Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business Awards Dinner 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
6pm to 10pm
Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury
Launched in 2000, the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business program has recognized the Island’s top women professionals for business acumen, mentoring and community involvement. The program’s honorees are selected by a judging committee and receive a unique crystal memento at the elegant dinner attended by more than 600 of the Island’s top business leaders, and represent the most influential women in business, government and the not-for-profit fields. Third-time recipients of the Top 50 Award are retired to The Hall of Fame and their crystal award reflects this presitgious honor.
Long Island Business News and Platinum Sponsors Bank of America, Crest Hollow Country Club and Farrell Fritz PC; along with Gold Sponsor L’Abbate Balkan Colavita & Contini LLP; Silver Sponsors Northrop Grumman Corporation and Perfumania Holdings Inc; Corporate Sponsor Bethpage Federal Credit Union; and Flower Sponsor LaMonica Herbst & Maniscalco LLP, proudly present the recipients of the 2012 Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business Award:
Nada Marie Assaf-Anid
Dean, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences
New York Institute of Technology
Nada Marie Assaf-Anid serves as dean of New York Institute of Technology School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (SoECS) and is the first woman to hold this position. Dr. Assaf-Anid oversees 77 engineering and computing sciences faculty members and about 1,700 graduate and undergraduate students at campuses located in Manhattan and Old Westbury, the Middle East, and China. Dr. Anid embraces NYIT’s forward-thinking and applications-oriented mission and serves on the boards of several professional organizations. In addition, she is working on several strategic partnerships between NYIT and the public and private sector, including the creation of the SoECS’ Entrepreneurship and Technical Innovation Center and its three labs – IT & Cyber Security, Bio-engineering and Health, and Green and Energy Technologies.
Dr. Anid is well recognized in her profession for her creativity and vision. She is among the first engineers to study the role of vitamin B12 and other organometallic coenzymes in the dechlorination of important toxic molecules such as carbon tetrachloride and polychlorinated biphenyls. A community leader, Dr. Anid was recognized in 2010 as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Business by Long Island Business News. She also received the 2010 LISTnet Diamond Award in recognition of her significant contributions toward the advancement of women in technology on Long Island, as well as for her professional achievements in the technology field. She has recently joined the board of the Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition. She holds leadership positions in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Deans Engineering Council and its Public Policy Committee, and the New York Academy of Sciences, among others. Prior to joining NYIT, she was chair and graduate program director of the Chemical Engineering Department at Manhattan College. Dr. Anid earned her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
HALL OF FAME Honoree
Director of Communications
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Dianne Baumert-Moyik is the director of communications for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems’ Military Aircraft Systems and Unmanned Systems business areas, supporting Sector Vice President General Managers Patricia McMahon and Duke Dufresne, respectively. Headquartered in Bethpage, New York, the division has approximately 4,500 employees working in 25 cities across 13 states. She serves as a key strategic adviser to leadership, and leads a group of highly talented communicators responsible for supporting the corporation’s business objectives around the globe. Baumert-Moyik joined Northrop Grumman in 2006, bringing to the company 20 years of public relations, media and government relations experience. Before joining Northrop Grumman, she served as assistant vice president and senior manager of public relations for Astoria Federal, the largest community bank in New York State.
A former print journalist, she also served as Nassau County press secretary, Town of Babylon director of public affairs, and as an assistant vice president at Howard Rubenstein. As the founder of Baumert PR & Design, Inc., Baumert-Moyik has represented the Nassau County Detectives Association for more than 10 years and, as the wife of a veteran FDNY firefighter, she has proudly represented the September 11th Families Association and its Tribute Center at the World Trade Center site. She is a past president and a charter member of the Public Relations Professionals of Long Island, is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Employees of Northrop Grumman Political Action Committee. She has devoted time and energy to fostering home ownership through her support of Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk and supporting our troops abroad through the USO, most recently on the USS Iwo Jima during Fleet Week. She is an active mentor to the next generation of communications professionals and often speaks at local colleges and universities.
A Hall of Fame honoree, 2012 marks the third time Baumert-Moyik has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Business. She is also a 2003 recipient of the 40 Under 40 award from Long Island Business News and, in 2000, Newsday named her one of the Top Five to Watch in PR. She holds an MBA in general management from Dowling College, a Master of Arts degree in Communications from the New York Institute of Technology, and a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Political Science from Buffalo State College. She is in the process of completing a Certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia University.
Leslie Ann Berkoff
HALL OF FAME Honoree
Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP
Leslie Ann Berkoff is a partner at Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP and serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation and Bankruptcy practice groups. She concentrates her practice in the area of bankruptcy and related litigation. She is recognized as a leader in her field, representing clients on Long Island as well as those with a large national scope such as GE Capital, CIT Equipment Finance, Wells Fargo, Tygris Asset Finance and TD Bank. She heads the Special Projects Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Healthcare Insolvency Committee, and serves as Co-Editor of its Healthcare Bankruptcy Manual, Second Edition. Berkoff currently serves on the Strategic Planning Committee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York, as well as on the Board of Editors of Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law. She served as Chair of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation and served on IWIRC’s Board of Directors for more than ten years. In 2009, IWIRC honored her with its Melnik Award.
As a seasoned mediator, Berkoff has served on significant cases pending in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. She is a founding member of the Electronic Filing Committee and Local Rules Committee for the Eastern District of New York Bankruptcy Court and currently serves on the District’s Strategic Planning Committee. She is a member of the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s Circle of 99s, focusing on developing women’s philanthropy, and oversaw charitable events hosted by IWIRC to benefit not-for-profit organizations such as Dress for Success, Girls on the Run and Maria Vista. She is in charge of sponsorships as a Board Member of the Long Island Chapter of the Financial Women’s Association, is a past Chair of the Sponsorship Committee for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon and has worked on the Corporate Sponsorship Committee for the National Association of Mothers Centers.
A Hall of Fame honoree, 2012 marks the third time Berkoff has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Business. She was named among Who’s Who in Women in Professional Services for 2009 and 2011 by Long Island Business News and in 2005, was recognized in its Top 40 professionals under the age of 40 program. She devotes time to her alma mater, Hofstra University School of Law, served as the Co-President for the school’s Alumni Association from 1994 through 2001, and in 2004, was presented with its Distinguished Alumni Award. She is also a past President of the Long Island Women’s Agenda. In addition, Berkoff speaks to professional and business organizations and has authored a book chapter entitled “Philadelphia Newspapers and Other Notable Cases in Commercial Bankruptcy” for Aspatore Books.
HALL OF FAME Honoree
Farrell Fritz, P.C.
Charlotte Biblow is a partner in the Commercial and Municipal Litigation Departments at Farrell Fritz, recognized as one of the most respected, progressive and dynamic law firms on Long Island. She leads the firm’s Environmental Practice Group, representing clients in environmental and commercial litigation. She counsels clients about the remediation of environmentally impacted properties, such as brownfields sites, superfund sites and petroleum contamination sites, and is an experienced negotiator with federal, state and municipal environmental regulators. Biblow has written numerous articles that have appeared in Real Estate Finance and, in 2011, published the article, Mandatory Electronic Equipment Recycling Comes to New York, in Environmental Law in New York, a publication covering developments in Federal and State law. She leads seminars and writes advisories for real estate developers, environmental consultants, municipalities and others in related fields on current developments in environmental law, and has been a columnist for the New York Law Journal, publishing articles on Long Island zoning, land use and environmental issues, since 2007.
A Hall of Fame honoree, 2012 marks the third time Biblow has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Business. In 2011, she was among the women featured in Long Island Business News’ Who’s Who in Women in Professional Services and, in 2007, she was honored by The Queens Courier and Queens Business Today as female “Professional of the Year.” In 2011, Biblow was appointed to the board of Unisphere, Inc., a private non-profit organization formed to transform Flushing Meadows Corona Park into a model for urban parks nationwide. She also serves on the boards of the Women’s Fund of Long Island (formerly the Long Island Fund for Women and Girls), Sustainable Long Island, where she holds the office of secretary, and the Queensborough Community College Fund, Inc. (QCCF), where she holds the office of treasurer and is chairing its 2012 fund-raising gala. She was selected by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation as a 2011 Local Hero awardee through their Neighborhood Excellence Initiative and she is a founding member of the Action Committee for the Environment, an affiliate of Sustainable Long Island. She is listed in Martindale- Hubbell’s 2011 Top Women Lawyers in the Northeast in Environmental Law and has earned the highest attorney peer review rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. Biblow earned her Juris Doctor at St. John’s University School of Law. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Health Science from Hunter College, which she attended on a teaching fellowship. She received her Bachelor of Science, majoring in Chemistry from SUNY Albany. Prior to practicing law, Biblow was a doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University, where she was awarded a teaching fellowship.
Realtime Reporting, Inc.
Ellen Birch was already an established vice president of a multi-million dollar national court reporting firm when she decided to leave that company to follow her vision of helping others learn about the court reporting craft, as well as providing new employment opportunities. In 1998, Birch created Babylon-based Realtime Reporting, which serves clients nationally and internationally providing top-notch court reporting services, video-graphers, videoconferencing, interpreters and deposition rooms for conducting proceedings. As president of Realtime, she focuses on business operations and strategic growth. Staying in the forefront of the latest technology, Birch’s firm also offers a range of document scanning and e-discovery services. As her company grew, Birch realized the industry’s shortage of qualified court reporters and launched the Realtime Center for Learning, Inc., a court reporting school in Garden City. Realtime Reporting enjoys an impressive reputation in the industry. In 2004 and again in 2007, the company was named to the prestigious Workforce Builders Honor Roll of the Long Island Works Coalition. Additionally, in 2011, the Nassau County Bar Association endorsed Realtime Reporting as the preferred court reporting service of the Association.
Giving back to the community is another hallmark of Birch’s vision. She instituted the Goodwill Policy at Realtime Reporting, donating a portion of the proceeds to charitable causes. She is the immediate Past-Chairman of the Board for the Long Island Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is active with the WE CARE Fund of the Nassau County Bar Association, the charitable arm of the Bar. She serves as a Community Liaison of the WE CARE Fund Advisory Board and sits on committees including the Stephen S. Schlissel Annual Golf and Tennis Classic and “Dressed to a Tea” fashion show fundraising event. She is active with the Nassau County Bar Association, Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, NALS of Nassau County, Nassau Lawyers’ Association, Nassau/ Suffolk Law Services, Suffolk County Bar Association, Huntington Lawyers’ Club, and Touro Law School. Birch is a member and sits on the Board of Directors of Moxxie Network, a women’s business community promoting generations of women in business. She lives in Babylon with her two daughters, Jackie, 12, and Danielle, 16.
Pegalis & Erickson, LLC
Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard is Managing Partner at Pegalis & Erickson, a Lake Success law firm that has been representing seriously injured individuals and their families in cases of medical negligence for more than 40 years. Bondi-Stoddard has more than 25 years of experience representing plaintiffs in various types of medical malpractice cases, including women’s health issues, birth injuries, surgical, neurosurgical, cardiac, cancer-related cases, and a host of other medical specialty cases where negligence is involved. She has dedicated herself to helping financially secure the future of significantly injured individuals in order to give them a better quality of life, and help relieve some of the financial burden placed upon their overwhelmed family members. She is also an advocate for patient safety awareness and devotes much of her time to community service on various health related issues. Bondi-Stoddard is a 2005 recipient of Long Island Business News’ Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business Award. She was listed in Long Island Business News’ Who’s Who in Women in Professional Services in 2010 and 2011; and recognized as a 2010 Long Island Business News “50 around 50” honoree. She has also continued to be voted by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® and New York Super Lawyers.
