Virginia E. Maurer, MD
Dr. Virginia E. Maurer, MD is a nationally recognized leader in the field of breast health education and founded the Maurer Foundation in 1995. A graduate of Queen’s University School of Medicine in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, she is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Maurer is a prominent breast surgeon and breast cancer specialist, and Chief of the Division of Breast Surgery and Director of Winthrop-University Hospital’s Breast Health Program. She has been in private practice since 1981 and currently maintains two offices in the New York area. READ MORE»
Andrew F. Corrado
Andrew Corrado is a Senior Vice President and Group Director for Signature Bank. With more than 27 years in the financial services industry, he currently co-leads a team of bankers focused on commercial and middle market clients across the metropolitan NY area. Prior to joining Signature Bank, Mr. Corrado was the Market President for Capital One where he focused on continuously improving the customer experience, growing revenue and leveraging market opportunities. He played a critical role in overseeing and coordinating company resources to help ensure meaningful contribution to local communities. Mr. Corrado also served as Senior Vice President, heading Capital One’s Professional Services and Private Banking Division across the country. In his capacity as Board Member of the Maurer Foundation, Mr. Corrado’s expertise in financial matters has proven invaluable. He has further demonstrated his interest in philanthropy by serving as Board Member and Treasurer of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater New York.
Kathy Weiss, PhD
Dr. Weiss received her BA in Mathematics from Syracuse University, her MA in Mathematics from the Courant Institute of New York University and her Ph.D. from New York University. She has devoted most of her career to the administrative aspects of education. From 1994 until 2005, Dr. Weiss served as Superintendent of Schools for the Baldwin Union Free School District. Previously, she spent five years as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the Rockville Centre Public Schools and was principal in Malverne High School. Dr. Weiss has made numerous local, regional and national presentations on such topics as cooperative learning, shared decision-making, peer coaching, whole language assessment, testing, child abuse, and evaluation of principals. Currently she is an adjunct professor at LIU, CW Post Campus in the Department of Educational Leadership & Administration, and an associate with School Leadership LLC, a company that assists school boards in searching for superintendents. Dr. Weiss has chaired The Maurer Foundation’s Program Committee for many years.
Gary Barello is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development at Biodex Medical Systems. As a highly accomplished HR executive, Mr. Barello brings over 27 years of experience in diverse sectors that he has served including financial services, government, international manufacturing, not-for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Mr. Barello holds a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Spanish from Stony Brook University, successfully completed his MBA in Management from Dowling College, and attended St. John’s School of Law. As an active member of the community, Mr. Barello serves as Board Chair of Sperry Federal Credit Union and is a former board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Managers and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. Continuing his commitment to education, Mr. Barello also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Dowling College where he teaches employment law, business ethics, human resources management, organizational and industrial psychology, and human relations.
Barry K. Douglas, MD, FACS
Dr. Barry K. Douglas has been with the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group since 1991. Dr. Douglas is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Trinity College, Connecticut where he majored in Studio Art and Physics. He then obtained his MD degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University, North Carolina in 1980. After his internship he completed his General Surgical Residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City. Continuing his education at Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Douglas completed residencies in Microvascular Surgery and then Plastic Surgery. From 1986-87, he held the position of Chief Resident at this prestigious hospital. In 1987, Dr. Douglas completed a fellowship in Pediatric Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Akron with the Northeastern Ohio School of Medicine.
Dr. Douglas has lectured on a wide range of topics including cosmetic surgery, cleft lip surgery, breast reconstruction, and reconstruction for skin malignancies. His areas of expertise include cosmetic surgery, breast reconstruction, cleft lip and palate surgery, rhinoplasty and aesthetic breast surgery. Dr. Douglas has also written many original papers in the field of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Douglas brings his extensive art background to Long Island Plastic Surgical Group. His paintings hang around the country and he plays keyboard in his rock band. He actively competes in triathlons, is a cyclist, swimmer, and weight trains.
Donald Gelestino possesses over 30 year of experience in the elevator industry. As the President and Founder of Champion Elevator, Donald brings with him unparalleled business acumen. Donald began his career in 1986 with DECO Elevator, excelling in all facets of the trade. This expertise allowed him to start his first company Ver-Tech Elevator Co., Inc. Through Donald’s expert guidance and management, he transformed this company into a multi-million dollar force within the elevator industry, successfully negotiating its lucrative sale, which subsequently allowed him to embark on his newest venture with the founding of his company Champion Elevator in 2015. Through Champion Elevator, Donald is able to display his exceptional leadership and the professionalism that have been hallmarks of his illustrious career.
Barbara Gervase, Esq.
Barbara Gervase has been practicing law since 1985 and is the founding partner of the Law Office of Gervase & Mintz, P.C. She focuses primarily on matrimonial, family and real estate law and is currently a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association. From June of 2010 through May of 2011, Ms. Gervase held the position of president of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association. As one of the original founders and a former co-chair of the Women’s Bar Golf Outing Committee, she has helped to dedicate their work to raising funds for breast cancer awareness. Ms. Gervase serves as a co-chair of the Women in the Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar, sits on the Fee Dispute Panel, and is a member of their Matrimonial, Real Estate and ADR Committees. For the past three years she has served on the Nassau Bar’s WE CARE Advisory Board and is also serving as a co-chair of the Dressed to a Tea Committee. She is a graduate of Southwestern University School of Law and Central Connecticut State University.
