Meet Our Team

The Think Dutchess team is motivated to help attract, grow and retain businesses here in Dutchess County.  Our team is comprised of a highly qualified and diverse staff that loves to live, work and play here in Dutchess!



Sarah Lee, CEO

Sarah Lee is the Chief Executive Officer of Think Dutchess and Executive Director of the Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency.

Ms. Lee is responsible for overall strategic planning, program development and delivery and budget preparation for the agencies. She also oversees administration resource management, organization linkages and staff supervision of Think Dutchess and its departments, including the Business Attraction, Business Retention and Expansion and marketing as it relates to Economic Development.

Sarah Lee joined the former Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation in July of 2013 as a Business Development Specialist. Less than a year later, she became Director of Business Development. Ms. Lee previously held the position of Director of Business Development and Strategic Planning for Health Quest.

Ms. Lee holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and is a graduate of SUNY Albany.

To connect with Sarah, call or email:


Jane Denbaum, CFO

As Chief Financial Officer, Jane is responsible for the overall financial, accounting, and compliance aspects of the Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency and Think Dutchess, along with dealing with external relationships and the preservation and management of all assets.

Jane brings over 30 years of experience working in Finance which includes over 19 years in a non-profit organization.  She was previously VP of Financial Accounting for Health Quest Systems Inc.  She has a Bachelor of Science with an accounting major from Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY.

When not working, Jane spends time with her family and friends.  She enjoys sports, reading, crafts and visiting the sites and restaurants of the Hudson Valley.

To connect with Jane, call or email:


Chris Glancy, Director of Business Attraction

As Director of Business Attraction, Chris manages and implements programs and projects—from prospecting to completion–that support the attraction, relocation, and expansion of domestic and international businesses leading to investment and job creation in Dutchess County.

A proud graduate of Pace University, with a degree in Business Administration, Chris brings his past experience in economic development from New York City to Dutchess County with plans to help our area prosper.

When he is not working, Chris likes to spend time with his significant other, family and friends exploring the Hudson Valley, enjoying the vast array of restaurants and spending time with his two dogs, Pepper and Bailey.

To connect with Chris, call or email:


Renee Richard, Director of Business Retention & Expansion

As Director of Business Retention & Expansion, Renee manages and implements programs and projects that help support a diverse economic base along with supporting the expansion and retention of existing businesses, and promoting entrepreneurship in Dutchess County.

Renee has both a Master’s degree in Business Administration and an undergraduate degree in Finance from Marist College. Her 30 years of experience in business development and finance has made her a trusted resource and support to businesses throughout Dutchess County.

When Renee is not working, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and traveling.  She also volunteers with nonprofit organizations that support music, agriculture and youth leadership development.

To connect with Renee, call or email:

845.206.4150 extension 5108

Jasmin Haylett, Office Administrator

Jasmin has been with the organization since December 2005.  As Office Administrator for Think Dutchess, she oversees the daily activities of the office.

When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and doing relaxing activities such as sewing, reading, arts and crafts, watching movies, playing board games, and walking.

She has an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University and a BA from Marist College.


To connect with Jasmin, call or email:


Rachel Welch, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

As the Communications Coordinator, Rachel manages the digital and social media presence for Think Dutchess, assists in event planning, and serves as the press and media contact for the organization.  Although new to the economic development sector, she has extensive experience in managing and building social media accounts for many Dutchess-based small businesses.

A proud graduate of Marist College with a degree in Professional Studies and a minor in Fashion Merchandising, she brings a combination of creativity, business skills and love of Dutchess County to market the benefits that she believes make Dutchess a great place to live, work and play.

A resident for more than 20 years, she is proud to see- and now be a part of- the exciting shift in energy that is revitalizing so many of our communities.  In her free time you can find Rachel attempting to keep her garden alive, exploring the rail trail with her husband and daughter, or enjoying a Fig & Pig at Mill House Brewing Co.

To connect with Rachel, call or email:


Chantal Stephens, Marketing Assistant

As the Marketing Assistant, Chantal helps grow awareness around economic development activities throughout the county and is building the Think Dutchess Digital Ambassador’s Program.

Chantal holds a Bachelor’s in Legal Studies and Business Administration from Liberty University.

A trained marketing and social media expert, Chantal has assisted in getting small businesses featured in publications such as Forbes. Chantal brings years of experience working with local businesses to build brand awareness and credibility to the small business sector.  She is passionate about the dreams people have for their small business and loves supporting local community growth and awareness in Dutchess County.

Chantal lives in Wallkill, NY. In her free time, she enjoys traveling throughout New England and discovering the next best local coffee shop or boutique.  To connect with Chantal, call or email 



A premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business brings together 10 agency partners creating a one-stop shop for your site selection, financing, incentives, permitting and advocacy, strategic planning and counseling, marketing and networking needs.