Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meets seven times a year and each Board member sits on at least one standing committee. The Board also hires an Executive Director who implements the agency policies.

The Officers of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director comprise the Executive Committee that meets monthly.

2017 – 2018


  • Chair

    Julie Riess, Ph.D.
    Represents: Member at Large

  • Vice Chair

    Nicole Bonelli
    Represents: Member at Large

  • Treasurer

    Michael Liguori
    Represents: Rhinebeck Bank

  • Secretary

    Elizabeth Kwant
    Represents: Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Stephanie Moore

    Represents: Vassar College

  • Monica Lee

    Represents: Member at Large

  • Executive Director

    Jeanne Wagner, Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc.


  • Lance Bixby

    Represents: Department of Community and Family Services

  • Isabel J. Dichiara

    Represents: Member at Large

  • Deborah Disansa-Galano

    Represents: Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health

  • Mary Fleming

    Represents: Child Abuse Prevention Center

  • Jeff Fox

    Represents: Abilities First, Inc.

  • Lisa Kroohs

    Represents: Child Care Provider of Putnam

  • Kari Morrison

    Represents: Marist College

  • Drita Nicaj

    Represents: Member at Large

  • Mary Rokitowski

    Represents: Member at Large

  • Pat Voytko

    Represents: Early Childhood Institute of the Hudson River Valley

  • Rebecca Edwards

    Dutchess County Legislature

  • Frits Zernike

    Dutchess County Legislature

The Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization is governed by a Board of Directors who sets the agency’s policies.