• 35 yrs of Assistance
$5,085,000
$5,085,000 has been distributed in the 35 years of our operation (1985 - 2019).
• 2019 Recipients
165 households
In 2019, 165 qualified applicants were assisted through the tireless work of our volunteers.
• Distributed in 2019
$96,590
In 2019 our staff of volunteers worked to distribute over $96,590 to those qualified applicants.

Board of Directors

Nolly Climes
President - Member since 2003

Nolly works at Rehabilitation Support Services Inc. as a program director in Orange County. He is the president of the Joint Membership of Health and Community Agencies. He is also an assistant professor in the Behavioral Science department at SUNY Orange. Nolly is on the boards of the Orange County Department of Parks and Recreation, Orange County Office of the Aging, Human Rights Commission and Cornell Cooperative Extension. In addition, he is part of the music ministry at Assumption Parish in Maybrook.

Steven Drobysh
Vice President - Member since 2016

Steven Drobysh, Vice President Ulster Savings Bank, has over 35 years banking experience in the Hudson Valley. Drobysh has specialized in lending to small and mid-size business using both traditional bank financing and state and federal loan and loan guaranty programs. In 2012 Drobysh was recognized by the SBA, Small Business Administration, for his work with the small business community by being named the SBA New York District and Northeast Regional, Financial Services Champion of the year.

Drobysh is active in the community and has served on several civic and not for profit boards. He currently President Sullivan County Community College Board of Trustees, President of the Board of Sullivan-Orange ARC and an active member of the NYSARC Board of Governors, currently the Assistant Treasurer and an active member of several committees including the executive committee. Drobysh was a recipient of the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year for his efforts in starting the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development.

Margaret Smith
Treasurer - Member since 2014

Ms. Smith is a director, president and chief executive officer of First Federal Savings of Middletown, a $154 million federal mutual savings association in Middletown, New York. Ms. Smith started her career with First Federal in 1979 as chief financial and operating officer became a director in 1990, was named president in 2007 and chief executive officer in 2009. Prior to joining First Federal, Ms. Smith was a senior accountant with KPMG. A Certified Public Accountant, Ms. Smith is a member of the AICPA and the NYS Society of CPA’s. She is also member of the OCC Mutual Savings Association Advisory Committee, the ABA Mutual Institutions Council and the ABA’s America’s Community Bankers Council.

Ms. Smith is very active in the affairs of the community. Currently, she serves as Vice Chair of the ORMC Hospital Foundation and a director of the Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan and the Orange County Land Trust. Prior volunteer service includes Board Chair of the YMCA of Middletown, Treasurer and board member of the Sarah Wells Girl Scout Council, Leadership Orange, the Orange County Citizens Foundation and the Rotary Club of Middletown. Ms. Smith received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Bridgeport.

Marsi Ann Clark
Executive Director - Member since 2000

Marsi brings 20 years of progressive business experience in bookkeeping and office management to her role. She provides a strong balance between accountability and fiduciary responsibility along with a sincere commitment to the cause. She has been involved with several community organizations, including Boy Scouts of America, where she participated at the district level serving as Cub Scout Roundtable commissioner and popcorn chairman. She received recognition from the Hudson Valley Council BSA, Minisink District, as commissioner of the Year, and District Award of Merit.

Fina Badolato
Member since 2019

During Fina's 17-year tenure at the Times Herald-Record, she served as special publications editor in both the News and Advertising departments. She's currently a freelance editor and writer for the Record, and particularly enjoys writing columns promoting the People for People Fund during its annual holiday fundraising drive.

For more than a decade, Fina has served on the board of Everything Animals Resource & Activity Center, Inc., a non-profit humane education and animal welfare organization headquartered in Bullville. She has spent much of her adult life advocating for respect, kindness, tolerance and compassion for all animals.

Fina resides in Otisville with her husband, Dave, and their rescued felines. She lives her motto: No outfit is complete without cat hair.

Tara Bliss
Member since 2020

Tara is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania and is currently the Billing and Collections Specialist for RBT CPA’s LLP in Newburgh.

Tara was born and raised in Orange County and has deep roots in the volunteer community. She has been a member of the Junior League of Orange County, NY, Inc. since 2006 and is currently serving on the board on the Nominating Committee. She is a 14 year one-on-one mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County. She serves as the Secretary for Jimmy’s Helping Hands, Inc. and is an active member of the Walden Community Council. She has worked with a number of organizations on their various projects and events including: Hudson Valley Lupus Walk, Corrine Feller Memorial Fund, Town of Wallkill Boys and Girls Club, and Leadership Orange.

Tara currently resides in Walden with her husband Michael and their two beautiful children, Mason and Michaela.

David Cantor
Member since 2012

David Cantor retired in 2010 after teaching for 36 years in the Washingtonville Central School District. In addition to teaching, he served as a new-teacher mentor and instructor for the Washingtonville Teacher Center. He was active in his union, the Washingtonville Teachers' Association, serving in numerous positions, including president. Currently he is active in the retiree chapter of NYSUT, New York State United Teachers. David volunteers weekly at the Guild of St. Margaret Soup Kitchen and is a member of his town's planning board.

Teresa Weeden Gurdineer
Member since 2015

Teresa is currently the Corporate Finance/Advertising Business Analyst for Local Media Group, Inc. of Middletown, New York, owned by New Media Investment Group, Inc. New Media is focused primarily on growing existing advertising and digital marketing businesses and is one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States, operating in over 415 markets across 32 states as of March 2015. Prior to Local Media Group, Inc. Teresa held the position of Vice-President and General Manager for Matamoras Video Cable, Inc. transitioning to Director of Operations of Cablevision Systems of Warwick, New York for a total of 14 years. Joining the Times Herald-Record in 2003, she has offered her expertise within Advertising, Circulation, Corporate Advertising and Finance.

