Brian Skanes, Executive Director
This Boys & Girls Club veteran pioneered the Club’s major renovation and expansion; its first since 1963. Under Mr. Skanes’ auspices, the Club’s annual budget has more than tripled from $800,000 to almost $4 million, and the Capital Campaign surpassed its $6 million goal by almost $1million to $6.9 million.
Mr. Skanes has worked for almost 40 years with Boys & Girls Clubs on local, regional and national levels. He has served as the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester since 1994. Prior to this he was Regional Vice President of the Northeast Region of Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club for Binghamton, New York; Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Billerica, Massachusetts; Assistant Executive Director of the Nashua, New Hampshire Boys & Girls Club; and Program Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, New Hampshire.
Mr. Skanes has received numerous awards including Nashua, NH Citizen of the Year, Professional of the Year for Central New York 1989, Professional of the Year Northeast Region 1989, Executive of the Year Northeast Region 2001, and a 30 Year Service to Youth Award from Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2004. More recently, Mr. Skanes was awarded the Mt. Kisco Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2002, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America Contribution to the Profession Award in 2005.
He has been a Board member for over 15 years on the Association of Boys & Girls Clubs Professionals (ABGCP) and is Chairman of the Hudson Valley Chapter. In addition, he served as a member of the Tom Garth Leadership Program Class of 2001. He is also a member of various civic and professional organizations, including past President of Mt. Kisco Rotary Club, past Treasurer and President of the Mt. Kisco Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the President’s Council of the Northern Westchester Hospital Center.
Mr. Skanes is currently President of the New York State Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs and is also a distinguished member of the Academy of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He serves as a Career Consultant with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and is a member of their Career Advancement Team. Mr. Skanes received his B.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts and resides in Mt. Kisco with his wife Jean.
Barbara Cutri, Director of Operations
Ms. Cutri has been involved with the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester since 1964, when she enrolled as a member. Prior to being named Director of Operations in 2000, she served as the Program Director, Child Care Director, a Pre-school teacher and volunteer.
Her passion for youth and her belief in the mission and purpose of the Boys & Girls Club have provided Mrs. Cutri with the impetus to improve and develop quality programs at the Club. She has worked to develop and license both the preschool and after school programs at the Club. She has raised the professionalism of the preschool and school age staff, securing funding for training and college level courses and has developed and enhanced the youth and teen programming at the Club.
Ms. Cutri received an award from the New York State Education Department and Westchester Association for Retarded Citizens for her work in inclusion programming of children with special needs at the Club. She has also been a recipient of a community “Woman of the Year” and Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s “North East Region Youth Develop Professional” awards.
Currently, she is a member of the Association of Boys & Girls Club Professionals (ABGCP). In addition, she served on the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Committee that developed the Kids and Company Program for Child Safety. She is a member of the Child Care Council of Westchester and the Mt. Kisco Lions Club. Ms. Cutri received her B.S. degree from State University of New York’s Empire State College. She lives in Mt. Kisco with her husband Tony and sons Mike and Marc.
Mona Halter, Director of Finance and Administration
Ms. Halter began her career with the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester in 2010. She has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit management, specializing in accounting data base systems. She is responsible for assisting the Executive Director in developing, maintaining and administering an operating budget of $2.7 million.
Before coming to the Club, Ms. Halter was the Director of Finance and Administration at JMT Consulting Group, which specializes in accounting and fundraising solutions for non-profit organizations, where she managed the fiscal operations of the company and also worked closely with the executive team. Prior to joining JMT, she was the Comptroller at Temple Shaaray Tefila of Westchester where she was responsible for all bookkeeping and accounting functions. Since 2010, Ms. Halter has served as chairperson of the Budget & Finance Committee for Temple Beth Elohim, in Brewster, New York.
In her career, Ms. Halter has also held numerous controller positions for well known nonprofit organizations including, American Friends of the Hebrew University and The New York Botanical Garden. Prior to that, she worked for Oxford Medical Group and Knowledge Sciences. Ms. Halter holds an MBA in Accounting from Pace University and a B.S. in Biology from Brooklyn College. She resides in Brewster with her husband, Jerry, and her son, Frederick.
Lisa Keogh, Director of Development
Lisa Keogh joined the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester staff in 2011. As a fundraising professional for over twenty years, Ms. Keogh has been part of volunteer and staff teams that have raised more than $25 million net for non-profit organizations in Westchester County, New York.
Formerly President of A Very Good Cause, Keogh also served as director of The Foundation of Hudson Valley Hospital Center, where she helped grow event revenue and challenge grants. As chief development officer/assistant CEO for the American Red Cross in Westchester County, Keogh led the chapter to several national fundraising awards. Prior to her Red Cross tenure, she served as associate director of development at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York.
Keogh is a 1990 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Mercy College. She was inducted into the Mercy College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2001. Keogh serves as Treasurer of Grant Professionals of the Lower Hudson Valley and is an active member of the Association of Development Officers (ADO), having served in various leadership positions during the past 20 years. She resides in Putnam Valley, New York with her husband, James, a health care executive, and their two sons.