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Ballston Area Recreation Commission

61 Eastern Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
(518) 885-1634

Executive Director

Nora Osuchowski

Nora Osuchowski came to this position after 18 years working for not-for-profit agencies that provide services to people with disabilities & their families. Starting out as a recreation therapist in an after school program and moving her way up to Director of Community Services, where she supervised individualized, community-based programs, advocated for people with disabilities, supervised various community-based recreation & service programs, and wrote grants for new programs. She has a BA in Creative Arts & Therapy from Russell Sage with a concentration in visual art & theater. Nora is also a mom of six kids, a health coach, and a lifelong resident of Ballston Spa. Both she & her kids have participated in BARC programs (as participants, coach, & sponsor), which has made her a strong supporter of BARC programs and all that they have to offer.

Board Chairman

Tom Slocum

Program Coordinators & Commissioners


Cheryl Kelly

Cheryl is a long time resident of Ballston Spa who raised her family participating in BARC programs. If you have any questions about registering for any of BARC’s programs please feel free to email her. She would be happy to help.

Arts Program Coordinator

Casey Martin

Casey is the co-founder and director of the W1SHFU1:TH1NK1NG Foundation- an Amsterdam based 501c3 that has catered to at risk youth since 2012. He has also worked as a Youth Advocate at Creative Connections Clubhouse since 2016 and has an Associates in Digital Communications & Transmedia. He has a passion for art, comedy, fashion, music, sports & bettering the communities around the 518 area.

Fall T-ball & Baseball Commissioner/Enrichment Program Coordinator

Ryan Cummings

Ryan has been with BARC since the Fall of 2018 and has served as both the Enrichment Program Coordinator the TBall/Baseball Commissioner during that time. Ryan received his Master’s Degree (2019) in Business Administration and Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (2017) from the College of St. Joseph. His past experience includes supervising a local recreation program for three years, and working as an Assistant General Manager with the Glens Falls Dragons. He also has extensive experience with athletics as a baseball player earning 2 National Championships and is currently the Assistant Baseball Coach at SUNY Adirondack.

Theater Director/Basketball Program Coordinator

Mike Gatzendorfer

Michael currently works in education and his pursuing his masters in secondary education.  He received his Associates in History and Communications from SUNY Plattsburgh, and then went on to get his Bachelors in Theatre and American History at SUNY Empire State.  Michael has spent a lifetime in the theatre- acting, directing and working behind the scenes. Michael is the proud founder of BARC’s Youth Theatre Company, and has participated in many BARC programs as a student, teacher and program coordinator. Michael’s previous experience includes working at Proctors as the Youth Programs Manager and serving on SLOC’s Board of Directors. He was also the company’s Technical and Artistic Director for six years.

Track & Field Commissioner

Matthew Germann

Matt has been coaching Cross Country and Track & Field since 2004.  He is currently the head coach of the Boys and Girls Varsity Cross Country teams at Ballston Spa High School.  He is the Commissioner of the BARC Track & Field program, and also the founder of Radar Running Camp (a local summer running program designed for both elementary and high school athletes interested in running cross country).  During the day he is an educator at Ballston Spa Middle School.

Soccer Commissioner

Christine Bouchard

Chris lives in Ballston Spa with her husband and three children- each of which participated in BARC soccer when they were younger.  She coached for BARC in the past and currently coaches a u10 & u12 team for the Ballston Spa Soccer Club.  Chris has a long history of working with children, and with community organizations. Currently, she works as a teachers aide in a medically fragile classroom at Gordon Creek Elementary School.

Soccer Technical Coordinator

Coleman Akey

Coleman is a Saratoga Springs native with coaching and playing experience ranging from grassroots to the collegiate level. He has a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Plattsburg and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Soccer Coaching Education through Ohio University.  Coleman was the recipient of the United Soccer Coaches 30 Under 30 program’s class of 2020, recognizing young coaches going above and beyond to develop players and enhance the game. His coaching experience through the Saratoga-Wilton Soccer Club and SUNY Delhi Men’s Soccer team round out his soccer experience.

Basketball Technical Coordinator

Randy Hotaling

Randy grew up here in Ballston Spa where he started playing basketball in BARC’s program. He then later played at the varsity level throughout most of his high school career. As a parent, Randy has coached several BARC basketball teams throughout the years, and volunteers his time wherever he is needed.  He has had the pleasure of being the technical coordinator of BARC’s basketball program since December of 2016 and is a strong supporter of the philosophies of this volunteer organization.

Swimming Commissioner

Matt Phelps

Matt is a BARC board member with a long history with BARC as a parent volunteer and coach for various sports.

Tennis Commissioner

Mark Rabideau

Mark is the Director of the Ballston Area Community Summer and Winter Tennis Programs, and he also coaches the Boys and Girls Varsity tennis teams at Ballston Spa High School. Mark founded BARC’s Indoor Tennis & Tennis Summer Camp programs, which have quickly grown to be two of BARC’s most popular programs. During the day, he is an educator at Milton Terrace Elementary School.

Administrative Assistant/Spring T-Ball/Baseball Commissioner

Rocky Smith

Rocky is a long time resident of Ballston Spa and retired Navy Senior Chief Yeoman Submariner, and a retired U.S. Postal Worker. He coached his children as they participated in various BARC sports throughout the years and now is the Commissioner of BARC’s T-ball & Instructional Baseball programs.

*Our skating & skiing programs are community partnerships. For questions on either of these programs, please contact Nora Osuchowski.