PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – Kerry Walsh is retiring as executive director of Port Chester’s Carver Center and will be replaced by the former head of a Fairfield County nonprofit, the center’s board of directors announced Monday.
Walsh is retiring effective Dec. 31 after four years as executive director and 11 years as a board member and board president. Under her leadership, the Carver Center received significant contributions for its endowment and for program expansion and capital improvements.
Dinah Howland, board president, expressed her appreciation to Walsh for “her tireless commitment to Carver and to the families served by the center. The board recognizes the many contributions she has made to strengthen Carver Center’s presence within the Port Chester community.”
Donald F. Rainone, Ph.D., has been appointed interim executive director. For the last seven years, Rainone served as executive director of Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County, a nonprofit that provides arts and educational programming year-round to children and youth from underserved communities, with a special emphasis on those with physical disabilities and special needs.
Rainone said that “he is honored to bring his leadership experience and fresh perspective to the Carver Center,” where he looks forward to working closely with stakeholders and supporters and fostering Carver’s thriving relationship with the Port Chester community.
Rainone served over 20 years in the Sarasota Public School system in various capacities. He holds a B.S. in art education, an M.A. in painting, graduate certificates in special education and cultural diversity and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction/interdisciplinary education.
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