New Horizons Resources awards its 25th Annual Community Leadership Awards

On Thursday November 5th New Horizons Resources presented its 25th Annual Community Leadership Awards to Grace and Robert Dietz; Anita and Daniel Jones; and Julie and Michael Krieger. The event, which is traditionally held live, was held via Zoom this year to ensure the health and safety of all participants.

Anyone in the community can nominate people to receive the award and the final decision was made by a committee comprised of previous recipients. Honorees are chosen “for their spirit, dedication and leadership in fostering a better life for all residents of the Hudson Valley.”


NYS State Senator Sue Serino
for CLB honorees


All the honorees have been active participants in the community for many years and have found ways to integrate volunteerism into each phase of their lives. Each of the recipients also received certificates honoring their service from County Executive Mark Molinaro and NYS Senator Sue Serino.

Grace and Robert Dietz were honored for their lifelong volunteerism and commitment to the Hudson Valley. Grace and Bob both had professional careers, while raising a family of four children. Grace was a registered nurse and health educator, while Bob was an assistant district attorney and corporation council for the City of Poughkeepsie before entering private practice.

Highlights of Grace’s volunteer work include her time as a Board member of the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie and also on Vassar Warner Home Board. In addition, she was a parent representative and advocate for twelve years on what is now the Committee on Special Education.

Some of Robert’s positions include serving as the Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Poughkeepsie Corps., and past Board President of Greystone Programs, Inc. He is also a past President of the Kiwanis Club of Poughkeepsie. In 2018 he received the Michael Gartland award for Community Service and was the 2019 recipient of the Salvation Army Volunteer of the Year award.

In a letter supporting their nomination, 2016 recipients of the award Rocco and Ellen Staino stated, “Bob’s work with the Salvation Army and Grace’s with the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie had a far-reaching effect. Their work with the Poughkeepsie Tennis Club and the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie Tennis Club and the Children’s Home, both organizations with a 100-year history, continues the heritage of individual involvement for the good of the community.”

Anita and Daniel Jones were honored for their many years of service in a variety of areas throughout the community. That began during their professional careers and continues today. Daniel was an educator and for many years and served as the Middle School Co-Head at the Poughkeepsie Day School as well as the Advisor to the Student Diversity Committee. Anita is a lecturer in the Fine Arts at Vassar College and also worked in the Admissions Office at Poughkeepsie Day School and the Oakwood Friends Academy.

As a volunteer, Daniel was active in the Hudson Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America where he was an Assistant District Commissioner and Scout Master for ten years. He worked on the Steering Committee on the People of Color Conferences and was a Board member of the Adirondack Mountain Club. He is a member and researcher for the Scottish Society.

Anita’s volunteer work included numerous leadership roles in the YWCA. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Catherine Street Community Center, where she at one time served as Board Secretary. She was a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Committee and the Chair of the Scholarship Committee.

Julie and Michael Krieger are dedicated to the community through their careers and their volunteer efforts. Julie is Administrative Vice-President and Group Manager for the Hudson Valley Middle Market Commercial Banking Division at M&T Bank. Mike served for years as a retired New York State Corrections Officer and is currently the Assistant Principal for Academics at Our Lady of Lourdes High School.

Julie’s volunteer positions include being a member of the Anderson Center for Autism Foundation and the Benedictine Health Foundation where she was past president. She was also the President of the Cerebral Palsy of Ulster Foundation and the Poughkeepsie Alliance. In the past she also served on the Boards of Astor Services and the Ulster County Development Corp.

Michael serves on the Board of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association and is also a member of the Holy Trinity CYO Board. He is also an Ulster County CYO Coach and Volleyball Coach.

Past Honorees

2019 – Nancy and Larry Miller, Susan Grove, and Dr. A.J. Williams-Myers
2018 – Muriel Horowitz and Frank Van Zanten
2016 – Maureen Kangas, Ellen & Rocco Staino, Miriam Zimet-Aaron
2015 – The Bottini Family, The Hahn Family
2013 – Vincent J. Miller, Cora Mallory Davis & William Davis
2012 – John & Gloria Golden, Karen Hansen Simon, Kelly Traver, Esq
2011 – Tony Campillii, Barbara & Stephen Lumb
2010 – Stacey Langenthal, Rita McPeck & Lisa Morris
2009 – Michael H. Graham, Lorraine M. Roberts, Gail V. Webster & Roderick J. MacLeod
2008 – Linda & Owen Clarke
2007 – Eleanor & Martin Charwat, Tim Dean, Marie Traver
2005 – Carol & Joseph DeVirgilio
2004 – Mary & Kennon Moody
2003 – Jackie Chatfield and Larry Hughes
2002 – Bea & Edward McCormick
2001 – Timmian Masse
2000 – Kathy & James Tallman
1999 – George Decker, Silver Jubilee Recipient
1998 – JoAnn Feigenheimer & Tom Sipos
1997 – Joan & Vincent DiMaso
1996 – Eileen & Dan Hickey, Sr.
1995 – Polly Gage
1994 – Helen & Hamilton Meserve


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