Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees 2017-06-15T14:56:11+00:00

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CHAIRPERSON
Joanne Fernandez
Government Affairs Manager, Entergy

Ms. Joanne Fernandez is the Manager of Government Affairs Entergy. Joining Entergy in 2006, Ms. Fernandez has direct responsibility for managing Entergy’s day-to-day state and local government relations including legislative affairs, advocacy and political activities within New York State. She is responsible for issue management, coalition building, grassroots mobilization, trade organizations, lobbying and political action for the Entergy business organization.

Joanne’s work in the community helps to support important local community programs and not-for-profit organizations. She has been recognized for achievement and outstanding corporate citizenship by numerous organizations including: as an “Outstanding Women Business Leader” by the NYC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; as a “Rising Star” by the Business Council of Westchester; as a “Visionary Leader” by Kids Xpress Magazine; “Best Green Friend” by Westchester Parks Foundation; and the Volunteer Center of the United Way. In addition, Joanne serves as an Executive Board Member of Westchester Parks Foundation and the Greater New York American Red Cross.

Her professional associations include the New York Building Congress, the Business Council of Westchester, the New York League of Conservation Voters, and the Business Council of New York State. She is also a member of the Brooklyn Technical High School Alumni Association and 100 Hispanic Women.

Ms. Fernandez brought extensive public policy experience to Entergy. She served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for Governor George Pataki; as a legislative assistant in the New York State Assembly Majority and in the New York State Senate Majority.

A native New Yorker, Joanne graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies with a minor in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy.

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VICE-CHAIRPERSON
Seth Mandelbaum
Partner, McCullough, Goldberger and Staudt, LLP

Seth M. Mandelbaum, Esq. is a partner in the firm of McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP. A resident of White Plains, Mr. Mandelbaum is a member of the New York State and Westchester County Bar Associations, and concentrates his practice in zoning and land use law, environmental law, and related litigation. In 2008, Mr. Mandelbaum became one of only a handful of attorneys in New York to be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED® AP).

Why Support WPF? “Westchester Parks Foundation is worth your support because WPF helps support Westchester’s fantastic and varied park system, by funding and supporting programs that are important to the County at no additional cost to taxpayers. WPF also helps educate the public and advocate for the parks, which are such a critical component of the high quality of life in Westchester County.”

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TREASURER
Mark S. Tulis
Tulis Wilkes Huff & Geiger LLP

Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Tulis currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Westchester County Healthcare Corp. which operates the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. Previously he was a Westchester County Legislator, a Town Supervisor and councilman in the Town of New Castle, has participated in numerous civic, charitable and other political endeavors. He has been afforded the highest attorney rating by Martindale Hubbell.

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SECRETARY
John Kirkpatrick, Esq.
Kirkpatrick Law, LLC

John B. Kirkpatrick is an award-winning attorney, rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell, a White Plains City Councilman, and a principal in the White Plains law firm of Kirkpatrick Law, LLC. A trustee with Westchester Parks Foundation since 2003, he actively contributes his time, expertise, and resources to WPF. Also a city planner and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), he concentrates his practice in the areas of land use and environmental law, and has over forty years of experience in land use planning and development.

Why Support WPF? “I support Westchester Parks Foundation because the County Parks are extremely important to the County’s economic well-being and quality of life!”

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Marlane Amelio
Councilwoman, Town/Village Harrison

Marlane Amelio has served as Councilwoman since 2011, and has over 20 years of experience working in Westchester County. Currently, she is a liaison for the Harrison Ambulance Corps, Food Pantry, and Citizen’s Committee for Downtown Revitalization. She also supervises the clinical staff for New York Medicaid Services for SWBOCES (UDO). Amelio sits on the Beautification Committee and International Horse Fund.

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Joseph V. Apicella
Managing Director of Development, MacQuesten Development LLC

Mr. Apicella is the Managing Director of Development at MacQuesten. He is an accomplished Senior Real Estate Executive responsible for the acquisition, approvals, financing and construction of more than 2 billion dollars’ worth of development in the tri-state area. He holds extensive expertise in managing all aspects of commercial real estate development including site compliance, legal documentation, governmental approvals/grant awards, regulatory compliance, lease negotiations and asset management. He has an established network extending to all levels of county, state and federal government. In 1998 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by Yonkers Business Improvement District, in 2007 the Distinguished Citizenship Award by Yonkers YWCA and in 2009 New Rochelle Businessman of the Year.

Marc J. Berman
Senior Advisor, Macquarie Capital

Marc Berman, a West Harrison resident, is a Senior Advisor at Macquarie Capital and has more than 25 years of experience in financial services focused on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and providing strategic and financial advice primarily to insurance industry clients.  Previously, Mr. Berman was with J.P. Morgan, RBC Capital Markets and Goldman Sachs and started his career as an insurance broker with Marsh & McLennan.

