The Girl Scouts of Nassau County Council’s governing body is its Board of Directors. With leadership from the Chief Volunteer Officer, the Board ensures that integrity and purpose of Girl Scouting in maintained in the Girl Scouts of Nassau County Council.
President & Chief Volunteer Officer
Ms. Jackson is serving as President and Chief Volunteer Officer of the Board of Directors after serving two terms as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors, and previously serving a two-year term on the Council Nominating Committee. In addition she is being nominated to serve as a National Council Delegate for the National Council Session/Convention in Salt Lake City Utah in 2014.
Wanda Jackson is Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Talent Officer for the National Urban League. In addition to her Human Resource responsibilities she manages programs and activities in corporate diversity, employment, and corporate volunteerism. She led a team in the research and publication of the ground breaking study "Diversity Practices That Work: The American Worker Speaks."
Ms. Jackson is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication and received an M.S. in Human Resources Management from the New School for Social Research, and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources credential from the Human Resources Certification Institute.
An active community volunteer, she is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, a public service sorority, and Jack and Jill of America, and has served as the Commissioner of Girls Rookie Basketball for the Baldwin Police Activity League. Ms. Jackson is also a member of the Diversity and Disparities Committee for the Eastern Region of the American Cancer Society.
Executive Vice President
A Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors since 2003, Marianela Jordan is serving a third term as Executive Vice President of the Board of Directors. A member of the GSNC’s Hispanic/Latino Task Force since its inception in 2002, Ms. Jordan chaired and co-designed a series of college readiness and leadership conferences for Girls 13 through 17 in 2006/2007 and served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the Friday night opening of the 5th Annual Latina Conference in 2005.
Ms. Jordan currently serves as the Regional Representative for Nassau and Long Island to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. Ms. Jordan previously served as Executive Director of the Nassau County Coordinating Agency for Spanish Americans (C.A.S.A.), having been appointed to this position by County Executive Thomas Suozzi in January 2002. She was the highest ranking Latino in the Suozzi administration. In 2004, Ms Jordan was selected in a delegation of leaders to travel to Israel with Project Interchange out of Washington D.C. In 2008 Ms. Jordan received the “Making a Difference for Women Award” from Soroptimist International of Nassau County. Marianela served as President to Fundacion Hispanoamericana Scholarship Foundation from 2010 to 2011 helping students attain higher education. Ms. Jordan is a graduate of the University of Virginia, with a B.A. in Psychology and completed her M.P.A from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in 2009. She is a resident of Freeport.
Mark Florio is serving his third term as an officer of the Board of Directors. Mr. Florio served as a Member-at-Large from 2005 – 2009, as Secretary of the Board from 2009-2011 and has served on the Council Nominating Committee where he became familiar with the governance structure of our Council. Mr. Florio was elected in 2005 to serve as an Alternate National Delegate and attended the National Convention in Atlanta.
An Eagle Scout, he has volunteered extensively with Boy Scouts in the past and has transferred this enthusiasm for volunteerism to Girl Scouts of Nassau County. Mr. Florio is a graduate of Lehigh University with a B.S. in Finance and holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Adelphi University. He is a Vice President of BBVA New York, a multinational Spanish banking group. Mr. Florio, his wife and three young daughters (one Junior Scout, one Brownie Scout, and one future Daisy Scout) reside in North Bellmore.
Deborah Schiff is serving her first term as Vice President of the Board of Directors after serving three terms as a Member-at-Large of the Board. Deborah Schiff is the Vice President for Strategy and Business Development for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. In this role, Mrs. Schiff is responsible for building the health system's ambulatory network through physician alignment and ambulatory site development. Currently, there are over 2,300 physicians employed in the North Shore-LIJ Medical Group which is now the 6th largest medical group in the country.
