Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors and Staff 2021-01-26T11:05:21-05:00


Heidi Davidson
Galvanize Worldwide

Dr. Marsha Gordon
The Business Council of Westchester

Anthony Justic
Maier Markey & Justic

Tim Jones
Robert Martin Company

James Giangrande
Altium Wealth

George Lence
Nicholas & Lence Communications

Wiley Harrison
Business of Your Business

James Schutzer
JDM Benefits

Douglas Singer, Esq.
Singer Law PLLC

Stephen J. Jones, Esq
Jones, LLP

Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson
Thompson & Bender

Cynthia Delfino
YMCA of Central & Northern Westchester

Taryn Duffy
Empire City Casino

Michael Fosina

Christopher O’Callaghan
RM Friedland

Glenn Pacchiana
Thalle Industries

John Ravitz
The Business Council of Westchester

Kenneth Theobalds


Dr. Robert Amler
New York Medical College

Joseph Apicella
Macquesten Development

Millie Hernandez Becker
Skyqueen Enterprises

Donnovan Beckford

Josephine Bertrams
Heineken USA, Inc.

Colleen Borelli
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

David Campbell
LeChase Construction

Seamus Carey
Iona College

Robert Cioffi
Progressive Computing

Stacey Cohen
Co-Communications, Inc.

Jean Marie Connolly
Altium Wealth

Jon Dorf
Dorf & Nelson LLP

Patrick Dwyer

Susan Fox

Dr. Michael Geisler
Manhattanville College

Peter Herrero
NY Hospitality Group

April Horton

Christie Houlihan
Houlihan-Parnes Realtors, LLC

Robert Kestenbaum
York International Agency

Wilson Kimball
Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Yonkers

Jerry Klein
Tompkins Financial

Marvin Krislov
Pace University

Larry Kwiat

Yuval H. Marcus
Leason Ellis LLP

Joseph Markey

Joseph McCoy
People’s United Bank

Matthew McCrosson
PFK O’Connor Davies, LLP

Dr. Belinda Miles
Westchester Community College

Ted Miller
DataKey Consulting, LLC

Eon Nichols
Cuddy & Feder LLP

George Poth

Sal Rajput
Walison Corp.

Dr. Joseph Ricca
White Plains Public Schools

Joseph Saccomano
Jackson Lewis P.C.

Michael Schiliro

Patricia Simone
Simone Development Companies

Jill Singer
Jill Singer Graphics

Jane Solnick
Con Edison Company of New York, Inc.

Stewart Strauss
EHS Advisory

Stacey Tompkins
Tompkins Excavating

Mark Weingarten
DelBello Donnellan Weingarten Wise & Wiederkehr LLP

Peter Wilcox
PepsiCo Inc


Ellen Lynch

Thomas Lalla

James P. O’Toole

Dr. Marsha Gordon
Dr. Marsha GordonPresident/CEO, The Business Council of Westchester
As leader of Westchester County’s largest and most influential business organization, Dr. Gordon brings more than 25 years of community, commerce and leadership experience. Under her leadership, BCW has tripled its membership, developed programs to meet the needs of the County’s diverse business community and become a lead advocate for business and economic development in the region and New York State. . Gordon has been president of The Business Council of Westchester (White Plains) since 2001. She was also president of Build the Bridge Now, which helped to fast track the building of a new Tappan Zee Bridge. Governor Cuomo appointed Dr. Gordon to the executive committee of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Council, resulting in $300 million+ of state dollars invested in the region for infrastructure, workforce training, and economic development. She was recently named as the third most powerful person in Westchester County by City and State NY.

Marsha Gordon serves on multiple boards, including the Business Council of New York State, the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Investment Board. Prior to joining BCW, Dr. Gordon was president/CEO of MetroPool, a not-for-profit organization that promotes alternative transportation options, and led the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce. She holds a BA from Brooklyn College, an MBA from Marist College, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Pace University.

John Ravitz
John RavitzExecutive Vice President
As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, John oversees the Business Council’s legislative, government affairs and community relations, and plays a key role in developing and expanding membership services.

