Our well-informed, involved team is the vital link between donors, grantees, the Board of Trustees, Advisory Boards and the community at large. We are proud of their expertise, sensitivity to community issues, and accessibility to donors and grant seekers.
Interim President and Chief Executive Officer
Nevill Smythe was appointed Interim President and CEO as of July 1, 2019. Nevill is a philanthropic consultant specializing in planned giving programs, fundraising, and general non-profit management. He also works with the Dyson Foundation, New York Council on Nonprofits, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce (DCRCC) and others to provide a nonprofit board education program called Bridges to Board Service. Nevill previously served as the Vice President of Programs here at the Community Foundations from 2003 until 2012. In that role, he was responsible for administering donor advised, designated, field of interest and scholarship funds as well as grant awards. Nevill is currently board President of the Mediation Center of Dutchess County; board Secretary at Community Family Development in Poughkeepsie and has served on the boards of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation and the LaGrange Association Library. He is Development Chair for the 2019/2020 New York Special Olympic Summer Games. He served as President and Treasurer of the Planned Giving Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley and is a past Chair of the Chamber Foundation of the DCRCC where he currently is on the Nonprofit Committee and is co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee. Nevill is a graduate of Williams College with a BA in History and Concordia University in Montreal with an MBA and lives in Red Hook, NY.
Development and Marketing
Nancy Rossi Brownell
Vice President, Putnam
Nancy Rossi Brownell joined CFHV in 2015 and is responsible for the asset development, marketing and outreach efforts for the Community Foundation of Putnam County. A life-long Hudson Valley resident, Nancy is a native of Putnam County and served the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley as a volunteer for ten years. She spent eight years as a member of the Board of Trustees, including two years as Board Chair, during which time she led the President/CEO search committee. Nancy’s prior experience includes service as a regional sales manager for a radiology equipment company, advertising sales consultant, director for a French foreign exchange program and as a broadcast journalist. Nancy brings years of marketing, development, management, public speaking and community foundation experience to her roles as Vice President Putnam and as a community volunteer. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Vassar Brothers Medical Center Foundation, as Vice President for the Garden Club of Orange and Dutchess, on the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council of Putnam County and on the Board of Trustees for Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation. She is a member of the Professional Women of Putnam, the Cold Spring Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as Vice President for Trinity-Pawling Pride Parents Association, Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Powelton Club and as a volunteer with Riverkeeper, The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Manitoga, Fishkill Elementary PTA, Fishkill Little League, the American Heart Association, the Tribeca Film Festival and what is now Arts Mid-Hudson. Nancy holds an undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism from Ithaca College.
Sally Cross, CFRE
Vice President, Philanthropy
Sally Cross joined CFHV in May 2014. Sally is responsible for marketing the Foundations' gift planning, investment management and charitable fund options to attorneys, financial advisors, accountants, brokers and others who work regularly with their clients in the area of estate and financial planning. She also works directly with active and prospective donors to encourage and facilitate current and future gifts, and serves as a planned giving resource to donors, professional advisors and nonprofit organizations. In addition, she is an adjunct instructer in Bay Path University's graduate Nonprofit Fundraising program, where she teaches Major Gifts and Capital Campaigns and Planned Giving. Sally came to the Community Foundations from Montefiore Medical Center, where she served as Director of Major Gifts and Gift Planning. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Development and Alumni Relations at SUNY New Paltz and Executive Director of the College’s Foundation from 2001-2012. She has worked as a development professional at Portland State University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, in Portland, Oregon, and for a variety of Oregon non-profits. Sally currently serves on the board of the Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council and the Wallkill Valley Land Trust. In addition, she has served as a volunteer for a variety of nonprofits in the Hudson Valley, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Foundation, the Ulster County Historical Society, and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Columbia University’s Barnard College and her Master’s in Public Administration from Portland State University, and is a CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Professional).
