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
Co-Chair 
Marist College
 
Whitney Humphrey
Co-Chair 
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   
Co-Chair
Nubian Directions
 
Stacey Nelson 
Co-Chair
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 
Chair
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