Since January 2014, Teresa is honored to hold the position of Town Historian for the Town of Minisink. She currently serves as a Board Director for the Unionville Cemetery Association, is a graduate from Leadership Orange, Class of ’97, a Board Director for 10 years, serving as Vice-Chair 2007-2008 and Chair 2008-2009. Over 25 years, she has volunteered as a Board Director for the YMCA, as a member of the Town of Minisink Zoning Board of Appeals (Chair 2003-2005), for the Orange County United Way Day of Caring and Allocations Committee, and as a Board Member of the Orange County Arts Council. Teresa and her husband Rob reside in Westtown, New York. They have four children and nine grandchildren.

Priscilla Holden
Member since 2012

Priscilla is retired after a 35-year career with the Minisink Valley Central School District, where she worked as a teacher, director of special education and assistant superintendent for business. She currently volunteers at Literacy Orange. Priscilla was a member of the Junior League of Orange County when the JLOC and the Times Herald-Record joined to create the People for People Fund. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut, a master's degree from Montclair State College, and a certificate of advanced study in school administration and leadership from SUNY New Paltz.

Barry D. Kass
Member since 2015

Barry has been an educator in Orange County for 45 years. He is a Professor emeritus of Anthropology and Sociology at SUNY Orange, and still continues to teach courses in the Behavioral Sciences department on an adjunct basis. He is a trustee of the Orange County Chapter, New York State Archaeological Association.

Through the perspective of Sociology, he has a focus on such important trends in society as changes in family structure and issues of poverty, useful perspectives for a board member. Barry is glad to be involved in actively serving the needs of the local community through participation in the People for People Fund.

Barry Lewis
Member since 2014

Barry is Vice President of Communications for the Construction Contractors Association. The former executive editor for the Times Herald-Record newspaper in Middletown, NY, he came to the Record in 1999 after having served in editor roles at newspapers in Connecticut and New York. A graduate of Marist College, he is the author of "From Brooklyn to Bucolic", a collection of his award-winning weekly columns for the Record. He has been honored by the Hudson Valley Cancer Resource Center and the Orange County Arts Council. Barry sits on the board of the Community Foundation or Orange and Sullivan Counties, Hospice of Orange & Sullivan, Sullivan Renaissance and the Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville.

Michael Pisano
Asst. Treasurer - Member since 2019

Michael Pisano began working at RBT CPAs, LLP in Newburgh in 2016. He is a senior accountant and enjoys helping people with their businesses and finances. Michael graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 2009, since then, he has acquired a CPA license in New York State and also has earned his Master’s degree in accounting and financial management.

Being raised in the Hudson Valley, it has been an interest of his to give back to that same community. He became a board member for the People for People Fund in 2019 and is currently the assistant treasurer.

Cynthia Weintraub
Education Liaison - Member since 2009

Cynthia retired after a 35-year career as an educator in NYC and Orange County. She was a reading specialist at Minisink Valley Middle School for 26 years. She was a board member of the Amy Bull Crist Reading Council and a Newspaper-in-Education consultant for the Times Herald-Record, conducting workshops for parents and teachers to promote reading and writing skills. In addition to her educational interests, Cynthia has been president of Hadassah, is currently president of Jewish Family Service of Orange County and has done volunteer work in Israel as an English tutor.

Officers Emeriti

Leroy Nole
Member 2003 - 2019

Reverend Leroy retired from IBM after 32 years and serves as the pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Middletown. In addition to serving as the recording secretary of the People for People Fund, he is the chairperson of the Orange Regional Medical Center Pastoral Care Advisory Board, and Audit Committee chairperson of the Central Hudson Baptist Association of New York. He is a past chairperson of the Middletown Community Health Center board of directors.

Christine Moore
Member 1987 - 2018

Christine is a retired social-work supervisor in the Children's Services division of the Orange County Department of Social Services. During her 40-year tenure, she held several positions within the department, including caseworker, planner and supervisor in Child Protective Services. Volunteerism was instilled by her mother at an early age. She has served on the Orange County Youth Bureau and on epilepsy associations, in addition to several positions on the People for People Board.

Anthony P. Costa
Member 1996 - 2017

Anthony has more than 44 years of community banking service experience in the Mid Hudson Valley. He holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting. Since July 2004, Anthony has been chairman and CEO of Empire State Bank. Before that, he served as chairman and CEO of Atlantic States Financial and Atlantic States Mortgage Corp. Throughout his career, he has held several executive positions in banking and finance. In addition, Anthony serves, or has served, on the board of directors and/or committees for a number of community-related organizations.

David Diness
Member 1992 - 2015 (deceased)

David became a CPA in 1955, retiring in 1988. He was a professor of accounting at Orange County Community College from 1978-1990. After retirement, volunteering became a goal. Giving back to the community then became a commitment. The People for People Fund was the first venture, starting in 1992. His motto has been "Make it happen - do it right." His other community activities include work with the Mental Health Association in Orange County, Orange Regional Medical Center and Orange and Rockland Utilities' Community Investment Committee.

Maria Pinto
Member 1999 - 2014 (deceased)

Maria Pinto has strong roots in the Middletown community. She worked for 36 years for First Federal Savings of Middletown, starting as a teller and serving as vice president prior to her retirement in 2009. During the annual People for People fundraising campaigns, she had knowledge of the fund's good work and expressed an interest in joining the Board of Directors. A strong point in her decision to join the board was that a large percentage of money raised goes directly to those in need rather than high salaries and overhead.

People for People

Since its first campaign in 1985,
the Times Herald-Record's
People for People Fund has
distributed over $4.4 million
through the year of 2014

Donate Now

Social Media