Barbara Moses retires after 24 years at MARK
By Brian Sweeney
Barbara Moses, the longest tenured employee at the MARK Project, retired last week after more than 24 years on the job.
She will be honored as part of MARK’s 35th birthday celebration this Friday, July 5 from 4-7 p.m. at Spillian, a new retreat center in Fleischmanns.
Barbara was hired as a bookkeeper and also did “everything else” during most of her years at MARK, a community economic development agency based in Arkville. She has anchored organizational finances and performed fiscal oversight and accountability to all of MARK’s funding sources and donors.
For many years, Barbara and the MARK director were the only staff members. In its early years, MARK’s primary focus was renovating properties and selling them for reuse. The organization’s scope was broadened when it became involved in establishing the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market, constructing the Industrial Park building in Arkville, home repair programs and economic development projects.
Barbara said she’s pleased to have been part of an outfit that has grown to play such a pivotal role from the communities it serves. She cited the assistance that MARK provided to the region following two devastating floods in 2011 as an example of the organization’s importance.
“We were lucky, after the floods, we got real money to do important work and we also helped organize teams of people to help clean houses. A lot of communities didn’t have options like that,” Barbara recalled.
She noted that, over the years, MARK has had similar impacts in many areas.
“I’m proud of everything we’ve done. We have repaired houses when people didn’t have the money to fix them and performed many similar undertakings. I think MARK is an excellent resource for our community and we should be very proud,” she commented.
Always something new
Barbara said she always enjoyed the many challenges that her job presented, especially as MARK ventured into new territory.
“I think that’s the best thing about working there, you definitely were not bored,” she laughed.
Prior to joining MARK, Barbara worked seven years at NBT Bank and several years working at the Clark Companies in Delhi.
MARK Executive Director Peg Ellsworth has witnessed firsthand Barbara’s value to the organization.
“Barbara has been an invaluable part of ensuring all the inner gears at MARK are meshing and in working order. Her work ethic, perfect attendance, compassion and overall dedication to the organization are second to none. She will be sorely missed, but we are hoping for frequent visits and homemade scones,” Peg told the News.
A native of Margaretville, Barbara moved downstate for a period before returning to the longtime family homestead in Dunraven in 1979 with her husband, Roy. Now that she’s retired, Barbara said she intends to enjoy more time gardening and keeping up with her well-known baking skills.
To make reservations for the MARK’s birthday celebration and Barbara’s retirement party, please call 845 586-3500.