Diversity ensures that important decisions are made when all voices are represented. Members are recipients of our services, represent community groups, operate local businesses, teach in our schools, and run our government as elected officials.
John Cappello, President
Miurka Hidalgo, 1st Vice President
Horace Belton, 2nd Vice President
Hon. Michael Sweeton, Treasurer
Lydia Karo Terwilliger, Secretary
Angela Cangialosi (representing Town of Mount Hope Supervisor Chad Volpe)
Carl Hendrick (representing City of Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker)
RoseMarie Mastrocola (representing New York Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther)
Ann Marie Beekman
Patricia Claiborne (representing Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus)
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month, unless otherwise noted, at RECAP’s main office at 40 Smith Street in Middletown, New York. Meetings start at 6:00pm and are open to the public.
December – To be determined
Meet our Members!
Mr. Cappello is a partner primarily practicing Land Use/Environmental and Municipal Law. He has represented private developers in multi-phase and large-scale commercial, residential, educational and mixed-use land use applications. He has also served as attorney for planning boards and zoning boards of appeals throughout Orange and Ulster Counties.
John is the lead partner in Jacobowitz and Gubits’ “Green Team,” which focuses on advising a wide array of clients (municipalities, developers, manufacturers and businesses both small and large) on the opportunities available in this emerging field of law. Mr. Cappello has presented programs in the Hudson Valley focused on steps local governments can take to encourage “green development” and create “green jobs.” John has also made a number of presentations on zoning and land use issues throughout the state, focusing on providing workforce housing, encouraging transportation oriented development, overcoming obstacles in the land use approval process, and the impacts of the Landmaster v. Town of Montgomery Appellate Court exclusionary zoning decision successfully litigated by Jacobowitz and Gubits on land use practice in New York State.
John is President of RECAP’s Board of Directors and is active in several other charitable and civic organizations. He is Trustee for the Josephine Louise Public Library. John also has served as vice-president of Mid-Hudson Habitat for Humanity and is a member of the Walden Rotary Club Training Program. He also completed a marathon for the Leukemia Society Team and is on the Sustainable Montgomery Committee of the Wallkill River School covering the communities of Walden, Maybrook and Montgomery, New York. John also serves on the Orange County Citizens Foundation Land Use Committee and the Pattern for Progress Affordable Housing Committee. He is a graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law (JD) and SUNY Buffalo (BA).
Miurka is a technical writer and trainer/developer in the pharmaceutical field. She has a BA and Masters in Chemical Engineering and a specialization in biomedical engineering, and has worked for DOW Chemical, DuPont USA and CorePharma. Most recently she was responsible for training and developing staff to handle pharmaceutical equipment as well writing operational procedures. She is a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and serves as a presenter liaison at the national conference that hosts workshops and trainings, job fairs, and presentations for students and professionals.
She is the 1st VP of RECAP’s board of directors and participates annually in the Middletown street cleanups with her kids. She attended City College of New York and is currently completing a Project Management Certification through the Project Management Institute. Miurka is bilingual English/Spanish and brings to the board her experience with community outreach. She worked at Cornell Cooperative Extension as a nutrition educator and focused on nutrition, food budgeting and fast meals for varying households, especially those in shelters and temporary residences.
Miurka enjoys Zumba, Salsa, Tango. She’s an avid reader and loves trips with her kids to the Middletown library, as well as LEGOLAND in Florida. She grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and later moved to New York City.
Her two children are Head Start alumni and are doing well in elementary school. She stresses the importance of the Head Start’s focus on not just academic performance, but on positive emotional and social experiences as well. She believes in RECAP’s mission and the effect of everyone doing a little bit to make the community a better place.
Horace is retired from service with the State of New York. He was the Executive Director of the Manhattan Psychiatric Center and the Start Center in Middletown, a residential treatment facility for juvenile and youthful offenders. In the 1970s he helped transform the facility into a treatment center for detoxed heroin-addicted teens.
For over 15 years Horace has been on the Surrogate Decision-Making Committee for the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs where he acts as a surrogate to patients who are unable to make their own invasive medical decisions.
He is one of the founding members of Leadership Orange, and was on the conditional release commission under the auspices of the county probation department. He served on the board of education in Middletown for 5 years and as a trained social worker and psychotherapist he did counseling and psychotherapy for adolescents and adults.
Horace has a Masters in Social Work from Howard University in Washington D.C. He is a former Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps 1954-1957. He received certificates of appreciation from county executives Mary McPhillips, Joseph Rampe and Ed Diana, as well as awards from Congressman Ben Gilman.
Horace describes poverty as not simply not having enough money. Being in a state of poverty leads to a depressed state of mind and plays on your psyche.
