Administrative Departments

These departments handle overall administrative activities that support the agency’s programs and services:


Responsible for development, research and cultivation of private philanthropy, including private foundations, fundraising events and activities. Plans and executes annual gala and year-end appeal.

Susan Lewen, director, development
914-761-0600 x219; [email protected]

Diana Eppolito, development associate
914-761-0600 x237; [email protected]

Charlotte Cobbs, administrative assistant
914-716-0600 x203; [email protected]

Public Affairs

Responsible for increasing community awareness of WJCS' programs and services, the Public Affairs Department handles publicity, coordinates special events, creates brochures and public relations materials. Public Affairs assists all agency services in organizing and promoting conferences, workshops and programs.

Jan Fisher, director, BA, public affairs
914-761-0600 x343; [email protected]

Colleen R. Brathwaite, MSc., communications manager
914-761-0600 x204; [email protected]

Charlotte Cobbs, administrative assistant
914-716-0600 x203; [email protected]

Financial Resource Development, Grants and Legislative Action

Various professionals are responsible for fund development, research and cultivation of grant opportunities, fund-raising events and activities and legislative liaison. Staff works with program professionals to identify sources of public and private grants and responds to requests for proposals.

Jan Fisher, director, public affairs
914-761-0600 x343; [email protected]

Joanne Bernstein, grants manager 
914-761-0600 x227; [email protected]

Facilities Management

All leased and owned sites within WJCS are developed and overseen and facility equipment and phone services obtained and monitored through this department.

William Schollmeyer, director, facilities management
914-761-0600 x206; [email protected]


Responsible for all billing, payment of invoices, payroll and budgetary issues, the Finance Department handles the full range of the agency's financial matters.  

Debra Feldman, chief financial officer
914-761-0600 x303; [email protected] 

Chris Nacerino, administrative secretary
914-761-0600 x302; [email protected]

Human Resources

The Human Resources Department focuses its attention and services on the employees of Westchester Jewish Community Services. The multi-faceted role of the department includes: 

  • monitoring the employment process;
  • implementing effective employment related policies, procedures and programs;
  • fostering a pleasant, safe and satisfying work environment;
  • administering employee benefit plans;
  • maintaining accurate and confidential records;
  • ensuring compliance with state and federal employment laws and regulations;
  • providing guidance and counsel on employee relations issues.
  • identifying and implementing wellness related programs.

The Human Resources staff is customer focused, user friendly and available to assist with any employee and/or employment issue, benefits question and general policy interpretation.

Milagros Rivera, director, employee relations, policies & procedures
914-761-0600 x102; [email protected]

Sharon Wu, HR manager
914-761-0600 x103; [email protected]

Maite Wagstaff, employment process & payroll
914-761-0600 x119; [email protected]

Rose Honovich, time-off benefits
914-761-0600 x122; [email protected]

Rebecca Topiol, general inquiries
914-761-0600 x120; [email protected]

Diana DiGiacomo, HR assistant
914-761-0600 x171; [email protected]

Information Systems

This department handles acquisition, installation, maintenance and support of computer systems and services, including hardware, software programs, internet and e-mail. A Support Desk responds to reported problems and answers computer-related "Help" questions.  

Elsa Lekovic, director, BS, MCSE 
914-761-0600 x111; [email protected]

Kreestof Chandley, network administrator
914-761-0600 x118 

Aaron Teplitsky, PC technician
914-761-0600 x112

Michael McCabe, PC technician
914-761-0600 x129

Volunteer and Corporate Resource Development

Recruitment and development of volunteers is an important resource for WJCS programs and departments. Group or individual projects on a one-time or on-going basis can be created. Referrals of potential volunteers or requests for volunteers to fill particular positions can be made to the Coordinator. Our volunteers are recognized at an annual event. Connections to corporate neighbors create opportunities to involve volunteers and establish contacts for special projects and grant possibilities.

Rebecca Sigman, volunteer services coordinator
914-761-0600 x222; [email protected]

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