Astor Appoints New Board Leadership

RHINEBECK, New York. James M. Raimo Sr., Vice President, Facilities & Operations at Mount Saint Mary College (Newburgh) was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of Astor Services for Children & Families in December 2014. Astor recently appointed the following individuals to the Executive Committee/Board Operations: Scott Bergin, McCabe & Mack, Vice Chair; Charles R. Daniels, III, Rose & Kiernan and Lora J. Gescheidle, Central Hudson, Assistant Treasurers; Susan J. Ragusa, Consultant, Secretary; Julie Krieger, M&T Bank, Assistant Secretary; and Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. In addition, the following board committee chairs were elected: Kevin Hamilton, NuEnergen, LLC, Program Oversight & Monitoring committee; Joe Davis, Planning & Program Development Committee; and Lora Gescheidle, Finance Committee. Hamilton and Davis will also be members of the Board Operations committee.

“As Astor positions itself to meet the current and future needs of the children and families we serve in the Hudson Valley and the Bronx, I am excited that these board members, who have been instrumental in the work we do on behalf of children and families, have accepted their new leadership roles. We feel so fortunate to have this new leadership group, with such a wealth of diverse expertise in their fields, informing the work we do at Astor,” says Raimo.

Astor’s Executive Committee/Board Operations operate under the direction of and within the policies established by the full board, and are responsible for carrying out and conducting business and making decisions necessary on behalf of Astor. The committees focus their efforts and break the work at hand into meaningful and controllable pieces.

About Astor:

Since 1953, Astor Services for Children & Families (formerly The Astor Home for Children) has been providing behavioral and educational services in a caring environment where children and their families find strength, healing, hope and trust. Now serving more than 6,000 children and families annually in over 33 locations, Astor’s current range of services in the Hudson Valley Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties) and the Bronx include: Residential Programs (for children ages 5 – 14 who have severe behavioral and mental health challenges); Early Childhood Programs (in Dutchess County, Astor operates The Early Head Start and Head Start programs, which are federal early childhood programs for low-income families); and Community-Based Behavioral Health and Prevention Services (outpatient mental health services).