Fully focused on health issues, Bondi-Stoddard is president of the Long Island’s Women’s Agenda, an umbrella organization for not-for profit organizations on Long Island providing a voice for women on a variety of professional, health and family related issues. She is a member of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women luncheon committee and participates in the annual Long Island Heart Walk to promote the fight against heart disease. She is also an active member of American Cancer Society’s ‘Choose You’ movement. Bondi-Stoddard is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York as well as the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. In addition, she is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Federal Claims. She is also a member of New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association, Nassau County Bar Association, American Association for Justice, New York State Bar Association, Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, New York County Bar Association and United Cerebral Palsy Auxiliary of Nassau County. She earned a law degree from Boston University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Seton Hall University, where she graduated summa cum laude, with departmental honors.
Joye Brown is a columnist at Newsday, where she has worked covering Long Island as a reporter, editor and editorial writer for three decades. Brown has won numerous awards for news, feature and editorial writing and was a part of Newsday’s Pulitizer Prize winning team for coverage of the Jane Doe controversy in the early 1980’s. Later, she worked as a writer and editor on Newsday’s yearlong Long Island: Our Story local history project.
Before joining Newsday, she worked as a reporter for The News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. and for the Chicago Tribune. Brown earned a journalism degree from George Washington University, in her hometown of Washington, D.C. She and her husband, Mark, have two children and live in Huntington where she is a lifeguard and swim instructor at the local YMCA.
HALL OF FAME Honoree
Executive Vice President, Chief Support Services Officer
Astoria Federal Savings
Born in Italy, Josie Callari is the epitome of a self-made American citizen. She emigrated from Italy with her parents and a large family in 1966. While working part time, she learned the English language and received her education. A working mother, she raised two sons, inspiring them to build a foundation of strong ethics and family values while always reminding them of their heritage. Callari began her banking career as a teller more than 40 years ago, and in 1975 joined Astoria Federal Savings. Today, as Executive Vice President, Chief Support Services Officer, she is the highest ranking female executive at Astoria Federal, a $17 billion publicly-traded company headquartered in Lake Success. In this capacity, she is responsible for the Security, Facilities and General Services, and Human Resources Departments.
Prior to her recent promotion, Callari was Senior Vice President, Director of Banking Operations. In this role, she managed a staff of nearly 200 with responsibility for many functional departments including, among others, Corporate Education, Retail Risk Management, Regulatory Compliance, Call Center, Electronic Services, including ATMs, Debit Cards and Internet Banking. Callari is known for her friendliness and hands-on leadership style and her success is, in part, attributed to her strong work ethic and interpersonal skills. Callari is a member of America Bankers Association’s Electronic Banking and Payments Committee and a member and past chairperson of its Banking Operations and Regulatory Compliance Committees. She also served on the Oversight Boards of the New York Check Exchange, a regional ATM network, and MasterCard. She has appeared at the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. as a witness for the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, testifying on behalf of America Community Bankers and in favor of the Financial Data Protection Act. She is an active member of the community, having served on the Glen Cove School Board and currently serving on the Corporate Committees of the Association for the Help of Retarded Children, EAC and the School for Language and Communication Development. As a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Callari worked on the first ever “Women’s Blitz Built” helping to construct a home for a deserving single mom and her daughter. She also supports several other not for profit organizations including the Glen Cove Soccer League, Businesswomen for Women’s Heart Health and the Variety Child Learning Center.
A Hall of Fame honoree, 2012 marks the third time Callari has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Business. She has received several awards, including the Cornerstone of the Business Community Award by the Sbarro Health Research Organization and the Humanitarian Award by the SLCD. In October 2006, she also received a Citation from then Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi. Married for 39 years, Callari and her husband Dominick live in Old Brookville.
Founder, CEO and Managing Director
Business Dynamics, LLC
Barbara Cataletto is Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Business Dynamics, a Mineola company dedicated to simplifying and streamlining the business of coding, billing and reimbursement for spine specialists. As CEO, Cataletto thoroughly reviews the billing and collection procedures used by clients and offers recommendations to help improve the process of reimbursement. She has taken the concept of coding and brought it to the next level with the production of the first web-based spine coding and auditing applications as developed through CaseCoder™ LLC. As Managing Director, Cataletto demands only the highest level of service for her clientele, which includes spine specialists, medical groups, neurosurgical and orthopedic centers, product manufacturers, Fortune 500 companies, and various organizations within the medical community.
With more than 20 years of expertise in the spine industry, she has personally raised the bar on revenue management systems for physicians, hospitals and implant companies in the spine industry. Through her innovative and operation driven systems, she has created a new way for physicians to realize greater revenue generation. Cataletto’s proven record of enhancing the bottom line for her clients has resulted in Business Dynamics’ successful growth and expansion through the years. A leader in education, Cataletto also founded The Business of Spine, a company dedicated to education and consulting in the spine industry. Its goal is to ensure that the spine specialist’s billing office utilizes the most up-to-date and efficient methods of revenue collection. Cataletto earned a master’s degree in business administration from Adelphi University and a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in physical education, with a specialty in athletic training, from Brooklyn College.
She is a Certified Professional Coder and nationally recognized lecturer, who frequently travels the country educating other professionals in the spine field. She was the recipient of the 2007 Trailblazer Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners; is an affiliate of the North American Spine Society, the Medical Group Managers Association, the Better Orthopedic Network Exchange, the National Association of Healthcare Consultants, Who’s Who of Women Executives, Who’s Who of Business Executives, and the National Association of Female Executives.
CFO and Senior Vice President
Winthrop University Hospital
Palmira Cataliotti, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Winthrop University Hospital, has had a long-standing career at the Mineola-based hospital and a deep connection with its community. Born at Winthrop University, Cataliotti returned to the hospital as a teen to serve as a candy striper. In 1997, she was hired as Winthrop’s accounting manager and has since risen in rank, earning more and more oversight of the organization’s financial and corporate management. Since joining Winthrop’s team, she has served as the hospital’s assistant controller, controller, and in 2005, director of finance. In 2008, she was named CFO, responsible for all aspects of finance for the 591-bed major regional healthcare provider that employs about 6,000 individuals. Cataliotti’s expertise in financial reporting and budgeting also led to her being named senior vice president of the hospital in 2010, a position that she accepted in addition to her already demanding role as the hospital’s CFO.
Prior to joining Winthrop, Cataliotti worked as a senior financial analyst with American Express and as a senior accountant at Arthur Andersen LLP. She is actively involved in the advancement and knowledge of her industry peers. She is a member and fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), the leading membership organization for healthcare financial management executives and leaders. She was recently named president of the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the HFMA and has also served as the chapter’s Vice President of Education. Cataliotti finds time for involvement in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Hospital Association of New York State Statewide Committee on Health Finance. She also serves as a board member and treasurer of the Nassau/Suffolk County Chapter of the American Red Cross and is a Girl Scout leader. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Hofstra University and became a certified public accountant in New York State in 1994. Cataliotti enjoys traveling, the theatre and reading. She and her husband, Mark, are celebrating 18 years of marriage. The couple has two daughters, Julia, 15, and Sofia Faye, 11.
Girl Scouts of Nassau County
Donna Ceravolo is Executive Director/CEO of Girl Scouts of Nassau County where she is responsible for the direction of 23,000 girls, 7,000 adult volunteers, a staff of 60, and a budget of $6 million. Under Ceravolo’s leadership, Girl Scouts of Nassau County was recognized by AARP as one of America’s Top Fifty Best Workplaces in 2007, received an Alfred P. Sloan Award in 2007 for a family friendly workplace, and in 2010 was named by NonProfit Times as one of the “Fifty Best Non Profits to Work For.” Prior to becoming a professional Girl Scout, Ceravolo was chief executive officer of the YWCA of Brooklyn, an organization committed to the empowerment of women and the elimination of racism. She was responsible for the direction and management of this multi-service and advocacy business with a budget of about $3.5 million. She also piloted the YWCA through two major building renovations, guided the implementation of an effective business plan and was actively involved in the leadership to secure $4.5 million financing for needed improvements to the YWCA’s housing component.
A recognized leader, Ceravolo was honored as a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA of Brooklyn, where she also received the Sojourner Truth Award for Racial Justice in 2000. And in 2005, she accepted a Women of Valor Award from the Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El in Long Beach. Ceravolo is a National Delegate and served as a member of the Core Business Strategy Team for Girl Scouts of the USA, a group charged with devising new and relevant direction for the Girl Scout Movement in the 21st Century. She is also a member of United Way of Long Island’s Agency Executives Council. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Auburn University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology, with a minor in political science from University of Alabama. She also attended the Girl Scouts of the USA Executive Development Course at The Wharton School. An advocate for girls, she frequently speaks to community groups on the critical issues facing girls today. Ceravolo lives in Freeport with her husband, Well Jones, and son, Jake.
Senior IT Director
Linda Chan is Senior IT Director of Veeco Instruments in Plainview, a global leader in process equipment technology that makes equipment to develop and manufacture LEDs, solar cells, hard disk drives and other devices. Chan provides the leadership, management and the vision for Information Technology. She is responsible for a World Class Information Technology organization that connects to the business and provides solutions for the future. She is extremely passionate about bringing business solutions, improvements and competitive advantage through technology. Working in the Information Technology field for more than 20 years, Chan has experience in a variety of industries in both the private and public sectors and joined Veeco Instruments in 2000.
Chan is the co-lead to the LISTnet CIO Council. The council has been very successful in providing a forum to identify challenges and issues in Information Technology and setting an agenda of activities to facilitate interchange and learning among participants. In addition, the council fosters the continued improvement of the Information Technology field by encouraging open dialogue, continuing learning and academic scholarship. Chan is also an active member of the CapOneSource, an alliance of members and providers that share in the vision of reducing costs and increasing global productivity by aggregating demand and establishing common, innovative solutions. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors for LISTnet. She was presented with the mid-Market CIO Leadership award in 2007 and served on the advisory board for CIO Decisions Conference. Chan is a frequent speaker addressing various topics in the Information Technology industry. She earned a master’s degree in business computer information systems from Hofstra University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is a 2008 recipient of Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business Award. Chan enjoys promoting Information Technology as an exciting career and has acted as a mentor in the Columbia University mentoring program. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Jim, and their three kids, Meagan, Taylor and Evan.
Senior Vice President of Lending
Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Michele Dean is Senior Vice President of Lending and a member of the Strategic Team at Bethpage Federal Credit Union, the sixth largest credit union residential mortgage loan originator, with more than $1 billion in loans originated in 2009 and a mortgage servicing portfolio of 11,800 loans over $2.4 billion. Bethpage’s loan portfolio is just under $2 billion consisting of residential first mortgages, home equity, commercial and auto loans. Dean has oversight of commercial lending, residential mortgage lending, consumer lending, loan servicing and administration, secondary markets, Bethpage Financial Services, and Bethpage’s subsidiary companies called Credit Union Service Organizations. She has 20 years of financial institution experience and has been with Bethpage for 15 years. She has established real estate related Credit Union Service Organizations, especially Land Bound Services, LLC, and CU Settlements, LLC; as well as a property and casualty insurance CUSO, Bethpage Risk Management Services, LLC. She has been highly instrumental in maintaining these and other CUSOs which provide income for the credit union.
