Executive Board

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Mary Jo Jacobs
President
Mary Jo Jacobs, long-time New Rochelle resident, brings her work experience in Insurance Brokerage, Human Resources and Facilities Management ito support the BGCNR mission. She has held numerous board positions on the New Rochelle Parent Teacher Association (PTA) as well as the New Rochelle Day Nursey. She also served as Co-Chair for various special education PTA fundraisers and the New Rochelle Community Service and Open Space Committee. Mary Jo is on the Remington Reconstruction and Human Resources Committees.
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Mary Enquist

Vice President

Mary Enquist is responsible for the Department of Strategy, Planning and Business Development at NYU Langone Health.  The Department functions as an internal consulting team that works across the enterprise to advance our tripartite mission on clinical, research and education initiatives, partnering with stakeholders at the highest levels of leadership. The portfolio includes a dynamic mix of analytical work, project management and strategic framework development. The work of the team facilitates enterprise-wide strategic planning, mobilizes large-scale initiatives and informs key institutional decision making, including mergers and acquisitions, facility master planning and program development.

Since joining NYU Langone in 2007 as an Administrative Fellow in Hospital Operations, Mary has held a few progressively broader roles in the organization.  The third daughter of six-generation farmers, Mary has never forgotten her roots, nor her “old-fashioned values” of hard work, discipline and keeping her word. These values were shaped by her unique experience growing up in rural North Dakota, attending a two-room country school house, emerged in a large tight-knit family.

A long way from home, Mary worked her way up the corporate ladder at NYU Langone in Revenue Cycle, where in her first year as an analyst Mary identified $14.3 million in rebillable net revenue by mining large data sets.  When the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, Mary was tapped to assist Executive Leadership in crafting and executing our strategy to respond to the changes inherent in Payment Reform.  In late 2013, Mary joined the Strategy Team and has grown with the team into her current function.

Prior to joining NYU Langone, Mary worked in healthcare IT and revenue cycle consulting at a boutique firm since acquired by Mazars USA LLP; and as a Practice Manager supporting the Orthopedic Surgery Physician Offices at Lenox Hill.

Mary received her Masters of Public Health at Columbia University, graduating first in her class and serving as class president.  She received the Regina Lowenstein Prize for highest academic excellence.  Mary received her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Notre Dame, graduating Summa Cum Laude and as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Mary and her husband, Matthew, put down roots in Southern Westchester where they are raising their two children, Natalie and Zachary (9 and 6 years old), both members of the Davis Boys & Girls Club. Mary serves on the Board of the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle (BGCNR), co-chairing the Development Committee and participating on the Strategic Planning Committee.  Mary’s favorite BGCNR moments were co-starring in the Davis Spring Musicals with her daughter as Ms. Hannigan and Molly (“Annie”) and Mrs. Gloop and Augusta Gloop (“Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”).

Mary also serves on the Wilmot Woods Neighborhood Association Board and as a cantor at her family’s Catholic Church, St. Augustine in Larchmont.  Mary believes that our organizations, teams, families and communities crave real higher ambition, intentional leaders that show up, make an impact and lead by example.  Far from perfect, Mary recommits to “walking the walking” each day.

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Nicole Bell-Simon

Treasurer

Nicole Bell-Simon is an accomplished finance executive and very active member of her community. She holds degrees from the Wharton School of Business and Harvard Business School. Nicole started her career in public accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has held numerous positions in finance and accounting and currently serves as a Managing Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis for Gartner, Inc. Nicole has been a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated for over 30 years. She is a member of the Westchester Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc and is a past president of the Westchester Chapter of Mocha Moms, Inc. and continues to serve on the board. She was the Co-Chair of Alumni Affairs for the Harvard Business School African American Alumni Association and currently serves as the Board of the Boys & Girls Club on New Rochelle in the role of Treasurer. Nicole provides pro bono financial literacy seminars for teen girls. Nicole’s passion is to help our children achieve financial flexibility and dream beyond their wildest dream. Nicole has been married to her wonderful husband, Steven, for 23 years and is the proud mother of Tyler and Sydney.

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Tia Alleyne

Secretary

Tia Alleyne has been working with Bank of America since 2005 and is currently Vice President, Wealth Management division. Tia began her financial career many years ago in the investment management business and migrated to Banking and Lending over time. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Pace University and has always had an interest in Finance and her community. Early in her career, she was fortunate to gain exposure to the investment world which has allowed her to transition her focus and expand experience on the corporate level which translates to the personal side to share with the community.

