Robert L. Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Miller is responsible for Westhab’s overall planning, development, operations, finances, and staffing. In addition to the Vice Presidents who report to him, Mr. Miller directly supervises the company’s community relations and fundraising activities. Prior to joining Westhab in August 1984, he was Director of Housing for the Westchester County Department of Social Services; Development Coordinator and Chief of the Berkeley (Ca.) Housing Authority; and Executive Director of the Chester County (Pa.) Housing Authority. In addition to his BA in Economics from the City University of New York, Mr. Miller holds a Master’s degree in Social Work Administration from Howard University.
With many years of experience in both housing and social service and a deep understanding of the challenges that poverty imposes, Mr. Miller, has, for 28 years, guided Westhab toward a comprehensive service model to complement the organization’s affordable housing production.
Mr. Miller was the 2008 recipient of the Stanley Schear Leadership Award for his contributions to affordable housing in Westchester County and, in 2003, received the Community Service Award from the White Plains Salvation Army. He is a former Chair of Bet Am Shalom synagogue, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Midnight Run, a Big Brother and serves on the advisory boards of several government and social service agencies.
Ken Belfer, Senior Vice President, Housing
Mr. Belfer serves as Westhab’s Senior Vice President, as a Trustee of the Westhab Inc. Retirement Plan and in various capacities on the boards of Westhab’s affiliates. He oversees housing development and management, including the Property Management, Facility Management and Security departments, as well as the information technology, procurement and risk management functions. He holds PHM certification from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and has over 30 years experience in housing management and administration. Mr. Belfer came to Westhab in 1987 after nine years in public housing management with the New York City Housing Authority. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Human Services from the State University of New York and has done graduate work in business. Outside of Westhab, Mr. Belfer has been Chairman of the Community Housing Board in the Town of Yorktown for the past 15 years, serves on the Board of the Westchester Not-for-Profit Technology Council, and is active on numerous other government and not-for-profit boards and advisory committees.
Jim Coughlin, Vice President, Adult and Employment Services
Mr. Coughlin oversees all of Westhab’s employment programs, including those located at our homeless shelters, community-based service centers, and County District Offices in Yonkers and Mount Vernon. He is also responsible for all services for single adults, including the various rent subsidy programs that Westhab administers, special needs residences, and Westhab’s Human Resources Department.
Mr. Coughlin received his Bachelor’s Degree from Marist College, and has worked for Westhab since 2000, first as Staff Development Director, then Human Resources Director.
Richard Nightingale, Vice President, Youth and Family Services
Mr. Nightingale oversees all Youth and Family Services programs for Westhab, including the operation of our family shelter, scattered site emergency housing program for homeless families, community-based youth centers, and community resource centers. He began working with Westhab in 2001 and has occupied nearly every position in the Division, beginning as a Summer Youth Counselor and advancing through the ranks. Mr. Nightingale represents Westhab on a variety of municipal and countywide coalitions and task forces focused on family homeless care, the welfare of at-risk young people, and reduction of school truancy. He received his BA from Tufts University and his MSW from Fordham's Graduate School of Social Services.
Treacy Sayres, Vice President Real Estate Development
Ms. Sayres joined Westhab in August of 2012, and provides oversight for the organization’s Real Estate Development Division. Prior to coming to Westhab, Treacy spent equal parts of her real estate development career in both the public and private sectors. Treacy has developed housing for several private developers, for nonprofit housing organizations, a Housing Authority, and spent 10 years as Director of the NY State Housing Trust Fund Corporation. Her experience encompasses work on mixed use finance projects; Low Income Housing, Historic and Brownfield Tax Credit projects; state and federally funded projects; Historic Preservation projects and bond financed projects. Treacy received her BA from Lake Erie College and completed coursework towards her MS in Applied Public Affairs from SUNY Buffalo.
Patricia Vitelli, Vice President, Finance
Ms. Vitelli is Westhab’s Chief Financial Officer and, as such, is responsible for planning and oversight of all investments, budgeting, reporting and daily financial operations. She is responsible for monitoring the company’s compliance with regulatory requirements, including the issuance of timely independent audits. Ms. Vitelli has 25 years of experience in real estate development and property management accounting and finance, specifically with tax credit reporting, capital grants and development reporting, fund accounting, budgeting and forecasting, appraisal analysis and SEC reporting. Her experience includes 18 years with a private real estate investment trust, which owned and managed regional shopping centers. Ms. Vitelli received her BA in Accounting from Fordham University.