Welcome Our New Staff!

DJ Hines, Chief Financial Officer – DJ brings with him over 25 years of financial expertise and a historical commitment to the nonprofit sector. We’ve been able to put him in charge of our myriad capital projects too, due to the project management skills he honed in the building of his family’s home!




Connie Snyder, Marketing Coordinator – Connie is well known throughout Ulster County as a small business owner and founder of the marketing firm CRSR Designs. Lucky for us, Connie was in the process of downsizing the firm to spend more time on her other business venture, Lilac Hill Designs, (lilachilldesigns.com), and was looking for a part-time position in the nonprofit sector, where her heart lies.



Amy Summers, Program Director for Raising HOPE – As the former Director of a Big Brothers, Big Sisters program; an experienced facilitator of women’s empowerment workshops, meditation and stress reduction classes, and conscious communication counseling; and an entrepreneur, Amy brings a wealth of experience to her position. She is responsible for the overall coordination and operation of the Raising HOPE program.



Tasha Ortloff, Assistant Program Director for Raising HOPE – Tasha brings with her administrative, operations, marketing, technology, and advocacy experience that will be a great asset to Raising HOPE. As someone who attained her college degree while working, and being the single parent of two children, she knows first-hand the difficulty of achieving educational and career goals in the face of challenges.