2020 FCWC Executive Board
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anthony Sorrell, MBA, BS
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.
2020 FCWC Board Members
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 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
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.
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)
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.
John Cotter retired from a long year career in the financial services industry primarily at Chase Manhattan Bank and GE Capital Services. After receiving a business degree from Iona College, he began his career in public accounting and earned a CPA certificate in NYS. Moving into banking, John shifted his focus to finance in Chase’s derivatives trading unit and then to market risk management for GE in its global Treasury operation. At GE John was involved in advising business units on hedging strategies related to currency and interest rate fluctuations. In addition, he managed a large portfolio of derivative instruments used to hedge GE’s market exposures. He then led a team in constructing a company wide risk data warehouse and building models of the company’s balance sheet to better measure and manage those exposures.
John resides in Scarsdale where he and his wife Kathryn raised their family. He currently serves on Scarsdale’s Technology Advisory Committee. John is an avid runner and outdoors enthusiast who also enjoys hiking and backpacking.
Rand Manasse is the Chief Operating Officer at Sunrise Solar Solutions in the Metropolitan New York region. He is a lifelong New York resident raising his family in Westchester county where he serves on the board of the Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB) of New Castle, NY. He is a managing partner at Green Lane Partners which is a private equity firm focused on Clean Tech companies. Rand is very active in his local community serving as the Vice President of the Chappaqua- Millwood Chamber of Commerce and currently holds or has held board memberships with many other non-profit organizations.
Rand volunteers his spare time mentoring startup firms in the clean tech arena working with the national incubator organization called “CleanTech Open (CTO)” which has trained over 1600 early-stage clean technology startup entrepreneurs in the pursuit to develop leading clean green technologies. Rand has an MBA in Finance from New York University and a BS in
Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of several articles on business topics, such as integrated manufacturing solutions, financial systems for CPA firms, and business networking.
Rand through his involvement with Sunrise Solar Solutions companies has been instrumental in developing clean energy solutions for residential and commercial facilities in the Hudson Valley. During his tenure with these companies, they have created over 600 systems creating over 31 GWh of non-polluting energy.
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.
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.
Anjali Sauthoff is an environmental health scientist who is focused on applying science to practice. Currently she is working with universities, local and state government, industry and the non-profit sector to develop integrated approaches that address regional climate adaptation, environmental justice, and social determinants of health. Previous research has focused on developing models to estimate exposure to air pollutants, and using computer models to analyze emission reduction strategies. She currently serves on the New York Medical College Community Advisory Board, the Pleasantville Planning Commission and Climate Smart Communities Task Force, and is a founding board member of Films on Purpose. She received her PhD in Environmental Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
Nadya Hall is the community environmentalist at Teatown Lake Reservation where she engages the public on sustainability issues and wildlife coexistence. At Teatown she also manages the Environmental Leaders Learning Alliance (ELLA), a program that brings together town-appointed members of conservation commissions from across New York’s Lower Hudson Valley to strengthen environmental protection at a regional level through education, cross-boundary communication, and inter-municipal collaboration. She received her masters in environmental policy from Pace University where she focused on canid conservation and human-wildlife conflict.
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!
Colleen Ward has experience within the sustainability field from the United Nations, utilities, and environmental non-profits. Colleen received her Master of Science degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.
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, 12 to 3 PM, or by email.