Susan Wayne to Retire as President/CEO of Family Services of Westchester

PORT CHESTER, NY – April 11, 2018 –  Family Services of Westchester (FSW) has announced the retirement of Susan B. Wayne, President and CEO since 2008.  

“Susan Wayne has been instrumental in shaping FSW into the outstanding organization it is today,” said Lisa Copeland, FSW Board Chair.  “The entire Westchester nonprofit community has benefitted from her leadership.”

Ms. Wayne began her tenure at FSW in 1996 as a clinical social worker and held the positions of Senior Director of Mental Health Services and Vice President of Community Based Programs prior to becoming President and CEO.  Wayne has also played a leadership role in the broader Westchester nonprofit community. She served as founding Board Chair of Nonprofit Westchester, the county’s leading advocacy organization for nonprofits and currently chairs the Westchester County Department of Mental Health Community Services Board.

“It has been my great honor to serve an organization that is deeply committed to improving the lives of people throughout Westchester County. FSW has talented and dedicated staff members who work to advance our mission each and every day,” said Ms. Wayne. “I am confident that the Board of Directors will choose a new leader who will maintain FSW’s long-held values while taking the organization to new heights.”

Ms. Wayne’s retirement takes effect June 30, 2018.  In the coming months, the FSW Board of Directors will form a committee to choose the next leader for the organization.  Senior Vice President of Program Operations Polly Kerrigan has been named Acting President and CEO to oversee the transition.


Family Services of Westchester (FSW), Inc., founded in 1954, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing Westchester County with a broad range of social and mental health services that strengthen and support families, children, and individuals of every stage of the life cycle. Whether placing a child for adoption in a loving family, matching a youth in need with a Big Brother or Big Sister, providing clothing for the children of a formerly incarcerated mother, or offering support groups for veterans as they return home from deployment, FSW’s dedicated staff is there – from Yonkers to Mt. Kisco, from Sleepy Hollow to Port Chester – to meet these varying needs. For more information about FSW, visit


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Michelle A. Nicholas
VP, Development and External Affairs

Tickets and Sponsorship Available Now for Star Gala 2018

We cordially invite you to Family Services our annual Star Gala to be held at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
This year’s gala promises to be a stellar event as we celebrate the following philanthropic heroes from our local Westchester community and beyond:

  • Fred Schwam, Chief Business Development Officer & CEO Emeritus, American Christmas – for his Leadership in Service, at a personal and professional level, to Westchester residents.
  • William and Helene (posthumously) Handelman, Member/Chief Compliance Officer, Meyer Handelman Company – for continuing to dedicate needed resources to Westchester’s most vulnerable populations, will receive our Making a Difference Award.
  • Bernice and Martha Kennedy, Retired Deputy Police Commissioner, City of Mount Vernon – will receive our Spirit Award for serving as Therapeutic Foster Care Parents for several of our clients for more than 25 years.
  • Jim Abbott, New York Yankee Legend – will receive our Community Service Award as an inspiration for overcoming life’s obstacles.

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Your generosity will help FSW to continue to make an impact in the lives of over 30,000 residents throughout Westchester County. 

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Tennis Party to Benefit The Sharing Shelf

Registration for The Sharing Shelf of FSW‘s Tennis Party is now open!
– benefiting Westchester’s clothing bank for children –

Therapeutic Foster Care of Family Services of Westchester Announces Recruitment Event “Open Your Heart, Open Your Home”

Port Chester, NY (November, 17 2017) —Therapeutic Foster Care of Family Services of Westchester (FSW) will be hosting a recruitment event for prospective foster parents.  The event will take place on Monday November 27, 2017 at the Port Chester Public Library at 11:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M. located at 1 Haseco Ave, Port Chester, NY 10573.

There is no registration required for this event. Our Homefinder and Recruiter will be there to speak with individuals about the Therapeutic Foster Care program and answer questions about becoming a foster parent.  To learn more about this event please email Nicole O’Neil at or call at 914-406-9165.        

The Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) program offers loving, stable homes to children who, for various reasons, are unable to live with their birth parents or family.  TFC serves children of all social, economic and ethnic backgrounds, between the ages of 0 and 21. Many children in the TFC program have come from less than ideal home circumstances and need the support of loving, nurturing foster parents to succeed. Being a foster parent can be hard work but it is highly rewarding and beneficial to you and the child. 

Learn more about Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) program by clicking here.

Media Contact: 
Carmen Stevens


Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is a non-profit organization operating in Westchester County, NY since 1954. With over 50 innovative programs, FSW provides mental health and social services that strengthen and support families, children, and individuals in every stage of the life cycle. Learn more about FSW here.


Junior Board Announces Fall Grant Awards

Port Chester, NY (November 17, 2017) The Junior Board of Family Services of Westchester, Inc. (FSW) has announced three programmatic awards in its fall granting cycle.

  • Guest Home for Adults (White Plains) – $800: Funds will be used to provide a Thanksgiving holiday party for mentally ill adults. Members of the resident’s families will be able to join the celebration.
  • Therapeutic Foster Care – $1,000: Monies awarded will be used to finance three (3) events for the FSW foster care community. Events will include a holiday celebration in December, an educational event focused on self-care for foster families in March and a family cook-out in June.
  • My Second Home (Mt. Kisco) – $1,000: Grant will provide partial funding for a Smartboard which will allow elderly adults who suffer from memory loss and mental impairment to have additional stimulation and socialization via new games, puzzles and cognitive activities.

The Junior Board of FSW is comprised of volunteers who support the Board of Directors and promote the mission of FSW through educational, fundraising and service initiatives. With a focused outreach toward residents of Westchester County who are in their 20s-40s, the Junior Board helps to raise FSW’s visibility as well as identify and connect resources to the organization. 

“They are a dynamic group of young leaders who have so much to offer in support of FSW’s mission”, stated Susan B.Wayne, President and CEO. “Since their inception over 5 years ago, they have awarded over $70K to ensure vital programming continues for those most in need within our communities.”

Junior Board grants offer special opportunities that would not otherwise be available because they fall outside regular budgets for many FSW programs. Additional Junior Board grant awards have allowed children in the Head Start program to visit Muscoot Farm and go apple picking; supported building a new playground at the Rochambeau School in White Plains, and most recently allowed over 100 teen girls an opportunity to shop at the Sharing Shelf’s Teen Boutique.

Learn more about the Junior Board of Family Services of Westchester, Inc. here.

Media Contact:
Carmen Stevens (914.305.6876)


Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is a non-profit organization operating in Westchester County, NY since 1954. With over 50 innovative programs, FSW provides mental health and social services that strengthen and support families, children, and individuals in every stage of the life cycle. Learn more about FSW here.

FSW Board Member Inducted to Westchester Senior Hall of Fame

Port Chester, NY (October 31, 2017) –  Family Services of Westchester (FSW), announces the appointment of Board member Nicholas Wolff to the 2017 class of Westchester County’s Senior Citizen Hall of Fame. In its 35th year, the Senior Citizen Hall of Fame recognizes community members that have exemplified the true spirit of service.

Wolff joined the FSW Board of Directors over 10 years ago, after spending many years as a volunteer for programs designed to help children and the elderly. He enjoys reading to the children involved in Head Start and drives seniors to appointments through Ride Connect. As a board member, he counsels the organization on business matters and helps to raise funds. In addition to his activities with FSW, Wolff is a past President of the Rotary Club of White Plains and has served as a member of the board for the White Plains Child Day Care Center, United Way, the White Plains Library Association and Friends of the White Plains Public Schools.

“Nicholas truly embodies the word ‘service’,” stated Lisa Copeland, FSW Board Chairwoman. “He has given so much to the residents of Westchester, through his career and his volunteer work. His commitment to our county and to the individuals and families served at FSW is admirable.”

