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.
Angel Gray joined Westchester Children’s Association February 2022 as our Program and Policy Manager. Over the past 9 years, Angel has provided family support, prevention, intervention and educational services for families and children at psychiatric hospitals, high schools, residential treatment centers and community based mental health programs. Most recently, Angel served as a Program Supervisor for Healthy Families Westchester County, a home visiting program that assesses pregnant women and new parents for risks that could lead to child abuse, poor health, and negative developmental outcomes. Angel is also a social work clinician who works at a private practice in Mt. Vernon NY and has a passion for providing trauma-informed therapeutic services for children, youth, and adults. Angel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Spelman College; Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College; and a Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University.
Gabby Nanna joined Westchester Children’s Association in June 2023 as our Program and Policy Associate. A lifelong resident of Mt. Vernon, Gabby earned her BA in May 2023 from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. While participating in Sarah Lawrence’s Justice Fellowship, she co-produced a podcast episode investigating the school to prison pipeline’s relation to school disciplinary measures in Westchester County. This episode featured commentary from WCA’s Executive Director Allison Lake and was re-broadcasted by WCA’s podcast, Ground Truthing. As a WCA intern (September 2022 to May 2023), Gabby assisted with data collection and dissemination and county and state budget advocacy. She was also integral to the February 2023 Rally for Youth Justice, for which she developed another episode of the Ground Truthing podcast. Gabby is excited to be at WCA and hopes to continue her growth in data storytelling and advocacy.