Board of Directors
Marcel Martino, President, is a senior healthcare executive with over 45 years of progressive experience in healthcare and human services management. He currently serves as Vice President of Community Relations for Adapt of the Hudson Valley, an organization dedicated to providing cutting edge programs and services for people with disabilities. For nearly 15 years, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Inspire, where he fostered new initiatives and expanded special needs programming. Marcel has comprehensive experience in all aspects of operations, including facilities and budget management, program development and implementation, strategic planning and business development. He holds a baccalaureate degree from Manhattan College and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Wagner College. In addition, Marcel contributes his expertise to the community by serving on several non-profit Boards of Directors. He serves as Chair, Mediation Center of Dutchess County; Vice President, Joint Membership and Health Care Association; Immediate Past Chair and Current Vice Chair, Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair for Cornerstone Family Healthcare.
James Melitski, Vice President, is a Professor in the School of Management in the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration at Marist College. Dr. Melitski has led institutional strategic planning initiatives, and he consults with nonprofit organizations on board development, strategy, performance measurement and fundraising. His teaching and research interests include organizational theory and behavior, leadership, coworker trust, and technology management. Dr. Melitski’s book “E-Government and Information Technology Management” examines technology privacy, security, service delivery, big data, open government, and social media management. His research appears in journals such as Public Performance and Management Review, the American Review of Public Administration, Public Administration Quarterly, and more.
Joseph A. Di Palo, MBA, LNHA, Treasurer, is the President of The Stamford Group and a seasoned healthcare executive with over 30 years of medical practice, nursing home and hospital administration experience. In his early career, Mr. Di Palo was a pioneer in establishing urgent care and occupational health centers throughout the Hudson Valley. He transitioned to health-system operations and was responsible for the clinical and financial turnaround of critical access hospitals in New York and Washington. Currently, he is a consultant in the long-term care industry. Mr. Di Palo has served as an officer and past Chair of several nonprofit organizations including Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, Chamber of Commerce and Sloper-Willen Foundation.
Stacey Lee, New York State Notary Public, Secretary, is the Office Manager at Professional Financial Consultants in Wappingers Falls, New York, and previously the Office Manager at Southern Dutchess Behavioral Group. Stacey is actively involved in The Alzheimer’s Association, The American Heart Association, and The American Cancer Society. Stacey resides in Dutchess County since 1996, previously of Queens, New York, with her husband and the proud parent to her daughter Julia. Stacey enjoys the outdoors, working out, seeing live music events, especially her husband, and doing ceramics with her Mom. Stacey was very involved in the PTA in the Wappingers Central School District from 2005 through 2018 at the local unit level, the Council level, and the Regional level, overseeing 84 units.
Robert R. Haskins is an attorney with over 35 years of experience and is of counsel to Sholes & Miller PLLC. He is involved in all aspects of medical defense litigation including case assessment, fact and medical investigation reviews, depositions, motions and appeals. Mr. Haskins’ law practice centers on the defense of physicians, nurses, hospitals and nursing homes in medical malpractice litigation. In addition, he represents plaintiffs in personal injury litigation. Mr. Haskins is also an experienced, certified mediator. Mr. Haskins is admitted to practice in all New York State courts and the United States District Courts in both the Southern and Northern Districts of New York. He received his BA from the State University of New York at New Paltz before earning his Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University School of Law. In addition to his distinguished law career, Mr. Haskins makes a positive impact on our community by contributing his expertise to many local not-for-profits. He has served on numerous boards, including Mental Health America, Kaatsbaan Center for Dance and the Springside Restoration. Mr. Haskins has lectured at Oxford University on reproductive rights and has taught Reproductive Law and Policy at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He has had the honor of being the keynote speaker at the New York State convention of the National Organization of Women.
Diane Jablonski is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in Mathematics. She retired after 37 years in management at IBM and as a consultant and director for Cap Gemini Ernst and Young. Diane served a 4 year term as Dutchess County Comptroller and was appointed to a 5 year term as a New York State Bridge Authority Commissioner. She is active in the Dutchess County Mediation Center as a mediator and board member, serves on the boards of NYS AAUW and the Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, participates in the Dutchess Democratic Women’s Caucus, and on the leadership team of her church.
