The Arc Westchester, the largest nonprofit organization supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Westchester County, announced that Executive Director and CEO Tibisay (Tibi) Guzmán was recently named one of 914INC.’s 2018 Women in Business. The annual list highlights the most accomplished, influential and inspirational female executives, entrepreneurs and government and nonprofit leaders in Westchester County. Selected from a competitive pool of nominees, she and 18 other female leaders were honored at the magazine’s annual awards luncheon on November 15.
Before being appointed Executive Director and CEO of The Arc Westchester in June 2018, Ms. Guzmán served as the Associate Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for 13 years. During her tenure, she has been responsible for different areas of the organization, including the Wellness Center for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services, programs to enhance life skills and Career Supports services. She was integral in redesigning prevocational services to better prepare individuals for employment in the community. As COO, she oversaw an operating budget of $56 million with services ranging from Early Intervention/Preschool, programs for students transitioning from High School to supports for adults residing in 44 homes. She has also played a key role in building relationships with new organizations, allowing The Arc Westchester to attract new job hosts for its employment program and expand its inclusionary preschool program.
Ms. Guzmán took the helm at The Arc Westchester with her own unique style, experience and confidence, replacing a beloved executive director who held the position for over 35 years. While her professional background is in Health Care Administration, Ms. Guzmán has personal experience with I/DD as a parent of a son with Autism. She came from the Healthcare field as an Executive Vice President of Riverside Health Care Inc., a multi-healthcare system in Yonkers. Additionally, she was recently a board member of the New York State APSE chapter and participated in local I/DD, mental health, behavioral services, education and fundraising boards. Ms. Guzmán sat on the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health, Community Service Board for more than 12 years, and certified as a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives. Her community participations also include serving on the Board of Education for Bronxville Schools and Heartsong, Inc., an art and music therapy program for children with developmental disabilities.
“I am truly humbled by this recognition and share it with all of my colleagues and friends at The Arc Westchester who work so diligently to better the lives of those we serve,” said Guzmán. “I am honored to be included in such a talented and passionate group of women who are making a true impact on our community.”