January 29, 2020

Five New Members Join the United Way Board

White Plains, NY (January 2020) – United Way of Westchester and Putnam announces the appointment of five new members to its Board of Directors. Elmsford Superintendent of Schools Marc Baiocco, Ed.D., of Vista; Jonathan M. Cocchiola, CPA, of Yonkers; Marjorie Ciucci of Mahopac, John Flannery, Esq, of Chappaqua; and Tiffany Zezula, Esq., of Ridgefield, Conn. were all elected to serve three-year terms on the board.

“Marc, Jonathan, Marj, John, and Tiffany are welcome additions to the United Way Board of Directors,” said Board Chairwoman June Blanc. “Their diverse backgrounds will bring knowledge and experience to our organization.”

Dr. Marc Baiocco became the Superintendent of the Elmsford Union Free School District in 2017, after serving eight years as the principal at Alexander Hamilton High School in the district. Prior to joining the Elmsford School District, he was with the Yonkers School District for 11 years.

Jonathan M. Cocchiola, a certified public accountant, is the director of finance for MGM Empire City Casino in Yonkers, which was purchased by the entertainment giant in 2019. He has been with Empire City Casino since 2013.

John Flannery, Esq, is the managing partner with the law firm of Wilson Elser in White Plains. His practice focuses on civil litigation, including claims involving toxic torts, commercial disputes, civil rights, municipal and product liability, and employment litigation.

Marj Ciucci is a Senior Employee Benefits Consultant for Lawley Insurance and Employee Benefits based in Mahopac. She helps clients design, shop and implements employee benefits packages. She works closely with them to ensure their compliance and administrative needs are met. Prior to joining Lawley, Ciucci owned her own brokerage, MAC Creative Plan Solutions, for almost 17 years.

Tiffany Zezula, Esq. is deputy director for the Land Use Law Center at Pace Law University School of Law in White Plains. 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.

United Way of Westchester and Putnam helps residents to be self-sufficient and thrive in a stronger community, by providing strategic resources and tools to marginalized populations in crisis. These include the 2-1-1 helpline, early literacy programming for preschoolers, job skills training and financial empowerment for adults, as well as access to health services. We partner with corporations, nonprofits, schools, and governments to further our impact by leveraging our collective strengths against the strongholds of poverty.

For more information about United Way of Westchester and Putnam call 914.997.6700, or visit

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