Board of Directors

SANDY CHAPIN – Chairperson

Sandy Chapin is chair of the board of The Harry Chapin Foundation, which is dedicated to bringing together diverse community resources to promote human dignity and human rights. She served on the board of WHY Hunger, founded by her late husband, singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, to address national hunger and poverty issues and has, in the past, been actively involved with the Huntington Arts Council. She has served on the New York State Nutrition Watch Committee, the New York State Food Council, and the New York State and Suffolk County Martin Luther King Jr. Commissions. A writer, teacher, and advocate, she is the mother of five children and grandmother of seven. She and her late husband wrote the gold record “Cats in the Cradle” and the ABC TV film “Mother and Daughter: The Loving War.” Sandy is also president of Chapin Productions LLC, a license administrating and music service company handling all of Harry Chapin’s music.

DAVE CASSARO – President

Board President Dave Cassaro is currently Vice President of Dave Cassaro, Consultant, LLC, a Long Island-based consulting practice that focuses on media, marketing, sales, & executive search.  Dave Cassaro joined NBCUniversal in January 2011 as President, Cable Advertising Sales, where he was responsible for cable entertainment and digital advertising sales for NBC Universal managing a portfolio of over $3.5 billion in advertiser sales and a staff of over 500 professionals.  Previously, Dave was President of Comcast Network Advertising Sales, where he oversaw advertising sales for Comcast’s national networks.  Before that, he served as Senior Executive Vice President of E! Networks, Vice President of Eastern Sales for Fox Broadcasting Company, and was at CBS Television Network serving in a variety of affiliate relations and advertiser sales positions. Cassaro has served as Chairman of the Cable Advertising Bureau (CAB), and also served on the Board of Directors of the IRTS (International Radio & Television Society) and City Meals on Wheels.  A native New Yorker, Dave Cassaro is a graduate of Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in communication arts. He currently resides in Garden City with his wife Mary Jane and their two dogs.  They have three adult children, Michael, Daniel & Emily.  Dave is an avid golfer and cyclist & enjoys fishing and exercise.

MICHAEL DEERING – Vice President

Michael Deering is LIPA’s Director of Customer Service Oversight and Stakeholder Relations. Mr. Deering joined LIPA in 2007 with over 25 years of environmental and energy experience, having worked in both the private and public sector. Mr. Deering received a Bachelor of Arts degree from C.W. Post College and a Master of Arts degree from St. John’s University. Michael is a resident and active community member in the Town of Smithtown, where he and his wife, Diane, are the proud parents of two boys.

LARRY DUNN – Vice President

Larry Dunn is the senior director of marketing and sales for Island Federal Credit Union.  Previously he was vice president of advertising for Newsday Media Group. Larry’s 25+-year career has been in advertising roles in the magazine industry. From 1991 to 2010, Larry was the vice president and group publisher of Multichannel News, Broadcasting & Cable, Video Business, and Trade Show Week. For the past ten years, Larry also hosts a daily radio show on SiriusXM radio: Channel 33 on 1st Wave.

DAVID E. HEROLD – Vice President

David Herold is a partner in the Long Island law firm of Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, where he practices in the firm’s Banking/Commercial Lending Group and serves on the firm’s Management Committee. He is a graduate of Chaminade High School, Boston College, and St. John’s University School of Law. David is average skier, a mediocre golfer, and likes to think he can play guitar.


David Schneidman was president and chief executive officer of Valley Stream Distributors until 1988. In addition to his involvement with Long Island Cares, David has been a volunteer of the American Red Cross since 2007.


Diana T. Cecchini, CPA, MBA, is the chief financial officer and vice president of finance for Korg USA. She has an MBA in finance and a BBA in accounting from Hofstra University. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the New York State Society of CPAs, the Institute of Management Accountants, the Long Island Import Export Association, the Long Island CFO Group, and the Financial Executive Women’s Group.


ALAN Z. FROMM – Secretary

Alan Z. Fromm is the Director of Training at Amneal Pharmaceuticals, headquartered in Brookhaven, NY. Alan has more than 30 years of corporate education, training, and organizational development experience. He is currently the President of Young Israel of Plainview and has held various positions on the Board of Directors there for 30 consecutive years. Alan is a licensed private pilot living in Plainview, NY, and he and his wife, Susan, are proud parents of two married children. Fun fact: Alan is a regular blood donor, and has donated more than 300 units of platelets to date.


Janet D’Addario is a graphic artist and fine arts painter for D’Addario and Company. She is president of the board of Providence House and an advocate for social justice and women in prison. Janet is a member of Wheatley Hills Golf Club, Friars Head, Laurel Links, and the Madison Club in La Quinta, California. Married for 43 years to Jim, she is the mother of three and grandmother of seven.



Melissa Buonadonna-Hernandez is President, Owner/Operator of her Family business Buonadonna ShopRite LLC.  A member of the Wakefern Food Corporation, her stores are located in Bay Shore, West Babylon, and Massapequa.  Ms. Buonadonna-Hernandez has more than 26 years of experience in the Grocery and Customer Service industry, which has allowed her to help others put food on their tables, provide support and encourage people in need to succeed.

