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On December 5th at Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls, Hudson Valley Magazine celebrated 16 dedicated, hardworking & successful businesswomen who have inspired change in the Hudson Valley. Close to 300 guests gathered to mingle and congratulate this year’s Women in Business honorees. Special thanks to Fran Hauser & Filomena Fanelli for an enlightening fireside chat, New York State Senator Sue Serino for joining us, and all of our sponsors who helped make this event possible.

Fireside Chat

Former Women in Business honoree Filomena Fanelli moderated a fireside chat with Digital Media Executive, Startup Investor & Best Selling Author, Fran Hauser. Watch their informative discussion here.


This year’s remarkable 2019 Women in Business honorees ranged from the Executive Director of Walkway Over The Hudson to the President & CEO of Woodland Pond at New Paltz & more. Get to know all of this year’s honorees here.


Thank you to all of the 2019 Women in Business sponsors who made this event possible. See all who participated in the “Sponsors” tab.

Since 1972, Hudson Valley Magazine has been the authority on the people, places and activities that define the beautiful and ever-evolving Hudson Valley region. A division of Today Media, Hudson Valley also publishes Westchester/Hudson Valley Weddings, Focus on Albany, and the Casino Guide; features a vibrant website, hvmag.com; produces a weekly e-newsletter called Hudson Valley Today; and hosts several signature events, including the Best of Hudson Valley® Party, Burger & Beer Bash, and the Excellence in Nursing Awards.

Hudson Valley Magazine is an award-winning monthly regional publication whose mission is to produce a high quality magazine that informs, entertains, and investigates life in the vibrant community it serves.

A Celebratory Luncheon Honoring Top Female Executives, Entrepreneurs, Government Leaders, and Non-Profit Leaders.

Join Hudson Valley Magazine as we celebrate the region’s top business women at the 2020 Women in Business Awards. This special event coincides with the December issue of Hudson Valley Magazine, which will include profiles of each honoree. The Women in Business Awards features a sit-down luncheon, keynote speaker, and networking opportunities. Connect with regional business owners, civic leaders, government officials, and key executives from local and national companies as a sponsor of this special tribute to local business women.

Click Here to Download the 2020 Women in Business Sponsorship Package

For Sponsorship Opportunities, email sales@hvmag.com or call 845-330-2308
For general information or tickets, email pr@hvmag.com




It’s time you met the most successful businesswomen in the Hudson Valley!

Hudson Valley Magazine proudly celebrates Hudson Valley’s most accomplished women in Business. Every year, our cover story for our December issue highlights the most enterprising and successful businesswomen in the Valley, and then we honor them at a special luncheon where you can meet them and learn from their successes.

2020 Women in Business Luncheon
December 10th, 2020
Villa Borghese
70 Widmer Road
Wappingers Falls, NY12590

Single Ticket: $65
Table of Ten: $600

For ticket/table information, email pr@hvmag.com or call 845-224-3248


Deanna Bellacicco Breault 


Bellas Home-Baked Goods



Janna Glasser  

Vice President & General Counsel

Mona Lisa Sound



Eliza Bozenski  

Chief Development Officer

Anderson Center for Autism



Jill L. Brodsky MD, MBA, FAAP

Associate Medical Director Chair,

Department of Pediatrics Director,

Physician Recruitment

CareMount Medical

Maryline Damour

Co-Founder & Pricipal Designer Damour Drake


Kingston Design Connection



Michelle T. Gramoglia

President & CEO

Woodland Pong at New Paltz



Carrie Haddad


Carrie Haddad Gallery




CJ Hartwell-Kelly

General Manager

Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa

Leslie Laboriel

CEO & Founder

TrajectUP, LLC




Kelly Lyndgaard

CEO & Founder





Melinda E. Martinez


Marist College Liberty Partnerships Program




Lauree Ostrofsky


Simply Leap & Hudson Valley Women in Business

Dina Pace

Director, Producer & Owner

Dina Pace Video Production LLC

CEO & Founder

Rosillion LLC



Kelley Redl-Hardisty

Managing Partner

Guardian Self Storage



Kristin Ruge Hutchins

President & CEO

Ruge’s Automotive



Elizabeth Waldstein

Executive Director

Walkway Over The Hudson



Kathleen Bennett Marold


Floor 13 Textiles



Filomena E. Fanelli


Impact PR & Communications



Debra Forbes

Vice President/Charge Scenic Artist

Scenic Art Studios



Carol Gordon

President & CEO

Carol Gordon Consulting

Melody Gregory

Managing Attorney

Finkelstein & Partners



Jennifer Howland

Executive, Pathways for Experienced, Diverse Technical Talent




Beth Jones


Third Eye Associates, LTD.



