Seth Mandelbaum
Managing 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.”


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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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.


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!”


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.

Keith R. Betensky, Esq.
Managing Partner, Law Offices of Keith R. Betensky

Keith R. Betensky, Esq. is the managing partner at the Law Offices of Keith R. Betensky and Of Counsel to McCullough Goldberger and Staudt, LLP.  Since 2002, he has successfully closed a wide variety of residential and commercial real estate deals throughout the New York Metropolitan area including purchase and sale, leasing and financing.  Mr. Betensky also specializes in telecommunications law, environmental law, commercial contracts, equestrian estates, land use/zoning/municipal law, and trusts & estates.

Mr. Betensky’s community involvement has included coaching youth soccer and baseball, co-chairing the Environmental Law Committee of the Westchester County Bar Association, teaching at the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, serving as Treasurer of the Board of Managers of a Condominium,  and acting as President emeritus of the Bedford Village Business Association.

A native New Yorker, Keith earned his bachelor of arts, cum laude,from Tufts University and his juris doctor from Northeastern University.

Why Support WPF? “I support Westchester Parks Foundation because I regularly use and enjoy the County parks system and I believe in preserving and improving this great resource for generations to come.”


Nanette Bourne
Principal – Director, Hudson Valley, Sam Schwartz Consulting

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.

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.”


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.


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.

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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April Horton
Government and External Affairs, Verizon

April Horton is a Government and External Affairs professional for Verizon. She leads all government affairs and legislative activity in the New York Midstate region, the Bronx and Manhattan. In this capacity, she is responsible for securing Verizon’s short-term objectives and advancing its long-term legislative goals.  She is also responsible for philanthropic strategy, grant-making and initiatives in the Foundation’s issues areas of education, healthcare, and sustainability. She believes public and private partnerships are the key to healthy and thriving communities. Horton resides in the Bronx.

Martin A. Kamarck

Martin (“Tino”) Kamarck was born to American parents in Rome, Italy and grew up and attended public schools in Montgomery County, Maryland.  He was graduated from Haverford College in 1971, and received JD from Stanford Law School in 1975.

Since June of 2017, Mr. Kamarck has been an independent director and chair of the board’s Compensation Committee of Granite Point Mortgage Trust, Inc. (NYSE: GPMT), a commercial mortgage REIT.

He has also been a trustee of the Brewster (MA) Conservation Trust since 2009.  Since moving to Westchester County in 2016, Mr. Kamarck has been increasingly involved as a donor to, and volunteer with, the Westchester Land Trust and the Westchester Parks Foundation.

In 2010, Mr Kamarck co-founded Elanus Capital Management, LLC, a specialized alternative asset management firm with a niche strategy in “capital release trades” with commercial banks.  He was a partner in that firm, directing diligence strategies and transaction structuring, until his retirement in June of this year.

Throughout his career, Mr Kamarck has been animated by an ethic of civic and community service, having been, inter alia, a board member of Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. of Anacostia; Chair of the Arlington County (VA) Transportation Commission; a board member of Einstein Medical School’s Center for Autistic Children’s Development; a trustee of the Berkeley Carroll School (Brooklyn, NY); a board member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers; a board member (and Vice Chair) of the Association of Financial Guaranty Insurers;  a board member of the Appleseed Foundation; a member of the Brewster (MA) Housing Partnership and Community Preservation Committees; president and board member of the Brewster Cemetery Association; board member of the Rock Creek Conservancy; board member and treasurer of 1230 Park Avenue Inc. (a NYC co-op corporation); and volunteer with the Prospect Park and Central Park Conservancies.

Mr Kamarck is married and has 3 grown children and 8 grandchildren.


Donna Layne
White Plains

Donna Layne is a 7 year resident of White Plains and 16 year resident of Westchester County. She is also a veteran in the agricultural commodities industry, having worked for Bunge Ltd for 17+ years in the heart of downtown White Plains. The last 5 years she has had a focus on the Financial Sector within the commodities field. She was born and raised in New York City and has spent time living in every boro except Queens, NY!

