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  • HVYP Leadership Bios

  • Michelle Barone-Lepore Michelle Barone-Lepore

    Michelle, senior vice president of marketing at Rhinebeck Bank in Poughkeepsie, graduated Cum Laude from Marist College with a B.S. in Marketing and loves leveraging her skills and experience to help businesses and organizations thrive. She’s passionate about her career in marketing and has a deeply vested interest in her local community. You may have heard her on the radio as the Saturday afternoon live host on 96.1 Kiss FM. Michelle is also a professional singer and performs at some of the Valley’s most well-attended events.

    Not only does Michelle sit on the Hudson Valley Young Professionals Advisory Council, but she has also chaired many charitable events in the region, including Walk a Mile and the Think Dutchess Business Excellence Awards. Michelle dedicates time to Poughkeepsie’s First Friday initiative – helping to stimulate economic growth in the City of Poughkeepsie.

  • Geoff Brault Geoff Brault

    Originally from Philadelphia, Geoff attended high school in Connecticut, and later fell in love with the Hudson Valley after graduating from Marist College. Currently the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Walkway Over the Hudson, Geoff helps over 500,000 people per year discover the Mid-Hudson Valley. At night and on the weekends, he is the play-by-play voice of Marist football and basketball, and regularly emcees events throughout the area. Honored as a recipient of Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Forty Under 40 Awards, Geoff has also been named Generation Next by Hudson Valley Magazine and Tomorrow’s Hero by the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

    Outside of the office and arena, Geoff enjoys golf, travel and eating at all of the amazing restaurants in Dutchess County. After being involved with the Hudson Valley Young Professionals for more than five years in a variety of roles, he was elected co-chair in 2017 and now serves as immediate past chair. 

  • Shelia Bogan Shelia Bogan

    Home is where the heart is, so Sheila returned to Wappingers Falls after graduating from St. Michael's College in Vermont, where she earned her B.A. in Media Studies, Journalism, and Digital Arts. In her current role as Senior Account Executive at Impact PR & Communications, Sheila manages and executes PR campaigns on behalf of clients in the nonprofit, professional services and lifestyle sectors.

    Formerly a Community Development Manager at the American Cancer Society, Sheila continues to be actively involved in the community. She currently serves as the co-chair of HVYP’s Membership and Communications committee, is an active supporter of the Dutchess County Out of the Darkness walk (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) and a proud member of the Leadership Dutchess class of 2019. A recipient of the 2019 Forty Under 40 Mover and Shaker Award, Sheila was honored by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce for her professional achievements and dedication to the community. In her spare time, Sheila enjoys traveling, spending time with family, seeing live music and volunteering.

  • Melissa Clark Melissa Clark

    Director of Community Impact at United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region for two years, and a member of the United Way team for six years, Melissa Clark directs a team providing all aspects of capacity building including community-based funding, volunteer services and high impact community programs. Melissa holds a B.A. in International Relations from SUNY New Paltz and a M.A. in Social and Public Policy from SUNY Empire. Melissa has worked in the service sector for over a decade and began her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She serves on the Orange County Youth Bureau Advisory Board, the Bringing Agencies Together Coalition, the Hudson Valley Young Professionals Advisory Council, The Junior League of Poughkeepsie and is a graduate of Leadership Dutchess.

  • Devan Cleary Devan Cleary

    A life-long resident of the Hudson Valley, Devan Cleary grew up in Rhinebeck and has a Financial Services business with the Hodgkins Agency, in the heart of the city of Poughkeepsie. Devan is an active member of the community and volunteers on several of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s committees, including HVYP, which he has been involved in for several years. Devan also serves as the executive director for a Hudson Valley based networking group called PNP (Professional Networking Powerhouse) and in his free time enjoys spending time with family and friends, whether that be watching a game together, a cookout or a night out. Devan has recently found a passion for friendly competition at Spartan races as well as helping fundraise for local non-profits at these events.

