Executive Vice President, Community Development
Jeannette Phillips has been a pioneer in securing access to health care for disenfranchised populations, especially at-risk, low-income women of color in northern Westchester County since the 1970s. Mrs. Phillips had an instrumental role in founding HRHCare, beginning with her 1971 nomination as Chairperson pro-temp. In 1975, Mrs. Phillips became the first Chair of the Board of Directors of HRHCare, then known as the Peekskill Area Health Center. In 1977 she joined HRHCare as its first Outreach Coordinator and today serves as a vital member of the Executive Team.
A graduate of Mercy College, receiving a BS with Honors, Mrs. Phillips also completed additional courses at Marymount. She pursued religious studies at New York Theological Seminary and Kings College, and four years Conference Studies in the A.M.E. Zion Church, receiving her final Ordination as Minister in 1992.
Reverend Phillips then held the post of Pastor at Woodside A.M.E.Zion Church. Mrs. Phillips has received numerous awards and honors, most notably, the New York State Governor’s Award for African Americans of Distinction in 1994. Mrs. Phillips was also recognized for her participation in the Leadership Alliance Training Program sponsored by the Land Use Law Center of Pace University School of Law, the Housing Action Council and the Community Resource Board.
In 2019, Reverend Phillips was honored by the New York Legislature in recognition of her achievements to improve access to quality health care services in under-served communities across the Hudson Valley. Senators Jen Metzger and Peter Harckham and Assemblywoman Sandra Galef spoke on the floors of their respective houses to honor Reverend Phillips’ life’s work.