Dutchess Chamber Announces Forty Under 40 Honorees

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce has released its Forty Under 40 honorees for 2020. A selection committee comprised of former honorees has identified the next generation of young professionals in the Hudson Valley to be presented with Mover & Shaker Awards this spring.

Bestowed annually to forty people under the age of 40 who have shown a strong commitment to the Hudson Valley, the Mover & Shaker Awards honor individuals making a difference in their communities and going above and beyond in their professions. The selection committee reviews nominations from the community and scores each nomination independently of each other and the Chamber, with the scores then tallied to determine the Top 40. Neither the Chamber staff nor any sponsors or partners influence the judging in any way.

“These individuals are really the best of the best, and they represent the future of the business community within the Hudson Valley region,” said Frank Castella, Jr., President and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We congratulate the Class of 2020, and we look forward to celebrating their accomplishments.”

Chosen from a pool of over 100 nominations, the honorees represent professions ranging from attorneys to accountants, teachers to bankers, non-profit directors and community volunteers, and a variety of other industries. The complete list of the 2020 Forty Under 40 honorees can be found online at www.dcrcoc.org/Top40.

The Mover & Shaker Awards will be presented on Thursday, April 2, at 5 PM. A reception will be hosted by the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center preceding the awards ceremony at Changepoint Theater. Tickets are available to the public. Complete information about the event can be found at www.dcrcoc.org/40Under40.

Founded in 1907, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is committed to the growth and development of local businesses and the economy. For more information about Chamber happenings, the complete events calendar, or to find out how we might best serve as an advocate for you and your business, please visit dcrcoc.org.

This year’s honorees include:
Karina Acevedo, 38, Enlarged City School District of Middletown
Jamie Bower, 34, Marist College
Lt. Paul Bucher, Jr., 36, City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department
Alexander Cukar, 38, A&T Ventures
Alana Daly Mikhalevsky, 34, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation
Jasmin Nicole Davis, 30, Poughkeepsie Galleria
Kristin Delia, 27, Impact PR & Communications
Michael DiDonato, 29, Nuvance Health
Jeff Doane, 35, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation
Dwayne Douglas, 38, Marist College
Dr. Greg Efros, 31, Efros Orthodontics
Maggie Fountain, 26, Nuvance Health
Karen Gates, 38, Hudson Valley Credit Union
Christopher Gomez, 35, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
Karianna Haasch, 32, Local Artisan Bakery
Jessica Hasapis, 28, The Culinary Institute of America
Cheryl Jenkins, 37, Hotaling Insurance Services
Harry A. Johnson, Jr., 25, Brothers at Bard
Nikki Kaelber, 31, Laura’s Family Restaurant
Aliza Krevolin, 34, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley
Jamie Levato, 38, Poughkeepsie Farm Project
Melinda Martinez, 35, Marist College
Europa McGovern, 39, Hudson Valley Regional Council
Andrew Mendez-Spera, 30, Tipsy Social
Dr. Ogheneochuko Metitiri, 36, CareMount Medical
Dylan Murphy, 29, Rhinebeck Bank
Christina Myers, 33, Rondout Savings Bank
Michelle Nepton, 37, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region
Ryan O’Sullivan, 36, Heroic Food
Jacob Reckess, 37, PAZ Management
Emily Ricci, 26, Mount Saint Mary College
Rachel Ronk, 34, Hudson Valley Credit Union
Matthew Sabellico, 36, Sabellico Greenhouses & Florist
Leah Speck, 38, Queen City Dance
L’Quette Taylor, 34, Infinite Glass and Metal, Inc.
Dariel Vasquez, 24, Brothers at Bard
Brad Weaver, 39, Marshall & Sterling Insurance
Cara Whalen, Esq., 34, Mackey Butts & Wise LLP
Ashley Witkiewicz, 32, Valley Pediatric Dentistry,
Kyle Wonderly, 32, IBM

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