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Access: Supports for Living Foundation Announces the Formation of its Community Leadership Council

Middletown, New York. – The Access: Supports for Living Foundation is pleased to announce the formation of its Community Leadership Council and recently held the inaugural meeting. The mission of the Community Leadership Council is to assist the Access Foundation in proactively creating community connections to support Access in furthering its mission to help people in the Hudson Valley live the healthiest and fullest lives possible. This group of prestigious and respected community influencers are champions of Access and the communities in the region, and have consistently demonstrated deep passion for ensuring people live happy and healthy lives.

Joining the Access Community Leadership Council  are Chuck Benfer, Market President, iHeartMedia, Inc.; Michael Bonura, Founding Partner, Bonura Hospitality Group; James B. DeStefano, Past President and CEO, Access: Supports for Living; Joan Kaplan, LCSW, President, The Kaplan Family Private Foundation; Dr. Michelle Koury, Chief Operating Officer, Crystal Run Health Care; Chris Masters, Independent Consultant; Joan Cusack-McGuirk, President and CEO, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital; Michael Oates, President and CEO, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp.; David Rider, Founding Partner, Rider Weider and Frankel, P.C.; James Smith, President, Advance Testing Co., Inc.; and Josh Sommers, President and CEO, Focus Media, Inc.

“As Access celebrates its 55th year of support to the community, it’s incredible to think of all we have accomplished as we have grown and challenged ourselves to continue to evolve so that all people have the opportunity for rewarding, meaningful lives in healthy communities. Our success has been guided and supported in many ways by many people, including members of the Community Leadership Council,” said Amy Anderson-Winchell, LCSW, President and CEO of Access.

Nick Preddice, Vice Chairperson of the Access: Supports for Living Foundation, was part of the team that initially conceptualized the Community Leadership Council. “Members of this group lead incredibly busy lives, and their time is in great demand. We know, however, that one meeting can change a community. The connections we make through the Council will make sure that those who need us, find us.”

Access: Supports for Living was founded 55 years ago by a group of families who believed in a bright, positive future for their children with disabilities. Today, Access is mission-driven to help people live the healthiest and fullest lives possible and supports more than 10,000 people each year through services for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Behavioral Health needs, and Children and Families with a range of challenges and opportunities. Access summarizes its worldview in four words: Rewarding Lives, Healthy Communities. For more information, call 1-888-750-2266.

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