Our Team


Administrative & Program
Management Team

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Anahaita Kotval
Executive Director

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Barbara Bento-Fleming
Chief Residential Program Officer

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Jennifer Smart
Program Director, Open Arms Men's Shelter

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Carl Williams
Controller

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Willa Brody
Director - Neighbors Home Care

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Deborah Williams
Program Director, Grace’s Kitchen & Samaritan House Women's Shelter

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Chris Schwartz
Director of Development

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Eileen Torres
Director of Youth Services

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Ada Raiford
Manager, Charlie Bevier Shelter & Homeless Outreach Services

Nancy Inzinna
Volunteer & Community Outreach Manager


Anahaita Kotval

Executive Director

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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.

akotval@liftingupwestchester.org


Carl Williams

Controller

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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.

914.949.3098 x 9745
cwilliams@liftingupwestchester.org


Chris Schwartz

Director of Development

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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.

914.949.3098  x 9737
cschwartz@liftingupwestchester.org


Barbara Bento-Fleming

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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.

914.949.0925  x 9726
bbento-fleming@liftingupwestchester.org


Willa Brody

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Director of Neighbors Home Care Services

Willa Brody joined Lifting Up Westchester in July 2018 as the Director of Neighbors Home Care Services. Willa has enjoyed a varied professional background as a leader in health care, social work, public policy and public education. She spent the last 19+ years working for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in various roles, including directing government, community and external affairs. She has partnered with a broad range of diverse communities and organizations, building long-term relationships with elected officials, community leaders and their constituents.

Willa served on the Board and Executive Committee of the Westchester Business Council for 14+ years; the Boards of the YWCA of White Plains and the YMCA of White Plains; and as a Business Advisory Member of NewYork- Presbyterian Hospital's Project Search Program which provides comprehensive vocational training for autistic youth 18 years + who are seeking employment after high school. Willa was also a trustee of the Eastchester School Board from 2004-2017, serving as Board President and Secretary, and chairing the Community Relations and Finance Committees.  

Willa has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/English from Queens College, CUNY; a Masters Degree in Social Work and a Post-Masters Certificate Degree in Aging from Hunter College, CUNY; and a law degree from Pace University.

914.949.3112
wbrody@liftingupwestchester.org


Eileen Torres

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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.
                                                                       

 914.420.6265
etpepsi@hotmail.com


Jennifer Smart

Program 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.

 914.948.5044
jsmart@liftingupwestchester.org


Deborah Williams

Program Director,  
Grace’s Kitchen &
Samaritan House Women’s Shelter

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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 .

                                                                914.948.3075
                                               dwilliams@liftingupwestchester.org 


Ada Raiford

Manager, Charlie Bevier Shelter & Homeless Outreach Services

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.

914.948.5044  x 9512
araiford@liftingupwestchester.org


Nancy Inzinna

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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.

914.949.3098  x 9735
ninzinna@liftingupwestchester.org