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can Cancer Society will also be in attendance. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Workforce Development Center. Breakfast tickets are $25 for Chamber members with advance purchase or $30 at the door. Non-members can attend for $35. To register, call (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000 or visit dcrcoc.org.

WINTER WEATHER POLICY: In the event of inclement weather, visit the Chamber’s website and Facebook page by 6:30 a.m. for updates regarding events and committee meetings. The status of afternoon meetings, ribbon cuttings and events will be posted accordingly.

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njoy scenic views of the Hudson River, finger foods, and a cash bar in a casual atmosphere all while networking at River Station Restaurant (1 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie) for Business After Hours on Wednesday, March 29 from 5-7 Business After Hours sponsored by

p.m. There is no charge to attend; however pre-registration is requested. To RSVP, visit dcrcoc. org or call (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000. TEG Federal Credit Union proudly sponsors this event. TEG Federal Credit Union knows choosing where to save, invest, and borrow are some of the biggest decisions any person faces. That’s why they take their responsi-

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bility to their members seriously. They are proud to be local, member-owned, and nonprofit. If networking gives you sweaty

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pring is on its way, which means the Chamber’s staff is busy getting ready for some of our top events and initiatives. There’s too many to mention, but I invite you to attend the upcoming events, or consider investing through sponsorship. Either way, I hope you will help me spread the word about these great opportunities. Here’s just a snapshot of the next few months: Nominations for this year’s Forty Under 40 have far outnumbered past years and I am confident the list of talented, philanthropic, and committed young professionals will be as impressive as ever. The honorees will be announced online in early March and the awards ceremony is set for

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April 25th. Check your mailbox soon for the first print edition of the Business Directory for 2017. This bi-annual directory is a convenient listing of great local businesses, all who believe in and support Think Local First. I hope you will also find it helpful when deciding where to shop and dine. In the meantime, the complete (and searchable) business directory is online.

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he Hudson Valley Young Professionals of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its next CEO Chat event from 5-7

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p.m. on Thursday, March 16 at CareMount Medical, located at 30 Columbia Street in Poughkeepsie. This event will feature CareMount’s President & CEO, Dr. Scott Hayworth providing his thoughts on leadership, management and much more. The event is complimentary thanks to the support of the series sponsor, M&T Bank. The CEO Chats are an informal and conversational giveand-take between Hudson Valley Young Professionals

and key community leaders. These events are free-flowing and allow for ample Q&A. With questions or to register, call (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000. Questions may also be emailed to hvyp@dcrcoc.org. Since 2007, the Hudson Valley Young Professionals have worked to provide local young professionals with opportunities to learn, lead, grow personally and professionally, network effectively and give back to Dr. Hayworth the community.

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Message from the Chair:

As you know, membership is everyone’s business. If you know of a business or organization not included in our directory, visit the Chamber’s website (dcrcoc.org/ referrals) and fill out the simple referral form there. Elena McPhee, the Director of Membership, will then quickly reach out and share all of the benefits of Chamber membership. I know the Chamber is working hard to continue to grow the value of membership and benefit the community as a whole. I hope you’ll join me in supporting their efforts and I look forward to seeing you soon at an event! Rita McPeck is the SBA Business Sales Officer for KeyBank. Reach her at (845) 483-3031 or rita_mcpeck@keybank.com

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International Women’s Day. A national holiday in many countries, the Hudson Valley celebration will be held on We d n e s d ay, March 8 from 4-7 p.m. New this year, the DURHAM celebration will be held in Falcon Hall on the campus of Dutchess Community

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ooking for a way to expand your business network and don’t want to worry about your competitors crowding the spotlight? Chamber Network, Present & Refer returns to offer Chamber members a unique opportunity to share information with other, non-competing professionals and business owners. The next event is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 at the Chamber’s office in Poughkeepsie. Attendees will exchange infor-

mation on his or her organization or company—such as a brief business description, promoting upcoming events, and sharing brochures and/or business cards—in a roundtable setting. Bring plenty of business cards and be ready to talk about your business. This event is packed with opportunity to make meaningful connections, including a special invitation to one randomly selected attendee to take 10 minutes to present an overview of his or her organization. The representa-

tive from the event sponsor will likewise have the opportunity to present. Guest presenters will be chosen at random from attendees registered at least one week in advance. In order to diversify these events, members are limited to attending a maximum of two and presenting at one event per year. Thanks to our generous sponsors, this event is complimentary to attend, but registration is required. Call (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000 to RSVP.

