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The 2020 Women in Business Awards

On Thursday, November 19th, 2020, 914INC. virtually held the 10th Annual 2020 Women in Business Awards in conjunction with the Magazine’s Q4 issue. This year’s celebration kicked off with speed networking and a virtual expo featuring this year’s event sponsors, followed by an uplifting keynote from New York LIVE’s Sara Gore. 914INC. Editor Amy Partridge led the award ceremony honoring this year’s class of Women in Business honorees!

Congratulations to all of this year’s Women in Business honorees and thank you to all of the sponsors that helped make this event possible.

Check back in 2021 for more information on the 2021 Women in Business Awards and their respective nomination dates.

Congratulations to Our 2021 Women in Business Honorees!

Alina Baum, PhD
Senior Staff Scientist Infectious Diseases

Josephine Bertrams
Senior Vice President, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
Heineken USA

Catherine Cioffi
Director of Communications
Office of County Executive George Latimer

Dr. Meera Garcia
Division Chief of General Obstetrics & Gynecology
NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital

Alicia Grande
CEO & Founder
Grande Cosmetics

Joan McDonald
Director of Operations
Office of County Executive George Latimer

Leigh Anne McMahon
Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer
White Plains Hospital

Susan Monaco
Chief Revenue Officer
CareMount Medical

Dr. Karen Murray
Associate Dean of Admissions
New York Medical College School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology 
New York Medical College

Sue Norton
Vice President of Global Citizenship
PepsiCo Inc.
Vice President 
PepsiCo Foundation

Charlotte Ostman
The Mental Health Association of Westchester

Bettye H. Perkins, EdD
Founder & CEO
Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers

Emily Saltzman
Deputy Director of Operations
Office of County Executive George Latimer

Ellen Sledge
Founder & CEO
Penny Lick Ice Cream Company

Julie Switzer
Executive Vice President Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel

Louise Weadock
CEO & Chief Nursing Officer 
ACCESS Nursing Services

Stephanie Weston
Vice President Retail Market Manager
The Westchester Bank

Joanne Wright
Vice President, Enterprise Operations & Services

The 2020 Women in Business Virtual Booths

Cabot Creamery
Based in Vermont

California Closets
16 Saw Mill River Road
Hawthorne, NY 10532
(914) 592-1001

CareMount Medical
Multiple Locations throughout Westchester & New York State

Enormous Creative
Official Video Partner
32 N Division Street #1
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 800-9222

Leros Point to Point
400 Columbus Ave Suite 160E
Valhalla, NY 10595
(914) 747-2300

Mental Health Association of Westchester
580 White Plains Road, Suite 510
Tarrytown, NY 10591

Professional Women of Westchester
Based out of Westchester

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
777 Old Saw Mill River Road
Tarrytown, NY 10591
(914) 847-7000

Robison Oil
1 Gateway Plaza 4th Floor
Port Chester, NY 10573
(914) 345-5700

The Westchester Bank
Multiple Locations in Westchester

Westchester County Government
148 Martine Ave
White Plains, NY 10601

Westchester Talk Radio
PO Box #517
Purchase, NY 10577

White Plains Hospital
41 E Post Road
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 681-0600

Yankwitt LLP
140 Grand St Suite 705
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 686-1500


Join 914INC. In Celebration of Westchester’s Leading Businesswomen!

Partner with 914INC. as we host the 10th annual Women in Business Luncheon. This traditionally sold-out event features a keynote speaker and celebrates the accomplishments of the women profiled in 914INC.’s Q4 issue. More than 450 attendees will have the opportunity to network with sponsors and guests before and after the luncheon.

Connect with regional female business owners, civic leaders and key executives from local and national businesses throughout the area.

Click Here For Sponsorship Packages.

For more information on becoming a sponsor, call (914) 345-0601 ext. 138 or email sales@westchestermagazine.com.
For general information, email marketing@westchestermagazine.com.


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CareMount Medical is the largest independent multi-specialty medical group in New York State.  Comprised of 650 physicians and advanced practice providers in 50 specialties, CareMount provides medical care of the highest quality to 665,000+ patients in 45+ offices throughout Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, and Ulster counties and New York City.

For nearly 75 years, The Mental Health Association of Westchester has provided advocacy, community education and direct services. As a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center, MHA delivers services regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. Integrated clinic services include psychotherapy, substance use disorder treatment, peer and family support, employment services, and care management.

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Yankwitt LLP is Westchester County’s premier litigation-only law firm and boasts one of the largest litigation teams in the county. The firm represents individuals and businesses in a broad range of commercial matters and serves as trial counsel on high-stakes cases in Westchester and throughout New York for national and local law firms. With Yankwitt LLP, our clients get New York City-trained attorneys without the New York City price tag.


