Joseph A. Stout, Executive Director

Joseph A. Stout, Executive Director of Westchester Parks Foundation, Inc. has made countless contributions in the field of parks, recreation and conservation in various local communities throughout his 35-year career. With the Foundation since October of 2010 as its first paid Executive Director, Joe has overseen almost $10 million dollars in grants and donations invested in the County Park system as the Foundation has become focused on engaging the public while advocating for the park system.

A lifelong Westchester resident, Joe lives in Harrison with wife Mary Ellen, daughter Kerriann, son-in-law Erik and the family bulldog Hugo where he is a Trustee of the Harrison Emergency Medical Service ambulance board and serves on the town Planning Board. He loves to walk for health in all the county parks, spend time on the beaches of Cape Cod, make homemade pizza and is an avid college and high school basketball fan.  He’s also working on his golf game!

Prior to retiring in 2010, Joe was Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation and under his direction, Westchester County Parks became the first County in New York to be nationally accredited by the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

Christine La Porta, Deputy Executive Director

Christine joined Westchester Parks Foundation in 2013 after more than 10 years in operations and project management in the financial, government, and not-for-profit sectors. Christine oversees the day-to-day operations of WPF and provides leadership for all departments, programs and events.

A native of Westchester, Christine received a BA from Stonehill College and MPA from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, and is a firm believer in the important role of Westchester’s outdoor spaces as vital to the health and well-being of everyone that lives and works here.

Christine previously served as Board Member and Treasurer of the Bronxville Beautification Council, was named one of the 2017 “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” by the Business Council of Westchester, and is a member of the 2018 class of Leadership Westchester. Christine lives in Armonk with her husband and two children, and will often be found walking, running, or biking in her favorite Westchester County Parks.

Erin Cordiner, Director of Volunteer Programs

Erin joined Westchester Parks Foundation in May 2018 as their Volunteer Coordinator and became Director of Volunteer Programs in 2020. She received her Bachelor of Science in Organizational and Community Leadership from the University of Delaware and currently resides in Hawthorne. Erin can be found in the parks hiking, paddleboarding, and biking with her Labrador Retriever, Zephyr. She spends the rest of her free time traveling to National Parks and new places around the globe.

Erin hopes to help beautify and enhance Westchester County Parks through Volunteer Programs and community outreach. She believes parks are important because they provide a safe, fun and beautiful outlet for people of all age ranges and interests. Erin believes Westchester County Parks are a wonderful place to create memories and bond with loved ones!

Mary Ehring, Camp Morty Director

Mary joined Westchester Parks Foundation in November 2019 as the Camp Director of Camp Morty. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from the City College of New York. A Westchester native, Mary currently resides in Tuckahoe.

She has worked in youth development and camping for 7 years. Before joining the Westchester Parks Foundation, Mary worked at The Fresh Air Fund with New York City youth in various capacities. She also lived and worked in Massachusetts as a youth development professional with young people with additional needs.

Linda Fleischer, Finance & Events Coordinator

Linda joined Westchester Parks Foundation in 2011 and supports the organization in guiding our financial systems, providing administrative support, and deep involvement in WPF’s signature events and programs, as well as community communications.

A native of Westchester County, childhood experiences such as fishing and ice skating at Tibbetts Brook Park, swimming at Sprain Ridge Pool, and Playland excursions were the catalyst in sparking a passion for the outdoors which was later shared with her husband, two children and two dogs.  Today, Linda continues her passion for the great outdoor experience by spending time on the county trails with her family.

Being a part of WPF’s sustainability platform for Westchester’s parks system, creating programs that engage the community, and protecting the environment for future generations, are things that she is honored to be a part of.

Eric Harvey, Fundraising & Business Operations

Eric joined Westchester Parks Foundation in May 2016. Eric is responsible for development of membership drives and outreach strategies to grow WPF’s membership base. He also assists with general fundraising, sponsorships, year-end giving, major gifts, capital campaigns, gala and special events, donor research, and gift acknowledgements.

Eric has lived in Westchester his entire life, growing up in Larchmont, living for a few years in New Rochelle as a newlywed and settling with his family in Rye. Eric is married and has three children, 2 sons and a daughter, as well as Boxer named Roxy.

