para comer y conversar 4. Anuncios del Kingston Land Trust y Kingston YMCA Farm Project ¡Todos son bienvenidos- este evento está abierto a cualquier persona! Nuestras organizaciones trabajan para el pueblo, independiente del gobierno, y nuestra meta es crear ambientes seguros y amistosos para conversar y comer juntos. Comida y tierra es una serie de conversación facilitada en español organizada por el Kingston Land Trust en colaboración con el Kingston YMCA Farm Project, en restaurantes latinos a lo largo de Broadway. Esta experiencia inmersiva reune a hablantes nativos de español y aquellos que están aprendiendo y quieren practicar español durante una comida (incluida para los que son hablantes nativos de español) para crear comunidad y conversar sobre los temas de comida y tierra que afectan a nuestra ciudad. Para más información y para RSVP, comunícate con la directora ejecutiva de Kingston Land Trust, Julia Farr, en o llame al 845-877-5263 (se habla español).

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