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Leadership Team

Westhab’s professional and dedicated staff is the reason for our success. Our leadership team has decades of experience in the field and are industry experts in housing, social services and nonprofit administration.

Rich Nightingale Richard Nightingale, President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Nightingale is responsible for Westhab’s overall planning, development, and operations. Joining Westhab in 2001, Mr. Nightingale has occupied a wide variety of positions, from direct client service to program management, along the way. As he puts it, “Within a week of being at Westhab, I fell in love with our mission and with our organization. I knew that this work was my life’s calling.” It is his front-line experiences at Westhab’s shelters, supportive housing programs, and youth centers that continue to fuel his passion and enforce his steadfast commitment to mission and to the quality of housing and services that Westhab provides.

As part of Westhab’s affiliation with the Washingtonville Housing Alliance, Mr. Nightingale serves as that organization’s Board Chair. Mr. Nightingale also sits on the Board of Directors for the Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless and the Yonkers Community Planning Council. He is the past Chair of both the Mount Vernon Community That Cares coalition and the Yonkers Drug Free Communities coalition.

Mr. Nightingale received his BA from Tufts University and his MSW from Fordham's Graduate School of Social Services. He has completed additional coursework in Real Estate Development and Finance at New York University.

Ken Belfer, Senior Vice President, Housing
Mr. Belfer serves as Westhab’s Senior Vice President, as a Trustee of the Westhab Inc. Retirement Plan and in various capacities on the boards of Westhab’s affiliates. He oversees housing development and management, including the Property Management, Facility Management and Security departments, as well as the information technology, procurement and risk management functions. He holds PHM certification from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and has over 30 years experience in housing management and administration. Mr. Belfer came to Westhab in 1987 after nine years in public housing management with the New York City Housing Authority. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Human Services from the State University of New York and has done graduate work in business. Outside of Westhab, Mr. Belfer has been Chairman of the Community Housing Board in the Town of Yorktown for the past 15 years, serves on the Board of the Westchester Not-for-Profit Technology Council, and is active on numerous other government and not-for-profit boards and advisory committees.

Jim Coughlin, Senior Vice President, Services
Mr. Coughlin oversees all of Westhab’s service programs, including Homeless Services, Supportive Housing, Employment Services, and Youth Services. His responsibilities include oversight of Westhab's programs for veterans, people with disabilities, the formerly incarcerated, and young adults. He also leads Westhab's Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing efforts designed to enable homeless families and singles to quickly secure and then maintain permanent rental housing. Mr. Coughlin received his Bachelor’s Degree from Marist College, and has worked for Westhab since 2000.

Andrew Germansky, Vice President, Real Estate Development
Mr. Germansky is responsible for managing all phases of real estate development including site identification, design development and coordination, financing, due diligence and construction management. He brings more than eight years of experience in the field, including the last seven years at Omni New York LLC where he was an Assistant Vice President of Development. Prior to joining Omni, he worked for Forsyth Street Advisors, a real estate and public finance consulting firm for affordable housing, and also for The Mind Company, a startup market research consulting firm in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mr. Germansky holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Middlebury College.

Patricia Vitelli, Vice President, Finance
Ms. Vitelli is Westhab’s Chief Financial Officer and, as such, is responsible for planning and oversight of all investments, budgeting, reporting and daily financial operations. She is responsible for monitoring the company’s compliance with regulatory requirements, including the issuance of timely independent audits. Ms. Vitelli has 25 years of experience in real estate development and property management accounting and finance, specifically with tax credit reporting, capital grants and development reporting, fund accounting, budgeting and forecasting, appraisal analysis and SEC reporting. Her experience includes 18 years with a private real estate investment trust, which owned and managed regional shopping centers. Ms. Vitelli received her BA in Accounting from Fordham University.

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