Prior to joining the health system in 2010, Mrs. Schiff was the Senior Vice President at Winthrop University Hospital. Mrs. Schiff is actively involved in the community serving on the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island and Carol's Cause, an organization that focuses on gynecologic cancer research. In addition, Deborah has worked with the Nassau County Department of Health to address health care disparities in the community. Mrs. Schiff holds clinical and administrative degrees including a nursing diploma from Queens Hospital Center School of Nursing and a bachelor's degree in Health Administration from St. Joseph's College.
Mrs. Schiff was recognized at GSNC’s 100th Anniversary Gala with the Courage Award. Her work has been recognized by numerous community-based organizations including the Coalition for Community Well Being, Soroptimist International and The March of Dimes. Mrs. Schiff is married to Dr. Russell Schiff, a Pediatric Cardiologist with the North Shore/LIJ Health System. They are most proud of their four children, Lisa, Michael, Morgan and Harry, their son-in-law, Brian and daughter-in-law, Colleen. Their pride and joy remains their grandson, Andrew James.
Brian Rothschild is servas Vice President of the Board of Directors after serving three terms as a Member-at-Large. Mr. Rothschild is currently the chair of the Council Nominating Committee. A staunch advocate for education, Mr. Rothschild feels that working with children is the most important work that can be done. As the Assistant Dean of the School of Business at Adelphi University, he provides personalized academic and career advising to graduate business students and prospective applicants. Since joining Adelphi in 2003, he has expanded Adelphi’s ties to the Long Island business community and increased the number of internships and employment opportunities for students. Mr. Rothschild holds an endowed chair at the Turnaround Management Association, is on the board of the Young Professional's Chamber of Commerce, a subsidiary of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, and is a founding member and sits on the board of the Organizational Development Network of Long Island.
Mr. Rothschild has extensive experience in higher education and technology, having served as Director of Internet Strategies at Fordham University and having taught as an adjunct professor at Dowling College, John Jay College, and Iona College. He holds an M.B.A. and B.A. in economics from Iona College and an M.S. in education from Fordham University. A former Cub Scout, Mr. Rothschild lives in Long Beach.
Eric Rogers is serving his third term as Treasurer of the Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Finance Committee. Mr. Rogers and his entire family are committed to Girl Scouts of Nassau County. His wife is a Troop Leader and his three daughters are Girl Scouts in the Carle Place/Westbury Association. Mr. Rogers served as a Board Champion on a GSNC’s Strategic Learning Team. Mr. Rogers was appointed to the Carle Place School Board and serves on several committees with the New York State Society of CPAs.
A graduate of CW Post College, Mr. Rogers is President of Rogers & Company, a CPA, Business Advisory and Technology firm serving not-for-profit clients. The Rogers family resides in Westbury.
Lisa Burke is serving as Secretary of the Board of Directors. Ms. Burke is a Board Champion on a Strategic Learning Team for GSNC. Ms. Burke was a Member at Large of the Board from 2005 - 2011. She served as the Chair of the Nominating Committee in 2009, a committee she has served on previously. A lifetime member of the Girl Scout Movement, Ms. Burke attended the past three GSUSA National Council Meetings and Conventions as a visitor, and was a chaperone in Atlanta in 2005 and Indianapolis in 2008.
The mother of two Girl Scouts and a Boy Scout, she has been both Troop Cookie Manager and QSP Manager in the Oyster Bay Association, where she lives. A graduate of SUNY at Plattsburg with a degree in education, Ms. Burke is the owner and President of “A Business Contracting Corp” - in business for over 30 years.
Donna Ceravolo is Executive Director/CEO of Girl Scouts of Nassau County, where she is responsible for the direction of 20,000 girls, 7,000 adult volunteers, and the management of a staff of 54. Prior to becoming a professional Girl Scout, Ms. 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 honored as a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA of Brooklyn, where she also received the Sojourner Truth Award for Racial Justice in 2000. In 2005 she accepted a Women of Valor Award from the Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El in Long Beach.
Ms. 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.
