Board of Directors

Capital Roots 2020 Executive Committee

Capital Roots Board President (Albany County)

Rachel Hye Youn Rupright

As a social worker, I believe that everyone should have access to affordable and nutritious food. Every day, Capital Roots makes that happen in our community. I’m also Chair of the organization’s Fund Development Committee, working with fellow board members, staff, and dedicated volunteers to garner resources in support of Capital Roots. My spouse and I live in Albany. I enjoy growing grape tomatoes, kale, and zinnias in our backyard. I also work in downtown Albany, where during nice weather, you can often find me in Academy Park eating lunch and fending off the squirrels.

Capital Roots Vice-President
Attorney (Albany County)

Anoush Koroghlian Scott

Good nutrition and healthy living have always been a major part of my life. As a graduate student I worked to assure access to nutritious foods and education through accurate food labeling. As a law student I advocated for regulation of health claims on food packaging. And as parents, my husband and I have shared with our three daughters our love of gardening, cooking with fresh ingredients, and overall healthy living. At home, we compost all of our organic waste and in addition to our modest vegetable garden, we keep bees (who make great honey!), grow raspberries and blackberries, our own Christmas trees, and are now taking on some on fruit trees. When I was introduced to Capital Roots I was immediately drawn to its mission and vision. Having served on the Volunteer and Program committees, I grew to truly appreciate the tremendous positive impact it has and continues to have on such a broad spectrum of the community. I am so proud and honored to be part of Capital Roots!

Capital Roots Treasurer
Certified Financial Planner (Albany County)

Mark Bryant 

I have lived in the Capital District my entire life, growing up in the Town of Bethlehem and supporting it throughout my professional career. My brother, Jeff, and I own Bryant Asset Protection in Slingerlands, an insurance and financial services business started by our dad over 60 years ago. Personally and as business owners, we are committed to community support and have sponsored the Delmar Dash for the last 12 years, volunteer for various local programs, and have established the Charles & Carole Bryant Generations Grant program providing cash grants to local organizations working to improve our community. My wife, Lisa Callahan, and I live in Delmar and have two adult sons, Jesse and Jack. My older son, Jesse, is an agro-ecology major at the University of Wisconsin and he frequently talks about the problems – both domestic and worldwide – that exist relative to food and nutrition education. Because I am concerned with the fact that many Capital District residents don’t have enough fresh healthy food due to poverty and lack of nutrition education, I am gratified to have an opportunity to improve that situation through Capital Roots.
I hope that, with my 30+ years as a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, I can work with Capital Roots to make a meaningful contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of the underprivileged communities within the Capital District.

Capital Roots Secretary
Director of Strategic Communications (Albany County)

Nick Crounse

As a volunteer on the Capital Roots communications committee for more than a decade, I have seen firsthand not only how much the organization has grown over time, but also the amazing impact it has every day on so many communities throughout the Capital Region. The Capital Roots mission to ensure that everyone has access to fresh food and green space is especially meaningful for me, and I look forward to using my background in strategic communications, public relations and community engagement to support such a worthwhile cause.

Capital Roots Executive Committee Member, At-Large
Community Volunteer (Albany County)

Deborah Bennett

I have been a lifelong resident of the Capital Region with deep roots in the Albany area. My ancestors were among those who settled in the area during the Dutch colonial period of 1624-1664. I became involved with Capital Roots while volunteering at one of the organization’s signature events, Autumn Evening in the Garden. Impressed by the group’s enthusiasm and teamwork, I knew I wanted to become more involved. Not only does Capital Roots provide healthy,affordable food for those living in urban neighborhoods, but it also offers programs that allow our youth to develop pride in themselves and their community. I enjoy giving back to my community and volunteer at a number of local organizations including the Albany Institute of History and Art, Oakwood Cemetery, and the Niskayuna Reformed Church. I graduated from Russell Sage College in Troy with a degree in physical therapy. I live in Albany County with my husband, John. We are blessed to live near our daughters, Jennifer and Carolyn, who have started families of their own.

Capital Roots Executive Committee Member, At-Large
Marketing Consultant, Web Development Company (Saratoga County)

Kimberly Hickok

I am passionate about gardening, food, cooking and travel. It’s rare that you can be actively involved with an organization and see first-hand the effect it has on the community. I initially got involved with Capital Roots because a friend of mine chaired the committee for “An Autumn Evening in the Garden” Capital Roots’ gala event and asked me to be on the committee. After that I was hooked.

Capital Roots Executive Committee Member, At-Large
Commercial Real Estate, KeyBank (Retired) (Albany County)

Tom McGuire

Capital Roots has been a long standing, cultivated interest of mine. It has a tradition over several decades of greening and growing with outstanding values, and spectacular people working together as an organization. Many friends have been involved in helping others to learn about growing good food and beautiful flowers, sharing with those who have less than they need, and empowering people to learn to eat in a healthy way and to live well.