  • Heather Fitzsimmons Heather Fitzsimmons

    A graduate of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, Heather works in the Career Center at Mount Saint Mary College where she helps students and alumni prepare for their next step - the job hunt - and seeking opportunities to gain experience in their field of study. Originally from the Hudson Valley, she enjoys giving back to her community in a variety of ways.

    After joining HVYP in August 2014, Heather became an Advisory Council member and currently co-chairs the Special Events committee. Her involvement in HVYP has helped her grow both personally and professionally and she cherishes the connections she has made. Heather is also an active member of her local fire department, a graduate of the Leadership Dutchess program and a 2019 Forty Under 40 Mover and Shaker Award recipient. In her free time, she loves being outdoors, gardening and trying to decide which DIY project or recipe to try next (she’s a total foodie).

  • Freddy Garcia Freddy Garcia

    A native of the Bronx, Freddy moved up from New York City to the Hudson Valley 7 years ago after accepting a position at Marist College, where he most recently served as special assistant to the president for diversity, inclusion and community engagement. Currently, Freddy serves as regional director for diversity, inclusion and community engagement at Westchester Medical Center, where he is responsible for providing leadership, innovation and vision to promote diversity and inclusion among all constituents of the hospital.

    In addition to serving on the HVYP Advisory Council, Freddy is a proud board member of the Catharine Street Community Center, Family Services and Rhinebeck Bank. As you can see, he is deeply passionate not only about his professional career, but also about making a positive impact in his community. Freddy enjoys getting out on the greens for a round of golf, watching and occasionally playing basketball and spending time with family and friends.

  • Matthew Sefcik Matthew Sefcik

    Matthew was born and raised in the beautiful Hudson Valley and graduated from Arlington High School. After obtaining his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Union College while on the soccer and track teams, he returned home to ensure all of the Hudson Valley continues to be provided with reliable power, working for our local utility company, Central Hudson Gas & Electric. While serving the public, Matthew later earned an M.B.A. locally here at Marist College.

    Being a new dad, his appreciation and awareness for our diverse and robust region has only expanded. This area gave him a fantastic childhood with a great education; a wonderful place to raise a family! Matthew is proud of the Hudson Valley’s wide-ranging job opportunities, amazing culinary food options, world-renowned breweries, cideries, wineries and distilleries, multitude of outdoor activities and athletic endeavors, comprehensive art scene and broad community-based activities and programs. He enjoys exploring and taking in the picturesque landforms: rolling hills, scenic mountains and farmland plains with creeks and rivers abound – their beauty of which is fully highlighted throughout all four beautiful seasons!

  • Jenna Liguori Jenna Liguori

    A dedicated member of HVYP since 2018, Jenna always rolls up her sleeves to help others- both inside and outside of the office. As an operations manager for IT and Supply Chain Management at Family Services, she works collaboratively across departments to ensure that the non-profit is well equipped to serve the community.

    In her spare time, Jenna is the co-chair of HVYP’s Education and Professional Development committee and helps the Membership and Communications committee reach new people. She volunteers on the 2019 WAM committee and sits on the board of the Anderson Center for Autism, where she’s also a member of their program services, finance and HR committees. Jenna was honored as a recipient of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Forty Under 40 Award in 2019 and graduated from Leadership Dutchess in 2018. She enjoys hiking and exploring news places with her boyfriend, Eric.

  • Don Minichino Don Minichino

    A Dutchess Community College and Mount Saint Mary College graduate, Don has been a journalist, photographer/videographer, ad agency executive, economic developer and now a broker with Houlihan Lawrence Commercial, connecting entrepreneurs, investors and businesses with their real estate needs. Since 2015, Don has been an Advisory Council member of the Hudson Valley Young Professionals and currently serves as co-chair. In 2017, Don was honored as a recipient of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Forty Under 40 Mover and Shaker Awards, and in 2018, graduated from the Leadership Dutchess program with the Community Advocate Award.

