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2013 NPD Bios

The 2013 AFPMHV NPD honoree bios:

Ulster Community College Foundation & SUNY Ulster Outstanding Philanthropist
Darlene Pfeiffer

Darlene Pfeiffer’s exceptional generosity is exceeded only by her outstanding civic responsibility. She is an inspirational role model for many as business leader, mentor and philanthropist.

Among her many good works, her tireless advocacy on behalf of education shines brightly. With her own foresight and financial resources she established the Kentucky Fried Chicken Scholarship Presented by Darlene Pfeiffer with the Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. Each year five scholarships are awarded to SUNY Ulster students who are single parents with financial need and enrolled in Business Administration, Nursing or other health-related field. Darlene attends every scholarship ceremony, congratulating each winner and extending an invitation to have lunch with her at the college.

Ms. Pfeiffer has also devoted her time and energy to sustaining and expanding the philanthropic legacy of Colonel Harland Sanders, of founder of the KFC Company. The KFC Colonel’s Scholars Program® awards high school seniors up to $20,000 to complete a bachelor’s degree program. Darlene was instrumental in expanding the program to include direct donations from franchisees, with the resulting scholarship targeted to a student residing in the franchisee’s locality. This change resulted in millions of new dollars raised for education. Darlene has since funded seven scholarships for Hudson Valley students through this program.

In 2011, Darlene created an endowed fund with the Ulster Community College Foundation to create the Darlene L. Pfeiffer Center for Entrepreneurial Studies to support the study and execution of entrepreneurial business development and management. This endowment represents the single largest gift and pledge to the College Foundation by a living donor.

Darlene is past president of the Kingston Kiwanis Club, raising a record $20,000 for their annual fundraising event. As the first woman elected as president of the Kingston YMCA Board of Directors she spearheaded a fundraising campaign that exceeded its $1 million goal. She received the 2012 Making a Difference Award from Always There Home Care for her work to help keep their Adult Day Programs open, the Sister Mary Charles Award from Benedictine Hospital and Health Foundation and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the YWCA. She was recently featured in Helen Engel and Marilynn Smiley’s book, Remarkable Women in New York State History.


Marshall & Sterling Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer
Barbara Malley


Barbara Malley has been involved in the community throughout her career in the banking industry.Barbara’s management skills were recognized early in her career and she has held leadership positions with M&T Bank Corporation as well as with the Bank of New York. She is currently a Vice President at Riverside Bank, managing two bank locations. Numerous organizations in the region have benefited from Barbara’s involvement, especially her skills at coordinating successful fundraising events. She believes in helping others succeed and mentors not only her banking colleagues, but also those she works with in the not for profit community. Whether Barbara is chairing a fundraising event, serving on an event committee or on a not for profit board of directors, she gives her best efforts toward the success of the organization. At the same time, Barbara inspires others to become involved in their community to improve the quality of life for everyone. Whether she’s working on an awards dinner, an auction event, a walk, fashion show or a recognition luncheon, Barbara always puts her best efforts forward to ensure success. She is an exemplary role model.

Among the many organizations that have benefited from Barbara’s involvement are the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Elant, Gardiner Family Day Committee, House of Hope, Hudson Valley Boy Scouts, Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Orange County Chamber Snow Ball Committee, Patterns for Progress and Southern Dutchess Exchange Club.

Stewart's Shops Leadership In Corporate Philanthropy
Marshall & Sterling, Inc.

Marshall & Sterling is an employee-owned insurer with offices throughout the Hudson River Valley in New York State as well as in Michigan, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Established in 1864, they are one of the largest independent insurers in the United States.  And, as this company has grown so has its commitment to community support. 

Wherever a not for profit is holding a major fundraising event, you’ll find Marshall & Sterling as a sponsor or advertiser. 

Whenever you look at the list of board members, committee members and other volunteers for many of the non profits in our area and you’ll find employees of Marshall & Sterling. 

Marshall & sterling encourages its employees to volunteer in the community to help enhance the lives of others and, in fact, many of their 375 employees do just that.  They serve as board members of charitable organizations, offer their own personal financial support and volunteer for work projects or fundraising events on their own time, each and every year.  And, Marshall & Sterling recognizes these employees' spirit of giving annually with their own Community Service Award.

Whenever you’re looking for an exemplary role model of corporate responsibility, you’ll find Marshall & Sterling.  They are committed to the health and well-being of their fellow community members both inside and outside their company, with both financial and volunteer support. 

In the Mid-Hudson Valley their support of not for profits includes a wide range of agencies such as Abilities First, American Cancer Society, Children's Home of Poughkeepsie, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, Family Services, The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, United Way and dozens more.

Rose & Kiernan Outstanding Fundraising Professional
Samuel B. Ross, Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Samuel B. Ross, Jr. is the Founder of Green Chimneys, a nonprofit school and human services agency providing education, residential treatment, and animal-assisted and nature-based therapeutic programs for children with special needs; community-based support for youth and families; and public recreation and education programs.

Inspired by his childhood boarding school experiences and a genuine devotion to animals, Dr. Ross established the Green Chimneys Farm for Little Folk in 1947 on a small dairy farm in Brewster, New York. The original “farm school” opened its doors with just 11 students aged three to six, with Dr. Ross leading a small staff to provide academics, recreation, and a loving environment for the children, with the unique experience of interacting with and caring for animals.

