Board of Directors

Executive Committee

June K. Blanc
Chair
Eric D. Eller
Vice-Chair Finance and Treasurer
Gregory Bassuk
Vice Chair Community Impact and Marketing
Jeannette Warner
Vice Chair At Large and Chair Advocacy Committee
Bud Hammer
Vice Chair, Resource Development
Michael J. Piazza, Jr.
Vice Chair At Large
Kenneth J. Gould
Vice Chair Administration
David M. Yawman
Immediate Past Chair of the Board and Nominating Committee Chair
Aleida M. Frederico
Secretary
Faith Ann Butcher
Chief Impact Officer
Carlene Gentilesco
Chief Operating Officer
Tom Gabriel
President and CEO
Marc P. Baiocco,Ed.D.
Jonathan Cocchiola
John M. Flannery
Tiffany Zezula, Esq.
Donald Calabrese
Vincent D’Ambroso
Charles Dorst
Nan Hayworth
Stephen Hunter
William Mooney, III
Jeff Paraschac
Mecca Santana-Mitchell
Veronica Shipp
Maria Trusa
Vice Chair, Resource and Development
Joanne Wright
Margaret Tramontine

 

Board Members

Don Calabrese, Entergy Nuclear, retired
Vincent D’Ambroso, Business Development Officer, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
Charles Dorst, Community Leader
Taryn Duffy, Director of Public Affairs, Empire City Casino
Nan Hayworth, M.D., Former U.S. Representative
Stephen K. Hunter, Community Leader
Matthew Lyness, Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey Capital Markets
Kate McDonough, Community Leader
William Mooney III, Esq., Signature Bank
Jeffrey Paraschac, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, PURE
Ingrid Richards, Assistant Village Manager for Scarsdale
Lawrence A. Ruggieri, Director, Cushman & Wakefield Inc.
Mecca E. Santana, Esq., Senior Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, Westchester Medical Center Health Network
Veronica H. Shipp, Ph.D., Community Leader
Janet Walker, Community Leader
Frederick P. Wiener, Esq., Attorney and Community Leader
Joanne E. Wright, Vice President, Supply Chain, IBM

June K. Blanc

Chair

Community Leader

Eric D. Eller

Vice-Chair Finance and Treasurer

President, African American Men of Westchester, Inc.

Gregory Bassuk

Vice Chair Community Impact and Marketing

Esq., Managing Director, FS Investments

Jeannette Warner

Vice Chair At Large and Chair Advocacy Committee

Esq., Attorney & Community Leader

Bud Hammer

Vice Chair, Resource Development

Bud Hammer is the President and General Manager of Atlantic Westchester, Inc., an award-winning commercial and industrial HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) business located in Bedford Hills, NY. Atlantic Westchester offers a variety of HVAC solutions for businesses, institutions and government facilities across the NY metro area and assists clients with proactive maintenance, remediation and installation services based on their unique facility needs. The company holds HVAC licenses in Westchester, Connecticut, Putnam and Rockland Counties.

Atlantic Westchester is also in the energy efficiency business and has teamed up with excellent channel partners, such as Bright Energy Services, to provide an “umbrella” type of service to help buildings execute energy conservation measures in areas including, and beyond, HVAC technology. Atlantic Westchester received green business certification in December 2015 and is a proud sponsor of the Westchester Green Business Challenge, which educates and encourages businesses in Westchester County to become more environmentally friendly.

Over the years, Bud and his team have received several awards and recognitions, including Westfair Communications’ “Family-Owned Business Award;” Westfair Communications’ “Milli Award;” Town of Bedford Conservation Board’s “Green Award; and “Outstanding Achievement in Transportation Award” from Westchester Green Business Challenge. Bud has been featured in several local and national publications, including The Associated Press; Inc. Online; TheStreet; New York Real Estate Journal; Westchester County Business Journal; 914INC. Magazine; and BUILDINGS Magazine.

Bud graduated from Pace University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Marketing. He is a strong believer in giving back to the community and volunteers at organizations, including The United Way, Visions and March of Dimes. Bud is an avid golfer and New York Rangers fan. He resides in Bedford Hills with his wife and business partner, Lisa.

Michael J. Piazza, Jr.

