Chair of the Board
David Jolly is the Chief Operating Officer at Cornerstone Family Healthcare. Prior to that, he served as Commissioner of the Department of Social Services of Orange County for 8 years. Mr. Jolly began his professional career as a secondary education teacher for the New York City Public Schools. Following his teaching experience, he worked for Youth Advocate Programs as mentor for at-risk children in the community. Mr. Jolly holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany and is a graduate of Dominican College in Rockland County.
Vice-Chair of the Board
Kevin Cleary is a retired IBM Executive who has held key leadership positions in Engineering, Corporate Finance, Sales and General Management. He was instrumental in transforming IBM’s sales support activities across North America and Latin America. In addition Kevin was the IBM Senior Location Executive for Poughkeepsie, East Fishkill and Sterling Forest, representing the thousands of IBMers who live and work in the Mid Hudson Valley. Kevin also serves on the Board of Central Hudson Gas and Electric, Vassar Brothers Medical Center and the Poughkeepsie Alliance.
Arthur DeDominicis is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant in New York and an active member of the business community. In 1988 he founded his own accounting firm, Arthur DeDominicis CPA, Accountant & Consultants. He sits on several Boards including the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board and the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation. Mr. DeDominicis graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and received his license in Public Accounting from The University of the State of New York.
Michelle S. O’Reilly
Michelle O’Reilly is a senior manager at PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP with eighteen years of public accounting experience. Ms. O’Reilly specializes in auditing not-for-profit organizations, as well as, for-profit organizations in the biopharmaceutical, construction and manufacturing industries, employee benefit plans, and personal and business income taxation. Ms. O’Reilly graduated Summa Cum Laude from Marist College where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and its Non-Profit Committee and a board member of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Michelle is also a graduate of the 2014 Leadership Dutchess program.
Fred Clarke, Esq.
Fred Clarke is a graduate of Pace University School of Law. He completed his undergraduate studies in Journalism at New York University. Fred has been with Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond for two years and focuses on Family Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense and Guardianships for the elderly, minors and persons with disabilities. Prior to practicing law, Fred led a wide-ranging career in government and corporate communications. He worked on Capitol Hill as Director of Radio and Television to House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-Missouri) and Press Secretary to House Minority Whip David Bonior (D-Michigan). He also designed communication strategies as vice-president of marketing and communications at JPMorgan and as a manager of public relations for IBM in Armonk, NY. Fred lives in Cold Spring, NY where he is an active member of the Cold Spring Lions Club and the Knights of Columbus. He is an officer with the Northern Dutchess Chapter of the NAACP, and chairman of that organization’s annual Freedom Fund Banquet Fundraiser. He is also a member of the Dutchess and Putnam Bar Associations and is very involved in local Putnam County politics. He is married to Stephanie and has two children: Cameron, who is a 4th year nursing student at Long Island University; and Katie, who starts Dominican College on a full scholarship this Fall to play Division 2 basketball and study pre-med.
Immediate Past Chair of the Board
Barry Rothfeld retired in June 2015 after 11 years as president and publisher of the Poughkeepsie Journal and 42 years with the Gannett Co., Inc. and recently joined the team at Focus Media. He was honored as Gannett’s “Publisher of the Year” in 2009 and is a three-time President’s Ring winner for his work. He was at helm of the Poughkeepsie Journal Media Group during its time of greatest change, overseeing its transformation from a print-centric operation to one that embraced digital media. In other roles with the Gannett Co., he previously served as publisher of The Ithaca Journal, editor of the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, and executive editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal. He also spent 17 years in various reporting and editing roles at Gannett Westchester Rockland Newspapers, now the Journal News, where he started as a reporter and rose to the rank of senior managing editor. Barry believed that the publisher and the newspaper should be good corporate citizens and he practiced what he preached. In retirement, he has remained involved in the community. In addition to his chair position of the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, he serves as second vice chair of the Vassar Brothers Medical Center, is on the board of the Half Moon Theatre as well as the Council of Advisors for Pattern for Progress and the Bardavon Theater. He also teaches at Marist College for Lifetime Studies. He was awarded the John Peter Zenger Award in recognition of exemplary service to newspapers and freedom of the press, presented in July 2015 by the New York News Publishers Association. He holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and he recently completed two terms on the school’s alumni board. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Queens College where he graduated magna cum laude and was editor-in-chief of its award-winning student newspaper.
