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The BCW Celebrates Our Rising Stars

On Wednesday, the Business Council of Westchester’s members and guests gathered at Million Air’s hanger at the Westchester County Airport to honor 40 young leaders who help make our county a vibrant and engaging business community.

Our Rising Stars event celebrates individuals under the age of 40 who set lofty standards for success in their professions. The tribute is modeled after the national business recognition program “Forty under Forty,” and our Rising Stars program is unique in that our winners represent all that’s great in Westchester—and they come from diverse backgrounds and fields.

I offer my most enthusiastic congratulations to all our Rising Stars—who are listed below—for their notable accomplishments. This truly inspirational group represents The Future of Westchester.

— Dr. Marsha Gordon, President & CEO


Andrew Attara
Executive Vice President, Cappelli Organization

Samantha Benjamin
Owner/Executive Pastry Chef, The Dessertist

Ryan Brisk
Vice President, Feeding Westchester

Kyle Byrne
Assistant Director of Student & Alumni Engagement, LaPenta School of Business at Iona University

Santiago Caceres
Fiscal Analyst, Westchester County Board of Legislators

Vincent Caiola
Associate Real Estate Broker, Houlihan Lawrence

Lisa Capone
Partner, Kurzman Eisenberg Corbin & Lever, LLP

David Cedrone
Director of Operations, New York Hospitality Group

Domenick Cocchiara
Social Media and Digital Advertising Manager, Thompson & Bender

Troy Cogburn
Vice President Enrollment and Marketing, Manhattanville College

Jordan Cormier
Director of Programming, Youth Shelter Program of Westchester, Inc

John Daoud
In-House Counsel, The Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers (MHACY)

Frank DiDomizio
Detective Sergeant, Public Information Officer & Executive Officer to the Police Commissioner, City of Yonkers Police Department

Bernard Dufresne
Assistant Vice President, Office for Institutional Equity/Title IX Compliance, Pace University

Richard Flahive
Chief Investment Officer, Hightower Westchester

Michelle Foard
Educational Coordinator for the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center at New York Medical College & Founder of Capes For A Cos, New York Medical College

Jonathan Gordon
Reporter, News 12

Benjamin Greene, MD
Pediatric & Adult Primary Care (Non-Operative) Sports Medicine Director, Sports Concussion Center

Megan Guy
Senior Vice President of Development, Simone Development Companies

Kayla Hendrickson
Director of School Age Services, YMCA of Central & Northern Westchester

Bryan Houlihan
Senior Director, Houlihan-Parnes Realtors, LLC

Amelia Jacobs
Director, Commerce Technology and Digital Innovation, Heineken USA

Yianna Justo
Director, Office of Community Affairs, Montefiore Einstein

Shannon Lamberti
General Manager, Robison

Benjamin Liberatore
Director of Operations, Fort Pond Bay Company (Harvest on Hudson & Half Moon)

Daniel Marcy
Director, Government & Community Relations, WMCHealth: Westchester Medical Center

Elizabeth Mastropolo, Esq.
Managing Attorney, Neighbors Link Community Law Practice, Neighbors Link

Mark Mathias
Owner, Lightbridge Academy of Scarsdale

Antonina Michelli
Senior Physician Assistant, Orthopedics and Spine, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Westchester

Kristen Motel
Partner, Cuddy & Feder LLP

Becky Nova
Founder, Lady Landlords

Pasquale Pippo
CPA, Partner, CohnReznick LLP

Luciano Ranallo
Senior Manager Technical Operations, Regeneron Pharmaceutical Inc.

Elizabeth Rider
Clinical Team Leader, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

Edgar Roque
Section Manager, Bronx Westchester Electric Operations, Consolidated Edison Company of New York

Kasey Schwartz
Co-Owner and Head Brewer, Broken Bow Brewery

Kristen Sciliano
Assistant Director, White Plains Hospital Physician Associates, White Plains Hospital

Elona Shape
Vice President/Area Retail Leader, KeyBank

Thomas Sullivan
Executive Director, Westchester Children’s Museum

Ayanna Y. Thomas
Partner, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC

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