Mr. Berman graduated with an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Berman also serves as President on the Executive Committee of Temple Israel Center of White Plains.

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Nanette Bourne
Senior Vice President, AKRF Hudson Valley

Nanette Bourne is head of AKRF’s Hudson Valley office and is the principal-in-charge for many of the firm’s assignments, providing planning and environmental consulting to such municipalities as the Village of Mount Kisco and the Village of Pelham Manor. Ms. Bourne’s more than 25 years of experience include a broad background in planning and managing or directing numerous planning studies as well as environmental studies and permit applications for large-scale development projects. Ms. Bourne has managed environmental review projects prepared under New York State’s Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and California’s Environmental Quality Act and under federal and local guidelines.

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Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson
Partner, Thompson & Bender

Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson served as Westchester Parks Foundation’s board chair from 2008-2014. She brings to WPF her years of public relations, advertising and marketing experience. Under Liz’s leadership, WPF accomplished many successful projects, including fundraising award receptions and, in cooperation with the County Parks Department, the creation of the Bronx River Walk audio tour on the Bronx River Pathway between Valhalla and Bronxville.

Why Support WPF? “Westchester Parks Foundation is my personal passion. Anyone who lives, works, or spends any time outdoors in Westchester should support WPF to keep our unique and unparalleled 18,000 acres of County parkland green and growing. Our parks help make the quality of life in Westchester special. There are so many choices of Westchester parks to choose from that it’s impossible to select just one. Our parks offer something for everyone, from open space to beautiful pools, from golf courses to hiking trails, from bike paths to special events, there’s a park to power anyone’s personal pursuits. From Yonkers to Yorktown and from the Hudson to the Sound Shores, our Westchester County Parks are our treasure.”

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Linda J. Carrington
Vice President/Branch Manager, The Westchester Bank

Ms. Carrington is responsible for the overall management and daily operations of The Westchester Bank branch in Mount Kisco. In addition to meeting the banking needs of existing customers, she is responsible for developing new business in the area served by the Branch. As a member of the Mount Kisco Rotary Club, Linda has been in commerical banking for 35 years. Her leadership skills combined with her proven ability to develop and maintain positive business relationships, make her uniquely qualified to provide customers with a high degree of personal and professional service.

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Christopher Cawley
Real Estate Broker, William Raveis Legends Realty

Mr. Cawley is a licensed real estate broker in New York. In addition to his professional career, he is an active member of many local business and community associations and has done extensive work with volunteer management and staffing for various charitable organizations.

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Sobeida Cruz
New Business Development,
Charter School of Educational Excellence

Ms. Cruz is formerly the Vice President of Environmental Justice and Public & Governmental Affairs of the Lower Hudson Valley area at the New York Power Authority. Her division reached out to the community through sponsorship of local events, participation in community organizations, education programs, regional speaker’s bureaus, and contact with local officials and business customers in the regions of Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, and Orange counties. Before joining the authority in 1983, Ms. Cruz was elected by the members of Community Planning Board #1 in the South Bronx as the first femaile district manager.

In 1974, she co-founded the Neighborhood Association for Intercultural Affairs Inc. An agency that provides housing preservation and Development as well as social services and advocacy in the South Bronx. She served as president of the Yonkers Puerto Rican Day Parade from 1998-2000, the largest parade in the County of Westchester. Ms. Cruz was the recipient of the National Fellows Program representing the North Eastern Region of the United States. It included a one-year internship in Washington D.C. at the Department of Health and Human Services and the White House.

Ms. Cruz co-founded 100 Hispanic Women, Inc. in 1995, and is one of the founders of Westchester Chapter. Sobeida holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

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John Imbiano
Founding Partner, IQ Landscape Architects PC

John Imbiano is a founding partner and a principal of IQ Landscape Architects PC, established over thirty years ago and located in White Plains. His award-winning firm is a design oriented studio with an emphasis on creating sustainable landscapes for waterfronts, campuses, mixed use developments, and parks. Mr. Imbiano is Principal-in-Charge of many of the firm’s park design and recreation planning projects.

Mr. Imbiano is member of The American Society of Landscape Architects receiving a degree in Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University and a Masters in Urban Design from Pratt Institute.

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Judy Matson
Mount Kisco

Judy Matson is a seasoned community relations professional with extensive experience in non-profit, corporate and government organizations. Strong leadership, consulting and creative skills have resulted in a successful track record for developing and implementing strategic community programs that have been cost effective and achieved maximum impact.

Why Support WPF? “Join Westchester Parks Foundation because it is the ‘way to go’ to love your parks!”

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Michelle McNally
Scarsdale

Michelle McNally has been involved in community activities since the early 1990’s. She has served on the boards of the Edgemont Union Free School District, The Edgemont Community Council, and the Greenburgh Antenna Review Board, as well as her local civic association and other groups active in the Edgemont community. Before starting her family, she worked as a financial analyst at an investment firm.

