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opportunities for all residents in our region.
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WRO’s Board Members

Nick Beilenson

Board Member

• Founder
• Executive Committee
• Finance Committee
• Co-Chair, Development and Strategic Planning Committee
• First-Time Homebuying Advisory Committee
• Chair, Mortgage Counseling Advisory Committee
• Senior/General Housing Advisory Committee

Nick founded WRO in 1968 at the height of the civil rights movement. He served as WRO’s first executive director, has served on the board for 49 years, and was board chair for many years. A graduate of Harvard College and Law School, Nick had careers in civil rights and corporate law and at Peter Pauper Press as co-publisher with his wife Evelyn. After retirement, he founded the Center for Public Interest Careers at Harvard College, which supports Harvard undergraduates and recent graduates to obtain internships and jobs in public service. He lives in White Plains.

Laurence Beilenson

Board Member

• Assistant Treasurer
• Executive Committee
• Finance Committee

Larry is the president of Peter Pauper Press, inc., a publisher of books, stationery, and gifts, with offices in White Plains, NY. After graduating from Brown University, he worked in finance for Miller, Tabak and Hirsch and became a Chartered Financial Analyst. At WRO, Larry is a member of the Executive, Finance and Personnel Committees. He is a resident of Chappaqua and Manhattan, and a WRO board member since 2014.

Debra Budetti

Board Member

• Assistant Secretary
• Development and Strategic Planning Committee

Debra is co-founder, along with her husband Lou, of ERA Insite Realty Services, which now has offices in White Plains, Bronxville and Thornwood, NY. Their company has been in business since 1985 and has been expanding ever since. Debra serves as full-time Director of Relocation. Her department consistently wins awards for commitments to excellence; it effectively serves the counties of Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess in NY and Fairfield in CT. Debra has since 2010 also served the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors as Co-chair of Communications. She is a member of WRO’s Development Committee, resides in Somers, and a WRO board member since 2015.

Henry J. Carnage

Board Member

• Treasurer
• Executive Committee
• Chair, Finance Committee
• Development and Strategic Planning Committee

A WRO board member since 1983 and a White Plains resident, Henry serves as Treasurer and sits on the Executive and Finance Committees. Henry is retired from IBM Global Services. He is an active board member of the Graham Windham Child Welfare Service Agency and is a School Board Director of the Greenburgh-Graham Union Free School District. Henry is also a proud member of Omega Psi Phi, the premier African American men’s college fraternity in the U.S.

Leah Caro

Board Member

• Co-Chair
• Co-Chair, Executive Committee
• Finance Committee
• Co-Chair, Development and Strategic Planning Committee.
• Diversity Advisory Committee

Leah, a Tuckahoe resident, serves as WRO’s Co-Chair and Development Committee Co-Chair. Since 2001, she has been the Principal Broker of Park Realty (formerly Bronxville-Ley Real Estate) wheres he is a hands-on supervisor of over 20 real estate agents. Leah was the 2009/10 President of the Westchester Putnam Association of Realtors (now the expanded Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors). She is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the NYS Association of Realtors where she has served as Chair of its Professional Standards Committee. Leah is certified by NY State to teach real estate license law, agency disclosure, and ethics. She joined the board in 2011.

Joseph A. DiSalvo, Esq.

Board Member

• Diversity Advisory Committee

Joe DiSalvo is a longtime WRO board member (since 1984), a member of WRO’s Diversity/Fair Housing Advisory Committee, and a trusted advisor in fair housing matters. Joe is the managing partner of the Bronxville, NY law firm of Nobile, Magarian & DiSalvo, LLP where his general practice includes not-for-profit and fair housing law. He is a board member and former Chairperson of St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, and a board member of The Sharing Community, a not-for-profit that shelters the homeless and feeds the hungry, also in Yonkers. Joe also serves as Village Justice in Hastings-on-Hudson, where he lives.

Margaret M. (Gretchen) Flint, Esq.