    An annual participant in the Fishkill Polar Plunge and Dutchess Dragon Boat Race (2018 champs!), Don serves as a co-chair of First Friday Poughkeepsie and runs an annual fundraising campaign to benefit Sparrow’s Nest. In his spare time, you can find him training for marathons and triathlons, at DC Sports working on his volleyball game, finessing his photo skills at historic sites and waterfronts, biking rail trails or kayaking the Hudson. There’s always a new adventure in the works!

  • Eddie Monroy Eddie Monroy

    Eddie proudly considers himself a true product of the Hudson Valley. After growing up in Orange County, Eddie began his college career at Dutchess Community College (DCC) and later became a Hall of Famer within the Business School at SUNY New Paltz while completing both his undergraduate and post-graduate studies there.

    Passionate about business and helping others reach their dreams, Eddie is currently director of consulting for strategy leaders, where he works with a diverse group of small-medium-business owners to grow revenue, profits and sustainability. Eddie currently serves on the board of the Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is an advisor with Educate 2 Envision, co-chairs HVYP’s Education Committee and sits on its Advisory Council.

    In his downtime, Eddie is active on the soccer field scoring goals, traveling to new locations, enjoying brew tours (as well as brewing!) and spending time with friends and family.

  • Matt Mullaney Matt Mullaney

    A lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley, Matt serves as the general manager for a multi-generational regional automobile dealer, Hudson Cadillac Buick GMC in Poughkeepsie. In addition to being on the Advisory Council for the Hudson Valley Young Professionals, Matt is also a board member for The Chamber Foundation.

  • Justin Semke Justin Semke

    A lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley, Justin grew up in Poughquag and graduated from Northeastern University in 2014. As a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial, he has been helping clients plan for their futures for over five years. Outside of the office, Justin is heavily involved in the LaGrange Sunrise Rotary (President 2018-2019) and co-chair of the Membership and Communications committee for HVYP. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs, hiking, exploring the Hudson Valley and visiting family.

  • A self-proclaimed “Valley Girl,” Jasmin Nicole Davis was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, and prides herself on her personal and professional commitment to the Hudson Valley.

    A graduate of Arlington High School and Long Island University, Jasmin holds her BFA in Public Relations, and minored in Broadcasting. After earning her degree, Jasmin returned home to Dutchess County to begin her professional career as the assistant marketing director for the Poughkeepsie Galleria. In her role, Jasmin directly coordinates all aspects of the center’s marketing and has been responsible for the creation, planning and management of: on and offsite events; press releases; social media posts; blogs and website maintenance, as well as developing and maintaining relations with store, district, and regional managers.

    Committed to giving back to her community, Jasmin serves on the advisory council for the Hudson Valley Young Professionals, currently as the co-chair of the Special Events Committee. Additionally, she dedicates her time as an active member of the Board of Directors for the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and proudly graduated from The Chamber Foundation Inc.’s Leadership Dutchess program in 2019. Jasmin enjoys international and domestic travel with her mother, spending time with her siblings and nephews, enjoying live entertainment such as concerts and musical theater and, of course, shopping. 

  • Stefania Riccitelli Stefania Riccitelli

    Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, Stefania could never imagine being a part of a more beautiful and thriving area! After graduating Mount St. Mary College, she began working for Rhinebeck Bank in Poughkeepsie, where she currently serves as the Digital Marketing Coordinator. In her role, Stefania evaluates different technologies to create and implement marketing campaigns in order to optimize the bank’s digital presence. A member of HVYP since 2018, Stefania joined the Advisory Council in 2019 as co-chair of the Special Events Committee.

    Aside from HVYP, she is involved with First Friday Poughkeepsie, “Walk-a-Mile in Her Shoes” hosted by Family Services and the Mortgage Business Association. You can usually find her by the water, on a hike or spending time with her family and friends. Stefania is an avid believer in not only contributing to the continued success of her local community, but also creating innovative and lively ways of doing so. Life’s meant to be fun, not work!

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