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START DATE:12/13/2015
END DATE:  12/31/2015
CONTACT: Tara Collins
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RUPCO Adds Depth to Senior Leadership Team

Highland and New Paltz NY residents named to key RUPCO positions: former Ulster County Deputy Comptroller Joseph P. Eriole and Poughkeepsie-based Hudson River Housing Director Sheila Kilpatrick.

Two Local Professionals Join RUPCO Management
Kingston, NY  —  December 2, 2015  — RUPCO, the Kingston-based affordable housing champion, recently expanded its senior leadership team by two. The nonprofit currently employs 57 professionals who orchestrate the company’s business in creating homes, supporting people and improving communities in the Hudson Valley. RUPCO channels its efforts through five business lines in homeownership, real estate development, property management, energy efficiency and rental assistance programs.
Sheila Kilpatrick of Highland, NY, joins RUPCO as Vice President of Operations and will oversee the nonprofit’s day-to-day operations in property management, rental assistance and supportive services. In addition, she will handle human resources. “We attracted Sheila from one of the region’s notable housing providers. She brings people and housing management skills which RUPCO will benefit as we expand our reach geographically,” notes Kevin O’Connor, RUPCO’s Chief Operating Officer. Kilpatrick replaces Chief Operating Officer, Kathleen M. Leahy who is retiring this month after nearly 16 years. “The two have been working together daily to make a seamless transition,” adds O’Connor. “Sheila has a keen sense of how to engage people in an effective, authoritative manner, yet she has an approachable, friendly way about her. Her joining our Senior Leadership Team bolsters our ability to make big moves in the coming years in the affordable housing arena.” Kilpatrick brings 13-years’ experience as Director of Housing and Administrative Services at Poughkeepsie’s Hudson River Housing to her new position. She holds a Low-income Housing Tax Credit Compliance Certification and is working on the NeighborWorks© America certification for Housing Asset Manager. She also brings vital work experience from 20 years working with the Trefz Corporation of Bridgeport, CT, working her way through the ranks from crew member to District Manager of the McDonald’s franchise.
RUPCO’s second addition — Joseph P. Eriole of New Paltz, NY — joins the nonprofit housing agency in a newly created position, Vice President of Real Estate Development. “Joe will explore new avenues of funding and housing opportunity on our behalf, helping us to achieve our strategic vision of creating community throughout the Hudson Valley,” says O’Connor. “He brings rich expertise in development, regulatory, and finance matters to our Senior Leadership Team, which is in line with our vision to expand, enrich and empower communities rooted in safe, affordable homes.” Eriole is the former Deputy Comptroller for Ulster County and is an attorney with two decades’ experience in environmental, real estate development, and municipal law and finance. He is an instructor of Environmental Law at Marist College, as well as an award winning lecturer in the college’s Leadership Institute, and has been an instructor of law and public administration at SUNY-New Paltz, where he earned the college’s prestigious Merit Award for Teaching in 2014. Eriole received his Bachelor’s degree from Marist College, attended Manchester College of Oxford University, England, and received his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University.
For more than 33 years, RUPCO has led the region in creating and maintaining quality, sustainable housing and rental opportunities, inspiring understanding and acceptance of affordable housing initiatives, fostering community development and revitalization, and providing opportunity to people to improve their living standards. In that time, RUPCO has established a successful track record as a leader in the creation and improvement of quality, sustainable housing, created strong partnerships locally and nationally, and has maintained a fiscally healthy balance sheet, allowing for flexibility and agility in providing services.  As part of its mission, RUPCO provides first-time homebuyer education, rental assistance, and senior/disabled supportive housing services. For more information, visit