Administrative Management Team
Anahaita Kotval became the Executive Director of Lifting Up Westchester in May 2017. She is a Harvard Law School graduate who began her career as a prosecutor for the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She established herself as an industry leader in securities regulation during a 13‐year career at RBS where she served as Managing Director and General Counsel of its investment bank in the Americas, RBS Global Banking & Markets (formerly Greenwich Capital). In 2011 she joined Inspirica, Inc. as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. Inspirica is a Stamford, CT based non-profit that focuses on breaking the cycle of homelessness.
Ms. Kotval has served on the Board and Executive Committees of My Sister’s Place and Pro Bono Partnership. She received Pro Bono’s Partnership Volunteer of the Year award in 2003 and Volunteer of the Decade award in 2007. Ms. Kotval has also served on the Board of the Westchester Community Foundation, the Fairfield County Community Foundation, the Women’s Bond Club of New York and the Legal and Compliance Division of the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association.
Ms. Kotval received a B.S. magna cum laude in Applied Math and Economics from Brown University in 1988 and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1991.
Carl Williams joined Lifting Up Westchester as Controller in October 2005. He began his career in the financial service industry by working as a tax shelter commissions auditor/adjustor for Prudential-Bache Securities and later worked for AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company. In pursuit of his CPA (Certified Public Accountant) license, Mr. Williams performed various financial audits for a variety of nonprofit organizations while employed by Mitchell Titus & Co. LLP.
Subsequent to fulfilling his public accounting experience, Mr. Williams accepted a fiscal position with Promesa Inc., a nonprofit community service organization located in the Bronx where he later became the Assistant Controller of its nursing home facility for patients with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
Mr. Williams earned his MBA in Finance from Long Island University in 1990 and his B.S. degree in Accounting from Binghamton University in 1982. He received his Certified Public Accountant License in 2004.
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Chris Schwartz joined Lifting Up Westchester in 2004 and has held the position of Director of Development since 2007. In this role she is responsible for all Fundraising, Marketing and Public Relations activities for the agency. Prior to becoming Director of Development she spent three years as Associate Director of Development where she was primarily responsible for grant writing.
Ms. Schwartz has had over 15 years of experience in Marketing and Advertising management for a variety of consumer product goods, financial services and internet companies. Her experience has included Advertising Manager at iWeb Technologies, Marketing Manager at Royal Trust and Advertising & Marketing Services Manager at Union Carbide.
Ms. Schwartz received her MBA in Marketing from McMaster University in Canada in 1977 and an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario in 1975.
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Volunteer & Community Outreach Manager
Nancy Inzinna joined Lifting Up Westchester in 2014. Before joining the agency, Ms. Inzinna held the position of Assistant Director at a non-profit environmental organization for 15 years. Prior to that, she spent 10 years working in the healthcare field in an administrative capacity.
Ms. Inzinna has mentored many students over the years as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and as Editor-in- Chief of her college newspaper. In her role at Lifting Up Westchester she works closely with staff in each of our eight programs to coordinate volunteers and community service workers, manage in-kind donations and assist in agency events.
Ms. Inzinna graduated from Manhattanville College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Management and a concentration in Psychology and Marketing.
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Program Management Team
Chief Program Officer – Residential Services
Barbara Bento-Fleming possesses both a Bachelors’ Degree in Education as well as years of experience in the field of Human Services. During her career, while progressively increasing her responsibilities, she has provided direct services to the administration of multiple government contracts. And, through Ford Foundation funding, she served as a transitional housing consultant to non-profit community agencies in Connecticut, New Jersey, Michigan and Massachusetts.
Barbara has dedicated many years to the development of housing programs and services for special-needs populations. These have included the working poor, homeless individuals and families, recovering substance abusers, chronically mentally ill ex-offenders, pregnant and parenting teenagers and people living with HIV/AIDS.
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Director – Open Arms Men’s Shelter
Jennifer Smart joined Lifting Up Westchester as Shelter Services Manager in 2016. Jennifer started her career in the nonprofit arena working in the mental retardation community helping individuals to advocate for themselves. Later she worked for the New York Foundation under Article 81, Legal Guardianship for individual’s deemed incapacitated by the Supreme Courts throughout the five boroughs of NYC. There, she helped place individuals into shelters, supportive housing, assisted living and back into the community while taking possession of their person, property and finances.
Before joining Lifting Up Westchester she held a position in the NYC Family & Single dwelling shelters. Jennifer obtained her Bachelors of Arts from The College of New Rochelle and Masters in Counseling from Mercy College.
Director – Samaritan House Women’s Shelter
Deborah Williams assumed the role of Assistant Director at Samaritan House in 2008 after working as a client care worker at Lifting Up Westchester’s Open Arms Men’s Shelter for two years. In 2011, Deborah was also given responsibility for supervising Grace’s Kitchen at Lifting Up Westchester.
Prior to joining our organization, Deborah worked as a homeless outreach case manager at Human Development Services (HDSW) in Mamaroneck, where she provided community outreach and conducted mental health screening. Deborah has a B.A. and Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Public Leadership from the College of New Rochelle .
Community Outreach Case Manager
Ada Raiford has been employed by Lifting Up Westchester for 18 years, and for the past seven years, as a Shift Supervisor/Senior Client Care worker at the Open Arms Men’s Shelter. Ada has many years of Social Service training in substance abuse, mental health, crisis intervention, case management documentation and non-profit time management. As Director of our Drop-In Center, Ada draws upon her extensive background as a volunteer with developmentally disabled individuals.
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Director of Youth Services
Eileen Torres is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Bilingual Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Teacher. She has been a Social Worker in the Yonkers School District for more than 30 years.
She has coached basketball and softball in the Yonkers and Mamaroneck (NY) school systems and is active in Special Olympics. Eileen has been Director of the Summer Day Camp program since 1992 and Director of the After-School Mentoring Program since its inception in 2004.
Director – Neighbors Home Care Services
Isis Djata began her career in the homecare industry as a coordinator at Better Home Health Care, Inc., ultimately becoming their Director of Client Services. In 2010, after five years with Better Home Health Care, Djata decided to combine her passion for homecare with her passion for advocacy and left to study law at The Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She obtained her law degree in 2013 and subsequently returned to work in the homecare industry, hoping to use her legal expertise to affect change.
Djata joined Neighbors Home Care Services in 2015 and became Director in 2016. She has called her job as Director of Neighbors Home Care Services one of the most rewarding experiences of her professional career.
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