2019 FCWC Executive Board

Chuck Lesnick

President

Chuck served as a regional representative to former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and worked for his NYS Urban Development Corporation from 1985-92. Chuck worked in the Clinton Administration at the Department of Housing and Urban Development for Secretary Andrew Cuomo as an economic development specialist and community builder. In 2014, after he was term limited as Yonkers City Council President Chuck again went to work for now Governor Andrew Cuomo and he currently serves as Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Counsel of the NYS Homes & Community Renewal where he has advocated for utilizing environmental standards as a prerequisite for rent increases due to major capital improvements.

Chuck is a past President of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association where he continues to serve on their advisory board. When he left elective office Chuck joined the Board of FCWC where he served as Vice President before becoming President in 2018.  Chuck is a graduate of Yale College (BA in Economics & Political Science); Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International affairs (Masters in Policy Analysis and Urban & Regional Planning), and the NYU School of Law (JD).  He is also an Eagle Scout.

Dr. Carole S. Griffiths is Professor Emerita - Biology at Long Island University and Research Associate in Ornithology at
the American Museum of Natural History. She also is chair of two grant committees of the Raptor Research Foundation and elected Fellow of the American Ornithological Society. Lives in Tarrytown. Long- time member of the Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Council.

Carole Griffiths

Secretary

(& President Emeritus)

Larry is an instructor of Business and Finance at a number of colleges and universities. He lives in Pleasantville., and is a Member of  Environmental Consortium of Colleges and Universities.

Anthony Sorrell,  MBA, BS

Vice President

Anthony Sorrell is a retired information technology executive and has held management positions with several large organizations including American Express, Verizon, Altria and Ernst & Young.

Currently a volunteer board member for Westchester End of Life Coalition (WELC), volunteered as a high school graduation coach at Yonkers High School, volunteered in the Financial Education Program at United Way, volunteered for the Job Readiness Training program at Volunteer NY and past volunteer Financial Coach in the RSVP program at Community Service Society of NYC. 

He is also an avid catch and release fisherman in the Croton watershed.

Larry O'Connell

Treasurer

Jason is currently Director of Conservation for Westchester County, as well as a Rye Town Trustee. He is a previous curator at Trailside Museum, and a very active member of the environmental community!

Jason Klein

President Emeritus

2019 FCWC Board Members

Amanda Bayley

Amanda Bayley is a landscape designer with over 10 years of experience in the field designing public and private natural area landscapes. She started PLAN it WILD as a way to connect high-end landscape design with high-functioning natural areas in the form of habitat gardens.

Before co-founding PLAN it WILD, she designed residential landscapes in Westchester County and Connecticut, NYC coastal wetlands for the Natural Areas Conservancy, rain gardens and bioswales for the NYC Parks Department Green Infrastructure Unit, and habitat restorations while working as a project manager for eDesign Dynamics.

She currently serves on the Cortlandt, NY Conservation Advisory Council, has a masters in landscape architecture from The City College of the City University of NY, and has a certificate in sustainability analytics from Columbia University.

Jan Blaire

Jan Blaire lives in Irvington and is involved in quite a few different Boards. A select few are League of Conservation Voters, Hudson River Watershed Alliance, Lyndhurst NTHP, Native Plant Center, Westchester County Soil and Water, Saw Mill River Basin Advisory Committee, Ag & Farmland Protection Board, and Resource, Conservation & Development Council.

Robert Carroll

Robert served in the Office of the Secretary beginning with Chemical Bank and successor organizations through mergers and acquisitions,  including Chase and JPMorgan Chase as a Vice President.  He was responsible for subsidiary life cycle management and support. Worked with IT to design, manage and upgrade proprietary database of core legal data and ownership for thousands of legal entities. He furnished similar consulting services for Chase Mortgage Company, AEA Investors, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley for 10 years, and managed commercially available data applications of core legal data and ownership for thousands of legal entities. 

Robert began birding in Westchester County in the late 1970's and continues to add to his life list. He has served as a Director and Secretary for FCWC for more than 10 years.

Education: Manhattan College BBA, Pace University School of Law JD

Lisa Copeland

Lisa Copeland resides in the City of Mount Vernon, and is currently a member of the City Council, this year serving as its President. She served as Mount Vernon City Clerk for almost 11 years when she previously  served on our Board of Directors. Lisa also served in State government as Deputy Journal Clerk for the New York State Senate.  She is excited about re-joining the Board to continue her education on environmental issues throughout the County and to be an advocate for environmental justice. Lisa also wants stay informed on environmental crises going on in our State and across the country, and is looking forward to our future collaboration on critical issues facing our County.