Donna Ceravolo is an outspoken advocate for girls and frequently speaks to community groups on the critical issues facing girls today. Donna resides in Freeport along with her husband and son.
Joanne Antun is serving as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. She has a background rich in both public and private sector experience. Her career in financial services spanned almost 40 years and included a variety of roles in operations, risk control and project management. For 16 of those years, Ms. Antun did double duty also serving the residents of the Incorporated Village of Valley Stream as trustee, deputy mayor and mayor.
She is now in the nonprofit sector, working in development, for LifeWay Network, Inc. LifeWay works to confront human trafficking through safe housing and education. Ms. Antun considers it a privilege to be lending her time and talent to the anti-trafficking movement.
She also serves on the board of Charles J. Monica Senior Village, the Valley Stream Youth Collaboration and the Valley Stream Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she belongs to various civic and fraternal organizations including the League of Women Voters, Valley Stream Kiwanis and the BPOE (Elks) NY Lodge #1.
Joanne is passionate about social justice, human rights and the empowerment of women. She firmly believes in a moral imperative to make the world a better place while we are here.
Tyra Banks is a Senior Occupational Therapist for the New York City Department of Education. She also has a private practice, Cornerstone Therapeutic Services, Inc., where she provides Early Intervention services to children with developmental delays. She graduated from Hunter College with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and received her Master’s of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University.
Ms. Banks is a true advocate for children through her volunteerism. She is a Co-Leader for her daughter’s Junior Troop and is serving as a Member-at-Large of Board of Directors and was previously the chair of the Council Nominating Committee. She is the Chairperson for the PTA Reflections Program as well as the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee for the Baldwin Middle School PTA and a member of the Baldwin High School PTSA Nominating Committee. As a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Black Occupational Therapy Caucus, she organizes scholarship fundraisers and mentors students in Occupational Therapy programs.
Ms. Banks resides in Baldwin Harbor with her husband and children.
Christine R. Bonczyk
Christine Bonczyk, a resident of Hicksville, is serving a second term as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. Ms. Bonczyk serves as the Health Benefits Administrator for the Nassau County Employees and is employed by The County Comptroller’s office. In her spare time she is giving back to her community. Christine started her career in Scouting as a Girl Scout Junior and continues today on the Girl Scouts Adult Recognition Committee, Walkathon Committee, Critical Issues Committee, Community Relations Committee and Human Resources Committee and is a Board Champion on a Strategic Learning Team. She is also a member of the Nassau Financial Credit Union Supervisory Committee and Nominating Committee.
Ms. Bonczyk received her Masters in Public Administration from Long Island University at CW Post, and describes herself as a pro-active, honest person who gets things done. Ms. Bonczyk is a resident of Hicksville.
Dr. Agnelo Dias
Dr. Agnelo Dias is serving as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. A member of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Asian Task Force since 2003, Dr. Dias is dedicated to working with children. He received a Masters in Rehabilitation from St. John’s University and became a rehabilitation counselor for Catholic Charities of Far Rockaway. In 1997, while working at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital he received his Ph.D. in Counseling Education and dedicated his work to helping chemically dependent clients.
In 1994 he joined The Child Center of New York as the Director of the Asian Outreach Program and has helped grow the center to what it is today. In 2002 Dr. Dias graduated from Adelphi University with a Master’s in Social Work. Dr. Dias is the recipient of the Caring for Children Award given by the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families. Dr. Dias has presented workshops at GSNC’s CelebrAsian events. His wife and daughters are active in Girls Scouts. He and his family live in West Hempstead.
Anthony J. Edelman
Anthony J. Edelman is serving on the Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large. He became active in Girl Scouts in 2001 as the Cookie Manager for his wife and daughter's Girl Scout Troop, and continues to volunteer for many different assignments in the Hicksville Association, while still fulfilling his first job as the Troop's Cookie Manager. He is a recipient of the Girl Scout Appreciation Pin.
