The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester Names
Misty Moore Director of Sales and Marketing

White Plains, NY - (August 2011) – Misty Moore of White Plains was recently named Director of Sales and Marketing at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester. Since joining the hotel in March of 2008, Moore has held several positions, most recently as Director of Group and Catering Sales, responsible for hotel room and event space sales to business and social groups, including special occasions and weddings.“Since Misty joined the hotel in 2008, she has had a significant impact on group and event sales, not only by bringing important and influential business to the hotel but by setting an example of leadership for her team,’’ said Idalia Castro, Director of Human Resources at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester. “She is well-deserving of this promotion and her added responsibilities.”In her new position, Moore will direct the hotel’s strategic PR and marketing efforts in addition to head up the entire sales team.

She was the Five Star Leader of the Year in 2010 and the Chairman’s Circle Award Winner at the hotel in 2010, and she was recently named a “Rising Star” by the Business Council of Westchester’s “40 under 40” program.Prior to coming to The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, Moore worked for four years at the West Paces Hotel Group, which was founded by Horst Shulze, who previously had founded The Ritz-Carlton. There, she was in charge of Group Sales for the Hotel at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama and the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch, New Jersey.Moore said she is excited about her new position at The Ritz Carlton, Westchester. “I’ve enjoyed working on the Sales and Marketing team at the hotel for the last three years, and I’m eager to lead our team to further success by expanding my scope,’’ said Moore. “Our ultimate goal is to give every one of our guests the best service and most positive experience possible, and I look forward to continuing to do so in my new position.”Moore began her career as an interior designer at the most sought-after design firm in Alabama  after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Auburn University in 2003. She is an avid golfer, having played the sport since she was just seven years old. She competed in the Miss Alabama USA pageant and placed in the Top 10. Moore lives in White Plains with her husband, Patrick Moore, who is the Assistant Head Football Coach and Offensive Line Coach at Fordham University. She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama.


The Kensington, New Upscale Assisted Living and Memory Care Residence, Names Executive Team

WHITE PLAINS, NY – The Kensington, an enhanced assisted living and memory care residence opening this summer in downtown White Plains, has announced the appointment of its executive team.

Leading the executive team is Celina B. Watson, R.N, B.S.N., Executive Director of The Kensington. Ms. Watson has more than three decades of experience in managerial positions with assisted living communities and home care providers. Prior to joining The Kensington, she spent 12 years at Benchmark Senior Living where she successfully completed three assisted living startups resulting in 100 percent occupancy and profitability. Prior to her career with Benchmark Senior Living, Ms. Watson was Vice President of Operations for Lifeline Homecare/Kangaroo Kids, Inc. in Santa Fe Springs, CA and Regional Director of Extended Home Care for Clinishare Home Care Inc. in Chatsworth, CA. A resident of Danbury, CT, Ms. Watson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Brigham Young University and is a licensed Registered Nurse.

Joining Ms. Watson on The Kensington executive team are:

Brenda Moynihan, Director of Community Outreach . Ms. Moynihan has over 18 years of experience in the healthcare field, most recently as Assistant Director of Community Relations and Outreach for White Plains Hospital where she was responsible for the development and coordination of hospital sponsored events. Prior to joining White Plains Hospital in 2008, she was Director of Community Outreach for Atria Senior Living communities in Ossining and Ardsley. Ms. Moynihan, who is a resident of Yonkers, has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Manhattan College. 

Jeanne Rosenberg, Director of Community Relations . Ms. Rosenberg was previously Community Sales Director/Retirement Counselor for Atria’s Woodlands senior living community in Ardsley where she began in 2004 as Marketing Assistant and coordinator for move-ins. Ms. Rosenberg, who is a resident of Irvington, has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Brooklyn College and a certificate in social work from the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services.

Jackie Mazurowski, Director of Community Relations . Ms. Mazurowski has over 10 years of experience in sales and marketing for assisted living communities in the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County, CT. She was most recently Director of Marketing and Sales at The Fountains at Millbrook in Dutchess County. A resident of Ossining, Ms. Mazurowski holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Concordia College in Bronxville.