Susan Iadarola has over twenty years of designing and implementing business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing and sales strategies in the banking, insurance and real estate industries. Currently, she serves as Senior Marketing Consultant at MetLife where she is responsible for developing and executing product and campaign-specific initiatives and needs-based marketing strategies for retail life and annuity products. Ms. Iadarola holds an M.B.A in Finance from Adelphi University and a B.B.A in Marketing from Hofstra University.
Anne Marie Immerso
Anne Marie Immerso currently serves as Group Director & Senior Vice President of Signature Bank. She is an accomplished and highly regarded banking professional with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Since Anne Marie began her career in the 1980’s with European American Bank, her stellar performance record and expert knowledge has propelled her to progressively more responsible positions in all facets of finance. Her impressive portfolio of long-term clients have come to know her as a trusted advisor and unwavering advocate for their financial success. Anne Marie’s extensive expertise in banking and business make her an invaluable asset to the Board of Directors.
Thomas Killeen, Esq.
Thomas Killeen, Esq. is a sole practitioner, with clients in the Greater New York City area and offices in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Mr. Killeen has practiced law since 1973, beginning his career in Manhattan at a high-quality mid-town firm before joining a large Long Island firm where he became a partner, serving on its Management Committee for 18 years.
He has extensive experience with corporate and real estate law on behalf of public and privately-owned businesses, family-owned businesses, not-for-profits, financial institutions, universities, school districts, hospitals and individuals.
He is a frequent lecturer on matters pertaining to business and charitable organizations and proudly serves on a number of Long Island non-profit boards and community organization advisory councils.
Pamela Rousakis Praetorius
Pam Rousakis Praetorius has founded and operated several successful pop music promotion, management and publishing companies. Over three decades Ms. Praetorius has presented sellout concerts in the region’s largest venues, guided the careers of platinum-selling artists and assembled a portfolio of Top 40 hits achieving gold and platinum sales, several winning Grammy Awards.
Today, as a Financial Advisor in Garden City, New York, Ms. Praetorius uses her firsthand knowledge of the issues facing private business owners to present insightful solutions to the challenges of maintaining wealth and maximizing its return.
A graduate of Hofstra University and an active member of Long Island’s Greek American community, Ms. Praetorius has founded The Good Neighbor Fund and The Holiday Spirit Program. Over the past decade these organizations have provided financial relief to dozens of health and poverty stricken individuals and provided meals for more than a thousand.
Ms. Praetorius currently resides in Huntington with her husband, and has two grown sons making their careers in media.
Amanda L. Sexton, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFE
Amanda Sexton is an Accountant and Valuation Analyst with Markowitz, Fenelon & Bank, LLP and has over 10 years of public accounting experience, primarily in the areas of business valuation, litigation support, accounting and auditing. Industries she has served predominantly include engineering firms, construction contractors, wholesale and distribution, real estate, nurseries, wineries, restaurants/bars and not-for-profit organizations. Ms. Sexton also has experience auditing grant programs funded by various Federal, state and local agencies. She enjoys working with clients to help them grow their business while identifying areas for improvement, as well as working with attorneys in various areas of litigation, such as shareholder disputes, shareholder oppression and receivership matters. Ms. Sexton testified in the Supreme Court in the State of New York in July 2015.
Ms. Sexton is actively involved in various professional and charitable organizations, currently including the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants – Suffolk Chapter, as incoming President effective June 1, 2017, Co-Founder and current Co-Chairperson of the East End Committee; Treasurer of the Risk Management Association – Long Island Chapter; and active volunteer for Hope House Ministries, Long Island Coalition for the Homeless and Christmas Magic.
Ms. Sexton obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Hofstra University in August 2007. She is originally from Southampton and currently resides in Nesconset.
Hon. Joy Watson
Hon. Judge Joy Watson currently serves as a judge of the Nassau County District Court. She served as Deputy Nassau County Comptroller, in charge of Audits and Special Projects from May 2010 to January 2013. Judge Watson served as Principal Law Clerk in the Nassau County Supreme Court from 2006 to May 2010 and as an Nassau County Assistant District Attorney for twenty years serving as Chief of the Sex Offense/Domestic Violence Bureau and Deputy Chief of the Major Offense/Homicide Bureau where she was named Special Prosecutor to Suffolk County. Judge Watson received her law degree from Pepperdine University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University at Albany. She has been published in the New York State Bar Association Domestic Violence Journal on Criminal Contempt in Domestic Violence Cases.
Her civic commitment includes serving as Immediate Past President of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, Vice President of Irish Americans in Government, President of the Courthouse Kiwanis Club, Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters Long Island, and on the WE Care Advisory Board. She mentors at the Hempstead Middle School. Judge Watson’s awards include COBANC’s 2010 Woman of the Year, 2010 – 1 in 9/Hewlett House Hall of Fame Inductee, and a “Champion for Children” award winner presented by Parents for Megan’s Law. Judge Watson is a 25 year resident of the Village of Hempstead where she resides with her husband Tom Mancusi and her stepsons Roger and Nick.