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 her second term 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.
Anthony J. Edelman,
Executive Vice President
Anthony J. Edelman is currently serving as the Executive Vice President of the Board of Directors after completing three terms 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. He is a recipient of the Girl Scout Appreciation and Honor Pins.
Mr. Edelman served as a trustee and President of the Hicksville Union Free School District Board of Education and as an elected member on the Nassau Suffolk School Board Association Executive Committee. He is a Past President and Director of National Affairs for National Association of Purchasing Managers – Long Island, and remains very active in community, church, 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.
Christopher Pendergast is serving a two-year term as a Vice President of the Board of Directors after serving six years as a Member-at-Large. He previously served as a member of the Council Nominating Committee. Mr. Pendergast is proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization, and is very excited to have the opportunity to contribute. The father of a Gold Award Recipient and spouse of a Girl Scout Delegate Chair, Cookie Manager, Troop Leader and Troop Consultant, Mr. Pendergast is very familiar with the positive influence Girl Scouting can have on girls and young women.
Mr. Pendergast is a Chief Information Officer for Vision Service Plan (Marchon Eyewear and VSP Optics Group). At Hofstra University’s Continuing Education program, Mr. Pendergast has developed and taught professional development programs in Information Technology for more than 15 years.
Mr. Pendergast is committed to youth programs and up until 2010 was an active member of the Farmingdale Soccer Club. Since 1994, he has volunteered as a coach and manager for both girls and boys teams. A Trustee of St. James Church in Seaford, Mr. Pendergast has served on the Pastoral Council, Finance Committee, Fundraising Committee, and as a Lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.
Mr. Pendergast resides in Farmingdale with his wife Ursula and their two children. His daughter Lauren is a Gold Award recipient and Lifetime member. Mr. Pendergast is a graduate of Hofstra University and holds both a B.B.A and M.B.A. degree.
Deborah Schiff is serving her second term as Vice President of the Board of Directors, she previously served three terms as a Member-at-Large of the Board. Mrs. Schiff was recognized at GSNC’s 100th Anniversary Gala with the Courage Award. Deborah Schiff is the Executive Director & Senior 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 2,600 physicians employed in the North Shore-LIJ Medical Group which is now the 7th 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.
Her work has been recognized by numerous community-based organizations such as 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 as well as their three grandchildren, Andrew, Anna and Elizabeth.
Brian Rothschild is serving a second term as Vice President of the Board of Directors. He served three terms as a Member-at-Large. Mr. Rothschild also served as 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. Mr. Rothschild has accepted a new position at Steven Institute of Technology as their MBA Director. He was the Assistant Dean of the School of Business at Adelphi University, where he provided personalized academic and career advising to graduate business students and prospective applicant, since joining Adelphi in 2003. He expanded Adelphi’s ties to the Long Island business community and increased the number of internships and employment opportunities for students.
Mr. Rothschild held 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 was a founding member 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 Adelphi University, Dowling College, John Jay College, and Iona College. He is currently enrolled in an Ed.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University. 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.
Erica Rice is serving her first term as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors. Erica Rice is an audit manager at Berdon Accountants and Advisors, LLP with more than 12 years of professional experience. Her particular expertise is in auditing and accounting for single and multi-employer employee benefit plans, labor unions, and nonprofit organizations.
Ms. Rice is excited about being a part of an organization that empowers girls and enhances their lives on a daily basis.Ms. Rice is a certified public accountant in New York and a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. She graduated from the University of Albany with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.
Lisa Burke is serving as Secretary of the Board of Directors for a third term. Ms. Burke was a Member at Large of the Board from 2005 - 2011. She was a Board Champion on the first Strategic Learning Team for GSNC and served as the Chair of the Nominating Committee in 2009, a committee she had served on previously. She has been co-chair of the Delegate Communication Committee for three years. A lifetime member of the Girl Scout Movement, Ms. Burke has attended three GSUSA National Council Sessions/ Conventions as a visitor, a chaperone in Atlanta in 2005 and Indianapolis in 2008, and was a National Delegate at the 2011 and 2014 National Conventions.
