Yorktown Heights Resident Named N.Y. Power Authority’s Volunteer of the Year 2005

Connie Cullen

June 29, 2005


WHITE PLAINS—Dan Cappiello, manager, strategy and performance planning for the New York Power Authority (NYPA), and the Power Authority’s Volunteer of the Year 2005, was honored on Thursday, June 23 at the “Tribute to Corporate Volunteers” Recognition Luncheon held by the Friends of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Tavern on the Green in Manhattan’s Central Park. 

“Each year, the Power Authority’s Volunteer-of the-Year Program takes great pride in honoring a staff member, like Dan Cappiello, for exceptional contributions to their community,” said Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief executive officer of the Power Authority. “Dan has generously shared his strategic planning expertise to assist Westchester Community College and the American Red Cross-Westchester Chapter to develop valuable skills necessary to succeed when navigating the complex issues facing community institutions in the 21st Century.” 

Cappiello was nominated for the 2005 Volunteer of the Year award by his colleague, Joann Duffy, Strategic Change Consultant, in recognition of his work on behalf of Westchester Community College and the American Red Cross’s Westchester Chapter.  The Power Authority will donate $1,000 to the charity of Cappiello's choice, American Red Cross-Westchester Chapter.

As NYPA’s strategic planning expert, Cappiello first came to the attention of the Westchester Community College Foundation (WCCF) in 1999, when it needed help formulating goals and objectives for a grant application to help address concerns of an immigrant workforce. Once the WCCF received the grant, Cappiello continued to assist the organization by helping identify critical problems of the immigrant labor force and specific solutions to those problems.  As a result of these efforts, Westchester Community College (WCC) is establishing a unique center that will provide educational and support services for foreign-born county residents. Cappiello’s planning expertise was also called on by WCC to help identify ways to invigorate its Professional Development Center, a source of professional training, small-business support and job-placement regionally.

Since 1998, Cappiello has also volunteered his services as the strategic planning adviser for the American Red Cross’s Westchester chapter.  He has helped the chapter prepare and update its goals and objectives for providing disaster relief and training, soliciting contributions and volunteers, and fulfilling its obligations to regional and national American Red Cross interests.

Cappiello received a BA in Economics from the College of Staten Island.  He is active in the College’s Alumni Association.  Cappiello holds professional memberships in the American Society for Quality and the Association of Internal Management.

Cappiello and his wife, Mary, live in Yorktown Heights with their son Peter who will be attending The College of Saint Rose in Albany this fall and Michael who is currently attending Florida Atlantic University in Florida.

The Power Authority has participated in the Volunteer of the Year program since 1995. Every year, business unit, department and facility heads select finalists from among nominees who have demonstrated exceptional volunteer service and inspired others by their example. The NYPA management committee selects the winner.