2018 annual meeting

2018 Annual Meeting.

Ticks at different life stages; approximate size: adult-sesame seed, nymph-poppy seed. (CDC)

Bullseye rash from tick bite.


2018 Annual Meeting and Presentation “Ticks: A Proactive Approach to Manage the Pest and Avoid its Effects” by Joyce Tomaselli

  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us at our Annual Meeting to hear our 2018 Program Highlights and a presentation by Joyce Tomaselli titled, "Ticks: A Proactive Approach to Manage the Pest and Avoid its Effects.” (Snow Date Dec. 6)

This is event is free and open to the public but you must register. Click here to register.

About the Presentation:

Worried about ticks when you’re walking, hiking and gardening? Want to learn how to avoid getting bit? This presentation will provide education on the ticks on our area including their identification, the diseases they could carry, their habitat, steps you can take to protect your person, pets and property and what to do if you are bitten by a tick. Please note the focus will be on the pest. It will not be a medical discussion.

Joyce deVries Tomaselli brings to her position, as Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) Community Horticulture Resource Educator, a unique combination of experience in corporate marketing management and non-profit program management, a life-long love of gardening and many years as a CCEDC Master Gardener volunteer. 

As a senior marketing manager in the IT industry, Joyce led a marketing planning and management team, working with world-wide business partners to provide strategy, product development and launch, marketing communications and sales support. She was a speaker at many technical and sales events around the world. 

After many years as a Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge volunteer, in 2010 Joyce joined Walkway Over the Hudson to create and lead its Ambassador Program. Although working for a park on a bridge at first blush seems quite different from her previous experience, she was able to effectively apply business skills and experience to support New York's newest historic park, building a large cadre of active and committed volunteers. 

In 2013, Joyce joined CCEDC to lead its Community Horticulture Program including over 100 Master Gardener volunteers. She has been an active member of Senator Sue Serino's Tick Task Force since April 2016, and the Dutchess County Community Health Improvement Plan Tick Borne Disease Prevention Workgroup since its inception in February 2017. She has staffed information tables at events sponsored by Senator Serino, promoted tick information at the Dutchess County Fair and led several workshops at local libraries and garden clubs. 

For more information on ticks, and on protecting yourself and your family from them, visit the Ulster County Department of Health webpage at http://ulstercountyny.gov/health/be-tick-free-ulster-county.

View this article on tick ID, removal and avoidance by Susan Dollard with the CCE Sullivan Master Gardener Program.

Tick ID: The Ulster County Dept. of Health in Kingston offers a Free Tick ID Service (for more information click here). This does not test ticks for any disease agents such as lyme. Check with your physician for the names of laboratories performing tick-testing services.



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