Michelle A. Nicholas

Michelle A. Nicholas

Vice President of Development and External Affairs

Family Services of Westchester

New York, N.Y.

Age: 38

Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Michelle A. Nicholas, vice president of development and external affairs at Family Services of Westchester, found herself in that very way. Daily you can find her promoting creative giving opportunities to raise money for FSW, which she has done to the tune of more than $1 million. Nicholas stepped into her vice president role in 2016 and already has brought significant change to the agency. Responsible for all fundraising, marketing and communications efforts, including raising the annual budget and deploying new ways to target donors, she created the first golf fundraiser for FSW’s My Second Home intergenerational, social-model, adult day program for seniors, which brought in significant funding.

A native of Guyana, Nicholas emigrated to the U.S. after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in economics and social work at the University of Guyana in preparation for a life of service to others. In the United States she supports numerous groups, including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, American Caribbean Maritime Foundation, and American Red Cross.

Nicholas contributes substantially to the change she wants to see and notes that time management helps her to succeed in doing so. Her volunteerism, family time and her career demonstrate her commitment to putting others first. “Each Tuesday, I take time during the day to spend with my son and to remember my father. I still honor my work commitments, but I make sure to set aside time for my family, since they are key to my success,” she says. “By mindfully setting boundaries between work and family, I am able to maintain a balance that keeps my life in order.”


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