Former Board Members:
Valerie Belton is the Branch/Business Development Manager for Ulster Savings Bank the Wappingers Falls, NY location with over 14 years banking and finance experience. She is responsible for operations, staff, new business and community relations. Valerie graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications and a minor in Business Administration. Ms. Belton is a 2014 Fellows graduate of the Hudson Valley Patterns for Progress. Ms. Belton recently received The Accredited Banking Professional Certification. Ms. Belton serves on the Board of Directors of The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Belton also Chairs the Women’s Leadership Alliance Committee. Ms. Belton is a previous Trustee Board Member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Ms. Belton currently volunteers for the Wappingers Falls Meals on Wheels. Valerie has supported and participated in numerous community and charity events, Go Red for Women Luncheon, Heart Association Walk, Feed the homeless Ministry in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County United way, Toys for Tots and the Anti Bullying Walk a thon. Valerie is passionate about helping others. A 25-year resident of Dutchess County, she is the proud parent of two sons Alexander Belton, previous US Navy and Cameron Belton, presently serving in the US Army as a reservist while attending Dutchess Community College and grandparent to Gabriella Belton.
Jacki Brownstein, was the Executive Director of Mental Health America in Dutchess County for 16 years before her retirement in 2012. Prior to her appointment as ED of the MHA in DC, she was the Division Director of Family and Youth Services at the Mental Health Association in Ulster County. In the past she has worked as a trainer, counselor and educator for teen parent services, family planning services and at-risk youth. Jacki has served and continues to serve on numerous boards and committees concerned with mental health, addictions, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, at risk youth, disaster mental health, family planning and social welfare issues. She has been on the Boards of national Mental Health America and the NYS Mental Health Association.
Love Odih Kumuyi is a peacebuilding and conflict transformation practitioner having graduated from the University of London and New York University with degrees in Law and Global Affairs respectively. She is the inaugural Associate Dean of Conflict Resolution at Cornell University and has developed policy and programs that use alternative dispute resolution tools and bias monitoring data to respond to conflict and crisis concerns. A trained and practicing mediator and educator, Love has worked locally and internationally training hundreds of Peace Corps volunteers, on human rights issues, youth & gender inclusion and sustainable development projects with the United Nations Development Program in Africa, the Middle East, and the United States.
Karen Lawson has been a Claims Adjuster with Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Corp. since 2006. She graduated Cum Laude from Marist College with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Paralegal Certification. Karen is a NY State licensed Private Investigator with 14 years of experience in civil litigation and criminal defense matters in both Dutchess and Ulster County. She has investigated matters for the New York State Insurance Fund and conducted investigations on behalf of the New York State Capital Defender’s Office. She contributes to various organizations including United Way, The American Heart Association and The American Cancer Society. Karen volunteers weekly as a Book Buddy for Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley and yearly for the United Way Day of Caring. Karen has resided in Ulster County her entire life and enjoys hiking the rail trails and Mohonk/Minnewaska with her husband Eric and rescue dog Paisley.
Maureen Logan graduated from Bennett College in Millbrook, NY with a Liberal Arts degree and later with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Marist College. She began her career in public accounting then spent the next 38 years in management at IBM Research; Hawthorne, IBM Corporate HQ; White Plains and the Mid-Hudson Valley. She has been active in the Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church including serving as a deacon and is currently on the boards of The Marines Memorial Foundation of San Francisco, Giant Kids of Mahopac and Peach Hill Park. Maureen and her husband Mark enjoy traveling, swimming, hiking and biking.
Roy Merolli, Ph.D., is a professor of Public Administration at Marist College, where he served as Executive Vice President for 15 years, responsible for strategic planning, resource development, institutional research, human resources, campus development, information technology,town/gown relations and liaison to external legal counsel. Prior to his appointment at Marist, Dr. Merolli was Vice President for Finance and Administration at Eastern Connecticut State University for 16 years. Dr. Merolli received his doctorate in political science from the University of Connecticut, with major areas of study in Public Administration, Public Finance and American Government.
Don Murphy was the CEO of St. Francis Hospital (now Mid- Hudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Regional Medical Center) for 25 years (ret. 2000), one of two community hospitals in Poughkeepsie. Prior to assuming the CEO position, he held senior hospital positions in Worcester, MA and Albany, NY. While in Albany he also was an adjunct professor of Health Care Administration in the Graduate School of RPI. He holds undergraduate degrees in Biology and Philosophy also an MBA in Health Care Administration. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association and sat on the board of Mental Health America-Dutchess County serving as treasurer. He also was elected Chairman of the Board of the United Way of Dutchess County.
Nevill Smythe is a philanthropic consultant specializing in planned giving programs, fundraising, and general non-profit management. He is the former Vice President, Programs at the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley where he was responsible for administering donor advised, designated, field of interest and scholarship funds as well as grant awards. Prior to the Community Foundation, he was the Director of Development for Poughkeepsie Day School and the Whitby School in Greenwich, CT. Nevill was also involved in the advertising and print production fields in New York and Boston. He serves on several nonprofit boards and is a past Chair of the Chamber Foundation of the Dutchess Regional Chamber of Commerce.