POUGHKEEPSIE – The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie announced six new board members and a new executive committee for the July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 term. The Board of Directors is comprised of generous community members who have been selected for their knowledge, expertise and commitment to our mission.
The six newly elected board members are:
Mary Lou Davis previously served on the Children’s Home Board from 2009 – 2018, including as Board President from 2016 – 2018. Mary Lou taught mathematics on the middle school, high school, and college levels, along with serving as a private tutor, math coach and consultant. She is a member and former president of the Poughkeepsie Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and was active on the AAUW New York State board, including serving as president of the board.
Nick Garin moved to Poughkeepsie in 1980, when he became Executive Director of Mid-Hudson Legal Services. Two years later, Nick joined the Poughkeepsie Regional NYS Attorney General’s Office, where he recently retired as Assistant Attorney General and Public Advocate. Nick helped to establish Coming Home, an organization that provided one-on-one mentoring to help people recently released from prison. He is an active member and past board member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and currently serves as co-chair of the social justice committee. Nick also serves on the board of Hudson River Housing.
Sherry LaTassa is a life time native of the Hudson Valley. She holds a BS and MS in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary College. Sherry is a Family Nurse Practitioner with 27 years of experience, specializing in sexual assault and child abuse pediatrics. Sherry currently holds positions at Child Abuse Pediatrics at the Westchester Institute for Human Development and MidHudson Regional Hospital as the Forensic Acute Care Team Coordinator.
Linda Lurie has lived in Hyde Park, NY for the last 48 years. She served as a case manager for the Dutchess County Office of the Aging for 31 years. Linda started an exercise program for senior citizens which has grown to over 20 programs today. Linda served on the board of the Vassar Warner Home for 9 years and Dutchess County Home Matters for 5 years. She is a current member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
Valerie Murphy is currently the District Treasurer and Accountant for the Spackenkill Union Free School District. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Fordham University, a MBA in Information Technology and Organizational Behavior from New York University, is a Certified Information Systems Auditor and has extensive financial experience in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Valerie is a longtime volunteer at the Children’s Home, organizing events for the residents through her membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Iota Alpha Omega Chapter.
Kim Scoralick is excited to join the board and add a foster/adoptive parent perspective. Kim and her husband Brian’s youngest two children spent a brief time at the Children’s Home before joining their family. Kim, Brian and their four children have been involved with the Children’s Home for over 15 years. She is a third grade teacher in the Spackenkill Union Free School District and very active at the Hopewell Reformed Church where she serves as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. Kim is co-founder of Tabby’s Vision, which helps support visually impaired individuals in Dutchess County.
“We are thrilled to welcome six wonderful community leaders to the Children’s Home Board of Directors,” said Walter J. Joseph, Executive Director. “All of them bring an array of talents and expertise that will help to strengthen and further the mission of the Home. We look forward to working with them this coming year.”
The newly appointed executive committee includes: President – Alicia Dean; First Vice President – Maureen Crush; Vice President, Audit – Donald K. Stammer; Vice President, Governance – Mary Lou Davis; Vice President, Investment – Alyssa Bowers; Vice President, Program – Susan K. Stoller; Vice President, Resource Development – Patricia W. Goodemote; Secretary – Amy Dittmar; Treasurer – Jessica L. Vinall; Assistant Treasurer – Agnes Laub.
Established in 1847, the Children’s Home provides a range of services and programs giving hope and healing to abused and neglected children in the Hudson River Region. The Children’s Home served 340 children and their family members last year. The Home provides a full range of residential services including campus-based care, community-based group homes and boarding homes, independent living programming and community-based services.