Born and raised in Glens Falls, New York, Teri (nee Podnorszki, then Ulrich) Gay graduated from Glens Falls High School in 1977. She went on to St. Lawrence University, graduating summa cum laude in 1981 with a B.A. in Government and teaching certification in Social Studies. Her Masters work (in Secondary Education) was done at Central Connecticut State University.
She worked as an Officer of the CIGNA Corporation from 1981 to 1987, and then taught social studies at the middle school and high school levels. She had long been a writer and was interested in regional history and began her professional career in this field after leaving teaching to raise her family. She worked as an historian and a writer for many years in Glens Falls and Warren County, New York — at the Chapman Historical Museum, the Warren County Historical Society, and as a freelancer – doing research and exhibits and lecturing and publishing articles on regional and southern Adirondacks history, women’s suffrage, 19th century reformist movements, industrial history, textile mills, and artists.
She was appointed Historian in Malta, New York in October 2004. In this capacity, she did research and exhibits and lectured and published articles on Malta-related history, including: the Luther Forest, the Malta Rocket Test Site, Civil War hero Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the Underground Railroad in Saratoga County, potato chip inventor George “Crum” Speck, and novelist Katherine Anne Porter. In 2007, she completed the writing, editing, and compilation of Malta Memories (published by Adirondack Press, Saratoga Springs, NY), a book of stories and recollections of life in Malta in the twentieth century. She retired from the Town of Malta in 2008 in order to pursue her career as a writer on a full-time basis.
In 2009, her book, Strength Without Compromise: Womanly Influence and Political Identity in Turn-of-the-Twentieth Century Rural Upstate New York (published by The American Classics Company, Ballston Lake, NY), a history of the regional women’s suffrage movement, was released.
Teri is a graduate of Leadership Saratoga (2006), and is a member of the Brookside Historical Museum, the Charlton Historical Society, and the Saratoga County League of Women Voters.
She is the proud wife of John Gay, engineer and land surveyor, and President/CEO of Northeast Consultants in Malta. She is the proud mother of three sons, two step-daughters, and eight step-grandchildren. She lives in Charlton, New York with her family and their black lab, Bear.