Community Impact Volunteer Councils

Recognizing the value of inclusiveness and the perspectives, opinions, and experiences of the broadest possible cross section of people, there are community councils for each of the three key areas of impact: education, income and health. United Way invited members from business, government, and nonprofit organizations to join our efforts. We spoke with parents, students, and volunteers, we invited the community. And we engaged retired educators and experts from each of our key areas to give us insight from the field. Below are the core volunteers that work alongside us for Community Fund investing.

Education Council

Melissa Gaeke
Marist College
Whitney Humphrey
Family Services, Inc
Pat Fayo 
United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region
Kimberly Fragetta 
Head Start, Astor Services for Children & Families
Maureen Jagos 
Chester Library
Patty King 
New Hope Community Center
David Mancari 
St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital
Kiersha McAdam 
Cornerstone Family Healthcare 
Kathleen O’Keefe 
Mount Saint Mary College 
Lauren Owens 
Middletown and Newburgh Healthy Families
Karolyn Thompson 
Leadership Orange
Chris Valdez 
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.
Jeanne Wagner 
Child Care Council of Dutchess/Putnam
Rachel Wilson 
Orange County Youth Bureau

Health Council

Mario Johnson   
Nubian Directions
Stacey Nelson 
Community Volunteer
Megan Deichler   
Helmsley Charitable Trust
Valerie Litt   
Occupations, Inc.
Lisa Massarelli   
Greystone Programs
Steven McLaughlin   
Action Towards Independence
Dominique Mills   
Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange & Sullivan
Andrew O’Grady, LCSW-R 
Mental Health America of Dutchess County
Tammy Rhein   
Orange County Department of Mental Health
Sarah Salem   
Dutchess Outreach, Inc.

Income Council

DeWayne Haygood 
Jeff Bank
Christopher Czerwonka 
State University of New York Albany / Hofstra University
Marta Newkirk 
Dutchess Community College
Kristina Patsalos 
Orange Works!
Valerie Paul 
HONORehg, Inc
Jesse Sarubi 
Cornerstone Family Healthcare
Nadine Sheehan
Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union 
Jessica Vitolano 
Dutchess County Youth One Stop
Dawn Wilkin
TEAM Newburgh / Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange & Sullivan