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Westchester Community Foundation Director to Retire

Long-time Westchester Community Foundation executive director and 2014 914INC Magazine Women In Business Honoree Catherine Marsh has announced she will retire in June 2015. Marsh, a Peekskill resident, joined the Westchester Community Foundation in 1999, and has helped distribute more that $45 million to Westchester nonprofits. Permanent charitable funds have expanded to include those for health and human services, community development, the environment, and the arts. In addition, the Foundation now has endowed funds for programs to benefit two communities, Ossining and Tarrytown. Marsh’s extensive knowledge in nonprofit work, including executive positions at Federated Employment and Guidance Services in New York City and as mid-Hudson director for Volunteers of America, helped the Westchester Community Foundation provide millions of dollars and connect grant seekers to foundations close to their hearts. “I leave knowing that the Foundation enjoys a reputation for thoughtful and strategic grantmaking,” Marsh said. 

Four Promotions at The Westchester County Association

The Westchester County Association (WCA) recently announced the promotion of four of its employees: Amy Allen, who served previously as the WCA’s managing director for advocacy and international business, has been named vice president of the business group. In her new role, Allen will continue to work to spur economic development and innovation in the region. Joelle DiNardi, formerly the WCA’s economic development coordinator, was promoted to managing director for entrepreneurship and innovation, a newly created position where she will oversee efforts to attract early-stage companies to the county.  The WCA also promoted Monica Ortiz from bookkeeper to financial manager, and Laura Montopoli from events assistant to events coordinator.

New President for The College Of Westchester

The College of Westchester Board of Trustees has appointed Mary Beth Del Balzo, LCSW as President and CEO. She replaces Karen Smith, president of the college since 1997, who had recently stepped into the position of Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Del Balzo has been with the college since 1982, most recently as the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer leading the college in its day to day functions and strategic planning and implementation. She has also helped with the development and inception of the online division, and widened the corporate relations reach to better serve the adult community in Westchester. Mrs. Del Balzo also sits on the boards of the Westchester County Association and the Westchester/Putnam/Rockland Counseling Association. 

Sara James

Promotions Announced at the Business Council Of Westchester

The Business Council of Westchester just announced the promotions of two senior staff members: Sara James was named Vice President of Membership and Programs and Allison Calvert was promoted to Director of Special Events, effective immediately. “The Business Council and its members are fortunate to have the experience and know-how of these two professionals and we’re excited to announce these well-deserved promotions,” said Business Council President and CEO Dr. Marsha Gordon. James has been with The Business Council since 2011, and in her broadened role, she will be responsible for the development and retention of membership; identifying strategic business alliances and benefits for members and expanding The Business Council’s presence in the business and corporate community. Calvert joined The Business Council in 2012 as a Special Events Coordinator where she coordinates and plans more than 80 events a year, including the Annual Dinner, Hall of Fame Awards, Rising Stars and many other networking and professional development meetings. Her new role will expand those responsibilities.

Christopher Soi

Ossining Announces New Superintendent of Recreation

The Village of Ossining has appointed Christopher Soi as Superintendent of Recreation. Soi, who assumes the role in January, will be responsible for the coordination of all recreational activities for both the Village and the Town of Ossining. (The Ossining Recreation and Parks Department serves approximately 30,000 people each year.) So will be managing programming in six town-owned parks and eight Village parks, along with the oversight of the Old Croton Aqueduct totaling more than 183 acres with a variety of amenities for residents and visitors.

Prior to accepting his new position in Ossining, Soi was the Assistant Superintendent for the New Castle Recreation and Parks Department. There he was responsible for year-round recreation programs; a summer day camp with over 250 campers; and assisting in the oversight of nine town-owned parks, a community center, and an arts center. Soi also previously served as Recreation Supervisor for the Briarcliff Manor Recreation and Parks Department; Lead Instructor at the New York City Outward Bound Educational Center; and Therapeutic Recreation Program Coordinator at Green Chimneys Children Services, a residential treatment center serving behaviorally challenged youth.

Leason Ellis LLP Adds Two Attorneys

Leason Ellis LLP, a White Plains-based intellectual property law firm has hired attorneys Matthew Kaufmann and Lori Cooper to counsel clients in the areas of patent prosecution and litigation, trademark oppositions, and transactional engagements. Says Leason Ellis Co-Founder and Managing Partner David Leason, “Matt and Lori offer vast intellectual property experience and a deep-seated, client-centered philosophy fundamental to our firm. Their contributions will enrich our ability to provide the best IP counsel to our clients.” Kaufman has extensive experience in all facets of patent acquisition and, as a seasoned patent prosecutor, has advised many high tech companies on portfolio development and patent mining, working closely with management and engineering to facilitate the identification and protection of key technical assets. Cooper’s practice involves all aspects of intellectual property prosecution and litigation, representing individuals and large corporations. Lori brings proficiency in patent, trademark, and copyright litigation matters, and has represented clients in trademark opposition proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Alyzza Ozer

Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester Hires Chief Development Officer

The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester (BGCNW) has appointed Chappaqua resident Alyzza Ozer as chief development officer. Ozer, an attorney who specializes in innovative nonprofit fundraising and marketing, brings nearly 30 years of essential experience in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors. In her new role, Ozer will help foster a culture of philanthropy within the Club and surrounding communities, lead staff and volunteers to expand fund development, and spearhead the implementation of strategies to develop donors as well as financial, volunteering, and mentoring contributions to support the Club. Prior to joining BGCNW, Ozer served as senior vice president of resource development and community engagement at United Way of Westchester and Putnam.

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