Located on Maple Avenue in the heart of downtown White Plains, The Kensington is an upscale assisted living and memory care residence featuring attractively designed suites on five floors, with a total of 87 suites and room for 105 residents. The Kensington will be licensed by the state as an “enhanced assisted living” facility which means residents will be able to age in place with licensed nursing care available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Two of the five floors will be reserved for those with memory impairment. Health care services include primary care manager for personalized attention to daily needs, monthly health and wellness assessment, medication, diabetes and continence management programs; specialized diets and on-site physician office and rehabilitation facilities. Amenities include fine dining in elegant dining rooms featuring open seating with table linens, china and crystal; outdoor terraces and patios; beauty salon, billiard room, library and art room. Weekly laundry, dry cleaning and linen services are also provided.

Under construction across the street from White Plains Hospital Dickstein Cancer Center, The Kensington is conveniently located near The Westchester mall, the Galleria Mall and The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester Hotel. The Kensington, which is scheduled to open this summer, is being developed by Fountain Square Senior Living of Reston, VA.



Briarcliff Manor, NY (February 8, 2011)  The SPCA of Westchester today announced that Ernest J. Lungaro of Pleasantville, a former and decorated New York City Police Department lieutenant with more than 20 years of criminal investigations’ experience, has been named Director of its Humane Law Enforcement Division.

Mr. Lungaro will have the responsibility of carrying out the SPCA of Westchester’s mission to protect the animals in Westchester  from cruelty and neglect through the aggressive and proactive enforcement of New York State law.  It is the only agency in the county mandated by the state to enforce animal cruelty laws.

Animal cruelty, as defined in New York State, is the intentional effort to hurt or kill companion animals (as opposed to wildlife) or the failure to provide adequate food, water, shelter or necessary care. The SPCA receives calls to report neglect and abuse that range from animals living in unsanitary conditions or being left out in the cold with no shelter, to cases of dogs and cats being intentionally starved or abused resulting in their injury or death.  There are also reports of horses worked continually in spite of crippling arthritis and meager feed, as well as instances of animal hoarding that result in needless suffering and death for helpless victims. Many callers report animals being left alone in basements or cages or being tied or chained in a backyard for long periods of time.

Under Lungaro, the Division will also continue its ongoing education program to raise the public’s awareness about animal cruelty.

Shannon Laukhuf, Executive Director of the SPCA of Westchester, said: “Ernest Lungaro’s outstanding law enforcement expertise will help take our Humane Law Enforcement Division to a new level in intervening and prosecuting individuals who are harming or killing animals.”

Lungaro joined the NYC Police Department in 1988 as a police officer. He was promoted to sergeant in 1994 and to lieutenant in 1999. From 2003 until his retirement in 2008, he was assigned to the Organized Crime Control Bureau—Narcotics where he conducted major narcotic case/gang investigations involving interstate trafficking; supervised undercover operations and obtained sufficient evidence to enable successful prosecution. He was also instrumental in the successful arrest and prosecution of members of a terrorist group.

Awarded with more than 40 medals by the NYC Police Department for various accomplishments, he was also honored by the NYC Honor Legion. 

Most recently, Lungaro served as President of Columbus Investigation, White Plains, where he undertook various assignments as a private investigator.

An animal lover himself, Lungaro is the proud owner of Muse, a three- and-a-half-year-old female German shepherd who enjoys brisk walks with him.

 “I am looking forward to working with municipalities throughout the county and with the Westchester County District Attorney’s office to enforce the animal cruelty statutes,” he said.  “I am proud to have the opportunity to work on behalf of this worthy cause to help assure animals are treated with kindness and respect.”

The Humane Law Enforcement Division responds to calls placed to the SPCA of Westchester’s hotline, (914) 941-7797.  Anyone who suspects that a pet or other animal in Westchester County is being abused or neglected is advised to report what they have seen to one of the operators standing by, who will then relay the report to the HLE Department.  All calls are confidential, and callers can choose to remain anonymous.  

