About North East

Our Mission

To be community based, therapeutic recreation program coordinated among the various recreation departments. To provide therapeutic recreation programs to enhance the physical, emotional and social growth of the children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities. To offer therapeutic recreation programs for those individuals in the community who cannot participate in the various existing programs offered through and by the local municipal recreation departments. To fund the corporation as a charitable organization on a contractual basis with contributions from the municipal governments and state and federal grants. To provide therapeutic recreation to all persons with developmental disabilities in the population irrespective of age, sex, or degree of disability. The programs shall be held throughout the participating municipalities utilizing the existing recreation facilities. To fund-raise for the organization by conducting direct solicitation and special events, in order to support the organization’s purposes and activities.

Our Logo Represents Us

Circular

Reflects unity and wholeness

Tree

Symbolizes growth, strength and knowledge

Sunburst

Opens new directions, awareness, and warmth

Handshake

Shows friendship, sharing and cooperation

Compass Needle

Points to the northeast as the area we serve

Circular

Reflects unity and wholeness

Tree

Symbolizes growth, strength and knowledge

Sunburst

Opens new directions, awareness, and warmth

Handshake

Shows friendship, sharing and cooperation

Compass Needle

Points to the northeast as the area we serve

Fact Sheet

North East Westchester Special Recreation, incorporated in 1981,

is a community-based therapeutic recreation agency serving children and adults with developmental disabilities in the north east portion of Westchester County.

North East is the second largest agency of its kind in the State of New York and has gained local and state-wide attention for the quality and novelty of programs and services.

Programs

North East programs offer a variety of year-round recreational activities designed with the specific support needed for participant success in this environment. Programs develop skills that enhance physical and emotional health, abilities, independence and quality of life.

The North East Westchester Special Recreation Consortium is lead by a Board of Directors made up of the Superintendents of Recreation of the following communities:

Town of Bedford
Town of Lewisboro
Town of Mt. Pleasant
Town of North Castle
Town of Somers
Town of Pound Ridge
Village of Briarcliff Manor
Village of Mt. Kisco
Town of New Castle
Town of North Salem
Village of Sleepy Hollow
Village of Pleasantville

The Board is responsible for establishing policy and directing the priorities of the organization. The Board of Directors employs full-time staff to conduct the day-to-day programs of North East in accordance with Board policies.

Funding

North East Westchester Special Recreation is a non-profit agency. We receive funding from the New York State Office For People With Developmental Disabilities, town assessments, program fees and donations. Fund raising activities allow us to expand upon our program options and offer programming to more individuals in need of services.

Fall/Winter/Spring Activities Include

Team Sports/ Bowling/Special OlympicTraining

Individuals work to develop sportsmanship, self-confidence and self-esteem while improving sports skills. Training is provided in bowling, volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, softball, track and field and aquatics.

TGIF

Start the weekend with friends! Individuals ages 10-16 are provided the chance to have a themed night out one Friday a month. They get to participate in crafts, games and a cooking activity.

Nite Club

A fun night of music and dancing with friends. With D.J. entertainment and monthly themes, it brings a touch of excitement to every event.

Saturday Clubhouse

This fusion of programs provides structured music, art, movement, and gym activities. Children and teens will get the chance to socialize and be stimulated in engaging activities. *Please note individuals will be grouped by age and ability at either a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio.

Fantastic Friends

Teens participate in community trips to work towards improving socialization and independence.

The program is a mix of travel, sports, leisure activities and education. We hope to build skills that will stay with our young adults throughout their lives.

Saturday Trips
Day trips for adults to some favorite community spots provide some appreciated social and instructive experiences.
Weekends Away

There is so much to do and see, so many places to visit! Provides a highly structured and closely supervised opportunity for participants to gain independence from their families and enjoy new situations. *Some overnight experience is needed with North East.

Summer Programs Include

Summer Day Camp

Six weeks of summer camp for ages 4-21. Activities include art, outdoor games, music, gym, hobbies, horticulture, outdoor crafts, fitness, swimming, and field trips.

