For 26 years, the Orange County Citizens Foundation Board of Directors selects a citizen worthy of receiving the Ottaway Medal. Named in honor of Ruth and James Ottaway, prominent philanthropists and successful business leaders dedicated to improving quality of life in our county, the Ottaway Medal is awarded each year to a citizen who embodies their community leadership and commitment. We are proud to announce that Linda S. Muller, President and CEO of Cornerstone Family Healthcare, is the 2020 Ottaway Medal recipient.
Since 1991, Linda has served at the helm of Cornerstone with a mission to ensure that every person in our community has access to quality health care. Under her leadership, Cornerstone currently operates in 16 medial facilities in four counties. A highly regarded and respected leader in the health care field, Linda has been recognized by national, state and local organizations for her commitment to distinguished service to improving the health status of the medically underserved. Her dedication to community is evident in her service on Boards of Directors, including the NYS Council of Non-Profits, HV Economic Development Corp. OC Chamber of Commerce, Affinity Health Plan, where she serves as Secretary, and in her service as the Chairwoman of the Healthcare for the Homeless Committee for the National Association of Community Health Centers and the Community Health Care Association of NYS.
A lifelong Orange County resident, Linda attended Washingtonville High School and SUNY Orange before obtaining her Bachelors of Arts from SUNY Buffalo and Master’s of Science in Health Policy and Administration from New School University’s Robert J. Milano School of Urban Studies in Manhattan. She and her husband of 47 years, Charles, live in Cornwall. They have three children and six grandchildren.
The Citizens Foundation has chosen an extraordinary citizen to receive the Ottaway Medal, whose outstanding leadership and lifelong commitment to community improves the health, wellness and quality of life for all our citizens. The medal ceremony and dinner will take place on Thursday, April 30th from 5:30pm to 8pm at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor.
More information can be found at www.occitizensfoundation.org.
Ruth and James Ottaway
About the Citizens Foundation: For nearly 50 years, the Citizens Foundation is a membership-based, non-governmental organization that improves quality of life for residents through public policy and advocacy in land use and transportation planning, downtown revitalization through placemaking, water conservation, waste management, cultural affairs, education, agriculture, recreation and healthcare. The Citizens Foundation is housed on 50 acres of bucolic farmland, formerly the home of Surrealist artist Kurt Seligmann. On these Sugar Loaf grounds, known as the Seligmann Center at the Citizens Foundation, the organization brings together community, business and political members to share ideas and create new quality-of-life initiatives for our region. Public programming includes arts and culture exhibits and performances at the Seligmann Center, political debates and forums, and thought provoking workshops. For more information, visit www.occitizensfoundation.org
Christa Martino, VP, Development & Community Relations
Citizens Foundation. Sugar Loaf, New York