Our Staff

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.

President and Chief Executive Officer

March Gallagher, Esq.

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March Gallagher is responsible for the overall leadership of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley including donor services, grant-making, and care and custody of the Foundations assets. A resident of Rosendale in Ulster County, March is an attorney with degrees from Boston University, Bard College, Rockefeller College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She came to the Community Foundations having served as Chief Strategy Officer at Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, focusing on regional quality of life issues. March is a current board member with the Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation and a Trustee with the Hudson Valley Sudbury School. March also currently serves on the Dutchess County Economic Development Advisory Council chairing its committee on local government and the Dutchess County Community Development Advisory Board. Previously, March oversaw economic development activities for Ulster County Executive Mike Hein. She has served on the boards of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, Hudson Valley Regional Council, Ulster County Development Corporation, Ulster County Workforce Investment Board and Ulster County Industrial Development Agency, which she chaired during 2006 and 2007.

Development and Marketing

Nancy Rossi Brownell

Vice President, Putnam
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Nancy Rossi Brownell joined the Foundation 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
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Sally Cross joined the Foundation 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. 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. 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 Quilty

Vice President
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Kevin-Quilty_Final.jpgKevin J. Quilty joined the Foundation 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 Co Development Corporation. His community commitment is also apparent through his volunteerism and civic engagements in the region. He currently serves in the following capacities: Vice President of the Business Alliance of Kingston, member of the Kingston Kiwanis Club (and past president), Kingston Boys and Girls Club (and past president), Friends of Historic Kingston (and past Vice President), 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 Co., The Hudson Valley Senior Residence, Gateway Community Industries and The Ulster County Council for the Arts, now Arts Mid-Hudson.
 

Jacqueline Lieske

Communications Manager
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Jacqueline Lieske joined the Community Foundations 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.

 





Jim Cypher

Development and Program Associate
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Jim joined the Community Foundations in August of 2017 and serves as Development and Program Associate. He is from Beacon NY, attended Poughkeepsie Day School and graduated from Beacon High. He attended Emerson College in Boston, where he studied Business and Organizational Communications. Afterwards he took computer classes at Marist College, sold computers in retail settings, and worked as an investigator and database manager at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Communications & Energy in Boston. His nonprofit database, IT, operations, management and communications experience comes from his time volunteering or working for; Zeta Phi Eta, The Business Executives for National Security, The Mitre Corporation, The Larz Anderson Auto Museum, The Garden Conservancy, the PRASAD Project and the Food Bank for Westchester. He is an avid motorsports enthusiast, a member of the Society of Automotive Historians, the former Membership Chair and member of the National Association of Automobile Museums, former Historian and Board Member for the Impala SS Club of America, former drag racer and snow boarder, a member of the Lions Club and their District 2O-0 webmaster/IT Co-Chair.

 

 

Programs and Grants

Aliza Krevolin, MSW

Director of Special Projects
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Aliza Krevolin joined the Community Foundations 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.
 





Cristin McPeake

Vice President, Programs
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Cristin McPeake joined the Community Foundations 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.

 



Finance and Administration

Roksolana Geramita, CPA

Chief Financial Officer
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Roksolana Geramita, CPA, joined the Community Foundations 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.
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