Executive Awards

Dec 1 2022

Executive Awards

The Arc Westchester is excited to share two well deserved achievements by members of both our chapter and foundation executive staff! We applaud these incredible women on both their recent recognition, and their dedication the over 2,000 individuals with Developmental Disabilities we support throughout Westchester County.

Executive Excellence Award from the National Conference of Executives (NCE) of

The Arc of the United States

Executive Director & CEO of The Arc Westchester, Tibi Guzman

Tibi Guzmán, Executive Director & CEO, The Arc Westchester, was honored with the Executive Excellence Award by The Arc US during its 2022 National Convention. This award is presented annually to a chapter Executive Director/CEO whose career exemplifies, to the highest degree, fulfillment of the mission, core values and position statements of The Arc. It is the highest honor bestowed by The Arc’s National Council of Executives.

“I am grateful to The Arc and its National Council of Executives for this prestigious award,” Tibi Guzmán, Executive Director & CEO, The Arc Westchester, said. “The Arc Westchester is a vital resource for people with developmental disabilities and their families, and I am proud to lead a dedicated team of staff who are invested in the health, safety and happiness of these individuals.”

Since become Executive Director & CEO, Ms. Guzmán been instrumental in helping the chapter to become more data-driven, ensuring the necessary information is available to thrive within an outcome-based system. Her outstanding leadership and commitment to the health, safety and well-being of individuals supported by the organization was vital during COVID-19, and it is because of her swift action and vigilance that The Arc Westchester was able to weather this storm. Ms. Guzmán is also a member of The Arc New York’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee.

2022 Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award from

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Hudson Valley Chapter

Executive Director of The Arc Westchester Foundation, Nancy Patota

A second nod to the strong female leaders guiding the organization, Nancy Patota, Executive Director, The Arc Westchester Foundation, was recently honored with the 2022 Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award by The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP-NY) Greater Hudson Valley Chapter. The award was presented during their 16th annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon.

“The Arc Westchester Foundation is committed to raising funds that enhance quality of life for people with developmental disabilities,” Nancy Patota, Executive Director, The Arc Westchester Foundation, said. “The fundraising our team does is critical to support services that State and Federal funding don’t cover, and I’m thankful to the AFP-NY Greater Hudson Valley Chapter for recognizing the importance of the work that we do and impact it makes.”

Ms. Patota directs and coordinates all fundraising and development efforts to support The Arc Westchester’s programs and services not funded by government sources. In addition, she is responsible for driving charitable giving through individual membership, special events, major/planned giving, and corporate and foundation funding. Her excellence in fundraising and donor relations was particularly evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, during which time she was faced with the daunting task of reinventing her fundraising program, which has historically relied heavily on in-person events, while facing a growing demand for funding from The Arc Westchester chapter as the costs of personal protective equipment (PPE) and implementing additional health and safety protocols were skyrocketing.


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