25 Influential Women for the Friends

Three of our influential women in Van Cortlandt Park with FVCP Board Member Tom Carey from left to right: Board Member Teresa Grant Stoeth, Executive Director Christina Taylor and Bronx Parks Commissioner Iris Rodriguez-Rosa.

Three of our influential women in Van Cortlandt Park with FVCP Board Member Tom Carey from left to right: Board Member Teresa Grant Stoeth, Executive Director Christina Taylor and Bronx Parks Commissioner Iris Rodriguez-Rosa.

Over the last 25 years, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park have grown and evolved thanks to the influence of many women. In honor of Women’s History Month and the Friends’ 25th Anniversary, we would like to share this list of 25 Influential Women for the Friends. This list is in no particular order and is definitely not complete. We are thankful to everyone who has been involved with the Friends and supported our efforts over the years.

1. Felicity Nitz, The Founder of the Friends, First President and Current Board Member
2. Susan Morgenthau, Founder, Former President of Board, Original Board Member, Current Advisory Committee Member
3. Jane Sokolow, Founder, Original Board Member, Current Advisory Committee Member
4. Frances Beinecke, Founder, Original Board Member, Current Advisory Committee Member
5. Sybil Wailand, Founder
6. Elizabeth Scheuer, Founder
7. Linda Dockeray, Van Cortlandt & Pelham Bay Parks Administrator when Friends was formed
8. Betsy Gotbaum, NYC Parks Commissioner when Friends was formed
9.  June Eisland, City Council Member when Friends was formed
10. Elizabeth Cooke-Levy, Former Board President and Current Advisory Committee Member
11. Adrian Hunte Smith, Former Board Member
12. Marcia Allina, Former Board President and Current Board Member
13. Teresa Grant Stoeth, Vice Chair of Board
14. Hilary Baum, Current Board Member
15. Paula Luria Caplan, Current Board Member
16. Carol Samol, Current Board Member
17. Wendy Schmidt, Current Board Member
18. Doris Spencer, Current Board Member
19. Marianne Anderson, Pelham Bay Administrator and Former Director of Community Outreach for VC & PB Parks
20. Iris Rodriguez-Rosa, Current Bronx Borough Commissioner and Former Bronx Chief of Recreation
21. Nancy Nunez, Youth Program Director at Riverdale Neighborhood House
22 Laura Carpenter, Director of Van Cortlandt House Museum
23. Karen Argenti, Bronx Council for Environmental Quality
24. Sara Kempton, Director of Programs
25. Christina Taylor, Executive Director and Former Education Coordinator

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Over the last 25 years, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park have grown and evolved thanks to the influence of many women. In honor of Women's History Month and the Friends' 25th Anniversary, we would like to share this list of 25 Influential Women for the Friends. This list is in no particular order and is definitely not complete. We are thankful to everyone who has been involved with the Friends and supported our efforts over the years.
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