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

Whitney Bonura, Family Services, Inc. /DA

Tyler Brannen, Community Volunteer

Ava Bynum, Hudson Valley Seed

Ed Collins, UPS

Diane Elias, Key Bank

Melissa Gaeke, Marist College

Kathleen O'Keefe, Mount Saint Mary College

Lauren OwensCouncil Co-Chair, Middletown and Newburgh Healthy Families

Mitchell Shron, DC BOCES

Mary SontheimerCouncil Co-Chair, Head Start

Becky Torres, PCSD

Jeanne Wagner, Child Care Council of Dutchess/Putnam

Rachel Wilson, OC Youth Bureau

Chris Valdez, Central Hudson


Health Council

Valerie Litt, Occupations, Inc.

Dominique Mills, Catholic Charities, Orange County

Steven McLaughlin, Action Towards Independence

Stacey Nelson, Orange County Trust

Andrew O'Grady, LCSW-R, Council Co-Chair, MHA of Dutchess County

Tammy Rhein, Department of Mental Health, Orange County

MaryJean Skelly-Miller, Chazen Companies

Elaine Trumpetto, CAPE

Christie Vanhorne, Health Consultant

Ozie Williams, Department of Health, Dutchess County

Shannon Wong, Orange County Legislature


Income Council

Nancy DeWitt, Chamber Foundation

Pat Fayo, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region

DeWayne Haygood, Hometown Bank

Eve Madalengoitia, Arts Mid-Hudson

Louise McLoughlin, Council Co-Chair, Dutchess Co. Youth One Stop

Marta Newkirk, SUNY Dutchess

Kristina PatsalosCouncil Co-Chair, Orange Works!

Jesse Sarubi, GHVFHC

Nadine Sheehan, HVFCU

David Weaving, Community Volunteer

Dawn Wilkin, TEAM Newburgh/ Catholic Charities, Orange County