Hudson Valley welcomes two new staffers

Hudson Valley welcomes two new staffers

Valerie Ubriaco, left, and Janet Eliopoulos, have joined the development team of the American Heart Association in the Hudson Valley.

The American Heart Association has two new staffers in the Hudson Valley: Valerie Ubriaco and Janet Eliopoulos. Both are development directors with the association.

Ubriaco joined the organization in January 2023 and led the Tri-County Heart Walk in May. Before joining the association, Ubriaco was the consumer services and tourism programs manager at Dutchess Tourism, Inc. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York College at Potsdam and currently lives in Poughkeepsie.

“We’re all tied to heart disease and stroke in some way, and I’m grateful to be working with such a kind and passionate team that is dedicated to fighting for a world of longer, healthier lives,” Ubriaco said. “In my first six months here, I’ve already seen that this organization offers so many incredible resources for healthy eating, fitness, blood pressure, and so much more. I’m excited to continue learning and make a difference in my local community.” 

Eliopoulos joins the American Heart Association after 10 years with the YWCA in Greenwich, Conn., most recently as the director of development. She has a degree from Berkeley College in New York City and lives in Putnam Valley.

“For me, this is a deeply personal and meaningful step in my career,” Eliopoulos said. “The impact of stroke and heart disease on both of my parents has shaped my perspective and instilled in me a profound commitment to fighting these conditions. By joining the association, I have the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of individuals and families affected by cardiovascular health issues. One aspect that excites me about this new role is the proximity to my home in the Hudson Valley. I believe that making a positive impact in the region where I live brings a special sense of purpose and connection. I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside a talented team, and I eagerly anticipate the successes we will achieve together in the Hudson Valley, starting with the impactful Go Red for Women Luncheon in November.”

“We’re happy to welcome Valerie and Janet, and their expertise, to our team in the Hudson Valley,” said Alex DiCicco, Academic Quality Analyst, Johnson & Wales University and chair of the Hudson Valley Board of Directors for the American Heart Association. “Heart disease and stroke continue to be leading causes of death in our communities, and are exacerbated by health disparities. As the Heart Association moves into its 100th year in 2024, we will work harder than ever to improve health in the Hudson Valley.”