Community Foundation welcomes Eric Fuentes to Board of Directors

Eric Fuentes

Eric D. Fuentes, Manager of Public Affairs of Orange and Rockland Utilities has joined the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan.

Fuentes also serves as a Director of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce; Leadership Orange (also alumni) and is Chairman of the Local Selective Service Draft Board. He volunteers his time as a Manager/Coach for the Boys Minor League Baseball team and the Girls International Softball team for Goshen Little League. Fuentes is also an entrepreneur owning and operating his own small business in Middletown New York. He lives with his wife Peggy in Goshen with their three children.

Officers of the Foundation include:  President – Gerald N. Jacobowitz, Esq. (Jacobowitz & Gubits LLP), VP-Finance – David T. Cocks (Walden Savings Bank), Treasurer – Derrik Wynkoop (Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union), VP-Development – Josh Sommers (Focus Media), VP-Distribution – William Bratton (Community Volunteer), Secretary – Katharine Fitzgerald (Provident Bank), Assistant Secretary – Jack Berkowitz (Jack Berkowitz CPA).

Directors of the Foundation include: Jay Anthony (QLT Consumer Lease Services), Chris Ashman (Orange County Commissioner of Mental Health),   Ann Barber Smith (Ann Barber Consulting), Michael Bonura (Anthony’s Pier 9), William Devitt (Merrill Lynch), Dorothy Fein (Community Volunteer), Philip Guarnieri (Empire State Bank), Raymond Heuchling (Heuchling Group), Sandy Leonard (Supervisor, Town of Monroe), Dr. Patrick Michel (Superintendent of Schools, Monticello), Anne Palmer Moss (Community Volunteer), Andrew Pavloff (Knack, Pavloff & Company, LLP), Gerald J. Skoda (Mid Hudson Co-Operative Insurance Company), RJ Smith (RJ Smith Realty), Tom Sullivan (Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Homes), Steven L. Tarshis, Esq. (Catania, Liberth, Mahon and Milligram, PLLC) and Joe Vanderhoof (Times Herald-Record).

The primary goal of the Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life by offering uniquely personal service, local knowledge and professional investment and grantmaking expertise to help donors make a lasting difference through their giving.  “We achieve this goal with the help of a large volunteer support system of Board members and working committees.  Board members are selected because their professional and volunteer spheres of influence are compatible with the needs of the Foundation,” said Board President Gerald N. Jacobowitz.  “We are extremely fortunate to have many community-minded citizens lend their talents in cultivating and managing charitable funds that will benefit our communities forever,” added Karen VanHouten Minogue, Executive Director.

To learn more about the Community Foundation call 769-9393 or visit