In the decades that followed, Dr. Ross developed Green Chimneys from a small private school into a renowned child care agency and special education school offering innovative education and therapeutic programs along with services for children and adolescents. Today, Green Chimneys encompasses nearly 750 acres in Putnam County, New York, serving thousands of children with a multitude of education and recreation programs. The main campus in Brewster serves more than two hundred students in grades K-12 and is home to 300 animals including permanently injured wildlife and birds being rehabilitated for release. 

Dr. Ross has raised millions of dollars in operating, capital, and endowment funds that has built Green Chimneys into the $40 million agency it is today.

Central Hudson Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy
Macallan Durkin

Macallan Durkin lived in Botswana, Africa for nearly 3 years. While there, she was able to take care of injured animals in a wildlife sanctuary but always wondered why there were places to take care of animals but none to care for homeless children. So, when she returned to the United States she decided to do something about that.

She started her nonprofit, Goody Goodies, at the age of 11 to raise money to help those who couldn’t help themselves. Her first project was to feed homeless children in Botswana.  Next she put a little girl through school in Zimbabwe and also contributed to a soup kitchen in Malawi and a library in Madagascar. Then, after helping so many people abroad, she decided to help girls here at home. In June 2013, she organized The Sweet 16 Awards ceremony to honor this region’s 16 most exceptional role models.

As a youth leader, she’s presented at the closing ceremonies for the United Nations Year of Youth, at several Girl Scout Thinking Days, given a speech during International Women’s Day Walk over the Walkway and has been the presenter at the Live Your Dream 7th Grade Girls Conference here in Poughkeepsie.

She has been honored with a Prudential Spirit of Achievement Award, Kohl’s Kids Care, WPDH Kids’ Who Rock as well as Ally Katz’ Youth Leader Award, AAUW Poughkeepsie My Sister’s Keeper honoree, become a CELF (Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation) ambassador, a Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leader, received a proclamation from Senator Terry Gipson and Assemblymember Didi Barrett, was most recently named Hudson Valley Magazine’s Best of Youth and is honored to receive this award today.

An honor roll student with numerous awards for both her academic and community service accomplishments, Macallan is now a freshman at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry studying Wildlife Conservation Biology in order to continue to help ‘save the world’! 

Friends of Green Chimneys Outstanding Collegiate Philanthropy
Marist College Habitat for Humanity

Marist College Habitat for Humanity is a student run club with over 300 members who participate in local builds about once a month with Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County and Greater Newburgh, to help families have a decent, safe and affordable home to come to each night.   They also hold multiple events on campus, such as Relay for Life, St.  Jude’s Up ‘Til Dawn and the 5th annual cardboard recycling project in which 3,570 pounds of cardboard was recycled on Marist move-in day.

Marist Habitat for Humanity completed 12 builds last year; six with Habitat Dutchess and six with Habitat of Greater Newburgh. They also had two builds in Breezy Point, NY, with a total of 60 volunteers, to help bring relief to those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

In addition, Marist Habitat has brought Habitat’s mission to the whole Marist community through several awareness events such as building cardboard huts on World Habitat Day, to teach the entire college community that housing problems are a global issue.

For three years in a row club members have spent their Spring Break traveling to other states to help with their local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. In March 2013 twenty-seven members completed their third Collegiate Challenge, a week-long build of three houses in various stages with Arkansas Valley Habitat.

Overall, Marist Habitat is a club that continues to grow every year. They are committed, hardworking students who generously continue to give our time to help their community while growing their organization. They plan to continue with all of these great opportunities this semester and continue to spread Habitat’s mission to the surrounding area and to other areas of the country.

The 2013 NPD Keynote Speaker bio:

Tom Watson is the president and founder of CauseWired, a consulting firm advising clients on the social commons: nonprofits, foundations and companies. Tom is a journalist, author, and consultant who has worked at the confluence of media technology and social change for more than 20 years.

Tom contributes the Social Ventures blog to Forbes and is the author of CauseWired Plugging In Getting Involved, Changing the World (Wiley, 2008) a best-selling book that chronicled the rise of online social activism. He serves as an adjunct instructor in the master’s program of New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising.

As a consultant over the last decade, Tom has worked with many clients in strategic planning, case development, communications, branding development and marketing, as well as fundraising and development planning, including organizations such as The Innocence Project, Sidney Hillman Foundation, The Safe Center, Amnesty International, Cabrini Mission Foundation, TrickleUp, North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation, the International Center for Journalists, the Case Foundation, Save Ellis Island, the Tiger Woods Foundation, the Tuskegee Airmen, Catholic Relief Services, the Wealth & Giving Forum, and many others.

During his long career as journalist, Tom has written for The New York Times, Salon, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post,, Social Edge, Industry Standard, Inside, Worth and Contribute magazines, among many other publications.

Before launching CauseWired, Tom served for nine years as chief strategy officer of Changing Our World, Inc., the international philanthropic services company he co-founded, guiding its acquisition by the Omnicom Group, a global holding company and member of the Fortune 200. He also served as founder and publisher of onPhilanthropy,com, an extensive online resource for philanthropy professionals.