Introducing our New Board Members
Blanca Cofino has expertise and extensive experience in HR Consulting, Executive Coaching, Mergers & Acquisitions, Organizational Effectiveness, Change Management, Rewards, and Talent Management. Currently she operates Cofino Consulting LLC and is an Adjunct Professor in Strategic Management at Baruch Zicklin School of Business. Blanca first connected with Mercy Center through Hispanic Federation and served on our Board of Directors from 2010 through 2017, as Board Chair for the latter three years, during which time she co-chaired our Strategic Planning process. After completing her terms, she stayed on our Mission & Strategy committee and provided leadership for a second Strategic Planning process. We welcome her return to full board membership.
Beth Finnerty is President & CEO of Cardinal McCloskey Community Services, another nonprofit and affiliate of Catholic Charities. Her nearly 15 years in that position gives her a unique perspective and invaluable hands-on experience that she has generously shared with us while serving on Mercy Center's Audit/Finance/Investment committee. Beth also previously served on Mercy Center's Board of Directors, completing her service in 2016. When the possibility arose to serve once again, Beth wholeheartedly accepted the opportunity. Beth has an MA in Economics and a BA in Anthropology.
Nancy Gallin is a community leader, businesswoman, and educator. With a BA in social work from the University of Dayton, Nancy began her career as an elementary school teacher in the Bronx. A resident of the Crestwood community in Yonkers for over 25 years, Nancy is a civic leader and active member of the Annunciation-Our Lady of Fatima Parish. Nancy's current endeavor involves refinishing and repurposing furniture. By recycling and reusing these "Discarded Diamonds", she is able to create them anew. Nancy and her husband Chris were honorees at Mercy Center's Transforming Lives Gala in December 2020. Nancy has also been sharing her fundraising experience as a member of the Development committee this year.
S. Eileen McDonnell, R.S.M., R.N., B.S.N. is Director of Health Services at The Arc of Monmouth. She has over 35 years of experience in nursing and administration. S. Eileen is a member of the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. She holds various certifications in wellness fields and is an accredited T'ai Chi Chih instructor. S. Eileen was a Sponsor Council liaison from the Mid-Atlantic region of the Sisters of Mercy until June 2021. Her work is true to the mission of the Sisters of Mercy, and her background will broaden the Board's base of knowledge and ongoing commitment to that mission.
S. Eileen Trainor, R.S.M., has worked as Executive Director of Resurrection House, Caseworker at St. Mary's Children and Family Services, Associate Director at Maura Clarke-Ita Ford Center, Social Worker at Hour Children, and most recently as Life and Ministry Facilitator for the Sisters of Mercy. Her first years of ministry were spent teaching in elementary and high school. She holds a Master of Science from Seton Hall University and a Master of Social Work from Hunter College. S. Eileen originally connected to Mercy Center when she worked with the Mercy Volunteer Corps of the Sisters of Mercy.