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

 

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

Stephanie Viola

Stephanie Viola

Asst. Vice President, Finance

 

Rob Caluori

Asst. Vice President, Operations

 

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

 

Patricia Vitelli

Patricia Vitelli

Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration

 

Jim Coughlin

Jim Coughlin

Chief Operating Officer
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Jesse Johnson

Jesse Johnson

Asst. Vice President, Data and Quality Assurance

 

Rich Nightingale headshot

Rich Nightingale

 

President and CEO

richard.nightingale@westhab.org
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Tracy Rhett

Tracy Rhett

Asst. Vice President, Youth and Employment Services

Samantha Chiafalo

Samantha Valencia

Asst. Vice President, Property and Asset Management

Board of Directors

Jesse Krasnow

Chair

Robert H. Petrocelli, Jr.

First Vice Chair

Cesar F. Pereira

Second Vice Chair

Jefferson C. Boyce

Secretary

Paul Turovsky

Treasurer

Betsy Hills Bush

James Foy

Al Gutierrez

Ken Hanau

Daniella Jackson

Jonalie Korengold

Daniel Magidson

Frederick K. Mehlman

Seth L. Rosen

Donna Jakubovitz Spector

Richard St. Paul, Esq.

Nicola Standard