Phil Derasmo is a Senior Vice President for TD Bank and manages the Hudson Valley Region for the Bank. With 27 years of experience in the banking industry, he has held leadership positions on both the credit and sales side, working predominately in Manhattan and for the past 5 years in the Hudson Valley. Although born in the Bronx, Phil is a long time residence of the Hudson Valley, growing up in the Village of Wappingers Falls, graduating from Marist College, and now residing in the Town of Poughkeepsie with his wife Suzan and their son Andrew. He is currently a Board Member for the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. and, being an avid hockey fan, is a Board Member and Treasurer for the John Hay Hockey Club.
Melissa Gaeke, Ph.D is the Director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership and Professional Lecturer in Political Science at Marist College. In her work at Marist, she connects her students and faculty colleagues with opportunities for teaching and learning in the greater Poughkeepsie area. Through these efforts, she works to develop and enhance relationships with local, community serving organizations. Melissa has a doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. Her interests include engaging students in activities that teach them about civic engagement and working with nonprofit organizations to build their capacity to access resources and connect with stakeholders. Prior to arriving at Marist in the Fall of 2014, Melissa was the Executive Director of Academic Partnerships from 2010 - 2014 at the University of Southern California. In that role, she created and supported partnerships between USC’s civic engagement programs, the research of the University’s academic units, and community stakeholders. From 2003-2010, Melissa served as the Director of the USC Volunteer Center, where she was responsible for implementing a variety of community service and community-based learning programs for undergraduate students. Melissa began her career in New York City where she held a variety of leadership positions at Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement, a mid-sized social service agency in Queens, NY from 1994-1999.
Michael J. Gilfeather
Orange Bank & Trust Company President and CEO, Michael J. Gilfeather, brings over thirty-five years of banking experience to his leadership position. He also serves in the same positions with the bank’s holding company, Orange County Bancorp, Inc (OCBI) and is a director of Hudson Valley Investment Advisors, a wholly owned subsidiary of OCBI. The bank, founded in 1892, has 13 branches throughout the Hudson Valley and is approaching 1 Billion in assets. Prior to joining Orange Bank & Trust Company, Mr. Gilfeather was the Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President of Hudson Valley Bank, where he was directly responsible for the branch network, training and development, human resources and the bank’s trust department. He was part of the team responsible for Hudson Valley Bank’s growth and transformation into a $2.6 Billion, 28 branch banking operation. Mr. Gilfeather served as Executive Vice President of Branch Administration at Hudson Valley Bank from July 2005 to May 2011. Prior to joining Hudson Valley Bank in 2005, Mr. Gilfeather was with The Bank of New York for 20 years, where he was the Senior Manager for all retail banking in the Borough of Manhattan. Mr. Gilfeather was born is Red Hook, New York, and now resides in Middletown. He is a board member of the New York Bankers Association, Orange County Partnership, the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation, the Orange County Chamber of Commerce and the Tri County Heart Walk Executive Leadership Team.
Maureen Halahan has served as the President & CEO of the Orange County Partnership, a private, not-for-profit office of economic development, since 2002. Ms. Halahan serves on the Boards of the Governor’s Mid-Hudson Regional Council, the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation and the Citizens Advisory Panel at Stewart International Airport. She was born and raised in Orange County and has lived in the Hudson Valley her entire life.
Susan L. Howell
Susan L. Howell has over 15 years of extensive public accounting experience in auditing, accounting, and tax. Susan has concentrated her efforts in the construction industry over the last decade as a leader in the Firm’s Construction Industry Practice. In addition to having significant experience in construction accounting and auditing, she offers expertise in general accounting, corporate and individual tax preparation and planning, and advises on corporate and personal finance. Susan is a service orientated team player who enjoys being a coach to her clients and team members at the RBT CPAs, LLP. She is the recipient of the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce Forty Under 40 Annual Shaker award, presented to individuals who have had some major success within their careers by or before the age of forty and the 2004 Tribute to Women of Achievement of Orange County Award Recipient. Susan’s affiliations include membership in American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Mid-Hudson Chapter of the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA), New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, Construction Contractors Association, Northeast Sub-Contractors Association, Builders Association of the Hudson Valley, Construction Industry Council. Susan has served on the Board of Directors of Greater Newburgh YMCA and United Way of Orange County’s Women’s Leadership Initiative Committee. A graduate of Western New England College (BS Accounting), Susan is also a graduate of The Rainmaker Academy, RSM McGladrey & Pullen, LLP Partner Development Program and the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program.
