Our Mission

To educate and cultivate the next generation of leaders in Orange County, New York.

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
Kerri Foley Marketing Assistant
Bonnie Neucall Administrative Assistant

Officers

Sarita Bhandarkar, Bhandarkar Law, PC President
RJ Martucci, JGS, CPA, PC Vice President
Matthew Milnamow, LAN Associates Secretary
Richard Capicchioni, Nugent & Haeussler Treasurer
Joe Wojciechowski, StandBack General Contractors Assistant Treasurer
Kristopher R. Geis, 105th Airlift Wing Past President

Board of Directors

Tonya Addy, The Munshine Group
Gwen Borsenberger, St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital
Sarah Brosnan, Orange County Partnership
Ben Brown, Orange & Rockland Utilities
John Carola, Walden Savings Bank
Deborah Garry, BBG&G Advertising
Michael Giannetto, Residential Home Funding
Jennifer Holohan-Ferrer, Key Bank Corp.
Colleen Hughes, Citiva
Anthony Mariani, Cornerstone Family Healthcare
Kathleen O’Keefe, Mount Saint Mary College
Beth Vought, Independent Living
TerryAnn Wheeler, Friedman LLP

Director Emeritus

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