Ms. Buonadonna-Hernandez sits on several Wakefern Corporation committees, including Produce, Bakery, Co-Vice Chair of Floral, and is a Strategic Initiative Advisor for her Co-op.  She is also a Member of the Chamber of Commerce of Massapequa and belongs to the Suffolk County Food Safety Council.  Originally from Philadelphia, Melissa now resides in East Setauket with her husband Julio and four daughters.


Jim Lennon has been creating advertising photography for regional and national companies for more than 35 years with award recognition from Kodak, The Association of the Graphic Arts, The Long Island Advertising Club, and Graphic Design magazine. He has taught photography at Adelphi University and currently sits on the advisory board for the photography program at Suffolk County Community College. He has guest lectured at many other regional art and photography organizations. He is past president of the American Society of Media Photographers–Long Island and is the vice president of the board of directors of East End Arts.


John L. Mackey is the Regional Vice President of Enterprise Holdings for Long Island’s Nassau and Suffolk Counties. John graduated from Morehouse College in 2005, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.  He commenced his career with Enterprise in Chicago, Illinois, receiving promotions throughout the Chicagoland area, to Wisconsin, and now Long Island. John is married to his beautiful wife Raven, and they are the proud parents of Reese and John Jr. In his leisure time, John enjoys golfing, travel, and exploring his new home of Long Island.


Lyle Mahler is a Partner at Farrell Fritz in Uniondale.  He has extensive experience representing individuals and businesses in connection with mergers and acquisitions, capital investments, and joint venture arrangements, with a special emphasis on real estate joint ventures. He also handles a variety of general corporate matters, including the negotiation and preparation of shareholder agreements, LLC operating agreements, and various types of commercial contracts.



Carolyn Mazzenga is partner-in-charge of the Melville, New York, office of Marcum LLP, a top 15 national accounting and advisory services firm and the largest on Long Island. A member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Carolyn additionally serves as national partner-in-charge of the High-Net-Worth Individuals Practice Group. Her current professional and civic affiliations include the American Institute of CPAs, the New York State Society of CPAs, Financial Executive Women and the Board of Directors of the Long Island Association.

Mr. Mahler received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his law degree from Fordham University School of Law.  He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and Nassau County Bar Association.



Rosemarie Mignogna is senior vice president at Ridgewood Savings Bank.


Marc Perez joined Bank of America in 2000 and is currently the New York City/Long Island Regional Executive for the Consumer Business. In this role, Marc is responsible for leading 120 Consumer Financial Centers across fourteen markets in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island. Before re-joining Consumer in 2012, Marc spent eight years in Wealth Management, serving as both The Wealth Management Banking Market Executive and Premier Banking and Investments Market Manager in New York City. Marc is actively involved in the Bank’s Employee Networks, currently serving as the Executive Sponsor for HOLA’s New York City Chapter. He is a past Regional chairperson for the Consumer Associate Advisory & Inclusion Council, Executive Sponsor for Long Island’s LEAD for Women chapter, and previous member of the Global Diversity and Inclusion council. Marc graduated from St. John’s University, where he earned a B.S. degree in finance. He also holds FINRA Series 7, 9, 10, 63, 66 and 24 licenses. He has completed the Bank of America Market Director Executive Education Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He proudly sits on the Board of Directors for Long Island Cares. He and his wife Maryann reside in Northport, Long Island, with his two daughters, Olivia and Julia.


BRIAN L. SEIDMAN – Past President

Brian Seidman, Board President, is the Regional Managing Director for BNY Mellon Wealth Management. In his current roles at BNY Mellon and LI Cares and prior senior investment leadership roles at U.S. Trust, Julius Baer, and J.P. Morgan, Brian has dedicated his professional career to helping families meet their needs. Brian, who grew up in Huntington along with the Chapin family, believes, just as Harry did, that “…Our lives are to be used and thus to be lived as fully as possible, and truly it seems that we are never so alive as when we concern ourselves with other people.” An active boater, Brian lives in Centerport and is a member of the Centerport Yacht Club and Britannia Yachting Center in Northport.


Dan Siegel is currently President of Lifetime Brands, Inc.  He joined Lifetime Brands in 1992 and has held various positions, most recently as Lifetime Brands executive Vice President.  He serves on the board of Grupo Vasconia, the company’s 30% partner in Mexico, and GS Internacional S/A, the company’s 40%-owned partner company in Brazil.  An avid supporter of the inventor community, Dan was featured on seven episodes of Food Network’s 2012 television show “Invention Hunters.”   Dan is active in community affairs and has been recognized over many years for his good works. In 2012, Dan was awarded the individual Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award from Long Island Cares, Inc.  Dan lives in Lloyd Harbor with his wife Sharon and sons Riley and Brady.  He enjoys Crossfit, tennis, and reading.


Jeff Yablon is a high school science teacher in the Hauppauge School District. He led the school’s Interact and Rotary Clubs for many years. Jeff lives in Brookhaven Hamlet with his wife, Cori, and their four children.

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