The Executive Leadership Program is an educational opportunity that recognizes the skill-development need for current and potential senior executives in the Hudson Valley. Crafted and taught by senior corporate executives, this series aims to address the necessity for, access to, and elevate the level of executive level continuing education within our region. Participants of this program should currently be positioned in, or be in-line for, a high-level executive leadership position.

To be a part of or recommend someone for this high level leadership program, please contact Nicholas Shannon at (845) 454-1700 ext. 1026.

Read about this and other programs in The Bottom Line newsletter (monthly on Page 14)!

Curriculum Development Committee

Sal Calta, Chair

Sal launched “Calta Consulting” LLC in February 2016, helping businesses operationalize major business transformation by combining CIO Information Technology savvy with extensive Business Operations experience. Sal is an expert at leading critical business transformations from large, complex organizations that need an efficiency and effectiveness boost, to small and mid-sized companies that need to scale quickly and efficiently.

Previously, Sal was a Senior Executive at IBM, retiring in 2015 after a successful 36 year career that included Product Development, Supply Chain, Business Transformation and Information Technology. He most recently was the company’s VP of business transformation, helping IBM re-invent itself in the era of Agile and Cognitive technologies.

Sal then served as GuideWell and Florida Blue’s interim Chief Information Officer from May to November 2015, applying years of business transformation experience to help GuideWell/Florida Blue advance it's Health Care Innovation Journey. This 6-month role serves as model for Sal's new consulting business, helping any company navigate a challenging business transition

William A. Brenner, CPA


William is a partner in Citrin Cooperman’s White Plains office with more than 15 years of experience providing tax, accounting, and business consulting services. His clients include owners of closely held businesses in diverse industries, including technology and medical device developers, medical and dental practices, law firms, specialty manufacturers, financial services, insurance agencies, and high net worth individuals.

Prior to becoming a CPA and business advisor, William was the owner of several small businesses. His expertise spans the areas of business and profitability consulting, tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, and succession planning.

William has authored a number of articles, which have appeared in publications such as the Hudson Valley Business Journal and the Westchester County Business Journal. He is regularly engaged to speak at small business roundtables and conference groups on a variety of business consulting topics.

Pamela Edington, Ph.D.

An experienced educator and administrator with more than 30 years of service at community colleges in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Pamela R. Edington, Ed.D assumed the presidency of Dutchess Community College in August 2014.

Dr. Edington is a forward-thinking leader with demonstrated accomplishments in key areas that include enhancing student success; developing community-wide partnerships; strengthening educational pathways in science, technology, engineering and math; and fostering campus collaboration.

Dr. Edington is committed to advancing the number of Dutchess students who complete a degree, developing additional programs of study to meet emerging workforce needs in the mid-Hudson Valley and growing a unique service-learning program.

Paul Hochenberg

Since January 2015, Paul Hochenberg has served as the Executive Director of MidHudson Regional Hospital, a 243-bed acute care, community hospital, which is part of the WMC Health Network.

A longtime resident of the Hudson Valley, Paul previously held the position of Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Learning Officer for Westchester Medical Center. During his 42-year career in the field of healthcare, he has led such organizations as St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh, Craig House Hospital in Beacon, and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, in New Hyde Park.

Steven Lant

Steven was employed by Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. from October 1980 until retirement in October 2014. He served in a number of leadership roles including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer. He also served as Chair of the Board and CEO of Central Hudson's parent company, C H Energy Group, Inc., a publicly traded diversified energy company, from 2004 until its acquisition by Fortis, Inc, in June 2013.

Kathleen Lynch Cartine

Kathleen Lynch Cartine is Director of Organizational Development and Learning at Westchester Medical Center Health Network. In this role she partners with the senior management team to provide strategic planning and direction for educational programs to improve organizational effectiveness and create a culture of learning.

Prior to joining WMC, Kathleen was employed for 12 years as a Learning and Development Consultant at Yale New Haven Health where she helped to build the Institute for Excellence, the department of leadership development. She is a Professional Certified Coach and a Dale Carnegie instructor.