Steven V. Lant
Hudson Valley executive and community leader Steven V. Lant retired in the fall of 2014 as CEO of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. He is the first recipient of United Way's Distinguished Leadership Award (2015). Lant began his career with Central Hudson in 1980 and completed a graduate degree in economics from the University at Albany in 1984. In 2003, he was named President and CEO of CH Energy Group and CEO of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., a position he held until his retirement in October 2014. From November 2014 through March 2015, Lant served in the volunteer role of Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region. In 2004, Lant led the United Way of Dutchess County on an interim basis while also serving as the organization’s board chairman. He was a member of the Dutchess County board from 1997-2008 and served as its chair from 2003-2005. Lant served as a director of The Edison Electric Institute and the Business Council of NY, and was Chair of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation and Health Quest. Among many other community recognitions, Lant was named the Poughkeepsie Journal Business Person of the Year in 2012. Lant resides in the Town of Poughkeepsie with his wife Linda. Together they have two grown children, Elliott and Sally.
Richard Mayfield began his government service as a college intern in the Office of Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman. Mr. Gilman eventually offered Richard a job as his District Assistant. Over the years Richard advanced through the ranks of the office, ultimately serving as the District Director. When Mr. Gilman retired, Richard went to work in the New York State Assembly for four years returning home as Press Secretary and Assistant County Executive to Edward A. Diana. During his years at Orange County, he has held numerous positions, currently serving as the Director of the County’s Office of Community Development with the Steve Neuhaus administration. Mr. Mayfield, a lifelong Orange County resident, currently resides in the Town of Newburgh with his wife, Deborah.
Michael Mazzuca, Vice President Business Development Officer at Rhinebeck Bank, is a life-long Hudson Valley resident who grew up in Fishkill and now resides in Highland Mills. He’s worked in Dutchess and Orange counties for 20 years and in the banking industry for more than 15 years. Devoted to his community, Mazzuca serves as a trustee of Vassar Brothers Medical Center Foundation Board as well as an advisory member of the Ambassadors of Vassar Brothers Medical Center Foundation Committee. He is a member of the Exchange Club of Southern Dutchess, a counselor for Orange County’s SCORE program, a member of both the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Orange County Chamber of Commerce as well as a member of the Good Guys Committee for the Hudson Valley Resource Center. Other organizations that he supports include the Hudson Valley Cancer Resource Center.
Sharon McGinnis is the Vice President of Human Resources & Safety, and the Chief Compliance, Ethics & Privacy Officer at Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation. In this role, her responsibilities include recruitment, labor and employee relations, compensation and benefits, payroll, employee and organizational development, safety and compliance, and security. Prior to joining Central Hudson, She was at Dow Jones Local Media Groupas Vice President of Human Resources. Ms. McGinnis serves on the Board of Directors for Hudson Valley Hospice. She lives in the village of Montgomery with her husband, Pierson, and her 3 children, Hailey, Cassidy, and Pierson III.
Tim Murphy is one of the supervisors for the Protective Services for Adults and Family Type Homes for Adults programs for the Orange County Department of Social Services.His introduction to Government service began as an intern while in college at the Orange County Attorney’s Office and then the Orange County Department of Personnel. He is also a trainer for Hunter College Brookdale School of Aging and Healthy Living providing training on Financial Exploitation ; Assessments for Abuse or Neglect of Impaired Adults Mr. Murphy has also served on the Boards of Directors for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Orange County , Southwinds Retirement Home and is a former board member of United Way in Orange County. Tim has resided in Orange County all of his life; is a graduate of Leadership Orange, SUNY Orange and Marist College.
