Meet The Team

Carver is proud to employ an amazing group of rock stars – passionate and creative – who genuinely want to make a difference in people’s lives

For general inquiries, please call (914)305-6010

Administration

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Joe joined Carver Center as a Facilities Manager in June 2009 and now serves as the CEO. His responsibilities included diagnosing and rectifying structural issues with the building, and serving as a Project Manager for current and upcoming renovations. He also oversaw Finance, IT, Teen Programs, Children’s Programs, Community and Family Services, Front Desk, Aquatics, and Fitness Center. Before working at Carver, Joe was a Project Manager for Kwas Builders, LLC of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, where he managed commercial, industrial, and residential construction projects. Joe is a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance and a Spanish Minor. Joe is currently attending Yale School of Management pursuing an Executive MBA.

Joseph Kwasniewski
Chief Executive Officer
(914)305-6018
jkwasniewski@carvercenter.org

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Gina was born and raised in New York City, and has resided in Westchester County for the past 20 years. Gina has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Fordham University. She began her professional life at American International Group, followed by The Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York. At MONY she was involved in all aspects of managing one of their largest sales agencies, and was also a licensed sales agent, and a Fellow of the Life Management Institute. After some time off to raise a family, Gina enjoyed volunteering in her church, school district, and at the Carver Center in various capacities, including the Community & Family Services Department. She has always embraced the opportunity to work in an organization that is committed to the betterment of an entire community.

Gina Nocco
HR/Volunteer Director
(914)305-6038
gnocco@carvercenter.org

Development

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Britani joined Carver Center as the Chief Development Officer in September 2016 and leads the organization’s fundraising efforts by focusing on building and maintaining relationships. Prior to Carver, Britani worked in Columbia University’s Office of Alumni and Development for over four years managing the University’s recognition societies and supporting faculty research initiatives by identifying, researching, and stewarding foundations and corporate funders. A believer in the transformative power of education and enrichment opportunity, Britani is excited about her “second Carver journey”, she previously worked in Carver’s Development Office from 2010-2012. Britani received her Bachelor of Arts in African American and African Studies from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science in Fundraising Management from Columbia University

Britani Griffin
Chief Development Officer
(914)305-6013
bgriffin@carvercenter.org

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Karissa was born and raised in the Bronx and currently resides in Port Chester, NY. Karissa is an alumna of Manhattanville College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology with a minor in English Literature. She joined the Carver Center in 2013 as a receptionist and then as a youth educator assistant in our After School Program. She now serves as the Development Coordinator and is primarily responsible in assisting Carver’s fundraising efforts, processing donations, conducting preliminary research and writing grants. Karissa’s work enables her to utilize her passion for writing towards serving and solidifying the Port Chester community.

Karissa Payero
Development Coordinator
(914)305-6040
kpayero@carvercenter.org

Marketing

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Tracey came to the Carver Center as the Marketing Coordinator in January 2013 and leads Carver’s marketing efforts, social media presence and works with the development team to execute special events. Tracey has over a decade of experience planning events, marketing and advancing the impact of brands by creating momentum around brands and causes. Previously she was the Event Marketing Director for Fast Company where she ran revenue generating conferences, events, awards, client activations, corporate workshops and special marketing projects. She has also worked at Advertising Age, Meredith Corporation and Parade Publications. Tracey is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickenson University, where she earned a BS in Communications, with concentration in English Literature and Psychology.

Tracey Vitale
Marketing & Events Consultant
(914)305-6012
tvitale@carvercenter.org

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Joanna joined the Carver Center Staff in 2013 as the Development Assistant upon graduating from SUNY Purchase with a BA in Arts Management and Political science. Joanna gained fundraising experience as an intern at various non-profits in the area throughout college. As a Port Chester Native, Joanna has been dedicated to helping those in her own community reach new heights.

Joanna Kunicki
Marketing
(914)305-6014
jkunicki@carvercenter.org

Children’s Programs


Mary Norelli

Mary joined the Carver Center in September 2014 as the Site Coordinator of the After School Program at John F. Kennedy Magnet School. From 2008 – 2013, Mary worked with the Port Chester School District as the Community Schools Coordinator at the ELC, the K-1 building which is part of JFK. Mary has more than 40 years’ experience as a teacher and school administrator, having been involved in education with the Archdioceses of New York since 1972. Mary has a strong commitment to education and has been able to use her many years of experience to build a strong After School Program at JFK

Mary Eve Norelli
Co-Chief Programming Officer
(914)305-6041
mnorelli@carvercenter.org

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Sharon joined the Carver Center in April 2014 as a floater for the After School Program. She later became the Administrative Assistant of Youth Programs. Her role continues to evolve as she provides multifaceted support to various Carver Center programs including the After School Program, Saturday Programming, and Summer Program. Sharon received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services from Mount Saint Mary College and has a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker who has been able to parlay her prior work experiences at The Children’s Village, Morningside House, Victim’s Assistance Services, Port Chester Nursing Home and Daniel Webster Elementary School into supporting the needs of Carver students, families and staff.

Sharon DeVasia
Youth Program Coordinator
(914)305-6041
sdevasia@carvercenter.org

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Fallen Jean-Baptiste
CAP Site Director, Middle School

fjbaptiste@carvercenter.org

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Christina Del Pilar has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from St. Thomas Aquinas College and my Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Long Island University. This will be her second year as a Site Director in the After School Program for the Carver Center. Christina is also involved with the Teen Center running a Study Skills Group with the Port Chester High School Students. She looks forward to continuing to work for this organization and the Port Chester community.

