The Jay Heritage Center recently welcomed two new members to its board of trustees, Olney Reynolds and Nicholas C. Cassin.
Mr. Reynolds has been an active supporter of the Jay Center for over a dozen years, first participating in Stand Against Racism panels held at the site in conjunction with the YWCA of White Plains, and, most recently, bringing youth groups to the park for environmental workshops.
A lifelong Westchester resident, he has lived in the Town of Greenburgh for 26 years. He and his wife Mary have two children.
He worked with the Westchester County Parks Department for 20 years, becoming the first African American manager of the Westchester County Center, where he held the position of Sales and Marketing Manager. He went on to become Executive Director of the Greenburgh Housing Authority, where he committed to furthering affordable housing in the Fairview section.
For more than 25 years, he has been a member of African American Men of Westchester, an all-volunteer nonprofit formed in 1987 to strengthen communities and improve people’s lives. In 2021, Reynolds received the Trailblazer Award for Civic Engagement.
JHC President Suzanne Clary said, “Olney’s marketing expertise will be invaluable, and we look forward to working with him to expand our outreach more widely to schools in Westchester.
Mr. Cassin is a partner in the Investment Funds Group of Sidley Austin, where he focuses on private equity secondaries transactions. Prior to joining Sidley, he practiced law at Kirkland & Ellis and Debevoise & Plimpton, both in New York and in London.
Born and raised in Luxembourg, educated in both Belgium and the United Kingdom, he moved to New York City in 2011. Mr. Cassin has a passion for languages and history (principally European and American) as well as a keen interest in racquet sports and gardening. He and his wife Josephine and their 2-year-old daughter live in Mamaroneck.
“Nicholas brings a wealth of legal expertise and experience to our nonprofit,” said Clary. “We look forward to his help in strategically planning the growth of our park and organization, including continued rehabilitation of the 1916 Tennis House and the landscape at the Jay Estate.”