Annette Sullivan began working at United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region just over two years ago. Currently, she serves as the Executive Assistant and Board Liaison to the President & CEO, Jeannie Montano. Before joining United Way, Annette was an employee of IBM and had a career that spanned 35 years. “Ever since I started at IBM, I donated to United Way. The work of United Way has always interested me,” explains Annette.
As the daughter of two prominent community leaders in Dutchess County, giving back has always been an ingrained philosophy for Julia Pagones. “Growing up I was always taught the importance of giving back and making a difference in the community. I know how much of an impact one person can have,” explains Julia.
Michelle Nepton has had a “whirlwind of a year!” Michelle joined United Way just over a year ago to manage United Way’s workplace campaigns throughout Dutchess and Orange Counties. Just recently she was promoted to Donor Development Manager and looks forward to her new job seeking foundational support for United Way.
Damien Cole, a local Poughkeepsie resident and Nubian Directions YouthBuild/AmeriCorps member, is dedicated to volunteering.
Nubian Directions works to provide technology training, work readiness skills and educational support services for youth and adults to enhance the workforce. They are well known for their community development activities.
Volunteering is nothing new to Christie VanHorne. From her college days volunteering with UNICEF, to volunteering abroad in Africa and eventually joining the Peace Corps, it’s safe to say that Christie VanHorne is no stranger to the art of volunteerism. “Volunteering has always been a huge part of my life!” Christie explains.
Fifteen years ago Pat Fayo was driving home from a grueling twelve hour day at her corporate job. During that drive she had an epiphany. After reflecting upon what she was accomplishing, she realized it wasn’t enough.
Phil Lekanides has been a member of Young Leaders United for over four years. During his tenure with United Way he has contributed countless hours to several initiatives. He has refurbished homes with Rebuilding Together Dutchess County, beautified the City of Poughkeepsie with the Middle Main initiative, served as a community outreach volunteer, and collected food donations.
Jodi Harris has been a long time United Way ambassador, first as a Young Leader, then as a Loaned Executive. This year Jodi is the co-chair for Central Hudson’s United Way Workplace Campaign. In her new role she has managed several events aimed at increasing employee giving and participation. “The United Way campaign is ingrained in our company culture, I just try to keep the momentum going.”