Our Story

Westhab was founded in 1981 to address the affordable housing crisis in Westchester County. In our early years, we acquired vacant buildings and renovated them into quality transitional and permanent housing. In response to growing homelessness, Westhab expanded its focus to renovate and operate shelters in Westchester.

As our organization grew, we looked for ways to improve entire communities by engaging resident leaders and neighborhood stakeholders. Always intent not just on addressing the problem, but working to find a solution, Westhab began to provide employment services and youth programs, supporting families to break the cycle of poverty. We also undertook ground-up development of attractive, new affordable housing residences, including housing targeted toward seniors, veterans, young adults, and the disabled.

Today, our housing and social services combine to create a comprehensive community development approach—not just in Westchester, but also in New York City where we have recently expanded, developing affordable and supportive housing, operating homeless shelters, and providing youth programs and employment services.

Westhab is—Building Communities. Changing Lives.

Leadership Team

Emily Behan

Vice President, Development
Jim Coughlin

Jim Coughlin

Chief Operating Officer
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Jesse Johnson

Jesse Johnson

Asst. Vice President, Data and Quality Assurance
Tracy Rhett

Tracy Rhett

Asst. Vice President, Youth and Employment Services
Stephanie Viola

Stephanie Viola

Asst. Vice President, Finance

Rob Caluori

Asst. Vice President, Operations
Jinja Cuevas

Jinja Cuevas

Vice President, Human Resources
Nicole Mylan

Nicole Mylan

Asst. Vice President, NYC Shelter Programs
Nicholas Orluk

Nicholas Orluk

Asst. Vice President, NYC Shelter Programs
Valerie C Smith

Valerie C. Smith

Vice President, NYC Shelter Programs
Patricia Vitelli

Patricia Vitelli

Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration
Samantha Chiafalo

Samantha Chiafalo

Asst. Vice President, Property and Asset Management
Andrew Germansky

Andrew Germansky

Senior Vice President, Real Estate

Steve Myrthil

Vice President, IT
Elissa Ramos

Elissa Ramos

Asst. Vice President, Westchester Housing Programs
Gilbert Soto

Gilbert Soto

Asst. Vice President, NYC Shelter Programs

Board of Directors

Jesse Krasnow


Robert H. Petrocelli, Jr.

First Vice Chair

Cesar F. Pereira

Second Vice Chair

Jefferson C. Boyce


Paul Turovsky


Betsy Hills Bush

James Foy

Al Gutierrez

Ken Hanau

Daniella Jackson

Donna Jakubovitz Spector

Jonalie Korengold

Daniel Magidson

Frederick K. Mehlman

The Rev. DeForest L. Raphael

Seth L. Rosen

Richard St. Paul, Esq.

Nicola Standard