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Two Mount Vernon Professionals Honored By Volunteer Center

Two Mount Vernon officials are among the graduates of the Volunteer Program.
Two Mount Vernon officials are among the graduates of the Volunteer Program. Photo Credit: File

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – A pair of Mount Vernon professionals were among the latest graduating class of “Leadership Westchester,” a program of The Volunteer Center of the United Way.

Karen Cheeks-Lomax, the executive director of My Sisters’ Place, and Raymond Wong, the relationship manager at TD Bank in the city, will be honored by “Leadership Westchester” at a ceremony on June 25 at the Gateway Center at Westchester Community College in Valhalla.

Karen Schatzel, the vice president and Housing Committee chair of the League of Women Voters of Westchester, will also be honored with the 2013 Alumna of the Year award.

Each year, 20 professionals in the Westchester business and non-profit world are chosen for this nine-month program, where they learn leadership concepts that are taught at the top business schools. During the program they learn how to maximize their talents to best make an impact in the community.

Now in its 18th year, “Leadership Westchester” provides participants the opportunity to gain an understanding of non-profit board responsibilities and vital management skills required for future volunteer work.

Alisa Kesten, the executive director of The Volunteer Center, and graduate of the program herself, said participants have a clear direction of how to best utilize their skills to help those around him.

“’Leadership Westchester not only prepares you to be a better, more authentic leader in your professional, volunteer and professional life, but also helps you define what is important to you and how you can have a positive impact on others,” she said. “One of the unexpected benefits of the program was the chance to network with all of the other dynamic and driven professionals.”

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