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Westchester County Revolving Door


Lifting Up Westchester Names Executive Director

Anahaita Kotval is now Lifting Up Westchester’s new executive director. A lifelong Westchester County resident, Kotval is a Harvard Law School graduate and, since 2011, she has been serving as the Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel of Inspirica, a Stamford-based nonprofit organization dedicated to combatting homelessness. She has a decorated history of official positions, some of which include prosecutor for the Enforcement Division of US Securities and Exchange Commission, Managing Director and General Counsel of RBS Global Banking & Markets, and board member of the Legal and Compliance Division of the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association.


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Appoints Dr. Gwen Nichols as Chief Medical Officer

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) recently announced its appointment of Gwen Nichols as Chief Medical Officer. Nichols will direct the agency’s research grants program, as well as its Therapy Acceleration Program. She will also supervise and regulate the development and performance of the support service LLS provides for blood cancer patients, available in forms such as educational resources, support groups and online patient communities. In addition, Nichols will actively advocate public policy at the state and federal level, incorporating feedback from patients to help improve access to care and quicken cures. From 2007 until just recently, Nichols was the oncology site head of Roche Translational Clinical Research Center, having also spent more than a decade at Columbia University as the director of Hematologic Malignancies Program.


Westchester Medical Center Health Network Appoints Kevin Caraccio as Senior Vice President, Development

The Westchester Medical Center Health Network has announced its appointment of Kevin Caraccio as its Senior Vice President. Caraccio will collaborate with senior administration and network affiliate leadership in order to define and create the Center’s philanthropic directions across the 10 hospitals within its network. He will propel the development and implementation of both local and network-wide yearly giving, cultivation, and stewardship programs, as well as events tailored to engage stakeholders across the network to reinforce programs, facilities, and services offered throughout the region. Most recently, Caraccio was the Assistant Vice President of Advancement at Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami; there, he led the team responsible for raising $1 billion for a comprehensive campaign, a goal reached 18 months before the deadline. He also helped fund basic science and clinical research, medical education, patient care programs, and facilities.


Heineken USA Announces New Marketing Executive Appointment

Felix Palau has been chosen to serve as the new Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Heineken USA brand. For the last two years, he has been the Vice President of Marketing for Tecate, leading the implementation of the new Born Bold platform that contributed to Tecate’s growth. Prior to Tecate, Palau worked with Heineken to develop sales strategies and marking initiatives for the flagship beer.


WJCS Appoints Shannon Van Loon Assistant Executive Director

Shannon Van Loon joins the Westchester Jewish Community Services team as Assistant Executive Director of Children, Youth, and Family Services. She has spent 15 years in nonprofit social services management, concentrating on child development and communities at risk, having served as the Vice President of strategic development for the New York Center for Child Development and the New York Center for Infants and Toddlers, Inc.


Signature Bank Welcomes Former County Economic Development Director

William M. Mooney III, Westchester County’s former economic development director, has announced his return to the private sector after seven years on County Executive Rob Astorino’s staff. He will join Signature Bank’s private client banking team in Greenwich as senior vice president and a group director. Mooney is a former lawyer in private practice, having also worked as the senior assistant for government operations with Astorino. In June 2014, he was named the director of the County Office of Economic Development and the executive director of the Industrial Development Agency and Local Development Corporation.


Longtime Burke Rehab Leader Steps Down

Dr. Mary Beth Walsh retired in April after 22 years as CEO and executive medical director of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, ending her 37-year history with the company. Walsh is also the director of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association and a member of the American Hospital Association board of trustees and post-acute care steering committee. The recipient of the Women’s Healthcare Network Founder’s Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arthritis Foundation (2013), Walsh will be succeeded by Jeffrey Menkes, the Montefiore Health System senior vice president for network development.


Pace University Appoints Keville Frederickson as the Founding Director of the PhD in Nursing Program

Keville Frederickson, EdD, RN, FAAN has been appointed by Pace University’s College of Health Professions as the Founding Director of the PhD in Nursing program, the only PhD program offered in the mid-Hudson region. In this role, Frederickson will oversee the program through her recruitment and mentorship of incoming students. She joined the College three years ago, after having served as Executive Officer of the PhD program in Nursing at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.


Westchester Elder Law Firm Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano Welcomes Marco E. Fara as a Senior Associate Attorney

The law firm of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP recently announced that Marco E. Fara has joined its team as a Senior Associate attorney. Fara is proficient in General Civil Litigation, Estate Litigation, Family Law and Divorce, Contested Guardianship Proceeding, and Real Property Law. Before obtaining this position, he held a private practice that represented clients in matrimonial law, family law, and real estate closings. Fara received his B.S. in Business Administration from Pace University and his J.D. from the Michigan State University College of Law.


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