About The Partnership


What is the Pound Ridge Partnership?

The Pound Ridge Partnership is an independent, non-partisan, community based organization aimed at bringing together residents, business owners, landlords, and community leaders to support and improve the Pound Ridge Business District. The Pound Ridge Partnership is led by an energetic group of volunteers committed to the mission and vision of the Pound Ridge Partnership. Please join our e-mail list if you would like to receive meeting invitations, event notifications, and periodic newsletters.

Vision Statement

The Pound Ridge Partnership envisions a thriving, vibrant and attractive business district that meets the needs of Pound Ridge residents for goods and services. We envision the Pound Ridge Business District as a gathering place for Pound Ridge residents of all genres, including families and children, and as a destination for residents from other communities who come to enjoy the unique, country atmosphere of the district and take part in its retail and dining experience featuring arts, antiques, and local produce and cuisines. Join our e-mail list and subscribe to our blog!

For information about becoming a member of the Pound Ridge Partnership please email: info@poundridgepartnership.org

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James Best
President of the Board of Directors

James Best is the President of the Board of Directors for the Pound Ridge Partnership and Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee involved with exploring alternative solutions to the Water and Septic issues in the Scotts Corner Business District. James is a registered Architect, licensed in NY, CT, NJ and FL and is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He has designed numerous commercial and residential buildings, renovations and additions both in the Scotts Corners area and throughout the town and surrounding area.


Susan Grissom

Board Member

Susan Grissom has been with the Pound Ridge Partnership since its beginnings  as Co- Chair for the Beautification committee.  She has co- chaired Pound Ridge Pride for the last three years and been on the Harvest Festival Committee for the last two years. She and co chair Terri Pike created the Pocket Park by Plum Plums along with Anderson Landscaping  and Elmir Landscaping which has two Memorial’s honoring deceased Pound Ridge Firefighters and others from the business district.   She is also on the Green Streets Adopt a Street Light Committee.  She is Gallery Director of the new Lionheart Gallery and is a painter,printmaker, photographer and mixed media storyteller herself with an art studio at Firing Circuits Studios in Norwalk CT, an old lace factory.  Grissom is also co- curator for ArtShow Bedford for three last three years and serves on the committee. She has lived in Pound Ridge for eleven years.  She is currently in the Documentary Studies Program at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  www.suscangrissom.com

www.thelionheartgallery.com Photo Courtesy of Sally Green

Terri Pike

Terri Pike
Board Member

Terri Pike has been involved with International Education in secondary schools for most of her professional career. She taught English for the Department of Defense Schools in Okinawa, Japan; chaired the High School English Department for the American School in Mexico City, Mexico; and finished her career at the Hackley School, a college prep school in Tarrytown, New York, where she taught High School English and subsequently developed the English as a Second Language Department, which she chaired. Terri also volunteered as a CCD teacher for St. Teresa’s Church in Briarcliff Manor and St. Patrick’s Church in Bedford, as well as teaching English as a Second Language to immigrants on a volunteer basis. Terri is married to Randy Pike; they have two grown children and two grand children. Soon after moving to Pound Ridge in 1999, Terri chose to dedicate herself to community service. The Pound Ridge Partnership has become Terri’s focus. She chooses to use her energy to give to the community, motivated by the inspiration of the members of the Partnership.


Christopher Boey

Board Member

Christopher Boey is Senior Vice President of Internet Marketing and Structured Web Services at CBNY.  A boutique Digital Services firm situated in the heart of New York City,  the company (boey.com) represents a short list of high-profile companies, law firms and entertainers across the continental United States.

Married with two young boys, Christopher and his wife Susan relocated to Pound Ridge from New York City in 2002.  Christopher is also a committee member on the annual Pound Ridge Harvest Festival where he participates in merchandising, advertising opportunities and website design & presentation  (Pound Ridge Harvest Festival).


Dennis Mele

Board Member

Dennis Mele has more than twenty-five years of experience in the field of architecture and engineering analysis. He acts as Consulting Architect for many residential and commercial buildings throughout New York City where his ongoing duties include design and construction management for all building-related projects. Mr. Mele prides himself on finding creative, rational and practical solutions to complex problems that work within a building’s budget and time frames for planning capital improvements while helping to navigate his clients through a myriad of municipal and governmental regulations and Codes. He is sensitive to the needs of the resident, the tenant shareholder, the Landlord, the Board of Managers and other related parties and his ability to find mutually acceptable solutions among these groups makes his services well sought after. His broad expertise is rooted in these experiences and it begins with a general understanding of all building types and component systems. He is a featured presenter at the annual Housing Conference of the Council of New York Cooperatives & Condominiums held at Baruch College. In his personal life Mr. Mele has served on Village Zoning Boards and the Vestry; he has chaired Buildings and Grounds Committees; and aside from his activities with the Pound Ridge Partnership he is currently serving on the Buildings Committee for Camp Ma-He-Tu, an all girls summer camp located in Bear Mountain N.Y., which includes the maintenance of nearly 30 buildings in total, as well as the property itself.

Tanja Vogel – Secretary

Board Member

Ali Boak

Board Member

Melinda Velez

Board Member

Melinda Velez graduated from Columbia School of Social Work and was a Social Worker at Stamford High School’s School based Health Center for 7 years, after which she was a stay-at-home mom for her four children.

She currently teaches at Sara Walker Nursery School in Stamford, CT. She also serves on the Board of Children’s Hope Chest, a not for profit organization that helps children who suffer from poverty, abuse, neglect and illness.

In her home town of Pound Ridge, she runs an after school club called Local Heroes at Pound Ridge Elementary School, teaching children about volunteering and giving back to the community. She also co-chairs the annual Harvest Festival, Pound Ridge Partnership’s biggest fundraiser. This event brings our community and neighboring communities together to enjoy a day of great music, food and activities for all ages.

Colette Dow – Treasurer

Board Member