Julia Pagones is a Public Relations Supervisor in the Marketing Department at CareMount Medical, the largest independent multi-speciality medical group in New York State. Prior to that, she worked for Dutchess County Government for eight and a half years. Julia is involved with several community organizations and causes, including serving as an associate board member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, member and past co-chair of the Hudson Valley Young Professionals, and committee member of the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s Young Leaders United. In addition, Julia is an annual participant in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics NY—Hudson Valley Region. Julia holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Marist College and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from James Madison University. She is a 2014 recipient of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce's Forty Under 40 Award.
Matt Paquet is employed by Abilities First, Inc, a non-profit organization that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities and also works as the Director of Athletics at Dutchess Community College. Mr. Paquet has been employed at Abilities First for 14 years and currently works in the Department of Quality Assurance as a Quality Assurance Coordinator. Mr. Paquet’s 14 years working in human services has provided him with a great deal of knowledge regarding the structure and operations of non-profit and state operated organizations and services. In 2003, he began his career in athletics and worked for 3 years as a coach at Our Lady of Lourdes High School and as the Associate Head Coach of the baseball team at Dutchess Community College for 4 years. In 2009, he was hired as the Director of Athletics at Dutchess Community College where he is responsible for the oversight of their 10 athletic programs. Mr. Paquet began volunteering at the United Way of Dutchess and Orange Counties in 2007 and has served as a member of the Young Leaders United Initiative since 2008 and as the Chair of the Young Leaders committee since 2014. In 2009 he was a recipient of the “Top 40 Under 40” for Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Paquet, a native of Poughkeepsie, New York, attended Our Lady of Lourdes High School. Mr. Paquet graduated from Quinnipiac University Cum Laude in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Sociology. In 2013 he received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Marist College. He Paquet currently resides in Red Oaks Mill, New York with his wife, Mary, and dog, Laney. They are expecting their first child in July 2017.
Allan J. Ross
Allan J. Ross is the Chairman and CEO of A.J. Ross Creative Media. His career began as a session and touring musician; playing saxophone, flute and clarinet for corporate jingles, film and TV scores and Broadway Shows. He has over 35 years experience in the Advertising field. Throughout his career, Allan has worked with clients such as Gallo Wine, NBC Sports, CNN, Crystal Light, Friehofer’s and Turner Classic Movies. He has also been an active member in the community by serving on the Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee and Retention Board, serving as a member of the Marketing Committee for The Westchester County Association, Inc., and the International Trade Board.
Scott Sweeney is a Sales Executive with the Specialty Risks Division of Marshall & Sterling Insurance. In this position, he provides a broad range of insurance coverages for uncommon risks, serving the financial services industry including pawnbroking, check cashing and other money handling industries. As Sales Executive, Scott has been instrumental in helping Marshall & Sterling’s Specialty Risks Division to grow to where it is today, most notably, helping to create their Pawnbroker Insurance program which today is recognized as one of the largest programs of its kind in the US. With 10 years of experience in insurance and financial services, Scott has written many articles and spoken on various risk management topics for the pawnbroking and check cashing industries. Active in the community, Scott volunteers his time with many local not-for-profit organizations. These include: Past President and member of the Poughkeepsie/Arlington Rotary Club, Foundation Trustee for Vassar Brothers Medical Centers, Current Board Member of Walkway Over the Hudson, Former Board Member of the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair of The Hudson Valley Young Professionals, (a young professional’s organization that he helped establish that serves the Hudson Valley). In addition Scott is also a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce where he is a past recipient of their 40 under forty award. He is also a member or the National Association of Surety Bond Producers, The National Pawnbrokers Association and FISCA (Financial Service Centers of America). Scott is a lifelong resident of Poughkeepise. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. In his spare time he enjoys golf, skiing, traveling and good food.
Brian Waldron is the Senior Vice President of Lending at Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union. Mr. Waldron joined HVFCU in October of 2017 from Scott Credit Union in Edwardsville, Illinois, where he served as Chief Lending Officer. Mr. Waldron has more than eighteen years of professional lending experience in the credit union industry. Brian Waldron is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH. He currently resides in Edwardsville, IL with his wife Alicia, three boys (Bryce, Cody and Ethan), and two dogs (Lucky and Oliver). They are all looking forward to relocating to the Hudson Valley.