Since 2006, Mr. Edelman has served as a trustee of the Hicksville Union Free School District Board of Education and is Board President for the 2011/2012 school year. He also serves as an elected member on the Nassau Suffolk School Board Association Executive Committee, and remains very active in his community, church, and professional and charitable organizations.
A graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Mr. Edelman is an Assistant Vice President of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, a community-based, full-service financial institution, committed to providing their members with extraordinary value and service, anytime, anywhere. The Edelman family resides in Hicksville.
Andrea Elder-Howell, Esq.
Andrea Elder-Howell is the Associate Director of The First Year Experience (FYE) Community Action Learning and Leadership Programs at SUNY Old Westbury, responsible for managing and overseeing the daily operation of a program that serves 400 plus students, offers more than 40 classes and coordinates placing students in volunteer positions with over 50 not-for- profit organizations. She also teaches the Ethics of Engagement, a course required for all freshmen at SUNY Old Westbury.
Prior joining SUNY Old Westbury, Ms. Elder-Howell practiced corporate and tax law for over twenty-five years. Most recently, she was the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel to RBS Sempra Commodities providing advice and counsel to senior executives and commodity traders. She also served as Senior Counsel for KeySpan Energy Corporation for over twelve years.
Ms. Elder-Howell is a graduate of Queens College with a BA in Accounting. She also holds a Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Law and a Masters of Law (LLM) in Taxation from New York University School of Law. She is the Chair of the New York State Society of Certified Public Account’s Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) program at Adelphi University, responsible for exposing hundreds of high school juniors to careers in the accounting profession. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Chapter of Jack and Jill of American and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.
Ms. Howell resides in Freeport, Long Island with her husband, John Howell, a CPA and former Ernst & Young partner and their two sons, Jonathan and Evan.
Debra Ieraci is serving as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. Previously a member of the Board of Directors for 12 years, Ms. Ieraci is happy to be returning to the Board after serving on the Council Nominating Committee for a second time. A former National Delegate, she served for several years as Chair of the Delegate Communications Committee.
Ms. Ieraci is employed as a Field Collector with National Grid and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Old Westbury. Ms. Ieraci is a member of the Gold Award Alliance and a Girl Scout Leader in the Glen Cove Association where she resides with her husband, Frank, and daughter Amanda, a Girl Scout Cadette. Ms. Ieraci volunteers in her local community.
Steve Kitchener is serving as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. He served on the Council Nominating Committee from 2009 - 2011. Mr. Kitchener and his wife coached GSNC’s Ice Breakers, the winning team of both the 2009 FIRST Lego League competition on Long Island and the 2011 FIRST FTC Hudson Valley Tournament. Their team went to Atlanta to participate in the World Lego League Championship in 2009 and will be participating in the World FTC Championship in St. Louis this year. Mr. Kitchener is also a camp and trip trained Girl Scout volunteer.
For many years Mr. Kitchener has been a youth coach of baseball, soccer and softball in his community. Mr. Kitchener is a Facilities Manager for Cablevision and received a Bachelor’s degree from the New York Institute of Technology. Mr. Kitchener lives in North Merrick with his wife Diane, a Girl Scout Leader, and their two children.
Robert Manel is serving as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. Mr. Manel is a licensed Real Estate Broker who opened up a Charles Rutenberg office in Oceanside in 2012. He has been in the real estate business for about 10 years. He has extensive knowledge of the markets on the south shore of Nassau County but has done work stretching from the North Shore out east. He currently oversees about 40 licensed sales agents. Mr. Manel also serves on the Board of the Granada Towers Condominiums in Long Beach, NY.
Prior to his life in Real Estate Mr. Manel worked in both publishing and graphic design. His true passion is doing community service. He has been a volunteer in the Mary Brennan Inn soup kitchen in Hempstead, NY. There he gets to follow his heart which lies in the kitchen preparing food. His culinary skills could one day lead him to open his own restaurant.
