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Board of Directors & Staff

Executive Committee


James Schutzer
JDM Benefits, An Alera Group Company


Dr. Marsha Gordon
The Business Council of Westchester


Heidi Davidson
Galvanize Worldwide


Tim Jones
Robert Martin Company


James Giangrande
Altium Wealth


George Lence
Nicholas & Lence Communications


Wiley Harrison
Business of Your Business


Anthony Justic
Maier Markey & Justic


Douglas E. Singer, Esq.
Hollis Laidlaw & Simon P.C.


Eon S. Nichols, Esq.
Cuddy & Feder LLP
Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson
Thompson & Bender
Cynthia Delfino
YMCA of Central & Northern Westchester
Taryn Duffy
Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts
Peter Herrero
NY Hospitality Group
Dr. Belinda Miles
SUNY Westchester Community College
Glenn Pacchiana
Thalle Industries
George Poth
John Ravitz
The Business Council of Westchester

Board of Directors

Dr. Robert Amler
New York Medical College
Joseph Apicella
Macquesten Development
Christina Armentano
Paraco Gas
Millie Hernandez Becker
Skyqueen Realty
Josephine Bertrams
Heineken USA, Inc.
Colleen Borrelli
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
David Campbell
LeChase Construction
Dr. Seamus Carey
Iona University
Robert Cioffi
Progressive Computing
Stacey Cohen
Co-Communications, Inc.
Jean Marie Connolly
Altium Wealth
David DeMilia
Tompkins Community Bank
Jon Dorf, Esq.
Dorf Nelson & Zauderer LLP
Paul Dunphey
NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester
Patrick Dwyer
Karen C. Erren
Feeding Westchester
Dr. Susan Fox
Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD)
April Horton
Sarah Jones-Maturo
RM Friedland
Wilson Kimball
Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers (MHACY)
Dr. Marvin Krislov
Pace University
Larry Kwiat
Kevin Marbury
IMA Financial Corp.
Joseph McCoy
Valley National Bank
Matthew McCrosson
PFK O’Connor Davies, LLP
Ted Miller
DataKey Consulting
Eon Nichols
Cuddy & Feder LLP
Christopher O’Callaghan
RM Friedland
Christina O'Shea-Daly
Great Point Studios
Sal Rajput
Walison Corp.
Ronnie Ram
Inspiria Outdoor Advertising
Dr. Rajiv Ratan
Burke Neurological Institute
Dr. Joseph Ricca
White Plains Public Schools
Joseph Saccomano
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Dr. Frank Sánchez
Manhattanville College
Michael Schiliro
Patricia Simone
Simone Development Companies
Jill Singer
Jill Singer Graphics
Jane Solnick
Con Edison Company of New York, Inc.
Stacey Tompkins
Tompkins Excavating
Maria Trusa
Formé Medical Center & Urgent Care
Mark Weingarten
DelBello Donnellan Weingarten Wise & Wiederkehr, LLP
Peter Wilcox
PepsiCo, Inc.
Russell Yankwitt
Yankwitt LLP


Thomas Lalla
Ellen Lynch
James P. O’Toole
Stewart Strauss


Dr. Marsha Gordon

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 which includes leading global companies who call Westchester home, the major hospitals, educational institutions, entrepreneurially owned companies, 150 not for profit in all sectors and many mid-size and small business who are the engine of our regional economy. The organization developed programs, information resources and services 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. Marsha Gordon is widely considered to be an authority on the business climate in Westchester County, as well as one of the most effective connectors of businesses of all sizes and community-based organizations.

Dr. Gordon has been president of The Business Council of Westchester 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 Houchul appointed Dr. Gordon as co-chair of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Council, resulting in $815,000 invested in the region for infrastructure, workforce training, and economic development, including Life Sciences, health care and advance manufacturing sectors. She was recently named as the third most powerful person in Westchester County by City and State NY and on the power 100 list for NYS Economic Development Professional.

