Our Mission

To bring together diverse leaders to address community needs, strengthen leadership skills and empower them to make a difference in the community.

About Us

Leadership Orange, a non-profit organization located in Orange County, New York, is the county’s premier leadership training program.  In 1992, local community and business leaders established Leadership Orange to identify and cultivate the next generation of leaders in Orange County.  Over the next twenty-five years, this program grew significantly into a multi-dimensional training program for both adults and youths.  There are now over 805 alumni of the Signature Program and over 245 alumni of the Junior Leadership Orange Program.  From September through June each year, Leadership Orange students attend monthly in-depth, hands-on educational sessions taught by influential local business, community, and government leaders.  Students are educated about various challenges and issues in the region, including economic development, education, health, and human services, and government.  Within their first few months in the program, students are challenged with putting their knowledge to work through fundraising, community service, class projects, and so much more – all with the goal of improving the quality of life in Orange County.

The Leadership

Office Staff

Karolyn Thompson Executive Director
Bonnie Neucall Administrative Assistant

Officers

RJ Martucci, JGS, CPA, PC President
Joe Wojciechowski, StandBack General Contractors Vice President
Matthew Milnamow, LAN Associates Secretary
Richard Capicchioni, Nugent & Haeussler Treasurer
Anthony Mariani, Cornerstone Family Healthcare Assistant Treasurer
Sarita Bhandarkar, Bhandarkar Law, PC Past President

Board of Directors

Gwen Borsenberger, St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital
Ben Brown, Orange & Rockland Utilities
John Carola, Walden Savings Bank
Inaudy Esposito, Orange County Government
Deborah Garry, BBG&G Advertising
Lt. Col. Kristopher R. Geis, 105th Air National Guard Base
Lia Fierro, Catania, Mahon, Milligram & Rider, PLLC
Jennifer Holohan-Ferrer, Key Bank Corp.
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Alyssa Hurley, Mediacom Communications
Kathleen O’Keefe, Mount Saint Mary College
Kelly Pressler, Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP
Beth Vought, Independent Living
Courtney Welyczko, Crystal Run Healthcare
TerryAnn Wheeler, Friedman LLP

Director Emeritus

  • Col. Charles Faro
  • Susan Hawvermale
  • Robert Marchione
  • Daniel O’Brien
  • Nancy Proyect
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