He and his late wife moved to Orange County area in 1961 and has a daughter named Lydia. Horace likes to “play pirate” on a 45-foot sailing yacht in the Caribbean, in the Hudson River, and out of San Diego in the Pacific. It makes him feel like Balboa. He remembers a favorite view in the Hudson Valley as his “umbrella route,” a section of Route 211 between Middletown and Montgomery shaded by trees that hung over the road.
Horace looks forward to continuing his work with the board and sharing in RECAP’s mission.
Hon. Michael Sweeton
In addition to being the Town of Warwick’s Supervisor, Michael is a member of the Warwick Rotary, Warwick Historical society, Warwick Chamber of Commerce, and Warwick Valley Local Development Corporation. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering and attended Manhattan College for his MBA in Marketing. Michael believes RECAP’s mission is worthy of continued success and hopes to contribute to leadership skills in executive management and finance.
He enjoys reading, particularly about history, and hopes to resume scuba diving when time permits. He lives in Warwick and is married with two grown daughters. His favorite vacations are to the east coast of Florida and Scotland, and a favorite Hudson Valley destination is the Warwick Valley.
Lydia Karo Terwilliger
Lydia is a Curriculum Coordinator and Parent Liaison at Middletown Day Nursery where she consults with staff and teachers regarding educational programming, special needs, workshops, and more. Until she retired in 2016, Lydia worked through Orange-Ulster BOCES as a teacher of the visually impaired providing services to students in Orange County school districts. Her first job was as a Head Start teacher in Harlem. She has experience as an early intervention teacher and worked at the cerebral palsy center as a group leader for 2-year-olds and as a teacher of the visually impaired.
She is a member of the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH), the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind/Visually Impaired, AER, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She has a BA in psychology from Lehman College and a Masters from Hunter College. She has teaching certifications for the blind and visually impaired, as well as pre-k through 6th grade.
She lives in the Town of Blooming Grove, and moved here from the Bronx with her husband in 1978 and raised three children. She enjoys the gym, walking, yoga, reading and travelling. Lydia’s parents were born in Estonia and her most meaningful vacation was a trip there with her adult children to see their roots.
Lydia hopes to focus her skills and time for the community’s families and children who can benefit from RECAP. She brings to the board her experience with Head Start, daycare, teaching children who are blind or visually impaired in the school system, and her own personal experience with poverty.
Juana is a 3rd grade teacher for the Newburgh Enlarged City School District. She has ESL certification and was formerly a bilingual teacher. She attended Lehman College in the Bronx (BA) and SUNY New Paltz for her Mater’s in ESL. Juana acknowledges the importance of early education and the opportunities Head Start provides to families. Originally from Panama, she lives in Middletown and is the mother of two. She loves cooking and eating, and her favorite vacation is a trip to Lake George (when it doesn’t rain).
Angela is a bookkeeper for the Town of Mount Hope where she processes payroll, accounts receivable and payable, health insurance and workers comp, as well as handling human resources issues. She volunteers delivering meals for local homebound residents on an as needed basis.
She commends RECAP’s large renovation of the heating systems for the Devans Gate senior housing complex in Otisville in early 2016, as well as the work done by the agency’s rehabilitation programs, Head Start and services for veterans.
She lives in Mount Hope with her 3 children. One of her favorite Hudson Valley views is from the Walkway Over the Hudson. Her favorite vacation was to Florida. Angela represents Town of Mount Hope Supervisor Chad Volpe and sits on the board’s Finance Committee. She looks forward to contributing her experience to the agency’s leadership and helping people in the community.
Jean is the Manager for the Middletown branch of Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union where she’s responsible for business development and oversight of operations. She successfully implemented the HVFCU Sales and Service Success Model for both business and personal members to grow branch business and meet both branch and corporate goals. She develops and coaches direct reports to add to branch profitability and facilitate individual career development.
Jean is on the Orange County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Middletown Cares Coalition Steering Committee member (CADCA Drug Free Community grantee), is a Leadership Orange alumni, Orange County Women of Achievement Alum and honoree, and a 2012 Gold Service Award recipient from the City of Middletown Recreation Commission. She has an AA in Anthropology/Business management from SUNY Orange.
As a board member she looks forward to being present and offering a voice to efforts that many times are not wanting to be looked at. She believes the face of poverty is very vast and diverse and as a citizen of this earth we should be present and accountable in some manner.
An Orange County native, she lives in Middletown with her husband, Rome, and two canine companions (“our boys!”). Her parents live in Monroe and she has a sister in Gardiner. Outside of work she enjoys gardening and spending time with her dogs, husband and family. Her most favorite spot on this earth she has visited thus far is Oahu, Hawaii (“So amazing!”), but here in the Hudson Valley her favorite place is her own backyard.