Dean is a graduate from the State University of New York at Oswego and earned her MBA at Dowling College in Corporate Finance. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Land Bound Services, CU Settlements, Bethpage Risk Management Services, Long Island Housing Partnership and Island Harvest. She is also an advisory board member for Fannie Mae, LPL Financial Services and the Financial Services Committee for NACUSO. Long Island Business News named her one of Long Island’s 50 Most Influential Women in 2005, she was recognized as rising star business leader in its 40 under 40 award program and was included in its Who’s Who in Women in Professional Services for 2010.
Perfumania Holdings, Inc.
Donna Dellomo is Chief Financial Officer of Perfumania Holdings, Inc., a vertically integrated designer fragrance retailer and wholesaler with more than 350 independent retail store locations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Throughout her 25-year career, Dellomo has had extensive dealings with investor relations, financing institutions, public company filings, SEC integration and consolidation of business resulting from mergers and acquisitions. In her role as CFO, she has completed the merger and acquisition of multiple fragrance companies, and the reverse merger with Perfumania, including the securitization of the financing for the merger of Perfumania and Model Reorg. For more than ten years, Dellomo served as the chief financial officer of Model Reorg., Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Quality King Distributors, Inc., which in 2008 merged with Perfumania. Prior to joining Model Reorg., she was the corporate controller of Cybex International, Inc.
In 2011, Dellomo received Long Island Business News’ CFO of the Year Award for a Public Company with revenue above of $50MM, and in 2009, she was recognized as one of its 50 Most Influential Women in Business. She has been nominated and selected three times to attend General Electric’s prestigious Women in Leadership training programs, and has been a guest speaker at Dowling College, her alma mater, on the subject of internal audit responsibilities in a public company. A Certified Public Accountant in New York State, Dellomo is a past trustee and current chairperson of the finance committee at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Ronkonkoma. She was recently elected to the board of directors of the Long Island Fund for Women and Girls, which funds programs that improve the lives of women and girls, highlights and addresses women’s issues and develops women’s philanthropy. Dellomo has also assisted in the building of homes for Habitat for Humanity, cleaned up beaches on Earth Day and has volunteered her time at nursing homes. Dellomo enjoys spending time with her family who enable her to provide a healthy balance to her busy work and community involvement schedule. She credits her success to her husband Todd’s continued support and encouragement, her parents instilled values and hard work, her siblings, nieces and nephews who make her laugh and smile and to mentors throughout her career.
Gettry Marcus Stern & Lehrer, CPA, P.C.
Sandrina Devlopoulos serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Gettry Marcus Stern & Lehrer, (GMSL), a top 200 accounting firm and top 20 Long Island accounting firm. She began her career as the administrative assistant to the president of a small technology firm and has grown to oversee all operations of this mid-size, multi-office CPA firm she calls home. After a series of business moves, and a prosperous career in marketing, Devlopoulos landed at GMSL nearly nine years ago, as the firm’s first full time director of marketing. She undertook the overhaul and expansion of the company’s database to help facilitate the firm’s growth by leaps and bounds. Having a current GMSL executive step into the role of COO was a tremendous advantage for the firm in the eyes of Managing Partner Steven Marcus as her business savvy, technical ability and superior communications skills made the decision to promote her to chief operating officer a rather easy and natural one. She has been a member of the Association for Accounting Marketing for more than 12 years, serving as a Board Member of the New York City Chapter. She is an avid golfer and serves as the Membership Committee Chair of the Long Island Chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association and earned the Eisenhower League’s most improved player distinction of 2008.
Aside from her talent for problem solving and deploying damage control, what makes Devlopoulos such a powerhouse of a woman is her kindness. Decisions ranging from office chair purchases to IT department issues to intense partner goal meetings are handled with confidence. Devlopoulos is tough. And she accepts nothing but the best. But you can always count on her flashing that signature smile, which puts even the newest of employees at ease. Her best advice for anyone in the fields of marketing or operations is “No matter how much planning you do, you have to roll with the punches, be flexible and stand your ground when you feel strongly about something.” She attended Adelphi University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. Born in Mumbai, India, Devlopoulos made her way to the United States at age 11 but has not had the opportunity to return since. In expanding her cultural horizons, she would like to spend some time truly connecting with her roots.
Founder and Partner
Chernoff Diamond & Co., LLC
Donna Diamond is Chief Administrative Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Garden City-based Chernoff Diamond & Co., who, with Alexander Chernoff, co-founded the firm in 1980. Today the firm is Long Island’s largest benefits consulting firm and is recognized nationally for delivering the expertise, perspective and services to design, implement and administer employee benefit programs, pension, profit sharing and 401(k) plans, programs of executive and deferred compensation and sophisticated life insurance plans advantaged by ongoing in-force management. The firm’s senior consulting actuaries, advanced underwriters and corporate benefits consultants are innovative leaders, providing business-smart advice. Chernoff Diamond has earned the well-deserved reputation of delivering large firm expertise with the responsiveness and efficiency of a boutique. In 2006, the firm became a member of M Financial Group™, one of the nation’s premier financial services design and distribution companies. Diamond works closely with many of the members of the M community across the country and is a member of their M Technology Business Best Practices Program.
Building the firm from just two owners and one staff member, Chernoff Diamond now has offices in Garden City, New York City and Glastonbury, CT, with more than 100 employees, partners and other senior executives. For more than 30 years, Diamond has been instrumental in the development of the firm’s five benefit and risk management divisions, as well as overseeing its daily activities, which include accounting and payroll, human resources, information technology, client services, and other operational concerns. In addition to her operational responsibilities, she manages the firm’s Private Client Services division and the design of sophisticated life insurance programs to meet the needs of affluent individuals and families, senior executives and owners of closely held companies. A graduate of Stony Brook University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Diamond received an MBA degree with a concentration in Business Computer Information Systems from Hofstra University. In 2011 she was recognized by Hofstra University in their Donor Spotlight, and for her work on the University’s “Women in Leadership” program, a group that serves as a resource for current students and other alumnae with round-table discussions, mentor-mentee relationships, panel discussions and networking events. She is also a 2005 recipient of the 50 Most Influential Women award.
An acknowledged leader with a balanced perspective, Diamond maintains the high standards that make Chernoff Diamond a true equal opportunity employer with an unwavering commitment to respect in the workplace, tolerance and support for those who are less fortunate. She is also generous with her time and expertise and is involved with numerous professional, civic and charitable groups. She resides in Melville with her husband, Roger Clemente, and daughters, Stephanie and Michelle, and is an avid potter who also enjoys traveling the world.
Randi Shubin Dresner
President and CEO
Randi Shubin Dresner serves as president and CEO of Island Harvest, Long Island’s Food Bank. She has led the increase in Island Harvest’s collection and delivery of donated food from an annual 2.5 million pounds to 8 million in just a few short years, an increase of 220%. A dedicated leader, she has also overseen a near tripling increase of revenues, the creation of hunger awareness and advocacy programs, unique “train the trainer” education and outreach programs, a sizable rise in the number of registered volunteers, and the implementation of a distinctive non-profit business model where nearly 97 cents of every dollar contributed is directed toward program expenses. Under Dresner’s leadership, Island Harvest has been rated a 4-Star Charity by the nation’s largest charity watchdog, Charity Navigator for four years running, an honor held by only 7% of those they monitor nationally.
Dresner earned her Certified Fundraising Executive designation in 1992 and with more than 30 years of progressive experience in the not-for-profit sector she remains very active as a mentor, board member and volunteer with many organizations. She serves on Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s New York State Agriculture Working Group Committee, The Suffolk County Food Policy Council, on the board of The Social Enterprise Alliance of Long Island and on the Meta-Leadership Host Committee. She is a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, Long Island Chapter; Women Economic Developers of Long Island; and the Academy for Regional Stewardship of the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College. Dresner has been adjunct faculty at Long Island University at CW Post and is currently an adjunct at Molloy College, teaching several courses and seminars in non-profit management, leadership and business development. A recognized leader, Dresner has been honored by many organizations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Long Island Chapter; The Long Island Federation of Labor; Promote Long Island; and The Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. Long Island Business News also recognized her as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Business in 2009.
Anne M. Dunne
Director of Healthcare Consulting
Grassi & Co.
An accomplished health care executive with 25 years experience in physician group practice management, clinical service development and performance improvement, Director of Healthcare Consulting at Grassi & Co., Anne M. Dunne is also a registered nurse and holds dual certification in nursing case management and Multiple Sclerosis nursing. Joining Grassi & Co. in 2011, Dunne helps its healthcare clients with various practice management issues, including practice and clinical service expansion, revenue cycle analysis, practice benchmarking, operational assessments, HR management, coding, and documentation and audit/compliance issues.
Dunne began her career as a critical care nurse in the intensive and coronary care units of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. Prior to joining Grassi, she was senior vice president of clinical service development for a privately held company, with responsibilities in its medical management services and occupational medicine divisions. Dunne was also instrumental in developing a multi-office infusion suite and a Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care Center, which was awarded an affiliation with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Active in a variety of professional organizations, Dunne serves on the board of trustees of the Long Island chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and on its Governance and Clinical Advisory Committees. She chairs the chapter’s Program Committee. In addition, she serves on the advisory board of the National Pediatric MS Care Center at Stony Brook University. She is an associate board member of the Parker Jewish Institute for Healthcare and Rehabilitation and serves on its Resident Care Committee. She is a member of the editorial advisory board for the national billing and coding publication, Neurology and Pain Management Coding Alert, where she is also a contributing author.
Dunne has also presented at local, national and international conferences on the operational and financial aspects of Multiple Sclerosis care and strategies to optimize the successful development of Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care Centers. For the last three years, she has chaired and presented a practice management symposia at the national Consortium of MS Care Centers conference. Dunne earned her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in nursing science from the College of New Rochelle and a master’s degree in business management from Dowling College.
The Energeia Partnership at Molloy College
Nancy Engelhardt is the Director of The Energeia Partnership, the Academy for Regional Stewardship at Molloy College and was an integral part of the team that founded and launched this program in 2006. Energeia brings together proven and ethical leaders across Long Island to provide them with the information, support and the network necessary to help create change. Engelhardt designs, implements and facilitates the pedagogy, content and core curriculum for 12 to 15 dynamic workshops every year including: Energy, Land Use, Education, Institutional Racism, Health Care, Poverty, Transportation, and Media. There are currently more than 250 graduates and board members of the Energeia Partnership who represent government, business, not-for-profit organizations and who sit on more than 200 boards and commissions across the region. The goal of the Partnership is to be a catalyst for transformation and create a network of practitioners or change agents for the collaborative problem-solving necessary to meet the challenges faced by Long Island. The Energeia Partnership has embraced the challenge of one of Engelhardt’s all-time heroes, the late John W. Gardner – “no more regionalism for its own sake. We now need pragmatic regionalism with a purpose.”
Engelhardt’s diverse and entrepreneurial background combined with her commitment to social justice, has prepared her to lead this successful program on Long Island. In addition to her leadership role with the Energeia Partnership, she served as President of Splashes of Hope and as the Director of Leadership Huntington. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, is a founding board member of the 13th chapter of the National Social Enterprise Alliance on Long Island and a member of the Education Committee for the Long Island Arts Alliance. After 25 years in Huntington, Engelhardt now lives in the Town of Babylon and was recently appointed to the IDA board. The recipient of the 2009 Fifty or so Around 50 Award from Long Island Business News, she also received the Distinguished Citizen Award in 2010 at Leadership Huntington’s 15th Year Celebration, was named the 2011 Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women and recently appeared on the cover of The Corridor, Long Island Journal for Strategic Alliances. Engelhardt makes time to travel, sing, to hike and to nurture relationships, especially with the wonderful women in her life. She is proud of hiking Half Dome at Yosemite, recording a Christmas CD with the Contemporary Choir at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs and of her family who blesses her life with unconditional love and support. She is the proud and happy mom of two young adults, Jarrett and Brittany Pagano.
