New Horizons Foundation was pleased to honor Vincent J. Miller, Cora Mallory – Davis and William Davis at our 19th Annual Community Leadership Breakfast on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel.

Here is a gallery of photos from the 2013 Leadership Breakfast

Vinnie Miller was born and grew up in Poughkeepsie. He attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes High School. After High School, Vinnie went to Marist College studying Business. He received his B.S. from Marist in 1980. He worked in Sales for a year and then went to Hudson Valley Community College to study and achieve his Associates Degree in Mortuary Science.

Vinnie entered the family business in 1983 and when his Dad passed away in 1988, Vinnie became owner of Wm. G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, Inc. in Poughkeepsie.

As a lifelong resident of Poughkeepsie, Vinnie has been involved with many groups and organizations. He has been a member of the Poughkeepsie ELKS Club for 34 years. He is/or has been on the boards of The United Way of Dutchess County, where he is the Chair of the Short Term Funding Committee; YMCA Board and Past President; he served 2 terms as President of the Dutchess, Putnam & Ulster Funeral Directors Association and is also on the New York State Funeral Directors Association. Currently, Vinnie serves as Vice Chair on the St. Francis Health Care Foundation and is Vice Chair of HOSPICE of Dutchess County. Vinnie is also on the Our Lady of Lourdes Alumni Board.

Vinnie was the Vice Chair of the Poughkeepsie Day Nursery and serves on the boards of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County and the Foundations of Dutchess Community College and Marist College.

Vinnie has been a City of Poughkeepsie Republican Committee member for many years. He began as a member of the Young Republicans in 1979. In the 1980’s he ran campaigns for candidates to the Dutchess County Legislature. He has served on the City of Poughkeepsie Planning Board.

Vinnie has been married to his wife Brenda for 23 years and they have a sixteen year old daughter Lauren. He is a generous benefactor of our city committee and the candidates we support.

Cora Mallory-Davis has lived all her life in Dutchess County. She graduated from Poughkeepsie High School and Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing in New York City. She has over 30 years experience as a professional nurse and administrator with Planned Parenthood of Dutchess/Ulster, Inc. She was a consultant for the Accreditation and Evaluation Department of Planned Parenthood Federation of America for 15 years.

In 1992 she married William C. Davis, a retired Assistant Professor at Marist College and Adjunct Instructor at Westchester Community College. They have five children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Cora was supported in her formative years by the staff and volunteers, programs and activities of her school, church, Girl Scouts, YMCA and Catharine Street Community Center.

She has served in various volunteer capacities in a wide range of community activities and board memberships and positions. They included: Dutchess County and New York State Mental Health Associations, Potential Unlimited, Family Services, Unite Way of Dutchess, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess, Girl Scouts of Dutchess County, Meals on Wheels of Greater Poughkeepsie, Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-kill. She and her sons Robert and Marc established the Mallory Scholarship for individuals participating in the programs of the Mental Health American of Dutchess County.

Cora’s retirement is being shared with her volunteering at the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Meals on Wheels of Greater Poughkeepsie, Multicultural Committee of the Poughkeepsie Journal and Catharine Street Community Center.

Her community recognition includes: WCA Salute To Women and Industry, Mental Health Association of Dutchess County, “The Winfield B. Van Bramer Award” for Volunteerism, Family of the Year award given by Family Services, Girl Scouts of Dutchess County Seat of Honor Award, AND Marist College President’s Award for Community Service and Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award given by the United Way, Distinguished Women Award from Catharine Street Community Center and Board Member Emeritus.

Bill, a native New Yorker, graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in Bronx, New York. At Westchester Community College 0f (WCC) in White Plains he earned an Associate Degree in Electrical Technology, a B. A. in English at Marist College and a M. S. in Communication Arts at Iona College.

Prior to IBM, he was part of the United States Moon Program writing fuel-gauging manuals for the Apollo 11 Command Module for NASA while at Simmonds Precision in Tarrytown. In 1966 he moved his family to Dutchess County to work for IBM in Fishkill. In his 24 years there he held various positions, including technical writing, product procurement, communication specialist and management.

Before retiring from IBM in 1990, he taught writing courses at Green Haven Correctional Facility and Danbury Federal Prison as part of a Marist College program. He joined Marist College in 1990 as an Assistant Professor of Communication and retired from Marist in 2000. From 2000 to 2012 he was an Adjunct Instructor in the School of Communication. He currently teaches Speech Communication at WCC in Peekskill, New York.

His commitment to family and youth led him to coach Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) basketball at Holy Trinity School in Poughkeepsie and volunteering with the Boy Scouts there. Bill was inspired to serve because of the message delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others at the March on Washington on August 28, 1963.

His volunteering continued at Catharine Street in the summer of 1992 in the reading program. That same year he and Cora Mallory married. He served as a Board Member at Catharine St. and became the President of the Board in 1996. Bill served on the boards of Hospice Foundation, Christmas in April, Cooperative Extension, and as a volunteer for the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union serving on several committees. He was United Way Volunteer. Together, Bill and Cora continue to enjoy assisting the Greater Poughkeepsie Meals on Wheels delivering nutritious food to needy individuals in the City and Town of Poughkeepsie. Their family includes four adult sons, one daughter, two daughter-in-laws, five grandsons, a granddaughter, and one great granddaughter. His community recognition includes Family of the Year Award along with wife Cora Mallory-Davis given by Family Services, and Catharine St. Community Center.

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Click here to see pictures from the 2012 Leadership Breakfast.

Click here to see pictures from the 2011 Leadership Breakfast.

Click here to see pictures from the 2010 Leadership Breakfast.

Past Honorees

2012 ~ John & Gloria Golden, Karen Hansen Simon and Kelly L. Traver, Esq
2011 ~ Tony Campilii & Barbara & Stephen Lumb
2010 ~ Stacey Langenthal, Rita McPeck & Lisa Morris
2009 ~ Michael H. Graham, Lorraine M. Roberts, Gail V. Webster and Roderick J. MacLeod
2008 ~ Linda & Owen T. Clarke, Jr
2007 ~ Eleanor & Martin Charwat, Tim Dean, Marie Tarver
2005 ~ Carol & Joseph DeVirgilio
2004 ~ Mary & Kennon Moody
2003 ~ Jackie Chatfield & Larry Hughes
2002 ~ Bea & Edward McCormick
2001 ~ Timmian Massie
2000 ~ Kathy & James Tallman
1999 ~ George Decker, Silver Jubilee Recipient
1998 ~ JoAnn Feigenheimer & Tom Sipos
1997 ~ Joan & Vincent J. DiMaso
1996 ~ Eileen & Dan Hickey, Sr.
1995 ~ Polly Gage
1994 ~ Helen & Hamilton Meserve

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