Dr. Gordon has led the Business Council on many exciting initiatives including a robust data exchange utilized by the business, government and not for profit sector, development of the Westchester Innovation Network (WIN) focused on innovation as the foundation for economic development with a lens on healthcare, technology and educational technology and a Talent Recruitment Campaign.

Marsha Gordon serves on multiple boards and task force, including the Business Council of New York State, (Vice President) the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Investment Board (Executive Committee) focusing on job placement for employees and talent recruitment for employers and the New New York City Panel appointed by Governor Hochul to reimagine NYC economy post pandemic. 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
Executive Vice President/COO

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
Senior Vice President of Events & Development

As Senior Vice President of Events & Development, Amanda is responsible for planning and executing 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 Hall of Fame Awards, Day of Wellness, Rising Stars Awards, Annual Dinner, and Westchester Business Showcase among many other networking and professional development programs. Amanda also oversees the outreach and management of Sponsorships, the Rising Stars Leadership Council, and Rising Stars Alumni.

Prior to joining the Business Council in 2015, she held the Sales & 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 BA in Business Management from Manhattanville College.

Linda Tyler
Vice President of Membership & Programs

As Vice President of Membership & Programs, Linda holds a leadership position with a primary focus on cultivating and managing the membership base while overseeing various educational and business development programs and initiatives. In her role, Linda plays a pivotal part in engaging with potential members, providing comprehensive information about the advantages and value associated with BCW membership. Upon the enrollment of new members, she collaborates with businesses to tailor and customize membership plans to meet their specific needs.

One of Linda’s key responsibilities is the coordination of the BCW Ambassador/New Member Mentoring Program, demonstrating her commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive community. She also collaborates with BCW co-chairs to strategize and plan programming for five different membership councils, including Small Business, Solopreneur, Women in Business, Human Resources, and Not-For-Profit. Linda oversees the planning and publication of the yearly digital and print membership directory.

Linda brings a wealth of experience to her role, with a background in the book fair industry where she successfully planned and executed literary events, managed author visits, and coordinated the adult book selection.

Linda has actively contributed to the community by serving on the Board at the Rye Arts Center from 2013-2016. She joined the Merrimack College Parent Leadership Council in the fall of 2021. Linda is a 2023 914 Inc. Magazine Women in Business honoree.

Linda holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah. She lives in Rye Brook, NY, with her husband and has two grown daughters.

Samantha Cepin
Events & Operations Manager

As Events & Operations Manager, Samantha is responsible for assisting the Senior VP of Events & Development and the BCW team to produce great networking and professional development events for our membership. Samantha also oversees every aspect of the organization’s operations. She has worked with the BCW since 2021, and was a valuable team member as our organization pivoted from online programs back to in-person programs after the pandemic. Samantha also oversees the outreach and management of the StarPower Leadership Development Program.

Samantha is a graduate of Rider University with a BA in Public Relations, with a concentration in Event Planning & Production, a valuable skill set for our organization.

Kaleigh Garraffa
Administrative Assistant

As Administrative Assistant, Kaleigh is responsible for providing administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the office. She oversees all scheduling matters for Marsha and John, along with assisting the Events & Operations Manager with day-to-day tasks.

Kaleigh was most recently an Author Mentor & Junior Publishing Assistant with the Creator Institute, New Degree Press, where she helped authors with marketing campaigns to promote their books. Kaleigh is also an author with her most recent historical fiction titled, “Las Locas.” The book is set in Buenos Aires and follows the stories of three women coping with the aftermath of Argentina’s Dirty War.

Kaleigh, a native of Woodstock, NY, has a BA in Communication Studies and Spanish from Marist College.

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The Business Council of Westchester is committed to helping businesses market, learn, advocate, and grow. Over 80 events and programs are offered every year, giving our members ample opportunity to connect and meet with businesses representatives in the Westchester community and beyond.
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