Nancy Patota, Executive Director of The Arc Westchester Foundation, directs and coordinates fundraising and development to support The Arc Westchester programs. The Foundation, established in 2002, drives charitable giving through individual membership, special events, and corporate and foundation funding to help bridge the gap between what it costs to provide exceptional services and what is covered by government funding.
Prior to joining The Arc Westchester Foundation, Nancy spent 15 years at Iona College located in New Rochelle, NY, where she held a number of leadership positions in the Advancement & External Affairs Office. Most recently, she held the position of Assistant Vice President for Advancement Services, Prospect Strategy and Budget Management. In addition, Nancy is an adjunct professor for the Iona College MBA program where she teaches courses in Human Resources Management, Organizational Behavior and Training and Development.
Earlier in her career, Nancy was a true leader in the corporate world with specific experience in the retail and communications industries. Now, she brings her diverse range of skills and experience to the Foundation.
“I feel so fortunate to work with the people of The Arc Westchester and The Arc Westchester Foundation in support of the inspiring work done each day to provide opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our Westchester community. I am honored to be a partner in dream fulfillment for our individuals, families and our incredible donors.”
Nancy is a native of Westchester County and currently resides in Rye, NY.
As an entrepreneur, Ruedi Laager formed Lukada International LLC in 2002 before acquiring a medical nutrition company manufacturing shaped purees geared at people with swallowing disabilities in the hospital and nursing home market. He then sold the company to the Hormel Corporation several years later. Today Lukada LLC is engaged with non-profit organization management and the retail sector. Previously Ruedi held a variety of executive positions in the hotel and hospitality industry working with Swissotel, Regent Hotels, the Relais and Chateaux Hotel Group and later The Hospitality Group International. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in hotel management from the Hotel School in Lausanne, Switzerland.
In addition, in 2007, Ruedi and his wife, Alix, launched a project to assist the Kingdom of Bhutan to introduce education for children with disabilities into their school system. Subsequently, they founded and currently lead the US Special Education Advisory Committee to Bhutan which provides technical support and advice under the umbrella of The Bhutan Foundation in Washington DC. Ruedi is also very active on several non-profit boards addressing pressing issues for minorities around the globe
Ruedi and his wife Alix live with their 3 children in Larchmont. One of their twin sons was born with Down syndrome. As a family, they enjoy to travel and to explore the outdoors.