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Volunteer New York! Welcomes New Board Members in 2020-2021

Volunteer New York! announced the appointment of five new members to its Board of Directors for 2020-2021:

  • Kathy D’Agostino, Assoc. Cert. Coach, ICF; • Tara C. Fappiano, Attorney at Law and a graduate of Leadership Westchester; • Ed Forbes, senior editor for the USA TODAY Network Atlantic Group, a publisher of lohud, The Journal News, and The Record—news organizations covering greater New York; • Nancy Street, CEO of With You Design LLC; • Dan Zelem, most recently with Johnson & Johnson as Global Chief Technology Officer.

“These accomplished new members of the Volunteer New York!’s leadership team join us at a time of renewed growth and potential,” says Jeanette Gisbert, executive director of Volunteer New York! “Even though 2020 was a challenging year, Volunteer New York! marked its greatest impact ever. We’re thrilled to report that we inspired over 35,000 volunteers and provided a value back to our community of $11.7 million on a budget of only $1.5 million.”

The success of Volunteer New York! can be attributed to the quality of its services and nimbleness to respond to pressing community needs, but at the heart of it is the exceptional board of directors, professional staff and leadership who are dedicated to building connected and resilient communities through volunteerism. Every single member of the team embodies the three core beliefs that guide their work:

In 2020, Volunteer New York! earned status as a 2020 Top-Rated Nonprofit by for its 9th consecutive year, a distinction awarded based on reviews made by local community members. The organization also received a 2020 Guidestar Gold Seal of Transparency.


Dan Zelem

For over twenty-five years, Dan Zelem has been a transformational leader in Health Care Technology. Dan was most recently with Johnson & Johnson where he served as Global Chief Technology Officer (CTO) until July 2018. As CTO, he had responsibility for Infrastructure Services and Application Development. He was instrumental in leading large-scale breakthrough technology initiatives, including delivering one of the most significant Digital and Cloud transformations ever performed in life sciences. At Medco, an industry leading Pharmacy Benefit Manager, he held various positions, culminating in being named CIO. During his tenure he also led the build and deployment of, a $6B channel for on-line prescription ordering, and an industry first.

Dan is currently providing technology advisory services to corporations, technology vendors and service providers with focus on digital and cloud transformations. In April 2019, he was retained by McKinsey and Company as a Sr. Advisor in support of Digital and Cloud transformation engagements.

He is a past board member of National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) and Mercy College and joined the board of Volunteer New York in June of this year. Dan is also an avid supporter of numerous Animal Welfare organizations. Dan resides in Suffern, NY with his wife Nancy and their two rescue dogs, Rudy and Effie.

Tara Fappiano

Tara is a seasoned litigator who is now transitioning her legal practice into educational advocacy, mediation, and conflict resolution. She is a certified mediator and conflict resolution coach, and a skilled negotiator. Tara’s philosophy toward relationship building and conflict resolution developed through her years of experience in the courts and seeing firsthand the stress that conflict can cause in families navigating the world of special education or advocating for the rights of those with disabilities. She will always first work toward resolution of conflicts, especially when supporting families and clients with special needs and disabilities, to clear a pathway to better relationships over time. With this approach, she hopes to contribute to the development of supportive communities for persons with disabilities. Tara is married with two children, and has a deep commitment to local volunteerism. She is a long-time resident of Tuckahoe, where she has dedicated countless hours to volunteering in the schools and with youth groups, including leadership roles with the PTA and the Girls Scouts of America. Tara has been a long-time volunteer with Volunteer New York!, participating in many days of service as a volunteer and site captain. She is a graduate of the 2018 Class of Leadership Westchester and looks forward to living her mission through her work on the Board of Volunteer New York!

Nancy Street

Nancy Street is an experienced operator, business strategist and marketing professional who has expertise managing and advising organizations ranging from start-ups (including her own) to Fortune 100 companies. Known for providing successful, results oriented leadership, she is passionate about motivating and developing teams. Nancy is a Partner and CEO of With You Design LLC, a jewelry company that distributes through over 500 retailers and direct to consumers. Prior to joining With You, Nancy worked with turnarounds and start-ups for almost a decade. Earlier in her career she held executive level positions at Merrill Lynch and American Express.

Nancy is a cum laude graduate of Brown University and completed the Merrill Lynch/Wharton Executive Education Program. In her spare time, she pursues her interests in health, fitness, food, community service and politics. Nancy is a certified spin instructor, yoga teacher and natural foods chef and lives with her husband Denis in New Rochelle, NY. She has three grown children and one granddaughter.

Ed Forbes

Ed Forbes is a senior editor for the USA TODAY Network Atlantic Group, including lohud and The Journal News and and The Record, news organizations covering greater New York. His responsibilities also include oversight at news organizations in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and upstate New York.

Forbes serves on the board of the Frederic Remington Art Museum. He also is a passionate volunteer for his undergraduate alma mater, St. Lawrence University, where he served two terms as president of the Alumni Association and as alumni delegate to the Board of Trustees. He is also a longtime supporter of the Westchester County Association. Forbes is a graduate of Leadership Westchester Class of 2013 and a recipient of the Business Council of Westchester’s 40 Under 40 award. He holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Forbes lives in Pound Ridge with his wife, Emily Hunt Forbes, and their daughters, Caroline and Julia.

Kathy D’Agostino

Kathy is an executive coach and business consultant with 25+ years of experience helping leaders grow their business and invest in their greatest asset – their employees. She has worked with hundreds of organizations to develop their leadership teams, accentuate their core values, and create a strong culture. Her client base is diverse and consists of global pharma companies, professional service firms, education, and non-profits. As a facilitator and trainer on topics that include sales, time management, employee engagement, and various other people skills, Kathy’s clients reap tremendous long-term benefits and opportunities for professional growth.

Prior to establishing Win at Business Coaching, Kathy held senior-level positions for global organizations where she was responsible for turning around under-performing sales teams, driving revenue growth in a declining market, and building game-changing customer service programs. Kathy is a sought-after speaker on the topics of Culture and Core Values. She takes great pride in pro-bono consulting for non-profits and various other organizations helping them develop their employees and enhance their strategic alliances.



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