A not-for-profit humane organization, the SPCA of Westchester serves as the sole animal cruelty prevention and intervention agency for Westchester County.  Each year SPCA agents investigate hundreds of cases of suspected animal abuse resulting in arrests and steps to correct the problem if evidence of cruelty is found.  Through the Simpson Spay/Neuter Clinic, the SPCA offers to the public low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations in an effort to help people keep their pets healthy.  Each year their animal shelter adopts almost 2,000 homeless companion animals into loving new homes and reunites another 300 lost pets with their families.  Recognized as a “no-kill” shelter, the SPCA never euthanizes an animal unless it is terminally ill and suffering or exhibits extreme aggression.

Westchester Bank Announces Promotions

of William Merz as Vice President and

Patty Pasqualoni as Assistant Manager 

 YONKERS, NY (January 2011) – The Westchester Bank, Westchester’s fastest growing community bank, has announced the promotion of William Merz as Vice President and Patty Pasqualoni as Assistant Manager for the Bank.

Mr. Merz, who brings ten years of experience to his position, was previously Assistant Vice President of Commercial Lending for The Westchester Bank. He is active with The Westchester County Association, The Business Council of Westchester, The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the County of Westchester, and serves on the Loan Committee for the Micro Loan Fund of Community Capital Resources, a local micro-lender. Last year, Mr. Merz was named one of the “40 under 40 Rising Stars” by the Business Council of Westchester. He is a resident of White Plains.

Ms. Pasqualoni, who joined The Westchester Bank in 2008 as a customer service representative, began her banking career as a teller with Citibank. She has also worked for State Bank of Westchester and Hudson Valley Bank. Ms. Pasqualoni has lived in Yonkers for over twenty years and is very active in the local community.

A New York State Chartered and FDIC insured commercial bank, The Westchester Bank offers a comprehensive line of banking services to businesses and consumers including business and personal checking, business lending,commercial mortgages, savings accounts, CDs, money market accounts, Interest On Lawyer Accounts (IOLA), attorney escrow accounts and tenant security accounts. The Westchester Bank’s headquarters is located at 2001 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers. The Bank also has a branch office at 464 Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains.

John Barrett Re-Elected President of the Westchester Putnam Association of REALTORS Commercial & Investment Division

White Plains, NY  John Barrett of Massey Knakal Realty of the Bronx, has been re-elected President of the Commercial & Investment Division (CID) of the Westchester Putnam Association of REALTORS®(WPAR).   This marks Barrett’s second term as President.

The Yonkers native joined Massey Knakal Realty Services in 2005 to spearhead the firm’s expansion into Westchester County.  In 2007, he was recognized for his work in expanding Massey Knakal’s business outside of its New York City origins and received the firm’s prestigious Steven M. Spinola award for Outstanding Business Development and Goodwill Promotion.

His recent notable transactions are the sale of The East Hartsdale Avenue Retail Portfolio, the sale of the investment package of 116 unsold apartments at Riverview Gardens Cooperative and the sale of a 44-unit apartment building at 126 Franklin Avenue in New Rochelle.                                        

Barrett came to Massey Knakal following a successful career as the founder and president of Barrett Travel Service, Inc., a corporate and group travel management firm.

Jeffrey Orlan, Esq. of Jeffrey P. Orlan, P.A., P.C., was re-elected as Vice President of the CID. Based in New City, Orlan’s practice concentrates in landlord and tenant transactions, purchases, sales and refinancing of commercial properties.

The Commercial and Investment Division of the Westchester Putnam Association of Realtors comprises commercial brokers, lenders, developers and others involved with commercial development in the Westchester-Putnam region.  The Division provides education about commercial real estate practice and also offers a monthly breakfast program featuring elected officials, economic development agencies, important developers and developments, and resource providers for timely information about the region’s office, retail and industrial development.

The next CID Breakfast Meeting, set for Thursday, November 18 at 8:15 am, will feature Laurence Gottlieb, Westchester County’s Director of Economic Development and Michael Oates, President of Hudson Valley Economic Development.  For more information, please call (914) 681-0833,, ext 3015.


For the first time, Westchester residents can access the award-winning “Westchester County Parks Backyard Magazine” – anytime, anywhere -- in a new online format.