Joan Faro, MD, FACP, MBA
Chief Medical Officer/Vice President of Medical Affairs
John T. Mather Memorial Hospital
Joan C. Faro is Chief Medical Officer/Vice President of Medical Affairs at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson. A key member of the administrative team of the 248-bed community hospital, Dr. Faro’s responsibilities include primary leadership for clinical quality and patient safety initiatives, including the role of chief quality officer; leadership for physician collaboration and physician integration strategies; and significant participation in strategic planning and business development. Since joining the hospital in 2002, Dr. Faro has shown exceptional vision. Among her accomplishments, Dr. Faro is responsible for launching two major programs at Mather Hospital – the Hospitalist and Intensivist programs. Hospitalists are staff physicians who coordinate a patient’s care from the moment they are admitted to Mather Hospital until they are discharged. Intensivists coordinate round-the-clock care and monitoring for the most critically ill patients in the Intensive Care Unit, Critical Care Unit, Step-Down Unit and Emergency Department.
Among her many other accomplishments, Dr. Faro established the Patient Safety and Quality Council and remains its chairperson; she is liaison for strategic planning between the local Academic Medical Center and John T. Mather Memorial Hospital; and she established a captive PC model to allow the development of a Pulmonary Practice, which has expanded the hospital’s service to include advanced bronchoscopic procedures (EBUS, intrabronchial stenting, valve placement, laser ablation, etc.) and expanded sleep services. Among Dr. Faro’s many professional affiliations, she is a member of the American Medical Association. American College of Physicians where she was elected to Fellowship in 1994, American College of Healthcare Executives, American College of Physician Executives and the American Medical Informatics Association. Dr. Faro serves on the alumni board and is the past president of the alumni Association of the Stony Brook School of Medicine. She is a mentor and a faculty member for the Greater New York Hospital Association Clinical Quality Fellowship Program. She also teaches the Rising Leaders course at the Stony Brook School of Medicine. A recognized health leader, Dr. Faro was recently honored with a 2012 Town of Brookhaven Women’s Recognition Award in the category of Medicine.
Dr. Faro earned her undergraduate degree from Barnard College and her MD from Stony Brook School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at University Hospital Stony Brook. She continued her post-graduate training as a Fellow in General Internal Medicine, also at University Hospital Stony Brook. She served on the faculty at Stony Brook School of Medicine for eight years before she obtained a Masters of Business Administration from New York University/Stern School of Business.
Member, Chair of Trusts & Estates Practice Group and Assistant Treasurer
Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.
Patricia Galteri is Chair of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group and Assistant Treasurer of the Garden City law firm. A member of the firm, Galteri supervises a team of four attorneys, prepares probate and administration petitions and related documents, provides advice in the marshaling of estate assets, and is knowledgeable in all aspects of estate administration and post-mortem estate tax planning, and estate and trust accounting issues. Her practice includes the development of estate and family business plans to ensure the tax efficient transfer of wealth to the next generation while meeting the specific personal goals of her clients. Galteri’s clients include PBS host Bill Moyers along with many well-known Long Island business owners Galteri prepares federal and state estate tax returns and defends estate tax audits. She is also called upon to appear in Surrogate’s Court to participate in contested probate and accounting proceedings.
A recognized expert in her field, Galteri is sought after by the media on changes in estate laws with dozens of appearances on national radio and television investment talk programs, including “TalkAmercia” with Jeff Burkett, CNBC “PowerLunch” and “Sports Innerview” with Ann Ligouri. She has also had dozens of articles published in trade publications over the years. Galteri earned a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University and a juris doctor from Hofstra University School of Law. Her professional affiliations include membership in the New York State Bar Association, Nassau County Bar Association, Suffolk County Bar Association, Nassau County Estate Planning Council and North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Gift Planning Advisory Board. She is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level in professional excellence. She was also recognized as one of the region’s “Top Legal Eagles” in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by Long Island Pulse magazine. Galteri is chair of the board of advisors for the Long Island Community Foundation, an organization that addresses critical needs in Long Island communities by making grants to organizations found to respond to such issues efficiently. She also received a citation in 2011 from the Nassau County Court System in recognition of her pro bono efforts on behalf of unrepresented litigants through Nassau County’s Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Barbara Gebhardt is President of Opus Staffing of Melville, which provides temporary, direct hire and temporary-to-hire staffing. Gebhardt has been in the employment field since 1981. Starting her career with Career Blazers, she went on to open its first franchise in 1987. She later opened a Career Blazers training center, which successfully integrated training and placement and became the model for sites nationwide. The training center on Long Island focused on the training and subsequent placement of workers displaced due to corporate downsizing in the area. In 1996, Gebhardt became executive vice president/chief operating officer of Career Blazers, responsible for all company operations while continuing to operate the office on Long Island. In 2004, Gebhardt separated from Career Blazers franchise program to launch Opus Staffing. In 2006, she added a new division, Opus Scientific, to keep locally trained scientists on Long Island and attract scientific talent to the area. Opus Scientific provides temporary and contract staffing, contract to hire and direct hire staffing to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, cosmetic, chemical, environmental and other scientific intensive industries that require skilled talent.
Gebhardt serves on the board of the American Heart Association and serves as co-chair of Special Raffle at the Go-Red Luncheon. She is also on the advisory board of Stony Brook University’s Center for Emerging Technologies. She is on the board of the New York Biotechnology Association and develops human resources, leadership and clean technology tracks for its annual conference. She also serves as chief people officer at CleanTech Rocks and is a mentor for the CleanTech Quick Start Program, working with students and professionals transitioning into clean tech careers on Long Island. She serves on the Moxxie Emerald Summit Committee, an inaugural event promoting mentoring and leadership at all levels. In 2008, Gebhardt received The Alternative Boards Most Accomplished Member Award. She is also a recipient of the New York State Jenkins Award for distinguished service to Half Hollow Hills PTA. In 2008, she was selected as one of Long Island Business News’ 50 Most Influential Women and in 2009, she was selected as one of its inaugural group of Fifty or so Around 50 awardees.
Small Business Development Center at Stony Brook University
Gloria Glowacki is Associate Director of the Small Business Development Center at Stony Brook University. Glowacki has an expansive background of more than 30 years in new business development, small business advocacy, and sales and marketing initiatives. She has dedicated the past 17 years to the Small Business Development Center at Stony Brook University advocating for the needs of the small business community. During this time, Glowacki has contributed $98.5 million of economic impact to the community and has helped enable small businesses to create or save 1,120 jobs in the Long Island community. One of her most recent successes has been the Bridge to Hispania Program where she was instrumental in winning a grant through the Small Business Jobs Act Fund of October 2010 to serve the needs of the Hispanic business community. As a result, the Stony Brook Small Business Development Center now offers bi-lingual workshops, Spanish/ English versions of literature and has hired a business advisor fluent in Spanish.
Through Glowacki’s continued efforts, the Shinnecock Nation was recently granted its tribal status. She was involved in setting up meetings with the tribal leaders and council to get a better understanding of their needs. Additionally, she led the way to help establish a Southampton office for workshops and enhance the business opportunities of the Shinnecock’s. She has a passion for continued staff development and education and because of this focus, her entire department received CPR/AED training through Stony Brook University. As a result, this enabled the university to place an AED unit in the department. Glowacki has served on numerous boards and committees including the Small Business Alliance; the Brookhaven Small Business Advisory Council, for which she is a past president and current member; the Economic Development Board of Suffolk County; Steve Israel’s Small Business Task Force; and Brookhaven Town Business Retention Task Force. She earned a bachelor’s degree in multi-disciplinary studies from Stony Brook University, and has been selected three times as the prestigious New York State Advisor of the Year, a statewide recognition of her outstanding contributions to the New York State Small Business Development Center program. Glowacki was also named one of the 50 Most Top Influential Women in Business by Long Island Business News in 2010.
Executive Vice President of Marketing
Arbor Commercial Mortgage
Bonnie Habyan is the Executive Vice President of Marketing for the expansive and growing Arbor family of companies, including Arbor Commercial Mortgage, the publicly traded Arbor Realty Trust and the firm’s other related companies, Arbor Residential Mortgage and AMS Servicing. Arbor Commercial Mortgage, based in Uniondale, is a national lender specializing in debt and equity finance for multifamily and commercial real estate. In 2011, Arbor broke its all-time originations record and was named a Top 10 Fannie Mae Multifamily Lender for the fifth year in a row. Habyan has helped brand and grow Arbor Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust (NYSE: ABR), which provides structured finance products to commercial real estate developers and owners nationwide. Habyan joined Arbor in 2004 and oversees all aspects of branding, advertising, customer relationship management, new business development, employee communication, direct mail, trade show presence and media relations for all four Arbor companies. Under her guidance, Arbor Realty Trust received the National Association of Real Estate Investments Trusts’ Silver Award and the Epic Award for its Annual Report 2005. In 2006, Arbor Realty Trust was nominated for REIT of the Year by Real Estate Finance and Investment publication.
In her current role, she has implemented various marketing initiatives including the Company’s own Arbor Day in conjunction with the Arbor Day Foundation’s annual event. She is a member of the American Marketing Association, Direct Marketing Association, National Association for Real Estate Investment Trusts, Long Island Housing Partnership, Long Island Association and Fair Media Council. She also has served on the Programs Committee for the Long Island Society of Marketing Professional Services, the FOLIO Committee for the Fair Media Council and is a graduate of Women Unlimited, an executive education program. Prior to this position, she was a spokesperson for KeySpan Corp. Habyan has been involved with creating and launching the Annual Faces of Breast Cancer Tree decorating ceremony, which featured guest speakers including Hillary Rodham Clinton, Amy Hughes, the God Squad and Yankees’ television broadcaster Susan Waldman. She is a volunteer for Bridge of Hope, a non-profit organization that brings older Russian children to Long Island for summer camp and potential adoption. She also volunteers to oversee the marketing for St. Patrick School in Smithtown. She has a bachelor’s degree from Bethany College in Mass Communications and a master’s degree in Communications from New York Institute of Technology. She also holds an MBA in Banking and Finance from Dowling College and recently attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program on Digital Marketing. She has also achieved a Six Sigma yellow belt certification and in 2007, was recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Business. She lives with her husband, John and her daughter, Holly in Nesconset.
Director of the Northeast Region Strategic Acquisition Channel
Susan Hayes is the Director of the Northeast Region Strategic Acquisition Channel for Verizon and is responsible for the Alternate Retail Sales Channels in New York. She leads the consumer sales team in direct, indirect and outbound telemarketing sales. By the end of 2011, Hayes led her team, improving results by 87%, and delivered the most improved territory in the county. Prior to this position, she was on the East Coast Operations marketing support staff implementing best practices and developing standard operational processes across eight states. For five years, Hayes served as the director of government and external affairs for Verizon on Long Island. In this role, she advanced Verizon’s external agenda through government relations and outreach programs that resulted in key business opportunities, positive relationships and strategic brand exposure. She was positioned as a primary contact for government business and not-for-profit organization in New York City and then on Long Island, and was also involved in the initial franchising efforts and entry into FIOS TV for Long Island.
