CAREERS Board of Directors consists of a voluntary board of individuals elected to act as the governing body of the agency and oversee the executive director.
- Nancy Pearson, President
- Virginia Fitzgerald, Vice President
- Brian Singer, Treasurer
- Karen Brown, Secretary
- Marianne Brown
- Howard Forbes
- Susan Lauer
- Nancy Sorbella
- Rita Covelli
Marianne Brown served as President of the CAREERS board from 2010 – 2016. Marianne is Chief Operating Officer at FIS Global.Prior to joining FIS Global, she was President and CEO at Omgeo, a company dedicated to providing the financial community with efficient trade processing, risk mitigation, and operational stability. Brown has over 30 years of experience in the industry, with 26 years at Automatic Data Processing (ADP).
Marianne received the 2015 Award of Excellence from the Borough of Manhattan Community College Foundation. Click here to see the awards presentation video, which highlights the many attributes she brings to CAREERS Board of Directors.
Karen Brown worked for BOCES Putnam/Northern Westchester for 25 years helping children with disabilities foster speech and language skills. She was also essential in opening The Building Block Child Care Center on the BOCES campus and served on its Board of Directors from 1990 to 1992.
Ms. Brown earned a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Herbert H. Lehman College in the Bronx and currently lives in Westchester County, New York.
Rita Covelli is Assistant Director and Head of Teen and Volunteer Services at Mahopac Public Library, where she has worked for 11 years. She has been an avid supporter of CAREERS in her role at the library, receiving our Outstanding Program Support Award for her efforts with our AIM Program. Rita is a member of the American Library Association/YALSA Roundtable, New York Library Association and Southeastern New York Library Resource Council. She is active with Rotary International’s Youth Exchange Program and received their Paul Harris Fellow Award. A lifetime member of Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Rita was the Carmel Community Director, receiving a New York State Assembly Citation and nomination for the Putnam Women of Excellence Award. Rita is also a past member of the Westchester-Putnam Boy Scouts and involved with several local food pantries.
Ginny Fitzgerald is the Vice President of CAREERS Board of Directors. She was a special education teacher aide at the Briarcliff Manor Public School District for the 18 years. She earned a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Assumption College in Worchester, MA and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York. She has served as president of a professional union at the Briarcliff Schools, as well as a parent member on the Briarcliff Committee on Special Education and the Shared Decision Making Compact Committee.
Howard Forbes has been a CAREERS Board member since 2005, and served as Treasurer of the Board from 2010 to 2013. His relationship with CAREERS goes back 27 years, when CAREERS staff helped his oldest son find a job, which he still holds today. Howard has enjoyed watching CAREERS and its’ Board of Directors grow to meet the needs of our clients and community.
A Bronx native, Howard graduated with a degree in dentistry from NYU. After serving as a Captain in the Air Force, he opened a dental office in Yorktown Heights, where he practiced for over 40 years. He and his wife Adrienne, (pictured at the 2014 Anniversary celebration), reside in Yorktown.
Susan Lauer is Principal of Aspire Consulting in Hyde Park, New York, an organization which offers companies creative, effective ways to meet strategic planning, leadership development and process improvement challenges.
Ms. Lauer, a Briarcliff Manor resident, is a member of a number of community organizations, including: Ossining Communities that Care; Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce; Affiliate Resource Associates Corporation; Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Healthcare Industry Foundation and the American College of Healthcare Executives, among others.
Marci Miller has been a Job Coach in the OPT Program at Fox Lane High School in Bedford, New York for the past 17 years. Prior to staying home with her sons, she was the Northeast Sales Administrator for RJR Foods/Del Monte.
Marci loves her position with Fox Lane and enjoys being able to make a difference in the lives of the students. Marci and her husband Bob have two, children, including a son with Asperger’s.
Nancy Pearson, is President of CAREERS Board of Directors. A North Salem resident, is the vice president of Global Marketing for IBM Software Group, Application Integration Middleware (AIM) business. She leads all aspects of global marketing for the multi-billion dollar division that includes segment marketing for SOA, Business Process Management and the WebSphere brand. Her leadership extends beyond IBM Software Group and includes marketing for key growth initiatives across IBM.
Nancy has been recognized in Working Mother’s Magazine 2007 Hall of Fame and has a dedicated chapter in Karen L. Rancourt’s book Empowered Professionals: Making a Difference. She graduated from Columbia University’s Executive Marketing Program in Market Management, and earned a masters degree from Fordham University and a bachelor’s degree from Pace University.
Brian Singer, Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM Corporation in Somers, has been employed by IBM for the ast 22 years. Brian earned an MBA from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University, and graduated from Mercy College with a bachelor’s of science in computer information systems.
For almost 10 years Brian has been a member of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary/Civil Air Patrol as a volunteer search and rescue pilot. He has commanded and flown on various missions to locate lost people and aircraft. He also has trained pilots and crews in search and rescues techniques in southeastern New York.
Nancy Sorbella is Vice President, New Business Development at The Fidelis Group, a global direct marketing agency where she focuses on the non-profit and publishing sectors. Additionally, within The Fidelis Group she is a partner and Creative Director of Pyaar Means Love, a startup digital retail and import company. As a graduate of SUNY Cortland, she is a proud member of the alumni community serving on the Alumni Board of Directors and Chair of the Alumni Admissions Committee for over 17 years.
Always passionate about healthy aging and lifestyle, she has been an aquatic exercise instructor for more than a decade, dedicated to teaching how to increase strength, flexibility and confidence for all ages and abilities.
- Phil Adimari
- Monte Carmel
- John Cunnane
- Mary Grace Ferone
- Steven M. Goodman
- Adam Handler
- Maggie Kendall
- Stan Kulesa
- Jack Mathews
- Patricia Moore
- Irene Thompson
- Ann M. Tucker
- Karen Warren