January 1, 2019, ushered in a New Year for everyone, but it is an extra special year for our community as we celebrate the first woman in history to chair the Board of Trustees, #22898 Whitney Phelps!
Said Matt Quigley, outgoing board chair, “I am thrilled that Whitney has agreed to serve as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Dudley and Kiniya. It has been a privilege for me to serve alongside her over these past few years, and to have had the opportunity to see firsthand her inspired leadership and her devotion to the mission of our Camps. Whitney is steadfast in her commitment to our core values and to striving to live a life emblematic of the motto “the other fellow first”. We are so fortunate to have her at the helm!”
Whitney has been distantly connected to Camp through her father and grandfather, #8498 Jud and #4121 Sidney, for many years. Her present-day connection began with her brothers, #12354 Chris and #11738 Wyeth. She tells the story of attending Reunions with her mom and dad, Bonnie and Jud, and brothers in the late 1970’s and 1980’s. During those gatherings, Whitney frequently expressed her frustration to then Director, Willie Schmidt, about how unfair it was that there was no camp for girls. While Willie was an advocate for women joining the staff at Dudley, it would be another 30 years before the conversation moved towards changing the mission and pursuing a girls’ Camp.
Whitney’s affiliation with camp became even more personal when her daughters’ #22498 Sydney and #22708 Sophia started their own Kiniya camping careers in 2011 and 2012. Her son #25098 Jake was a Cub at Dudley in 2018. These connections provide a rich background upon which board business can be considered. Whitney’s prior service on the Board of Trustees includes being Secretary and a member of the Executive committee. She is currently serving in the Trustee class of 2022.
Whitney is a shareholder in the Health and FDA Business Group in Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Albany office. Her practice focuses on providing realistic and strategic guidance, solutions and analysis for healthcare stakeholders, including providers of healthcare and developmental disability services and payors. She has arranged and negotiated innovative and complex joint venture agreements. This includes various alternative payment arrangements, between providers and managed care organizations, and other transactions and mergers for clients with special attention to New York regulatory compliance. Whitney also has wide-ranging experience representing health care entities before the executive branch to shape health care policy, laws and regulations.
The selection of Whitney Phelps as the Board Chair continues Dudley and Kiniya’s tradition of selecting excellent leaders.