Carolyn Cunningham

Carolyn Cunningham has lived in Rye for 43 years and has been involved in environmental issues during this time. Professionally, she has been an elementary school
teacher, an environmental consultant, executive director of FCWC, and, since 1988, has practiced Environmental Law. Currently she is retired from active practice of law and
volunteers as a board member of the non profit environmental group Federated Conservationists of Westchester (FCWC) and was a board member of the statewide Environmental Advocates until 2012. After serving on the Rye Planning Commission for five years (Oct.1990-Jan 1996) following five years on the Rye Conservation
Commission/ Advisory Council (2 ½ as Chair.) from 1975-1980, she was elected a councilperson to the Rye City Council and served two terms from 1996- 2004.
In 2006 she was reappointed and served on the Rye Planning Commission until January 2013, when she was reappointed chair of the CC/AC. She currently serves
as Chair. (Just stepped down as chair at the Dec. 2018 meeting.) She was largely responsible for planning a Summit on Climate Change for FCWC at the Pace University Law School in Sept. 2014. She is married to the actor, John Cunningham. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Carol G. Durst-Wertheim, Ph.D.  lives in Millwood, has presented "Menus in the Movies" at the Chappaqua Library for many years, belongs to the Pleasantville Garden Club and consults for the James Beard Foundation. 

She comes at environmental concerns from several directions, most notably the food industry, where Carol has worked in many capacities for over 30 years.

Sustainable food growing practices and protection of our soil are critical to her as she thinks from the perspective of seven generations down the line, and from Westchester County, seeing the Hudson Valley farmers at our Farm Markets, working so hard to survive.

Joan Kuhn is  the Program Coordinator at the Chappaqua Library where she initiates, plans and helps present programs.

Previously, Joan was a biology teacher in Brooklyn and volunteered at the Bronx Zoo teaching animal conservation to students. She is excited to bring to FCWC her skills in creating programs, forums and events that will further our organization's mission.

Joan Kuhn

Steven Levy

Steven Levy is the Chair, Managing Director, Sprague Energy, leading Sprague’s clean fuels product and business development activities. Mr. Levy’s experience includes forming partnerships with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, United States Department of Energy, and environmental organizations. At the federal, state and local level, Mr. Levy works closely with legislators, policy makers, environmentalists, equipment manufacturers, aftermarket manufacturers, and, most critically, the end-user to introduce and further the use of clean products and technologies, and plays a very active role with multiple environmental organizations, including the National Biodiesel Board and Clean Cities, and  is actively engaged in the air quality agenda for the Federated Conservationists of Westchester County (FCWC)

Alicia Molloy

Alicia Molloy became a board member with FCWC in January 2019. Previously, she worked as Program Director of the organization for five years before taking time off to raise her children. Alicia’s passion has always been the environment, since her days as a Girl Scout. She received her A.A. In Environmental Studies from Paul Smiths College, her B.S. in Environmental Studies Policy and Management from SUNY College of Environmental Studies, and her M.S. in Forestry and Natural Resources from Purdue University. She is also a member of the New Castle Sustainability Committee. 

Sharon Pickett

David N. Rahni

David N. Rahni has, for nearly four decades, served as professor of chemistry & physical sciences at Pace University. As the founding director of the graduate environmental science program, he also has for nearly two decades, served as adjunct professor of environmental law. David has concurrently served as the chair of the faculty council for four staggered stints, as well as his adjunct professorship in dermatology at New York Medical College since 1995. 
His prolifically published scholarships, primarily anchored on the development of [ex-vivo/in-vivo/in-situ] bio-electro-analytical sensors and actuators, tailored toward assays in clinical, environmental, forensic, and neuro- chemistry. 
David, an avid world traveler passionate about nature, cultures and peoples, has spent a sabbatical  as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the technical university of Denmark, as well as visiting professorships at universities of Oxford, Rome, and Florence. 
David, a multilingual and a multicultural by upbringing, has earned his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. in chemistry from the universities of New Orleans, New Mexico and National in Iran, respectively. Moreover, he had completed the summer higher education leadership program at Harvard University. 

Nortrud Spero

Carol Durst-Wertheim

FCWC Staff

Anne Jaffe Holmes came to FCWC by way of the Greenburgh Nature Center, where she was Director of Conservation Education until her retirement in 2017.  She is an active member in her local CAC in Irvington, where she was instrumental in creating the 'Love 'Em & Leave 'Em' initiative.

Monika has a diverse background in environmental sciences as well as business, and is now combining the two.  Skilled in photography, she will be driving our social media to help us connect with you, our members and friends, more effectively.  She also currently works as office manager for The Nature of Things!

One of the founders of the Greenburgh Nature Center, Monika has worked at the American Museum of Natural History (technician/herpetology), as was also a leader in accounting and revenue integrity with two large international airlines (KLM & Lufthansa). Monika can generally be reached at our office at PACE White Plains weekdays, 3-5 PM, or by email.

Anne Jaffe-Holmes

Monika Kerschus-Granholm

78 North Broadway, E-House

White Plains, NY 10603

 

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