Board Members

Gathering the Region’s Best Leaders

Christa Hines

Executive Director, Hudson River Housing

The early years of a child’s life are incredibly critical as they serve as the foundation for a healthy and productive life. Day One is a transformative leader in early childhood learning and an essential resource for our community. It is our responsibility as a community to ensure our children and families have the very best tools to thrive.

James Challey

Vassar College Emeritus and Poughkeepsie Day Nursery

I learned, from personal experience, how important quality daycare and early childhood education can be for kids AND for working parents.

Monica Lee

Education and Child Development Coordinator, Astor Services for Children and Families

As an early childhood educator, I have seen how high-quality education in the early years provides children a strong foundation with which to thrive and flourish in school and in life. As a community, we owe it to our children to provide high-quality early childhood education to all families.

Diamond Mima

Community Development Coordinator, Hudson River Housing & PTA Pres PK Middle School

I believe community engagement is the foundation of a strong education system. It is our duty as parents and residents to rally for and only accept exceptional options for education no matter the ability of the student.

Wesley J. Lee

Assistant Professor, Dutchess Community College

I was blessed to coordinate the Poughkeepsie City School District Even Start Family Literacy program from 2000 until 2007. That program helped families improve their quality of life through literacy. Even Start was especially helpful in preparing infants and toddlers for success in school. It is with great joy that I serve on the board of Day One, which will continue the very important work of preparing our babies for life long success.

Jeanne Wagner

Executive Director, Child Care Council of Dutchess County

United States public investment has focused on Pre-K and college, despite what research tells us. 85% of a baby’s brain develops before kindergarten. We need to invest in early education NOW. Day One has the blueprint for doing just that. As a Board member, I’m proud and excited to be part of this ground-breaking initiative.

Estefany Umbach

Estefany Umbach is the Immigrant Community Navigator for Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County. Estefany holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Marist College, a Paralegal Certification from the same College, and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from her home country, Colombia. For a decade, Estefany has worked in the social service field in the Hudson Valley, providing education and support to the most vulnerable populations, including immigrants, pregnant women and families, HIV patients, and victims of domestic violence.

“I believe every child deserves the best possible start in life. All children should have a nurturing environment where they can thrive, blossom and just be kids. If our children have a strong start in life, they would have a happier, healthier and brighter future.“

Marguerite Woodcock

Assistant Professor, Dutchess Community College

The foundation of all future learning is laid during early childhood, the building block years. Day One is committed to establishing a strong infrastructure for our children, and I am proud to be a part of it.