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Keynote Speaker

Sara Gore

Co-Host of NBC’s New York Live

An Emmy® award-winning broadcast professional and one of the nation’s most recognized lifestyle experts, Sara Gore is the co-host of New York Live, NBC 4 New York’s popular daily lifestyle series.  Airing weekdays at 11:30 AM, Gore and co-host Jacque Reid serve up a daily dose of the very best New York has to offer from the latest fashion trends to celebrity news and interviews, top food and restaurant choices, and entertainment.

In addition to her work on New York Live and sister station NBC 10 Boston’s The Hub Today, Gore is the host of the nationally-syndicated real estate and design show Open HouseProduced by NBC’s independent production arm LX.TV, the weekly series airs on NBC Owned Stations across the country and takes viewers into the country’s most lavish (and in some cases, celebrity) homes, while delivering advice and inspiration from the industry’s best designers, in demand brokers, and home improvement experts.

Gore also serves as host for NBC’s 1st Look “Live on the Red Carpet” specials for the Golden Globes, Primetime Emmy Awards, and for other live specials produced for LX.TV.  Over the past decade, she has logged over 3000 hours of live and taped television through her combined work for NBC 4 New York, NBC 10 Boston and LX.TV.

Early in her career, Gore pursued her passion for food by working as a personal chef, food columnist, running her own catering company, and as a line cook for internationally renowned chef/restaurateur, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Her culinary skills have been showcased to national audiences through appearances on TODAY, The Steve Harvey Show and The Martha Stewart Show).  Gore has been featured in commercials for DeCecco Pasta and as the face of Dinner Made Easy for General Mills.  She has also appeared on the Food Network as a guest judge on Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition and regularly serves as a guest judge on Beat Bobby Flay.

Gore is in production on her Emmy®-nominated new cooking show Recipe Revamp taking food lovers on a journey to the best restaurants and the opportunity to sit with the world’s most renowned chefs as they demonstrate their signature dishes. Her next step is taking viewers into her own kitchen to recreate the dish for the home cook. Scheduled to air in 2020 on NBC’s top markets on Saturday nights, the show is meant to both energize and entertain novices and professionals alike celebrating the artistry and instruction that will make anyone feel like a Top Chef in their own home.

Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day (and the one that her kids love the most) Sara has also produced a series of 30-60 second cooking vignettes called “Breakfast with Open House.” These can be accessed on her Facebook page, at www.breakfastwithopenhouse.com, or running in the back of a NYC taxi cab.

Originally from upstate New York, Gore graduated summa cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College as a Communications Major and Business/Theater Minor.  She currently resides with her family in Westchester County.

To learn more about Sara Gore, follow her life and food on Instagram and Twitter @sara_gore or on Facebook.com/saragoretv

Past Women in Business Honorees


Irene Amato
Founder & CEO
A.S.A.P. Mortgage

Kara Bennorth
Executive Vice President & Chief
Administrative Officer

Vilma E. Bordonaro, M.B.A.
Chief of Staff
New York Medical College

Colby Brock
Property Manager
New Rochelle Hotel Associates,
DBA Radisson Hotel

Astara N. Crews
Director of Regulatory Affairs/Compliance
& Privacy Officer
ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP

Edie Demas
Former Executive Director
Jacob Burns Film Center

Geri Eisenman Pell
Private Wealth Advisor & CEO
Pell Wealth Partners

Susan Fox, PHD
President & CEO
Westchester Institute for Human Development

Bridget Gibbons
Director of Economic Development
Westchester County

Angela Gonzalez-Perez
Vice President, Operations
NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital

Leslie Gordon
President & CEO
Feeding Westchester

Sarah Jones-Maturo
RM Friedland LLC

Ellen Koelsch
Co-Owner & Vice President
Club Fit

Michele A. Lazzara, CPA, CGMA
Marks Paneth LLP

Marcie Manfredonia Siciliano
Nationwide Maintenance & General Contracting, Inc.; CBD Live Natural, Inc.; Custom Candle Co., Inc.; and Bedford Hills Wine & Beer Bar

Lydia A. Milone, ESQ.
BodnarMilone LLP

Lori Morton, PHD
Vice President of Research

Diane Rooney, CPA
Chief Accounting Officer
CareMount Medical

Ellen Rothschild
Cofounder, CMO

Michele Thomas
Executive Vice President
Osborn Home Care


Lynne Allan
Greater Hudson Bank

Amy Allen
Vice President
Westchester County Association

Taryn Duffy
Vice President of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway

Dawn French
Senior Vice President of Marketing & Community Relations
White Plains Hospital

