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Passionately committed to our mission, people and programs
Meet our agency and foundation board members and executive leaders.
Arc of Westchester Board of Directors Officers
Rosa Rodriguez, President
Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., Immediate Past President
Joseph Cassarini , President Elect
Mark Glucksman, Treasurer
Katharine W. Conroy, Esq., Secretary
Sheryl Frishman, Esq.
Christopher Orlando, MD
Arc of Westchester Foundation Board of Directors
Elaine Masket, President
John J. Corgan, Esq. Treasurer/Secretary
Board of Directors
Katharine W. Conroy, Esq.
William V. Healey
Steven Masket, Esq.
Laura Scherr Saggese
Katharine W. Conroy, Esq.
Bernard A. Krooks, Esq.
President, Arc of Westchester
Rosa Rodriguez has been an active member of Arc of Westchester's Board of Directors serving on multiple committees for many years. She was elected to the office of board president in June 2016. She has been committed to the agency and our mission since her son entered The Children's School for Early Development.
She holds a B.A. in Economics and is pursuing a MPH, and eventually a Ph.D., in Epidemiology, focusing on research in global health and policies that affect change in how we deal with health and illnesses through diverse cultures.
Currently, she works in the field of addiction as a counselor at Montefiore Medical Center. She is active in the Special Education Parent Teacher's Organization (SEPTO) in her hometown.
Rosa Rodriguez resides in Peekskill and is the proud mother of three children, one of who has Down syndrome.
Executive Director, Arc of Westchester
Richard P. Swierat has been associated with the Arc movement in New York since 1975. He has held the position of executive director of Arc of Westchester for the past 32 years.
Swierat sits on the board of the Business Council of Westchester representing the not-for-profit businesses in Westchester County. In addition, he sits on a number of state and national boards related to the field of developmental disabilities and an adjunct professor at Western Connecticut State University's Ancell School of Business in Danbury, Connecticut.
He has a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College (Buffalo, NY), master's degree in special education from the State University College at Buffalo and a school administration post-master degree certificate from SUNY New Paltz.
President, Arc of Westchester Foundation
Elaine Masket brings over 35 years of advocacy experience to her role as President of Arc of Westchester Foundation. A graduate of Columbia University School of Law, Elaine practiced law in Manhattan, specializing in corporate litigation.
She is the proud parent of Alex, who has severe autism and resides in Arc of Westchester’s Pemart House, and his older brother Will.
A former resident of Westfield, New Jersey, Elaine has been a passionate advocate for people with autism for over two decades. Her efforts with Senator Robert Menendez of NJ earned her an “Autism Advocate of the Year” award from Autism NJ (formerly COSAC). She successfully advocated for legislation allowing for random drug testing for New Jersey school bus drivers. Providing a parent’s perspective, Elaine also conducts workshops for education students seeking Master Degrees in Special Education.
Since 2009, Elaine and her husband Steven, who is a member of Arc of Westchester Foundation’s Board, have resided in New Rochelle. Elaine’s connection to the Arc of Westchester began shortly after Alex moved into his group home in 2011, when she became an active volunteer at the Foundation offices. She is a member of the Arc of a Life Campaign Committee, serves as Co-Chair of the “A Matter of Taste” fundraiser, and is a member of the Arc of Westchester Board Nominating Committee. In recognition of her extensive volunteer work and commitment to Arc of Westchester, Elaine was honored with the Katzenberg Award in 2012.
Elaine is also a “momager”, handling the exhibition and sale of Alex’s artwork. Alex is an internationally recognized artist, who is the subject of the award-winning film “Breaking Boundaries: the Art of Alex Masket.”
Executive Director, Arc of Westchester Foundation
Nancy Patota, Executive Director of Arc of Westchester Foundation, directs and coordinates fundraising and development to support Arc of Westchester programs. The Foundation, now in its 11th Year, drives charitable giving through individual membership, special events, and corporate and foundation funding to help bridge the gap between what it costs to provide exceptional services and what is covered by government funding.
Nancy spent the last 15 years at Iona College located in New Rochelle, NY, where she held a number of leadership positions in the Advancement & External Affairs Office. Most recently, she held the position of Assistant Vice President for Advancement Services, Prospect Strategy and Budget Management. In addition, Nancy is an adjunct professor for the Iona College MBA program where she teaches courses in Human Resources Management, Organizational Behavior and Training and Development.
Earlier in her career, Nancy was a true leader in the corporate world with specific experience in the retail and communications industries. Now, she brings her diverse range of skills and experience to the Foundation.
“I feel so fortunate to work with the people of Arc Westchester and the Foundation in support of the inspiring work done each day to provide opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our Westchester community. The more I learn about the Arc mission and the accomplishments made possible by all the stakeholders of the organization over the past 65 years, the more excited I am to use my experience and skills to lead the Arc of a Life Campaign and ensure that important mission continues.”
Nancy is a native of Westchester County and currently resides in Rye, NY.