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Board Of Directors

  • 2017 Board of Directors

  • Our Board of Directors with Make-A-Wish America President & CEO, David Williams and Linda Pauling (center), mother of Chris, the boy whose wish inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish, at the 2015 Wish Ball.

  • Our Hudson Valley Board of Directors at the 2014 Wish Ball

  • Our Hudson Valley Board of Directors

Board Officers

Cathy Sifre, Chair

Cathy SifreCathy Sifre has been a MAW volunteer for more than a decade, serving as a wish granter. Each year, she and Debbie Flynn conduct a fundraiser that has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars to help make wishes come true. Cathy graduated from the University of Delaware and spent over twenty years in the advertising industry. In addition to her work with Make-A-Wish, she is involved in the New Paltz Chamber of Commerce, the New Paltz PTA and the New Paltz Athletic Association. Cathy lives in New Paltz with her husband, George, and their two children.

Debbie A. Flynn, Vice-Chair

Debbie A. FlynnDebbie A. Flynn has been a MAW volunteer for more than a decade, serving as a wish granter. Each year, she and Cathy Sifre, conduct a fundraiser that has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars to help make wishes come true. Debbie attended SUNY New Paltz. She currently assists in the bid process and construction scheduling for new multifamily properties for Seakill Home Builders, and also serves as property manager. Debbie volunteers with Kingston Kiwanis and has previously volunteered at St. Joseph’s Church in New Paltz, where she taught religious instruction, worked the food pantry, and is a Eucharistic Minister. Debbie has two children and two grandchildren and currently resides in New Paltz.

Jennifer M. Herodes, Secretary

Jennifer M. Herodes, Esq. is a Partner in the law firm of Herodes and Mole’, PC in Mahopac, New York. Her firm provides special counsel to municipalities and the scope of her practice extends to real estate law, land use and zoning, civil litigation, wills and estates, corporate law commercial transactions and criminal law. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Oneonta and her law degree at Pace University School of Law. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Putnam Bar Association. Jennifer, her husband Bobby and four children live in LaGrangeville in Dutchess County.

Jason Anthony, Treasurer

Jason AnthonyJason Anthony is a Senior Vice President in Structured Product Sales at FTN Financial. Prior to joining FTN Financial, Jason was a Vice President in Fixed Income Sales at JP Morgan Securities. Jason is a Wish Grantor and Wish Dad. His daughter, Kaitlyn received her wish to go to Disney World in 2008. In her memory, Jason and his wife Jessica have been major fundraisers and volunteers for Make-A-Wish. He graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in Finance. Jason and Jessica live in Bedford with their four children.

Board of Directors

As a whole, the board determines the Foundation’s mission and vision. It selects, evaluates and supports the president and chief executive officer. The board also protects the Foundation’s assets, enhances its public standing, ensures accountability, maintains legal integrity and assesses its own performance.

 Robert (Bob) Fuhrer

Robert (Bob) Fuhrer

Robert Fuhrer returns to the Board for a second stint as a Director. Bob founded Nextoy, LLC in 1981. The Company develops and brings new consumer product concepts to the market in the field of toys & games, puzzles, publishing, and gifts. Nextoy’s clients include Hasbro, Spin Master, Goliath Games, Sterling Publishing and the New York Times. Classic Nextoy products include KenKen® Puzzles, Crocodile Dentist, Gator Golf, and iTop. Bob is a graduate of Syracuse University, and is a long-time resident of Chappaqua, New York, where he lives with his wife Judy. They have three grown children.

 Kevin Graves

Kevin G. Graves

Kevin G. Graves is the managing Partner in the law firm Doonan, Graves and Longoria LLC, a broad based real estate, estate, and business law practice operating in New York, Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire. Previously, Kevin served in the County Attorney’s office and served on the County Executive’s Cabinet as the Westchester County Director of Real Estate. Kevin is a longtime supporter of Make-A-Wish and an avid golfer. Kevin graduated from the University of Rhode Island and received his Juris Doctorate from Howard University. Kevin resides in White Plains with his wife, Donna.