Board Member

• Co-Chair
• Co-Chair, Executive Committee
• Finance Committee

• Diversity Advisory Committee
• Independent Living/Mental Health Advisory Committee

Gretchen, a White Plains resident, serves as WRO Co-Chair. She is a Pace Law professor, Executive Director of John Jay Legal Services, and faculty supervisor of the Equal Justice America Disability Rights/Health Law Clinic. In these capacities, Gretchen supervises and mentors Pace Law students in clinical work. Previously, Gretchen was Director of the Elderly Project at Volunteers of Legal Service and Managing attorney of the Legal Department of the NYC Commission on Human Rights. Gretchen is a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University School of Law, and has been a WRO board member since 1998.

Linda M. Grace-Heyward

Board Member

• Chair, Personnel Committee
• Finance Committee

Linda has been since 2002 the Executive Director of Yonkers Community Development Action Program (YCAP). There, she has provided leadership in supporting and advancing the welfare of low-income residents of Yonkers, promoting self-sufficiiency and an improved quality of life. Prior to YCAP, Linda was a member of the IBM Human Resources team, focusing on recruitment, benefits, resource management, and diversity. She is Chair of WRO’s Personnel Committee. Linda lives in Yonkers, and follows in the footsteps of her Mom, who was involved in a fair housing study. She became a WRO board member in 2011.

James Hyer, Esq.

Board Member

• Diversity Advisory Committee
• Development and Strategic Planning Committee
• Mortgage Counseling Advisory Committee

James L. Hyer is currently an attorney admitted to practice law in the Courts of the State of New York, Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York, and is also a trained mediator. Mr. Hyer has successfully assisted clients in a wide range of areas including sophisticated estate planning, estate and trust litigation, guardianship proceedings, complex commercial litigation and real estate transactions.

Mr. Hyer has been recognized as a leader within the legal profession currently serving in the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates and Vice President of the Westchester County Bar Association. His scholarly articles have appeared in publications including “New York Bar Association Journal”, “Westchester Family Magazine”, “Westchester Business Journal”, “Westchester Healthy Family Magazine”, “Westchester Lawyer Magazine”, “Westchester Rising”, the New York State Women’s Bar Association “Women’s Bar News”, and the “Westchester Women’s Bar Association Journal”. Mr. Hyer has also appeared on media as a legal expert including CBS, News 12 Westchester and others.

Mr. Hyer’s dedication to his clients and the profession has led him to be selected for the prestigious American Institute of Family Law Attorneys 10 Best In Client Satisfaction Honor; Legal Leaders published in the Wall Street Journal and New York State Bar Association Journal; Leading Attorney Under 40 in 2016 presented by Pace Law School, Westchester County Bar Association and Westchester Women’s Bar Association, and; Leadership Award in 2014 from the Westchester County Bar Association, and with Advancing Human Rights Award from Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc., in 2017.

Based in White Plains, New York, Mr. Hyer serves clients in New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley.

 

Barry Kramer

Board Member

• Chair, First-Time Homebuying Advisory Committee
• Diversity Advisory Committee

Barry is the principal broker of Westchester Choice Realty, Inc. in Eastchester, where he resides. During 2018, Barry serves as President of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors (HGAR). He is also a board member of the NYS Association of Realtors (NYSAR), and he has played leading roles with respect to fair housing and cultural diversity at both HGAR and NYSAR. In addition, Barry was for 10 years a member of the Westchester County Human Rights Commission, including as Chair and Vice Chair. Barry is a member and past board member of the LOFT, the LGBT Community Center of the Hudson Valley region. At WRO, Barry serves as Chair of the First-Time Homebuying Advisory Committee. He joined WRO’s board in 2012.