The new “2010 Backyard Magazine” is a full-color guide that features comprehensive information about parks, programs and services that are available through the parks system. For the past several years, the magazine has been printed and distributed throughout Westchester. This year the magazine will only be available online as an “e-magazine.”

“This is a great example of using technology to deliver services to residents at a low cost,” County Executive Robert P. Astorino said. “By having this publication accessible online, the county has saved $100,000 in printing and delivery costs.”

With just a click, residents can log on to the County Parks homepage and can “page” through the e-magazine to explore a wealth of information ranging from how to obtain a resident Park Pass, where they can swim, golf, boat, camp and fish, and find out about bicycling, in-line skating and trailways. There is information about everyone’s favorite sites, too, like Playland, County Center and Muscoot Farm.

As an added feature, it has many direct links to website pages for useful information, including an interactive map of the 50 Westchester county parks and facilities. The link to the e-magazine can also be e-mailed to friends or family.

To view the e-magazine, go to

“Cerebral Palsy of Westchester Honors Board President Richard Osterer”

 On Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 5pm, Cerebral Palsy of Westchester will be dedicating our White Plains Residence for adults with developmental disabilities, located at 266 D Bryant Avenue, to Richard N. Osterer.

Richie Osterer truly personifies the family legacy of service and generosity that was established by his wonderful parent, David and Marty Osterer. In 1949 they began devoting themselves to raising awareness and funding and built an organization dedicated to helping children and adults with special needs. Richie grew up with United Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, (now Cerebral Palsy of Westchester), as a central focus in his life. When the time came, he stepped up to continue his parent’s extraordinary mission and lead the agency forward.

Richie joined the Cerebral Palsy of Westchester Board of Directors in 1970 and has served as President since 1990. Like his parents, he has devoted his extraordinary energies, talents, and resources to this organization. Under Richie’s remarkable stewardship, CP/W has continued to grow and thrive. The agency now offers comprehensive, state-of-the-art educational, recreational, vocational, residential, day treatment, and rehabilitation services to people with disabilities of all ages. Richie has guided CP/Westchester through countless challenges and changes, building a small army of staff, Board members, friends and volunteers, who join forces to help consumers reach their potential and realize their dreams.

Thanks to Richie’s commitment and convictions, the Osterer legacy lives on. His lovely wife Venita is a longtime member of the Board and a treasured volunteer. Their terrific children: Robin, Rod and Marty, share their parent’s giving nature and get involved. All three have at various times volunteered or worked at the agency and Rod has been a valued member of the Board for four years.

CP/W is fortunate, proud, and privileged to have Richie Osterer at its helm.

New Assistant Rabbi, Three Veteran Jewish Educators, Start Jewish year at Temple Israel Center focused on Prayer

WHITE PLAINS , NY, July 2010 – Temple Israel Center’s newly appointed assistant rabbi and three veteran Jewish educators will help lead an exciting and engaging new year of activities focused on the theme of prayer, through a wide variety of worship, learning across age groups, concerts and social programs.

Rabbi Michael Goldman, who started today as Temple Israel Center’s Assistant Rabbi, brings a diverse background working with students, youth, adults, the elderly and Russian immigrants to help open doors to new members and deepen engagement with current members. Further broadening its leadership talent, Temple Israel Center in White Plains also announced the creation of a position of Director of Congregational Learning, as well as the appointments of a new Nursery School Director and an Assistant Religious School Director .

“With an influx of new clergy and educational leaders, we are launching the Jewish calendar year focused on prayer, becoming a home for Jewish learning and spirituality to enrich the lives of all members,” said Senior Rabbi Gordon Tucker, himself a world-renowned veteran Jewish educator and spiritual leader.

Rabbi Goldman brings to Temple Israel Center 20 years of rabbinical and educational experience, including the past five years as Rabbi for Jewish Life and University Jewish Chaplain at Duke University in Durham, NC. At Duke, Goldman served as a spiritual leader, counselor, educator and mentor. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City in 2005 and holds degrees in Russian language. His diverse background includes working with Russian immigrants in Oregon and Soviet fishermen on a fishing trawler in the Bering Sea. At Temple Israel Center, he will serve with Rabbi Tucker, who has defined his own mission as promoting education for all ages, the spirituality of worship and the obligation to reach out to those in need in our own and the larger community.

