Chatham Film Club Elects New Officers

At their annual meeting in January, the Chatham Film Club’s Board of Directors elected two new officers:  Lael Locke as Secretary and Susan Van Tassel as Treasurer. Fred Ulrich was re-elected President, and Peter Biskind was re-elected Vice President.
Long-time area resident, Lael Locke has served as Village of Chatham Trustee and currently chairs the Village’s Comprehensive Plan Update Committee. Active in several local nonprofit organizations, she joined the board of the Chatham Film Club when it purchased the Crandell Theatre in 2010. She says, “I believe that the Crandell is the heart of our community and am delighted to be part of an organization dedicated to its preservation as a hometown movie theatre.” She currently works in Albany with the New York Planning Federation.

Susan van Tassel joined the film club’s Board of Directors in 2013. A Ghent native, she grew up going to the movies at the Crandell. She owns an accounting business which serves the needs of small nonprofit organizations and area for-profit businesses. She previously spent seven years with the Columbia Land Conservancy as Accounting and Office Coordinator and has worked at the Shaker Museum and Pattison Koskey Howe & Bucci.

The film club’s outgoing secretary Emily Rossi-Snook and treasurer Mary Gail Biebel served in their roles for several years and will remain on the Board of Directors. “The Chatham Film Club is grateful for the dedicated service of these two officers, so helpful particularly during a time of major transition for the organization,” says President Fred Ulrich.

The board also approved the film club’s budget for 2015, which includes plans to replace the ceiling and the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in the theatre.
The Chatham Film Club is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Crandell Theatre and produces FilmColumbia, an annual five-day film festival held in October. To learn more about the Film Club, or to see what’s showing, go to or