Sandra Ludlam

Vice President of Branch Administration

Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Kelly Mace

Director of Patient Care Services, MidHudson Region

Caremount Medical



Kathy Merget

Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs

The Culinary Institute of America



Leah Penniman

Founding Co-Director

Soul Fire Farm Institute, Inc.



Suzanne Rajczi


Ginsberg’s Foods

Erin Riley

Senior Vice President

Scenic Hudson



Nina Smiley

Director of Mindfulness Programming

Mohonk Mountain House



Tara Sullivan

Deputy Executive Director

New York State Bridge Authority


Catharine Arpino


Hudson Valley Skin Care



Eve Ashworth

President & CEO

Ashworth Creative



Michelle Barone-Lepore

Senior Vice President

Rhinebeck Bank



Amanda Baxter


RL Baxter Building Corp.

Alicia Beardsley

RPA-CSenior Director of Population Health Initiates

CareMount Medical



Elizabeth Floegel

Head of Commerical Technology

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals



Denise George

President, Northern Dutchess Hospital

Senior VP, Health Quest



Sara Greenberg-Hoye

Director of Development

Greystone Programs, Inc.

Arleen G. Harkins

Owner / Chef

Historic Village Diner



Mary P. Leahy, MD.


Bon Secours Charity Health System



Carlys Lemler, Esq.

General Manager

The Historic Thayer Hotel



Andrea Rhodes

Co-Founder / Producing Director

Tangent Theatre Company

Kris Seiz


Storm King Adventure Tours



Sarah Sholes, Esq.


Sholes & Miller, LLP



Christina (Wolfe) Snyder


Wolfe’s Cleaning Services



Patricia Wind

Co-Founder & CEO



Trine Boode-Petersen & Corinne McDonald

Executive Director of Communicatons and Executive Director of Operations

The Wayfinder Experience



Ann M. Byne


The Byne Group



Joan Cusack-McGuirk

CEO & President

St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital



Barbara Finklestein, Esq.

Chief Executive Officer

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

Dr. Beth Gershuny

Founder & President

Izlind Integrative Wellness Center & Institute



Lauren Gillett

Senior Principal/VP of Human Resources

The Chazen Companies



Dr. Karen Kuhla

Executive Director/ Co-Founder

Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point



Parinaz Mokhtari

Owner/Founder and Director

Montgomery Montessori School

Shelly NeJame & Britney NeJame-O’Brien

Controller and Office Manager

NeJame Pool Specialists, Inc.



Soraya Osorio

CEO & President

Soraya LTD and SorayaOsorio.com



Anne Michelle Radcliffe


AnneMichelle Hair



Marsha Rand

CEO & Founder

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

Lisa Simmons

RPhManager, Pharmacy Department

MidHudson Regional Hospital


Maria Dominijanni & Isa Marinaro


Dutchess School of Driving Inc.



Josie Eriole

Owner, Founder

Moxie Cup



Mariel Fiori

Managing Editor

La Voz

Rita Gaffney

Financial Advisor

The Walker/Gaffney Group



Deborah Garry


BBG&G Advertising & PR


Suzanne Holt


Ulster County Office of Economic Development



Jenny Parker, Lauren Jones & Aliyah Brandt


Ironwood Farm

Jonna Spilbor

Attorney, TV/Radio Personality

Jonna Spilbor Law, Happy Hour with Jonna & Keryl



Maria Whittingham

Boutique Owner & Activist

Maria Luisa Boutique


Alexandra Putman

Owner, co-founder, and CEO

Integrated Enterprise Solutions



Linda Miele-Cavallaro


Thompson House Residential and Rehabilitative Care Facility at Northern Dutchess Hospital



Laura Pensiero


Gigi Hudson Valley

Maureen Halahan

President & CEO

Orange County Partnership



Petra Klein Executive

Vice President of Technology & Strategy

The Solar Energy Consortium

VP of Quality Assurance

FALA Technologies



Lauren Walling

Deputy Executive Director

The Women’s Studio Workshop

Deborah Brenner

Owner and Founder

Women of the Vine



Jennifer Maher


Putnam County Chamber of Commerce

Michelle Plummer

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Bank of Greene County



Kelley Drahushuk


The Spotty Dog Books and Ale


Stacie Laskin

Global Recycling Incorporated,

Newburgh (Orange County)



Ellie Nieves

Vice-President, Counsel & Head

Government Relations at The Guardian Life Insurance Company



March Gallagher

Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress

Newburgh (Orange County)

Stephanie Wyant

Owner of Dash Ink Marketing

Kingston (Ulster County)



Donna Williams

Field Goods

Kingston (Ulster County)



Andrea Giraldo

A&G Trading Corp.

