The employees of Abilities First are the ones that open doors for people trying to succeed in life. They are the ones that break down barriers for people with special needs. Our committed staff members provide enriching and meaningful experiences to those we support every day. See how remarkable they are.

Employment Opportunities

AFI Executive Team

Jeffery Fox, Ph.D.

President & Chief Executive Officer

845-485-9803 ext. 1200

Mark Nace, M.S.

Chief Program Officer

845-485-9813 ext. 1247

Kelly J. Martinez, PHR, SHRM-CP

Chief Administrative Officer

845-485-9803 ext. 1356

Kim M. Ryder

Chief Financial Officer

845-485-9803 ext. 1201

AFI Leadership Team

Gail Armstrong

Director of Nursing


Donovan Ashe

Director of Residential Services

845-452-1913 ext. 110

Lisa Bressette, SHRM-CP

Director of Human Resources

845-485-9803 ext. 1217

Patricia Brown

Director of Employment Services

845-475-3217 ext. 206

Gina Carminucci

Director of Community Services

845-485-9803 ext. 385

Brenda Douglas

Director Day Hab Services

845-485-9813 ext. 393

Marcy Handler, MBA

Director of Strategic Initiatives


Tracey Cox-Matarazzo

Director of Administrative Services

Abilities First Schools

Georgia Patchen

Abilities First School at LaGrange (Firemens Way)

Marissa St. John, Principal

Abilities First Preschool at Myers Corners & Abilities First Integrated School at Hyde Park

Dr. Michael Troeger

Abilities First Executive Drive Preschool & Straus Family Pavilion

Abilities First Board of Directors

Jeanine Agnolet

Board Member Emeritus

Owner, The News Lady

Gary J. Cassiello


PKF O'Connor Davies

Janet Giannetta SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Partner, Visions Human Resource Services

Christopher Gilbert

Central Hudson Gas & Electric

Jessica Glass


Partner, Stenger, Diamond & Glass LLP

Lorraine Heneka

Board Member Emeritus

Risk Mitigation Administrator, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Dr. Moujalli Hourani

Director of Graduate Programs, Civil and Construction Management, Manhattan College

Steve Howell


Partner, RBT CPAs, LLP

Richard J. Kolosky

Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending, Rhinebeck Bank

Don Minichino

Sales, Houlihan Lawrence Commercial

Mike Oates

Vice Chair

President and CEO, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC)

William Van Ornum, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Marist College

Paul M. Seres

The Hudson House & Distillery

Dr. Rachana Tyagi

Associate Director of Neurosurgery, WMC Health Association

Deepak Vashisht

Hudson Valley Credit Union