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


Joe Wojciechowski, StandBack General Contractors President
Anthony Mariani, Cornerstone Family Healthcare Vice President
Richard Capicchioni, Nugent & Haeussler Treasurer
Alyssa Hurley, Mediacom Communications Secretary
Matthew Milnamow, LAN Associates Assistant Secretary
Gwen Borsenberger, Special Appointment Montefiore St. Luke's Cornwall
Benjamin Brown, Special Appointment Orange & Rockland Utilities
RJ Martucci, JGS, CPA, PC Past President

Board of Directors

John Carola, Walden Savings Bank
Inaudy Esposito, Orange County Government
Deborah Garry, BBG&G Advertising
Michael Giannetto, CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC
Lia Fierro, Catania, Mahon, Milligram & Rider, PLLC
Jennifer Holohan-Ferrer, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
Kelly Pressler, Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP
Sarah Short, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
Beth Vought, Army Athletic Association
Courtney Welyczko, Crystal Run Healthcare
Sharon Williams, Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York

Director Emeritus

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