United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region announced today that Steven V. Lant, recently retired CEO of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, has accepted the volunteer role of Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, while a search is underway for a permanent successor.
Lant, a seasoned Hudson Valley executive and community leader, assumes the interim role nearly 11 years after he stepped in to lead the former United Way of Dutchess County in 2004 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.
“Steve Lant is a perfect choice for this interim role. He is a well respected business leader in the region, as well as a valued community volunteer, former board member and a generous donor. I cannot think of a better person to step in and take charge — he knows United Way and our community inside and out, and is deeply committed to our mission,” said Steven E. Howell, CPA, Chairman of United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region and partner at Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni and Weddell. "The fact that Steve is taking on this role as an unpaid volunteer speaks volumes about his character, his dedication to the people of Dutchess and Orange counties, and his support of United Way."
In this role, Lant will continue to implement United Way's mission and the community impact strategies championed by outgoing president Dr. Don Hammond, who joined the organization in 2011 following a merger of United Way of Dutchess County and Orange County United Way.
Lant will be supported by a leadership team that includes Kathleen Hickey, Vice President of Resource Development; Kimberly Kochem, Vice President of Community Impact; Carolyn Zazzarino, Vice President of Finance and Administration; and 11 additional United Way staff members at offices in Poughkeepsie and Montgomery.
“I am honored to accept the position of interim President and CEO of United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region as the board begins the search for a permanent leader,” said Lant. “After more than three decades of involvement with the mission of United Way and an intimate knowledge of the myriad important ways that it benefits the people of this region, I am looking forward to working with an excellent board and staff team to continue the momentum.”
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 Corporation, a position he held until his retirement in October 2014. 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. He resides in the Town of Poughkeepsie with his wife Linda. Together they have two grown children, Elliott and Sally.