In addition to working with BGCNR, Tia previously served as a Commissioner with the NR Youth Bureau. The opportunity to work with the city and the Club have been great to tie in activities and events within the city. Tia has been a New Rochelle resident with her family for over 20 years.

Board Members

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Mark Steffensen

Mark A. Steffensen, serves as a Senior Executive Vice President and the General Counsel of HSBC North America Holdings, HSBC USA and HSBC Bank USA. Mr. Steffensen previously served in various roles within HSBC North America, including Managing Director and General Counsel of Global Banking and Markets (Americas), Co-Head of Commercial Banking, Legal (US), and General Counsel of Wholesale Banking. Prior to joining HSBC, Mr. Steffensen served as an Executive Director and Counsel for Morgan Stanley. Mr. Steffensen previously was associated with the law firms of Davis Polk in New York and Vedder Price in Chicago. In addition, Mr. Steffensen served as Special Counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Market Regulation (f/k/a Trading & Markets), where he focused on the creation, implementation and enforcement of rules that govern broker-dealers and other regulated entities. Mr. Steffensen serves as a SIFMA Board member and formerly chaired each of the SIFMA General Counsels Committee and Government Legal Advisory Committee. He also is a Board member of The Clearing House Association. Mr. Steffensen graduated from The University of Iowa College of Law (with distinction), where he was a member of the Law Review, and holds an MBA from the University of Iowa, College of Business, where he was a lecturer.
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C. Douglas Dixon

Charles Douglas Dixon, Esq. attended Mayflower Elementary School (now an Iona College dorm), Albert Leonard Junior High School and New Rochelle High School. After graduating from high school, he attended University of Cincinnati and Georgetown University Law School, where he received a B.A. and J.D. degree respectively. Professionally, he has specialized in business, corporate and real estate law, holding legal positions at the New York Stock Exchange, J.C. Penney Co. Inc., and Sterling Drug, Inc. After leaving the private sector, Doug established his own law firm and served as Counsel to the national law firm, Adorno and Yoss, and General Counsel to the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the largest minority business development organization in the world. Throughout his legal career, Mr. Dixon has shown a strong commitment to the Westchester community through his service on the African-American Advisory Board, the African American Men of Westchester, and the Association of Black Lawyers of Westchester County. He has also served as General Counsel to the African American Men of Westchester, Hillside Development Corporation, Cadiz Capital, LLC, and secretary and member of the Board of Directors of the Beta Zeta Boule Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle. Since his retirement from the practice of law, Mr. Dixon currently serves as Chairman of the Arthur S. Dixon Family Foundation, which provides scholarships and funds for youth programs primarily in the Westchester Community. He is a member of the Beta Zeta Boule, the Manhattan Guardsmen and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
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Millie Guzman

Millie Guzman is an Executive Director and the Head of Communications and Training for Wealth Management Compliance at Morgan Stanley. She currently co-chairs the Firm’s Latino Employee Network. Since joining the Firm in 2013, Millie leads a team committed to commercially aligning business objectives with regulatory expectations. In her role, Millie is responsible for the development and delivery of compliance training engagements to approximately 22,000 licensed employees in the Wealth Management Division.

Millie began her career at Bear Stearns, where she held various leadership roles within the Fixed Income business and Marketing before transitioning to Compliance as the Global Head of Compliance Training. She then joined MF Global as a Global Compliance Officer. Before joining Morgan Stanley, she was with RBS and responsible for the Americas Policies and Training team.

Millie currently, serves on various industry roundtables and sits on the FINRA Continuing Education Committee. She is a board member for the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle. Millie often speaks on diversity and inclusion initiatives, professional development and community engagement.

Millie is committed to empowering the next generation of Latino leaders. She is passionate about sponsoring, mentoring and coaching Latinos to maximize their potential. Millie enjoys providing career guidance to young professionals of diverse backgrounds. She co-chaired the Morgan Stanley Legal and Compliance Division, Diversity and Inclusion Leaders Subcommittee.

Millie received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business from SUNY’s Empire State College. She is fluent in Spanish.

Millie resides in New Rochelle, NY with her husband Liv and is the proud mother of Laura who is a freshman in college. She enjoys skiing, cooking, gardening and reading.