“I am committed to attracting new members and deepening engagement with current members by helping Jews find and reinforce connections in their lives among religion, spirituality, ethics, social and cultural activities,” said Rabbi Goldman.

For his part, Senior Rabbi Gordon Tucker said: “Rabbi Goldman’s ability to draw on his diverse professional religious, cultural and educational experience is ideal for the rich diversity of Jewish life in Westchester County, especially at Temple Israel Center.”

To broaden its commitment to Jewish learning, Temple Israel Center appointed Religious School Director Nancy Parkes to the new position of Director of Congregational Learning. Since joining Temple Israel Center from Orangetown Jewish Center in 2006, Parkes has introduced vibrant and expanded programming to encourage the integration of Judaism into young students’ lives, and the lives of their families. She will now lead a comprehensive program across age groups to promote lifelong learning and Jewish reflection and thought.

Also joining Temple Israel Center are Nursery School Director Abbe Rosner, formerly director of early learning center at the Jewish Federation of Greater Clifton/Passaic in New Jersey, and Assistant Religious School Director Lisa Schwartz, formerly an elementary school teacher at the Reuben Gittelman Hebrew Day School in New City, NY. Students with learning challenges, including those on the autism spectrum, receive a Jewish education at Temple Israel Center. 

The 840-member-strong synagogue is inviting prospective members to join now and take advantage of the new staff and activities, in time for a new religious school and nursery school year, as well as traditional and uplifting worship for the New Year holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur . New and prospective members are invited to meet new friends, Temple Israel Center’s staff and clergy over a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres on Oct. 17 . In addition, High Holiday seating is available. To learn more, visit

In addition to Senior Rabbi Gordon Tucker and Assistant Rabbi Michael Goldman, Temple Israel Center’s clergy includes the renowned Cantor Jacob Mendelson, a world-class liturgical musician who has taught and mentored hundreds of other cantors, and Ritual Director Rabbi Dina Shargel.

Henahan Joins SUNY Empire State College as Director of Communications

Saratoga Springs, NY –  As part of the reorganization of its administration, SUNY Empire State College President Alan R. Davis today announced that David M. Henahan has been appointed director of communications effective July 13, 2010.

"Dave's ability to successfully manage critical communications issues, and his experience and knowledge of SUNY and New York state government make him the right person for the job. I am delighted he will be joining our team and I am eager to begin our work together," said Davis.  "As part of our team, Dave must now communicate strategically to enable the college to garner even more support from our many stakeholders including the public, our alumni, elected officials, and business and community leaders so we can meet the growing need for nontraditional teaching and learning."

As director of communications, his primary responsibility will be the development, implementation and management of an integrated communications plan that will raise the profile of the college across the state of New York, nationally and internationally. Henahan will report to Empire State College Vice President for Communications and Government Relations Mary Caroline Powers.

 "It is a very exciting and challenging time for public higher education and the college's new strategic Plan Vision 2015 and SUNY's overall plan, The Power of SUNY, provide the direction needed to enhance and improve public higher education for New York," said Henahan. "I look forward to meeting the challenges before us by managing a broader set of responsibilities as we work together to raise awareness of Empire State College's successes with adult learners, unique mentor-learner relationship, and its international educational efforts."

Among other duties, Henahan also will serve as college spokesperson, establish strategic media relations, and work with various college constituencies and colleagues in the Office of Communications and Government Relations to create publications and events to support and increase recognition of the college.

Henahan is currently director of media relations at SUNY System Administration.  He began his SUNY career January 1998 in the System Administration press office and earned increased responsibilities in media relations, issues management and became the primary spokesperson for the SUNY chancellor.

Previously, Henahan served as a media coordinator for the New York State Assembly's Communications Services and prior to that produced news and documentaries for Broadcast News Networks.  He holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York College at Purchase.  Henahan is married to Joyce Wolf and they reside in Saratoga Springs.