Rockland County

Kimberley Williams

Williams Lumber

Rhinebeck (Dutchess County)



Lisa Marie Cathie

Ulster Savings Bank

Highland (Ulster County)

Connie Snyder

CRSR Design

Ulster County



Faith Ann

Takes Empire Education Corporation

Albany County


Martina Arfwidson and Gun Nowak

FACE Stockholm

Rhinebeck (Dutchess County)



Cecilia Dinio-Durkin

Owner, Women’s Work

Poughkeepsie (Dutchess County)



Mary Kay

VrbaDutchess County Tourism

Dutchess County

Nancy Gold

The Gold Standard

Katonah (Westchester County)



Mary Madden

Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Poughkeepsie-(Dutchess County)



Mindy Kole

SUNY Ulster

Ulster County

Maureen Kangas

Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel

Poughkeepsie (Dutchess County)



Kenya Gipson

Clear Channel Radio

Middletown (Orange County)

Heidi Kirschner

YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County

Ulster County



Beth Blecker

Eastern Planning

Westchester County

Women in Business Luncheon

Villa Borghese
70 Widmer Road
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Women in Business Luncheon?
Hudson Valley Magazine proudly celebrates the area’s most accomplished Women in Business. Every year, our cover story for the December issue highlights the most enterprising and successful businesswomen in the Valley, and then we honor them at a special luncheon where you can meet them and learn from their success.

How much are tickets?
$65 each, and $600 for a table of ten.
Purchase tickets here.

Tickets are non-refundable, no exceptions.
Please remember to print our your ticket and bring it with you the day of the event. No one will be admitted without a ticket. You will receive a complimentary subscription to Hudson Valley Magazine when you register for the 2020 Women in Business Luncheon.

When do ticket sales end?
Ticket sales end Tuesday, December 7th, 2020 at 3pm.

How do I obtain my tickets?
You will receive an electronic ticket via email from Showclix. Please remember to print it our and bring it with you the day of the event.

What do I wear?
For the Women in Business Luncheon, business casual or dressy casual attire is required. No sneakers.

Is there parking?
Yes, Villa Borghese has their own lot.

How many people are expected?
We are expecting approximately 250 guests.

What about bad weather? Is there a rain date?
Everything is inside. The event will be held rain or shine.

Can I bring my child?
This event is a 21 and older, and alcohol will be served.


(Local) From Connecticut and points East:
Take I-84 West to exit 13N for Route 9 North. From Middletown and points West: Take I-84 East to exit 13. Travel North on Route 9 for 5.5 miles. Follow sign for Home Depot, turn right onto County Route 104 (New Hackensack Road). Travel 3/10 of a mile to top of hill. Turn right onto Widmer road. Villa Borghese is located 0.5 mile on the right.

From Albany:
Take NY State Thruway to Exit 18. Take Route 299 East to Route 9W South. Follow signs to Mid Hudson Bridge. After toll, take Route 9 South (towards Wappingers Falls). Go approximately 8 miles South, (pass Poughkeepsie Galleria). Stay in left lane. Turn left onto County Route 104 (New Hackensack Road). Travel 3/10 of a mile to top of hill. Turn right onto Widmer road. Villa Borghese is located 0.5 mile on the right.

From Long Island & Westchester:
Take Whitestone Bridge to Hutchinson River Parkway North to 684 North to I-84 West. From Throgsneck Bridge, take I-95 North to Hutchinson River Parkway North to I-84 West. Follow above listed “Local Directions.”

From Manhattan:
Take New York State Thruway to Exit 17. Take I-84 East-Newburgh Beacon Bridge to Exit 13; left off ramp. Follow above listed “Local Directions.”

From New Jersey:
Take the Garden State Parkway to New York State Thruway to Exit 17. Take I-84 East-Newburgh Beacon Bridge to Exit 13; left off ramp. Follow above listed “Local Directions.”



Complimentary parking is available at Villa Borghese.