Denise Doring VanBuren, 2013 Dutchess-Ulster Go Red For Women Luncheon Chair

Updated:Feb 12,2014

Denise Doring VanBuren has enjoyed a nearly 20-year career with Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation and serves currently as its Corporate Secretary & Vice President of Corporate Communications. She joined the utility in 1993 as its spokesperson, was appointed an officer of the Corporation in 1999, and has since been appointed to positions of increasing responsibility, including accountability for Corporate Communications, Governmental Affairs, Economic Development, Shareholder Relations, Marketing and Community Relations.
As part of the Central Hudson family, Denise has long volunteered to benefit local non-profit organizations, including the American Heart Association, where she was instrumental in the creation of the BetterU Program in 2011. She currently serves on the board of the American Cancer Society - Hudson Valley Region, the Locust Grove Historic Site, the Dutchess County Historical Society, the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College and the Fishkill Rural Cemetery; she is also currently co-chairing the capital campaign to construct a new athletic facility at Our Lady of Lourdes High School.
Denise devotes a great deal of her volunteer enthusiasm to the non-profit service organization the Daughters of the American Revolution, whose members are descended from Revolutionary War Patriots and who work to promote patriotism, historic preservation and education. A past regent of the local Melzingah Chapter of the DAR, she currently serves as the elected New York State Regent and she is enjoying her ninth year as editor of the National Society’s award-winning magazine, American Spirit.
Denise served on the board of Dutchess County United Way for six years and chaired the countywide United Way Campaign in 2005, raising more than $3 million to benefit local nonprofit agencies. She has received several recognitions for her community service work, including those of Garden Party Honoree of the Community Foundation of Dutchess-Ulster;  The Dutchess Award from the Dutchess County Historical Society; Woman of the Year from the Junior League of Poughkeepsie; the Meritorious Award from the Exchange Club of Southern Dutchess; and Volunteer of the Year in the City of Beacon.
Denise holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in Business from Mount St. Mary College. A previous news anchor and news director at Cablevision, she was also elected to serve a term on the Beacon City Council. A native of Troy, Denise has lived in the lower Hudson Valley for nearly 30 years. She is married to Christopher G. Barclay and she has three sons: Schuyler (22, a senior at the United States Military Academy at West Point); Troy (20, a sophomore at St. John Fisher College in Rochester); and Brett (16, a junior at Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie). They live in a restored 1840 farmhouse in the hamlet of Chelsea with their Chihuahua Samuel Adams.
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