Friends Of White Plains Youth Bureau
The White Plains Youth Bureau has touched thousands of young lives since the Mayor and Common Council made it a formal office of city government in 1970. The White Plains Youth Bureau has one mission: helping youth grow into successful adults. Today, the Youth Bureau works with over 2000 youth each day with 50 programs backed by our proud tradition of 45 years of service.
As funds from the government are reduced for youth-serving programs at times and with a high-level of competition but scarce grant availability, The Friends of the White Plains Youth Bureau was started to assist the Youth Bureau in its mission of impacting White Plains youth by being an ancillary fundraising arm. The Friends are comprised of key stake holding individuals from across Westchester County that volunteer their time to see the Youth Bureau scale.
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The Board


George P. Kanas is a Senior Vice President, Wealth Management advisor with UBS Financial Services Inc. in White Plains, NY, where he provides comprehensive wealth planning and investment management services to individuals and businesses. Having lived and worked in White Plains most of his life, George and his wife Irene have seen firsthand the incredible positive impact the White Plains Youth Bureau has had on children’s lives, including their own two sons. George enjoys reading history, listening to Mississippi Delta Blues and taking yoga classes; often being the oldest participant.


Born and raised in White Plains, Renée Willis Smith considers herself an alumna of the White Plains Youth Bureau. Giving back is at the core of her values, which is why it was easy to say yes at the opportunity of becoming a founding member of the Friends of White Plains Youth Bureau where she also serves as Vice President. Renée is also a founding member of American Women of African Heritage, Inc. (AWAH), is involved with the Women’s Leadership Institute, and currently serves as a Director on Pace University’s Lubin School of Business Alumni Board. And if that isn’t enough, she has embarked on a new journey with the creation of In Our Own Image, a jewelry company with a focus on empowering women to embrace their personal image. Renée resides in New York City with her husband, is a collector of shoes and considers bacon a food group.


Monica C. Andralliski is a resident of White Plains for many years. Educated in the White Plains School District and during high school was an active member of the White Plains Youth Bureau. She has held positions in Office management and Human Resources in the software, financial and information/technology industries located in Westchester and New York City. Monica Andralliski has been a member of the Bethel Baptist Church for 40 years where she has served as Youth Director, Church Treasurer, and currently Co-Chair of the Trustee Ministry. She also serves on the Board of the Friends of White Plains Youth Bureau as Treasurer. Monica Andralliski has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management from Concordia College, Bronxville, NY.


Reva L. Golkar has worked as a public interest attorney in Westchester County and NYC for over a decade. A proud founding member of the Friends of the White Plains Youth Bureau, Reva previously served as The Friends’ President and Vice-President and is the current Secretary. She is happily married and met her husband Matthew while a law student in NYC. A first-generation Asian-American, Reva enjoys learning about different cultures, walking everywhere and being a musical theatre geek.


Frank Williams, Jr. is the Executive Director of the White Plains Youth Bureau. As the director, he is responsible for developing, coordinating, managing and promoting a wide variety of programming that successfully enhances the health, safety and future of White Plains youth. Under his leadership, the White Plains Youth Bureau is recognized as national model agency that provides pathways and opportunities for youth to grow, succeed and reach their goals.
Frank is involved in numerous organizations including Board President Good Counsel Academy Elementary School; President Passage to Excellence Corporation, member of the Business Council of Westchester Foundation Board, member the Association of New York State Youth Bureaus Board of Directors, member of the New York State Partnership of Caring Board of Directors, member New York Medical College Admissions Committee, member of the Black Scholars Community Partnership Advisory Board, member of the White Plains Juneteenth Heritage Committee , Member of Jacob Burns Board of Directors and a Member of Beta Alpha Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. just to name a few. Frank and his wife Ann reside in Greenburgh. They have two daughters, Timeka and Cherylyn, and one grandchild, John.


Karen Banoff, DNP is the Vice President for Clinical Services at White Plains Hospital where she provides administrative leadership on new strategic and clinical program development and physician integration. Karen began her healthcare career more than 30 years ago as a pediatric critical care nurse and remains especially interested in programs and services that address the needs of our youth. Karen has two young adult children, Rebecca and Ben, and enjoys family time, exercising and staying active, and travel.


Wayne Francis is the Lead Pastor at Authentic Church in White Plains, NY. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities he serves several community leadership roles: he is Board President for the Friends of the White Plains Youth Bureau – Westchester County’s largest youth serving agency, a trustee for the PlayGroup Theater and member of the Department of Social Services Advisory Board. He has been married for 17 years to his wife Claudene and has two children, Haleigh {13} and Ryleigh {11}. In addition to being a cyclist, he is a ton of fun on a dance floor.





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Nicola (Nicky) Standard is the VP, Branch Manager at Apple Bank for Savings in Bronxville, NY. She has been in banking for over 15 years. Nicky has lived in White Plains for over 19 years and all four of her children, Sidni (21), Samantha(19), Sabrina(17) and Stuart Jr.(15), have attended White Plains Public schools and at some point have utilized the WPYB programs. Nicky has been married to Stuart Sr. for 23 years. Her personal motto is to Love, Live, Laugh and Serve.


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