Board of Directors
Margarita K. Dilley, Chair
Ms. Dilley is a consultant, prior to which she was the Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and a Director of ASTROLINK International LLC from 1998 to 2004, a Director of Strategy & Corporate Development and Treasurer of INTELSAT from 1992 to 1998 and Treasurer, COMSAT Corporation, from 1987 to 1992.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University, a Master of Arts from Columbia University, and a Master of Business Administration from Wharton Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Dilley is the Chair of the Board of Directors of CH Energy Group, Inc. and of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation; she serves on the Audit & Risk Committee and the Governance & Human Resources Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Fortis Inc.
Ms. Dilley has been a Director since 2004.
Geoffrey L. Brackett
Mr. Brackett is the Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at Marist College, serving as executive vice president since 2010 where he oversees many of the key operating areas of the college, including information technology, human resources, student affairs, institutional research and planning, buildings and grounds, and safety and security.
He also oversees the strategic planning and annual operations for the college, and he serves as the key point of contact for local government officials.
Mr. Brackett earned a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Oxford.
Mr. Brackett has been a Director since 2020; he serves on the Audit & Risk Committee.
Heather Briccetti Mulligan, Esq.
Ms. Mulligan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Business Council of New York State, Inc., the statewide association advocating for New York’s business community.
Ms. Mulligan joined The Business Council in 2007, as Vice President of Government Affairs, overseeing the organization’s legislative and pro-growth agendas. She holds a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School. Prior to The Business Council, she was a consultant and lobbyist for Powers and Company, where she advised clients on a range of issues including high-profile economic development projects such as the Javits Center expansion and the new Yankee Stadium in New York City.
She has also served as assistant counsel to the New York State Senate majority, as a legislative aide and counsel to the New York State Assembly majority committee on Racing and Wagering, and special counsel in the New York State Attorney General’s Office. She also founded a private law practice, Sweeney & Wollowitz, and she served as the chief public defender for Rensselaer County, earlier in her career.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a J.D. from Albany Law School.
Ms. Mulligan has been a Director since 2014; she serves on the Governance & Human Resources Committee.
Mr. Cleary served as the Vice President of Sales Transactions Support of IBM from January 2011 to 2017, and he also served as the Senior Location Executive at IBM’s manufacturing and development site in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., from 2012 to 2017. In these roles, Mr. Cleary managed an organization of more than 2,500 professionals. Mr. Cleary served as the Vice President, Hardware Sales North America of IBM, overseeing a $7 billion hardware sales business, from January 2010 to 2011, and, prior to that, served from January 2008 to January 2010 as General Manager Asset Recovery Services of IBM, where he was responsible for worldwide used equipment sales, generating annual revenue of approximately $2 billion.
He is a member of the boards of directors of Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie Alliance and the United Way of Dutchess and Orange Region.
Mr. Cleary earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Syracuse University.
Mr. Cleary has been a Director since 2016; he serves as the Chair of the Governance & Human Resources Committee.
Mark Kastner, P.E.
Mr. Kastner served as the President of The Chazen Companies (now known as LaBella Associates), a professional engineering, land surveying, environmental, planning and landscape architecture-services firm based in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Mr. Kastner’s volunteer involvement includes service on behalf of the Hudson Valley County Economic Development Corporation, the Council of Industry of Southeastern New York, and he has served on the board of the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress and the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries/Clarkson University.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University and a Master of Business Administration from Union College. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of New York.
Mr. Kastner has been a Director since 2013; he serves on the Audit & Risk Committee.
Mary D. Madden
Ms. Madden served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hudson Valley Credit Union.
Ms. Gray is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tucson Electric Power and UniSource Energy Services, and their parent company, UNS Energy Corporation. She joined Tucson Electric as an engineering student in 1994.
Ms. Gray is a founding member of Women in Energy, a group that seeks to develop, mentor and inspire women in the energy industry. She serves on the boards of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Sun Corridor and the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management and College of Engineering. She also serves on advisory boards for Edison Electric Institute and Western Energy Institute.
Ms. Gray earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Arizona.
Ms. Gray has been a director since 2021. She serves as a member of the Governance and Human Resources Committee.
James R. Reid
Mr. Reid is the Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Fortis Inc.
Mr. Reid was previously a partner with Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in Toronto where he practiced for 20 years. Prior to joining Fortis, Mr. Reid had a 15-year relationship with Fortis Inc., having advised on corporate governance matters, large capital market transactions, regulatory applications and mergers and acquisitions in both Canada and the United States.
He earned a Bachelor of Laws from the Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, and Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from McGill University in Montreal.
Mr. Reid was an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto for 10 years, teaching the Advanced Business Law Workshop in corporate finance. He was also an original member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the Centre for Business Law at the University of British Columbia, serving until 2020.
Mr. Reid serves on the Boards of Directors of UNS Energy, FortisAlberta, Central Hudson and FortisOntario, all Fortis utilities. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Wataynikaneyap Power PM, a Fortis subsidiary acting as the project manager for the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Project, a partnership with 24 First Nations that is building a transmission line to connect 17 First Nations communities in Northwestern Ontario to the power grid.
Mr. Reid has been a Director since 2022, and serves as a member of the Governance and Human Resources Committee.
Christopher M. Capone
Christopher M. Capone is the President and CEO of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp where he oversees all aspects of the regulated utility’s business operations. He has held this position since 2023. Capone is also a member of the Board of Directors.
He began his career with Central Hudson in 2000 as the Assistant Treasurer-Investor Relations and prior to becoming CEO, served as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Capone earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Marist College.
He has served on boards and committees for various community organizations including the United Way, Mid-Hudson Workshop for the Disabled, Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, and was on the grants Committee at the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. Capone is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley and a member of the Marist School of Management Advisory Board.