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Westchester Children’s Association (WCA) Adds New Staff Members

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WHITE PLAINS, NY – Westchester Children’s Association (WCA) has added new staff members.           

WCA’s new Communications and Data Associate, Denise Killeen
Denise KilleenDenise Killeen joined WCA as the Communications and Data Associate. Denise graduated Cum Laude from the College of Charleston with her BA in Anthropology in 2010. Prior to joining WCA, Denise worked at the Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless, Inc. and then at the Food Bank for Westchester as the Programs Services Coordinator, where she oversaw a network of over 150 feeding agencies & managed the Senior Grocery feeding program. A native of Croton-on-Hudson, Denise currently resides in the Bronx.                  

WCA’s new Project Manager – Gathering Policy Solutions For Kids (GPS4KIDS), Erica Ayala
Erica AyalaErica Ayala has joined WCA as Project Manager to advance the Gathering Policy Solutions for Kids (GPS4KIDS) Collective Impact Initiative. She has over ten years of non-profit and corporate leadership training and development experience. Prior to joining WCA, Erica was the Youth Leadership Development Associate at the CDF-New York office. She was profiled as a Champion for Change for Children by the Children’s Defense Fund during the organization’s 40th Anniversary (2013).  Erica received a B.A in Political Science from Elon University in 2008.  Erica was raised in New Rochelle and currently lives in Mount Vernon. Erica will receive her Masters of Public Administration at New York University Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service in May 2016.


About Westchester Children’s Association: Since 1914, Westchester Children’s Association has remained steadfast in its mission: to improve the lives of Westchester’s children by shaping policies and programs to meet their needs, and by keeping the well-being of Westchester’s children at the top of the public agenda. WCA stands for the principle that all children deserve a strong start in life. As the leading voice for the children and youth of Westchester, WCA works to improve the status quo for all of our young people – from newborns to young adults. Their vision is for every Westchester child to be healthy, safe and prepared for life’s challenges. For more information about Westchester Children’s Association visit

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