40 Under 40 Announces 2016 Honorees
For the eleventh year, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with previous recipients of the Forty Under 40 Award, has identified a talented and diverse group of young professionals in the Hudson Valley to be presented with a Shaker Award. Bestowed annually to 40 people under the age of 40 who have shown a strong commitment to the Hudson Valley, the Shaker Awards honor the next generation of leaders in our region.
“The 40 young professionals who have been chosen by a committee of their peers, truly represent the best and brightest in the Hudson Valley,” said Frank Castella, Jr., President and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Everyone at the Chamber sincerely congratulates the honorees and I am especially excited to see how they shape our community in the years to come.”
As a previous honoree of the Orange County equivalent, Rising Stars, I can tell you the event is glamorous, inspiring and exciting in every way. Networking with a room of young adults who are the leaders of their generation is a wonderful opportunity.
“This year’s class of recipients only further demonstrates the excellence of our young residents. I look forward to seeing them in the spotlight, proudly holding their shakers, with their family and friends cheering them on!” said co-chair of the Forty Under 40 selection committee David Mack from Habitat for Humanity. Mack was an honoree in 2013.
And the honorees are:
Diane Hart, 33 – Marist College
Karen Zirbel, 36 - City of Poughkeepsie Police Dept.
Philip Bronzi, 39 – Tompkins Mahopac Bank
Jessica Wallach, 29 – Child Abuse Prevention Center Inc.
Anthony F. Morando, 32 – Cuddy & Feder LLP
Kathryn Nixon, 32 – Arlington Central School District
Matthew E. Slifstein, 38 – Central Hudson Gas & Electric
Keith Kurman, 35 – TEG Federal Credit Union
Alistair Hall, 26 – Vassar College
Timothy Palladino, 32 – Maven & Vine Van Gogh
Justin Bohlmann, 27 – Fairview Fire District
Sabrina Schutzsmith, 38 – Digital Empire
Danielle Germano, 37 – Green Haven NY Correctional Facility/ Texture Hari and Colour Group
Freddimir Garcia, 28 – Marist College
Carla Tesoro, 38 – Unified Court System DC Family Court
Dafna Mizrahi, 23 - Monte's Local Kitchen and Tap Room
Christina Piracci, 34 – McCabe & Mack, LLP
Brandi Nichole Madarish, 29 – Brandi Nichole’s Massage & Wellness
Roy Wilkins, 35 – Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
Kiara M. Tatum, 36 – Dutchess Community College
Mike Davis, 37 – R.L. Baxter Building Corp.
Marc Provost, 35 – Arlington Central School District
Teresa C. Gasparini, 33 – Clove Creek Dinner Theater
Alexis Mills, 30 – Complete Benefit Solutions
Caitlin Martin, 27 – Safeguard Business System
James H. Lyles Jr., 25 – 100.7 WHUD/ Coast to Coast
Paul Ackermann, 38 – Wallace & Wallace, LLP
James Lentz, 30 – TEG Federal Credit Union
Hanoch Hecht, 31 – Rhinebeck Jewish Center
Dr. Gail Upchurch, 39 – Dutchess Community College
Marc Coviello, 24 – Hudson Valley Hero Project, Dutchess County Legislature
Alison M. Heady, 38 - New Horizons Resource Center
Max Kenner, 37 – Bard Prison Initiative
Amy Luke, 35 – B.R.A.I.N. Programs Inc.
Candice Brown, 35 – Vassar College
Jennifer Parker, 37 – Hyde Park Central School District
Eric Orlowski, 33 – The Chazen Companies
Lindsey M. Goldstein, 34 – Goldstein & Goldstein LLP
Charissa Brown, 29 - Center for Neurodegenerative Care, ArchCare at Ferncliff
Theresa Salzillo, 30 – Grainger
"Bestowed annually to forty people under the age of 40 who have shown a strong commitment to the Hudson Valley, the Shaker Awards identify and honor the next generation of leaders." General admission tickets are $50. You can buy them online. Congratulations to you all!
2015 event photos courtesy of Allan E. Levine Photography.