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67th Annual Membership Meeting

Arc of Westchester Appoints New President at 67th Annual Membership Meeting

HAWTHORNE, NY - June 15, 2016 - The Arc of Westchester Annual Membership Meeting was held on June 14th at the agency’s Gleeson-Israel Gateway Center at 265 Saw Mill River Road in Hawthorne. The event began at 6:30 pm with a reception followed by a business meeting and award presentations. Over 100 individuals including chapter members, invited guests, self-advocates, staff and board members attended.

The meeting was called to order by Bernard A. Krooks, Esq. Immediate Past President. The Arc of Westchester appointed Rosa Rodriguez as the new President of the Board of Directors. Ms. Rodriguez has been an active member of Arc of Westchester’s Board of Directors. She has three children, one of who has Down syndrome, who attended our Children’s School for Early Development.

The membership elected a new slate of officers and board members for 2016-2017. Joseph Cassarini was appointed president-elect; Mark Glucksman was elected Treasurer and Katharine W. Conroy, Esq. was re-elected Secretary.

Barbara Kail, Danusia Pawska and Susan Solomon were appointed as new members to the board. Two former board presidents, Anthony Assalone and Mohan Mehra, retired from the board and were presented with pieces of art in recognition of their dedicated service.

Laura Kennedy, NYSARC, Inc. President and her husband, Hal Kennedy, gave the keynote address. They shared the history of New York State’s Willowbrook Institution on Staten Island, NY and its impact on the future for people with developmental disabilities.

The agency also took this opportunity to recognize a number of partners and community volunteers for their outstanding contributions to social inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. They were each presented with unique artwork created by individuals in our art programs.

2016 Award Recipients:

•             Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti received the Public Partnership Award.

•             The Mauro Family received The Arc of Westchester Foundation Award.

•             Frances Clayton, Andrus Children’s Center received the School Partnership Award.

•             Donna Williams, Field Goods received the Environmental Partnership Award.

•             Stephen Capurso received the Self Advocate of the Year Award.

•             Crystal Hudson received the William Horton Scholarship Award.


Arc of Westchester’s art gallery265, presented awards to exceptional featured artists who participated in exhibitions during 2015. Receiving art awards were Susan Green, Antoine Hawkins, Daniel Kabakoff and Nadine Temperman.

Arc of Westchester is the largest agency in the county serving people of all ages who have developmental disabilities such as autistic spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. Currently celebrating 67 years in the community, Arc of Westchester has long advocated social inclusion for individuals with disabilities because of benefits to the entire community.




Arc of Westchester is a chapter of NYSARC, Inc. and The Arc.


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Editor’s Note: The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as Arc of Westchester, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase.

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