Meet the Council:
Robert Dennison III, PE; Chair
Mr. Dennison, former New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Chief Engineer, leads VHB’s transportation planning and design engineering services in New York. Throughout his 35+ year career, Dennison has made a tremendous impact on shaping the future of transportation and infrastructure in New York. He has held positions of responsibility in Town, County and State governments and understands the internal operations of government. As Chief Engineer at NYSDOT, Dennison was responsible for New York State’s $1.6 billion annual capital construction program, bridge safety assurance of 17,000 publicly owned bridges, and management of the annual consultant program of $250 million.
Alex Thompson, J.D.; Voting Member
Alex Thompson is currently the Systems Advocate for the Resource Center for Accessible Living, Inc. Mr. Thompson serves on the board of the Hudson Valley Chapter of United Spinal, a peer mentor with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, is a volunteer tax preparer for the AARP Tax-Aide program, and on the marketing committee of the Newburgh Illuminated Festival. He is a member of the National Federation of the Blind at Large Chapter, National Eagle Scout Association, and National Association of Attorneys with Disabilities.
He has previously worked for the National Council on Aging (NCOA), American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), and the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities (NALSWD). He received his undergraduate degree in Sociology from Bucknell and a Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law. At St. John’s University, Mr. Thompson served as the President of the Disability Rights Society.
Brian Slack, UCTC Transportation Planner; Voting Member
Brian and his wife Kristin moved to Ulster County in 2011 so that Brian could begin working as a transportation planner for the Ulster County Transportation Council (UCTC) and Ulster County Planning Department. In his role as Principal Transportation Planner for the UCTC, Brian focuses on all elements of the transportation planning process, including bike, pedestrian, highway, safety, and transit planning as well as state and federal rules governing use of the transportation system and federal aid.
In 2015, Brian and his wife purchased their first home in the City of Kingston where they live with their two children. Mr. Slack received a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University at Buffalo in 2003 and has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 2009.
John Grossbohlin, Retired; Voting Member
John Grossbohlin is a lifelong resident of Kingston. He is retired from the health insurance industry where he worked as a project manager and programmer analyst. Previous to that, he worked for a research company; taught management and management information systems courses at several SUNY schools; and worked as a skilled craft interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.
John has been a part of the local cycling community since the 1970s. He has experience working in a bicycle shop and as president of the former Ulster Cycling Club. John is a veteran cyclist with more than 7,400 miles of long distance touring and tens of thousands of miles of on and off road bicycling behind him. Long distance trips included riding from Florida to Kingston twice; riding from Colorado to Washington state; and riding the Erie Canalway.
John currently volunteers with Bike Friendly Kingston; Kingston Land Trust’s Greenline management committee; Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, and the Friends of the Catskill Mountain Rail Trail. Additionally, John represents the City of Kingston on the O&W Rail Trial Coalition of Municipalities; serves as a board member of the D&H Canal Heritage Corridor Alliance which manages sections of the O&W Rail Trail; and, is in his second term as a member of the Complete Streets Advisory Council.
Kristen Wilson, City of Kingston Director of Grants Management; Staff Support
Kristen Wilson is the Grants Manager for the City of Kingston in the Office of Economic and Community Development. She seeks and manages funds for a range of city projects in the areas of transportation, water infrastructure, the environment, housing, fire safety, community development, and public health. Many of her management activities are focused on several grant-funded transportation projects on the Kingston Greenline, a network of rail trails, complete streets, and linear parks in Kingston.
Previously, Kristen worked as a Senior Resource Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County. In that role, she directed several public health-related grant projects and guided the Live Well Kingston Coalition, which is now a City Commission, into existence. She also facilitated the Healthy Ulster Council in collaboration with the Ulster County Department of Health.
She currently provides support to Kingston’s Complete Streets Advisory Council, the Live Well Kingston Commission, and Bike Friendly Kingston, and she formerly served as a Board Director for the Kingston Land Trust. Kristen has a Masters from the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, for which she conducted research on watershed policy in Oaxaca, Mexico. Earlier, she worked as an environmental educator and Outward Bound instructor. She is fluent in Spanish, and she enjoys living in Kingston, NY with her husband and 5-year old daughter where you’ll find her riding her bike, on a yoga mat, or eating scrumptious local food in her free time.