2021 Grant Cycle Executive Board
The Executive Board is the senior leadership team of Impact100 Westchester, responsible for setting overall policy and for overseeing all activities of the organization.Samantha Schwam, Co-President
2013, Sam retired from her 22 year career at Atlantic Records where she served
as EVP and CFO. She started her career at Ernst & Young after receiving her BSBA from Bucknell University. Upon retirement from corporate life, Sam became a member of the Board at Congregation B'nai Yisrael in Armonk. She served as VP of Programs on the Executive Board and chaired the Caring and Social Action committee, a role that introduced her to several of the non-profit organizations within Westchester. Sam and her husband, Fred, moved to Armonk in 2000 where they raised their two sons. Sam likes golf, tennis, skiing, traveling, reading, and most of all, spending time with her family and good friends.
Laura Stone, Co-President
Laura started her career in the clothing industry as Production Manager for Adrienne Vittadini and Ellen Tracy. She later transitioned to leasing commercial real estate in Westchester County, where she grew up. Laura is passionate about giving back, volunteering at My Sisters Place on behalf of victims of domestic violence as well as serving on the Board of The Sharing Shelf. She also serves on the Executive Board at Metropolis Country Club where she is an active golf and tennis player. Laura earned her BA from Hamilton College. She and her husband live in Rye Brook with their dog Rocky and have three grown sons.Danielle DeMaio, Nonprofit Relations
Born and raised in Edgemont, Danielle returned to her hometown in 2012 with her husband and two young sons in tow. Since then, she has been an active volunteer in the PTA, a member of the School Board Nominating Committee, a member of the Board of the Edgemont School Foundation, and a Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador. Danielle’s interest in philanthropy began many years ago when she volunteered as a mentor to an at-risk high school student with Student Sponsor Partners. Danielle started her professional career in management consulting with Price Waterhouse and moved on to Investment Banking with DLJ and Credit Suisse after earning an MBA from Columbia Business School. She also holds a BS in Policy Analysis from Cornell University.
Dawn Hoesterey, Membership Liaison
Dawn has lived in Edgemont since 1998, with the exception of a 2-year hiatus in London. In addition to raising three children, she has been, and continues to be, actively involved in a variety of volunteer activities and organizations. They include: the Junior League of Central Westchester (literacy projects and an active docent for Wayside Cottage), the Edgemont PTA (co-chaired the annual musical, and annual book sale), Gigi’s Playhouse (literacy tutor), The Acceleration Project “TAP” (small business consultant), and the Edgemont E-Club (Treasurer). Before raising her children, Dawn received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from SUNY Albany. She was a product manager for Slim Fast Foods, a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting with a focus in operations, and a Vice President for an online jewelry retailer. She and her husband, Brian, enjoy spending their free time with their children and friends.
Cathy Harary, Secretary
Cathy holds a BA in English from Penn and an MBA in Finance from NYU Stern. She is a long-time volunteer with, and current president of, Scarsdale Meals on Wheels, and serves as a writing mentor for a pre-college scholars program in NJ. Cathy lives in Edgemont, where she and her husband, Joel, raised their two children. In her free time, Cathy enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Melinda Ganeles, Treasurer
Melinda has been a resident of Armonk for the past 24 years. A mother of four children, Melinda has dedicated much of her time to nonprofit organizations. She co-founded the Castleford Rovers Soccer Club (past President, Coach and Board Member) and the nationally recognized NY Soccer Club (current Board Member and Secretary). She was President of North Greenwich Nursery where she also volunteered as the Spanish teacher for 17 years. Melinda is the Co-chair of The Wall Street Challenge—a renowned fundraiser dedicated to raising funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance. Melinda is an original member of Impact100 where she served as Finance Co-chair for three years before taking on the Treasurer role. Prior to her nonprofit roles, Melinda was an investor relations consultant for the The Carson Group covering the oil industry. Melinda holds a BS from Cornell University and a MA from New York University. When not volunteering or taking care of her children, Melinda enjoys playing recreational ice hockey, soccer, spinning, running, reading and traveling with family and close friends.Roberta Shapiro, Technology
Roberta is a real estate professional and a CPA. She manages information technology to support real estate appraisals and generate market reports on sales trends in the nation’s most desirable zip codes. A long-time Edgemont community volunteer, she has served on the Edgemont School Foundation and PTA, and led the Fort Hill Civic Association. Roberta earned a BS in Finance from The Wharton School at Penn and graduate degrees from Columbia and Fordham Universities. She and her husband Mark live in White Plains and have three grown children. Roberta enjoys playing piano, improving her new home, using technology creatively, and spending time with friends.