Board Members

Gathering the Region’s Best Leaders

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.

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.

Jessie Laguerre

Throughout her nearly 15 years in education, Ms. Laguerre has had the pleasure of wearing many hats – from working alongside students and families as a School Social Worker, to coaching educators. In recent years, her work experience allowed her to expand her role and serve on the Newburgh Enlarged City School District’s Social Emotional Learning Team. In this position, she implemented district-wide initiatives with the goal of improving student achievement. Her most recent educational experience was working in Newburgh’s Equity & Access Department as the Family & Community Engagement Coordinator. She worked closely with families to build their child’s educational capacity and development.

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.

Timmian Massie

Chief Marketing/Public Affairs Officer, Rhinebeck Bank

Tim Massie is a strong Poughkeepsie advocate. He serves as a Director of the Dyson Foundation, Secretary-Treasurer of the New York Newspapers Foundation, and Trustee at Dutchess Community College. He is also on the Board of the Dutchess Community College Association and the Poughkeepsie Alliance. Tim’s understanding and care for our community has garnered him numerous awards and in 2018, he was named one of the “100 Most Socially Responsible Executives and Thought Leaders in New York State” by City and State Magazine.

Tim Massie is Chief Marketing/Public Affairs Officer at Rhinebeck Bank. He served as Senior Vice President of Marketing, Public Affairs and Government Relations at Nuvance Health and its predecessor, Health Quest Systems, Inc at the crucial time during the building of a $700.0 hospital expansion in Poughkeepsie. He also oversaw the not-for-profit healthcare system’s foundations. He spent 2 decades as Chief Public Affairs Officer at Marist College, where he also taught in the Communication and Religious Studies departments. He began his career as a news reporter for WEOK/WPDH radio before moving into public relations positions with the Civil Service Employees Association, Dutchess County Legislature and Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation.

Massie is a graduate of Dutchess Community College and Fordham University, with additional studies at the Gregorian University in Rome and the North American College in Vatican City.

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.

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.“

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.

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.