Special Olympics Softball

A weekly training program for our adults offer the opportunity to advance to area, sectional and state level competition.

Concerts In The Park

Adults attend weekly concerts to interact with local residents and enjoy a variety of entertainment.

Frost Valley Vacation Program

 Adults are given the opportunity to spend five days in the Catskills and participate in a variety of vacation activities. What a great way for our participants to relax and unwind while at the same time, provide some respite time for their family members.

Our Leadership

Ellie Arnemann

Executive Director

Ellie joined North East in 2018. For more than 30 years, Ellie worked for not-for-profit providers that offered OPWDD services in increasingly more responsible positions.

“I strongly believe everyone should have the opportunity to lead a meaningful life, rich with experiences and filled with valued relationships. I am so proud to be working with dedicated professionals that demonstrate commitment, compassion and enthusiasm. Together, we are committed to ensuring the highest quality of programs for nearly 500 children, teens and adults.”

Nancy Bellini

Program Director

Nancy, a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, has been with North East since 1984.

“In 1986, I was hired as a full time staff and am thrilled to still be a part of the North East family. As a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, I am so proud of the work we do here at North East. I believe I have the best job ever! We love to do fun things and the people we do them with are truly the best.”

In addition to overseeing all programs, Nancy coordinates; Adult Trips, Team Sports, Aquatics, Winter and Spring Vacations, Summer programs for Adults, Special Olympics Athletics.

Joe Bellini

Program Coordinator/Summer Camp Director

Joe has been at North East since 1993.

“I became a full time staff in 1997, I love working at North East and think our participants are AMAZING! The best thing about North East, besides the people we serve, are our outstanding staff who are dedicated and absolutely the greatest to work with”.

Joe’s programs include; Summer Day Camp, Bowling, Nite Club, Fantastic Friends, Frost Valley Summer Vacation, Special Olympics Athletics.

Cathleen Benson

Senior Recreation Therapist

Cathleen has been a North East Recreation Therapist since 2011.

“I found my lifelong passion for working with individuals with special needs. I was a Special Education Teacher for twenty years before coming to North East. I never feel like I am at work because each day is a new and exciting experience.”

Cathleen’s programs include; Cooking with Friends, Fitness Frenzy, Saturday Clubhouse, Dinner & A Movie, Curling, Horseback Riding, Garden Club , Curling.

Brittany Sinnott

Recreation Therapist

Brittany began working with North East at our Summer Day Camp and became full-time in 2014.

“Having an autistic sister has always made me passionate about this population. Getting to work with my sister, her friends and all the amazing individuals is so rewarding.”

Brittany’s programs include; Bowling, Fitness Frenzy, Music, T.G.I.F., Escapades, Special Olympic Athletics.

Board of Directors

David Goldberg

President

Town of Pound Ridge

Henry Jamin

Personnel Chair

Village of Briarcliff Manor

Chris Soi

Town of Bedford

Steve Ralston

Vice President

Town of Somers

Ike Kuzio

Town of New Castle

Kellie Rizzi

Town of Mt. Pleasant

Matt Trainor

Treasurer

Village of Pleasantville

Dana Mayclim

Town of Lewisboro

Todd Orlowski

Town of North Castle

Beverly Golisano

Secretary

Town of North Salem

Joanne Aquilino

Village of Mt. Kisco

Matthew Arone

Village of Sleepy Hollow

David Goldberg

President

Town of Pound Ridge

Steve Ralston

Vice President

Town of Somers

Matt Trainor

Treasurer

Village of Pleasantville

Beverly Golisano

Secretary

Town of North Salem

Henry Jamin

Personnel Chair

Village of Briarcliff Manor

Chris Soi

Town of Bedford

Dana Mayclim

Town of Lewisboro

Todd Orlowski

Town of North Castle

Kellie Rizzi

Town of Mt. Pleasant

Joanne Aquilino

Village of Mt. Kisco

Matthew Arone

Village of Sleepy Hollow

Ike Kuzio

Town of New Castle