Linda HanniganLinda Hannigan
Linda Hannigan is a partner at Sedore & Co., CPA’s in Poughkeepsie where she specializes in audits of not-for-profit organizations and municipalities. Linda has thirty years of experience and earned the AICPA Governmental/Not-for-Profit Accounting and Auditing Certificate of Achievement. Her professional memberships include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants New York State Society of CPA’s, NYS Government Finance Officers’ Association and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Linda currently serves as Treasurer of the Bon Secours Community Hospital Foundation as well as Treasurer of the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board. Linda received a BS in Accounting from St. Thomas Aquinas College and received her CPA designation in 1986.

Glen Iurato

Glen Iurato

Glen Iurato is a partner at the accounting firm Colasanti & Iurato, LLP. Glen has over twenty years of accounting, tax and managerial experience. His areas of expertise are financial statement reporting and internal accounting and budget controls. He received a B.S. in Accounting from Mercy College and became a CPA in 1994. He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Glen lives in Chappaqua with his wife Lynn and their two sons.

Kerry LyonsKerry Lyons

Kerry Lyons, is Senior Vice President, Marketing for Ripple Street, an influencer marketing company that connects brands with the people who love them to drive targeted trials, branded content creation, authentic product reviews, insights and more. A freelance writer in her spare time, Kerry has been published by The New York Times, Huffington Post, Parents magazine and Budget Travel, among others. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Mercy College. Kerry received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Villanova University and lives in Irvington with her husband Desmond, their five children and two dogs, Beckett and Barkley.

Ken Mahoney
Ken Mahoney is a financial advisor and the CEO of Mahoney Asset Management. Ken is a regular guest financial contributor on CNBC and WPIX and a financial analyst on Fox Business. Ken is also a producer who has won multiple Tony Awards and three Emmys. He also has also received a Grammy nomination. Ken, his wife Trish, and their two sons live in North Salem, NY in Westchester County.

Michael Mueller
Michael Mueller is a Detective with the Yonkers Police Department, currently on assignment with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Task Force. Mike joined the Yonkers Police Department in 1997 and was promoted to Detective in 2006. Mike is a graduate of the United States Department of Justice/FBI Criminal Investigation Course. He has served in leadership roles in the Yonkers Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, St. Baldrick’s, and the CYO at Annunciation- Our Lady of Fatima Parish. Michael lives in Yonkers with his wife Amanda and their two children.

Jessica A. Rosh

Jessica A. Rosh is an attorney with training in mediation and conflict resolution. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Juris Doctor from New York Law School, where she was an Articles Editor on the Law Review. Jessica previously served on the President's Advisory Council of The Rosenthal JCC in Pleasantville, NY, as well as on the Board of Directors of Bet Torah in Mt. Kisco, NY.

Jessica and her family have been a longtime supporters of Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley and she is a Wish Granter and Wish Sibling as well. Her brother's Wish - the Chapter's first Presidential Wish - was granted in 1989. She lives in Westchester County with her husband David and their 2 daughters, Lauren and Emma.

Karl Thimm
Karl Thimm, a longtime supporter of Make-A-Wish, is a co-founder of Karlen Inc, DBA Appliance Sales Plus and has been its President since 1979. He also sits on the Executive Board of Intercounty Appliance Corporation of Medford, New York. Karl graduated from Westchester Community College with a degree in Accounting and Business Management, and is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He serves as a Trustee for Putnam County Savings Bank (PCSB) and is a member of the Foundation Board of the Putnam Hospital Center. Karl and his wife Janis reside in Mahopac, New York. They have two grown children and six grandchildren.

I have truly been inspired by my fellow board members and the outstanding staff in playing a part in making a difference for the children and the families affected by life threatening illnesses. ”

— Vice-Chair, John Armentano

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