Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors and Staff 2019-09-19T09:42:10-04:00

Executive Committee

Anthony Justic
Maier Markey & Justic

Dr. Marsha Gordon
The Business Council of Westchester

Stephen Jones
Jones Morrison, LLP

Tim Jones
Robert Martin Company

Jean Marie Connolly
Altium Wealth

Wiley Harrison
Business of Your Business

George Lence
Nicholas & Lence Communications

Stewart Strauss
Strauss Paper Co., Inc.

James Schutzer
JDM Benefits

Douglas Singer, Esq.
Singer Law PLLC

Glenn Pacchiana
Thalle Industries

Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson
Thompson & Bender

Heidi Davidson
Galvanize Worldwide

Michael Fosina

Christopher O’Callaghan

John Ravitz
The Business Council of Westchester

Cynthia Delfino
YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester

Kenneth Theobalds


Joseph Apicella
Macquesten Development

Sheila Appel
IBM Corporation

Luiz C. Aragon
City of New Rochelle

Millie Hernandez Becker
Skyqueen Enterprises

Kristin Bernert
New York Knicks

Josephine Bertrams
Heineken USA, Inc.

Colleen Borrelli
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

David Campbell
LeChase Construction

Stacey Cohen
Co-Communications, Inc.

Jon Dorf
Dorf & Nelson

Taryn Duffy
Empire City Casino

Mercedes Garcia
MasterCard Worldwide

Dr. Michael Geisler
Manhattanville College

James Giangrande
Altium Wealth

Jeffrey Haydon
Caramoor Center for Music & Arts, Inc.

Vanessa J. Herman
Pace University

Peter Herrero
NY Hospitality Group

April Horton

Robert Kestenbaum
York International Agency

Wilson Kimball
City of Yonkers

Larry Kwiat
Reckson, A Division of SL Green

Erin Loosen
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Ellen Lynch
Life Goes On, Inc

Patrick F. Lynch
OLA Consulting Engineers

Yuval H. Marcus
Leason Ellis LLP

Joseph Markey

William Marsillo, Esq.
Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

Ralph Martinelli
Westchester Magazine

Joseph McCoy
Peoples United Bank

Matthew McCrosson
O’Connor Davies, LLP

Dr. Belinda Miles
Westchester Community College

Ted Miller
DataKey Consulting, LLC

Eon Nichols
Cuddy & Feder LLP

Sal Rajput
Walison Corp.

Dr. Joseph Ricca
White Plains Public Schools

Lynn Richmond, NP

Tara Rush-Tripp
Heineken USA

Joseph Saccomano
Jackson Lewis P.C.

Michael Schiliro

Patricia Simone
Simone Development Companies

Jane Solnick
Con Edison Company of New York, Inc.

Andrew Tung
Divney Tung & Schwalbe

Mark Weingarten
DelBello Donnellan Weingarten Wise & Wiederkehr LLP

Peter Wilcox
PepsiCo Inc

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.

Charlene Nixon
Charlene Nixon Senior Director of Membership
Charlene Nixon is a Business Networking Professional who partnered with CEOs, executives and solopreneurs to grow their professional brands and Business Networking relationships, human-to-human. After spending over a decade working in the Business Networking arena with multimillion dollar companies and startups, Charlene knows what truly drives conversions; build relationships and the key to sustaining those relationships. She believes Business Networking should not be approached as a competition – it’s a dance! And she encourages and supports business professionals as they explore their own rhythm.

In addition to her extensive Business Networking and marketing experience, Charlene is the published author of the book “Dancing the 2-step” to growing your business, as a “sneak peek” into her innermost thoughts on the Art of Business Networking. The book gives clear and practical steps to finding, developing and maintaining clients within your contact sphere.

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Charlene has resided in Westchester for over 30 years. She received her BA cum laude from Purchase College and is currently pursuing her MS in Business Leadership at Manhattanville College located in Purchase New York.

Ebony White
Ebony WhiteDirector of Workforce and Employer Development
Ebony White joined The Business Council of Westchester in 2007 as the Office Coordinator and later became the Information Development Specialist. In this role Ebony is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the Business Council’s membership database as well as the coordination and support of BCW events.

Ebony graduated from Berkeley College in 2001 with an A.A.S in Marketing and later with a B.A in Communications from Howard University.

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 Associate Director of Member Engagement
Linda Tyler joined the Business Council of Westchester in the fall of 2016. In this role, she meets with new BCW members to help them facilitate and familiarize themselves with the many opportunities the membership provides. Linda also assists the VP of Events in the preparation of BCW events and programs. She currently coordinates and oversees the BCW Ambassador Program. Linda also facilitates and works with BCW co-chairs to plan programming for: Small Business, Solopreneur, Women in Business and Not For Profit Councils.

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 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 Ramos
Ivette RamosDirector of Operations
Ivette Ramos 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.