Next Gen/WREF, Coordinator
YWCA WP & Central Westchester
Since their graduation from Smith College in 2016 (BA/English) Ariana Quiñones has been engaged in refining leadership programing for young womxn of color. They honed their own leadership skills at Smith where they were president of Wilder House, was involved in Organizing for Undocumented Students and was named the 2014-2015 Student Leadership Awards Social Justice Advocate. After a corporate internship in Pfizer’s legal department they joined the Bold Women’s Leadership Network at Rutgers University – Newark for the launch of the program and served as the National Program Coordinator for BOLD for two years.
Currently they serve as the Racial Justice/Next Gen and Women’s and Research Education Fund (WREF) Coordinator for YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester. They have coordinated events, designed systems and facilitated conferences. They taught a course on community engagement at Rutgers and facilitated interview processes for potential scholars. They are presently a Community Fellow with the Institute for Non-Profit Practice and helping to build the future of the non-profit sector.
Yonkers City Council, 2nd District
Councilwoman Corazon Pineda-Isaac currently serves as the Yonkers City Council Majority Leader, the first Latina Majority Leader in the history of the Yonkers City Council. She represents the second council district of Yonkers, New York. She was elected in 2013 to a four year term and was re-elected in 2017 to serve a 2nd four-year term.
Ms. Pineda-Isaac also currently serves as the Chair of the Legislation and Codes Committee of the Yonkers City Council, as well as the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. As a life-long Democrat, she fights every day to ensure that the City of Yonkers continues to improve its schools, fight crime and provide high quality municipal services to all neighborhoods.
Prior to her election to the City Council at the age of 24, Corazon obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Long Island University- C.W Post with a Major in Finance. Upon graduating, she began her financial career with one of the largest financial institutions throughout the world, AXA Advisors, where she currently holds the title of Financial Professional and maintains the FINRA Registrations Series 7 and Series 63, as well as Life and Health Insurance licenses.
In addition to her role on the Yonkers City Council, Corazon also serves as a Business Attraction & Retention Specialist for Economic Development for Westchester County.
Mount Vernon Mayor
Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard is an MVHS alumnus and esteemed graduate of Howard University School of Social Work, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Hunter College where she earned a Master’s in Public Administration and Urban/Community Development.
Mayor Patterson-Howard has served as a trailblazer in the not for profit and government sectors for the past 25 years. While widely known for her groundbreaking work in HIV/AIDS, public health, criminal justice, education, housing, and urban development, Mayor Patterson-Howard has developed strong relationships with government and cross-sector leaders on a local, state and national level. She passionately works with her staff and community partners to create continuums of service and innovative public/private partnerships to serve those who have been marginalized, disenfranchised, and are oftentimes voiceless.
As Executive Director for the Mount Vernon, New York, Family YMCA from 2004 through 2009, and the first woman and person of color appointed President and Chief Executive Officer for the Yonkers Family YMCA in New York. Shawyn focused on programs that highlight “Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.”
Mayor Patterson-Howard, returned to Mount Vernon in 2016 to serve as the Commissioner of Planning and Community Development and the Executive Director of the Urban Renewal Agency (URA). On November 5, 2019, Mayor Patterson-Howard was elected the first female mayor in the history of the City of Mount Vernon, and the first woman of color elected mayor in Westchester County. Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard’s focus has been on strengthening the local community and using her relationships on the city, county, state and federal levels to bolster Mount Vernon and restore trust in the city’s leadership.
Dr. Nereida Quiles-Wasserman
Dr. Quiles-Wasserman is a former President of 100 Hispanic Women currently serving as an advisory board member. She is Director of Institutional Research, Assessment, and
Compliance, Assistant Professor, and Title IX Coordinator at Concordia College in Bronxville,NY. As a dynamic campus leader, committed to education and an advocate of professional development opportunities, she’s a volunteer for the American Council on Education Women’s
Network (ACEWN) and the Institutional Representative for Concordia and former NYS ACE Public Relations Officer.Prior to academia, she had a successful career in the corporate sector with Fortune 500 companies where she honed her skills in directing enterprise-wide initiatives,team development, public relations, communications, multi-million dollar account management, computer applications, website development, and building brand awareness. Dr. Nereida presents at national conferences, is a keynote speaker, served as a moderator at100HWW’s event, ‘Transformation Through Education’, and at various ACEWN events; has spoken at high schools and community events inspiring attendees of all ages to pursue their goals and educational aspirations.
Within a dozen years she completed her undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate college education as a non-traditional college student; bachelor’s degree in economics, Lehman College-CUNY; Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, Mercy College School of Business; and in May 2019, she graduated from Saint John Fisher College with a doctoral degree in Executive Leadership. Her doctoral dissertation is focused on the traits of a successful nontraditional college student.