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n accomplished neurosurgeon with over 25 years of experience, Mark C. Watts, MD, FAANS, has joined the neurosciences team at MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester MediWATTS cal Center Health Network. Dr. Watts specializes in caring for the brain and spine and has a special clinical interest in neurological disease in the

elderly, brain tumors, hydrocephalus, and conditions associated with the cervical spine. “It is an honor to continue my career as a member of the neurosurgery team at MidHudson Regional Hospital,â€? said Dr. Watts. “I’m eager to collaborate with my new colleagues as we vigorously advance the level of neurosurgical care available ‌ in the Hudson Valley.â€? Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery,

Dr. Watts comes to Poughkeepsie following a 12-year tenure at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, where he served as Chief of Surgical Services and Medical Director of Perioperative Services. While in Colorado, he was named a “Top Doctor� by 5280 Magazine three times and served as president of the Colorado Medical Board from 2011-2015. To learn more, visit MidHudsonRegional.org.

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he Chamber’s Business Education Committee will host its next seminar on Wednesday, March 29 from 3:305 p.m. at River Station Restaurant in Poughkeepsie. Adam Simpson of Residential Home Funding will lead attendees in a workshop on Practical Networking. Following the workshop, attendees are encouraged to stay and practice at the March Business After Hours networking event. Mehl & Associates, CPA’s and Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond sponsor this complimentary event. Mehl & Associates was founded in 2009 with the goal of providing proactive, strategic, and valueadded services that most business owners live without. Starting in 2009 with only 15 clients, they have grown to currently serve over 600 individual clients and nearly 100 businesses with offices in Wappingers Falls. For more information, visit hudsvonvalleycpas.com or call (845) 790-4443. The law firm of Stenger, Rob-

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MEMBER NEWSLINE Marta’s Vineyard opening projected As anyone in the food and beverage industry knows, we are all dependent on the NY State Liquor Authority to approve licenses before doors open for business. Marta’s Vineyard’s latest feedback from the liquor authority is approval may come between the end of February and mid-March. This translates to an opening date around mid-April. Just in time for spring. For more information, visit martasvine.com

Izzo named senior associate Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde LLP has named Frank P. Izzo senior associate. Izzo has been an associate since joining the firm in 2009. He practices in the areas of commercial litigation; health care; condominium;

bankruptcy; corporate; labor and employment; and insurance law. Frank also serves as special litigation counsel for towns and villages. The firm is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms and has offices in Albany and Poughkeepsie. For more information, visit icrh.com

Sharpe to host syrup festival The Fresh Air Fund’s Sharpe Reservation will host its 14th Annual Sugar Maple Celebration on Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at its Fishkill location at Camp Hidden Valley, 436 Van Wyck Lake Road. The celebration will include Maple Sugaring Demonstration, access to the Nature Discovery Center, a Planetarium Show, a Live Animal Show, Local Crafts and Food Market, and the Annual Maple Syrup Judging Contest. Admission is free, open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the New York State Outdoor Education. The Reservation has close to 2,000 acres of beautiful land with lakes, ponds, streams, hiking trails through the woods and is the site of The Fresh Air Fund’s five summer camps, where 3,000 children explore outdoor adventures and benefit from educational experiences. During the school year, over

15,000 children from the community, school and Scout groups visit to learn about the environment. The Sharpe environmental programs help meet academic standards through outdoor learning. For more information call (845) 897-4320 or visit freshair. org/sharpe

Local plastic surgeon receives awards Double board certified local Facial Plastic Surgeon Manoj T. Abraham, M.D., F.A.C.S., owner of Facial Plastic Reconstructive & Laser Surgery, PLLC in Poughkeepsie has received two prestigious awards. The distinguished 1887 Award, given by the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery was presented to Dr. Abraham in recognition of his work as “a humanitarian, researcher, teacher and staunch supporter of the Academy and the Foundation.� Dr. Abraham was also named to Hudson Valley Magazine’s 2016 Top Doctor’s list for his expertise in facial plastic reconstructive and laser surgery, botox therapy, rhinoplasty and facial rejuvenation. Dr. Abraham also has offices in Manhattan and Westchester. For more information, visit NYfaceMD. com, or call (845) 454-8025.

