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The Arc Westchester Announces New Executive Director

Posted on : 05/02/2018

The Arc Westchester is proud to announce the appointment of Tibisay (Tibi) Guzmán to executive director and CEO, effective June 15. Guzmán, who currently serves as associate executive director/chief operating officer of the organization, will replace Richard (Ric) Swierat, who is stepping down after 35 years in the role. The Arc Westchester began a nationwide search for a new executive director in 2017.

“It’s important to have good, strong leadership in the organization,” said Swierat at the event. “I’m extremely pleased to pass the torch to Tibi, whose passion for our mission and people we support comes through in every interaction and decision. I firmly believe that she will help take The Arc Westchester to new heights.”

Tibi Guzmán has served on the leadership team at The Arc Westchester for the last 13 years overseeing different aspects of the organization, starting with The Wellness Center for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services followed by programs to enhance life skills and Career Supports Services. Through her leadership, The Arc Westchester has developed strong relationships throughout Westchester County with a number of community partners serving individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities. As COO, she oversees 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 The Arc Westchester’s 44 homes. 

In her new role, she will be responsible for overseeing and managing the day-to-day activities of the organization. Tibi will work closely with the Board of Directors to develop the strategic direction of the organization, will be responsible to funders and help expand fundraising through its Foundation, and provide overall leadership and support to the many hardworking employees. She will advocate on behalf of Arc’s individuals and families in the public and private sectors.

“I am truly honored to be given this opportunity to lead an organization that is so close to my heart,” said Guzmán. “Working alongside Ric has been a true joy and I am dedicated to continuing the great work he has inspired for all our families. Supporting individuals with developmental disabilities lead independent and full lives is so important to our families, and I will work tirelessly to further our mission and vision.”

While her professional background is in Health Care Administration, Guzmán has personal experience as a parent of a son with Autism.  She resides in Bronxville and has 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.

All of us at The Arc Westchester look forward to working with her as she takes on this new role as executive director and we wish her well with her new responsibilities.

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