Keynote Speaker and Panelists

Keynote Speaker

Mary A. Shaheen is the Vice President at United Way of New York State, a membership organization that serves 39 local United Ways. She currently provides significant support to the NYS ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) project. Ms. Shaheen also serves as President of 2-1-1 New York which is a subsidiary corporation to United Way of New York State.  She has been involved with 2-1-1 New York since its inception and early development.  After years of incremental expansion, under her leadership 2-1-1 achieved its goal of statewide availability in 2014; and in 2017 became available 24/7 across the State.   


Marlo De La Rosa is a Customer Account Service Supervisor at Central Hudson Gas & Electric.  She grew up in the Hudson Valley and continues to live here with her family. Marlo has her AAS in Business Administration and is currently attending Marist College full time for her Bachelors in Organizational Leadership & Communication, a Professional Studies degree.  Marlo’s passion has always been to impact as many lives as possible with her actions.


Linda Eddy is the Director of the Earned Income Tax Credit Program and Liaison for Referral Partner for Dress for Success Dutchess County.  She works for Dutchess County Community Action Partnership and serves as Co-Chair for the Hudson Valley CASH Coalition.  The Coalition provides free, reliable tax preparation assistance to low to moderate income individuals and families throughout Dutchess and Orange Counties. 


Colin Jarvis was born in Antigua, a small island in the Caribbean. The fourth of eight children in a family that struggled to provide enough food to feed all of the kids, yet he has always considered himself fortunate and blessed. Inspired by his parents’ teachings of dignity and gratitude for what they had, Mr. Jarvis used those life lessons to build a 27-year career serving those in need with long term programs with the United States Aid for International Development (USAID), the Pan American Health Organization, and the World Health Organization as well as the Freedom from Hunger Foundation and the Inter-American Foundation, organizations well known for addressing poverty in the Third World and Latin America.

In 1979, Mr. Jarvis’s career began as a youth worker to bring family planning education to the remotest outposts of Antigua and Barbuda for the Pan American Health Organization. As a direct result of his success within the organization, Mr. Jarvis was awarded a scholarship to St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, earning his bachelor’s degree in 1988. Upon his return to Antigua, Mr. Jarvis ran a United Nations construction training program for high school drop outs funded by USAID, an experience he counts as one of the most rewarding of his career.

In 1992, Mr. Jarvis returned to the US to complete his masters degree in human services at Metropolitan College of New York and make the US home. His work ranged from projects servicing the homeless population to workforce development programs for disenfranchised youth and adults and has secured grant funding for his projects ranging from $10,000 to 2.5 million dollars, which has been pivotal for poor communities.

Mr. Jarvis is the Executive Director at the Newburgh Ministry, a “grassroots, no-frills agency” that recently celebrated its 30-year anniversary fighting poverty in the City of Newburgh. He also serves on the Boards of Cornerstone Family Health Center and Independent Home Care.

Christopher Molinelli is the Executive Director for HONOR, and has been with the Agency for 20 years serving in various roles throughout that time.  As the Executive Director, Chris has the ultimate responsibility for the overall leadership of the Agency and management of the day to day operations of HONOR’s 15 programs.  Chris’ strengths are in assessment of organizational needs and managing the execution of Agency-wide strategies to support and sustain efforts to grow and strengthen the Agency’s infrastructure.

In 2016, Chris worked with both New York State and Orange County in re-designing HONOR’s Substance Abuse program, being the first program in upstate New York to be approved for the Residential Stabilization and Rehabilitation program.  Chris hosts the popular WTBQ Radio Show “Non-Profit Notebook” monthly, he serves as the elected President of Orange County’s Continuum of Care which serves as the entry point into the County’s coordinated homeless system as well as serving as the second Vice President of the Partnership in Wellness and Recovery IPA and on the Orange County Veteran’s Taskforce.

Chris attended the College of Mount Saint Vincent and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology.  He lives in Warwick with his wife, Stephanie, and two children, Samantha and Michael.  Chris is very active in his community where he coaches and supports his son’s local Little League and Basketball teams, and volunteers with the VFW.  He has championed and supported cancer research by assisting Westchester / Connecticut LLS and serving on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Cancer Fund out of Westchester Medical Center.

Kevin D. White is the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh and an adjunct instructor of sociology at SUNY Orange. Over the past twenty-seven (27) years Mr. White has managed nonprofit organizations that provide services in the areas of substance abuse, mental health, alternatives to incarceration, welfare to work, education and the arts. Mr. White attended Howard University where he majored in accounting, graduated from Baruch College with a bachelor’s degree in management, attended Fordham University where he received a master degree in education and has begun course work towards a Ph.D. in sociology.

Rachel Wilson is the Executive Director of the Orange County Youth Bureau. Rachel Wilson received a dual BA in Psychology and Human Services from Mount Saint Mary College. She began her work in youth development and human services by interning for a local emergency housing facility, as well as, a teen residential detention facility.  Her professional career began at the Sullivan County Child Care Council, after which she spent 4 years as a Case Manager for pregnant and parenting teens, and has been with the Youth Bureau for the past 16 years, serving as its Executive Director since January, 2013.







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