50+ Committed Community Partners


The innovative partnership that is Yonkers Thrives combines the resources, expertise and influence of community leaders in the public and private sectors.  

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Yonkers Thrives Leadership Council

Beginning in August 2013, Yonkers Thrive’s Leadership Council has met on a quarterly basis to provide strategic guidance to the initiative. To date, the group has:

  • Helped shape Yonkers Thrive’s overall strategy
  • Supported Action Networks as they developed their initial action plans
  • Reviewed Yonkers Thrive’s baseline report; and
  • Helped identify backbones for Yonkers Thrives

Moving forward, this group will remain Thrive’s critical advisory body, informing all aspects of the initiative’s progress.

Leadership Council Members

Adam Paster, Manhattan College
Alana Sweeny, United Way of Westchester & Putnam
Dr. Belinda Miles, Westchester Community College
Bernie Kimberg, Westchester Jewish Community Services
Bettye Perkins, Today's Students, Tomorrow's Teachers
Carmen Gomez Goldberg, Charter School of Excellence
Chanele Harris, Yonkers Workforce Development Board
Cheray T. Burnett, St. John's Riverside Hospital
Cora Greenberg, Westchester Children's Association
Bernie Kimberg, Westchester Jewish Community Services
Bryan Murphy and Kerron Norman, Andrus
David Weinberger, Yonkers Public Schools
Dr. Edwin Quezada, Yonkers Public Schools
Gina Gaines, Educational Opportunity Center of Westchester
Greg Arcaro, Community Planning Council of Yonkers
Janice Lubin Kirschner, JCY Westchester Community Partners
Joe Skrivanek, Purchase College
John Befus, Westchester County Department of Social Services
Jonathan Greengrass, Greyston
Joe Shulinder, Yonkers Municipal Public Housing Authority
Juanita Lewis, Community Voices Heard
Kathy Halas, Child Care Council of Westchester
Lia Council, Yonkers Federation of Teachers
Linda Heyward, Yonkers Community Action Program
Marsha Gordon, Business Council of Westchester
Meredith Barber, Leake & Watts
Michael Sabatino, Yonkers City Council
Michael J. Spicer, St. Joseph's Medical Center
Mike Breen, Yonkers City Council
Mayor Mike Spano
Marla Hurban, Parent
Rev. James Hassell, Kingdom Christian Cultural Center
Rev. Margaret Martinez, Ressurection Deliverance Church International
Rev. Steve Lopez, Yonkers Board of Education
Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate, Iglesia Memorial de San Andres
Richard Halavey, Hudson River Museum
Richard Nightingale, Westhab
Robin Brumfield, PTA-PEARLS
Ron Corti, St. John's Riverside Hospital
Rosalba del Vecchio, St. John's University
Sally Pinto, Yonkers Council of PTA's
Saul Yanofksy, Westchester Community College
Sean McGrail, Workforce Development Board
Shanit Halperin, Yonkers Public Schools
Shelley Mayer, NY State Assembly
Toni Volchok, Cluster Community Services
Tony Carizales, Marist College
Wendy Nadel, Yonkers Partners in Education



Margie Schustack, Partnership Director, mschustack@yonkersthrives.org (917 406-4478)
Limarie Cabrera, Data Analysis (from Westchester Children's Association)
Denise Killen, Data Analysis (from Westchester Children's Association)