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.

2018 – 2019


  • Chair

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

  • Vice Chair

    Nicole Bonelli
    Represents: Member at Large

  • Treasurer

    Michael Liguori
    Represents: Rhinebeck Bank

  • Stephanie Moore

    Represents: Member at Large

  • 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

  • Jessica Canale, MPH

    Represents: Cornell Cooperative Extension

  • Isabel J. Dichiara

    Represents: Member at Large

  • Deborah Disansa

    Represents: Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health

  • Kristen Dovgan

    Represents: Member at Large

  • Bonnie Fogarty

    Represents: YMCA - Putnam County

  • Jeff Fox

    Represents: Abilities First, Inc.

  • Kim Kochem

    Represents: The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse

  • Lisa Kroohs

    Represents: Child Care Provider of Putnam

  • Kari Morrison

    Represents: Marist College

  • Kathleen Murphy

    Represents: Member at Large

  • Drita Nicaj

    Represents: Member at Large

  • Mary Rokitowski

    Represents: Member at Large

  • Pat Voytko

    Represents: Early Childhood Institute of the Hudson River Valley

  • Kellie Wofford

    Represents: Family Services, Inc.

  • Marguerite Woodcock

    Represents: Dutchess Community College

  • 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.