Life has come full circle for Regina Calcaterra, starting with her success as a student at SUNY New Paltz. After writing two books, an illustrious career in state government, and being named a partner at a law firm, Calcaterra is returning to New Paltz to be the commencement speaker at this year’s graduation.
Calcaterra’s life was not always easy. Throughout much of her early life, she and her four siblings struggled in and out of the foster care system after being abandoned by their single mother. They were often homeless, with Calcaterra serving as their sole caregiver. Many children in foster care don’t attend college, but fortunately, she had a support system that encouraged her to do so.