Youth Board Recognizes Four “Sheroes” at 2024 Award Ceremony

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Westchester County Youth Bureau and Youth Board celebrated four extraordinary “Sheroes.” These remarkable women, through their unwavering vision and tireless dedication to Westchester County, have enhanced the lives of countless youth and families in our community.


The 2024 award recipients are:


• Anahaita N. Kotval: As the Chief Executive Officer of Lifting Up Westchester, Anahaita has been a beacon of hope, compassion, and empowerment for those in need.


• Judy Troilo: Serving as the Chief Executive Officer of The LOFT, Judy’s leadership has transformed lives and created safe spaces for our youth.


• Lori Stephens: The Founder and Executive Director of G.O.O.D. for Girls, Lori’s commitment to empowering young women is truly inspiring.


• Jackquelyn Harris Young: As the Program Director of G.O.O.D. for Girls, Jackquelyn’s dedication has shaped futures and fostered resilience.


County Executive George Latimer said: “Westchester is the home of many remarkable people, and particularly the women selected due to their positive contributions and commitment to serving children, youth, and families. These Sheroes exemplify the spirit of service and compassion which resonates in their immediate communities and far beyond our county borders.”


Youth Bureau Executive Director Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden said: “In their tireless pursuit of positive change, these ‘Sheroes’ have demonstrated what it means to lead with purpose and heart. Having worked closely with Anahaita, Judy, Lori, and Jackquelyn, and witnessing their impact, I am inspired.” 


Youth Board Chair Dr. Alexandria Connally said: “I would like to express my gratitude and admiration for the 2024 Sheroes. They are making significant contributions to their community, particularly in their dedication to supporting young people. Their commitment, sacrifice, and dedication undoubtedly make a positive impact on the county, enriching the lives of those around them. It’s wonderful to recognize and commend their efforts in making the world a better place to live.”


Anahaita Kovtal said: “I am so proud to accept this award on behalf of my Lifting Up Westchester colleagues who – with our students – work tirelessly to make sure that housing instability doesn’t hijack our students’ academic and career opportunities.”


Lori Stephens said: “It is with a humble heart that I receive this Sheroes Award from the Westchester County Youth Board; however, I share this honor with all the women (the real unsung sheros), who volunteered their time and shared their expertise to help GfG fulfill its vision of mentoring young girls into confident young women!”