Carl is the Chairman of the Port Jervis Community Development Agency. He is a retired case manager with the Orange County Office for the Aging, and was a senior social caseworker with the Orange County Department of Social Services as well as a senior probation officer with the Sullivan County Probation Department. He is an honorably discharged U.S. Air Force veteran and a past Councilman of the City of Port Jervis. Carl has an MPA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
During his career with the Office for the Aging, he served on the Energy Task Force as well as assisted seniors with home weatherization through RECAP. He has seen firsthand the difference RECAP can make, and his experience in Adult & Child Protective Services brings an understanding of the needs of children and seniors.
Carl and his wife are lifetime residents of Port Jervis. He’s particularly fond of the view from Greenville Mountain on Route 84 looking down into the valley from which you can see the beauty of his hometown set between the two rivers, as well as the one-of-a-kind panoramic view from the Hawk’s Nest on Route 97. Carl represents City of Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker on the Board of Directors.
RoseMarie is retired from Orange Ulster BOCES as a special education/crisis intervention teacher. She was an adjunct professor at Mount Saint Mary College and SUNY Orange, and taught for Marist College in their Special Academics Program at the Otisville prison.
She is a member of AFT, NYSUT, NYSRTA and MARTA, and is the past office holder and negotiator for BOCES Teachers’ Association. In 2006 she received the Mid-Hudson School Study Council Excellence in Teaching Award. RoseMarie attended Fairleigh Dickinson University (BA in English and psychology) and New York University for her MA in Emotional Disturbances/Social Maladjustments.
She lives in Middletown and is married with one adult daughter and son-in-law. When she’s not babysitting her two grandsons, she enjoys dancing, movies, and golf. She’s an avid reader. She loves to travel, and returns to York, Maine each summer for time at the beach.
She looks forward to working with the Head Start policy council where she can contribute her expertise and years of experience to the program. Her experience with a variety of students, including inmates, and years as a staff developer will add to her leadership capacity at the Board. She is comfortable conducting groups and loves researching, learning and teaching new concepts and ideas. RoseMarie represents New York Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther on the Board of Directors.
Anne Marie Beekman
As the Director of Pathstone’s Section 8 Programs in Orange County, Anne Marie is responsible for the administration and oversight of the program including Housing Choice and Project-Based Vouchers, Housing Quality Standards, and the Family Self-Sufficiency Program. She also sits on the board of the Orange County Housing Consortium. She has a MS in Health Services Management and Policy, as well as a BS in Organizational Management.
She was born and raised in Queens, moved to Pine Bush in 1989, and for the past three years lived in Newburgh. She is an avid reader and started quilting about four years ago. Some of her favorite Hudson Valley sights are Sam’s Point preserve and the Newburgh riverfront. She believes the Hudson Valley has all the necessary conveniences, excellent healthcare, and some of the most beautiful natural environments in the country.
She looks forward to working with RECAP as part of an agency that has a positive impact on the community.
Patricia is retired and is the former Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County. She is on the Board of Directors for HONOR, Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley, and the Orange County Human Rights Commission.
She is originally from Virginia and has lived in Ithaca. Pat lives in Middletown and has resided in Orange County for over 40 years. She has a MS in Human Services Studies from Cornell and a BS in Home Economics from Virginia State University. She is a graduate of Leadership Orange.
She has one son and four grandchildren in South Carolina who she visits frequently. She loves antiquing and reading. Her favorite views in the Hudson Valley are from the Glenmere Mansion in Chester and the drive from 17 West when the leaves are changing.
Pat feels it’s her responsibility to give back and help others who are less fortunate, and she finds one of the best avenues for doing so is through membership on the board of directors. She admires the prevention aspects of what RECAP does in the community.
Pat represents Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus on the Board of Directors. She hopes her skills in education, leadership and management will help bring RECAP’s mission to life.
As an In-Charge Accountant at Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP, Kirstyn works on corporate and personal taxes, tax planning and client relationships. She is a member of NYSSCPA, AICPA, and is a United Way grant reviewer and a NYS CPA. She has a BS in Accounting and an MBA from Mount Saint Mary College.
She hopes her financial background and strong leadership and motivational skills, as well as ability to teach financial skills, will be an asset to both the board and community. She lives in the Town of Montgomery and loves being outdoors, spending time with family, fishing, cooking, baking and hiking. Her favorite scene in the Hudson Valley is a view of the Mohonk Mountain House. She looks forward to working with RECAP because she knows the importance of empowering all people and helping them achieve their full potential. She feels many of RECAP’s programs help individuals become more financially stable which leads to long term benefits.