The Center for Business Innovation grew out of a three-pronged approach to develop a stronger, sustainable business community: all-encompassing economic development (urban centers, agriculture, tourism, localism, education, housing, traditional commercial development), better business integration, and better advocacy efforts. The steering committee meets monthly. Each quarter, CBI holds an open meeting.
Dennis Barnett Lucy Joyce
Maureen Halahan Valerie Maginsky
Gary Schuster Dawn Ansbro
Nancy Proyect Sharon Soons
End of Summer Event
Meets on an as-needed basis; this committee plans the Citizens Foundation’s annual meeting and end of summer event that has traditionally taken place on the Seligmann property.
Christa Orsino Andrea Nilon
Domanie Ragni Danielle Farrell
Meets monthly to oversee the finances of the organization and to develop the Foundation’s budget. A subset of the Finance Committee serves as the Foundation’s Audit Committee.
Bob Marchione Rich Capicchioni
Justin Rider Michael Mazzuca
Meets monthly; this committee focuses on water, wastewater and transportation infrastructure. Goals include educating the public on the importance of strong infrastructure to maintain good quality of life, advising and educating municipal and county leaders and staff on better infrastructure management.
Dick McGoey Justin Rider
Robert Marchione Elaine McClung
Tom Olley Lou Ingrassia
Meets monthly; committee focus is on arts programming on the Seligmann Center property and furthering the name of Kurt Seligmann as an artist, scholar, and community builder.
Dan Mack Mary Altobelli
Kerry Boland Bonnie Croskey
Jean Galli Janet Hamill
David Horton Sarah Potter
William Seaton Jerome Spector
Jonathan Talbot Robert Whitman
meets on an as-needed basis; this committee works to educate the public on the importance of agriculture to our quality of life and economy and to advocate for continued investment and attention in the agricultural business sector.
Greg DeBuck, Chair
Blane Allen Will Brown
Jeff Crist John Lavelle
Amy Noteboom Paul Ruszkiewicz
Sharon Soons Marie Ullrich
Meets monthly, generally the 3rd Friday of each month. This committee focuses on improving transit options throughout the County, expanding surface transportation where appropriate, and developing an overall vision and strategy for transportation options in the region.
Ed Garling Glenn Gidaly
Susan Hawvermale Frank McLaughlin
Julie Richmond Hon. Michael Sweeton
Meets monthly; this committee is comprised of people from the health sector and interested citizens to encourage collaboration and communication between healthcare entities and, on occasion, to provide education to the public.
Gaynor Rosenstein Elaine McClung
Allison Horan Doreen Keyer
Gwen Borsenberger Christine Dorsey
Jackie Lawler Joe McPheter
Jason Rashford Michael Limperoplus
Meets monthly to engage new members; retain current members and enhance the membership experience through targeted fundraising efforts and exclusive membership benefits.
Andrea Nilon Lia Fierro
Ottaway Medal Dinner
The Ottaway Medal, named for Ruth and James Ottaway, Sr., is presented on an annual basis to an individual who has contributed significantly to the quality of life in Orange County. The award ceremony is the largest fundraiser for the Citizens Foundation.
Rick Alfandre John Carola
Maureen Halahan Bob Kaehler
William Kaplan Andy Komonchak
Bruce Lott Jacqueline Masterson
Dick McGoey Janette McKay
Bonnie Neucall Andrea Nilon
Christa Orsino Nancy Proyect
Justin Rider Mona Rieger
Robin Seidman Jimmy Smith
Mark Stier Bill Vacca
Meets bi-monthly; this committee is comprised of trail advocates and representatives of trail organizations. Goals include expansion of the Orange County Heritage Trail, development of trails throughout the region, and increased usage of trails for recreation and transportation.
Burt Thelander Kerron Barnes
Stacey Calta Matt Decker
Russell Hallock Ashlee Long
Valerie Maginsky Sona Mason
Andrea Nilon John Strobl
Stu Turner Hon. John Vero
Michael Ward Joe Wojciehowski
Meets monthly; placemaking is a planning tool where community members are at the core of community growth and development. Our committee works with individuals, community groups, and municipalities, as well as the public to educate on placemaking principles and to implement change. We hold placemaking tours, workshops, training sessions, and an annual conference (with awards).
Matt Milnamow Stu Turner
Ross Winglovitz Christina Amato
Danielle Farrell Noreen Fennell
Deb Garry Christina LaPerle
Lou Marquet Janette McKay
Quality of Life
Meets on an as-needed basis to develop the Quality of Life Report Card and organize elected officials debates, and other events/initiatives.