The Center for Aging In Place, Westchester County, New York

Board Members

Lynn Reichgott, President, is a founding member and past president of At Home on the Sound, our aging-in-place organization in Larchmont and Mamaroneck and a founding member of the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Local Summit. She is a past member of the Board of Trustees of Larchmont Temple and past chair and current member of the temple's Social Action Committee. She serves on the North American Joint Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, a national assembly that advocates on issues of social justice in Washington. Before retiring, she worked as a pediatric physical therapy consultant, practicing in educational environments, including working in the Mamaroneck School District. She moved to Larchmont from Philadelphia in 1984 with her husband and her 3 sons.

Lois Steinberg, PhD, MPS, President Emerita and co-founder of the Center for Aging in Place, an umbrella organization that assists all of the Westchester Aging in Place groups. She is former director for the Medicare Rights Center's Westchester programs where she conducted the award-winning Seniors Out Speaking on Medicare (SOS Medicare) program. Her previous careers included policy and marketing research, public relations and educational advocacy. She holds two degrees in sociology, an M.A. from Columbia University, a Ph.D. from Fordham University and a M.P.S. from the Health Advocacy Program at Sarah Lawrence College. She is a board member of the Westchester End of Life Coalition. Lois serves on the Membership Committee of the Village to Village Network, a national organization representing aging in place organizations throughout the United States. For her pioneering work in health advocacy, she was named a 2006 Purpose Prize Fellow by Civic Ventures, a national award given to recognize Americans over 60 who are leading a new age of social innovation.

Steve Antico, Treasurer

Lawrence C. Bassett, CMC is a Certified Management Consultant, for more than 40 years, is president of The Bassett Consulting Group of Thornwood, NY. He has worked with a broad range of industrial, healthcare and educational organizations, as well as not-for-profit agencies, in the full range of employee/labor relations, organization development, compensation, customer service and sales, designing solutions to problems inherent in the workplace. He has also conducted workshops, seminars and video programs on a broad range of topics. Mr. Bassett has written several management books and numerous articles and has been on the faculties of Fairleigh Dickinson University, NYU and the New York Medical College. For many years he also had been an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. Mr. Bassett holds B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from New York University.

Melissa Lang, DrPH, MPH, Immediate Past President is the Chief Executive Officer at Gilda's Club Westchester, an organization that offers psychosocial cancer support to over 4,000 patients and families each year in the Westchester region. She brings a range of experience in community-based health services, including healthcare management, program development, and public policy advocacy. In addition to her current work in the field of psychosocial oncology, her background includes several years of experience in hospice and palliative care, long-term care and disabilities, and aging services. She actively engages in advocacy and policy development in a variety of settings on issues related to aging in place, cancer treatment, family caregiving, palliative and end-of-life care, and medical ethics. Committed to the dual focus of quality of care and quality of life affecting older adults, she served as a New York State Long-Term Care Ombudsman and currently serves as Vice Chair for the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services.

Deepankar Mukerji, JD an Attorney and Counsel to the firm of Keene & Beane, focuses his practice in the areas of elder law, Medicaid planning, estate administration and planning, guardianships, and trusts. A graduate of Fordham University School of Law, he is active in the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and the Elder Law Committee of the Westchester County Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker on elder law issues and a contributor of articles to the New York State Bar Association's Elder Law Section's Elder Law Attorney journal and E-News. He has more than 10 years prior experience as an administrator with the Westchester County Department of Social Services.

Mary Hayes Schwartz spent over 18 years working in the Brewster School System, where she held several positions, including school social worker, chairperson of the Committee on Special Education and Director of Pupil Personnel Services. As PPS Director, she was responsible for implementing all special education policy and services. She also served as the Assistant Director of the Senior Adult Division of the 92nd Street YM-YWHA in Manhattan. Earlier in her career she was a commercial lending officer for Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. In her volunteer work, Mary was a certified mediator for the Westchester Mediation Center, and a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the NY State Family Court. She is currently on the Board of The Center for Aging in Place and is the vice president of the Board of The Carlshire, a Larchmont, NY co-op. Mary holds a BA in Psychology from The City University of New York and an MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work.

Rob Wingate is an advocate for older adults with elected officials and public agencies, through the news media, and at major non-profit and community-based organizations that maximize their independence and dignity. He directed public relations for Seniors' Resource Center, a human service provider in Denver, during a capital campaign for a new respite center, and that supports more than 140,000 senior transit rides annually. He has helped the Age-Friendly New York City project devise policy solutions to improve the quality of life for older adults across the five boroughs, working with representatives of New York City Council and a deputy mayor's office. He co-chaired the Older Americans Coalition, an advocacy team that landed more than $30 million in new Colorado state allocations matching federal Older Americans Act funds. He also helped win state funds for Medicaid-covered, peer-managed innovations in home-based medical care for a consortium supporting the mobility-disabled, the Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State. He holds a B.A. in political science from Haverford College, Pa., a Quaker college west of Philadelphia, where he remains active with alumni relations and fund-raising. Rob lives in Tarrytown with his wife, Sandra, and his two children, Samantha and Nicholas.