Vice Chair At Large

Commissioner, Putnam County Departments of Mental Health, Social Services and Youth Bureau

Kenneth J. Gould

Vice Chair Administration

Esq., Partner, Marcus, Gould & Sussman

David M. Yawman

Immediate Past Chair of the Board and Nominating Committee Chair

Dave Yawman is Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of PepsiCo, a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of approximately $63 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. PepsiCo’s main businesses – Frito-Lay, Pepsi-Cola, Gatorade, Quaker, and Tropicana – make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are respected household names throughout the world.

Yawman assumed this role in November 2017, and leads the company’s worldwide legal, government affairs and public policy, and compliance and ethics functions.

Yawman has nearly 20 years of experience at PepsiCo, spanning positions across PepsiCo’s businesses and former independent bottling company. Prior to becoming General Counsel, Yawman served as senior vice president and deputy general counsel for PepsiCo and general counsel for North America and Corporate. Before joining PepsiCo in 1998, Yawman was an associate with the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and served as a law clerk in the United States District Court.

Yawman has been a member of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) Board for nearly 15 years, and twice served as its Chair. He has been a dedicated and active participant in UWWP; contributing to its impactful efforts to drive awareness, learn best practices, and utilize resources and programs that help local residents become self-sufficient and thrive in a stronger community.

Yawman also currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Pro Bono Partnership, an organization that provides business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations serving the disadvantaged or enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods across the tristate area.

Yawman graduated with honors from Rutgers Law School, where he served as Managing Director of the Rutgers Law Review, and he received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame.   He resides in Sleepy Hollow, NY, with his wife, Margaret, and their four children.

Aleida M. Frederico

Secretary

Senior Vice President, TD Bank

Faith Ann Butcher

Chief Impact Officer

Be part of the solution.

Faith Ann Butcher has been the Chief Impact Officer of United Way of Westchester and Putnam since October 2019. She started with United Way in August 2018 as a Senior Director of Relationship Management. Her solution-oriented approach, with her understanding of the direct connection between funding and programs and marketing, has made her an asset to many aspects of the organization.

An award-winning journalist, Faith has a unique background that includes experience in government as well as the nonprofit and business sectors and being an entrepreneur. She is the former executive director for Community Cares and an active community leader, who is the immediate past chairwoman for The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce. Faith was previously responsible for the communications of the Putnam County Executive, production manager for Halston Media and chief operations officer for Examiner Media.

Faith has been recognized as part of the 2013 Class of the Business of Westchester’s Rising Stars 40 under Forty as well as the 2014 class of the Putnam Chambers of Commerce’s 40 under 40 Trailblazers. She has also won journalism awards from the Fair Media Council the New York Press Association.

 

Carlene Gentilesco

Chief Operating Officer

Tom Gabriel

President and CEO

With almost 30 years of strategic professional experience in the nonprofit sector, Tom has held senior-level positions at a variety of human services organizations in Westchester and Fairfield counties.  Throughout his career, he has been committed to bringing about significant and lasting community impact for programs focused on education, health, income inequality and social justice.

Tom has led a number of development, fundraising, and public relations efforts, with a keen attention to cultivating relationships and designing strategic initiatives.  He is a motivator, storyteller, and frequent user of pop-culture analogies who regularly starts his days at 7 am and thoroughly enjoys engaging and energizing Board Members, volunteers, contributors and other stakeholders in collaborative efforts.  Throughout his career, he has raised approximately $50 million for human services organizations.

Prior to becoming the President & CEO at the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Tom served as the Chief Development Officer at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, Development Director at the Westchester Land Trust, Director of Development at the Greenwich United Way, Vice President of Development at the Visiting Nurse Association of the Hudson Valley, and Director of Development at Cerebral Palsy Westchester.

Tom is a Board Member of the Association of Development Officers in Westchester, a Member of The Business Council of Westchester’s Not for Profit Council, and a Member of the Westchester County Board of Legislators’ Families Task Force.  He is also a regular blood donor through the American Red Cross.

He has a BA in Advertising & Public Relations and an MBA in Organizational Behavior from Iona College in New Rochelle. He and his wife Janine live in South Salem, NY.

Marc P. Baiocco,Ed.D.