Christina DelPilar
CAP Site Director, Edison
(914)934-7930
cdelpilar@carvercenter.org

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Peter Mutino
CAP Site Director, JFK
(914)934-7991
peter.mutino@carvercenter.org

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Gloria Wang
CAP Assistant Director, ELC
(914)934-8049
gwang@portchesterschools.org

Chef

Gustavo has over fifteen years of professional cooking, kitchen management and catering experience. He exemplifies consistent professionalism and leadership qualities and is backed by a verifiable record of achievement. Gustavo has head chef as well as executive chef experience, and has worked with several upscale establishments. He also has expertise in catering, training and development, and maximizing kitchen productivity and staff performance. He has held positions at Tamarack Country Club, the Fresh Air Fund, Ramaz Upper School, Country House Retirement Home, Manhattanville College and Abigail Kirsch. Gustavo is the chef for Youth Programs and is makes sure every child get a warm full meal before beading home.

Gustavo Diaz
Chef- Food Service Program
(914)305-6015
gdiaz@carvercenter.org

Teen Program

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Kelley earned a B.A. in English from the University of Tampa and a Master’s in Secondary Education from Sacred Heart University. She taught high school English for four years before deciding it was time for a change—fate led her to Carver. She is truly passionate about working with youth of all ages—helping them discover hidden talents and strengths, providing academic and social support, and creating opportunities that allow them to acquire and develop skills that will enable success after high school. Kelley is steadily working to increase college and career readiness opportunities for our teens while striving to create meaningful learning opportunities wherever and whenever possible. She hopes to inspire and motivate youth to not only dream big, but to develop the skills needed to make their dreams reality.

Kelley Gordon-Minott
Teen Program Director
(914)305-6044
kgordon-minott@carvercenter.org

Community and Family Services

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Alex runs the Carver Food Pantry – a grocery store-style food pantry, one of only three in the town of Port Chester, open five days a week and serves over 1,300 individuals every month. Eligible individuals and families shop once a month for 3 days’ worth of supplemental food. He has previously worked in finance/accounting for MBIA Insurance Corp and UBS Investment Bank. Alex holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Pace University.

Alex Chavarria
Co-Chief Programming Officer
(914)305-6042
achavarria@carvercenter.org

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Ms. Colton’s diverse professional background includes working as an account executive at The New York Times, in multiple supervisory roles and as a social worker and educator. She’s held positions within the Family Court system, working with children and families who have experienced crime, abuse and violence. She has functioned as the lead therapist in a Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model working with survivors of sexual and physical abuse. She has facilitated programming within Carver’s After School Program, with a strong emphasis on character education. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University. In addition to her position as Community Wellness Director, she serves her community as a volunteer EMT and member of a Critical Incident Stress Management team.

Leith Colton
Community Wellness Director
(914)305-6024
lcolton@carvercenter.org

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David Brown
Food Pantry Assistant
(914)305-6033
dbrown@carvercenter.org

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Fabiola Montoya
Community Services
(914)305-6043
citizenshipservices@carvercenter.org

Fitness and Aquatics

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Jeff, of Cunningham Aquatics, LLC, is Carver Center’s recreation and aquatics consultant. Jeff is a graduate of SUNY Brockport where he received a BS in Physical Education, with a concentration in Sport and Facility Management. His career in aquatics dates back to December 1989 where he began as a volunteer instructor. Through the years Jeff has taught in recreation departments, high schools, universities, and country clubs. He has a New York State Coaching license in Swimming. Jeff also has a US National Coaching License in competitive diving, where he founded Western Monroe County “Outsiders” US Diving Program in Upstate NY. Jeff is committed to building solid aquatic, fitness, and recreational programs within Carver. Feel free to stop in and inquire about the fitness center, pool, gymnasium, and dance studio. Jeff looks forward to a bigger, brighter, Carver future.

Jeff Cunningham
Aquatics Manager
(914)305-6025
recreation@carvercenter.org

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Julie, a 23 year old Red Eared Slider, was gifted to the Carver Center in 2009. Julie enjoys laying under her heat lamp, snacking on turtle snacks, and roaming the conference room.

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Operations

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Philip has over 17 years of experience in management, project management, direct managerial planning and implementation in the corporate sector. Building high performing teams from within an organization to implement and coordinate service impacting and revenue generating programs. Prior to joining the Carver Team, Philip worked as John F. Kennedy Elementary School in the Special Education Department. He also was the 21st Century Community Learning Centers After-School Site Coordinator for JFK. He was responsible for the planning, implementation and management of an outcomes-driven program that leveraged community partnerships to deliver academic and arts enrichment as well as social-emotional and physical health and wellness activities for struggling elementary students.

Phil Mutino
Chief Operating Officer
(914)305-6026
pmutino@carvercenter.org

Mike

Michael grew up in Port Chester and was a “Carver Kid” beginning in 1985 when he started daycare. He has worked in many departments, including the After School Program, Teen Center, and Community & Family Services. Michael is now the Logistics Coordinator for the Center. In his spare time, Michael enjoys music, the beach, and good food. He loves to help make people’s lives a little better.

Michael Williams
Logistics Coordinator
(914)305-6017
mwilliams@carvercenter.org

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Ana joined the Carver Center in January of 2013 as a receptionist. Since then she’s held various positions and responsibilities supporting different tasks from Finance, Administrative and Community & Family Services Departmentsas well as joining the Council of Community Services of Port Chester, Rye and Rye-Brook. Ana is now our Office Manager which coordinates and supervises our reception area. She attended Westchester Community College and transferred to Mercy College to accomplish her degree in criminal justice- law enforcement.

Ana Espinoza
Office Manager/Facility Rental
(914)305-6035
aespinoza@carvercenter.org

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