Leadership Rockland Welcomes Four New Board Members

Rockland, N.Y. (March 19, 2021) – Leadership Rockland is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to the Board of Directors.


These new board members include Christopher Bax, Alex Cabraie, Beth Davidson, and Marissa Fremont.


Vivian England, Chair of Leadership Rockland, shared, “This is an exciting time for Leadership Rockland, we are recruiting for the Class of 2022, and now we have four new and dynamic board members who bring  a wealth of intellectual capital and community commitment to our Board.”


Bax, a Sergeant with the Clarkstown Police Department and 2017 graduate of Leadership Rockland, expressed that he hopes “to continue contributing to the program’s success in this new role.”


Cabraie, a well-known Entrepreneur in the County who graduated from Leadership Rockland in 2018, shared, “I know first-hand of the impact that Leadership Rockland has on the County. I look forward to working with the great minds on the Board to help develop the future leaders of Rockland County.”


Davidson, a Nyack Board of Education Trustee and Freelance Writer/Political Consultant, commented, “Rockland may be New York’s smallest County, but we are mighty—and full of talent, entrepreneurship, and philanthropic spirit. I’m so excited to be part of an intentional effort to build leadership capacity and promote shared power and equity to the benefit of all our diverse communities!”


Fremont, a Healthcare Advisory Services Director for KPMG LLP, added, “It is a privilege and an honor to join the Leadership Rockland Board, an organization that seeks to advance leaders in furthering themselves and the County of Rockland. I consider myself fortunate to be working alongside a diverse group of proven leaders and welcome opportunities to further advance the program.” 


Leadership Rockland is a program that engages and challenges participants to examine issues and seek solutions in Rockland County. The program is unique in the degree of exposure it offers to a wide breadth of topics that cover much of what makes Rockland the distinctive County that it is.


To learn more and apply for the upcoming Leadership Rockland program, visit www.applyforleadershiprockland.org.

Leadership Rockland Day

Join us for another celebration of Leadership Rockland Day. 

Banchetto Feast – The Shops at Nanuet

Thursday, January 16, 2020 / 6 – 8 pm

No cost for all alumni and current class! 

Guests only $25 (can be deducted from application fee if you apply for the September class).

If you are joining us – please register using the form below!!! RSVP by 1/14 – space limited!!

LR Day Registration

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Leadership Rockland Announces Class of 2020


Contact: Katie Beckmann

Marketing Chair, Leadership Rockland Board of Directors marketing@leadershiprockland.org


Leadership Rockland Announces Class of 2020

Rockland County’s top leadership program is pleased to announce the members of the Class of 2020. The new class will consist of 30 individuals throughout the non-profit, government, and for-profit communities in Rockland County. These individuals will participate in a 10-month program, that will give them a deep insight and understanding into the many aspects of Rockland County.

This year’s class marks the 30th in program history. 

Vivian England, Chair of Leadership Rockland, commented, “As we begin Leadership Rockland’s 30th year, we welcome the 30 participants of the class of 2020 and look forward to this milestone anniversary. This year, our focus will be on celebrating our legacy while providing participants the insight and information needed to build lasting legacies here in Rockland County.”

The Class of 2020 includes: 

  • Anthony Accomando– Engagement & Communications Manager, Hudson Valley Community Services
  • Jody Addeo– Community Engagement Manager, Alzheimer’s Association        
  • Chris Bailey – Principal, Vista Electric
  • Nancy Blaker Weber Associate Broker, Better Homes and Gardens, Rand Realty
  • Deborah Carr– Chief Human Resources Office, ARC of Rockland
  • Julie Chitiyo– Branch Manager, VP, People’s United Bank
  • Jill Cruz, MS, CNS– Board Certified Nutritionist, BodyWise FoodSmart
  • Tracy Dunstan– Head of Reference and Reader’s Advisory, Nyack Library
  • Karen Ellis– Director of Mission Advancement, Dominican Sisters of Sparkill
  • Emil EuaparadornPhysical Therapy Program Director, Dominican College
  • Rosemary Farrell– Reference Librarian, Nyack Library
  • Amanda Gaul– Attorney, Gaul Law P.C.
  • John Glynn– Student
  • Russell Grant– President, GSD Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • Jennifer Handelsman– VP/Business & Professional Banking Relationship Manager, M&T Bank
  • Kelly Kelter– Employment Supervisor, Jawonio
  • Karl Kolze– Section Manager, Orange & Rockland
  • Kristine Kumpf– Teacher & Department Chair, St. Raymond Academy for Girls
  • Eric Kurz– Assistant Principal, Rockland BOCES
  • Jacob Ling– Director, All Souls Community Church
  • Jenna Mega– Owner/Designer, Mega Luxury Kitchen & Bath
  • Alexandra Novak– Senior Instructional Designer, Houghton Miflin Publishing Corp.
  • Naomie Paul– Education Coordinator, West Street Child Care Learning Center
  • Cheryl Ross– Board Member, Center for Safety & Change
  • Dr. Susan Rothstein– Associate Veterinarian, County Animal Hospital
  • Alexandra S. Obremski– Principal Assistant County Attorney, Rockland County Department of Law
  • Julia Schwartz-Leeper– CEO & President, Meals on Wheels
  • Laticia Thezan– Director of Community Habilitation and Respite Services
  • JoAnne Thompson– Assistant Director of School Transporation, Rockland BOCES
  • Irene Tsesekos– Director of Development, Bon Secours Charity Health System



Leadership Rockland started in 1990 and over 700 participants have since graduated from the program. For more information, please contact Katie Beckmann via email at marketing@leadershiprockland.org.