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

Ellen Griffin

Chief Financial And Administrative Officer

845-485-9803 ext. 1203

Melissa McCoy, CFRE, CFRM

Chief Advancement Officer

845-485-9803 ext. 1223

Mark Nace, M.S.

Chief Program Officer

845-485-9813 ext. 1247

Greg Krom

Chief Information Officer

845-835-6060 ext. 118

Sarah Branham, PhD

Vice President of Clinical Services


John Gambino

Vice President of Quality Assurance/Compliance

Kelly J. Martinez, PHR, SHRM-CP

Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Compliance

845-485-9803 ext. 1356

Kim M. Ryder

Director of Finance

845-485-9803 ext. 1201

AFI Leadership Team

Donovan Ashe

Director of Residential Services

845-452-1913 ext. 110

Gina Carminucci

Director of Community Services

845-485-9803 ext. 385

Camille D’Amico

Assistant Principal, EDPS


Michele Dendera

Director of Nursing


Brenda Douglas

Director Day Hab Services

845-485-9813 ext. 393

Marcy Handler, MBA

Director of Grants

Director of Facilities

Jennifer Miller, MSEd

Principal, Abilities First - Dutchess County Schools


Tammy Neal

Director of Employment Services

845-475-3217 ext. 206

Harro Penk

Director of Information Technology

Maryann Schipani

Assistant Principal - Myers Corners Preschool & Hyde Park UPK Programs


Phee Simpson

Principal, Abilities First School Straus Family Pavilion

845-330-0356 ext. 2100

Abilities First Board of Directors

Daniel Stafford, Esq.


Partner, McCabe & Mack LLP

Gary J. Cassiello

Vice Chair

PKF O'Connor Davies

Mike Oates


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


Jeanine Agnolet

Owner, The News Lady

Janet Giannetta SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Partner, Visions Human Resource Services

Lorraine Heneka

Board Member Emeritus

Lending Quality Control Officer, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Dr. Moujalli Hourani

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

Steven E. Howell, CPA, DABFA

Member At Large

Partner, RBT CPAs, LLP

William T. Jefferies

Operations Officer & Compliance Officer, Mobile Life Support Services, Inc.

Dr. C. Ryan Kinlaw

Associate Professor & Department Chair of Psychology, Marist College

Richard J. Kolosky

Senior Vice President

Commerical Lending, Rhinebeck Bank

Renee MacDonald

FAFNY Liaison

Psychotherapist, Private Practice

Dominic Minichino

Sales, Houlihan Lawrence Commercial

Christopher A. Montalto, Esq.

The Montalto Law Firm

William Van Ornum, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Marist College

Katherine Trela

Assistant Professor, Special Education, Marist College

Dr. Rachana Tyagi

Associate Director of Neurosurgery, WMC Health Association

Deepak Vashisht

Hudson Valley Credit Union