Our Board


Honorary Trustees

James Riley, Jr.

James Riley Jr, Tomorrow's Hope Foundation Former Managing Partner
Goldman Sachs New York
Jim Riley received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Saint John’s University in 1974; Masters in Business Administration in 1975; and an Honorary Degree of Doctor in 2003. Jim is a retired partner and managing director at Goldman Sachs New York. He is the President of the Riley Family Foundation. Jim is a current Board of Trustees member of Sacred Heart Academy, Hempstead, NY. He co-chaired Sacred Heart’s first capital campaign in 2004 and is a current member of the Presidents Council/Parents at Villanova University. Jim is a former board member of Saint Joseph’s in Garden City, NY, former trustee’s member, executive communications member and chair of institutional advancement at Saint John’s University. The Riley family is a sponsor of “Team We Care”. This team is active with many young people swimming, walking, running, and bowling for various charitable causes geared towards medical and educational fields. In 2001 Jim was selected as Big Brothers Man of the Year. In 2002 he endowed the Student Manage Investment Fund at Saint John’s University and the Catholic Big Brothers University Scholarship. In 2003, Jim endowed the Children’s Aid Society University Scholarship. At Villanova University in 2005, Jim endowed the Riley Family Campus Ministry program. Jim is active in endowing scholarships for children’s aid society, catholic big brothers, family and childrens services on Long Island. Jim and his wife, Ellen, have four daughters, Brigid, Shannon, Kerry Lynn and Courtney, all products of Catholic Education and live in Garden City, NY.

Dan Denihan

Denihan Capital LLC
Prior to Denihan Capital he was the co-owner of Affinia Hospitality for over 35 years. He held the position of Managing Director and was responsible for all aspects of human resources to continuously improve the standards of quality and guest service and ensure all human resource strategies were aligned with the company’s mission and business goals. In his tenure with Affinia Hospitality he served in multiple capacities including operations, sales and marketing and food and beverage and oversaw the corporate sales and marketing functions as the company sought to enhance its identity outside the New York market. Dan Denihan serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Francis Hospital & Mercy Medical Center. He is Co-Chairman of the Capital Campaign Committee for St. Aloysius School in Harlem and is a member of the National Development Board for Boston College and was co-chair of its Ever to Excel campaign, NY region. In addition, he is an advisory committee member for the Board of Directors for Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Whelan Group. Is on the Steering Committee for Boy’s Town New York Development. Additionally, Dan is one of the Board of Directors of the Jesuit Collaborative and serves as a committee member of the Catholic Medical Mission Board. Dan Denihan is a life long parishioner of St. Mary’s Church, Manhasset, NY, a graduate of Xavier H.S. in NYC and Boston College’69. Dan is married to the lovely Kathleen Tuohey for over 30 years. Kathleen is a graduate of Fordham University. Together they are proud parents of five children. Daniel, Johns Hopkins University’01, Conor, Johns Hopkins University’02, Suzanne, Boston College’03, Sean, Georgetown University’06 and Mary Kate, Boston College’06. Edith Tomlin Denihan is the matriarch of the family and has been its guiding force and influence. Dan Denihan was inducted into the Xavier High School Hall of Fame in 1998. Is a recipient of the Catholic Big Brothers Dwight Darcy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and the Phillip Callan Award for Volunteerism at Boston College in 2004 and, is a member of the Manhasset Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

The Honorable Alfonse M. D'Amato

Managing Director
Park Strategies, LLC
Alfonse M. D’Amato is the managing director of Park Strategies, LLC and served in the United States Senate from 1981-1999. Alfonse M. D’Amato was first elected to the United States Senate on November 4, 1980. Known for his tenacity and ability to get results, D’Amato served three distinguished terms in the Senate advocating the interests and the people of New York State. During his tenure in the US Senate, D’Amato served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, overseeing legislation affecting America’s financial institutions, banking, public and private housing, urban development and foreign trade promotion. Senator D’Amato also served on the powerful Senate Finance Committee controlling legislation regarding bonded debt, customs, general revenue sharing, health programs, social security, tariffs and trade agreements. The Senator also served on the Senate Subcommittee on Health Care, the Subcommittee on International Trade and the Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight. As Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (The Helsinki Commission) Senator D’Amato authored the Libya Sanctions Act to combat efforts by renegade nations to finance international terrorism through oil field development. And as a member of the Senate’s Caucus on International Narcotics Control, Al D’Amato was a leader in the fight against illegal drugs. Senator D’Amato’s transition to the private sector has made him one of the most sought after public policy and business development strategists in the country. His absolute determination, expert negotiation skills, and extensive political and legislative experience are unparalleled. As a founding partner of Park Strategies LLC, D’Amato provides strategic advice and counsel to a variety of corporate clients throughout the United States and the world. Park Strategies, founded in 1998, is headquartered in New York City. They also have offices in Albany, N.Y., Long Island, and Washington, D.C. D’Amato is a vital force in New York politics, most recently helping now President George W. Bush’s effort in New York and helping on the campaigns of his former colleagues in the United State Senate. D’Amato’s political prowess is second to none. In 1995, he was selected by his colleagues to Chair the National Republican Senatorial Committee – the only national republican committee to gain seats that election cycle. D’Amato’s political skills, particularly in New York State, have helped elect hundreds of local, state and federal candidates to office. D’Amato served as Special Master in the Holocaust settlement case with the German and Austrian banks having been appointed by the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York. As Chairman of the Banking Committee, Senator D’Amato led the historic effort to restore assets to Holocaust survivors and their heirs, ultimately forcing the Swiss Banks to pay over $1 billion in restitution to survivors. Senator D’Amato can be seen as a regular contributor/commentator for the Fox News Channel. In addition, D’Amato has a weekly show on Bloomberg Radio, and a weekly segment, Wise Guys, on New York 1 with former New York City Mayor Ed Koch. Senator D’Amato resides in his hometown of Island Park, New York and has finally completed building his “dream home” in Long Beach, N.Y. In July of 2004, he married longtime love Katuria Smith. He is the proud father of four children and fourteen grandchildren.