Promoted early on in her career, Hayes has more than 22 years of director level experience with Verizon. Her breadth of expertise at the senior level also encompasses human resources, business sales and customer service. She is active in a number of community organizations and for the past 12 years has served on the board of directors for the Huntington Chamber of Commerce. In 2011, she was inducted as a member of the Women Economic Developers of Long Island. She was also honored by Long Island Business News as one of Long Island’s Top 50 Women in Business in 2010. Hayes recently became involved in the West Point Parent’s Club of Long Island, leading and initiating work on a new website for the organization, doubling fundraising at its first event and preparing shipment of items to troops overseas. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from Adelphi University and has completed additional executive education programs at Columbia University, Harvard University and the Center for Creative Leadership. Hayes and her husband, Tom have two sons, Tommy, who is graduating from Hobart College in May, and Kevin, who is finishing his first year at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP
Janice Jijina is a partner at Cameron Engineering & Associates in Woodbury. Jijina joined the firm in 1988 and rose from an environmental scientist position, through manager and associate to become a partner in 2008. She is responsible for the firm’s planning, GIS and environmental projects, and manages the firm’s marketing, human resources and technology functions. Jijina has managed many significant environmental and development projects on Long Island. She is a member of the 2012 Class of the Energeia Partnership, which brings together a diverse group of ethical leaders from Long Island’s public, private and not-for-profit sectors to help address Long Island’s most complex issues. She served as president of the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) in 2006-2007, a statewide organization with more than 2,000 water quality professionals dedicated to protecting and enhancing the state’s water resources. She was only the second woman in NYWEA’s 82-year history to serve as president and was inducted into the NYWEA Hall of Fame in 2010.
Jijina is an active member of the United States Power Squadrons, a nonprofit educational organization focusing on marine environment and serves as co-editor of the monthly newsletter for the Jones Beach Power Squadron. Under her editorship, the newsletter received the Distinction in Journalis m Award for 2009 and the Distinctive Communicator Award for 2010 and 2011. Jijina has just been elected administrative officer of the Jones Beach Power Squadron for 2012-2013, to be followed by Executive Officer in 2013-2014 and Commander in 2014-2015. She has been very active in promoting women in the environmental field. She created a Women’s Initiative for NYWEA which has increased the number of women active in the professional organization, increased the number of women in leadership positions, and provided mentoring opportunities for women in a male-dominated workplace. Earning a master’s degree in science from The University of Washington, Jijina is a Professional Engineer, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a LEED Accredited Professional. In 2011, she earned the Advanced Specialty Certification of an AICP Certified Environmental Planner, and was one of only 33 people in the United States to attain this designation in its initial year. She was honored by Long Island Business News as one of its 50 Most Influential Women in Business in 2010.
Lori Lapin Jones
Lori Lapin Jones PLLC
Lori Lapin Jones is an attorney at law and founder of Lori Lapin Jones PLLC in Great Neck where she focuses on being a bankruptcy trustee, mediator and attorney for parties in bankruptcy cases. A nationally recognized lawyer, Jones has practiced in the bankruptcy field for 30 years. Prior to launching her firm in 2005, Jones spent 17 years in private practice at New York City law firms of Dewey Ballantine and Luskin, Stern & Eisler LLP where she represented parties in out-of-court restructurings and in bankruptcy cases around the country. She began her career as an attorney in the Manhattan District Counsel’s Office of the Internal Revenue Service. She then served as a law clerk to the Honorable Tina L. Brozman, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York. In 2005, she was appointed by the Department of Justice to the panel of Chapter 7 Trustees in the Eastern District of New York and has served as bankruptcy trustee in numerous business and consumer cases including, most notably, the bankruptcy cases of Burritoville Restaurants, Rag Shots, and General Fiber Communications. She is currently serving as liquidation trustee for North General Hospital. She also serves on the panel of mediators for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and is frequently appointed to mediate bankruptcy and commercial disputes.
A dynamic speaker, Jones is a frequent presenter on bankruptcy topics for state, local and national bar associations. She co-authored a column on bankruptcy law for the New York Law Journal from 2005-2008 and also taught legal research and writing at New York Law School. She earned an LL.M. degree from New York University Law School in 1986 and a juris doctor, magna cum laude, from Nova Southeastern School of Law. She is admitted to practice in New York and Florida and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the district courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts on New York and the United States Tax Court. Jones, a 2009 recipient of Long Island Business News’ 50 Most Influential Women award, is active in causes supporting individuals with special needs. She is vice chairwoman of the board of directors of the Organization for Autism Research, a national organization focusing on applied research and resources in the autism field and she has been a board member since 2005. She is also a volunteer for Special Olympics (Long Island) and has written and lectured in the area of raising a child with special needs. She is married to Harry and has two sons, Daniel and Charlie.
Partner, Not-For-Profit division
Holtz Rubenstein Reminick LLP
Ellen Labita is a partner in the Not-For-Profit division of Holtz Rubenstein Reminick in Melville. With more than 20 years of experience in public accounting, including multi-national, national and regional firm experience, Labita has served the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. Working exclusively with not-for-profits allows her to combine her for-profit experience with her not-for-profit expertise to help her clients address the business issues they face in today’s challenging environment. She concentrates exclusively on providing audit, tax, and consulting services, including OMB Circular A-133 and state reporting requirements. Her clients include social service agencies, foundations, educational institutions, health and welfare, membership and religious organizations. She is an asset to the firm as well as the community. She is a frequent lecturer, providing training seminars for industry groups and clients, and is a regular contributor to New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants seminars.
Labita is treasurer of the Long Island Women’s Agenda and immediate past president of Girls Inc. of Long Island. She is on the finance committee of North Shore Child and Family Guidance, and also serves on fundraising committees for the American Heart Association, Center for Developmental Disabilities, Long Island Fund for Women and Girls, Family and Children’s Association, and Options for Community Living. She is a member of the Molloy College Business Advisory Council and has volunteered with Girl Scouts of Nassau County and served on the Executive Board of her local PTA. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the NYSSCPA, where she serves on the Not-for-Profit Organizations committee. Labita was recognized as one of the 2009 50 Most Influential Women in Business from Long Island Business News and is the recipient of the “Making a Difference for Women” award from Soroptimist International of Nassau County. She earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Adelphi University.
Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP
Dawn Laffin was drafted by Hofstra University for its Division I volleyball team and played professional basketball in Europe, and all the while found time to earn her MBA in business administration from Webster University and begin a career in legal administration that now spans two decades of success. As COO/CFO of Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone in Mineloa, Laffin has helped to grow and shape a powerful business law firm of 49 attorneys with a national reputation for excellence. Over the course of her 20 years with the firm, Laffin accepted positions of increasing responsibility. She joined Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone as an administrator in 1992, initially working in its accounting department. Within 18 months, Laffin put together a recommendation for a new accounting system that transformed the firm’s ability to access critical financial and productivity information. As a result, the firm has seen revenue growth year-after-year, culminating in 2011’s record-breaking year which saw revenues and profits increase by 25% and 30%, respectively. She was named COO/CFO in 2005 and continues to be the senior advisor to the firm’s managing partner.
Under Laffin, the firm’s talented pool of attorney’s has blossomed in numbers. During this tremendous period of growth, Laffin ensured that Meltzer Lippe’s talent pool remained a collective of the best and brightest. The 20 attorney tax law group includes many who previously practiced in New York City’s largest law firms and 13 who have advanced degrees in taxation. Due to Laffin’s fiscal leadership and organizational initiatives, the firm has continually expanded to meet ever growing demand for services, adding 21 new attorneys in the areas of litigation, trusts and estates, taxation and bankruptcy over a five year period. Maximizing the firm’s internal efficiency, Laffin and her team installed a document management program in the late 1990s that offered the firm’s attorneys and staff 70 different ways to electronically search the firm’s documents. This essentially changed the way the firm functions. As the firm’s CFO, Laffin has a hand in organizing charitable activities, which this past year included “adopting-a-family” for the holidays in conjunction with the Family & Children’s Association, and assisting in the organization of 217 pounds of food for Long Island Cares, The Harry Chapin Food Bank. She is a single parent of two children, Nick, 16, and Meghan, 19. Both children share the same volleyball passion as their mom, with Nick being a varsity and club volleyball player at his high school and Meghan attending Carolina University on a full volleyball scholarship.
Consumer Market Manager for the Northern Nassau Market
Bank of America
Maria Loccisano serves Bank of America as the Consumer Market Manager for the Northern Nassau Market and is responsible for leading a team of 12 banking center managers and 100 associates on Long Island. She works directly with the Bank’s managers ensuring that branches achieve their sales goals, provide exceptional customer service to the Bank’s retail clients and adhere to all operational policies and procedures. She is also responsible for branch manager development, ensuring that managers are proficient in their current role and assists them in achieving their career aspirations. Loccisano assumed the role of CMM in 2004, when Bank of America acquired Fleet Bank. Since joining the company in 1999, she has held various leadership roles within the banking center channel. Prior to her career at Bank of America, she worked in the retail sector of Citibank focusing on small business and consumer Bank at Work opportunities. Loccisano’s introduction to sales began in 1995 with selling residential real estate. Working for Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Real Estate, her primary focus was finding the ideal home for those in the medical profession.
Loccisano is a volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club of Glen Cove, which offers after-school care programs for families with limited income. In 2011, she arranged a weekly volunteer effort with her team where every Tuesday a different team member would dedicate three hours to help ensure that homework is completed accurately and children in the program have a safe environment. Her team also donated food for Thanksgiving and assisted with the Club’s holiday event, donating both time and a collection of items for the children. She has also been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity in East Patchogue and works annually with a local shelter to donate food through Bank of America. Loccisano attended Marymount College in Manhattan majoring in Business Management. She lives on Long Island along with her husband and their family.
Maria Maranga, DDS
New York State Association of Endodontists
Maria Maranga, DDS, is President of New York State Association of Endodontists, an organization with dentists who have advanced specialty education in diagnosis and root canal treatment. Dr. Maranga is also very dedicated to her patients at her own practice, Maria C. Maranga, DDS, End odontist in Aquebogue, which she launched in 1999. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Dr. Maranga volunteers for the North Fork Breast Health Coalition. She counsels both pre- and post-surgery women, and sometimes even their husbands. She holds many fundraisers throughout the year and on the anniversary of her own double mastectomy, she donates all the funds collected that day to the coalition.
Her compassion and willingness to help others has led her to a new frontier – oral cancer awareness. Dr. Maranga has been a member of a team of dentists who give oral cancer screenings at many different venues. She is also an assistant clinical professor at the School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook. In addition to her teaching duties, she mentors dental students in many aspects of both clinical and evidence-based dentistry. She also travels with the school’s mobile van to promote, perform and educate patients about their oral health. Dr. Maranga has served on many local, state and national committees in the promotion of oral health. She is a member of the American Association of Endodontists, American Dental Association – NYSDA and American Association of Women Dentists. She is immediate past-president of the Suffolk County Dental Society and remains involved in many of its committees that promote dental advocacy for the poor in our communities. Dr. Maranga completed the Post Graduate Program in Endodontics at New York University; General Practice Residency at the VA Medical Center in Northport; and attended the New York University College of Dentistry. She is married to Stony Brook University Professor Ed Giarrusso. The couple has two children, Philip who is a junior at Fordham University; and a daughter, Gabriella, who is a 10th grader. In addition to her involvement at her church’s outreach group for breast cancer survivors, Maranga also teaches confirmation religion and pre-school religion.