Jodee MacDonald

Board Member

• Chair, Senior/General Housing Advisory Committee
• Development & Strategic Planning Committee
• First-Time Homebuying Advisory Committee
• Mortgage Counseling Advisory Committee

Jodee can best be described as a dedicated volunteer who helps people in need. a whirlwind, and an overachiever. During her lifetime, Jodee has served a 3-year stint in the US Army, become disabled, has undergone several surgeries, and lived in Section 8 housing. Among her numerous volunteer efforts: obtaining for underserved girls free prom dresses together with fitting and hair stylings; running an annual Christman toy and book fair at the Theodore Young Community Center in Greenburgh; and [ ]

Jodee serves on a number of WRO Advisory Committes and “tells it like it is.”

Jodee is a 2006 graduate of Westchester Community College and a 2012 graduate of Concordia College, the first person in her family to attend college. She lives in Stamford CT and for many years lived in Greenburgh. She became a WRO board member in 2010.

David Moore

Board Member

• Mortgage Counseling Advisory Committee

David is a Production Manager at PrimeLending,where he established a Licensed Retail Mortgage Office for Metro New York. He has held a number of positions at mortgage lenders, including Bank of American Home Loans. David is a sought-after speaker on the subjects of Real Estate Finance, Mortgages, Market Trends, and Sales Strategies. At WRO, David is a member of the Mortgage Counseling Advisory Committee. David attended Middlesex County College and resides in Mahopac. He became a WRO board member in 2017.

Dennis Parker, Esq.

Board Member

• Co-Chair, Diversity Advisory Committee

Dennis is Director of the ACLU National Office’s Racial Justice Program, concentrating on issues of the school-to-prison pipeline which funnels children of color from the educational system to the criminal justice system, as well as racial profiling, affirmative action, indigent representation, fair housing, and felon enfranchisement. Prior to joing the ACLU, Mr. Parker was Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau of the the Office of the NYS Attorney General. He also worked for 14 years at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund supervising litigation relating to equal educational opportunity. At WRO, Dennis is Chair of the Diversity/Fair Housing Advisory Committee. Dennis is a graduate of Middlebury College and Harvard Law School and lives in Ossining. He has served as a WRO board member since 2010.

Thomas C. Rice

Board Member

• Diversity Advisory Committee
• Development and Strategic Planning Committee

Thomas C. Rice is Of Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Prior to his retirement as a Partner, Tom served in a number of leadership positions at Simpson Thacher, including as Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department and long-time member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Tom is a prominent commercial trial lawyer with more than 35 years handling a wide variety of complex litigations, including securities, antitrust, bankruptcy litigation, ERISA and professional malpractice. He has received a variety of professional recognitions, and has been consistently recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation.

Tom has also been active on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations. In addition to WRO, Tom currently Co-Chairs the Board of Directors of My Sisters’ Place and is member of the Board of The North Castle Historical Society.

Wendy M. Weathers, Esq.

Board Member

• Development & Strategic Planning Committee
• Mortgage Counseling Advisory Committee

Wendy is Senior Managing Attorney in charge of the Litigation, Consumer Bankruptcy, and Real Estate Departments of Cabanillas & Associates, P.C. Wendy is active in the NY State, Westchester County, Westchester Women’s, Queens County, and Fairfield Bar Associations, and serves as President of the Westchester County Bar Association during 2018. Wendy is the recipient of a NYS Bar Association 2016 President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the 9th Judicial District. Wendy, a member of WRO’s Mortgage Counseling Advisory Committee, has a great deal of experience in and understanding of the problems and opportunities faced by homeowners in mortgage default. Wendy is a Peekskill resident, and a WRO board member since 2015.

Alan R. Wolfert, Esq.

Secretary

• Secretary
• Executive Committee
• Personnel Committee
• Chair, Independent Living/Mental Health Advisory Committee
• Mortgage Counseling Advisory Committee

Alan, a board member since 1991 and now retired, served as IBM’s Counsel for Global Real Estate Operations. There, he was responsible for all IBM real estate transactions in the U.S., and provided advice to IBM’s worldwide operations on such matters. After graduation from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and Cornell Law School, Alan served in the Army Judge Advocate’s Corps. He is a former Chair of WRO, now serves as WRO Secretary, and prepares Minutes and oversees written documents. Alan lives in Chappaqua.