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          

Susan Hawvermale  Tom Weddell

Maureen Halahan   Valerie Maginsky

Gary Schuster           Brian Varley      

Dawn Ansbro            Nancy Proyect

Larissa Lewis


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.


Susan Hawvermale      Eileen Kelly                

Janette McKay                Andrea Nilon                



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

Susan Hawvermale    Scott Lask

Justin Rider



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

Joe McKay



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

Olivia Baldwin             Kerry Boland

Bonnie Croskey          Lia Fierro

Jean Galli                     Janet Hamill

Susan Hawvermale

David Horton           Brandon Knopp

Justin Rider               William Seaton

Jerome Spector        Jonathan Talbot

Stu Turner                 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.


Al Buckbee                  Rosemarie Baglia

William Brown           Joseph Coleman

Greg DeBuck              Michelle Gurda

Michael Hayes           Amy Noteboom

Paul Ruszkiewicz      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

Amy Anderson- Winchell        

Gwen Borsenberger      Christine Dorsey

Jackie Lawler                    Joe McPheter

Darcie Miller                    Jason Rashford      

April Gozza



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

Susan Hawvermale   Eileen Kelly

Janette McKay           Linda Nilon

Gaynor Rosenstein


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.  


Janette McKay            Vince Capozzi

Tom Weddell              Lou Heimbach

William Kaplan           Andy Komonchak

Jim Kulisek                  Brian Maher

Jim McGee                  Kristin Mullarkey

Bonnie Neucall          Andrea Nilon

Justin Rider                Gaynor Rosenstein

Alan Seidman               



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               Cliff Robinson

John Strobl                   Stu Turner

Joe Wojciehowski       Al Propeack



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

Debbie Garry                Lou Marquet

Janette McKay              Jen D’Andrea

Megan Tennermann


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.