Garfunkel Wild, P.C.
Doris Martin, a partner/director with the law firm of Garfunkel Wild,, heads the firm’s Personal Services and Estate Planning Practice Group and Tax Practice Group. Joining the Great Neck-based firm in 1994, Martin quickly made partner in 1998 and director in 2011. Martin also co-chairs the firm’s Discharge Planning, Patient Rights and Elder Law Practice Group. Martin has extensive experience advising clients on estate planning, administration, litigation, charitable giving, elder law, tax-exempt organizations and qualified retirement plans. Her practice encompasses all aspects of estate planning, including wills, revocable trusts, charitable trusts, insurance trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, family limited partnerships, retirement plans and asset protection. She has a particular expertise in estate planning for physicians, and handles all aspects of estate and trust administration, including probate post-mortem planning and estate tax returns, Medicaid and elder law planning, and the establishment and operation of tax-exempt organizations. Prior to joining Garfunkel Wild, Martin was an associate in the Trusts and Estates Departments of Rogers and Wells, LLP in New York City; and Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, LLP in New York City.
Committed to the welfare of others, especially children, Martin has served several terms as a board member for North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center. She helped found the Tender Loving Care Foundation, an organization devoted to improving the experience of parents with children in neonatal intensive care units, and currently serves on its Board of Directors. She also donates her time/expertise to the Douglaston/Little Neck Historical Society where she is a member of the Board of Directors, as well as the executive committee. Martin has been published in key trade journals, such as the New York Law Journal and speaks and writes frequently on estate planning and healthcare decision making. She was profiled in Newsday in an “Ask the Expert” column about healthcare decision making and was also featured in New York Super Lawyers/Metro edition in 2011. Martin earned an A.B., cum laude, from Smith College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
PJM Marketing and Big Eye Photography
Tricia Messeroux is president of PJM Marketing and Big Eye Photography in Freeport. She began her career right after graduating from Hofstra University with a degree in TV and Film Productions and a minor in marketing. She served more than 15 years in advertising leading strategy and creative development for global companies and major brands. She has successfully repositioned, defined and launched new products for brands like Pepperidge Farm, Citibank, General Mills cereal, The Center for Disease Control and Kraft/Nabisco. She has worked with some of the largest advertising agencies including Young and Rubicam, Saatchi & Saatchi and Draft FCB. Utilizing her strategic, creative and integrated marketing skills, Messeroux created PJM Market-ing, an independent consulting firm. The firm focuses on building small to mid-size companies and brands. Messeroux and her company have serviced many brands including Vita 500 Energy Drink, where she developed a marketing plan to launch this Korean brand in the United States. She managed the execution of local events and collaborated with the marketing team in Korea. Messeroux was also responsible for developing and managing the execution of fashion events for Fashion Ledge, an online fashion magazine. As a result, Fashion Ledge is among the top 10 college on-line magazine brands. Messeroux is also credited for developing strategic, multi-cultural creative ideas for clients.
She has successfully worked with musicians, a liquor brand, emerging fashion designers, and a beauty line. With her creative energy, Messeroux built another company, Big Eye Photography, a fashion, celebrity and portraiture photography company. A self-taught creative photographer, Messeroux serves as its creative director and photographer. She is recognized for her work as the visionary, creative director and photographer for her innovative ToddleWood® project where she transforms everyday kids into superstar celebrities. Messeroux and her talent have been featured on The Today Show, The Insider, ABC News, Fox News, People magazine, In Touch magazine and t he Huffington Post. Married to Shawn Curwen, the couple has two daughters, Skylar Curwen, 6, and Sunday Curwen, 1 year.
General Counsel and Secretary
Long Island Power Authority
Lynda Nicolino is the General Counsel and Secretary of the Long Island Power Authority, where she has worked for nearly 13 years. During her tenure at the Authority, she has been involved in the formation and negotiation of numerous energy initiatives and agreements, including securing new and replacement generation and transmission, energy efficiency, and renewable energy projects for Long Island. She joined the Long Island Power Authority in June 1999 in the position of Assistant General Counsel. In April 2007, the Board appointed her Acting General Counsel of the Authority, which was followed by her March 2008 appointment as General Counsel and Secretary. Over the years, Nicolino has worked on almost every aspect of the Authority’s business, and over the last several years in her role as Secretary, she has worked closely with the Authority’s 15-member volunteer Board of Trustees in pursuit of Long Island’s electric resource needs.
Prior to joining the Authority, Nicolino supervised and managed the Suffolk Regional Office for the New York State Attorney General for nearly four years during her tenure as Assistant Attorney General in Charge. In that role, she was responsible for handling and overseeing various types of defensive litigation in state and federal court, and participated in numerous speaking engagements related to various community-based outreach programs and initiatives. Prior to her work with the New York State Attorney General, she worked both for a private law firm and as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County. She is a graduate of the Energeia Partnership of Molloy College, comprised of Long Island leaders dedicated to promoting civic responsibility and exploring solutions to issues affecting the region, and has served on the Touro Law Center Board of Governors for the last several years. As a life-long resident of Long Island, Nicolino graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University Law School.
Health & Welfare Council of Long Island
Gwen O’Shea is President/CEO of the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island. Serving as its President/CEO since her appointment in 2007, O’Shea is only the 5th executive in the organization’s 65-year history and the organization’s first female executive. Established in 1947, the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island is a private, not-for-profit umbrella organization which serves the interests of poor and vulnerable people on Long Island through advocacy, research and policy analysis; by illuminating the issues that critically impact them; organizing community and regional responses to their needs; by providing information and education; and supporting the non-profit agencies that serve them. O’Shea is responsible for the Council’s administration, management and overall financial development. She is also responsible for the development of collaborative planning amongst voluntary and public providers and for the organization’s research and advocacy on public policy and legislative issues as they pertain to Long Islanders who are at-risk. Since 2007, she has served on the advisory board of the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, whose mission is to improve the lives of New York’s children, especially as it pertains to health insurance and child care. O’Shea is also a member of the Energeia Partnership, Class of 2007, and serves on its advisory board.
She is a member board member of NuHealth’s Federally Qualified Health Clinics and serves on the steering committee for Medicaid Matters New York, a statewide coalition representing more than 150 agencies concerned with Medicaid consumer rights. An adjunct professor at Long Island University, C.W. Post in the Graduate departments of Social Work, and Health Care and Administration. O’Shea earned a master’s degree in non-profit management from the Robert J. Milano School for Management and Urban Policy, a graduate school of the New School. She is a graduate of the Columbia Institute for Non-Profit Management programs, its leadership program and the middle management program, and she also earned a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She was recognized in 2010 by Long Island Business News in its 40 Under 40 Awards program and received the Public Citizen of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Workers.
Vice President of High School Partnerships and Education Strategy
Jennifer Ostrager is Vice President of High School Partnerships and Education Strategy for Cablevision’s MSG Varsity, which is dedicated to exclusively covering high school sports and activities throughout the New York tri-state area. Ostrager oversees relationships and day-to-day operations with more than 600 high schools in the tri-state area, ensuring strong partnerships, where schools team up with MSG Varsity and are excited to see themselves on MSG Varsity’s television and digital platforms. She leads the development of education strategy for MSG Varsity, which includes curriculum and training to support the student media creation program, professional development conferences for teachers, customized training plans for the schools, and recognizing student media achievement through original programming and the prestigious V Awards, in conjunction with NY NATAS. The media creation program provides real-world skills that allow students and schools to be active participants in telling their own stories on MSG Varsity. More than 330 schools in the tri-state area are part of this program. The program also provides students with unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities such as interviewing professional sports figures.
Ostrager has been with Cablevision for more than 13 years, joining at the inception of Power to Learn, Cablevision’s commitment to K-12 education. As director of education, she was part of the leadership team tasked with executing Cablevision’s commitment to provide Internet, video and voice capabilities to K-12 schools as well as to develop content and programs to make the technology useful for learning. Prior to joining MSG Varsity, Ostrager was the director of government affairs and business, where she worked on a variety of Cablevision business initiatives that intersect with government and municipal entities. She also worked in Washington, D.C., designing experiential programs for high school students focused on civics and government. Ostrager is a Betsy Magness Leadership Institute fellow and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in learning, design and technology from Stanford University. Ostrager is the mother of two young children who can’t wait to see themselves on MSG Varsity in a few years.
HALL OF FAME Honoree
Nixon Peabody LLP
Denise Pursley is the Managing Partner of the Long Island office of Nixon Peabody. She has developed a national commercial real estate practice that involves all aspects of real estate and environmental law, with particular emphasis on commercial leasing, acquisitions and disposition, mergers and acquisitions, zoning, land use, energy projects, and the sale of environmentally distressed properties. In the area of environmental law, she has handled federal and state litigation, administrative proceedings, and environmental due diligence in connection with commercial transactions. Pursley has been involved in many local, regional, and national energy projects, including renewable energy sources such as wind power, and has represented clients such as Keyspan, Cross-Sound Cable, Duke Energy, Islander East Pipeline, Algonquin Gas Transmission, Pinelawn Power, and Babcock and Brown. She has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Real Estate law by New York Super Lawyers Magazine. She has written articles for publications such as Commercial Lending Review, New York Law Journal, New York Real Estate Journal, Long Island Magazine, Clearwaters Magazine, and Long Island Business News. She is the former Chairperson of the Environmental Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association and a co-founder of the Long Island Chapter of the New York Law School Alumni Association.
Since 2004, Pursley has been the co-general counsel for the Long Island Housing Partnership. She is an active member of the Long Island Chapter of CoreNet Global, an international real estate professional organization and has also been a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters annual dinner committee. In 2010, she was named an honoree of the American Cancer Society’s 2010 Women of the Year. Pursley is a proud member of the Women Economic Developers of Long Island and is a charter member of the Long Island chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association. She has served Long Island Transportation Management as a board member for more than ten years and is its former Chairperson. She is also an associate member of the Association for a Better Long Island, and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. A Hall of Fame honoree, 2012 marks the third time Pursley has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Business. She was also named one of the 40 rising stars under the age of 40 in 2000. Pursley is a 1988 magna cum laude graduate of New York Law School. In 1983, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville, where she was the recipient of the Dean’s Cup for Service. Prior to attending law school, she worked for WNBC-TV and CNN in New York City and earned an Emmy Award for her contribution to the WNBC-TV nightly news.
L’Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, LLP
Marian Rice, a Partner at L’Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini in Garden City, is President-Elect of the 6,000 member Nassau County Bar Association, the largest suburban bar association in the country. For nearly 30 years, Rice has concentrated her practice on the representation of attorneys and risk management for lawyers. She also chairs L’Abbate Balkan’s Attorney Liability Practice Group. Rice serves as an ABA Presidential appointee to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyer’s Professional Liability and has been chair of the New York State Bar Association, Committee for Insurance Programs since 2008. An expert in the field, she has authored materials for numerous publications and newsletters, including the New York Law Journal, the New York State Bar Journal and Nassau Lawyer, and has lectured extensively for various organizations, associations, law firms and insurers.
