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

    Margaret Olimpieri
    Represents: Dutchess Community College

  • Treasurer

    Michael Liguori
    Represents: Rhinebeck Bank

  • Secretary

    Elizabeth Kwant
    Represents: Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Nicole Bonelli

    Represents: Member at Large

  • Stephanie Moore

    Represents: Vassar College

  • Executive Director

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


  • Lance Bixby

    Represents: Department of Community and Family Services

  • Deborah Disansa-Galano

    Represents: Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health

  • Jeff Fox

    Represents: Abilities First, Inc.

  • Lisa Kroohs

    Represents: Child Care Provider of Putnam

  • Monica Lee

    Represents: Astor Early Childhood Services

  • Kari Morrison

    Represents: Marist College

  • Drita Nicaj

    Represents: Member at Large

  • Mary Rokitowski

    Represents: Member at Large

  • Donna Bolner

    Dutchess County Legislature

  • Hannah Black

    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.