Chamber Foundation announces next Leadership Dutchess class 

The Chamber Foundation, Inc. is proud to welcome the Leadership Dutchess Class of 2017. From 35 applicants, 30 adult professionals were accepted after interviews and committee review. This is the 28th class of Leadership Dutchess, The Foundation’s signature leadership program designed to foster professional development.

Over a nine-month period, the class will participate in monthly full-day leadership training sessions conducted by regional leaders and experts. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit local tourism destinations and meet with county government officials. Before graduation in June, the class is responsible for planning a fundraising event and participating in a community service day; helping to unite the leadership lessons taught during the program.

On Thursday, September 15 the program year will commence at The Henry A. Wallace Center at The FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park – the quintessential location right here in the Hudson Valley from where one of America’s great leaders made history.

Tom Weddell, from RBT Accounting & Consulting Services and honorary graduate of the Class of 2014, and Lisa Morris, from Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union and graduate of the Class of 1999, will be guest speakers and throughout the day, participants will have an opportunity to meet each other as well as the Leadership Dutchess committee leads. The session will conclude with a tour of Springwood and the FDR library and museum.

A welcome reception will be held in the evening for employer sponsors, board members, Alumni mentors, and program sponsors to formally welcome the class.

Below are the participants of the Class of 2017!

For more information on Leadership Dutchess, please contact Executive Director Nicholas Shannon at (845) 454-1700, ext. 1026 or visit Applications are now being accepted for the Class of 2018.


Rene Marie Barnes – Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse

Ian Becker – Evisions, Inc.

Melissa Clark – United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region

David Curry – Rhinebeck Bank

J. Dewey – Hudson Valley Community Services

Nancy DeWitt – Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Michael Evans – Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Corey Gallagher – Rondout Savings Bank

Theresa Giovanniello – Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services

Kaitlin Gisolfi – D'Arcangelo & Co., LLP

Adrienne Huy – Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation

Meghan Lambert – Dutchess One Stop Career Center

Christopher J. LaPorta – The Chazen Companies

Amber Mahmud – MidHudson Regional Hospital

Deanna Mancuso – Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, Inc.

Caitlin Martin – Safeguard of the Hudson Valley

Nicholas Mauro – Marist College

Gennaro Mazzella – KeyBank

Meghan McInerney - Shero Designs, Inc.

James McKenna – Tompkins Financial Advisors

Kevin Mushett – Day Seckler LLP

Mark E. Noteboom – New York Air National Guard

David Orce – Adams Fairacre Farms

John Pacos – RBT Accounting & Consulting Services

Laurien Rabadi – Pentair

Kate Rabe – Kate Rabe Consulting

Lisa Reed – Rhinebeck Bank

Cindy M. Smith – Cindy M. Smith, CPA

Peter Stusvick – M&T Bank

Sarah Weikel – Spark Media Project