Valley Table to host Restaurant Week in March The Valley Table’s Spring 2017 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week will take place March 6-19. Now in its 11th year, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week gives chefs the opportunity to flaunt their best fare, and diners the chance to try new restaurants and visit old favorites. Featuring prix fixe three-course dinners for $32.95 and many offering three-course lunches for $22.95, the full list of the two-week event’s more than 200 participating restaurants can be seen at hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com. No passes, tickets or coupons are required but reservations are highly recommended.

Architecture firm awarded top prize Alfandre Architecture was recently awarded a top prize for one of its projects at the International ICF Builders Awards, held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The project, a 25room friary located in Garrision won the Multifamily Division. The international competition recognizes milestone projects, which set a benchmark for the industry. Alfandre Architecture worked with the Friars for 10 years to create the resilient, energy efficient residence for the Franciscan

Friars of the Atonement. To learn more, visit alfandre. com or call (845) 255-4774.

Book sale features cookbooks and how-to books If you’re looking for recipes to include coffee as an ingredient or for “authentic ethnic cuisine,� visit the specialty sale at the Poughkeepsie Public Library District’s Used Book Store on Boardman Road, which will be held March 4-30. The sale, hosted by The Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, also includes books on wine, food history and nutrition, plus how-to books on topics such as home improvement, crafts, woodworking, and decorating. Hard cover books will be priced at 50 cents each, trade or oversized paperbacks at 25 cents, and standard paperbacks at 10 cents. The Book Store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For information, call (845) 485-3445, ext. 34223 or visit facebook.com/ PoughkeepsieLibraryBookstore.

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MARCH 2017 Wednesday, March 8

WLA: International Women’s Day

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EVENTS Thursday, March 2

Business After Hours 5 - 7 p.m. Adams Fairacre Farms Route 9, Wappingers Falls The Chamber’s monthly networking event featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Adams Fairacre Farms. Please note this Business After Hours is on a Thursday. Sponsored by: Ulster Savings Bank

4 - 7 p.m. Dutchess Community College - Falcon Hall 53 Pendell Road Poughkeepsie

Join the Women’s Leadership Alliance to celebrate women and inspire change. International Women’s Day is both a celebration of women around the world, and an opportunity to educate people about the plight of women in other countries. Join us to hear inspirational speeches, share stories and gather together in solidarity. Gold Sponsors: MidHudson Regional Hospital and IBM; Silver Sponsors: The Arc of Dutchess, Dutchess Community College, European Wax Center, KeyBank, Omega, Poughkeepsie Galleria, and Royal Carting Service Company

Thursday, March 9

UPCOMING

RIBBON CUTTINGS Thursday, March 23

Groggers Bar & Grill

4 p.m. 1112 Dutchess Turnpike Poughkeepsie Join us in celebration of the Grand Opening of Grogger’s Bar & Grill.

Monday, April 3

Residence Inn/ Springhill Suites By Marriott 4 p.m. 500 Westage Business Center Drive Fishkill

Join us to celebrate the grand opening of Residence Inn/ Springhill Suites By Marriott in Fishkill.

