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2022 Benefit Journal
2022 Orange Book
Courtesy of PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP





Education & Literacy Award

Deborah Disbrow
for volunteer action with
Presented by Two's Company

Going Green Award

Susan O'Brien
for volunteer action with
Presented by Con Edison

Quality of Life Award

Norman Handelman
for volunteer action with
Presented by PCSB Bank

Resiliency Award

Jolina and Brian Halloran
for volunteer action with
Presented by WMCHealth

Social Advocacy Award

Kenny Herzog
for volunteer action with
Presented by Regeneron

Youth Leadership Award

Harshita Shet
for volunteer action with
Presented by PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP


Thank You To All Event Sponsors
Presenting Sponsor
Award Sponsors
Two's Company
Con Edison
PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP
Platinum Sponsor
Retirement Transformed
Silver Sponsors
MAG Real Estate Advisors, Inc.
Webster Bank
Bronze Sponsors
Brown and Brown
Gallin Family
White Plains Hospital and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
Video Sponsor
Hudson Valley Credit Union
Coffee Sponsor
Webster Bank
Giveaway Sponsor
Gallin Family

Volunteer New York!'s Board of Directors would like to bestow its highest honor, the 2022 Legacy Award, on Celia Brown. 
Celia is a longtime friend, former board member, and generous benefactor of Volunteer New York!. As evidenced by her years of high-level counsel to Volunteer New York! senior leadership and advocacy of volunteerism, she is a true believer in the impact volunteer power can make on solving pressing community challenges.  
Celia has always been dedicated to the non-profit arena, serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Volunteer New York! for 10 years. Before and after her Volunteer New York! Board service, she provided leadership coaching to the former and current executive directors. She led Volunteer New York! through the strategic planning and rebranding processes at which the current mission, name, and look of this newly invigorated organization was born. Always happy to roll up her sleeves, Celia has also served on the front lines of community engagement as a site captain for Volunteer New York!’s two community-wide action days - the 9/11 and MLK Days of Service.  
Celia is an active member of Impact 100 Westchester, currently serving on the Non-Profit Advisory Committee.  Prior to Volunteer New York!, Celia was a board member for the New York City non-profit, The Way to Work.  She has also served as a senior strategic advisor to the University of South Carolina’s Center for Executive Succession at the Darla Moore School of Business.   
Professionally, Celia is an Independent Public Company Director and Management Consultant. She has an extensive global HR and corporate law background and experience at times of business and leadership transition, integration, and expansion. Celia is currently a member of the Board of Directors of, serving as Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Governance Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Volt Information Sciences, Inc., serving as Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.  She previously served as the Chief Human Resources Officer of Willis Group Holdings and Head of HR and Public Relations at XL Capital Ltd.  Celia has worked for many years in the areas of CEO transitions, succession planning, talent identification and development, executive compensation, M&A, climate assessment and culture change, including 30 years of service as a trusted advisor to senior leaders.   
Celia has a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She lives in Purchase, NY with her husband, Larry, not far from the Rye Brook community where they raised their two daughters. 
Join us in paying tribute to Celia's legacy and impact at the 2022 Volunteer Spirit Awards on Friday, April 8 in Tarrytown!


2022 Benefit Committee

Alisa Kesten, Co-Chair

Susan Turkell, Co-Chair

Ruthie and Daniel Baruch

Meredith Brown

Joan Fallon

Susan and Howard Gordon

Robin and Scott Gottlieb

Alisa and Ted Kesten

Valerie Mason-Cunningham

Jim McCann

Stephanie and Stephen Novick

Laurie and Randy Pearlman

Lou Lou and Jay Pollak

Mark and Jody Rollins

Deb Silverman

Ann Rose Simon

Susan and Neil Turkell





2022 Steering Committee

Lydia Kris, Chair

Kathy D'Agostino

Sam Dickinson

Karen Gabor

Ally Gallin

Joanne Kirkpatrick

Susan Kushner

Amy Seiden

Abbe P. Stein, Esq.

Natasha Weinstein



2022 Award Judges

Jason Chapin

Eileen Davidson

Jan Fisher

Joseph Kenner

Carmen L. Martínez-López, PhD

Linda Tyler

Natasha Weinstein

Genna Woods

Daniel Zelem






The Volunteer Spirit Awards celebration is the premier volunteer recognition event in our community, typically attended annually by over 600 community leaders and supporters of local volunteerism. Each spring during Global Volunteer Month, Volunteer New York! recognizes a distinguished group of volunteers who have done extraordinary work in our region. Volunteers are nominated in six categories, and an independent panel of judges selects one person or group for each category.