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Danielle Tagger-Epstein

Chair
 

Danielle Tagger-Epstein was elected to the Rye City Council in November 2015. Prior to taking office, Danielle was a self-employed business consultant , supporting clients in the fields of marketing, events planning and human resources recruiting. It was clear from her work as a volunteer 9/11 first responder, to her role as a liaison to the United Nations multinational forces in Gaza, for the Israel Defense Forces in the 1990's , that Danielle had a desire to make a difference. Danielle lives in Rye with her husband Dan and their three children Lulu, Nina and Jesse.

 

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Alison Cupp Relyea

DePUTY CHAIR

Alisonhas lived in Rye since 2014 with her husband and three children. She is active in the community as a board member at the Rye YMCA, a member of the Rye Free Reading Room Auxiliary Committee, and a co-chair of Heard in Rye. Alison is a former elementary school teacher with a masters in Childhood Education and Museum Education from Bank Street College. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Cornell University. Alison currently works at the Rye Historical Society and as a freelance writer. She has done work in gender equality and to advocate for people with disabilities and learning differences. Alison is excited to be part of the Human Rights Commission in Rye because it provides and opportunity to play an active role in the local community

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Kelly Grayer

Grayer has lived with her family in Rye since 2009.  Kelly presently serves as Board Chair for the Community Resource Center in Mamaroneck, a community-based organization that promotes the cultural, economic, educational and professional integration of new immigrants into the larger community and advocates for low-income families in Westchester County.  In 2014, Kelly traveled as part of a delegation to El Salvador to investigate the factors leading to the unprecedented numbers of unaccompanied children arriving at U.S. borders from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.  Kelly has served on the Board of Directors for Community Synagogue of Rye and the Rye Arts Center.  She was also President of the Rye Library’s Auxiliary Board, a group of active and committed library supporters who work to enhance library activities and raise funds on the library’s behalf.  Kelly worked for the New York City Department of Education and the Children's Aid Society, teaching students in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood.  Prior to becoming a New York City public school teacher, she was a segment producer at CNBC Business News.   Kelly was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California.  She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Science in Childhood Education from the City College of New York.  

 
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Ruth B. Merkatz, PhD, RN, FAAN.

Ruth is Director of Clinical Development for the Population Council's Reproductive Health program.  She oversees clinical work focused on development of new contraceptives, most of which is grant-funded. She is a longtime member of Westchester County’s Board of Health, and serves on the scientific advisory board of the International Partnership for Microbicides.  In her career, Ruth also worked at the US Food and Drug Administration and was named as the first Director of the Office of Women's Health.  She took the lead in changing agency policy on participation of women in clinical trials and analysis of data for sex/gender effects, revised contraceptive product labels to raise public awareness about transmission of STIs/HIV, and initiated Agency activities to enhance information about how drugs work in pregnancy. Ruth returns to the Human Rights Commission after being a Commission member in its original days. She is a long time resident of Rye, having moved to Greenhaven from Cleveland in 1982. She and her husband Irwin, raised three sons, and are proud of their four grandchildren. 

 

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Judy Secon.

Judy has lived in Rye with her husband and 2 children since 1993. She graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and New York University with an MPA, Masters of Public Administration.  Ms. Secon was employed by Phoenix House Foundation for 17 years, in positions of increasing responsibility from Public Relations Associate, Director of Grant Writing, Personnel Director, to Vice President of Human Resources.  She then worked at the Rye Youth Council for 14 years, as Executive Director and was also a founding member of RyeAct.  She currently is running a small accessories business on-line and in retail stores.  She served on the Board of Little Angels Daycare Center, where she had responsibility for their Personnel Committee.  She currently serves on the Board of the Agatha Durland Foundation.  She has also volunteered in numerous capacities with her children’s schools. 

 

Amanda Witheiler

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Amanda moved to Rye with her husband and daughter in 2017. As an attorney specializing in criminal defense law, Amanda opened a law practice in 2014. Prior to opening her practice, Amanda represented clients in federal criminal matters as an associate under the Criminal Justice Act as well as a pro bono attorney with New York County Defender Services. Immediately after law school Amanda was a post-graduate prosecution intern with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Outside her law practice Amanda volunteers with various nonprofit organizations focused on combating recidivism. She has served as a junior board member for the Women’s Prison Association and as a mentor with iMentor and Big Sister Little Sister. She has a Bachelor of Science from Boston University and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University.

 

Adrienne Mecca MPS, CAS

Adrienne Mecca is currently an Administrative Coordinator for the Holistic Learning Center in White Plains, NY. She is responsible for coordinating Parent Training Services, Professional Development and staff supervision. She retired from the position of Director of Special Education for the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District in June 2016. During her career in Special Education, Mrs. Mecca has held positions as a Special Education Teacher, School Psychologist, Chairperson of the Committee on Preschool Special Education and Special Education and School District Administrator.

Adrienne and her husband, Rye City Councilman, Richard, have been Rye residents since 1980. Their daughter, Jacqueline, son-in-law, Michael Harrington and granddaughter, Amelia have made their home in Rye as well. Their daughter, Elizabeth, resides in Hinsdale, Illinois with her husband, Michael Higgins, daughter, Grace and son, Mickey.