Meet the Executive Committee

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Mayor Rob Rolison

City of Poughkeepsie

Dr. Eric Jay Rosser


Poughkeepsie City School District

Co-Chairs of the Poughkeepsie Children's Cabinet

Stacey Bottoms, Associate Minister, Youth Director and Assistant Clerk, Beulah Baptist Church

Dr. Elizabeth Bradley, President of Vassar College

Paul Calogerakis, Chairman of the Board, Poughkeepsie Alliance

Frank Castella, Executive Director and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Donald P. Christian, President of SUNY New Paltz

Sally Cross, CEO of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley

Gloria Cukar, Director of External Affairs, Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center

Brian Doyle, Chief Executive Officer of Family Services

Dr. Ellen Gambino, Acting President of Dutchess Community College

Jonathan Jacobson, New York State Assemblyman

Tom Lawrence, Director of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District

Geraldine Laybourne, Co-Founder of Day One Early Learning Community

Timmian Massie, Member, Poughkeepsie Alliance; Chief Marketing/Public Affairs Officer, Rhinebeck Bank

Marcus Molinaro, Dutchess County Executive

Jeannie Montano, President and CEO of the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region

Dr. Dennis Murray, President of Marist College

Tamoya Norwood, President of the PTA, Early Learning Center

Kimberly Popken, Poughkeepsie Public School Teachers’ Association President  

Andrea Reynolds, President and CEO of the Dyson Foundation

Dr. Tim Ryan, President of the Culinary Institute of America

Sarah Salem, Councilmember-at Large of the City of Poughkeepsie Common Council

Sue Serino, New York State Senator

Karmen Smallwood, Dutchess County Assistant Commissioner for Youth Services

Gabriela Vega-Matthews, Community Organizer and Advocate

Dr. Felicia Watson, President of the Poughkeepsie City School District Board of Education

Robert Wright, President of Nubian Directions II Inc.

Members of the Executive Committee 

 Working Group Co-Chairs

Learn more about the Co-Chairs by clicking here.

Sad’e Sharas

PHS '07

Early Childhood Co-Chair

Dr. Julie Riess

Early Childhood Co-Chair

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Mario Johnson


Out-of-School Enrichment and Learning Co-Chair

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L'Quette Taylor

PHS '05

Out-of-School Enrichment and Learning Co-Chair

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Call for Applications: Working Group Membership


The selection process of Working Group Members is currently in progress. The Cabinet is seeking applicants with subject matter expertise (including lived experience) in each Early Childhood and

Out-of-School Enrichment and Learning.


Applications are due Wednesday, February 17th at 12PM.

Cabinet Staff Team

Rob Watson Jr.

PHS '05

Co-founder and


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Kylynn Grier

PHS '07

Co-founder and Consultant

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James Watson

Co-founder and Consultant

Kristina Giangreco

Director of Special Projects, Poughkeepsie City School District

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John Penney

Director of Community Engagement, City of Poughkeepsie

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