Lorna Hawthorne

Westchester Community College Foundation Announces New Board Members

The Westchester Community College Foundation (WCCF) has announced the appointment of new members to its Board of Directors: Lorna Hawthorne, Robert K. McNamara, Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, and Dr. Raymond Sanchez.

“SUNY WCC has been enjoying many successes in recent years, including increasing enrollment and graduation rates, and the support of the Foundation will play an important role in maintaining this trend,” said Board Chair Dr. Thomas Lee. “Thanks to the involvement of community leaders like Lorna, Shirley, Ray, and Bob, the WCC Foundation will continue to connect with the community and partner with SUNY WCC to enable students to successfully complete their studies and further their education.” 

Lorna Hawthorne (White Plains), co-founder of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Restaurants, joins the board with a wealth of experience in entrepreneurship and philanthropy. Her commitment to education and community development, exemplified through the Lowell F. Hawthorne Foundation, Inc. will greatly benefit the Foundation’s mission of supporting students in their academic endeavors.

Robert K. McNamara (Bronxville) adds a wealth of financial expertise to the board, with a distinguished career in investment banking and finance. His commitment to community engagement and philanthropy aligns with the Foundation’s goals of providing financial support and resources to students pursuing higher education.

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