A respected member of the industry, Rice holds the AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for ethics and legal ability, has been designated a Super Lawyer annually since 2008 and was assigned “superb” AVVO rating. From 1999 to 2003, Rice administered the Attorney Loss Prevention Hotline Service for the broker responsible for the NYSBA sponsored professional liability insurer. Dedicated to the discipline of law, she is also a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society; New York State Bar Association – Law Practice Management Committee, Special Committee on Legal Specialization in New York and the Tort, Insurance and Compensation Law Section; the Defense Association of New York; the Defense Research Institute; Nassau County Bar Association; the Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Section; and the Suffolk County Bar Association. Rice earned a juris doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law, and a bachelor of arts degree from Fordham College at Fordham University. She was admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of New York in 1980 and is also admitted before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as well as several other jurisdictions on a pro hac vice basis.
Stacey E. Rosen, MD, FACC, FACP, FASE
Vice President, Clinical Services
Katz Institute for Women’s Health North Shore LIJ Health System
Dr. Stacey Ellyn Rosen was recently appointed as Vice President, Clinical Service Katz Institute for Women’s Health at North Shore-LIJ Health System. She was formerly the Associate Chairman of the Department of Cardiology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Hofstra-North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Dr. Rosen was the Director of the Fellowship Program in Cardiovascular Disease for the past decade and currently serves as co-Director of the Homeostasis Course at the new Medical School. Dr. Rosen, a native Long Islander, is a graduate of the Six-Year Medical program at Boston University School of Medicine, cum laude, and completed training in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, including an additional year as Chief Resident. She completed a fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at The New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical College, which included advanced training in echocardiography. Dr. Rosen was the Associate Director of Echocardiography at Mount Sinai Medical Center prior to becoming the Director of Echocardiography at North Shore University Hospital in 1994. After serving as Director of Echocardiography at North Shore until 1999, she was appointed as Chief of Cardiology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. In July 2008, she was appointed Associate Chairman of the Department of Cardiology. Dr. Rosen is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Echocardiography. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, and the American Society of Echocardiography.
Dr. Rosen served two terms as an American College of Cardiology councilor, serving Nassau and Suffolk counties. She has received numerous teaching awards including the Ann Gottlieb Award for Excellence in teaching from NSLIJ, awards for volunteer service from the American Heart Association and was voted one of Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women. She recently received the Cardiovascular Science Award from the American Heart Association at the 48th annual American Heart Ball. Dr. Rosen recently completed her term as President of the Board of Directors of the Long Island region of the American Heart Association and continues as a member of the Board. She devotes considerable time to raising community awareness of heart disease in women. She is married to Mark Silverman, MD, whom she meet working as an intern in the Coronary Care Unit at Montefiore Medical Center. They are the very proud parents of Rebecca and Max, 19-year-old college sophomores and Sarah, an 8th grader.
HALL OF FAME Honoree
VIP Basket Store
Virginia Russell is the owner of VIP Basket Store. Based in Wyandanch, VIP began as a web-based business while she worked for The New York City Department of Corrections as a Correction Officer on Rikers Island. Her business quickly grew beyond the Web and VIP now counts Medstar Surgical, The Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, Roslyn Claremont Hotel, Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyards, Dave & Busters, The JV Kelly Group, Girl Scouts of Nassau County, among others as its corporate and personal clients. It is her firm belief that the well-being of a community rests heavily on its economic health. She is involved in the business and not-for-profit communities and has taken on a leadership role. She is immediate past-president of Enterprising and Professional Women – Long Island, a chapter of The International Federation of Business & Professional Women, and served as the Chair of the BPW International 80th Anniversary Gala Committee, an event that brought together women from 96 member countries at a gala culminating with The Conference on the Status of Women held at the United Nations. Russell is also the representative for North America and the non-Spanish speaking Caribbean for Women’s Empowerment Principles, sponsored by UN Women and The UN Global Compact. In 2008, she served as Chair of The Suffolk County Minority Business Development Council under the Office of Minority Affairs for Suffolk County. She is past Chair of The Suffolk County Women’s Business Enterprise Coalition and has held a seat on The Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee for five years. She was a member of The National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Suffolk County Chapter and served as its Economic Development Chair and on its Membership Committee.
Russell can be seen weekday mornings as a regular panelist on Money and Main Street on Fios1’s Channel 1. She has presented at The 56th Congress of Business & Professional Women International held in Helsinki, Finland, on the topic of pay equity for women and has been appointed by Legislator DuWayne Gregory, 15th District, as his representative to the Suffolk County Women’s Advisory Commission. A Hall of Fame honoree, 2012 marks the third time Russell has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Business. She was also honored by the National Association of Women Business Owners as Business Woman of Distinction on their silver anniversary. She embraces the outreach of The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, which has included HIV/Aids prevention and information workshops, The Save Our Sisters Program at Dowling College and the outreach to Haiti. She has also been a member of The Upper Room Christian World Center for 17 years. She has been married to her husband Melvin for thirty one years. They have five children and seven grandchildren.
Senior Vice President
HUB International Northeast Ltd
Susan Sajiun-Fitzharris is Senior Vice President of HUB International Northeast Limited in Hauppauge. With a 25-year career in the insurance industry, Sajiun-Fitzharris has witnessed monumental changes in the healthcare and employee benefit arena. Despite the current economic situation and the rising health care costs, Sajiun-Fitzharris had more successes and new business wins than ever before in 2011 and was the No. 1 employee benefits producer for all of HUB International Limited throughout North America for the second consecutive year. She is an expert in all areas of employee benefits, and has been particularly instrumental over the past year in the voluntary benefits sector. Sajiun-Fitzharris launched her insurance career with Pappas Organization, which was primarily a pension and life Insurance agency. She was responsible for building a group employee benefits department from the bottom-up and worked her way up to managing the department, and eventually owning her own business for eight years. Her firm, United Benefit Consulting in Smithtown, was acquired by HUB International Limited. Her success has been based on her strong set of ethics, which Sajiun-Fitzharris credits to acquiring from her father, an Hispanic self-made businessman, who was her inspiration and mentor. As a broker, she recognizes that it is imperative to have a trustworthy relationship with her clients. Sajiun-Fitzharris is detailed and service-oriented and makes doing the “right thing” by her clients her top priority. She has approached and embraced every new development and challenge in the industry over the years, and goes above and beyond to make sure her clients and their entire human resources departments are educated about the changes in Health Care Reform legislation. From hosting roundtable discussions, health fairs and providing other helpful tools for her clients on this matter, to creating personalized charts to explain how this legislation would impact her clients, she created what she refers to as “user-friendly” communications to simplify the process.
Active in the community, Sajiun-Fitzharris has participated in fundraisers for many non -profit organizations, including The Rehabilitation Institute, The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, and the Teresa Foundation. Among her many accolades, Sajiun-Fitzharris, was named as one of the recipients of the 2011 Power Broker awards by Risk & Insurance magazine. Human Resources Executive also chose her for outstanding client service, creativity and innovation in problem-solving, cost-savings and quality improvements, along with insurance and benefits expertise. Guiding future generations, Sajiun-Fitzharris spends time encouraging young people to choose a career and help find them employment. She volunteers her time as a motivational speaker at local high schools, where she gives presentations and offers advice in an effort to inspire students at Career Day Fairs.
HALL OF FAME Honoree
President and CEO
Urban League of Long Island
Since 1997, Theresa E. Sanders has served as the President and CEO of the Urban League of Long Island, an affiliate of the National Urban League. Sanders has more than 18 years of administrative experience at the Urban League, a not-for-profit community-based organization that annually serves more than 20,000 children and families in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Before coming to the Urban League, the Harlem native served as an Internal Auditor for several metropolitan New York area companies, and as an entrepreneur secured audit contracts with local school districts on Long Island. As an administrator, she develops direct service programs that help infuse millions of dollars into the regional economy by empowering disadvantaged individuals to become economically self-sufficient and socially conscience community members.
Sanders serves as an adjunct professor at the State University of New York at Old Westbury, and is currently appointed to the Long Island Regional Planning Council and Suffolk County Community College. In addition, she serves on the board of the Long Island Community Development Corporation and LISTnet. Within the Urban League movement, Sanders is a past Regional Vice-President of the Eastern Region of the National Urban League Association of Executives. A Hall of Fame honoree, 2012 marks the third time Sanders has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Business. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Long Island Chapter. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the State University of New York at Old Westbury, a Masters of Science degree in Instructional Technology from the New York Institute of Technology, as well as credits towards a Masters of Science in Public Policy Analysis degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Sanders is also pursuing her Ed.D. from Dowling College’s School of Education.
Laura l. Shockley
Rivkin Radler LLP
Laura L. Shockley is a Partner in the firm’s Employment and Labor, and Litigation and Appeals Practice Groups. She handles all aspects of commercial and employment litigation in federal and state courts and before administrative bodies. In her practice, Shockley represents corporations, municipalities, small businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals. She has successfully represented management in connection with employment matters involving claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, workplace violence, breach of contract and non-compete agreements and wrongful termination. She also represents clients in complex commercial litigations involving partnership disputes as well as housing discrimination actions and lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Shockley regularly appears before state, federal and local agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York State Division of Human Rights in connection with claims relating to employment and housing discrimination and has extensive experience representing clients in Alternate Dispute Resolution Proceedings. She counsels employers with respect to employment policies, practices and procedures designed to prevent workplace issues and avoid litigation. She also drafts employee handbooks and manuals as well as employment and severance agreements on behalf of employers.
Prior to joining the firm, Shockley was an Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office where she successfully litigated numerous cases of domestic violence crimes. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Fordham University School of Law’s Domestic Violence Advocacy Center and was a recipient of a Stroock Stroock & Levan fellowship allowing her to provide legal services on behalf of domestic violence victims at Sanctuary for Families Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services. A member of the Board of Directors for the Long Island Women’s Agenda, an organization dedicated to issues, policies and programs affecting women living and working on Long Island, she was elected Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the 2010-12 term. Shockley is affiliated with the Nassau County Bar Association and the American Bar Association and is admitted to practice law in the United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She earned her juris doctor from Fordham School of Law, holds a B.A. from Stony Brook University and performed her internship with the Honorable Denny Chin, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.
Owner and Founder
Dawn Jessica Strain is owner and founder of DJS Events in Bethpage. With style and pure elegance, Strain has created some of the most talked about affairs on Long Island. Her commitment to excellence has produced highly creative events for many businesses and organizations, including the Elena Melius Foundation, Farmingdale State University, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, The United States Green Building Council of Long Island, and most recently the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center, where DJS will turn their Atrium into a winter wonderland dazzling children of all ages. Passionate about the Long Island community, Strain is founder and president of Long Island Elite, a unique networking group for successful executives under 40 which fosters community pride and raises funds for Long Island charities. As a champion for this cause, Long Island Elite hosts one of Long Island’s premier annual charity galas, the Masquerade Ball at Oheka Castle, which allows Strain to exhibit her philanthropic nature, as well as her event planning passion. In 2010, Long Island Elite launched another of Strain’s creations, the first semiannual Believe Symposium, teaching high school juniors and seniors to believe in their future, their community and most importantly themselves.
Extensive experience in business and networking coupled with a creative background in professional dance, photography and fashion have melded to make Strain a recognized Long Island leader in event planning. She has graced the covers of Networking Magazine and of Long Island Business News. She is the recipient of many awards highlighting her professional achievements, most recently as one of the HIA-LI’s “Those Who Make a Difference” in 2011. Long Island Business News also recognized her as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Business in 2007. Strain considers herself a mom to her “girls” Lexi, a 17-year-old toy poodle; Madison, a 15-year-old Minpin; and the infamous piper, her 2 1/2-year-old chihuahua that is usually seen accompanying her. Strain is a proud daughter, sister and friend and emphasizes that it is the relationships with the people in her life that mean the most to her. The most important person in her life is her significant other, Rudy Holesek.