Kevin J. Quilty joined CFHV in 2012 and is responsible for the asset development, marketing and outreach efforts for the Community Foundation of Ulster County. Born and raised in Ulster County, Kevin graduated from Kingston High School (’69) and earned a Bachelors of Arts with a major in History from St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH (’73). He studied language at the Universite de Besancon, France, earning a French language degree. He taught English in Versailles and travelled Europe extensively (’74-76). From 1977-2011, Kevin owned and operated Smith Mail Advertising Service in Kingston, a full service commercial printing business. Kevin was also a partner in the advertising firm of Crews, Quilty, Thompson and Wylde and worked as a Business Services Consultant for the Ulster County Development Corporation. He currently serves as: Vice President of the Business Alliance of Kingston, Kingston Mendelssohn Club (and past president) the Kingston Uptown Business Association (and past president) and serves as Government Affairs Chair on the board of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Benedictine Hospital and as a board member of the United Way of Ulster County, the Hudson Valley Senior Residence, the Kingston Kiwanis Club, the Kingston Boys and Girls Club, Friends of Historic Kingston, Gateway Community Industries and the Ulster County Council for the Arts, now Arts Mid-Hudson.
Jacqueline Lieske joined CFHV in 2015. She is responsible for creating and implementing communications strategies for all aspects of the Foundations’ work. She previously worked at nonprofits in the Hudson Valley and Alaska focused on database management, development and communications. A native of Ulster County with a dedication to the region, she has volunteered and served on advisory boards locally. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals as well as the Association of Donor Relations Professionals.
Programs and Grants
Cristin McPeake joined CFHV in March 2014. She is responsible for monitoring individual grant and scholarship funds while working directly with donors to help them achieve their philanthropic goals. Cristin previously worked for Rock Solid Foundation in Austin, TX. As their Program Development and Improvement Coordinator she was responsible for developing licensing, contracting and accreditation submissions for start-up child and family service organizations. In addition to policy, procedure and quality improvement process development, she also maintained and developed data management systems for each organization with which she worked. Before her move from Texas in 2007, Cristin worked locally as a Quality Improvement Coordinator for The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie. Cristin was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. She received her bachelor’s degree from Emerson College in Boston, MA.
Aliza Krevolin, MSW
Director of Special Projects
Aliza Krevolin joined CFHV in 2015 and is a resident of Ulster County. She performs a broad range of tasks including processing grants and scholarships, convening grantees, supporting the CFO, and planning, managing and implementing special projects including donor software and a food recovery and gleaning app. Aliza previously worked at Generations Incorporated in Boston, MA, where she was the Active Aging Program Manager. Prior to that, Aliza conducted policy research and organized grassroots advocacy at Charles Group Consulting and worked in strategic planning and leadership development at Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Aliza holds a graduate degree in social work from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and history from Brandeis University.
Gabriella Fryer joined CFHV as Program and Finance Associate in June 2019. She has a long history of working for non-profits in Dutchess County, including the American Cancer Society, Abilities First (formerly Rehab Programs), Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation and the Art Effect (formerly Mill Street Loft). Most recently she served as Executive Director of Stringendo for over 7 years where she instituted their private lesson program and began the Poughkeepsie Initiative – an outreach program for young string players in the Poughkeepsie City School District. Gabriella also created the Annual Mid-Hudson Performing Arts College Fair an opportunity for middle and high school students interested in pursuing secondary educations and careers in music, theater, dance and film to meet and speak with representatives from colleges, universities and conservatories from around the county. Gabriella is a member of the Non-Profit Committee and the Women’s Leadership Alliance Committee of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Poughkeepsie Community Engagement Committee and the Poughkeepsie Youth Initiative. She has served as a volunteer for numerous non-profits in the Hudson Valley including Arts Mid-Hudson, Brenna’s Basement, Sparrows Nest, Hyde Park Baptist Church, ASPCA and Crate Escape. She was also a member of BNI for 14 years, serving as President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Chapter Growth Coordinator of her chapter during that time. Gabriella is a graduate of Vassar College with a BA in Liberal Arts and lives in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Finance and Administration
Roksolana Geramita, CPA
Roksolana Geramita, CPA, joined CFHV as Chief Financial Officer in 2015. She previously worked at Riverside Bank as Vice President, Auditor for over twenty years. She also has served in municipal Finance Departments. In addition, she is an adjunct instructor in the Business Department at Dutchess Community College. Roksolana holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Economics from Rutgers University and is a member of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the New York State Society of CPAs.
Alaina L. Voulgaropoulos
Administrative and Database Assistant
Alaina L. Voulgaropoulos joined CFHV in 2019. She is responsible for gift management and administration. Alaina previously worked at Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union as a bank teller and in their customer contact center. She was born and raised in Dutchess County, and currently resides in Ulster County. Alaina holds a bachelor’s degree from Queen Mary, University of London.