Health & Wellness Seminar: Introduction to YOGA 6 - 7:30 p.m. Poughkeepsie Day School 260 Boardman Road Poughkeepsie

WWW.DCRCOC.ORG The Hudson Valley Young Professionals will present the “No Time to Spare Bowling Tournament Benefiting The Chamber Foundation, Inc.” It’s food, prizes and fun for all ages plus a trophy ceremony for top scoring teams! Sponsored by: Adelphi University, DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota, EmbroidMe, Fortress Financial Advisory, K1 Speed, and Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond

Wednesday, March 15

Contact Breakfast 7:30 - 9 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie Monthly contact breakfast featuring a keynote address from Howard Zemsky, President & CEO of Empire State Development & Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development. Sponsored by Marshall & Sterling Insurance

Thursday, March 16

HVYP CEO Chat with Dr. Scott Hayworth 5 - 7 p.m. CareMount Medical 30 Columbia Street Poughkeepsie

Hear Dr. Scott Hayworth, President and CEO of CareMount Medical, Chrissa Pullicino, a registered provide his thoughts on leadership, yoga instructor and external management and much more communications manager with Omega in Rhinebeck, will offer a brief including his inspiring personal story introduction to yoga philosophy and during this CEO Chat. how to start a practice, then lead the Sponsored by: M&T Bank group through an hour-long class designed for beginners. All body Wednesday, March 22 types and levels of experience are welcome. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat as well as plenty of water 3:30 - 5 p.m. in a non-disposable container. This Chamber Conference Room session is complimentary to attend, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400 but registration is required. Poughkeepsie Sponsored by: Health Quest Targeted networking event, limited to 25 Chamber members, one Sunday, March 12 person per industry. Attendees will exchange information on his or her organization or company. One randomly selected attendee and a representative from the event 1 - 4 p.m. sponsor will each have 10 minutes Schneider’s Fishkill Bowl to present an overview of his or her 110 Route 82, Fishkill organization.

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Wednesday, March 29

Business Education Seminar: Practical Networking 3:30 - 5 p.m. River Station Restaurant 1 North Water Street Poughkeepsie

The Business Education Committee presents a practical networking seminar by Adam Simpson of Residential Home Funding. Attendees are invited to stay for the Business After Hours and practice their new skills. Sponsored by: Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond and Mehl & Associates CPA’s

Wednesday, March 29

Business After Hours 5 - 7 p.m. River Station Restaurant 1 North Water Street Poughkeepsie

The Chamber’s monthly networking event. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Sponsored by: TEG Federal Credit Union

Thursday, March 30

Celebrity Servers Dinner 5:30 - 9 p.m. Cosimo’s Brick Oven 120 Delafield Street Poughkeepsie Trade that suit and tie for an apron and help raise funds for a worthy cause! Or come enjoy a delectable three-course meal paired with wine served to you by a local celebrity in the business community. Proceeds benefit the Cosimo DiBrizzi Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship, established by the family of Cosimo DiBrizzi, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Chamber Foundation, was created to honor the memory of this well respected restaurateur and friend to many in the Hudson Valley. The Cosimo DiBrizzi Scholarship is available to any resident of the Hudson Valley who is pursuing a career in the Culinary Arts at the Culinary Institute of America. Sponsored by: Tompkins Mahopac Bank and Mobile Life Support Services, Inc.

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Pediatric office offers glimpse at healthcare careers to area youth By Diane DeDominicis Director of Employment Services

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he NYS Department of Labor Regional Analysis has projected healthcare jobs will remain vitally important to our region’s economy. As part of an ongoing Work Experience Initiative, youth from the Dutchess County Youth One Stop and Career Action Center at Poughkeepsie High School recently participated

in a job shadow day at the Children’s Medical Group. As part of the shadow day, Clinical Manager Susan Haegler, along with her staff, offered an insider’s look at the work environment and careers available in a pediatric healthcare facility. Healthcare careers such as physician, registered nurse, and patient care technician were discussed along with positions in the various departments

necessary for smooth day-to-day operations including human resources, finance, medical lab, mailroom, and patient registration. The presentation emphasized excellent customer service as one of the most important skills necessary in this service industry. Speakers also stressed working hard and taking advantage of opportunities for continuing education. “We learned that even if you start off in a low position, you can move up the ladder of success as long as you are willing to learn,� said Georgette Riley, an attendee at the shadow day.