Mr. Manel looks forward to being able to assist the girls of Nassau County in any way he can. He is engaged to be married and is looking forward to having children who can enjoy all the pleasures of Scouting as they grow up.
Christina Mendoza is serving a two-year term as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. Ms. Mendoza is an 11th grader at W.T. Clarke High School, in East Meadow. She has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. Aside from being a part of her Girl Scout Troop 1512, she is an active member of the GSNC Media Girls, GSNC Chorus, GSNC Girls Leading Girls, Girl Scouts Bishop’s Troop of Rockville Centre, and GSNC Asian Task Force. This year Ms. Mendoza will be representing GSNC as a National Council Delegate at the 2014 National Council Session and 53rd Convention in Utah. Christina is also a Daisy Troop Leader of Troop 1315. In 2006, she was part of the GSNC Chorus that sang for a Dove commercial about self-esteem, which aired during Super Bowl XL. Ms. Mendoza’s picture appears on the new Samoas Girl Scout Cookie boxes.
Outside of Girl Scouts, Ms. Mendoza is Secretary of the W.T. Clarke High School Key Club, Treasurer of Tri-M Music Honor Society, and a member of History Scholars Society, Science Olympiads, Science Honor Society, Mathletes, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, and National English Honor Society. She is also a member of the W.T. Clarke High School Varsity Tennis Team, Varsity Bowling Team, and Varsity Badminton team. Ms. Mendoza also spent last summer working in the Locasale Research Lab Group at Cornell University in Ithaca, where she conducted breast cancer-related research.
In 2013 Ms. Mendoza earned her Girl Scout Gold award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. For part of her project she started a program called “Cranes for Cancer” which helped cancer patients make 1,000 cranes so they could get one wish. Recently she earned the Spirit Alive medal, the highest Catholic Award for a Girl Scout. Ms. Mendoza feels Girl Scouts is a wonderful organization that has provided her with many life-changing experiences.
Beth Meixner is the Founder & President of Moxxie Network - an innovative women’s business community launched in 2008. As an avid networker with a passion for people, Beth’s vision was to create a unique women’s organization that promotes generations of women in business. Prior to Moxxie Network, Beth was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Target Group Media, one of NY’s most creative multi-media graphic design firms.
Beth received a BS from SUNY Oneonta and an MBA
from Adelphi University. In 2010, she received the
ExecuLeaders Special Award for establishing Moxxie
Network, and was listed in LI Business New’s Ones to
Watch. Most recently, Beth was highlighted in LI Woman
Magazine and Friday Girl TV. In May 2012, Beth is being
honored by the National Association of Women
Business Owners with their Visionary Award.
Beth’s innate ability to unite and inspire has been evidenced
through her many volunteer activities which include the
American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society and in 2008, Beth flexed her Moxxie muscles when she participated as a fundraiser and boxer in the LI Fight For Charity under the name “Mighty Mouse Meixner”. Now that’s MOXXIE! Beth is serving as a Member-at-Large for the Board of Directors.
Susanne May Morahan
Susanne May Morahan is serving as a member of the Council Nominating Committee and as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. Being a Girl Scout, herself, in the Valley Stream Association was not enough for Susanne May. After eight years in Girl Scouts, Susanne, along with her two sisters have all given back as Leaders in their respective Associations here in New York. Susanne began her Adult involvement 15 years ago, as a Brownie Leader, followed by eight years as CAV, capped by four years as Delegate Chair in the Rockville Centre Association where she lives with her family. As CAV, Susanne was responsible for doubling the size of the Association membership Troops and Family Partnership. Recipient of the Council Volunteer Pin in 2008, Susanne has been involved in the Critical Issues Committee on the Anti-Bullying Task Force as well.
