Facilities and Staffing


Photo of HVRL Faculty/Staff in 1998

The HVRL is permanently staffed with research scientists specializing in tree-fruit horticulture, plant pathology, and entomology. Each scientist is a member of their respective department at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY, which is part of Cornell University. In addition to the three scientists, full-time employees at the lab include the support staff listed below.

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Ulster County employs a fruit specialist, Dan Donahue, who is also housed at HVL. The Ulster County fruit specialist reports to the county CCE office in Kingston, NY. College students are employed during summer to assist in field research trials.

Administrative Assistant. Erica Kane


A Hudson Valley native, Erica grew up surrounded by the orchards and crops of the area and has been a U-Pick regular since she helped her grandmother gather peaches and apples for pies as a child.  Erica completed her MS in Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in 2014 and comes from a background of working with nonprofits and in the state legislature, including on agricultural policy


Farm Manager / Facilities Coordinator. Albert Woelfersheim
1992 – 1998 Master of Arts, in Mathematics – S.U.N.Y. at New Paltz
1989 – 1992 Bachelor of Arts, in Mathematics- – S.U.N.Y. at New Paltz
1986 – 1989 Associate in Science – Ulster County Community College
Employed at the HVRL since 1991 as Plant Pathology Technical Staff      Albert has developed technical expertise in electrical and plumbing, irrigation and planting systems, Information Technologies

dana-achimovic-2Horticultural Technical Staff. Dana Acimovic
Viticultural Horticulturalist

Dana has a Masters of Science degree in Horticulture from Michigan State. Currently she is working with invasive species colony development, biological control studies and vineyard development of clone / root stock combinations of Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.
Employed at the HVRL since April, 2016                                                 

Tim LampasonaEntomology Technical Staff. Tim Lampasona
Research Technician

Tim Lampasona is a graduate of Stony Brook University in the Department of Biological Anthropology. Currently he is pursuing a Masters of Science in Entomology at UNL.                                     Employed at the HVRL since May, 2012

ben-leeEntomology Technical Staff. Benjamin Lee
Field & Laboratory Technician

Benjamin Lee is a graduate of Vassar College in the Department of Environmental Studies. He plans to attend graduate school in the Fall for international Agriculture. Employed at the HVRL since August, 2015


Entomology Technical Staff. Chris Leffelman
Field & Laboratory Technician

Received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Plant Biology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology with a minor in German Language and Culture from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.  Chris was previously employed with DuPont plant breeding facilities testing and developing disease-resistant traits in Ag. systems