Leadership Orange Annouces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees




Leadership Orange announces Hall of Fame honorees


New Windsor, N.Y. – December 14, 2015- Leadership Orange recently announced the selection of its Hall of Fame honorees.  Each award-winning participant will be recognized for making significant, tangible leadership contributions to Orange County.  A selection committee comprised of past Hall of Fame inductees reviewed all nominations and selected the following individuals for induction in the Leadership Orange Hall of Fame:


Maureen Halahan, 2003

President & CEO, Orange County Partnership


Kristin E. Jensen, 2012

Director of Communications and Development, Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County, NY


Frank P. Kimler, 2014

Manager, Nugent & Haeussler, PC

Chairman, Hudson Valley Honor Flight, Inc.


Karen C. Miller, 2004

Communications Manager, National Region, Frontier Communications


Ellen L. Quimby,  2014

Affiliated Producer, William a. Smith & son insurance

Immediate Past President, Pine Bush Area Chamber of Commerce


Jill Varricchio, 1999

President, Putnam County Economic Development Corporation


The Hall of Fame Awards will be presented on March 16, 2015, which is being held at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.   The cost to attend is $125 and includes food and open bar.


For more information about the Hall of Fame Awards and After Party Event, please contact the Leadership Orange office at 845-397-1947 or karolyn@leadershiporange.org


About Leadership Orange


Leadership Orange is the county’s premier leadership training program. Started in 1992 by community and business leaders to train new and emerging leaders, it has developed over the past 21 years into a multi-dimensional training program for both adults and youth. 


The adult Leadership Orange program is comprised of approximately 36 Orange County individuals with a variety of backgrounds. Over a 10-month period, class participants receive training on topics important to Orange County residents and businesses including education, health and human services, communications, government and politics, the environment, culture and recreation, economic development, leadership development, and the judicial system. The training enables community members to better understand the many challenges facing the county and, therefore, better serve the community. More than 657 women and men have graduated from the Leadership Orange adult program since its inception.


The Junior Leadership Orange program is a collaboration between the Orange County Youth Bureau and Leadership Orange.   The program was developed and launched as a class project by the Leadership Orange Class of 2011.  The program is comprised of eighth grade students selected from Orange County’s public school districts and private schools.  Potential leaders are identified in the seventh grade and formal training begins in the eighth grade. The program is designed to provide leadership skills, life skills, career exposure and preparedness to area youth –who will serve as the business leaders of tomorrow.   The Junior Leadership Orange program takes place during the school day and students travel together once a month to various locations in the county to attend interactive educational presentations.   Students meet with instructors and facilitators from a variety of sectors in leadership positions in Orange County and receive training in many areas including: leadership, education and college readiness, the judicial system, public speaking and communication, volunteerism, diversity, time-management, government, quality-of-life and the environment.   Topics facing youth are specifically addressed.   


Leadership Orange is a completely private, non-partisan organization that relies on support from the business community to reach its goals. To get involved or to learn more, please contact Karolyn Thompson at 845-397-1947 or by email at Karolyn@leadershiporange.org.




Leadership Orange
1161 Little Britain Road
New Windsor, NY 12553
(845) 397-1947
(845) 457-4702