President and COO
Jessica Swirsky is President and Chief Operating Officer at Abilities, Inc., an organization founded by Henry Viscardi, Jr. more than 60 years ago. Abilities, Inc. focuses on helping adolescents in transition, and adults with many varying disabilities and needs who reside on Long Island and throughout the New York metropolitan area, to successfully evaluate, train and be placed in integrated employment to reflect capabilities, skills and the ever changing labor market. Persons with congenital disabilities, as well as those who develop disabilities or chronic illness later in life, are served by this wonderful organization for which she is so proud to have worked for the past 34 years. Swirsky’s goal is to help people live with dignity, pride and purpose, regardless of disability. The focus of all the programs that Abilities offers, including transition/school to work and those for at risk youth, adapted technology and even adapted driver evaluations and training for the most severely disabled, allow people to live with the greatest amount of independence as possible. Toward that end, Swirsky and her staff have developed innovative programs that have gained both local and national recognition and have served as models for others.
She started her career at the Rusk Institute in New York City. She takes great pride in her work, her staff at Abilities, Inc., and the wonderful people with whom she works daily, who together, have developed programs for which they are all proud. Her accomplishments include service on numerous boards and organizations, on a state and national level. She has personally served as mentor to dozens of individuals who have worked toward graduate degrees in rehabilitation, as well as many colleagues in the field who have looked to her for guidance and support as their careers developed. Recognized for her work with major corporations, school districts, and state and federal organizations, her career has been one which has garnered the respect of many for her innovation, expansive thinking and her ability to inspire others to continually grow and diversify. Swirsky received her Graduate Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from The University of Michigan where she received the William Payne Scholar Award for highest academic achievement, and an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University where she graduated with honors. She is active in her local community in Jericho where she has resided with her husband for the past 21 years.
The Szczepanowski Law Firm
Lidia Szczepanowski is founder of The Szczepanowski Law Firm in Melville. Known as the “approachable” general practice litigation lawyer for more than 20 years, Szczepanowski has represented clients in a wide range of cases from inception up through trial in many areas of the law. Recognizing that many people don’t know where to begin when they have a legal issue, Szczepanowski offers complimentary answers to legal related questions through her website ww.AskLidiatheLawyer.com. Her goal is to help individuals understand their legal rights and the legal process. Also concerned about women’s well-being, she founded the National Organization for Women’s Safety Awareness, Inc., (NOWSA) a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was established to provide more information, awareness, and knowledge about women’s personal safety issues. NOWSA supports the work of many advocacy groups including those that educate the public about child abuse, domestic violence, and crimes against women in general. Szczepanowski has volunteered her time working with the developmentally disabled and their families through the director of the Block Institute in Brooklyn and she is a founding member of the Long Island Division of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. She is also the founder of Everything Lidia, Inc., a multi-platform lifestyle enterprise devoted to educating, training, challenging and in- spiring women to live safer, more fulfilling and remarkable lives. Through this organization, she presents “Stylish Safety” Women’s Personal Safety Awareness seminars at corporations and educational institutions that teach women practical and effective defensive techniques and how to avoid being the victim of a crime while promoting awareness, building confidence and empowering women with a keen sense of assertiveness.
Szczepanowski attended Hofstra University and earned a bachelor’s degree in international business. She graduated from St. John’s University School of Law. Her legal experience includes an internship with Judge Arthur D. Spatt in the Appellate Division, Second Department and in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She also received an Honorable Mention in the Charles M. Sparacio Mock Criminal Trial Competition and was a published member of the Admiralty Society. Among her many recognitions, Szczepanowski was nominated by the Long Island Press as one of Long Island’s Best Lawyers in 2010. She also earned her black belt in karate and is studying the reality based hand-to-hand combat systems of Russian Systema and Israeli Krav Maga.Szczepanowski is married to Steven Goldsmith. The couple has three children, Jonathan, 16; Daniel, 14; and Rachel, 10. During her free time, she enjoys motorcycle and dirt bike riding with her family, and is active with fitness training, playing tennis, skiing, and boating.
Senior Vice President, Division Manager
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Long Island native and banking industry veteran Miriam Tanenbaum is senior vice president and division manager for Chase’s commercial middle market banking business in Long Island and Queens. Tanenbaum has 20 years of banking industry experience and has been at JPMorgan Chase for 16 years. In 1996, while serving as a division manager for Chase’s Textile and Apparel Banking division in New York City, she made the biggest decision of her career. She retired from banking to take on an important new role as a stay-at-home mom to raise her three young children. While at home she mastered the skills that are easily applied to the workplace – schedule management, conflict resolution, problem solving, coaching and training. She also became involved in the community as a member of the Great Neck School District’s Shared Decision Making Committee, Parent-Teacher Association, and Class Parent. She also served as a volunteer Board Member and Treasurer of the Lake Success Village Nursery Camp for four years.
In 2008, with her three children in their teens, Tanenbaum returned to Chase as a banker in the firm’s Melville office covering a portfolio of businesses in Long Island and Queens. As a Long Island resident, she liked the idea of working close to home. Since joining four years ago, she has been promoted three times to become the division manager for Chase’s commercial banking business on Long Island and Queens overseeing a team of bankers who provide financial services to mid-size businesses and corporations. Tanenbaum lives in Great Neck with her husband and three children. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from American University in Washington, D.C.
Leslie H. Tayne
The Law Offices of Leslie H. Tayne, P.C.
Leslie H. Tayne is an outstanding lawyer who has negotiated debt resolution agreements on behalf of thousands of consumers, small-business owners and professionals during her 15 years of practice. In 2001, Tayne launched The Law Offices of Leslie H. Tayne, P.C. located in Melville. The company has since expanded into Westchester County with offices in White Plains and Mt. Kisco. She has provided compassionate strategic counseling and expert negotiation services for clients burdened by unsecured debt and loans. Tayne’s efforts have helped many clients avoid bankruptcy while helping them restructure their finances. She also does pro bono work, and has reached out to the Family Services League in Huntington to provide pro bono services for people in crisis during the current economic downturn. She is a compassionate member of the community who serves as the vice president of the Work and Family Committee for the Long Island Women’s Agenda, an advocacy organization. She also volunteers as a speaker, advising corporate and non-profit-association groups on how families can stay out of debt and maintain their credit worthiness.
Tayne is also associated with the Westchester County Bar Association, the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association, Nassau County Bar Association and the Melville Chamber of Commerce, among many other groups. In 2011, she was honored by Long Island Business News with the Leadership in Law Award in the Sole Practitioner category. The award program was created to recognize individuals who dedicate themselves to excellence and leadership in both the legal profession as well as their communities. Tayne earned her juris doctor from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from the State University of New York at Albany. In addition to raising three children, she is currently raising and training her second puppy for the Guide Dog Foundation, a process that takes months of work. Tayne looks forward to when the puppies she has trained are used to help a disabled person.
Hilary JM Topper
HALL OF FAME Honoree
HJMT Communications, LLC
Hilary JM Topper is a leader in the public relations and social media industry. Her experience includes working at top public relations agencies such as Ogilvy & Mather; Hill, Holiday; and Ruder Finn, handling nationally recognized accounts including PRESTONE II antifreeze; GLAD Wrap Bags and Jello-O. She also worked as the Director of Public Relations and Development for two non-profit organizations in New York City. In 1992, Topper founded HJMT Communications, the public relations, social media, event planning and graphic design agency with locations in Melville, New York City, and Rochester. In 2007, she launched a new media division within her agency, making her one of the early adopters of social media and expanding her firm substantially. She started her personal and company blog in 2008, HilaryTopper.com, which receives more than 30,000 unique visitors each month. Her blog was named Blog of the Year by the Fair Media Council and was also a two-time Stevie Awards Woman’s Blog of the Year finalist. Topper is a contributing writer for BlogCritics.org, a Technorati publication, and writes articles and blogs for The New York Enterprise Report and PR News. In 2009, she wrote one of the first books on Social Media, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Social Media, but were afraid to ask… Building Your Business Using Consumer Generated Media. The book has received high accolades and support from the PR industry and the business community including numerous articles and reviews in publications throughout the world.
Topper founded the Long Island chapter of the Social Media Club, which currently hosts the largest membership of bloggers, reporters and social media enthusiasts on Long Island and launched her own online radio show through BlogTalk Radio, Hilary Topper On Air, which allows her to give added value to her clients by interviewing them, as well as offering her peers and other professionals the opportunity to discuss their businesses and areas of expertise. She has received numerous awards and honors from PRWeek, Newsday, The Communicator Awards, International Association of Business Communicators, Long Island Center for Business & Professional Women, Girl Scouts of Nassau County, DiversityBusiness.com, and The Stevie Awards. A Hall of Fame honoree, 2012 marks the third time Topper has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Business. She is a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization where she chairs the Global Digital Media Task Force. She is a Board Member of the Long Island Forum for Technology, a member of North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation’s Commerce & Industry Council, and was member of the PR Council and a member of the PRSA Counselor’s Academy. Topper received her Bachelor of Science degree from Hunter College and her Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College.
Managing Partner and Co-Founder
CJ2 Communication Strategies, LLC
Judith White is the managing partner and co-founder of CJ2 Communication Strategies, a minority women’s business enterprise in Greenlawn focusing on community outreach, media relations and publicity, marketing communications, crisis management, and much more to clients on Long Island and in the New York metropolitan area. White works with Long Island’s first and only rail freight facility, premier development companies, law firms, engineering firms, energy companies, village governments, nonprofit agencies, school districts and libraries. She has effectively spearheaded numerous projects, which have left an indelible mark on Long Island. White is currently working with Sills Road Realty, LLC, on the development of Brookhaven Rail Terminal (BRT). BRT is the first and only private multimodal freight rail facility on Long Island for construction aggregates, building materials, transloading services, logistics, equipment and transportation. When completed, BRT will significantly change the way in which freight is shipped from and delivered to Long Island. She also worked with The Long Island Campaign for Affordable Rental Housing to bring the need for safe affordable rental housing to the forefront of issues on Long Island; and successfully worked with the Blumenfeld Development Group and Tanger Outlet Centers on the building of a 900,000-sq.-ft. outlet mall in Deer Park. On the Tanger project, she worked to obtain community support from all the various fraternal, educational, social and business groups in the neighboring communities. She additionally coordinated the government outreach between the Town of Babylon and Suffolk County.
Prior to launching CJ2 in 2002, White was a senior account executive with a prominent Long Island public relations firm. There, she served the needs of private, public and nonprofit firms as well as education and government organizations. Involved in the business community, White serves on the executive board of Women Economic Developers of Long Island and is a member of the Long Island Builders Institute, Fair Media Council and Public Relations Professionals of Long Island. She has also been active on the Long Island political landscape since 1983. She has served as a Suffolk County Democratic Committeep erson from 1998 to the present, Democratic Delegate to the National Nominating Convention in 1984 and 2000, Suffolk County Legislative Campaign Coordinator in 1983 and 1985, Volunteer Media Trainer for County Legislative Candidates from 1983 to the present, Volunteer Financial Coordinator for Long Island Gore for President, and has volunteered on numerous national, state and local political campaigns. White is married to Michael E. White and the couple has three sons – Sidney Gardner, Michael P., and Timothy G. White.