The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester Welcomes Carly Williams as New Senior Sales Manager- Business Travel & Leisure

 White Plains, NY - (February 2010) – Carly Williams has been named Senior Sales Manager – Business Travel & Leisure at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester.

The daughter of Washington diplomat, Williams lived in eight countries and traveled extensively, before launching her career in the hospitality industry in 2005.

“Carly Williams comes to us with a solid background in sales and event planning. Her extensive travel and knowledge of different counties and cultures brings a sophistication that is a great fit for The Ritz Carlton, Westchester and its clients,’’ said Marcie McGeehan, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester.

Prior to coming to The Ritz Carlton, Westchester, Williams served as Business and Leisure Travel Sales Manager at The Liberty Hotel in Boston (2008-2009) where, among other duties, she was in charge of planning and executing special events including the Head of the Charles Regatta.

 Previously, Williams held the positions of Business and Leisure Travel Sales Manager with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts in Boston, Ma. (2006-2008) and Marketing and Public Relations Executive with the Marriott Vacation Club International in St. Thomas (2005-2006). Originally from Washington, D.C., Williams is a graduate of the University of Dayton, where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations and Marketing.

Williams said she is excited about joining The Ritz Carlton, Westchester leadership team.

“Of course the goal is to increase revenue by attracting more corporate and leisure clients, but I think that comes naturally when you pay attention to detail and provide guests with a unique experience. That is something The Ritz-Carlton prides itself on,’’ said Williams.


Westchester County Executive-elect Rob Astorino (R-I) today announced that he has appointed corporate communications specialist and former Gannett and New York Times journalist Edwin J. (Ned) McCormack of Greenburgh to serve as his Communications Director. 

Mr. McCormack is currently a communications executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he is responsible for communications involving Global Banking, Markets and Wealth Management Technology & Operations. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2006, Mr. McCormack held a series of communications positions at JPMorgan Chase starting in 1993. He began his career as a reporter with Gannett Westchester Newspapers, now known as the Journal News, and moved from there to the Bergen Record in New Jersey and then to The New York Times.

 As the Westchester County Communications Director, Mr. McCormack will oversee multichannel communications for the Office of the County Executive and all the agencies under its direction. 

"Ned McCormack has been a trusted friend and advisor for many years, and I am thrilled that he has agreed to serve as the county's top communications professional," County Executive-elect Astorino said. "There is a great deal of work to be done in turning Westchester  County government around and I am confident that Ned will be able to communicate both our overall vision and our day-to-day progress to  the myriad Westchester constituencies.  The job of a communications director is a critical one, and I am fortunate to have Ned McCormack aboard." 

"I am honored and excited to be part of the team," Mr. McCormack said. "Our goal will be to connect Westchester residents to their government, communities and each other by providing them with information that is accurate, clear, timely, accessible and useful."

Mr. McCormack lives in Greenburgh, where he and his wife, Evelyn, raised their two children. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he majored in Government, and he has a Master's degree in Business Administration from New York University.

Westchester County Director of Tourism elected to NYS Hospitality & Tourism Association Board of Directors

Albany , November 20, 2009 – Kim Sinistore, Director of Tourism at the Westchester County Office of Tourism, White Plains, was recently elected to the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA) Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2010.

NYSH&TA is a not-for-profit trade organization representing more than 1,400 member businesses and individuals in the lodging and attractions industry. NYSH&TA's mission is to provide a strong voice for the New York state hospitality and tourism industry, and to protect and enhance the financial welfare of the industry.

The election took place at the NYSH&TA Board of Directors meeting at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City, on Sunday, November 8.

“I am honored to become a board member of the oldest state lodging association in the country, NYSH&TA", states Kim Sinistore, Director of Tourism for Westchester County, "The mission of NYSH&TA is very important, especially in these challenging times and it’s vital that our voices be heard about the importance and economic impact of the hospitality and tourism industry.”

White Plains Rotary Chooses Paul Harris Fellows

 Hartsdale, July 8– The second largest Rotary Club in New York State, the White Plains Rotary, conveyed  its highest honor upon its outstanding members, the Paul Harris Fellows.  Harriet Lerner performed a year-long project where she was able to utilize her over ten years of public relations. experience.  She served as Director of Programs, reaching out to speakers in the community or selecting the most interesting among those who wrote in asking to speak. 

