MEG SAMUELSON – PRESIDENT
Meghan is a scientist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals where she leads a team of scientists focused on developing therapeutics for hearing and balance disorders. She has lived in Katonah for the past 5 years with her husband and two children. Her family has been a part of the CCC since her oldest daughter was 8 weeks old. Meg has a keen interest in leadership development, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, and volunteer work for STEM outreach programs. Meg and her husband are triathlon enthusiasts and frequently combine exercise with fundraising to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
JILL VIGGIANO- TREASURER
Jill Viggiano joined the CCC Board in January 2017 and is currently serving as Treasurer. She has been part of the Katonah community for over 10 years and is an active participant in many school and local affairs. Jill is a seasoned tax accountant and former Vice President of International Tax at Sompo International in Purchase, NY. Jill is a strong supporter of the CCC as her three children have been a part of the CCC family since 2012.
BRIDGET BALI – SECRETARY
Bridget has held a variety of roles within the fashion industry throughout her career, and currently works in sales as a an account manager for Burt’s Bees Baby. She and her family have been part of the CCC community since 2017 when her eldest daughter Nellie started in the infant room at The Farm. Her younger daughter Miriam started attending The Farm in January 2020. Bridget lives with her husband and two children in Katonah and is passionate about being an involved member of her community.
Benjamin J. Palancia attended the Country Childrens Center as a child and all three of his children are also alumni. He owns the Albert Palancia Insurance Agency, Inc. in Mamaroneck, NY and resides in Somers, NY with his wife and three children. Ben is very active in community organizations, and is excited about the future of the CCC as the President of the Board of Directors.
Lit has held many positions in not-for-profit organizations, including the American Red Cross, Harlem Children’s Zone, Grow Smiles Worldwide, and as the Co-owner and Director of TimberRidge Family Center, a full scale NAEYC accredited day care center formerly located in Armonk NY. Lit also has extensive experience in fundraising and assistance with an orphanage in Tanzania. She lives in Croton on Hudson and has a lifelong interest in the development and well-being of children.
Allison is a Commercial Insurance executive with RVI Group in Stamford, Connecticut. As Vice President of Commercial Equipment Sales, Ms. Larson focuses cultivating new business as well as sourcing new verticals and asset classes. As a board member, Aly hopes to use her sales abilities to support CCC’s fundraising efforts. She served as an Associate Board Member for Covenant House, NY and has successfully fundraised for Kindness Over Muscular Dystrophy, Global Lyme Alliance and Psoriasis Now. Aly and Ron Larson reside in Briarcliff Manor with their two children, Victoria and Erin, who both attend (and love) CCC Kitchawan Barns.
Bente has a long, successful history in early childhood education serving in a variety of roles. She began her career as an early childhood educator at Park Avenue Synagogue, followed by a teaching and Administrator role at the Rudolph Steiner School, and most recently serving as Director at the Fedkids Childcare Center in New York City. For the last 40 years, Bente, her husband and four sons divided their time between their homes in Katonah, NY and NYC. Bente is eager to bring her extensive experience in developing culturally-inclusive early childhood education to help guide the CCC.
Aaron is a seasoned marketing and management executive with 30 years of experience in banking and small business advisory services. His background in numerous industries and in working with small businesses, including founding a non-profit scholarship foundation, has prepared him as a strong strategic manager with solid organizational and planning skills. Aaron is a member of the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Westchester County.
Mike is a retired medical and pharmaceutical salesman who has devoted countless hours to local nature and sustainability programs. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Westchester Land Trust and is a member of the Local Open Space and Preserves Advisory Committee. In addition, Mike has served as the construction advisor for several Boy Scout Eagle projects where CCC was the beneficiary recipient. He is active in Lewisboro and was the construction advisor on the John Jay Cross Country trail development project. He loves working with young people and the outdoors.
Christina is a life-long resident of Goldens Bridge who interned at CCC as a Teacher’s Aide through John Jay High School’s Senior Independent Experience Program in 2016. She recently graduated from Stony Brook University with her degree in Psychology and now works as an Inside Sales Rep at a family-owned food ingredient company. While pursuing her degree, she both volunteered and worked for several non-profit social welfare organizations. Christina is excited to bring her knowledge of early childhood development and strategic thinking skills to the board as a new member.
Caroline grew up in Katonah and attended Country Children’s Center from infancy through middle school, later returning as a summer camp counselor before completing her Girl Scout Gold Award project in 2017 with CCC as the beneficiary. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Developmental Psychology and a passion for working with children and adolescents. In addition to her educational background, Caroline volunteered abroad in Latin America as an elementary ESL teacher and worked in a Child Development research laboratory during her time at Michigan. She currently works as a Research Assistant at the Columbia Center for Eating Disorders in Manhattan. Caroline is eager to contribute to the Board and is passionate about giving back to the CCC community after the many years of support it provided her.
Kim’s association with CCC began over 20 years ago when her children attended CCC from infancy at The Farm through the middle school afterschool program. Her daughter Caroline (22) has been a camp counselor at the CCC Camp, and both Caroline and her brother Ashton (20) did their Scouting Gold Award and Eagle Scout projects with CCC as the beneficiary. Kim co-owns Hummingbird Media Inc with her husband Jeff, and she is President of Byron A. Carlson, Inc, a family food ingredient company she runs with her father. Kim is eager to bring her small business experience and enthusiasm to the board as a new member because she would not have been able to pursue a multifaceted career without the solid childcare provided to her family by the Country Childrens Center.