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BOARD MEMBERS
Gary Calnek - Board Chair
Gary retired as a Hospital Administrator in the Bronx. He specialized in personnel issues and was instrumental in developing new hospital employment programs for Bronx residents. Gary has helped significantly in our negotiation with the Parks Department for use of the West Bronx Recreation Center. He joined the HCLC board in 2004.
Y. Gail Goode
Gail has been a member of the board since 1990. She worked for the Bronx District Attorney from 1986-1992 . In 1992 she left the DA's office where she was a Major Case/Homicide trial attorney and went on to be Executive Agency Counsel for the New York City Transit Authority, a position she held until 2007. Thereafter she joined the law department, Corporation Council, City of New York. Presently, Gail is Deputy Borough Chief of Trials in Kings County. Gail lived in the Morrisania section of the Bronx for most of her life and attended South Bronx schools. While being an Assistant District Attorney, she volunteered at several community organizations. She sponsored a fundraiser in the summer of 2004 involving the Bronx Half-Marathon.
 
Joan McGuire
Joan has been a board member since the beginning of the agency in 1979. She holds a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from New York University. She does volunteer consultancy work with schools and community agencies. Joan is particularly helpful to the HCLC staff in the development and fundraising field. She has continually offered the names of a large number of her friends for fundraising appeals. Together with Nona Petioni, Joan developed our individual donor fundraising plan the past year as part of a foundation sponsored course in development.
 
Penny Guest
Penny volunteers her accounting services with several not-for-profit organizations in Manhattan. She worked as a CPA for Ernst & Young with responsibility for tax compliance for not-for-profit clients. She also worked as an Account Manager for the Baltimore Symphony and owned her own accounting business. She has been a board member for several non-profits. Penny joined the HCLC board in 2004.
 
Gail Hernandez
Gail has been a resident of Highbridge for over 30 years. Currently, she works with the young women and their children who live in Sienna House, a temporary shelter in Highbridge.  Gail retired from the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she was the Office Manager for the Museum store. Gail joined the HCLC board in 2004.
 
Nona Petioni
Nona Petioni was appointed to the HCLC board in 1998. Ms. Petioni has been a resident of Anderson Avenue since 1968. Two years before being appointed a board member, she joined the Leadership Group of the Neighbors in Highbridge Initiative of HCLC. Ms. Petioni retired from NYNEX in 1996.  She is a constant advocate for involving retired people in addressing many particular needs in the Highbridge community. She envisions retired people helping youth in the local PS 73 to catch up to grade level. Nona and Joan McGuire developed our individual donor fundraising plan the past year as part of a foundation sponsored course in development.
 
Anthony Aldano

Anthony was appointed to the HCLC board in 2012. He has extensive experience with developing custom integrated marketing programs and strategy, online and offline for Fortune 500 clients.

 
Nicole M. Clare - Secretary

Nicole was appointed to the HCLC board in 2008 after completing the Linkages Board Training and Placement program (now BoardServeNYC) through the United Way of New York City. She was elected Board Secretary in 2010.  Nicole has over 10 years experience in the government, private and non-profit sectors.  She currently works as the Assistant Director for Housing & Fund Development at Settlement Housing Fund, a non-profit developer of affordable housing and community programs throughout New York City.  Her prior work experience included Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation;  AECOM Economics (formerly Economics Research Associates); and the City of New York / Parks & Recreation.  Nicole received her Bachelor's degree from Brown University and a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a proud native of the Bronx, New York.

 

William Staples - Treasurer
Bill was appointed to the HCLC Board in 2007. He graduated from St John's University in 1973 with a B.S. in Accounting. He started his professional career with the Chemical Bank in July, 1973 and retired as Managing Director and Chief Admin Officer for JPMorgan's North American Investment Bank. Earlier in his career Bill focused on supporting JPMorgan's trading businesses where he developed a broad and diverse background in the Financial Services Industry, with increasing responsibilities and accomplishments.

For the past year Bill has been a part-time consultant for Goodwill Industries serving as Director of Business Innovations.
 
Ronald Rapatalo
Ronald  has been an HCLC board member since May 2009.  He has been working for the past year with Newark Public Schools, leading recruitment and selection for teachers, principals, and other central office leadership. Previously, he worked for seven years at New Leaders, leading national recruitment and selection for their aspiring principlas program.  Prior to working at New Leaders, Ronald has also worked at Teach For America, Morgan Stanley, and New York University.  Ronald graduated from NYU in 1997 with a BS in Neutral Science and is an active member of the NYU alumni community, currently serving as Vice-President of the NYU Alumni Association and co-chair of the Multicultural Alumni Committee.
 
Eric Weisman

Eric has been a member of the Board since May 2009.  Eric's professional experience includes working for Obrem Capital, a New York-based hedge fund, The Blackstone Group, and Lehman Brothers.  Eric also worked in the Corporate Development Group at Cingular Wireless (now AT&T Wireless).  Eric received his Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and his Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.  Eric is a member of the Audit, IT, and Program and Quality Improvement  committees and has completed the United Way Linkages Board Training Program.

 
 
Patricia Meadow
Patricia joined the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in February 2011 as Vice President for the Community and Regional Banks and the Consumer Compliance Function in the Financial Institutions Supervisory Group.

From 2007 until joining the Bank, Patricia was First Deputy Superintendent in the New York State Banking Department where she was responsible for supervisory matters related to large complex financial institutions and regional and community banks.

With over 30 years of experience in the field of financial services, Patricia has held management positions in major international financial institutions in the areas of corporate lending and portfolio restructuring, business development, administration, and human resources. Patricia is fluent in Spanish, and conversant in Portuguese and French.

Patricia holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Arcadia University. 
 
  
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