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Youth Spotlight By Merredith Madden Career Action Center Mentor

“Anything automotive!� Francisco Lopez-Reyes replied without hesitation when asked what type of internship he would enjoy. Lopez-Reyes is a senior at Po u g h k e e p s i e High School and attends the Career Explorations class, which is part of the Career Action Center at Poughkeepsie High School. As part of the program, each student is placed in a

25-hour internship in his or her area of interest. Arlington Auto & Tire in Poughkeepsie welcomed LopezReyes immediately. Moose Oakleh, Executive Vice President and General Manager, has been hosting interns for 16 years and is both happy and excited to include students “who have a passion for this line of work.� OakIeh says internships are a way for him to combine the shar-

ing of his talents with giving back to the community. “Not only does Francisco have passion, but a natural ability,� Oakleh said. “Francisco was always looking forward to the next step. He is very eager to learn and ambitious.� Lopez-Reyes appreciated his time at the shop as much as they appreciated having him. “Everybody [was] very friendly and hard working,� he said. Not only was Lopez-Reyes in his element learning more about cars, he was also gaining valuable hands-on experience and confirming this industry is where he wants a career. “This opportunity increased my self confidence,� Lopez-Reyes said. For more information on hosting a student internship, contact Meredith Madden at meredith@dcrcoc.org. Career Action Center is made possible thanks to a partnership with the Poughkeepsie City School District and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Employment Spotlight By Elizabeth Kwant, Director of Workforce Connections

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hayla McIntosh is no stranger to hard work. As a single mother, she goes from morning ‘til night to ensure she provides for her children. At her job at Dunkin Donuts in the City of Poughkeepsie, McIntosh works tirelessly to learn as much as possible about the food service industry in general and the bakery in particular. “I love this job and am trying to learn how

to do everything, so I can continue my career with this company,� McIntosh said. McIntosh credits the strong support of her manager, Sean, with her continued success. “As our location grows, it’s exciting to watch Shayla grow with it,� Sean said. Wo r k f o r c e Connections is made possible thanks to a partnership with the Dutchess County Department of Community & Family Services and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.


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Over 450 guests came out Saturday, February 4 to celebrate some truly wonderful people in our community at the Hearts of Gold Gala. We would like to thank the 2017 Gala Sponsors: Platinum Sponsor MidHudson Regional Hospital; Gift Spon- sor KeyBank; Gold Heart Sponsor IBM; Gold Sponsors GlobalFoundries, The Grandview, Hudson Valley Audio Visual, Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc., M&T Bank, Marist College, and Ulster Savings Bank; Cocktail Reception Sponsor Riverside Bank - A division of Salisbury Bank & Trust Company; Dessert Sponsor Rhinebeck Bank; Valet Sponsor Mehl & Associates, CPA’s; Photography Sponsor Poughkeepsie Journal Media; Theme Sponsors Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond and Tompkins Mahopac Bank; Dance Sponsors DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, and S&O Construction Services; Centerpiece Sponsors Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, NeJame Pools, and Rose & Kiernan, Inc.; Music Sponsors, D’Arcangelo & Co. and Marshall & Sterling Insurance; Silver Sponsors Blacktop Maintenance, CareMount Medical, Dutchess Community College, Goldstein, Karlewicz & Goldstein, LLP, Hudson Cadilac Buick GMC, Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde LLP, N&S Supply, Orange Bank & Trust Company, RBT CPAs, LLP, and Royal Carting Services; and Award Sponsor De’S Jewelers.


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Bowling tournament returns to Fishkill company logo will hang above the lane for 30 days). Non-bowlers can purchase a lane sponsorship for $75 or sponsor a team of five students to bowl for $150. Adelphi University, DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota, EmbroidMe, Fortress Financial Advisory, K1 Speed, and Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond sponsor the bowling tournament.