 “I am deeply honored to have received the Paul Harris Fellow designation, said Lerner, who pointed out that the global work of Rotary International is funded in part by the Paul Harris Fellows Program, which permits Rotary Clubs to contribute $1,000 to the Rotary foundation in a person’s name.  Over the years the White Plains Rotary Club has distinguished itself in naming and contributing on behalf of over 125 individuals as Paul Harris Fellows. 

 “It was a pleasure to work in tandem with President Georgene Mongarella, and to be associated with a wonderful Rotary such as ours, said. Lerner.  It makes a big difference, especially in times like these.  I consider it an immense opportunity not only to serve but also to meet extraordinary people.” she added.

New President Molly Smith takes Reins of Manhattanville College-

Purchase, NY (July 1, 2009) – Today, Manhattanville College begins another chapter in its historic and illustrious history as it officially welcomes Molly Easo Smith as its 11th President.

A teacher and scholar of Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, President Smith comes to Manhattanville after a long career in academia as a faculty member, Honors Director, Chair, Dean, and most recently, Provost, at liberal arts centered institutions.

Passionately committed to student, faculty, and staff development and the concept of life-long learning, she brings to Manhattanville a deep interest in traditions and a desire to chart bold and sustainable directions for the College by engaging the entire community. President Smith believes in the transformative power of education, in inclusion and diversity as foundations for institutional excellence, and in the imperative to engage individually and collectively with the larger question of our place and purpose in the world and the universe.

Born and raised in India, President Smith attended the University of Madras, where she received her BA and MA degrees in English; she has since lived in several US States as well as Scotland, where she taught at the University of Aberdeen. She attributes her success and strengths to faculty and colleagues at universities in India, UK, and the US who served as her inspiration. 

President Smith has published two books on Shakespeare and his contemporaries as well as several essays in scholarly journals. Recently, she embarked on a journey of reflection by writing short stories based on her experiences in the southern Indian states of Madras (now Tamil Nadu) and Kerala.

President Smith looks to continue, and expand upon, Manhattanville’s rigorous academic and co-curricular programs, which prepare students for ethically and socially-responsible leadership in a diverse, global, challenging, and interconnected world.

White Plains Hospital Center Announces New Medical Staff Department Directors and Section Chiefs

White Plains Hospital Center (WPHC) has announced the appointment of the following physicians as Medical and Dental Staff Department Directors and Section Chiefs.

Paul D. Fragner, MD, of Armonk was appointed Section Chief of Orthopaedics at White Plains Hospital Center. Dr. Fragner received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Upstate Medical University of New York. He completed his orthopaedic residency at Downstate Medical University and completed his fellowship in Hand and Microvascular Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. In addition to his position as Attending Physician at White Plains Hospital Center, Dr. Fragner is a Clinical Instructor at the Yale University School of Medicine and is a Medical Consultant for the New York Rangers Hockey Team. Dr. Fragner is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and in Hand Surgery. He is a partner at Bone and Joint Associates in North White Plains, New York and has been an active member of the medical staff at White Plains Hospital Center since 1995.

Steven Meixler, MD, of White Plains was appointed Director of the Department of Medicine and Section Chief of Internal Medicine at White Plains Hospital Center. Dr. Meixler received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Boston University Medical School. He completed his residency at NYU Manhattan VA Medical Center and his fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care at NYU Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Meixler is board certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Pulmonary Disease Medicine. Dr. Meixler has an office in White Plains and has been an active member of the medical staff at White Plains Hospital Center since 1990, where he also served as Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

Jonathon Wynn, MD, FACC, of Scarsdale was appointed Section Chief of Cardiology at White Plains Hospital Center. Dr. Wynn received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at SUNY Upstate Medical Center. Dr. Wynn completed a fellowship in Cardiology at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a Senior Fellowship in Cardiology Arrhythmia Service at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Wynn is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. He has an office in White Plains and has been an active member of the medical staff at White Plains Hospital Center since 1987. Dr. Wynn is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.


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