Project Community began over 35 years ago as the Nurses Network of America, when a small group of nurses partnered with their community to provide healthcare knowledge – rather than healthcare directions. Today, our board, staff and volunteers come from across many communities, and we are expanding to serve even more people – in New York State and beyond.
Founder and President
Anne DuVal Frost, Ph.D., R.N., Founder and President, has been a resident of Pelham for over 45 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from NYU. Dr. Frost has held nursing positions in acute care as well as nursing education. She has a private practice in child/adolescent and adult psychotherapy.
Dr. Frost was selected for three terms as a “Distinguished Speaker” for Sigma Theta Tau, The International Honor Society for Nursing. She has published articles on political action, social marketing and community-based health promotion. Dr. Frost was an independent producer and moderator for “Healthstyles” for the New York State Nurses Association on WBAI FM radio.
Dr. Frost has received awards from the Advocates for Child Psychiatric Nursing, the Journal for Holistic Nursing for the Outstanding Manuscript Award and American Journal for Nursing Media Festival for a Project CHILDD video. Dr. Frost has held elective offices for the New York State Nurses Association. She also presents popular community programs on parenting strategies to help prevent eating disorders and childhood fears. Her community work also includes service on a number of boards. Dr. Frost was a 2002 recipient of the New York State Senate’s Women of Distinction Award and a 2011 recipient of the Mt. Vernon Boys & Girls Club’s Denzel Washington Youth Service Award. In 2017, Dr. Frost was awarded the Westchester Magazine Health Care Heroes Award. Dr. Frost also received The Pelham Civic Association’s Person of The Year award for 2019.
Elaine Pottenger, MS, RN, CPNP-PC, PMHS, earned a BSN from Molloy College and a MS from Columbia University. Ms. Pottenger is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Pediatric Mental Health Specialist. She has worked in general pediatrics, pediatric HIV, pediatric hematology-oncology, and maintains a clinical practice in long term follow up of pediatric cancer survivors.
Elaine has presented locally and nationally. She is a member of several professional nursing organizations. Elaine is the recipient of the Samuel and May Rudin Award for Excellence in Advanced Practice and the recipient of the Fred Epstein Lifetime Achievement Award.
Susan Varrin Deland
Susan Varrin Deland, CPA, Treasurer, has been a Pelham resident for 16 years. She graduated with a degree in Economics from Princeton University, and then got her Masters in Accounting at NYU’s Stern School of Business. Susan worked in the financial services industry in New York City for twenty-four years as an accountant, an operating officer, and a lender.
A mother of two young adults, Susan now works as a financial consultant for various organizations. In 2013, Susan co-authored Spectacular Bond: Reaching the Child with Autism, which outlines the at-home therapy program that Susan utilized with her autistic daughter, Diane. Diane has enjoyed Project Community’s Project CHILDD programs for many years, an initiative for which Susan is grateful.
Susan is proud to serve on the Project Community Board to contribute her time, talents, and energy in a variety of ways, particularly as an autism advocate.
Kate Rogers Dammerman
Katherine (Kate) Rogers Dammerman is a member of Project Community’s Board of Directors. A proud mom to two young girls, Kate is also a Policy Advisor on Global Health at the United Nations Foundation. Previously, Kate spent over a decade with UNICEF, serving women and children around the world. She has also worked at the World Bank and the School for African Studies at the University of Oxford (UK).
Originally from Canada, Kate studied history at the University of New Brunswick before obtaining a Masters in International Relations and a Doctorate in International Development from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
After moving to Pelham three years ago, with two small daughters in tow, Kate was keen to apply her professional experience within her family’s own new hometown. The opportunity arrived when she learned of the tremendous work of Project Community and its highly credentialed leadership. Joining Project Community and helping to serve its incredible mandate has deepened Kate‘s personal investment in bolstering the care and support available to the children of Pelham and the surrounding communities they strive to serve.
Chief Marketing Officer
Paula Cardona joins the Project Community Board as the new Chief Marketing Officer. Paula’s love for technology prompted her to start a career in B2B marketing, with a focus in Corporate and Digital Marketing, and has since worked in the healthcare and finance industries.
As a lifelong cheerleader and overenthusiastic member of her community, Paula has also spread her time to join the team at Iona College as their Head Cheerleading Coach for the last two years.
As a newer member of the Pelham community with a passion for getting involved, Paula had been looking for opportunities to work with local organizations when she learned about the team at Project Community. After learning about the launch of their latest initiative, You&Me, a program for residents with special needs, she reached out and submitted her interest to the board. Her experience will help the team at Project Community revamp their marketing and brand awareness strategy to support continued growth over the next year.
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