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The Arc of Dutchess Chapter Board and Members Annual Meeting

Jessica Challan-Spea and Ron Cole discuss early intervention services
Jessica Challan-Spera and Ron Cole discuss the importance of early intervention services

April 21, 2016

The Board of Directors held their Annual Members Meeting on April 21, 2016 at 6:00pm in the Hudson Room of the Hampton Inn in Poughkeepsie, NY.  Annual reports were presented to the membership by Lorraine Costello, Board President, Mark Metzger, Board Treasurer, and Crys McCuin, Agency Executive Director. Elections of new board member, Stephen Dambra and   re-election of board members Susan Hoctor and Mary Jane LeKanides were held.

An interesting and informative program was presented at the conclusion of the Arc-Annual-Mtg-CMYK-REV 2016-04-06 - CROPPEDbusiness meeting entitled, “Open All the Doors – Navigating the Early Intervention Process” Guest speakers were Janine Fitzmaurice, LCSW, CCM, Coordinator for Special Needs Services at the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health and Carolyn (Lyn) Deslandes, Incident Manager/Guardianship Coordinator at The Arc of Dutchess. Jessica Challan-Spera was also a guest speaker on the panel discussion. Several parents spoke about their experiences with Early Intervention programs.

Click here to view the 2015 Annual Report       Please Note: the financial report is an un-audited version

The Chapter Board of The Arc of Dutchess

Lorraine S. Costello is a retired Director of Special Education at the Arlington Central School District and owner of Ice-Age Design jewelry fabrication. Lorraine is a Trustee of The Arc of Dutchess Foundation and Chapter Board President of The Arc of Dutchess.

Anne Clarke is a NYS trained Ombudsman, a retired Registered Nurse, Chairperson of the Guardianship Committee and Chapter Board Vice President, of The Arc of Dutchess.

Sharon Russitano is a Coordinator, Center for Communication Disorders at MidHudson Regional Hospital, and Chapter Board Secretary of The Arc of Dutchess.

Mark Metzger is a partner at the law firm of Metzger Injury Law in private practice. Mark is a founding member and current Vice President of The Arc of Dutchess Foundation, a member of the NYSARC, Inc. Board of Governors, a member of its Executive Committee and currently serves on its legal committee and scholarships and awards committee. Mark is Chairman of the Board at the Maplebrook School, first Vice President of Vassar Temple, Vice President of the Dutchess County Jewish Federation and Vice President of the Poughkeepsie Tennis Club.  Mark is Chapter Board Treasurer of The Arc of Dutchess.

Gabrielle “Gabe” Canino, MSW, is a retired Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Service Coordinator, and Options For People Through Services (OPTS) Coordinator and rate setter at the Taconic Developmental Disabilities Regional Office (DDRO).

Gary Collins, Ph. D., is a Licensed Psychologist, and Director of the Partial Hospital Program at the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health.

Stephen Dambra leads the Reformed Church of Beacon as the Pastor of Odyssey Church.

Susan Hoctor is a retired Guidance Counselor at the Arlington Central School District, a Member of the NYS United Teachers Association (Retired) and the Arlington Teachers Association (Retired).

Mary Jane Le Kanides is a self-employed Tax Preparer (H & R Block), and a long-time supporter of the Girl Scouts of America.

 

The Arc of Dutchess Foundation Board of Trustees

Mark Metzger, Esq. Vice President / Interim President, The Arc of Dutchess Foundation Board, is a partner at the law firm of Metzger Injury Law in private practice. Mark is a Member of the NYSARC, Inc. Board of Governors, a member of its Executive Committee and currently serves on its legal committee and scholarships and awards committee. Mark is Chairman of the board at the Maplebrook School, first Vice President of Vassar temple, Vice President of the Duchess County Jewish Federation and Vice president of the Poughkeepsie Tennis Club.

Thomas Frost, Esq. Secretary, The Arc of Dutchess Foundation Board, Supervising Senior Associate, Rosicki, Rosicki & Assoc, PC.

David Fountain Treasurer, The Arc of Dutchess Foundation Board, Vice President (Lending), Bank of Millbrook

Lorraine S. Costello Trustee, The Arc of Dutchess Foundation Board, is a retired Director of Special Education at the Arlington Central School District and owner of Ice-Age Design jewelry fabrication.

Crys McCuin Trustee, The Arc of Dutchess Foundation Board and Executive Director, The Arc of Dutchess