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he “No Time to Spare Bowling Tournament” benefiting The Chamber Foundation, Inc. and presented by the Hudson Valley Young Professionals will be held on Sunday, March 12th from 1-4 p.m. at Fishkill Bowl. “We are thrilled the HVYPs have taken on the organization of this fun event!” said Foundation Executive Director Nicholas Shannon. “Between this and their Kickball Tournament in September, the group is really committed to The Foundation’s mission of fostering a commitment to community service and supporting our programming and scholarship fund.” Teams are now forming and the tournament is a sell-out every year so register your team at ChamberFDN.org and enjoy all of the food, fun, and prizes. Individual bowlers are $35 per person or a team of five bowlers is $150 (for $200, your team can include a Lane Sponsorship and your

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n February The Chamber Foundation launched its new Executive Leadership Program—a Nicholas four-part, high-level, educational series for current and potential seShannon nior executives in the Hudson Valley. Executive Crafted and taught by senior corpoDirector rate executives, the series addresses the necessity for, access to, and elevates the level of executive level one-on-one critique followed each continuing education in our region. presentation. Participants were The first session, sponsored by asked to review the comments and RBT, CPAs, focused on Executive video to refine their technique over Communication and was held in the week between sessions. two parts at Dutchess At the next Community College. session, students eadership Led by Sal Calta, retired heard from a CEO PROGRAM IBM executive, proExecutive Commugram participants first learned how nication Panel moderated by Steto effectively prepare and commu- ven Lant, retired executive from nicate. Following this presentation, Central Hudson Gas & Electric students were asked to give a mini Corporation. Panelists included presentation while being filmed. A Poughkeepsie Journal Media

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and Free Press Media President Jim Fogler, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union President & CEO Mary Madden, and N&S Supply President & CEO Wayne Nussbickel. The students then re-recorded their presentations and were given a final one-on-one review. The remaining topics are Strategic Planning and Execution, Enhanced Management Techniques, and Managing You. Ideal participants should currently hold, or be in-line for, a high-level executive leadership position. Prior session attendance is not required, but we hope you will see the benefit and continue the rest of the series. For more information, contact (845) 454-1700, ext. 1026 or email nick@chamberfdn.org.

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he Chamber Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce nominations for the 2017 ATHENA Awards will be accepted through June 2, 2017. Now in its 12th year here in the Hudson Valley, the ATHENA Award is given to members of the community who best embody the ATHENA Leadership Model, which focuses on the personal traits of strong, successful leaders. It captures the spirit and collaborative leadership style often exemplified in women leaders, while also recognizing the importance of courageous acts and fierce

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Pamela Edington, Ed.D. Dutchess Community College

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advocacy in pursuit of excellence. In 2016, for the first time, The Foundation modified the process to not select one repre- Dr. Pamela Edington sentative, but to charge each honoree with the task of being an advocate for the ATHENA model. Following the awards dinner, the 11 honorees agreed to ‘share’ the award over the course of the year. Each of the 11 will have a turn to display the golden statue in her office for one month. So far, Gloria Cukar of MidHudson Regional Hospital held it in December before delivering it to Dr. Pamela Edington of Dutchess Community College for January and then to Renee Fillett of Astor Services for Children & Families for February. Cukar will deliver the award to Lauren Gillett of Chazen Companies for March.

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OFFICERS Tina Walz, Chair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .M & T Bank Stacey Langenthal, Vice-Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bank of Millbrook Amy Dittmar, Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Peter Maher, Secretary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mid-Hudson Subaru Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP DIRECTORS Tina Hawkinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Red Cap Cleaners Maureen Kangas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center Anthony Morando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cuddy & Feder LLP Barbara E. Ostrander. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RBT CPAs, LLP Dr. Greer Rychcik . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hyde Park Central School District Christopher Short. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DragonSearch Charles “Chip” Simon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taconic Advisors, Inc. Skip Weisman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weisman Success Resources, Inc. Robyn Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union David Wise. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mackey Butts & Wise, LLP FOUNDATION STAFF Frank Castella, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President Nicholas Shannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Executive Director Brianne Kelly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Programming Coordinator YOUTH ONE STOP STAFF Louise McLoughlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President of Business Services Jessica Vitolano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Youth One Stop Coordinator Rosemary Grabowska . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Youth One Stop Assistant Coordinator Ashley Wright . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Youth One Stop Case Manager Danica Pierre-Louis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Youth One Stop Case Manager


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