Eric worked his way through high school and college at Rye Playland. He started as a ticket taker, Kiddyland operator, Ride Operator, and eventually ride manager of the Derby Racer and Ticket Manager for the park. He also worked many winters as a Skate Guard at the Ice Casino. He met his wife while working one night at Playland on the Derby Racer.

Eric has an MBA and an International Business Certificate from Iona College, BA in Political Studies from Adelphi University and over 20 years of business experience.

Adam Lippman, Volunteer Coordinator

Adam Joined Westchester Parks Foundation in March 2020 as volunteer coordinator. A graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City, Adam was previously in the web design and development field, as well as in the wine marketing industry. But Adam’s love for natural places and keeping them protected and clean soon sent him down the more rewarding path of conservation and advocacy.

Adam lives in and was raised in nearby Fairfield County, Connecticut. In addition to his work for Westchester Parks Foundation, Adam continues his passions for outdoor stewardship, conservation and visitor engagement as a ridge runner and volunteer on the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut, and as a volunteer docent naturalist at the Shepaug Dam Bald Eagle observatory in Connecticut.  Other interests include section-hiking more of the Appalachian trail, blogging about his adventures, wildlife and nature sketching, as well as a lifelong journey of musical performance and songwriting.

Adam’s favorite Westchester County park is Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, not too far from his home in Norwalk. With so much to offer, you can often find him hiking there with friends and family.

Elyssa Martinez, Program & Recruitment Coordinator

Elyssa joined Westchester Parks Foundation in November 2017 as the Program and Recruitment Coordinator. Elyssa coordinates all of the on-site logistics for WPF’s programs, in addition to assisting Camp Morty with all aspects of staff and camper recruitment. Before joining the Westchester Parks Foundation, she worked for the Westchester County Parks department for three years as an Assistant Event Coordinator at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. This is where her passion for Westchester County-owned parks grew.

She currently resides in Rye, and grew up in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Elyssa loves to spend her time going on adventures with her two Shiba Inu’s Keo, and Loki at any of Westchester’s county parks and trails. She takes daily walks at Playland beach, and is always ready for a great hike. Elyssa hopes to see the world and do more traveling in the future.

“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein

Peter J. Neglia, Manager of Individual Giving

Peter joined Westchester Parks Foundation in March of 2020 but he is certainly no stranger to ‘parks’ here in Westchester. Peter began his career at the Westchester County Board of Elections in 1991 & has held numerous legislative & government positions. His rise through government included serving as Assistant Deputy County Clerk at the Westchester County Clerk’s office; Senior Legislative Aide to the Majority Leader at the Westchester County Board of Legislators; Assistant to the County Executive/Commissioner of Westchester County Parks, Recreation & Conservation working side-by-side with our own Executive Director, Joe Stout, for over 6 years, managing the ‘Legacy’ program where he spearheaded over $50M in recreational ballfield projects throughout Westchester & then being named as the Commissioner of Parks & Recreation in the city of Mount Vernon, NY.

After a 20-year career in the public sector, Peter joined one of the most influential government relations firms as a registered lobbyist & in 2015 he followed his lifelong dream of opening up his very own restaurant, piccolo, located in Port Chester, NY.

Peter is the recipient of the prestigious, ‘Rising Star – Forty under 40’ award from the Business Council of Westchester & the “Italian-American Leadership Award,” from one of the largest not-for-profit organizations founded in 1936, The Italian Board of Guardians. Peter has been recognized with numerous citations & proclamations from U.S. Senators, Congress, Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYS Senators/Assemblyman & the Westchester County Executive.

Born & raised in Brooklyn, NY, following that to a move to Armonk, Peter has fond childhood memories & love for his neighborhood parks & his goal here at the Westchester Parks Foundation is to turn that “love of parks” into “dollars for parks” with all of your generous support.

Peter holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Marist College.

Sam Twardy, Web & Graphics Coordinator
Sam joined Westchester Parks Foundation in the Spring of 2019 as the Web and Graphics Coordinator. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art/Design from SUNY Binghamton. Before Westchester Parks Foundation she worked in multidisciplinary roles across several industries, most recently for Whole Foods Market as a Graphic Artist.

Sam is a Westchester native who loves riding bikes at Glen Island and taking nature walks at Marshland Conservancy. She is also an avid photographer and enjoys photographing the County parks whenever she can.