Sixth Annual Gala Reception

Biographies of Honorees

Denise Van BurenDenise Doring VanBuren

Vice President of Public Relations, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

Denise Doring VanBuren graduated from Mount Saint Mary College with a master’s degree in Business Administration and from St. Bonaventure University, with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. With more than three decades of experience in the communications and media relations fields, VanBuren is currently Vice President of Public Relations at Central Hudson Gas & Electric, where she is responsible for all facets of the utility’s public relations, serves as a spokesperson, and administers community relations programs.

From 1998 to the present, Ms. VanBuren has held vital communications positions within Central Hudson Gas & Electric, including Corporate Secretary & Vice President of Corporate Communications, Vice President Public Affairs & Energy Efficiency, Vice President Corp. Communications & Community Relations, Assistant Vice President Corporate Communications, Manager of Corporate Communications, and Director of Media Relations.

Ms. VanBuren serves her community in many ways. She is on the Board of Directors of Dutchess Tourism, Inc.; Editor-in-Chief of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s “American Spirit” magazine (2004–present); and Organizing Secretary General of the National Society of the DAR (2013-2016).

She also serves with the following organizations: Dutchess Community College, MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Elant Healthcare System, Fishkill Rural Cemetery, Locust Grove Samuel F.B. Morse Historic Site, Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College, Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Cancer Society, and the Dutchess County Historical Society.

Ms. VanBuren currently lives in Chelsea, NY with her husband, Christopher G. Barclay. She has three sons: Schuyler (25), Troy (23), and Brett (19).

Anthony CostaAnthony P. Costa

Chairman and Co-CEO, Empire State Bank

Mr. Costa was born and raised in Newburgh and attended school there. He graduated from Ithaca College where he earned a BS in accounting. Mr. Costa also graduated from the National School of Banking program at Brown University. He has over 48 years of community banking service experience in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Since July of 2004, Mr. Costa has been Chairman and CEO of Empire State Bank. Empire State Bank, NA was organized and opened in July of 2004 with Mr. Costa as Chairman of the Board and CEO. Between 1994 and 2001 respectively he served as Chairman and CEO of Atlantic States Financial, a risk management company, and Atlantic States Mortgage Corp., a licensed mortgage broker. In early 2004, Mr. Costa organized Empire State Bank, NA to serve the communities in and around Orange County and Ulster County, New York.

On June 28, 2004 Empire State Bank, NA commenced operations and is now a $200 million company serving the Mid-Hudson, Staten Island, and Brooklyn areas. Mr. Costa serves as the Chairman and Co-CEO of Empire State Bank.

Mr. Costa has held executive positions at First Inter-Bancorp, Inc., a publicly traded company, as President and Chief Operating Officer (from 1990-1994) and at Mid-Hudson Savings Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Inter Bancorp, Inc. He was President and CEO of Inter County Savings Bank from 1970 until 1990 when Inter County and Mid-Hudson Savings Bank joined together under the 1st Inter-Bancorp, Inc. logo.

He currently serves, or has served, on the Board of Directors and/or committees for a number of community-related and professional organizations such as the Mid-Hudson Family Health Institute, the People for People Fund, The Institute for Family Health in NYC, New York Bankers Association, Benedictine Hospital, The American Bankers Association, The Nora Cronin Presentation Academy, Bishop Dunn Memorial School, SUNY New Paltz Foundation, and the Orange County Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Costa resides in Gardiner, New York with his wife, Andrea, and enjoys spending time with his four children and six grandchildren.

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