Susanne holds a B.A. in Political Science from Hofstra University, an M.A. in English from St. John’s University and is a Certified Corporate Paralegal. Currently working at The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, she is in the Law Department as a Senior Corporate Compliance Specialist where she is Lean Six Sigma trained. Susanne’s efforts are primarily based around Operational Excellence projects.
Susanne’s daughter Caitlin Morahan earned her Gold Award in 2010.
Cathy O’Reilly is serving as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. Ms. O’Reilly has been active with Girl Scouts of Nassau County for the past three years. Community service plays an integral part in the way she lives her life. In 2008 Ms. O’Reilly accepted the Girl Scouts of Nassau County Making a Difference for the Youth of Long Island Award on behalf of her employer, DHL. Through Ms. O’Reilly’s leadership, DHL has provided the transportation for boxes of Girl Scout Cookies® to the military through GSNC’s Operation Cookie. Operation Cookie brought to light the fact that many Iraqi children and families were in need of shoes. When the Girl Scout community donated 3000 pairs of shoes, Ms. O’Reilly was there to see that DHL delivered them to our military for distribution in Iraq. Ms. O’Reilly has also been one of the driving forces in DHL’s annual Trees for Troops Program which delivers Christmas and Chanukah cheer to our servicemen and women.
In 2007 Ms. O’Reilly received the DHL CEO Award for Corporate Citizenship. She has also been recognized for her work by the Town of Hempstead, Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary, and has received commendations for her support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, including a US Flag flown in her honor over the multi-national headquarters in Iraq. Ms. O’Reilly has been active in supporting the Lustgarten Foundation, which is committed to increased research for the treatment and prevention of pancreatic cancer. Ms. O’Reilly is a native Long Islander, a member of the Keystone Yacht Club in Woodmere and the Ladies Ancient order of Hibernians Division 3 in Cedarhurst. She is a graduate of St. John’s University, and an aunt to five nieces and nephews. Ms. O’Reilly resides in Hewlett.
Christopher J. Pendergast
Christopher Pendergast is serving as a Member-At-Large of the Board of Directors. The father of a Gold Award Recipient and spouse of an active Girl Scout volunteer, Mr. Pendergast is very familiar with the positive influence Girl Scouting can have on girls and woman.
Mr. Pendergast is the Chief Information Officer for Marchon Eyewear. He has also developed and taught professional development programs in Information Technology for more than 15 years at Hofstra University’s College for Continuing Education.
Mr. Pendergast is committed to youth programs and is an active member of the board of Farmingdale Soccer Club. Mr. Pendergast has volunteered in many roles in the community and in his church. Mr. Pendergast resides in Farmingdale with his wife Ursula and their two children. Mr. Pendergast is a graduate of Hofstra University and holds both a B.B.A and M.B.A. degree.
Cynthia Perkins-Roberts is a visionary who keenly understands the growing significance and business potential of multicultural markets, and has been instrumental in educating marketers on strategies and best practices for reaching diverse consumers. Vice President of Multicultural Marketing for the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau (CAB), she is a respected expert on the multicultural markets and one of the preeminent diversity executives in the cable industry.
Named one of CableWorld magazine’s “Most Influential Minorities in Cable” Ms. Perkins-Roberts is recognized for creating the CAB’s diversity initiative and leading the organization’s strategy and outreach to multicultural markets, a rapidly growing segment of the American landscape. She was appointed to the Nielsen African-American Television Advisory Council upon its inception in 2006. In October 2011, she was named Co-Chair of the Advertising Women of New York’s (AWNY) Multicultural Alliance. In May 2012, she graduated from the NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program at UCLA.
Ms. Perkins-Roberts is also the brains behind the CAB’s online marketing resource, ReachingBlackConsumers.com. In April 2012, she spearheaded the creation of “In Plain Sight” a first ever supplement on the Black Consumer which appeared in “Advertising Age” magazine.
Additionally, she oversees recruitment efforts designed to encourage minority candidates to seek careers in television advertising sales and marketing. Prior to joining the CAB, Perkins-Roberts held positions of increasing responsibility with Capital Cities/ABC and Discovery Communications.
