James Staudt of Larchmont, a prominent Westchester attorney and partner in the firm McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, has been named the chair of United Hebrew of New Rochelle’s Board of Directors, Rita Mabli, President and CEO of United Hebrew, announced. She added that Liz Healy, Vice President, Industry Platforms and Blockchain, IBM, and Bruce Gordon, MD, Westchester Eye Associates, were appointed as new members of the board.
In his new role, Staudt will help to ensure United Hebrew’s vitality and industry leadership, while remaining true to its mission of meeting the wide-ranging needs of today’s seniors and an evolving healthcare environment. As he points out, converging trends—healthcare reform, advances in medicine and technology, and an aging population with complex and chronic conditions, are causing a growing demand for the services that United Hebrew provides.
“We’re in a hugely dynamic moment for eldercare,” he notes. “People are living longer and they want to stay active and vibrant. We know how to help them do that.”
Mabli said the new appointees have the vision and leadership needed to drive the organization forward.
“Jim Staudt has the experience, and the heart, to help guide United Hebrew as we continue to expand our reach in the region,” she said. “We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber at the helm, and equally fortunate to have Liz Healy and Bruce Gordon lend their expertise to our board.”
Staudt was drawn to serving on United Hebrew’s board after providing legal services to the organization through his work as the head of McCullough, Goldberger and Staudt’s Municipal Practice group. Each time he visited the campus, he noticed that every staff member—from the CEO to the custodians—stopped to engage with every resident they encountered over the course of a day. And on every floor he visited, he saw residents involved in an array of activities, such as art, music, or pet therapy. The level of engagement was significant.
“I encountered staff members on every level taking the time to care very personally for the residents here,” he said. “This begins with Rita Mabli, whose outstanding leadership permeates the entire organization. I didn’t hesitate to get involved, and now, I’m ready to take up the mantle and help them fulfill their mission in any way I can.”
Coming from a large family, Staudt said his parents were fortunate to have many individuals to help care for them in their final years.
“Not every senior is so fortunate. So, it is critical for families to have access to quality caregivers and healthcare providers as they age,” he says.
Staudt noted that he expected to have a smooth transition from board member to board chair, because of the extraordinary leadership and commitment of the board’s previous leaders—some of whom served for many years, following generations of family members before them. “I can’t take their place, but I will stand on their shoulders and carry on their work,” he says.
Staudt has been an active participant in the legal community. He is a past president of the Westchester County Bar Association Foundation, a past member of the Westchester County Bar Association Attorney Client Economic Dispute Committee, and former Co-Chair of the Westchester County Bar, Real Property Section. He is admitted to the New York State Bar; U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Staudt received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston College.