ArtsWestchester Of White Plains Names New Leaders

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Froma Benerofe, left, is the new president of the board of trustees at ArtsWestchester in White Plains. She succeeds Jacqueline Walker.
Froma Benerofe, left, is the new president of the board of trustees at ArtsWestchester in White Plains. She succeeds Jacqueline Walker. Photo Credit: Contributed by Leslye Smith

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Froma Benerofe of Purchase has been named the new president of board of trustees for White Plains-based ArtsWestchester.

Benerofe replaces Jacqueline Walker, who will continue to be involved with the arts group as a board member and immediate past president.

ArtsWestchester also named four new members to its board of trustees.

Benerofe, whose has a private practice in clinical social work, has served on the boards of the Steffi Nossen Dance in Education Fund and the Parsons School of Dance. Additionally, she has served on the
board of ArtsWestchester for six years, two of them as executive vice president and as chair of the
grants committee for five years .

Benerofe received a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in 1963, a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University School of Social Work and certification in interpersonal trauma from Fordham University in 1998.

Walker has been an active supporter of the arts throughout her life. She has shared her artistic knowledge, appreciation and generosity with the arts community of Westchester.

New members of ArtsWestchester's board of trustees are Maria Ferreira, Thomas Manisero, Paola Morsiani and Catherine Parker.

Ferreira is the Suburban New York and Connecticut Community Banking area president for Wells Fargo. She is also a senior vice president for the company. A Yonkers native, she served as private banking leader, retail bank director and, most recently, area president for central New Jersey. She is an active member in the White Plains community.

Manisero is a commercial litigator by training. He has handled a wide variety of contractual and business disputes during his 30-year career. He is a partner at Wilson Elser. He lives in Purchase.

Morsiani was recently named director of the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, Morsiani now oversees an institution that has achieved international stature for its collection of modern, contemporary and African art. 

Parker, who lives in Rye, served as a Rye City Council member and was elected to the Westchester County Board of Legislators in November 2013 to represent  7th Legislative District (Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye, part of Harrison and part of New Rochelle). She  is a fourth-generation Westchester resident.

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