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Lisa Louis Burton

Lisa Louis Burton joined the Board of the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle in the spring of 2018. She is the Board Chair of the Safety Committee for BGCNR. Ms. Burton retired in 2015 from an international law firm where she was a Practice Group Manager overseeing the development of business strategies, staffing and departmental budgets. Currently working part-time as a legislative aide for a local county legislator. Ms. Burton is an active member of numerous organizations including Zonta International, My Brother's Keeper New Rochelle and New Rochelle Against Racism. Ms. Burton holds a B.A. in Political Science and English from Bryn Mawr College.
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Lucille Renwick

Lucille Renwick is Director of Communications for Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, a human rights and social justice private philanthropy. Prior to joining Wellspring, Lucille served as Vice President at Fenton, a communications firm focused on nonprofits and social justice organizations. She also led communications and marketing for the City University of New York’s School of Law, advancing its presence as one of the nation’s premier public interest law schools. A journalist by training, Lucille has reported for the Los Angeles Times and the Hartford (Conn.) Courant. As a communications consultant, with a strong wanderlust, Lucille has circumnavigated the globe with Semester at Sea (a shipboard study abroad program ) and provided communications counseling to various nonprofit organizations, and K-12 schools in New York, Los Angeles and in Mexico City, where she lived for five years. She is a passionate advocate for education, racial equity, and youth. Lucille earned a BA from Wesleyan University and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Lucille is the mother of three children, a 2020 graduate and two currently attending New Rochelle schools.
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Michele Washington

Michele R. Washington grew up in the Bronx and has been a New Rochelle resident for over 20+ years. She has been an early childhood educator for over 40 years, owned and operated child care programs in Larchmont and the Bronx and has been an instructor of Early Childhood Education at Lehman College for 30 years. She is and has always been an advocate for quality educational programs for ALL children and families.
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Jasmine Rice

After growing up in the South Bronx, Jasmine Rice moved to New Rochelle where she graduated from New Rochelle High School. Subsequently, Jasmine graduated from Westchester Community College, and then CUNY Lehman College. She then entered the real estate industry as a licensed real estate agent wherein she specialized in rentals in New York City. Jasmine then moved back to New Rochelle and transitioned to the luxury rental market as a Senior Leasing Consultant with Avalon Bay Communities in New Rochelle. Her responsibilities at these properties consisted of leasing a 1000 unit portfolio and connecting the residents to the community; additionally, she trained other leasing consultants and developed rental pricing strategies.

Afterwards, Jasmine entered the residential sales market as an agent where she successfully assisted her clients with both selling and purchasing residential real estate properties. With several transactions under her belt, Jasmine developed an expertise in navigating her clients through the complex process of selling and buying a home. Currently, Jasmine works in the non- profit sector with Westhab as a property manager for affordable housing units. Despite her busy career, Jasmine gives back as a volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle where she mentors young women. She also is a board member on the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence, a member of her local PTA, and as a vocalist in the band of her church. Jasmine and her husband Jared have two young children, Jocelyn and Jayden.

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Alisa Cohen Barney

Alisa Cohen Barney comes from the world of publishing. She is the senior copy editor at Esquire and Men's Health magazines and spent a long stretch at Entertainment Weekly. In her off-hours, she is a champion of the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle, having worked to bring the organization to the Larchmont/Mamaroneck school district in 2018. For her efforts, Alisa was awarded the Blue Door award along with her collaborator, Lauren Roth. The Buffalo native, a graduate of Binghamton University, lives in Larchmont with her husband, Glenn, and two children, Jonah and Eliana, both of whom have enjoyed many, many hours at the club.

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Sheldon Pride

Sheldon Pride is a professor at Monroe College’s King Graduate School and School of Business and Accounting; teaching courses in business data analytics, operations, and logistics. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a PhD in Chemical Engineering, he spent over 20 years working for a variety of corporations and pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities. He currently lives in New Rochelle with his wife, Mica. He can be found most weekend mornings on a golf course.
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Tim Leddy

As President and CEO of the WVNS Group since November 2015, Tim has had great success in improving the long-term financial viability of the agency, while simultaneously enhancing its reputation for high-quality, patient-centered care. Through his leadership at WVNS Group, and his three decades serving in prominent positions in home care, Tim has garnered a wealth of industry expertise that has enabled him to successfully bridge the needs between operations and finance, offering innovative solutions to effectively manage both areas. Among his accomplishments at WVNS, Tim has negotiated key managed care contracts and increased the quality outcomes for the agency and has implemented new and creative programs that enhance the services provided to the communities the agency serves. He has installed new quality control initiatives that have helped the agency increase their CMS star ratings and to maintain one of the lowest re-hospitalization rates in the Lower Hudson Valley. Tim received a BBA and MBA with a focus in Financial Management from Iona College, and received a Masters of Science in Health Policy Management from New York University. He currently serves on the Board of the Home Care Association of New York State and is also on the Board of the Westchester Public Private Partnership.