Twenty-three individuals who either live, work or volunteer in Orange County were honored at the 14th Annual Orange County’s Rising Stars event at The Barn at Villa Venezia in Middletown, an event hosted by the Junior League of Orange County, NY, Inc. (JLOCNY).
“The Junior League is proud to be one of the founding organizations and continuing host of Orange County’s Rising Stars,” said Rachel Losee, President of the Junior League of Orange County, NY, Inc. “It gives us an opportunity to shine a spotlight on up-and-coming young leaders and honor them with this great recognition.”
Rising Stars recognizes men and women, between the ages of 21 and 40, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills in their community, from the public, private, non-profit and or volunteer sectors. Their valuable contributions positively impact the county’s quality of life, as they build on the progress of others who have made Orange County an attractive region in the Hudson Valley for families and businesses. The individuals selected have helped their organizations thrive, whether by directly addressing new realities brought on by the pandemic or finding creative solutions for continued success.
“With so much uncertainty and divisiveness in our world, it was a joy to get together and celebrate the positivity and amazing accomplishments these 23 honorees bring into our community,” stated Barbara DeStafeno, 2021 Orange County’s Rising Stars Chairwoman. “I hope the momentum of this Rising Stars event will inspire everyone in attendance to keep doing GOOD and making Orange County, NY the desired location to live in the Hudson Valley.”
This year’s honorees:
• Ryan Arciero - JGS, CPA, PC
• Jessica Clary-Dubik – NY Air National Guard
• Tara Connell - Communication Station
• Zachary Constantine – Young Democrats of Orange County
• Darrigan DeMattos – Garnett Health Foundation, New York Dance Center
• Conor Eckert - Town of Montgomery IDA
• Vicki Hoffman – J. Hoffman Insurance
• William Ibberson - Acquisitions Marketing
• Michael Kelly - Liberty Street Bistro, Newburgh Flour Shop
• Eve Lincoln, Esq. – Children’s Rights Society, Women’s Bar Association of Orange & Sullivan Counties
• Rebecca Baldwin Mantello, Esq. – Jacobowits & Gubits, LLP, Women’s Bar Association of Orange & Sullivan Counties
• Maj. Robert McDonald – NY Air National Guard
• Kelsey McDonough - Orange County Sheriff’s Office
• Nichole Moretto – Walden Savings Bank
• Vinny Oppedisano – M&T Bank, Cancer Resource Center of the Hudson Valley, American Heart Association
• Randi Picarello – Business Council of Greater Montgomery, Eat This Bakery
• Damali Robinson - NYP Hudson Valley Hospital, Junior League of Orange County
• Andrew J. Romulo - Printeks Construction Documentation Services, A Day in the Life Photos
• Frank Snyder - San Miguel Academy of Newburgh
• Dr. Christine Stathes, PT - MOTIVATE Physical Therapy
• Melissa Stevens – Warwick Fire Department
• Maggie Sutter - Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc.
• Michael Ventre - OC Department of Health, Town of Minisink.