Prior to joining the Business Council team, John, who is a former New York State Assemblyman, was Chief Operating Officer of the Greater New York Region of the American Red Cross and Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross in Westchester County. He also once served as Executive Director of the New York City Board of Elections.

John was elected six times to the State Assembly representing the East Side of Manhattan. In his 12 years as a state legislator, he was ranking member of the Health Committee, and served on the Higher Education, Education, Mental Health and Children and Families committees. As Assistant Minority Leader he coordinated key legislation before the Assembly and as Assistant Minority Whip he directed floor debate for the 52 members of the Assembly Minority Conference.

With the Red Cross, John oversaw core service delivery areas including disaster, health and safety and international services, as well as its services to the Armed Forces. In Westchester, the Red Cross annually trains more than 18,000 people in critical lifesaving courses, responds to more than 100 local disasters and provides services to more than 170 military families. He headed a staff of 10 and a core group of more than 500 volunteers.

As Executive Director of the New York City Board of Elections, John was responsible for overseeing all operations of the Board’s five borough offices and its executive office and a staff of 350. He served as governmental liaison with federal, state and city agencies including the offices of the Mayor and Governor.

As a community advocate, John has organized more than 60 town hall meetings on a wide range of issues. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Mayor’s Action Committee’s Legislative Recognition Award, the New York City Council’s Community Service Award, the New York State Conference of Mayor’s Good Government Legislative Award and the Burden Center for Aging’s Lifetime Recognition Award.

John lives in Pelham with his wife and their four children.

Amanda DePalma
Amanda DePalmaVice President of Special Events
As the Vice President of Special Events, Amanda DePalma is responsible for planning more than 80 of the BCW’s highly successful events each year, notably its signature series, awards dinners and ongoing functions that attract hundreds of people including its Annual Dinner, Hall of Fame Awards, Leadership Conversations Series and Rising Stars Awards, among many other networking and professional development meetings. Amanda also oversees the outreach and management of the Rising Stars Leadership Council, Rising Stars Alumni and StarPower Leadership Development program. Prior to joining the Business Council in 2015, she held the Sales and Private Event Manager position at The Castle Hotel and Spa, Tarrytown House Estate and The Garrison. Amanda earned a Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Manhattanville College.
Linda Tyler
Linda Tyler Director of Membership
As the Director of Membership, Linda is responsible for meeting with prospective members to educate them regarding the value and benefits membership at the BCW provides. Once a new member has joined, Linda works with the business to curate and customize their membership plan. She currently coordinates the BCW Ambassador/New Member Mentoring Program. Linda also facilitates and partners with BCW co-chairs to plan programming for: Small Business, Solopreneur, Women in Business, Human Resources and Not-For-Profit Councils. Linda oversees the planning and publication of the yearly digital and print membership directory.

Linda worked in the book fair industry for five years. At Booktopia Fairs, she planned and executed literary events with over seventy schools per year. She also arranged author visits and coordinated buying and selecting the adult selection of titles. At Scholastic Book Fairs, she planned, coordinated and merchandised book fairs while continuing to work with local authors organizing visits in the Tri-State area.

Linda served on the Board at the Rye Arts Center from 2011-2014 and she also served on the Executive Committee during the fall of 2013.She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Utah and lives with her husband and two children in Rye Brook, NY.

Ivette Molina
Ivette MolinaDirector of Operations
Ivette Molina joined the Business Council of Westchester in April 2018 as Office Manager and later became the Director of Operations. In this role, she keeps the BCW headquarters operating smoothly and makes sure that member opportunities and requests are facilitated efficiently. Ivette joins the BCW after having spent the past four years at Matrix Absence Management in Hawthorne, where her most recent position was Specialist of Short-term Disability and FMLA. At Matrix, she processed claims for payment or denial in accordance with established procedures and investigated claim issues to provide resolutions within regulatory guidelines. In this role she regularly interacted with internal and external customers including but not limited to claimants, employers and physicians. Ivette most recently completed her Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Labor Relations at the New York Institute of Technology in January 2018 and received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Berkeley College in 2008.