Staff & Board News
Welcome New Board Members
Julie M. Prevost joined the Board of Directors in June 2016. She has worked in Rockland County since 2000 and lived in Rockland since 2008. She has worked in the financial industry for 35+ years and currently works for PCSB Bank in New City since 2013 as Vice President, Branch Manager when they opened their first branch in Rockland County. She is a graduate of Leadership Rockland and has volunteered for many of the organizations in Rockland since 2000. She has two married daughters, two grandchildren with one more grandchild due in November 2016. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve on the board and to help Meals on Wheels continue to be successful in Rockland County.
Raymond Francis, a Rockland County resident since 2008, re-joins the Meals on Wheels Board after a one year hiatus. Ray previously served from 2007 to 2015, in various roles including Secretary, Treasurer, and Chairman of the Finance Committee. Ray has been in banking for 14 years and currently works as a Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer for Northeast Community Bank. Ray and his wife Jennifer and 5 month old daughter Makenzie live in West Nyack.
Beth Tufekcic started her career in hospitality in 1995 and has significant experience in Operations and Sales. She attended Young Harris College where her focus was business administration and later continued her education at Kennesaw State University where she also studied business and was among the top academic performers in her class. Beth has been presented with numerous awards throughout her career including highest internal audit scores, top performing financial success and top sales performance. She has also been recognized as General Manager of the Year in previous years and was awarded Hotel of the Year by the Cendant Corporation. Beth has held various leadership roles with branded hotel companies such as Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Marriott International and InterContinental Hotel Group as well as independent luxury hotels such as The Alex Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Beth has been well known throughout her career for her entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. Beth joined Dream Hotel Group, LLC as Senior Director of Operations. Beth's current role as Vice President of Operations, Dream Hotel Group encompasses project management during the construction phase, collaboration with senior executives on PR & Marketing campaigns for the brand and is also responsible for managing profits, leading property level sales initiatives and overseeing overall operations to ensure best practices are in place. Beth has just recently launched the 2nd Time Hotel for the company.
Welcome New Staff Members
Jeanette Suarez joined the Social Work department at Meals on Wheels as a bilingual Caseworker/Intake Coordinator in April 2016. Jeanette's responsibilities include assessing individuals' needs for home delivered meals and services at the Adult Day Care of Rockland at the Bobbi Lewis Center. Jeanette has a BA in Psychology from Nyack College and has extensive experience working with the geriatric community, as well as with children and families. Prior to joining Meals on Wheels, Jeanette worked as a Coordinator at a Family Success Center in Essex County, NJ.
Wanda Blanda has recently joined Meals on Wheels as a Receptionist, prior to joining this organization she was a volunteer driver and worked for Old Mutual Bermuda for 5 years as an Office Manager.
Lauren Casquarelli recently joined the Meals on Wheels team as the Administrative/Database Clerk. Before joining MOW, Lauren worked for the Clarkstown Central School District as a substitute Office Clerk and Teacher Assistant in area elementary schools. Her vast administrative and database experience comes from her 16 years of service as an employee of IBM Corporation.
Before joining Meals on Wheels Theresa was a Preschool Teacher at Good Shepherd Creative Play in Pearl River, NY for 15 years. Prior to teaching she was an International Surety, Property & Casualty Insurance Broker for Willis Corporation in NYC, NY for 12 years.
Congratulations to the following Meals on Wheels staff members who were recognized in 2015
- Employee of the Year
Deanna Lauer, Clarkstown/Pearl River Senior Activity Center Manager
- 25 Years of Service
Marilyn Zurlnick, Director of Human Resources
- 15 Years of Service
Marie Rene, Food Service Worker
- 10 Years of Service
Dave Tobsig, Homebound Driver
- 5 Years of Service
Jean LaBosco, Director of Senior Activity Seniors
Jose Bonilla, Kitchen Roundsman