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Board of Directors

PETER APPELLO

Peter A. Appello is National Sales Executive for Capital One Bank’s Specialty Sales Organization, which includes Small Business Banking and Business Banking. Born and raised on Long Island, Peter received his Bachelor’s degree from Long Island University and his MBA from Dowling College. He is a former President of the Long Island Chapter of the Risk Management Association and has donated his time to several non-profit organizations, including Hospice Care Network, Arthritis Foundation and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, in addition to serving on the board for Long Island Cares and being a past honoree for the 2018 Harry Chapin Award Dinner.  Peter resides in Merrick, New York, with his wife and children, and in his free time coaches baseball and basketball.

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.  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 – Treasurer

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

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 – 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 10 years, Larry also hosts a daily radio show on SiriusXM radio: Channel 33 on 1st Wave.

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 the 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.

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.

JIM LENNON

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

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

Rosemarie Mignogna is senior vice president at Ridgewood Savings Bank.

MARC PEREZ

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. Prior to 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 and proudly sits on the Board of Directors for Long Island Cares. He and his wife Maryann reside in Northport, Long Island with his their two daughters, Olivia and Julia.

DAVID SCHNEIDMAN – Vice President

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.

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

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.

CHRIS TOBIA

Chris Tobia is Senior Director of National/Major Retail Sales for Newsday, where he oversees a team of advertising sales executives who work closely with clients in many business categories, including financial, health, retail, education and travel.  He has over 25 years in Sales and New Product Development, and has been with Newsday since 2006.   Chris formerly worked on Wall Street as an independent consultant/co-strategist to a private equity partnership.  Chris grew up on Long Island,  lives in Sea Cliff and enjoys the arts, fitness, skiing and a good book.

JEFF YABLON

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.

PETER APPELLO

Peter A. Appello is National Sales Executive for Capital One Bank’s Specialty Sales Organization, which includes Small Business Banking and Business Banking. Born and raised on Long Island, Peter received his Bachelor’s degree from Long Island University and his MBA from Dowling College. With more than 25 years in the financial services industry, Peter has held various leadership positions with Bank of America, Fleet Financial and Citibank. He is a former President of the Long Island Chapter of the Risk Management Association and has donated his time to several non-profit organizations, including Hospice Care Network, Arthritis Foundation and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Peter resides in Merrick, New York, with his wife and children, and in his free time coaches baseball and basketball.
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