Providing Life-Saving Services, Empowering Survivors, Educating Our Community, Demanding Change
We hope you will join us at this limited-seating event on Sunday, November 20th, as we celebrate and honor Maddie Miller, Inaudy Gil Esposito, Deborah Worden, and Kara Sprague for their commitment to our work. We humbly acknowledge the impact of past and current donors and sponsors in advancing the mission of FEARLESS! and we invite you to rededicate your support of the work we do every day.
In recognition of the difference Maddie Miller has made in the lives of adults and children affected by domestic violence, it is our great privilege to honor her with the 2022 Family Justice Award.
Maddie grew up in the Finger Lakes and moved to Orange County after graduating from SUNY Cortland in 1990 with a BA in Spanish. She has worked for Orange County for over 30 years, starting her career in Social Services. Maddie began working in the Probation Department 17 years ago, initially working with Adjudicated PINS (Persons in Need of Supervision) and Juvenile Delinquents and later with adult criminal offenders. She was promoted to Probation Supervisor in 2015 and was appointed Deputy Director in 2021.
Since its inception in 2016, Maddie has been the point person from the Probation Department for the Risk Reduction Response Project, working collaboratively with Fearless! Hudson Valley, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, and the City of Newburgh Police Department, to try to identify those who are at the greatest risk of lethality and connect them to an advocate as soon as possible. Maddie has shown an incredible initiative to attend all training opportunities provided by the Risk Reduction Response Program grant, in order to improve practices in the Probation Department to achieve our collective goal of community safety and offender accountability.
Maddie lives in Circleville with her husky-mutt, Daisy and he has two adult children: Heather, married to Chris, and Anthony. In her spare time, Maddie enjoys traveling the world with her life partner, Mark McCartney, with the goal of visiting all 50 states and all seven continents.
In recognition of the difference Inaudy Gil Esposito has made in the lives of individuals and families affected by abuse and violence throughout her personal and professional life, it is our great privilege to honor Inaudy with the 2022 Jane Chertock Legacy Award.
Inaudy Gil Esposito, MS, has been in her role as the Executive Director of the Orange County Human Rights Commission for over 5 years. Born in the Dominican Republic, Inaudy immigrated to the United States as a child and has lived in the Hudson Valley since 2003. Inaudy holds a Master’s in Science from SUNY Hunter College and holds an Executive Certification for Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell.
Inaudy has worked tirelessly for over 20 years on eliminating oppression, racism, sexism, homophobia, and gender inequality in her community. Her expertise includes working in the areas of social justice, diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion, and gender violence issues, namely intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Inaudy has also been an English as a Second Language Instructor at SUNY Orange for over 10 years. Inaudy has volunteered her time and knowledge on numerous state and local boards and committees, including serving on the Boards of Directors for:
- Cornerstone Family Health Center - currently
- Desmond Center for Community Engagement and Wellness - currently
- Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan - currently
- New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault
- Leadership Orange
- Orange County Cultural Equity Task Force
- Newburgh Ministry the Orange County Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Northeastern NY Coalition of Crime Victim Service Providers
She also sits on the Orange County Think Differently Committee, the Welcome Orange Initiative, the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committees for Pattern for Progress, and the Orange County Chamber of Commerce where she holds the role of Chair. Inaudy has been recognized numerous times, including:
- Orange County Woman of Achievement 2014
- Orange County Democratic Women’s Committee 2018
- Orange County Rising Star Award Recipient 2018
- New York State Latino Rising Star 2018 by the New York State Hispanic Coalition
- Prominent Dominican in New York State 2022 by NYS Dominican Assembly Caucus
She is a sought-after speaker and has presented at numerous conferences, including at the 2018 TEDxNewburgh, where she discussed diversity and privilege in her talk “Turning Differences into Strengths.”
Inaudy attributes much of her drive and accomplishments to her parents who instilled the importance of work and sacrifice from an early age, and the significant influence of key women who have mentored her in her life. Above all, her most important title and role is serving as the mother of her three amazing children Gabriel, Allie, and Javier- who are being proudly raised in a household where equity and respect for everyone is the norm, and differences are celebrated.