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Carolyn Curtis Moriarty
Bronxville

Carolyn Curtis Moriarty spent her career on Madison Avenue working for such advertising giants as Alka-Seltzer Brands, Proctor & Gamble and the Miller Brewing Company. She also spent several years at Wells, Rich, Green, the advertising agency responsible for the memorable “I Love New York” campaign. After a stint in publishing, she became a stay at home mother to her daughters Kathleen and Michelle. Now, Carolyn channels her creative energies into volunteer work and has helped boost the visibility of such pet causes as The Junior League, The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Iona College. Daughter of well-known Parks and Recreation visionary Joe Curtis, she is proudest of her work with the Bronxville Beautification Council, a non-profit, volunteer-staffed group of “green believers” in her hometown of Bronxville, New York.

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Glenn Pacchiana
Chief Executive Officer, Thalle Industries

Glenn Pacchiana is the Chief Executive Officer of the Quarry and the Asphalt facility of family owned and operated, Thalle Industries in Fishkill, New York. Through Glenn’s long commitment to a serious and concrete partnership between environmental and business forces, Thalle Industries has long been at the forefront of environmentally friendly policies and practices in its industry. Thalle is proud of its role in keeping Hudson Valley and Big Apple projects supplied with green friendly materials. Glenn is a life-long resident of Westchester County. He lives with his wife Alina and their four children in Briarcliff, NY. Glenn is on the Board of the Business Council of Westchester, Associated General Contractors – New York State, Westchester Parks Foundation and the Briarcliff Public Library.

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Shirley A. Phillips
Mount Vernon

Shirley A. Phillips is a retired Vice President Emeritus of Westchester Community College and former Director of the Westchester Community College Foundation where she worked from 1988 to 2010. Prior to 1988 she was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Katonah Museum of Art, Associate Director of the Westchester Arts Council, Co-founder and Vice President of the Women’s Enterprise Development Center, and consultant to the New York State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, among other not-for-profit groups.

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Jane Solnick
Director of Public Affairs, Con Edison

Ms. Solnick is the Director of Public Affairs in Westchester for Con Edison. Con Edison provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County. In this position, Jane is responsible for handling government relations, community affairs and philanthropy, and serves as an official spokesperson for the company with the media. In addition to Westchester Parks Foundation, she serves on the board of The Business Council of Westchester, and The Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce. Jane is a lifetime resident of Westchester County and has a longstanding record of working effectively with political, business, and local community leaders.

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Elizabeth (Betsy) May Stern
Scarsdale

Betsy Stern has served as President of the Edgemont School Board, Chairman of the Edgemont Recreation Committee and Chairman of the Town of Greenburgh Art and Culture Committee as well as doing volunteer work with Literacy Volunteers and the Mental Health Association. More recently Betsy served as President and then Chairman of the Westchester Community College Foundation. She also served on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Board and established the first affiliate of the Wildflower Center as Westchester Community College Native Plant Center. Betsy also served on the Westchester Medical Center Board and is currently on the Westchester Community College Board of Trustees.

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John P. Sullivan
Owner, Sullivan Architecture, P.C.

John P. Sullivan has over 28 years of experience operating his own firm. His work is diversified having designed numerous building types from master planned small and large scale residential developments. Currently, he is the Vice Chairman of the New York State Department of Education Board of Architecture and serves on the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Licensure Task Force Committee. His firm has been the recipient of 12 Design Awards from the American Institute of Architects, including civic and recognition awards.

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Larry Wilson
Owner, Lawrence Landscape Design

Mr. Wilson is a Landscape Contractor. His firm, Lawrence Landscape Design, based in Yonkers, is a full service landscape company serving lower Westchester. His volunteer service includes eleven years with the Westchester County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Board, and leadership of government affairs and industry advocacy projects for the landscape industry throughout New York State. He is President of the Hyatt Association of Southeast Yonkers, and has established numerous volunteer credentials for work with local community organizations in Yonkers.

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Kathleen O’Connor
EX-OFFICIO (non-voting)
Commissioner
Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation

Kathleen O’Connor has more than 30 years experience in the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation (PRC). Starting out in 1980 as a program specialist in camping, she has held several job titles throughout her career with Parks, including recreation supervisor, assistant manager of the Westchester County Center, director of recreation programs and services, deputy commissioner and acting commissioner. She is the first woman commissioner of PRC. As commissioner of Westchester County Parks, O’Connor oversees an operating budget of $50 million and a capital budget of $250 million. She supervises a staff of more than 250 full-time employees, 1,000 summer staff, and the operation of 50 parks and recreation facilities encompassing over 18,000 acres of parkland.

A resident of Mount Pleasant, O’Connor is a past president of Westchester Recreation and Parks Society (WRAPS), a recipient of the organization’s Peter J. Mayer Award of Merit for Lifetime Achievement in Recreation and past vice president of the New York State Recreation and Parks Society (NYSRPS). She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and holds a B.S. in Leisure Sports and Services.