Born is White Plains, Wolff attended White Plains High School. After attending Monmouth College, he joined the real estate firm founded by his grandmother and father in 1933, F. Richard Wolff & Son, Inc. Currently he is a realtor at Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty. Mr. Wolff has also served on the Westchester County Board of Realtors in a variety of leadership positions, and he has conducted courses in real estate. He and his wife, Aileen, have four children and three grandchildren.

“We are delighted that Nicholas has been recognized for his work throughout Westchester,” stated Susan B. Wayne, FSW President and CEO. “He joined FSW because he wanted to serve an organization that reaches as many people as possible and his enthusiasm for his many roles within our 50+ programs is genuine – we are so lucky to have his contributions!”

Wolff was selected by a panel of judges appointed by Westchester County’s Department of Senior Programs and Services. He will join 69 other seniors and County Executive Robert P. Astorino at an induction ceremony scheduled for December 1 at the Westchester Marriott Hotel in Tarrytown.

Media Contact:
Carmen Stevens


Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is a non-profit organization operating in Westchester County, NY, since 1954. With over 50 innovative programs, FSW provides mental health and social services that strengthen and support families, children, and individuals in every stage of the life cycle. Learn more about FSW here.


FSW Appoints Lisa Copeland as Board Chair

Port Chester, NY (October 27, 2017) — Family Services of Westchester (FSW) announces the appointment of Lisa Copeland as Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors.

Copeland brings with her an esteemed background in philanthropy, business and education. She is an owner and chair of SRI, a philanthropic services organization, and a director of the Hugh J. Andersen Foundation, both based in Bayport, MN. A former teacher, Copeland taught at the elementary level within the New York City public school system.

“We are extremely fortunate to have the wealth of experience that Lisa brings to her appointment as Board Chair,” stated Susan B. Wayne, President and CEO of FSW.  “Her dedication to our community is evident in her continued support of early education and her innate understanding of philanthropy will serve to enhance our programmatic funding.”

A current resident of Scarsdale, NY, Copeland is an active volunteer within Westchester County. In addition to her commitments to FSW, she is a past President of the Junior League of Central Westchester, a group for which she is currently a member of the Wayside Committee.

“When presented with the opportunity to serve in the capacity of Board Chair, I did not hesitate to accept,” stated Copeland. “FSW is an extraordinary organization and I am looking forward to helping to strengthen its programmatic reach throughout Westchester.

Copeland holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature from Brown University and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from New York University. Her executive role with the Board of Directors commenced July 1 and will be effective for two years, through June 2019.

For more information on Family Services of Westchester, visit

Media Contact:
Michelle A. Nicholas, VP Development & External Relations
P: 914.305.6836


Family Services of Westchester, Inc. (FSW) is a private, not-for-profit agency serving our community since 1954. Headquartered in Port Chester, FSW runs more than 50 social service and mental health programs that reach 30,000 children, teens, adults, and families a year. Programs include adoption and foster care for children; Head Start and Pre-K programs for Westchester’s youngest students; Big Brothers/Big Sisters and other mentoring programs for teens; social support for the elderly; assistance to veterans; and educational and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS. We are licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health to provide comprehensive mental health services at seven Family Centers (Hastings-on-Hudson, Mt. Vernon, Pelham, Port Chester, Sleepy Hollow, White Plains, and Yonkers) and five school-based mental health clinics.

Open Call for Volunteers and Clothing at FSW’s Sharing Shelf – Teen Boutique

Port Chester, NY (October 23, 2017) –  The Sharing Shelf, a program of Family Services of Westchester (FSW), announces its 11th Semi-Annual Teen Boutique in partnership with the Junior League of Westchester on the Sound. Teen Boutique is a one-day free pop-up boutique for girls ages 13 to 19 from families with financial need. The event will take place on Saturday, November 11, from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle.

At Teen Boutique, teenage girls from throughout Westchester County are invited through social services agencies, schools and area nonprofits, to attend and choose a week’s worth of seasonally appropriate clothing as well as accessories, jewelry and shoes. Attendees are given the opportunity to peruse racks of clothing, try on apparel and make their selections while being assisted by volunteers who serve as fashion consultants.

