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Leadership

Commitment, experience and so much more

Passionately committed to our mission, people and programs

Meet our agency and foundation board members and executive leaders.

Executive Leaders

The Arc Westchester Board of Directors Officers

Joseph Cassarini, President

Rosa Rodriguez., Immediate Past President

Kyle O'Loughlin-Cahill, President Elect

Mark Glucksman, Treasurer

Katharine W. Conroy, Esq., Secretary

Patricia Capurso

Mary Ellen Cunnington

Daphne Daddino

Robert Diana

Carolyn Holodak

Anne Majsak

Steven Masket, Esq.

Robert Nuccio

Christopher Orlando, MD

Danusia Pawska

Sarah Phelan

Robert Picone

Abby Reuben

Susan Solomon

Jeff Wood

The Arc Westchester Foundation Board of Directors

Rudolf Laager, President

John J. Corgan, Esq. Treasurer/Secretary

Board of Directors

Jonathan Ferguson

William V. Healey, Esq.

Elaine Masket, Esq.

Steven Masket, Esq.

Laura Scherr Saggese

Nikol Thompson

David Walker

Lawrence M. Waterhouse III

Advisors

Katharine W. Conroy

Lawrence McNaughton

Susan Walker

 

 


Joseph Cassarini

President, The Arc Westchester

Joseph Cassarini has spent the last 25 years working as an educator with the last 12 as an administrator in special education and general education. His experience covers a diverse array of students from kindergarten to 12th grade. 

He is currently an assistant principal in a Westchester County elementary school and has been a director for The Arc Westchester board for the last 7 years. Mr. Cassarini has two adult children and has lived in White Plains for over 25 years. Joseph Cassarini is nominated for a two year term for the position of: The Arc New York Board of Governors 

 

 

 

Tibi Guzmán

Executive Director, The Arc Westchester

Tibi Guzmán was appointed Executive Director in June, 2018. Prior to her appointment, she was the Associate Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at The Arc Westchester. She is part of the leadership team for the last 13 years overseeing different aspects of the organization, starting with Wellness Center for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services followed by programs to enhance life skills and Career Supports services. In this capacity, Ms. Guzmán was integral in redesigning prevocational services to better prepare individuals for employment in the community, introduced UNC TEACCH framework to enhance performance.

As COO, she oversaw an operating budget of 56 million with services ranging from Early Intervention/Preschool, programs for students transitioning from High School to supports for adults residing in our 44 homes.  While her professional background is in Health Care Administration, Ms. Guzmán has personal experience with I/DD as a parent of a son with Autism. Ms. Guzmán came from the Healthcare field as an Executive Vice President of Riverside Health Care Inc., a multi-healthcare system in Yonkers NY. Additionally, Ms, Guzmán was recently a board member of the New York State APSE chapter and participated in local I/DD, mental health, behavioral services, education and fund raising boards. Ms, Guzmán sat on the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health, Community Service Board for more than 12 years, and certified as a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives. Ms. Guzmán community participations include serving on the Board of Education for Bronxville Schools for six years and the Heartsong Inc. an art and music therapy program for children with developmental disabilities, board for more than 12 years as Treasurer and Program Chair.

Ms. Guzmán has two sons and a B.S. from Fordham University, M.P.S. from The New School for Health Service Administration and a M.A. in Economics from Fordham University.

 

 

Rudolf Laager

President, The Arc Westchester Foundation

As an entrepreneur, Ruedi Laager formed Lukada International LLC in 2002 before acquiring a medical nutrition company manufacturing shaped purees geared at people with swallowing disabilities in the hospital and nursing home market. He then sold the company to the Hormel Corporation several years later. Today Lukada LLC is engaged with non-profit organization management and the retail sector. Previously Ruedi held a variety of executive positions in the hotel and hospitality industry working with Swissotel, Regent Hotels, the Relais and Chateaux Hotel Group and later The Hospitality Group International.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in hotel management from the Hotel School in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

In addition, in 2007, Ruedi and his wife, Alix, launched a project to assist the Kingdom of Bhutan to introduce education for children with disabilities into their school system. Subsequently, they founded and currently lead the US Special Education Advisory Committee to Bhutan which provides technical support and advice under the umbrella of The Bhutan Foundation in Washington DC. Ruedi is also very active on several non-profit boards addressing pressing issues for minorities around the globe 

Ruedi and his wife Alix live with their 3 children in Larchmont.  One of their twin sons was born with Down Syndrome.  As a family, they enjoy to travel and to explore the outdoors. 

 

 

Nancy Patota 

Executive Director, The Arc Westchester Foundation

Nancy Patota, Executive Director of The Arc Westchester Foundation, directs and coordinates fundraising and development to support The Arc 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.