Ms. Perkins-Roberts holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Political Communications and Speech Communications from George Washington University. Understanding the need to “lift as she climbs” Cynthia volunteers as the Marketing Director for a Freeport based non-profit organization - The Cedarmore Corporation. In this role she develops and executes marketing strategies for the organization which has five established programs dedicated to serving Long Island Youth and their families. Additionally, she founded Cedarmore’s annual Youth Empowerment Series which includes “Girlz Talk” and “Boyz N 2 Men” which are designed to hold culturally relevant, critical conversations with youth from underserved communities.
She, her husband and their two daughters make their home in Westbury, New York. Cynthia Perkins-Roberts is serving a two-year term as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors.
Bonnie L. Porzio, Esq.
Bonnie Porzio is serving as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. She served on the Council Nominating Committee from 2009 - 2011. Ms. Porzio actively supports the Council’s fundraising events. She has co-chaired the committee for the concession stand at the U.S. Open. Ms. Porzio is also a member of the Fund Development Committee and is currently a Co-Chair of the Corporate Committee for the First Annual “Girls Go the Distance” Walkathon. Ms. Porzio recently accepted a position as General Counsel for Triumph Construction Corp. Prior to joining Triumph Ms. Porzio was a Senior Associate at Rivkin
Radler, LLP for 10 years. She also completed internships with the New York State Attorney General's Office and with the Honorable Leslie Crocker Snyder of the New York State Supreme Court.
Ms. Porzio has been a "WishGranter" for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, a former member of the Unemployment Action Center (UAC) at Hofstra University and a former Board Member of Long Island's chapter of "Dress for Success." Ms. Porzio enjoys fundraising, volunteering and working with children. She lives with her husband, Josh, and two children, Reilly and Aidan, in West Hempstead.
Brandon V. Ray
Brandon V. Ray is presently the Regional Director of External Affairs (Long Island) for AT&T. Mr. Ray serves as AT&T’s representative to local government and local community organizations; lLeads and implements the company’s local governmental public policy initiatives by developing and executing strategic legislative and public affairs tactics and strategies. Mr. Ray was appointed Trustee in August 2009 to the Board of Education of the Hempstead Public School System. Brandon is a proud product of the Hempstead Public School System.
After graduating from high school Mr. Ray went on to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in May of 2004. Mr. Ray was chosen as one of a select group of promising leaders when he was accepted into the National Urban Fellows Inc. fellowship program. In 2007 Mr. Ray earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from CUNY- Baruch College School of Public Affairs as a National Urban Fellow.
Mr. Ray also had the privilege of interning in the office of the President of the National Urban League, the Hon. Marc H. Morial, in New York City.
Mr. Ray is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated Kappa Xi Lambda Chapter, Urban League of Long Island Young Professionals, Howard University Alumni Association and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated’s MLK Memorial Internal Fundraising Committee.
Mr. Ray is a member of Union Baptist Church in Hempstead, NY. He continues to develop his leadership’s skills on behalf of his community and aspires to continue making a difference in the public policy arena. Mr. Ray believes in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy that “everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” Mr. Ray is serving as a Member-at-Large to the Board of Directors.
Kelly Ann Poole Reed
Kelly Ann Poole Reed is the directing partner of Foreclosure operations firm-wide with Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., a leading mortgage banking firm in New York. She has been with the firm since 1996. Ms. Reed is a graduate of Touro Law School and has been practicing since 1992. She received her undergraduate degree from St. John's University.
Ms. Reed is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut, and District of Columbia. Ms. Reed is an active member of the legal community as a member of the New York State and Nassau County Bar Associations Real Property Committees, invited member of the New York City Foreclosure Task Force, Board Member of the USFN, past member of the US Treasury Department Task Force – Bankruptcy/Loss Mitigation Sub-Committee, the MBA Commercial and Mortgage Servicing Planning Committees and Loan Administration Committee. She has been a panelist on numerous industry wide educational programs.