The mother of two Girl Scouts and a Boy Scout, she has been both Troop Cookie Manager and Fall Product 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,” which has been 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 being nominated to serve another two-year term 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 Lion and the BPOE (Elks) NY Lodge #1.
Ms. Antun 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.
Austin Cannon, Jr.
Austin Cannon, Jr. is serving as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. Mr. Cannon has a long association with the Board of Directors, hav¬ing served previously as Vice President from 2003-2005 and Member-at-Large from 1992-1998 and 2005-2011. He served as a member of the Council Nominating Com¬mittee from 2011-2013, 2006-2008, 2000-2002 and for two-years beginning in 1994. A proud recipient of the Girl Scout Thanks Badge, Mr. Cannon is a former National Delegate and currently serves as Chairman of the Human Resources Committee.
A resident of North Bellmore with a long history of volun¬teerism with Boy Scouts and the Knights of Columbus, Mr. Cannon, an Eagle Scout, is currently the Scouting Program Coordinator for the Diocese of Rockville Centre Office of Youth Ministry. Mr. Cannon has recently been presented with the Silver Saint George Emblem of the National Catholic Committee, a national honor given for exceptional service to Catholic youth in Scouting on a national level. He has served as National Vice Chairman of the National Catholic Committee..
Andrea Elder-Howell, Esq.
Andre Elder-Howel is serving as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. 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.
Margaret Iamunno is serving as a Member-at-Large to the Board of Directors, a position she held in 2014. She is currently a member of the GSNC Fund Development Committee. She established, as a leader, the servicing of Girl Scout troops at the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury, as well as led other troops and a service unit in Suffolk County. Ms. Iamunno values the Girl Scouts for the opportunity which they provide for individuals to contribute to the development and growth of our girls and their efforts toward bridge building between minority communities and the community at large. Ms. Iamunno holds dear her long association with the Islamic Center of Long Island where she recently was included as an honoree of the Women in Islam – Pioneer Award, which honored her service to the center in the areas of governance and interfaith and community outreach.
Ms. Iamunno is Chief Compliance and Operations Officer of Fusion Family Wealth and in her professional capacity mentors young women interested in finance compliance and operations. Her education is in the area of Business Management and Economics from SUNY Empire State College.
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.
Robert Manel is serving a second term as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. Mr. Manel is a licensed Real Estate Broker who manages a Charles Rutenberg office in Oceanside NY. He has been in the real estate business for about 13 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 has 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 recently welcomed the addition of a baby boy to his family, and as soon as he is ready, scouting may be in his future.
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.
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.
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.
Carol Ransom is a face very familiar to Girl Scouts of Nassau County and she is being nominated to serve as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. Ms. Ransom previously served on the Board as Vice President from 2001-2003 and as a Member-at-Large from 1994-2000. Ms. Ransom was Chair of the 2005-2006 Council Nominating Committee and served as Chair of the Human Resources Committee for three years. She is currently Chair of the Community Relations Committee. She is a past National Delegate, representing GSNC at the 2011 National Council Meeting and served as Chair of our delegation to the 2002 National Council Meeting.
In 2005, Ms. Ransom received the coveted Thanks Badge for her outstanding service to Girl Scouting. Ms. Ransom retired from the Town of Hempstead Housing Authority and currently resides in Hempstead, with her husband, Harry Ransom. In addition to her volunteerism service with GSNC, Ms. Ransom is a Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and is an avid knitter.
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.
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.
Valerie Terzano is being elected to serve a second term as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors of GSNC. Starting her career as a Nurses supervisor at Winthrop University Hospital in 1982 she currently holds the position of Chief Nursing Officer, Senior Vice President since 2012. She received her Master’s in Nursing Administration from Adelphi University and is currently seeking a PhD in Nursing from Molloy College.
In 2008 Ms. Terzano received the Nursing Spectrum Excellence Award. Her professional memberships include American Organization of Nurse Executive and several other nursing organizations, the National Association of Professional Women, and she is a nominating committee member of the Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing – Alpha Omega Chapter. She resides in New Hyde Park with her family.
