Board of Directors


Dr. Azad Anand is the founder of Long Island Diagnostic Imaging Center, the first comprehensive multimodality imaging facility. Before establishing his radiology practice, Dr. Anand was director of neuroradiology and a member of the Senate at Stony Brook University Hospital. He also sits on the Nassau Community College foundation board and the advisory board for the Sanford Brown vocational school. Dr. Anand is the founder of the Center for India Studies at Stony Brook University.



William “Bill” Ayers is the Director of Relationship Management at Astoria Bank; additionally, he is the Senior Vice President of the Business Bank Group at Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association.


JOSEPH W. BROWN – Past President

Joseph Brown, board past president,  is senior vice president and chief merchandising officer for King Kullen Grocery Co. Inc. and co-president of Wild by Nature Markets. Joe also serves on the board of directors for the Food Industry Alliance of New York State and is past chairman of the board of the Catholic Institute of the Food Industry. He resides in Centereach with his wife, Donna.


VICTOR J. CANALES – Vice President

Victor Canales is the vice president and chief operating officer of JVC Media, Long Island’s largest, independently owned and locally operated radio broadcast company and live entertainment company. JVC stations serve the entire island and coastal Connecticut and include WPTY-FM PARTY Radio 10; Long Island’s only Spanish FM station, WBON LaFiesta; heritage classic rock station WRCN; and the only country FM station in the tristate area, WJVC-FM My Country. JVC’s event division, Long Island Events, is the operator of The Pennysaver Amphitheater, a 7,000-seat outdoor event facility.


DAVE CASSARO – Secretary

Board secretary Dave Cassaro currently heads 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.  Prior to 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.



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.


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.



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.



Michael Deering is vice president for environmental affairs for the Long Island Power Authority. He oversees the authority’s award-winning energy efficiency and renewable technology programs. Michael is a resident and active community member in the Town of Smithtown, where he is a volunteer coach in the Smithtown Kickers Soccer Club. He and his wife, Diane, are the proud parents of two boys.



Ellen Deutsch is senior vice president/chief growth officer of the Hain Celestial Group. Having completed both her BBA and MBA degrees at Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Ellen has been a contributor to industry publications and guest speaker at events including Food Marketing Institute conferences, FUSE, Natural Products Expo, Food Innovation and Technology Forum, and NY/Women in Communications.



Larry Dunn is the senior vice president of advertising for Newsday Media Group, which includes Newsday, Newsday.com and amNewYork. 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 10 years, Larry also hosts a daily radio show on SiriusXM radio: Channel 33 on 1st Wave.



Gregory Fitzgerald is formerly Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer in Commercial Lending at TD Bank.  Prior to joining TD Bank, he served as a Vice President and Relationship Manager at HSBC in Melville. He has 35 years’ experience in banking and lending.



Susan Francis is a native of Jamaica who came to the U.S., earned her degree as a registered nurse and worked in that field for ten years. Now, a local business owner and licensed real estate broker, she is also a foster parent for the New York State Division for Youth. Susan belongs to the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Long Island Chapter, Inc. and the New York State Association of Realtors (NYSAR).



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 has held various positions on the Board of Directors at the Young Israel of Plainview for 28 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.


DAVID E. HEROLD – Vice Treasurer

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.


JIM LENNON – Vice President

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.



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.



Rosemarie Mignogna is senior vice president at Ridgewood Savings Bank.



Susan Miller is the owner of Susan L. Miller Arts Associates, specializing in art and custom framing for corporate and residential projects, in addition to working as a licensed salesperson at Signature Premier Properties in Huntington. Ms. Miller received the Clark Gilles Foundation Hope for Kids Award, was one of 1999 Long Island Center for Professional Women Achievers and the 2000 Hall of Fame. She sits on the Huntington Arts Council Board and, until recently, the Long Island School for the Gifted.



Jaime Chapin Miller is a realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty in Westchester County. She has had numerous and varied jobs ranging from working on Wall Street to being a development director for several nonprofit organizations in New York City. She has focused much of her nonprofit work in the fields of hunger, housing and education. She lives in Westchester with her husband and two sons.



Thomas Murray is managing partner for Albrecht, Viggiano, Zureck & Company (AVZ). He is a past recipient of the New York State Society of CPAs’ Arthur J. Dixon Public Service Award, which recognizes CPAs who have attained a high level of public service and who have distinguished themselves in community, charitable and civic activities on an ongoing basis. He is president and serves on the board of directors of Advancement for Commerce, Industry & Technology.



Lynn Needelman is the former executive director of Long Island Cares. She served in that position from 1990 until 2008.  Lynn lives with her husband, Bill, in Huntington, New York.



David E. Paseltiner is a partner in Jaspan Schlesinger LLP’s Corporate and Commercial Transactions Practice Group and its Banking and Financial Services Practice Group. David has represented businesses in numerous industries, ranging in size from small start-up operations to publicly traded corporations, and has been recognized in Long Island Business News’ “Who’s Who in Corporate Law.” In addition to his professional activities, he is a member and past chair of the board of directors of the Education and Assistance Corporation and is a past president of Long Island Cares’ Board of Directors.



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


BRIAN L. SEIDMAN – President

Brian Seidman, board president, is the Regional Managing Director for BNY Mellon Wealth Management on Long Island.  Previously he was the National Portfolio Strategy Executive for US Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management.   Brian resides 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.



Howard Weiner, CPA, is a retired partner of Holtz Rubenstein Reminick, LLP where he served as the partner in-charge of the firm’s compliance with technical audit issues and ethics. Howard was active in the firm’s international organization, chairing the Assurance Committee for three years and speaking around the world.



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.