Christina Gilmartin
Communications Director
City of Yonkers

Roxana Q. Girland
President & CEO
Sebastian Capital

Tibisay Guzman
Executive Director & CEO
The Arc Westchester

Millie Hernandez-Becker
Skyqueen Enterprises

Jennifer Howard
President & Founder
JWH Design & Cabinetry

Maria Imperial
YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester

Chereese Jervis-Hill
Events to Remember

Jill Leonard Tavello
Beth Leonard Hollis
Executive Vice Presidents
Stew Leonards

Vicki McKinney
COO & Chief Revenue Officer
Westmed Practice Partners

Jennifer Riekert
Vice President of Communications & Strategic Initiatives
New York Medical College

Livia Straus
Co-Founder & Board President
Hudson Valley MOCA
Editors’ Award for Transformative Achievement

Alana Sweeny
President & CEO
United Way of Westchester & Putnam

Kim Van Orman
Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
USI Insurance Services

Doris Varlese, ESQ.
General Counsel
CareMount Medical


Frances Bordoni
Senior VP, Ambulatory & Physician Services & Business Development
White Plains Hospital

Catherine Borgia
Majority Leader, County Legislator
Westchester County Board of Lesgislators

Maria Bronzi
Director of Strategic Partnership
Altium Wealth

Karen Brown
Hudson Barter Exchange

Cheray Burnett
VP of Administration
St. Johns Riverside Hospital

Dr. Joan Fallon

Dr. Marsha Gordon
President & CEO
The Business Council of Westchester
Editors’ Award for Transformative Achievement

Sara James
Senior Vice President
Business Council of Westchester

Antoinette Klatzky
Co-Creator & Executive Director
Eileen Fischer Leadership Institute

Marcie Klein
EVP, Chief Communications Officer
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Beth Levine
Senior VP, Associate General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Lisa McCullagh
Founder & President
Scarborough & Tweed

Dr. Belinda S. Miles
Westchester Community College

Donna Montalto
Chief of Staff & Senior Director of Special Projects
CareMount Medical

Cynthia Rubino
President & CEO
YMCA of Central & Northern Westchester

Lea Tal
TAL Healthcare

Vanessa Wakeman
Founder & CEO
The Wakeman Agency


Pamela I. Anderson
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Inc.

Rose Cappa-Rotunno
The Event Department

Angela Ciminello
Vice President of Development and Marketing

Robin Colner
Founder and CEO
DigiStar Media

Mary Gadomski
Director of Business Development & Community Relations
VNS Westchester

Jamie Imperati
President and Founder
Professional Women of Westchester

Karen R. Lawrence
Sarah Lawrence College

Jennifer Lofaro
Bleakly Platt Schmidt

Rita C. Mabli
President and CEO
United Hebrew of New Rochelle

Karen Mackey Witherspoon
Sharon Mackey McGee
Mackey Twins Art Gallery

Paula Mandel
Senior Vice President and Area Executive
M&T Bank

Kathy Meany
Director, Women’s Leadership Institute
Manhattanville College

Stacey Petrower
NYP/Huson Valley Hospital

Denise A. Povolny
Senior Vice President & Business Baking Sales Leadership
Key Bank

Tierney Saccavino
Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications
Acorda Therapeutics

Stacey Tompkins
Tompkins Excavating

Maria Valente


Katrina Adams

Dr. Sherlita Amler
Westchester County Department of Health

Jill C. Anderon
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Business Development
New York Power Authority

Laura L. Forese M.D. M.P.H.
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Helene Godin
By The Way Bakery

Bonnie Hagen
Founder & Chief Operating Officer
Bright Energy Services

Jacqueline Hattar
Wilson Elser

Judith Huntington
College of New Rochelle

Leslie Jackson
Senior Director of Operations & Chief of Nursing Operator
Mount Kisco Medical Group

Maria Karalis
Managing Partner

Leslie Lampert
Cafe of Love

Milagros Lecuona
City of White Plains

Ellen Lynch
President & CEO
The Food Bank of Westchester

Agnes Mullady
President & COO
Gabelli Funds

Maria Pampafikos
Co-Owner & Vice President
Royal Regency Hotel

Robin Russo
Robin Leedy & Associates (RLA)

Jane Solnick
Director of Westchester Public Affairs

Andrea Stewart-Cousins
New York State Senator

Sandra Usleman
Chief Sales Officer
USI Insurance Services


Janis Archer
Director of Strategy Management
New York Power Authority

Liz Bracken-Thompson
Thompson & Bender

Erica Breining
Bellava MedAesthetics & Plastic Surgery

Natasha Caputo
Westchester County Tourism

Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, MD
President, CEO & Founder

Barbara Finkelstein
Chief Executive Officer
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

