Allison became Westchester Children’s Association (WCA) Executive Director in July 2018. She joined WCA in 1998 as the Program Coordinator for the Children’s Health Initiative. In 2008, she was promoted to Deputy Director, responsible for WCA’s programmatic initiatives, leading WCA’s advocacy partnerships and community mobilization efforts. Allison received her BA from Amherst College and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. She brings over 25 years of experience in non-profit and community work both in the US and West Africa, as a Peace Corps Volunteer. After working in banking for three years, she returned to her passion of community development. She has held management positions at the National Civic League and Associated Black Charities. Ms. Lake has worked in youth development with the City Volunteer Corps program in New York City and the YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester. Allison is a homegrown Westchesterite, lives in Greenburgh with her husband and has two young adult children.
Limarie joined Westchester Children’s Association in October 2007, and leads our data initiative Children by the Numbers. She has had extensive management, training, and marketing experience in the private, non-profit, and government sectors. Previously she served as a consultant for New York City’s Department of Small Business Services, Manager of Training & Business Development at Public Health Solutions, and Assistant Manager of Data Census & Applications at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (now part of Pfizer). Limarie received her BA from Bryn Mawr College, and her MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Limarie lives in White Plains with her husband and son.
Rebekah joined WCA in December 2017 as the Director of Development. Rebekah brings with her over 17 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, working in fundraising, community building, and relations and leadership development. Most recently, Rebekah was the Vice President at the United Jewish Federation of Stamford, New Canaan and Darien. While there, she created two of its most successful programs, “Chapter Two”, a program designed to engage retired women by connecting them to the mission of the organization and “3Square”, a program that feeds hungry children at local schools on a weekly basis. Rebekah received her BA from Ithaca College and her Master’s Degree from the University of Connecticut. She is thrilled to be bringing her knowledge of fundraising and her passion for connecting philanthropists to causes that make an impact on the world around us to this new position. Rebekah lives in Stamford, CT with her husband, Liran, and her three boisterous children, Annabelle, Liam and Shailee.
Josh Prywes joined WCA as Program and Policy Associate in October 2018. He has a background in community development, and learned early on that community residents know their needs and strengths best, and need to drive discussions and direct decision making. Josh has worked in direct service, research, and analytical capacities with community organizations, nonprofits, and governments to improve opportunities for children and families. Previously, Josh designed the 2018 version of WCA’s Community Snapshots, and worked with the United Way of Western Connecticut on food security programs, children’s community projects, and the DanburyWORKS anti-poverty initiative. With The Bridge to Independence and Career Opportunities, he worked hand-in-hand with Danbury residents empowering themselves on personal and professional levels. Josh studied Economics and Civic Engagement at Wesleyan University and received his BA in 2017. He was born in Port Chester and raised in Tarrytown and Somers.
Onya joined Westchester Children’s Association in November 2018 as our first Communications Manager. Throughout her diverse experiences, her approach has always been to focus on the underlying strategy behind actions and direct efforts towards performance and return on investment. As an entrepreneur, she built an adaptive lifestyle brand based on Caribbean cuisine and culture from the ground up and honed her skills in guerilla marketing and social media strategies. As a public health consultant, Onya worked with the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, The Barbados Diabetes Foundation, and the Trinidad and Tobago Non-Communicable Disease Alliance (TTNCDA) on developing policy briefs, media relations materials, and non-governmental communications. Onya is a proud graduate of Brown University where she got a BA with honors in her Independent Concentration and completed her Masters of Public Health (MPH) studies at the University of the West Indies – Cave Hill. She loves raising her son in Westchester.
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Debbie joined WCA in February 2021 as our Development Associate. She initially developed her career in the financial industry after earning her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and an MBA from Fordham University. Her interest in working for nonprofit causes was sparked when she took a hiatus from working in finance to raise her children. Her diverse career included positions in Marketing and Communications for both community and nonprofit organizations as well as working for local school districts. She was inspired to work in roles that had a genuine and impactful effect on bettering the lives of children who were in need due to inequity, disabilities, or a simple yet profound lack of opportunity, direction, and support. I am thrilled to bring my passion and experience to Westchester Children’s Association and further the mission of the important work that they do! Debbie and her husband live in Somers NY, where they have raised four children.
Jasmine Drew, MSW Intern, is a second-year, Masters of Social Work (MSW) student at New York University and is on the path to graduate in Spring 2021. Jasmine received her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University in 2019. A Westchester County native, Jasmine chose to complete her internship with WCA to strengthen her ability to advocate on behalf of underrepresented/underserved individuals, to understand the role that state and local government plays in the daily lives of its constituents, and to continue learning the logistics of working in the nonprofit sector. At WCA, Jasmine works closely with Josh in the Programs and Policy department and has delivered advocacy training and participated in our advocacy for Solutions Not Suspensions and greater youth justice. At NYU, she serves as the President of both the Graduate Student Council and the Latinx Social Work Student Organization.
Erica joined WCA in April 2016 to advance the Gathering Policy Solutions for Kids (GPS4KIDS) Collective Impact Initiative. She has over ten years of non-profit and corporate leadership training and development experience. Prior to joining WCA, Erica was the Youth Leadership Development Associate at the CDF-New York office. She was profiled as a Champion for Change for Children by the Children’s Defense Fund during the organization’s 40th Anniversary (2013). She has also worked as a Training & Community Outreach Manager in the restaurant industry. Erica received a B.A in Political Science from Elon University in 2008. During her time at Elon, she represented the Elon Softball Team as a 2006 Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar. She currently serves on the President’s Athletic Advisory Council at Elon University and was a 2015 Elon Top 10 Under 10 Award honoree. Erica was raised in New Rochelle and currently lives in Mount Vernon. Erica will receive her Masters of Public Administration at New York University Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service in May 2016.