The Sharing Shelf presents the Teen Boutique twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, in alternating towns in lower Westchester. “We created this event to empower young women,” stated Deborah Blatt, Program Director at The Sharing Shelf of FSW. “Most come from families living with very limited funds, where purchasing clothing is a luxury. Teen Boutique allows them to shop for free and choose not only essentials they may lack like new underwear, a fresh pair of jeans and a coat, but also things like a fashionable scarf, a pair of earrings, a handbag and a pair of fun shoes or leggings, that let them feel like other girls their age.”

Volunteers are needed to help sort and package clothing as well as to create a fully stocked boutique prior to the event. The Sharing Shelf also needs donations of fall and winter clothing for teen girls, particularly in large and extra-large sizes. All donations should be age appropriate, in clean, wearable condition and ready for immediate distribution.

FSW’s The Sharing Shelf relies on the generosity of the communities comprising Westchester County to support the program’s operations and the Teen Boutique. “Each year, Deborah and the volunteers at The Sharing Shelf contribute countless hours to ensure that participants have a pleasant experience at the boutique,” stated Susan B. Wayne, FSW’s President and CEO. “Simply put, FSW could not provide this service without donations of time, talent and treasure from the community; for this we are extremely grateful.”

Those with interest in volunteering or making a donation to the boutique may contact The Sharing Shelf directly via phone at (914) 305-5950 or by email at

Media Contacts:
Deborah Blatt (914.305.5950)/
Carmen Stevens (914.305.6876)/ 


NOTE: The shopping aspect of this event is not open to the public. Prior registration is required for all girls to attend. Registration must be through a social service agency, school or community group.The press can attend and the girls shopping at the boutique may be interviewed and photographed with parental consent. 

Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is a non-profit organization operating in Westchester County, NY since 1954. With over 50 innovative programs, FSW provides mental health and social services that strengthen and support families, children, and individuals in every stage of the life cycle. Learn more about FSW here.

The Sharing Shelf collects new and gently used clothing for infants, youth and teens. The clothing is distributed at no cost to local through more than 50 area nonprofits, schools and hospitals that partner with The Sharing Shelf.  The children receive a week’s worth of seasonally appropriate clothing matched into outfits according to their sizing needs. The Sharing Shelf was founded and relies on volunteers to accomplish its work.

Tiki Barber Emcees The Really Big Show at Purchase College

Port Chester, NY (October 17, 2017) — Morgan Stanley is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester to host The Really Big Show, a charitable fundraiser and variety show in the tradition of the Ed Sullivan Show. This great night of entertainment will take place on November 4, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase NY.

A fan-favorite and former New York Giants Running Back, Tiki Barber will serve as Emcee. Barber, who played ten seasons with the NFL, retired from the game in 2006. In his retirement, Barber has focused on his broadcast and writing career. He is currently a morning host for “Tiki & Tierney” a national show featured on CBS Sports Radio and has authored several leadership and children’s books. In addition to his charitable work on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Barber supports the Children’s Cancer and Blood Foundation, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. and Opportunity League.

Joining Barber will be this year’s headlining performer, actor and comedian, Jay Leno and additional guest performer Broadway star, and two-time Tony Award nominee, Norm Lewis. They will share the stage with a cast of singers, songwriters, ensembles and more, with each artist exemplifying the power of mentoring today’s youth for tomorrow’s success. 

Sponsorships for the event are available with levels ranging from $350 to $75,000 allowing corporations and individuals to publicly show support for the mentorship programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester. Corporate sponsor logos will be featured on all event related materials, as well as the Big Brothers Big Sisters of FSW website. Check out the Really Big Show’s Facebook page to see more details on sponsoring this event.

“The Really Big show is an unforgettable evening of music and entertainment that reminds all of us about the importance of community and how vital it is for us to give back. Our first show at the Capitol Theatre was an incredible success and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be delivering such an exciting show at the Performing Arts Center in Purchase,” said Richard Franchella, Managing Director—Wealth Management and Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Central and Eastern Pennsylvania Complex.