Jonathan Cocchiola

John M. Flannery

John Flannery is a member of Wilson Elser’s Executive Committee and the managing partner of the White Plains office. His practice focuses on civil litigation, including claims involving toxic torts, commercial disputes, civil rights, municipal and product liability, and employment litigation.

John is adept at devising successful legal strategies. He uses his problem-solving skills to anticipate where an adversary is going and generally gets there first with a winning solution. He has tried numerous cases in both state and federal court, with an excellent record of favorable verdicts. John has held the position of co-chair of the Trial Lawyers Committee of the Westchester County Bar Association for many years. During law school, John completed an internship with the District Attorney’s Office in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

John served 12 years on the board of trustees of the New York State Interest on Lawyer Account Fund (IOLA), which helps low-income people with civil legal problems that affect their most basic needs. In addition, he is active in Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, a like-minded organization with similar objectives, where he served on the board for six years.

Tiffany Zezula, Esq.

Tiffany B. Zezula, Esq. is the Deputy Director for the Land Use Law Center at Pace University School of Law in White Plains, NY. She is the primary trainer and national coordinator for the Center’s award-winning Land Use Leadership Alliance Training program for local officials, environmentalists, planners, and developers. The Training Program has been modeled and transferred to over 6 states and has been tailored to tactical numerous land use issues, including fair and affordable housing. The program has trained over 3000 leaders in the Hudson Valley Region alone, including over 350 leaders in the Hudson Valley on the specific topic of fair and affordable housing.

Ms. Zezula also provides strategic assistance to local governments on comprehensive planning, revitalization strategies, land use, and the formation of affordable housing committees. Her work includes developing public engagement strategies and conducting feasibility analyses on town center developments. She conducts assessments and audits for municipalities in sustainable development, resiliency, State certification programs, and streamlining development processes. Ms. Zezula also provides strategic assistance to local governments, including assistance in developing collaborative public engagement approaches on land use project disputes and comprehensive planning. She has created various public engagement reports for communities across NY and CT. These reports are a culmination of public input facilitated by Ms. Zezula and then categorized and analyzed to highlight the public’s feedback and interests regarding future land use decisions. Finally, she has worked in select communities in the creation of affordable housing committees advocating for affordable housing policy reform and education of citizens on the topic.

Finally, Ms. Zezula is in charge of running the Center’s annual conference. The Center’s annual conference is a significant educational event in the region, with more than 250 attorneys, business professionals, planners and local leaders in attendance to learn about national, regional, and local innovations, challenges, and best practices.

Ms. Zezula is a frequent national speaker on collaborative governance and local decision-making. She is also a frequent guest presenter at the Yale School of Forestry and an adjunct professor at Pace University School of Law on Environmental Dispute Resolution and Sustainable Development Law. She received her J.D. cum laude from Pace Law School in 2003 along with a certificate in Environmental Law. She is a certified mediator in the State of New York.

Donald Calabrese

Vincent D’Ambroso

Charles Dorst

Nan Hayworth

Stephen Hunter

William Mooney, III

Jeff Paraschac

Mecca Santana-Mitchell

Mecca Santana-Mitchell is the Senior Vice President of Diversity Inclusion, and Community Engagement for Westchester Medical Center Health Network, where she is responsible for building and leveraging relationships with external stakeholders, while also ensuring that all internal organizational policies and procedures are aligned with diversity and inclusion best practices. Prior to this position, Ms. Santana served as the Chief Diversity Officer for the State of New York.  Appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2013, Ms. Santana worked on initiatives designed to promote workforce diversity and inclusion, and increase Minority & Women Owned Business (MWBE) procurement opportunities. Prior to joining the Cuomo administration, Ms. Santana was the Executive Director of Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity Management for the New York City Department of Education, where she ensured department-wide compliance with all EEO laws and diversity policies.  Ms. Santana began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office where she prosecuted assorted criminal matters including sex crimes and domestic violence.  Ms. Santana holds certifications from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations in Equal Employment Opportunity Studies and Diversity Management and received her law degree from Hofstra University School of Law.  She is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, where she double majored in Criminal Justice and Political Science.

Veronica Shipp

Maria Trusa

Vice Chair, Resource and Development

Joanne Wright

Margaret Tramontine