Leadership Rockland Class of 2016

Leadership Rockland is proud to announce the members of this year’s class. Twenty-six Rockland leaders will take a year-long journey as they get an insider’s view into what makes Rockland County the wonderful melting pot that it is.

Over the next ten months, the participants will be immersed in a learning experience that will give them access and provide insight into the very heart of what makes Rockland the great place it is to live, raise a family and work. The smallest geographical county in New York, but perhaps the most culturally diverse, Rockland faces many issues that these leaders will learn about from a variety of subject matter experts.

“The Class of 2016 is a mix of strong, dynamic individuals who have demonstrated an interest in making Rockland a better place,” stated Dan Weisberg, the Chair of the Leadership Rockland program. Leadership Rockland just celebrated their 25th Anniversary and was a 2015 recipient of the Rockland Business Association’s esteemed Pinnacle Award.

This year’s class:

Kathleen BeckmannDigital & Social Media Manager, Fiske Industries
Jonathan BellushManager, Oncology Operations, Pfizer Inc.
Jamie BraniganNYS Licensed Associate Broker/ Branch Manager, BHG Rand Realty
Jaqueline CassagnolNursing Professor, Dominican College
Randi ColtonAmerican Heart Association CPR Instructor/ First Aid Coordinator, FitChick CPR
Susan DeeksExecutive Director, Historical Society of Rockland County
Phyllis DodgeOwner/ Creative Director, Bell-ans Park
Jesse GaberPartner, Gaber, Bernard & Donahue, LLP
Mark GellerPresident/ CEO, Nyack Hospital
Sarah GoforthExecutive Director, Volunteer Counseling Services, Inc. (VCS)
Christina LifsheyAssistant Director of Graduate Admissions, Dominican College
Kevin LyonsProject Specialist, Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc.
Jane MarinoLibrary Director, The Nyack Library
Joseph MarraccinoFinancial Professional, Adaptive Wealth Management / Wells Fargo Advisors
Kevin McCahillPrincipal, George Miller Elementary School, Nanuet Union Free School District
Christian MdewayDirector of Continuing Education, Rockland Community College
Valerie MoldowLicensed RE Associate Broker, Keller Williams Hudson Valley Realty
Benjamin NaylorAssistant to the President, Rockland Community College
Julian PalmerPrincipal, Julian Palmer Consulting Services
James PolitiVillage Administrator, Village of Nyack
Frances RiveraDirector of Program Operations, Head Start of Rockland, Inc.
Tanya SotoProgram Coordinator, Haverstraw Center/ Village of Haverstraw
Bruce TuckerFounder & CEO, The Old No. 7 Band
Matthew WatsonPresident, Eyevolution, Inc.
Julie WendholtFinancial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Susan WilminkDevelopment Officer, Keep Rockland Beautiful

Volunteer Opportunities

When organizations need board members or have other volunteer opportunities, they often look to the alumni of Leadership Rockland first to fill those needs. Please read the information from Paul Trader below, and then you can select any of the links to find additional information about the organizations and their current needs.

Dear Leadership Rockland Alumnus:

In an effort to utilize your leadership skills in our Rockland community, we are writing to ask if you would be willing to volunteer or serve on a Board of Directors of a local non-profit organization. To facilitate the process of finding an interested non-profit organization, Paul Trader, Chair of the Institute for Non-profits at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland has asked each non-profit organization to submit a request for such assistance. Attached, please find those requests for volunteers and Board members from nine organizations including:

Seeking Volunteers:
Association for the Visually Impaired
Haitian American Cultural and Social Organization (HACSO)
United Hospice of Rockland

Seeking Board Members:
American Society for Civic Education  
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland County 
C.A.N.D.L.E. 
Haitian American Cultural and Social Organization (HACSO)  
Keep Rockland Beautiful, Inc.  
Legal Aid Society of Rockland  
Rockland Center for the Arts  
Rockland Community Foundation  
West Street Child Care Center

PROCESS: If you are interested in exploring any of these opportunities:

1. Please review each of the attached forms that the organizations have prepared, telling you about their mission, outreach and need for volunteers/Board members. Visit their websites to learn more about the organization.

2. If any one in particular interests you, simply contact the Contact Person named on the form to arrange a time to talk, meet or visit the organization.

3. If you decide to join the organization as a volunteer or Board member, please let Paul Trader know (Email = INPRockland@gmail.com). Feel free to contact him if you have any questions or concerns. We hope you will find the right match and make a difference in our community!

Earl Miller Inducted into Civil Rights Hall of Fame

Earl_MillerEarl Miller, (Leadership Rockland Class of 2007) Executive Director of Community Relations for Nyack College, was inducted into the Rockland County Civil/Human Rights Hall of Fame on April 8, 2015.

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, a hub of the Civil Rights Movement, Miller has served residents of Rockland County through his participation in a number of County organizations. He now plays the role of coordinator of the program’s multicultural community day, as well as serving on the organization’s Board of Directors. A former Nyack Rotary president (2012-2013), he has been a board member of several organizations including Rockland County Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Nyack Center, the African American Historical Society of Rockland, and Head Start of Rockland. He is also Board of Directors Vice President for the New York State YMCA Foundation.

As a Nyack Rotary member, he has helped deliver food to recipients of Meals On Wheels, has visited classrooms at a local elementary school under the literacy reading program, and has participated in Junior Achievement programs and food drives.

Several organizations in the county have saluted Miller for his work, among them the Nyack Branch of the NAACP in 2010. He received the Nyack College Commitment to Mission award for a staff member in 2013.

Earl Miller has been a featured speaker at numerous County events including “Civil Rights: The Last 100 Years,” at SUNY Rockland Community College; Martin Luther King Day guest speaker at Suffern United Methodist Church in Suffern and Pilgrim Baptist Church in Nyack, and the Rockland Holocaust Museum and Study Center’s Kristallnacht Commemoration.