Susan Fox
White Plains Hospital

Merin Joseph
EVP and Chief Information Officer
WESTMED Medical Group and WESTMED Practice Partners

Wilson Kimball
Commissioner of Planning and Development
City of Yonkers

Julie Kinch
SVP, Chief Legal Officer
Heineken USA

Ruth Mahoney
KeyBank, Hudson Valley/Metro NY District

Catherine Marsh
Executive Director
Westchester Community Foundation

Anne Papaelias
Vice President of Human Resources
Curtis Instruments

Nuala Ronan
Managing Partner

Jodi Rosenwasser Levine
Jodi’s Gym

Patricia Vitelli
Vice President of Finance

Gay Wheeler-Smith
Kecia Palmer-Cousins
G&K Sweet Foods


Nichelle A. Johnson, ESQ.
Corporation Counsel/Acting Chief of Staff
City of Mount Vernon

Joanne Murray
Allan Block AGency, Inc.

Jenifer Ross

Laura Alemzadeh
General Counsel
Kawaski Rain Car, Inc.

Jennifer Williams
Partner/Director of Marketing
R3 Energy Management Audit & Review LLC

Tanya Scholl
Partner/Director of Sales
R3 Energy Management Audit & Review LLC

Jean Marie Connolly
Senior Director
BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Roseanne Alletto
VP of Sales Operations
POP Displays

Stacey Tank
SVP & Chief Corporate Relations Officer

Carolyn Mandelker
Founder and President
Harrison Edwards PR and Marketing

Georganne Chapin
President, CEO
Hudson Health Plan

Jane Wasman
President, International & General Counsel
Acorda Therapeutics

Judith Werbitt
Senior Vice President, Wealth Management
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Susan Wayne
President and CEO
Family Services of Westchester


Ginni Rometty
Chairman, CEO and President

Indra Nooyi
Chairman and CEO
PepsiCo Inc.

Janet Hasson
President and Publisher
The Journal News Media Group

Janet Langsam
Arts Westchester

Janine Rose
News Director, Anchorwoman & General Manager
News 12 Westchester

Kimberly Cline
Mercy College

Kunjlata Ashar, MD
Medical Examiner
Westchester County Department of Laboratories & Research

Laureen Barber
Co-Owner and Design Director
Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Linda Sandford
Senior Vice President
Enterprise Transformation IBM

Lea Cullen Boyer
Founder and Managing Director
Green Guru Network

Marsha Rand
CEO and Founder
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

Martha Stewart
Founder and Chairman
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

Nancy Woodruff Ment
President and CEO

Nita Lowey
New York State Congresswoman

Roberta Bernhardt
CPA Partner
Citrin Cooperman & Co., LLP


Andrea Andrews
Groovy on Grand

Alice Benedetto
Founder and President
Raw Indulgence, Ltd.

Bobbie Gottlieb
Co-Founder and CEO
Two’s Company, Inc.

Brenda LaManna
Founder and CEO
Damselfly Designs, Inc.

Candida Canfield
Founder and CEO
Dinner in Hand

Chris Madden
Founder and CEO
Chris Madden, Inc.

Christina Rae
Founder and President
Buzz Creators

Daniele Churchill
Churchills of Mount Kisco

Diana Gould
Founder and CEO
Diana Gould Ltd. Floral and Event Decor

Eileen Fischer
Founder and Principal Owner
Eileen Fischer, Inc.

Elizabeth Perelstein
Found and CEO
School Choice International

Geri S. Krauss
Owner and Founder
Krauss PLLC

Genevieve Piturro
Pajama Program

Jan Johnsen
Founder and Co-Pricipal
Johnsen Landscape & Pools

June Goldfinger
Operative Partner; Principal & Designer
Katonah General Store; The June Goldfinger Collection

Karen Spencer
President and Creative Director
Spencer Creative Group

Laura Loughlin
Founder and CEO; Co-Founder and COO
Loughlin Personnel Ltd.; Westerly-Enright

Lisa Primeggia
Groovy on Grand

Lisa Schwartz
Co-Founder, Owner and Farmer
Rainbeau Ridge

Lori Land
Churchills of Mount Kisco

Lynne Lambert
Founder, President and Chief Creative Director
NYC Subway Line

Mary Jane Denzer
Founder and Owner
Mary Jane Denzer Design Boutique

Renee M. Brown
Founder, President and CEO
C.W. Brown

Sharon Rowe
Founder and CEO
Eco-Bags Products, Inc.

Stacey Cohen
Founder and President
Co-Communications, Inc.

Susan Villamena
Co-Founder, Owner and CEO

Tara Meenan Lansen
Founder, President and CEO
Compufit, Inc.

Yon Zweibon
Owner and CEO
Beyond Costumes