Forty Under 40

Bestowed annually to forty people under the age of 40 who have shown a strong commitment to the Hudson Valley, the Shaker Awards identify and honor the next generation of leaders.


Nominations for the 2016 Forty Under 40 Awards will be accepted through January 29. Nominate today!

Download the nomination form here:

2016 Forty Under 40 nomination form 2016 Forty Under 40 nomination form (38 KB)



Be sure to nominate someone you think is a Mover & Shaker for this year's awards! 

2015 Forty Under 40 Honorees

Erin L. Beale - 32  
Town of Poughkeepsie Police

Jordan E. Bell - 33 
Dutchess Community College

Nicole Benedetto - 36 
Arlington Central School District

Kristie Lynn Brand- 39 
Fostertown Elementary School

Russell Brigante- 28 
R. Brigante Excavating Inc.

Jill L. Brodsky, MD - 35 
Mount Kisco Medical Group

Elisabeth Cort - 33 
Fitness Fusion of the Hudson Valley LLC

Joseph T. DallVechia - 32 
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Company

Angela DePaolo - 33 
Vassar College

Elizabeth Donohue - 39 
Marist College

Elizabeth Druback-Celaya - 34 
Hudson River Housing

Kevin Durland - 36 
Ryan Sand & Gravel, Inc.

Scott Falabella - 36
ABC Supply

Filomena Fanelli - 37 
Impact PR & Communications

Leah Feldman - 28 
Family Services

Matthew Friedler - 35 
Greenwood Lake Union Free School District

Jean-Marie Gillette - 39 
Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Jessica Glass, Esq. - 36 
McCabe & Mack LLP

Erik J. Haight - 38 
Dutchess County Board of Elections

Jennifer Henion - 38 
Procter & Gamble

Timothy Heuer - 35 
Obercreek Farm

Christopher R. Hewitt - 39 
Hudson Valley Current/ Country Wisdom News

Austin T. Horan - 27 
Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Dave Hughes - 33 
Marist College

Kristen Huss - 30 
Hudson Valley Renegades

Ryan M. Judge - 27 
Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher

Megan S. Lawrence - 27 
Nixie Sparrow

Devon Luty-Swenson - 33 
Dorsey Metrology International

Shawn McPhillips - 39 
NYS Troopers

Ryan J. Michael - 37 
American Heart Association

Karoline S. Nowillo, M.D. - 39 
Mount Kisco Medical Group

Erin M. Prunty, DDS -31 
Taconic Dental

Mike Salzillo - 28 
Marshall & Sterling - Specialty Risks Division

Jesse A. Saperstein - 33 
Anderson Center for Autism & Living Resources, Inc.

Dr. Chris St. Germain - 32 
Vassar College, Marist College & Dutchess Community College

Melissa Surprise - 37 
Surprise Photography

David A. Tecchio, MPAS, RPA-C - 39 
Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Justin W. Varuzzo - 34 
Paul Effman Music

Christopher Wyble - 36 
IBM/Mike Artega's Health & Fitness Center

Eben Yager - 38 
Hudson Valley Renegades


Contact Senior Vice President & COO, Rich Kleban for Sponsorship opportunities. Call (845) 454-1700, ext. 1023 or email 

Main Event

MidHudson Regional Hospital

N&S Supply

Iseman, Cunninghan, Riester & Hyde, LLP

Rhinebeck Bank


Mover and Shaker 

Central Hudson Gas & Electric

Rose & Kiernan, Inc.

Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP

Orange County Trust Company

Marshall & Sterling Insurance

HV Renegades

D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP

LCS Companies  


Red Carpet

Mehl & Associates, CPA’s




Rondout Savings Bank




Forty Under 40 Shaker Awards - Thursday, April 28

Cocktail Reception: Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
Awards Ceremony: Changepoint Theater 

Tickets: Will go on sale following the announcement of the 2016 Honorees. 

If you have any questions about ticketing, seating or congratulatory messages, please contact Carmela at (845) 454-1700 ext. 1006

Thanks to the 2016 Forty Under 40 Selection Committee

Co-Chair: David Mack, Habitat for Humanity  
Co-Chair: Amy Dittmar, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. 

Joseph Amendola, Amendola Landscaping

Michelle Barone-Lepore, Think Social First

Erin Beale, Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department

Jordan Bell, Dutchess Community College 

Kristin Huss, Hudson Valley Renegades

Karen Lo, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

Dr. Cristina Mauro

Dr. Karoline Nowillo, Mount Kisco Medical Group

Trista Parker, Health Quest

Emily Saland, Marist College

Mike Salzillo, Marshall & Sterling Insurance 

Think Local First!

Remember, when you shop, when you dine, and even when you shop online: Think Local First!

Then remember to think about ways to go even further.
  • Give local first
  • Think green always
  • Think global next

Featured Video

Scholarship Breakfast 2015


Video by Media 276 from the May 2015 Chamber Foundation, Inc., Scholarship Breakfast sponsored by Rhinebeck Bank.

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