Ms. Reed is very active in the community at large. She serves as a mentor in the student-alumni mentor program at Touro Law School, as well as a member of the Touro Dean’s Alumni Advisory Council. For the past several years she has been an active committee member of several GSNC fundraising events. Ms. Reed is enjoying her new role as Troop Leader to her daughter’s Daisy Troop. Ms. Reed is serving as a Member-at-Large to the Board of Directors.
Jean Ricotta is serving as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. Jean Ricotta is the Principal of Locust School in the Garden City School District. She graduated from SUNY Oswego with a B.A. in Public Relations and Psychology. Miss Ricotta received a MS in Student Personnel Administration from Buffalo State College and a MSEd from Canisius College. She graduated from St. John’s University with a Professional Diploma in Administration and Supervision. Miss Ricotta is currently a doctoral student at Long Island University and is writing her dissertation. She is a certified elementary education teacher, special education teacher and administrator.
Miss Ricotta is a member of the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Her passion is acting in film and television. Miss Ricotta resides in Manhattan. She enjoys going to museums and the theater. Her fond memories of being a Girl Scout motivated her to get involved with the organization as an adult. She earned the Silver Award. Miss Ricotta believes that her experiences in Girl Scouts fostered confidence and shaped her leadership skills.
Barbara Murphy Schwaner
Barbara Murphy Schwaner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Certified Diplomate. Ms. Schwaner graduated from the Adelphi University School of Social Work and the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy program of the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and has a private practice in Mineola.
Ms. Schwaner volunteers as an Ambassador and Senior Girl Scout Troop Leader and Trainer of Relational Aggression for Girl Scouts of Nassau County. Her articles on Relational Aggression have been published in social work newsletters locally and nationally. As a parent of a teenager, Ms. Schwaner was part of the group that wrote “Mothers and Others: Courage and Confidence in the Face of Social Bullying,” one of the many anti-bullying programs offered by GSNC. Ms. Schwaner served a two year term as a member of the Council Nominating Committee and is serving as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. Her daughter earned her Gold Award this year.
Judy Stenson is serving as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors for a two year term. Ms. Stenson is a graduate of Beth Israel Medical Center School of Nursing earning her RN degree. She retired in 2009 from Nassau University Medical Center working most of her career in Pediatrics.
Ms. Stenson became involved in school activities working with the PTA and Band Parents Association chairing various committees and holding office. As a member of Girl Scouts she has been a leader since 1989. She has also held other positions within her Association. She is the Mags n Munchies co-chair and an Association Delegate. She has been on the Association Nominating Committee holding that chair as well as Delegate Chair, program Co-chair, and Brownie consultant.
Ms. Stenson has earned the Outstanding Leader, Outstanding Volunteer and Appreciation Awards. Her daughter earned her Gold Award in 1999. Judy and her husband Bob reside in Hicksville.
Valerie Terzano is serving as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors of GSNC. Starting her career in 1982 as a nursing supervisor at Winthrop University Hospital, she was promoted to Chief Nursing Officer in 2000, and most recently, promoted to Senior Vice President in 2012. She received her Master of Science degree in Nursing Administration from Adelphi University and is currently enrolled in the PhD program in Nursing at Molloy College.
In 2008 Ms. Terzano received the Nursing Spectrum Excellence Award in the Advancing and Leading the Profession category. Her professional memberships include the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and several other nursing organizations; the American College of Healthcare Executives, the National Association of Professional Women, and the Alpha Omega chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing where she served as a member of the nominating committee. Ms. Terzano is also a licensed massage therapist. Throughout her career she has been an active volunteer and maintains integrity and compassion as her guiding principles in life. She is looking forward to serving on the board of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. She resides in New Hyde Park with her family.