Executive Board of Directors
Executive Board Member, Donna Johnson-Klonsky, is president of DJ Consulting Services, Inc., a business and practice consulting and coaching firm that assists Mompreneurs and entrepreneurs at all stages to create successful business models that complement their lifestyle goals. She is an emeritus board member of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce and a past chairman, and has served on many other boards including: Elant, GET, Mid-Hudson Civic Center, and YWCA. For 11 years, she was a monthly contributing editor for business success articles in Fashion Mannuscript Magazine, a national publication. She graduated from Baruch College and obtained her MBA, Marketing & Small Business Entrepreneurship, from Empire State College in June 2011.
Prior to joining New Hope, Jim’s career included organizations such as Price Waterhouse, Dun&Bradstreet, and Mercedes-Benz where he led significant financial and operational change through his senior executive roles.
Some twenty years ago, Jim left “Corporate America” to focus in the non-profit sector to try to make a difference for those in need. His first opportunity was AmeriCares (international emergency relief) where he was promoted to Executive Vice-Chairman serving a majority of the developing countries in all parts of the world. After AmeriCares, his non-profit leadership actively engaged him in healthcare, human services, biomedical research, human rights and others.
Jim’s experience also includes: AARP, where he recently served as Secretary/Treasurer of the national board of directors; partnering with the National Institutes of Health, The United Nations, and the US Agency for International Development. He was also the Founding Chairman of the Board of the Biomedical Engineering Alliance and Consortium Foundation, focusing on biomedical innovation.
Anthony Campagiorni is the Vice-President of Business Development and Governmental Affairs for Central Hudson Gas & Electric, a regulated gas and electric company headquartered in Poughkeepsie, New York that serves 302,000 electric customers and 80,000 natural gas customers in the Hudson Valley of New York State. In his capacity at Central Hudson, Anthony is leading the corporation’s newly created Energy Transformation and Solutions division that manages several initiatives including: the company’s demonstration projects for the Reforming Energy Vision (REV) instituted by New York’s Public Service Commission. For six years prior to his position at Central Hudson, Anthony was the first President & CEO of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, where he directed the regional marketing and economic development initiative that led to the creation of 10,000 new jobs for the seven counties of the Hudson Valley (Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Ulster and Sullivan). Anthony has also held several appointed positions at the Empire State Development Corporation (NY State’s economic development agency) including Associate Counsel, Director of Business Development in the Mid-Hudson Region, and Director of World Trade Center Business Recovery, where he was responsible for marketing more than $800 million in financia lassistance to assist small businesses below 14th Street in Manhattan to recover from the events of September 11th. He practiced commercial litigation for the firm Heller & Laiks in New Jersey where his practice concentrated on construction litigation and representing large landlords. Anthony obtained his juris doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law, his master of public administration from Marist College, and his bachelor of arts from Syracuse University. He has completed the Executive Development Program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Chair of the Dutchess County Economic Development Advisory Group, in addition to serving on the Pattern for Progress board, he serves on the boards of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, the Orange County Partnership and the Poughkeepsie Alliance.
Board of Directors
Mary Beth Bianconi is a Partner and Senior Project Manager with over 20 years of experience as a consultant to public and private entities with a focus on infrastructure and economic development. She applies her expertise to conceptualizing, permitting and financing small and large scale municipal infrastructure projects as well as providing assistance to community planning and zoning boards in conducting site plan, subdivision and variance reviews in conformance with local and state codes, the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and, if necessary, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Additionally, Ms. Bianconi has spearheaded a number of economic development master plans, from concept and due diligence as well as economic pro forma analysis through the SEQR process to permitting and implementation. A proponent of regional approaches to economic development and infrastructure, her work experience spans throughout New York’s Capital District, the North County, Catskills, Southern Tier and Hudson River Valley.
Timothy Cawley is President and CEO of Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., an electric and gas utility headquartered in Pearl River, New York. Orange and Rockland is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., operating energy utility companies in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Prior to being named President and CEO of O&R, Mr. Cawley was senior vice president of Central Operations for Consolidated Edison Company of New York. His responsibilities included the planning, design, operation and maintenance of the electric transmission system, the company’s primary control center and electric substations, electric and steam generating plants, the steam system, and engineering and construction activities. Mr. Cawley joined Consolidated Edison of New York in 1987 and has served in various positions, including vice president of Substation Operations, vice president of Bronx and Westchester Electric Operations, general manager of Transmission Operations and director of Gas Operations at O&R. He presently serves on the boards of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, the New Jersey Utilities Association, the New York Transco, the Orange County Partnership and the Rockland Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Cawley holds an MBA from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College.
Austin DuBois focuses his practice on estate planning, elder law, asset protection, business formation, and business succession planning. In 2014 and 2015, Austin was named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars List in the field of elder law, and was named “Top Attorney” for estate litigation in 2009 and 2010 by SJ Magazine. In 2010 he received the “Awesome Attorney” award for estate litigation from South Jersey Magazine. Austin is a member of the New York and Middletown bar associations, and has been admitted to the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania Bars, and before the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. He is a member of WealthCounsel, ElderCounsel, and the Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council.
Austin is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Inspire Foundation and Vice Chairman of the City of Newburgh Industrial Development Agency. He is a Leadership Orange alumnus, where he currently serves as chair of the Government and Politics Session Committee and was inducted into the Leadership Orange Hall of Fame. In 2012, Austin received a Rising Star award from the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. He is also Lodge Counsel for the Mid-Hudson Fraternal Order of Police and Special Counsel for Orange County Shields. Most recently, Austin was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Partnership for Economic Development.