A graduate of NYU, she attended an accelerated program where she was able to complete a 5 year program in 4 years and finish with a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Communications, Management and Technology. She has tailored her skill set to include Project Management, Public Relations and Public Speaking to name a few. Her extracurricular activities included playing basketball and volleyball at the collegiate level. She garnered All American Honors in Basketball at NYU and went on to pursue a professional basketball career overseas in Brazil and was invited to try out for the WNBA.

A mother of 2, in her spare time she coaches basketball on the AAU Travel Level.

Judy Matson, Life Trustee

Judy Matson was a seasoned community relations professional with extensive experience in non-profit, corporate and government organizations, serving Westchester County for many decades.


Carolyn Curtis Moriarty

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.

J. Henry Neale, Jr.

Henry has been a leader in public policy advocacy supporting progressive causes for a long time. He attended the famous 1973 gathering in Ardsley when representatives of environmental organizations allied by past support for effective State legislation revised the structure of a citizens/ coalition named Environmental Planning Lobby (“EPL”) . Henry soon became an EPL Director. Al though the name was later changed to Environmental Advocates of New York (“EANY”) , he is still a Director, after being, variously: Chair of almost every EPL/EANY Committee, Secretary, Treasurer and President. Henry led an alliance which advocated relentlessly during nine years to obtain adoption of the Returnable Beverage Container Act (“the Bottle Bill”), a rare legislative victory by citizen advocates who defeated vigorous opposition by industry lobbyists. Governor Mario Cuomo appointed Henry, representing the environmental constituency, a Member of the State Commission which studied “Bottle Bill” results and reported it successful.

Except for Amherst College, NYU Law School, uneventful U.S. Marine Corps service and two years in New York City Mayor/s Office, Henry lived his entire life in Westchester County.


Chris O’Callaghan
Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle

Chris O’Callaghan serves as a Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle located in the New York and Stamford, Conn. offices. He is responsible for Westchester County. O’Callaghan has been one of the most active commercial office brokers in the Tri-State Region for the past 30 years. Mr. O’Callaghan is the former Chairman of the Board of the Business Council of Westchester County.  O’Callaghan is on the Board of Governors of the Westchester Country Club in Rye. and is also a member of The Real Estate Finance Association. O’Callaghan resides in Rye.


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.


Shirley A. Phillips, Life Trustee
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.

Dorothy Plechaty
J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Dorothy Plechaty is a marketing and writing professional with 10 years of experience in the financial services industry. In her current role, she writes, edits and project manages content for J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

Outside of work, Dorothy is passionate about sustainability and believes parks play an integral role in a healthy environment! Growing up in Katonah, NY, she attended the Young Farmer’s camp at Muscoot Farm and nature camp at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, and these experiences led her to love and appreciate nature. She enjoys going outside to ski, bike, trail run and hike locally and abroad.

Dorothy received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Connecticut College and spent a semester abroad in New Zealand with the School for International Training. She also has an MBA in marketing and management from the Stern School of Business at NYU, where her coursework included classes on sustainability and business.


Avi Spira
Chief Compliance, Risk & Privacy Officer, FUJIFILM

Avi Spira, a resident of New Rochelle, is the Chief Compliance, Risk & Privacy Officer at Fujifilm Holdings America Corporation. He is responsible for the company’s corporate ethics & compliance program with a focus on global Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption laws (ABAC), including FCPA, UKBA, privacy laws and other legal compliance matters, as well as US-based laws and regulations. He engages in risk management evaluation processes and oversees corporate insurance programs, while also managing corporate privacy matters. In his spare time, Spira enjoys participating in charity cycling events and triathlons.


Elizabeth (Betsy) May Stern

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.


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.


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.


Kathleen O’Connor
EX-OFFICIO (non-voting)
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.