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Thank you for supporting the
Leadership Westchester Class of 2020 Graduation
+ Alumna of Year Award Presentation
 
Recorded live on Wednesday, July 8
 
 
 
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Due to maintaining best social distancing practices, the in-person ceremony has been limited to only members of the graduating class. Thank you for tuning in to help us celebrate the completion of the incredible and rigorous 9-month journey of this year's graduating class with the type of enthusiasm, love and virtual noise they deserve.
 
We are also incredibly honored to honor LW Class of 2013 graduate, Karen Cheeks-Lomax, Esq. CEO of My Sisters' Place, who will be presented with the 2020 Alumna of the Year Award as part of this year's ceremony! To learn more about Karen and her many achievements, click here to scroll down to her bio.
 
 
 
 
 
WELCOME REMARKS
Valerie Mason-Cunningham (LW ‘18)
Chair, Volunteer New York!
 
INTRODUCTION OF ALUMNA OF THE YEAR
Jeanette Gisbert, MPA (LW ‘09)
Executive Director, Volunteer New York!
 
ALUMNA OF THE YEAR
Karen Cheeks-Lomax, Esq. (LW ‘13)
Chief Executive Officer, My Sisters’ Place
 
REMARKS BY THE CLASS OF 2020
Melissa Swartz, Hero Coaching
on Behalf of Josh Gaccione (LW ‘20)
Director of Student Support Services, Westchester Community College
 
REMARKS FROM FACILITATOR OF LEADERSHIP WESTCHESTER
David Severance (LW ‘03)
President, New Door Leadership
 
PRESENTATION OF AWARDS
David Severance (LW ‘03)
President, New Door Leadership
 
GREETINGS FROM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Elisabeth Vieselmeyer, Director of Development, Volunteer New York!
on Behalf of Jill Gottlieb (LW ‘13) & Rosemary Byrnes (LW ‘19) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jinja Cuevas, WestHAB, Inc.
Gina Fedele, Housing Advocate
Joshua Gaccione, Westchester Community College
Ian Gray
Caryl Hahn
Carlito Holt, Provident Design Engineering
Meleita Jones, Westchester County D.S.P.S.
Julie Konvisser, Volunteer New York!
Sara Kula, Delbello Donnellan Weingarten
Theresa McCaffrey, Little Leaf Nursery School, LLC 
Mitchell Mirtil, Westchester Medical Center
Sarah Misiano, Assured Partners
Kwame Ndzibah, M&T Bank
Enrico Rodriguez, Lifting Up Westchester
Carla Romney, Westchester Biotech Project
Sergio Serratto, Special Asst. to Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Liz Silverstein, Impact100 Westchester
Gerald Stern, Her Honor Mentoring
Maiysha Warren, USTA Foundation
Wendy Weinstein, Clay Art Center
 
 
 
 
 
(from those watching from a social-distance)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Karen Cheeks-Lomax is the Chief Executive Officer of My Sisters’ Place, an organization that has worked since 1978 to end violence in intimate relationships and combat the effects of domestic violence and human trafficking on women, men and children throughout Westchester County, New York. Prior to her appointment as CEO in 2005, she served as General Counsel for the organization. My Sisters’ Place has evolved from a grassroots task force and drop-in center into a cutting edge leader and resource in the field of domestic violence advocacy, residential shelter, legal services, education and prevention. Based on the tenet of taking a holistic approach and addressing the root causes of family violence, MSP is continually expanding in order to effectively respond to the increasing and changing needs of individuals in crisis. As CEO, Karen has been instrumental in influencing policy and legislative changes on behalf of MSP of all survivors.
 
Karen has a long and rich history in providing legal services for survivors of domestic violence including a decade as Director of General Litigation at Harlem Legal Services in New York City. Prior to her work in Harlem, she served as an Assistant General Counsel with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, and also worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Torts Division for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is a graduate of the City College of New York, and received a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She received her JD degree from Northeastern University School of Law.
 
 
 
 
 
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