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Thank you to the 260+ colleagues, partners, and friends who made this year’s Keep Westchester Thriving Awards such a success!

Thank you for joining Westchester’s celebration of the nonprofit sector — The only event of its kind in Westchester honoring a Nonprofit Professional Changemaker and Organization Changemaker. 

Congratulations to the NPW Emerging Leaders Class of 2022!

Congratulations to Our 2022 Changemakers!

Learn more about the Changemakers below!

Congratulations to Our Newly Elected 2023 Board Member! 

Masha Turchinsky is Director and CEO of the Hudson River Museum, where since 2017 she has overseen the largest multidisciplinary cultural institution in Westchester County, New York, with a mission to connect diverse communities through the power of arts, sciences and history. She is guided by the power of museums to be conveners, catalysts, and agents of positive social change. Under Turchinsky’s direction, the Hudson River Museum was recognized in 2020 by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with an Art Museum Futures Fund for “visionary leadership, distinctive collections, and  commitment to community, as well as historically overlooked artists and histories.”

Announcing the 2023 NPW Executive Committee and Board Members elected to their 2nd terms

Individual Changemakers

Karin Anderson Ponzer, Esq., Ph.D.
Director at Neighbors Link Law Practice

Karin is being honored for her distinctive work in building a nonprofit immigration law practice at Neighbors Link that is holistic, comprehensive, and collaborative. Focusing on clients who are often re-traumatized from telling their stories and staff members who often experience secondary trauma, Karin has integrated critical supports into legal services to help lawyers and paralegals succeed in their challenging work and immigrants thrive in their new communities. 

Read full nomination.

Steve Myrthil
Vice President of IT at Westhab, Inc.

Steve is being honored for creatively leading the charge to address the urgent technological needs of over 10,000 shelter and affordable housing residents across Westchester and New York City. Passionate about elevating underserved communities, Steve created solutions that helped thousands of students and teachers across New York and Connecticut learn remotely during the global COVID-19 pandemic. His leadership continues to positively impact clients and staff, and change systems. 

    Read full nomination.

Organization Changemakers

The Youth Shelter Program of Westchester

The Youth Shelter Program of Westchester is being honored for their innovative, collaborative, and life-changing programs that tackle the racial injustices deeply rooted in the criminal legal system, and for providing pathways for justice-involved young men and women ages 16-25 to succeed and lead productive lives. Read full nomination.

The STEM Alliance

The STEM Alliance is being honored for bridging systemic gaps in education to provide equal access to science, technology, engineering, and math learning experiences, empowering communities, and inspiring innovation and creating opportunity for all. Read full nomination.

Read the FULL event recap here & Access event pictures here

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