The Edgemont Community Council Silver Bowl Award for Distinguished Community Service will be awarded this year to David M. C. Stern.
The award has been made almost every year since 1950.
“There’s no one in Edgemont more deserving of this award this year than David,” said ECC president Bob Bernstein. “His level of community service has been extraordinary.”
Stern, 54, served two terms on the Edgemont Board of Education, from 2010 to 2016, was president in 2015-2016, and made his mark on the curriculum, audit and superintendent search committees, as well as liaison to the Edgemont School Foundation and the Scarsdale Teachers Institute. He has coached over 20 seasons of local youth sports (soccer, lacrosse, basketball and tee-ball), and now serves as president of Edgemont Youth Lacrosse.
In the schools, Stern has taught Great Books and volunteered in the Wiggleworks reading program. He currently sits on the School Board Nominating Committee and is a former director of the ECC. He has been an assistant Cub Scouts den leader, and a long-time member of Greenville Fire District’s volunteer fire company, where he has served as a volunteer firefighter (as well as secretary and treasurer of the company).
Stern currently chairs the board of Westchester Institute for Human Development, a Valhalla-based on organization that works with developmentally disabled men and women, and is on the board of MusicCorps/Renovation in Music Education in Washington, D.C., which uses music to help wounded military veterans recover. He has also been a director of the Scarsdale/Edgemont United Way, and a member of the Woodlands Community Temple School Board.
Professionally, he is founder and president of Stern Consulting LLC, a firm that provides strategic business advisory services to healthcare organizations and investors. He has lectured at Middlebury College, NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Vanderbilt University, and Westchester Community College; and contributed to a textbook on management of nonprofit organizations.
After graduating from Edgemont in 1982, Stern went on to earn a BA and an MBA from Yale. He lives on Old Army Road with this wife Mary Elizabeth and their children Kasey, Gavin and Fiona.
“I am grateful to the ECC for this honor, and I am delighted to have had the opportunity to serve Edgemont over the years,” Stern said. “ I can think of no better place to raise my children.”
The volunteer ethic seems to be in Stern’s blood. ECC president Bernstein noted, “David comes from a distinguished Edgemont family. Both his parents, Betsy and Wally Stern, his sister Sarah, and his brother-in-law Mark Rosenblatt have all won the award.”
The Silver Bowl will be presented at the ECC’s annual meeting Wednesday, April 10, at 8 p.m. in the Greenville School cafeteria.
— Submitted, with reporting by Linda Leavitt