This Week's Westchester Kudos And Business Standouts (11/26)

Teresita Wisell, an administrator at Westchester Community College was recognized by the Obama Administration for her work. Plus, other Westchester people and businesses being recognized this week.

WCC Administrator Receives White House Honor

Teresita Wisell, Vice President and Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Westchester Community College, paid a visit to the White House last month, where she was honored at a private ceremony for her role as a “Champion of Change” for promoting citizenship in the workplace. Wisell oversees the Gateway Center, a facility opened in 2010 to expand educational programs and services to the local community. Among other things, the facility offers English language classes, entrepreneurship and financial literacy programs, and citizenship and civic education. “It is such an honor for me to receive this White House Champion of Change Award on behalf of the work that we do at Westchester Community College to support citizenship education of our employees, students and their families,” Wisell said.”

“Gold Maverick” Award Given to Local Biotech CEO

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Dr. Joan Fallon, CEO and founder of Rye- based Curemark, a leading drug research and development company focused on the treatment of neurological and other diseases, was recently honored at The 2014 Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the world’s top honors for businesswomen. Fallon was presented with the “Gold Maverick of the Year Award” at the ceremony, which took place in New York City. Dr. Fallon was recognized for her commitment to realizing her dream of developing a treatment that could help millions of children with autism. “On behalf of the whole team at Curemark, I want to thank the Stevie Awards for recognizing the work we are doing to advance the treatment of autism, a condition that affects millions of families in the U.S. and across the globe,” said Dr. Fallon.  “We are particularly honored to be recognized as Maverick of the Year because disruptive thinking is at the heart of both our scientific research and our business strategy.”

Affordable Housing Developer Named Developer of the Year 

Rella Fogliano, President of The MacQuesten Companies based in Pelham, will be named Developer of the Year by the New York Housing Conference (NYHC) and the National Housing Conference (NHC) at their annual awards event to be held on December 10 at the Hilton New York. This year’s event entitled Reaching New Heights: Leadership, Innovation and Diversity honors industry leaders and highlights the power of constituents to advocate for policy innovations that protect successful affordable housing programs serving people in need. The program will feature symposiums, a networking reception, and an awards program that pays tribute to four industry leaders and the organizations that highlight this principle through their work. 

Fogliano is the leading woman developer of affordable housing in the state of New York. “I am truly honored to receive this prestigious award and to be acknowledged for the housing we’ve developed since 1992 in New York City and Westchester County,” said Fogliano. “I am grateful to the New York Housing Conference and the National Housing Conference for selecting me and my company as its Developer of the Year considering the outstanding honorees who have preceded me.”

MetroPool Honored as WGB-Certified

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White Plains-based MetroPool is the first nonprofit organization in Westchester County to achieve green business certification through Westchester Green Business-Certified (WGB-Certified), a program launched by Westchester County and The Business Council of Westchester earlier this year. MetroPool was honored for the achievement earlier this month. MetroPool has a mission to provide integrated, sustainable solutions that promote mobility, foster community resiliency, reduce environmental impact and enhance quality of life. MetroPool has worked in Westchester County since 1980, providing commuter mobility services to commuters and employers in Westchester County and the downstate region of New York. MetroPool has its own in-house sustainability program.  The program includes a transit subsidy for employees; telecommuting; a sustainable sourcing policy; recycling; filtered water to reduce the use of bottled water, and an energy reduction awareness campaign. “This certification is a result of everyone on our staff working together to reduce our environmental footprint,” said MetroPool president John Lyons. 

White Plains Law Firm Nabs “Tier 1” Ranking

The law firm of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP has received a Tier 1 ranking for Elder Law in the New York metropolitan region by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2015. This marks the fifth consecutive year that the firm has been recognized. The 2015 “Best Law Firm” rankings feature law firms that have demonstrated consistently impressive performance ratings by clients and peers. Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano concentrates its practice on elder law planning, asset protection planning, wills, trusts & estates, Medicaid applications (home care and nursing home), guardianships, nursing home negligence, special needs planning, estate litigation, as well as real estate, corporate and commercial law. The firm has also attained Martindale-Hubbell’s Highest AV-Rated Peer Review Ratings in the legal community. “Our firm is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards, both in our practice of the law and in the treatment toward our clients and peers,” says managing partner Anthony J. Enea. “We feel privileged to be ranked as superior among the nation’s leading firms and will continue to honor that ranking as we move into another year.”

​Katonah Broker Named 2014 Realtor of the Year

Carol Christiansen of Café Realty in Katonah has been named as the Hudson Valley Gateway Association of Realtors (HGAR) Realtor of the Year for 2014. HGAR, which

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represents roughly 9,000 real estate professionals in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, and Bronx counties, selected Christiansen during its annual members meeting at the Doubletree Inn in Tarrytown earlier this month. A nearly 20-year veteran in the real estate industry, Christiansen previously worked at Keller Williams Realty, Prudential Holmes & Kennedy and Preferred Realty Inc.,  and has served on the Realtors association’s board of directors and several of its volunteer committees. She is past president of the Empire-Westchester chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors.

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