May 18, 2024 | by

United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s Board of Directors recently appointed six community-minded professionals to its roster. Joining 24 sitting board members are:
Ellen Bloom, Megan M. Hurley, Sean D. Maloney, Nina M. Patton, Laura C. Picone and Matthew Saidman. Their term is for three years.
“We are extremely fortunate to have a group of highly respected people from our community who have chosen to give back to their communities through the United Way of Westchester and Putnam. Each of them brings valuable skills to our organization. We look forward to their input and working with them as new board members,” said William Mooney III, UWWP board chair.
Bloom is the director of Community Affairs for New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Westchester County. Prior to this, she was the vice president of development at St. John’s Riverside Hospital. Bloom serves on several Boards, including the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce, Caring for the Hungry and Homeless of Peekskill, Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, and Association of Development Officers. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Lehman College of the City University of New York, a master’s degree from New York Medical College, and is a Leadership Westchester Graduate. She lives in Tarrytown.
Hurley is senior vice president, general counsel at PepsiCo Beverages North America. Previously, she was its vice president, assistant general counsel. She has served on the Board of the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester and the School of the Holy Child in Rye. Hurley holds a bachelor’s degree from Providence College and a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Law School. She lives in White Plains.
Maloney is vice president of marketing and communications at MVP Health Care after serving as vice president of product marketing at Accolade. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and two master’s degrees from New York University and Columbia Business School. He resides in White Plains.
Patton is managing director, not-for-profit banking at Webster Bank. Prior to that she was senior portfolio manager, vice president at Sterling National Bank. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and has more than 13 years of experience in not-for-profit commercial banking. She lives in Somers.
Picone is the vice president, senior relationship manager – community banking at TD Bank where she previously served as assistant vice president, Credit portfolio manager/credit analyst. She serves as the treasurer for Open Door’s Foundation Board, the Business Line Lead for the Commercial Bank on TD Bank’s Metro New York Regional Diversity Council and is a graduate of Leadership Westchester. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary College.
Saidman is regional vice president at Mutual of America Financial Group responsible for overseeing sales operations in Westchester and Putnam counties and 15 other counties in New York. Previous roles include account representative and financial advisor. He brings strong financial and accounting acumen to the board. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University.
The submission deadline is Monday, June 3, 2024, by which time the application and all supporting documents must be received.
The evaluation criteria include financial need, public service, and scholastic capacity. Recipients must maintain the minimum cumulative university GPA for the duration of the award. Awards are issued annually, and students are eligible to apply if they have not previously received the scholarship. A change in major or enrollment status (to part-time) will result in losing the scholarship award.
Inquiries can be directed to United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Melissa Preudhomme, Program Coordinator, via e-mail at, or the application and cover letter can be downloaded at


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