HOPEWELL JUNCTION – Greystone Programs, Inc., a Hopewell Junction-based non-profit that serves children and adults with autism and their families in five Hudson Valley counties, has announced the appointment of two new board members, Renee Valles and Peter Sestito.
Valles is a marketing consultant with more than 20 years of experience in U.S. and global biopharmaceutical/healthcare marketing, including a focus on launching new products. Earlier, she worked in marketing for Laerdal Medical, where she was responsible for business in U.S., Canada and Latin America. She also held marketing leadership positions at AstraZeneca and Genentech, and was the program administrator for the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Additionally, Valles has served on industry and corporate taskforces, including the American Medical Association AMA’s Gift to Physician Task Force and Genentech’s Grant Review Committee.
“I am inspired by Nelson Mandella’s words, ‘What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead,’” said Valles. “As a board member, I will be a part of Greystone’s mission of enriching lives one person at a time, and I will be reminded of Mandella as I do this important work.”
Valles holds a BA in Biology from SUNY Oswego, a Digital and Social Media Marketing Certification from Fordham University, and a Grant Writing Certification at Notre Dame University Mendoza College of Business. She enjoys golf, tennis, Pilates and the culinary arts and lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Sestito currently serves as assistant vice president, branch manager at Rhinebeck Bank in East Fishkill, where he maintains branch operations, is responsible for small business lending, contributes to local business development and is involved in community events. As a board member of Greystone Programs, Sestito will advocate for the organization and help strategize for its success.
“I’m excited to use my experience and knowledge as a member of Greystone Programs’ board and help grow and develop the organization’s important work and the community,” said Sestito.
Sestito lives in Hopewell Junction with his wife and two daughters and enjoys golf and cheering on local high school sports.
“By working together, we can make a real difference in lives of people with autism, right here in the Hudson Valley,” said Skip Pryce, CEO of Greystone Programs. “We’re thrilled to have Renee and Peter join our effort. Their insights and contributions will help further our work to better the lives of those we serve and their families.”