Irene Villacci is serving a two-year term as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. Ms. Villacci is currently the President of the Woman’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY). Prior to this office she served as an officer of WBASNY for four years, an active committee chair, and a Past President of the Nassau chapter. She is the sole proprietor of her law firm, Irene V. Villacci, Attorney-at-Law, PLLC since 2007. Her practice concentrates on the areas of elder law, trusts and estates, guardianships and residential real estate.
Irene Villacci has a great passion for mentoring young people, especially young women. She was a Girl Scout in the original troop established at St. Raymond’s in East Rockaway. In the past several years she has been working as a local representative for NYS Senator Dean G. Skelos attending many Girl Scout and Boy Scout events, recognizing young people for their extraordinary achievements helping in their communities. She welcomes the opportunity to continue her commitment to mentoring young women by serving on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Nassau County.
Deborah L. Wortham, Ed.D
Dr. Deborah L. Wortham is serving as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. Dr. Wortham is an educator, professor, author, elder and a nationally recognized speaker. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Wortham is the first locally elected Superintendent of the Roosevelt Union Free School District in eleven years and the former Superintendent for the School District of the City of York in York, Pennsylvania. Previously, she served as the Superintendent for the Steelton-Highspire School District.
As an international consultant, Dr. Wortham is the President and CEO of Wortham Educational Associates. She possesses years of experience in planning and implementing leadership strategies that meet student needs. Her assets include an understanding of the importance of school culture in the attainment of educational goals. She has served as a teacher (selected Teacher of the Year), facilitator, assistant principal, principal (elementary, K-8 and high school), and principal of America’s Best Elementary School for Significant Improvement, director of professional development, assistant superintendent and superintendent.
Dr. Wortham has been featured in several educational videos, written numerous chapters for various books and has traveled extensively throughout the country speaking on selected topics such as the Leader's Role in Implementing the Common Core, Educating the Whole Child, Creating Professional Learning Communities, Efficacy, Creating a Culture for Learning, Leadership Development, Parent/Community Relations and School Improvement.
Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Theta Iota Omega Chapter Member, Links, Inc., Long Island Links Chapter Member, Rotary International, Central Nassau County Rotary Club Board Member, American Heart Association
Credentials: Doctorate in Educational Leadership - NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Master’s Degree in Reading - MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, Baltimore, Maryland, Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education - UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, Madison, Wisconsin.
Additional Achievements:Certified Assessor, National Association of Secondary School Principals,Graduate, Leadership Baltimore,Mentor Principal and Faculty Associate, Johns Hopkins University,Certified, National Staff Development Academy, National Staff Development Council,Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) National Faculty
Honors, Awards and Publications:
Leadership and Community Service Award by the Darby Foundation
Leadership Award, Nassau County, New York NAACP
Washington-Rose “Inspiring Woman” Award
United States House of Representative Citation
Town of Babylon Office of the Supervisor Citation
Office of the Nassau County Executive Citation
Dissertation of the Year (Kathleen Cooper-Wright Award Recipient)
Leadership Award, Blair County, Pennsylvania NAACP
Failure is Not an Option: How High-Achieving Schools Succeed with All Students, Chapter and Video Series, H.O.P.E. Foundation, Bloomington, Illinois, “Principal’s Pet,” Pot Likker for Administrators and Teachers, (Short Story)
The Answer is in the Room by Alan Blankstein contributing editor 2011
Webinar: ASCD Educating the Whole Child
Baltimore County Public Schools
Dr. Wortham and her husband, Rev. Chester Wortham, have led seminars on marriage and leadership development at various conferences. They serve as premarital counselors at Higher Dimensions Christian Center. She and her husband have two children, Dr. Shelley and Chester, III, one son-in-law, Sheldon, one daughter-in-law, Marquita one granddaughter, Jordynn Lynn and three grandsons, Chester, IV, Sheldon, Jr. and Zachary.