The Children’s Home has a rich history in the Hudson Valley. For over 170 years a dedicated group of volunteers, paid staff and consultants have worked to carry out the mission of the Children’s Home, making the Home a place of healing and hope.

    Board of Directors

    Our Board of Directors is composed of generous community members who have been selected for their knowledge, expertise and commitment to our mission.

    2021-2022 Board of Directors

    Maureen Crush, President
    Patricia W. Goodemote, First Vice President

    Vice President in charge of:
    Audit – Mary Lou Davis
    Governance – Alicia Dean
    Investment – Christopher Downey
    Program – Vanessa Rice
    Resource Development – Rochelle Friedman

    Amy Dittmar, Secretary
    Valerie Murphy, Treasurer
    Sean Manna, Assistant Treasurer
    Catherine Forbes, Historian

    Alyssa Bowers
    Matthew Cruz
    Nicholas Garin
    Sherry LaTassa
    Linda Lurie
    Patrick Meaney
    Carole Schaad
    Kim Scoralick
    Donald K. Stammer
    Susan K. Stoller
    Jessica L. Vinall

    Walter J. Joseph, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer


    The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie employs over 300 individuals who care for our children and youth, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. These dedicated employees work in various departments including; administration, direct care, social services, medical, housekeeping, maintenance and food services.

    Agency Executive Leadership

    Walter J. Joseph, MPA – ext. 123
    Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
    Email Walt


    Erin M. Cafarelli, BA – ext. 177
    Chief Development & Public Relations Officer
    Email Erin

    David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP – ext. 295
    Chief of Clinical Services
    Email Dr. Crenshaw

    Deborah DiMicco – ext. 106
    Chief Compliance Officer
    Email Deborah

    Courtney Doyle, LMHC – ext. 2006
    Assistant Executive Director – Community Based Programs
    Email Courtney

    Elizabeth Greaney, LMSW – ext. 145
    Assistant Executive Director, Federally Funded Programs
    Email Elizabeth

    Danielle Mitchell, BA – ext. 101
    Associate Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer
    Email Danielle

    Elizabeth Ritter, RN – ext. 129
    Chief of Health Services
    Email Elizabeth

    Loida Sarabia, BA – ext. 172
    Chief Financial Officer
    Email Loida

    Lori Stella, LCSW-R – ext. 188
    Assistant Executive Director – Child Welfare Programs
    Email Lori