The Children’s Home has a rich history in the Hudson Valley. For over 177 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.

    2023-2024 Board of Directors

    Jessica L. Vinall, Chair
    Valerie Murphy, Vice Chair

    Vice Chair in charge of:
    Audit – Catherine Forbes
    Governance – Patrick Meaney
    Program – Patricia Goodemote
    Resource Development – Jason Dewey

    Amy Dittmar, Secretary
    Matthew Cruz, Treasurer

    Lorenzo Angelino
    Maureen Crush
    Mary Lou Davis
    Christopher Downey
    Rochelle Friedman
    Sean Manna
    Chintan Shukla

    Walter J. Joseph, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer


    The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie employs over 250 individuals who support the children and families we serve. 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


    Alyssa Bowers, BA – ext. 172
    Chief Financial Officer

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

    Rosana Caro – ext. 232
    Assistant Executive Director, Federally Based Programs

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

    Deborah DiMicco – ext. 106
    Chief Compliance Officer

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

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

    Lori Stella, LCSW-R – ext. 124
    Assistant Executive Director – Child Welfare Programs
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