Individual tickets for the show can also be purchased starting at $150 per person. Interested parties may order online or call 212.921.9070 ext. 21 but shouldn’t hesitate in order to secure the best seats for the show.

“The Really Big Show is the largest fundraiser of the year for our program” stated Val Brown, BBBS Executive Director. “It’s also a night to showcase the importance of mentorship in building strong communities and the commitment of our performers, sponsors and our honoree, Mandell Crawley of Morgan Stanley, to our Bigs and Littles. Don’t miss it!”


Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is a non-profit organization operating in Westchester County, NY since 1954. With over 50 innovative programs, FSW provides mental health and social services that strengthen and support families, children, and individuals in every stage of the life cycle. Learn more about FSW here.

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is a youth mentoring program operated under the umbrella of FSW. Since 1958, its mission has been to help children realize and reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. Operated under the Big/Little model, matching adult volunteers (Bigs) with children (Littles), meaningful and enduring relationships have proven to positively impact youth throughout their lives. Learn more about BBBS here.

Media Contacts:
Val Brown (914.937.3779)
Carmen Stevens (914.305.6876)

FSW Golf and Tennis Outing Nets Over $75K For My Second Home Program

 Port Chester, NY (October 16, 2017)  —  A day of golf and tennis at Mt. Kisco Country Club on October 10th generated over $75K to benefit My Second Home (MSH), an award-winning intergenerational adult social day program operated by Family Services of Westchester (FSW). The inaugural event featured a scramble format for golfers along with sets of tennis and concluded with an inspiring dinner presentation by Alzheimer’s advocate Holly Rochell (Heston), the daughter of Academy-award winning actor Charlton Heston.

FSW created MSH as a way to help cognitively and physically impaired older adults, including those with Alzheimer’s disease, stay in their homes while providing respite to their caregivers. MSH is the only program in Westchester County to combine a traditional social-model adult day service with a pre-school program at the same site to provide daily interactions between children and seniors.  At MSH, children and seniors come together at one site to participate in programs, share experiences, and benefit from one another, just as they would in a family setting. Research has shown that programs like these help participating seniors feel more involved in their community, less lonely, and more productive, while children in the program gain self-confidence, empathy, and sensitivity. At the same time, their caregivers gain invaluable peace of mind. MSH, which also features door-to-door transportation, has two convenient locations at Radio Circle in Mt. Kisco and at FSW’s Center for All Ages on North Broadway in White Plains.

At the event, Rochell spoke eloquently about her commitment to programs like MSH as she shared her personal experience with her late father’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s stating, “I understand the importance of quality care—for both seniors and their caregivers—and I want to call attention to programs like My Second Home that help maintain the dignity of seniors suffering cognitive losses while at the same time offering respite for their caregivers.”

The fundraiser honored local residents Peggy and Roger Froehlich, whose experience with MSH was chronicled in a video about the program (click here to view). In addition to Heston Rochell’s support, the golf and tennis outing also benefited from Outing Sponsor Bloomberg Philanthropies and Hole-in-One sponsor BMW of Mt. Kisco. Over 100 area businesses and individuals generously provided their financial support via tee sponsorships, auction items and donated services.

“We are so grateful to each person that contributed to the success of our first event,” said FSW President and CEO, Susan B. Wayne. “Strong communities are built when citizens collectively address the need for quality care for its neighbors. It was great to see such outstanding support for addressing the issue of Alzheimer’s disease in Westchester and for the innovative intergenerational programming provided by our MSH program.”

To learn more about Family Services of Westchester please visit To make a contribution please call 914.305.6834.


Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is a non-profit organization operating in Westchester County, NY since 1954. With over 50 innovative programs, FSW provides mental health and social services that strengthen and support families, children, and individuals in every stage of the life cycle. Learn more about FSW here.

My Second Home (MSH), established in 1998, offers a refreshing and innovative intergenerational approach to adult day services, and is an affordable alternative to assisted living or nursing home care. Our award-winning intergenerational day program — the only one of its kind in Westchester County and a model for the nation — offers older adults a safe, supervised, home-like environment.