For Immediate Release
Yonkers, NY – June 4, 2020
Joining the Board of Directors are Betsy Hills Bush, James Foy, Al Gutierrez, Daniella Jackson, The Rev. DeForest L. Raphael, and Nicola Standard. “It is a privilege to add the talents and energy of this incredible group. They join a strong and engaged board and will help lead Westhab into our 40th year of service and beyond” said Richard Nightingale, Westhab’s President and CEO.
Betsy Hills Bush, Scarsdale
Ms. Bush has a long history of nonprofit sector involvement, from development to grantmaking to volunteer board membership. She has been a friend of Westhab since 2005 when she became a program officer at the Westchester Community Foundation. In 2015, Ms. Bush was on the committee of the Hudson River Presbytery charged with deciding the fate of the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Yonkers, which is now Westhab’s Dayspring Community Center. Ms. Bush was also an adjunct professor in the Masters of Public Administration Program at Pace University for seven years. Most recently, she has pursued a very different course, completing a second undergraduate degree at Columbia University majoring in architecture with a cluster in sustainability. Ms. Bush is a resident of Scarsdale.
James Foy, Dobbs Ferry
Mr. Foy is the principal of FoyAdvisors, a consulting firm that focuses on providing innovative solutions to problems in the healthcare arena and identifying new opportunities for investment. Previously, he had a long career in hospital administration, culminating with 17 years as the President and CEO of St. Johns Riverside Hospital. Prior to the merger with Westhab, Mr. Foy served on the board of The Sharing Community. Mr. Foy is a resident of Dobbs Ferry.
Al Gutierrez, White Plains
Mr. Gutierrez has 25+ years in commercial real estate and is currently a Managing Director at JLL where he leads a team of commercial real estate brokers that provide tenant and landlord advisory and investment sales in the northern markets of New York City. Mr. Gutierrez currently serves as board chairman of Latino U College Access. He also serves on the board of directors for the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester and is a former president of the Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Building Owners and Managers Association of Westchester County (BOMA). Mr. Gutierrez is a resident of White Plains.
Daniella Jackson, Mount Vernon
Ms. Jackson is the chief of planning, research, and staff development for the Westchester County Department of Probation, where she has been since 2009. She was previously the research and grants administrator for the City of Mount Vernon. Ms. Jackson has had a long involvement with Westhab, serving on the Westhab in Mount Vernon board for several years. She loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, and tries to work out regularly. Ms. Jackson is a resident of Mount Vernon.
The Rev. DeForest L. Raphael, Yonkers
For the past 10 years, Rev. Raphael has been the pastor at the A.M.E. Zion Church on the Hill in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. Before that, he worked for 12 years for the city of Yonkers in three different roles: the Director of Community Services, the Executive Director of the Office of Human Rights, and the director of the Film Office. Rev. Raphael has a Master of Divinity from the Union Theological Seminary. Until the recent merger with Westhab, he served as the Chairman of the Board of The Sharing Community. Rev. Raphael is a resident of Yonkers.
Nicola (Nicky) Standard, White Plains
Ms. Standard is vice president and branch manager at Apple Bank’s Bronxville location. A native of Jamaica, Ms. Standard earned a BBA in Economics from Baruch College and has worked in the banking industry for more than 15 years. Ms. Standard has always been drawn to organizations that have financial education and changing people’s lives as their mission. She has been active with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of Westchester County and has taught financial literacy programs at Westchester Community College and elsewhere. Ms. Standard has been a board member for the Friends of White Plains Youth Bureau for the past three years and is the president-elect of the Bronxville Rotary Club. Ms. Standard is a resident of White Plains.
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Yonkers-based Westhab, Inc. is Westchester’s largest provider of housing and services for the homeless and its largest nonprofit developer of affordable and supportive housing. Since Westhab’s founding in 1981, they have built 912 affordable housing units, moved 8,157 households from homelessness into affordable housing, placed 6,207 people into employment, and delivered services to over 10,000 homeless and at-risk youth.