A seventh-generation resident of Orange County, N.Y., Austin is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia, the Rutgers University School of Law, and the Temple University Law School (Masters of Law in Taxation).
In 2004, Philip Guarnieri was instrumental in the organization and the chartering of Empire State Bank, a bank providing commercial banking products and services to the communities in and around the Orange, Ulster, and Richmond counties of New York. Through Phil’s oversight and strategic planning, this start-up bank has grown to contain over $150 million in assets and has become a banking leader in the small business community.
With more than 33 years of banking experience, Phil’s distinguished banking career began at Hamilton Federal Savings FA as a customer service representative and as a teller and went on to hold positions such as Assistant Branch Manager, Assistant Vice President/Mortgage Officer, Vice President, and Branch Administrator during his 21 year tenure. After leaving Hamilton Federal Savings, Phil went on to serve as Vice President /Loan Origination at Home Federal Savings Bank and as Senior Vice President/Chief Lending Officer with The Yonkers SLA, FA. From 2002-2004, Phil then served as President /COO of Atlantic States Mortgage Corp. and was responsible for all facets of mortgage banking.
An active member of the community, Phil is currently a director of the Empire State Bank Foundation, a director of the Community Fountain of Orange and Sullivan Counties, a director of the Grace Foundation of New York, as well as many others in his home region.
Phil received his B.A. in Banking and Finance from Hunter College before completing a continuing education program on Real Estate and Commercial Bank Lending at New York University. Phil is married with two children.
Kenneth Kearney is the founder and president of The Kearney Realty & Development Group, which has established itself as a leader in developing and managing senior and affordable housing across the Hudson Valley. Mr. Kearney has guided affordable senior housing and workforce housing projects in Beacon, Catskill, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Red Hook, Somers, Yorktown and elsewhere. In 2009, he was recognized by Pattern for Progress as Hudson Valley Developer of the Year. Mr. Kearney has been actively involved in real estate since 1990, working as property manager, broker, builder and developer. A native of Mahopac, he and his wife, Jean, continue to reside there with their three sons.
Anthony (Tony) Mahler has served as the Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning at Westchester Medical Center since 2006. He works closely with the Board of Directors Strategic Planning Committee and with the executive management team. He also oversees the Certificate of Need process and grants management at the Medical Center. His role was expanded in 2007 to include government relations, and he maintains an active advocacy role in local, state and federal issues. He is active in regional, state and national health care organizations, and serves as a member of the Finance Advisory Committee of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. Mahler has over thirty years of experience in health care planning and administration. He served as Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and Administration at the Catholic Health Care System in New York City, and many years as a strategic planning consultant to health care providers and payers. He was a Principal in the health care consulting practice of KPMG, LLP, and also spent twelve years at HealthScope United. His career began in Boston at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Boston University Health Policy Institute. Mr. Mahler received a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from Boston University. He serves as a Lecturer at New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice where he teaches a course on Developing the Strategic Plan.
Matt Rand is the Managing Partner of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty and Rand Commercial Services along with Hudson United Home Services, their affiliated mortgage, title and insurance providers. Rand is one of the top 100 real estate firms in the United States with 22 offices and more than 800 agents serving New York’s Hudson Valley Region, along with Bergen and Passaic Counties in northern New Jersey. Matt currently serves as Chair of the New York State Board of Real Property Tax Services and as President of People to People, a Rockland based food pantry. He previously served on the Boards of the American Red Cross in Greater New York, the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC), and Leadership Rockland, Inc. In 2005, Matt received the Rockland Economic Development Corporation’s “Forty under Forty” award. He served as the President of the Rockland County Board of Realtors in 2004. He is actively involved with the New York State Association of Realtors and the local Realtor Associations and Multiple Listing Services across the Hudson Valley region and Northern New Jersey. Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College in 1996 and currently resides in West Nyack, NY with his wife and two children.
John Rath is senior vice president at Lakeland Bank. He began his banking career in 1980 at the Bank of New York. Mr. Rath is active on many civic and nonprofit boards, including the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, the Orange County Community College Foundation, and the Vassar Brothers Medical Center, where he has served as chairman. He has also chaired the advisory board of the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, and is past treasurer, trustee and elder for Mid Hudson Christian Church in Wallkill and Goodwill Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Montgomery. Mr. Rath lives in Newburgh with his wife Deborah; they have six children and one grandchild.
Timothy F. Sugrue, Ph.D. was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in 2011 as Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries entered into a formal strategic alliance with Clarkson University. Sugrue served as the Dean of Clarkson University’s School of Business for over 13 years, during which time he successfully implemented several new traditional and online programs in Clarkson’s School of Business. Under his watch, Clarkson University garnered high rankings from U.S. News & World Report for its graduate MBA program and earned Entrepreneur magazine’s distinction as one of the top 15 entrepreneurship programs in the nation. Upon joining Beacon Institute, Sugrue immediately conceived and launched the Institute’s unique “River U” interdisciplinary summer program for undergraduates, as well as initiating a graduate program in engineering management that takes advantage of Beacon Institute’s Hudson River location and environmental mission. Sugrue holds a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Massachusetts. He traces his Hudson Valley roots back to an undergraduate degree in engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he completed a thesis in river monitoring and competed as a member of the sailing team. With an established research record in corporate finance, Sugrue also is an award-winning leader in graduate and undergraduate business education, and in developing and presenting professional and executive programs. Prior to joining Clarkson University, Sugrue was a professor of finance and senior associate dean at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and has taught on the faculty of West Virginia University and as an affiliate faculty member at both the United States Military Academy and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.