Robert B. Catell

Robert B. Catell


Board of Directors

James M. Avena

Carolynn Lucca Black

Vice President, Associate Group Director Signature Bank

Jeffrey R. Byrnes

Jeff Byrnes is a life-long Long Islander who was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, grew up in Hauppauge and has been a resident of East Rockaway since 1992. Jeff graduated from St. John’s University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and is currently a Senior Network Service Manager within Sprint’s Customer Management organization.
Jeff and his children Kevin and Kate, both graduates of St. Agnes Cathedral Elementary School and Kellenberg Memorial High School, are active members of St. Agnes Cathedral parish. Jeff serves on the parish’s Liturgy, Finance and Security Committees and is a past member of the Pastoral Council. He is also a Lector and an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and is the coordinator for the Bishop’s servers at the Cathedral. Jeff is also an active member of the St. Agnes Cathedral School Father’s Club and served as its President during the 2008-09 school year and has also helped to chair and run the yearly golf outing. Jeff is very proud to have been awarded the Father’s Club William J. Cronin award in 2014, and most recently was honored by St. Agnes Cathedral School receiving the St. Thomas Aquinas Award for Ongoing Support of Catholic Education at the 2018 Dinner Dance. Catholic School education is very important to the Byrnes family and Jeff also supports Kellenberg Memorial High School as a part of the SKOPOS Development Committee and is an active member of the Kellenberg Alumni Parents Association. Kevin and Kaitlin are both studying at St. John’s University and Jeff is a member of the Red White Club, the Loughlin Society and is very involved with fundraising for the Pamela Shea-Byrnes Catholic Scholars Endowed Scholarship fund. Additionally the Byrnes family has been very active in supporting the Bread and Life Soup Kitchen in Brooklyn over the years.
Jeff is honored to serve on the board of the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation.

Paul Clagnaz

Principal St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School Paul Clagnaz is a graduate of Chaminade High School. He received his BFA from Long Island University, MS in Education from Hofstra University, and Professional Diploma in Educational Administration and Supervision from St. John’s University. He has New York State School District Administrator certification. Mr. Clagnaz began teaching at St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School in 1992. He became principal in 1997. He has served on a number of Diocesan and community organizations including the Elementary School Study Committee, which led to the establishment of the Education Commission and Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation. Most recently he received the Catholic School Executive Leadership Award from Fordham University. Mr. Clagnaz resides in Westbury with his wife Stephanie, also an educator. They have three grown children, all whom are teachers. Mr. and Mrs. Clagnaz received the St. Agnes Medal of Service from Bishop Murphy in recognition of their service to the Parish of St. Brigid.

Richard Conniff

Chief Operating Officer & Fund Manager RXR Realty

Mr. Conniff serves as Chief Operating Officer of RXR Realty LLC (“RXR”), a multibillion-dollar private real estate company which was formed subsequent to the sale of Reckson Associates Realty Corp. (“Reckson”) to SL Green in January 2007, one of the largest public Real Estate management buyouts in REIT history.

Prior to the Reckson/SL Green merger, Mr. Conniff served as Corporate Senior Vice President of Investments. From the time of Reckson’s IPO in 1995 until the Reckson/SL Green merger, Mr. Conniff was responsible for the execution of all investment activities at Reckson including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and mezzanine lending, contributing to Reckson’s dynamic growth throughout the New York Metropolitan area. During that time, Reckson’s portfolio grew from 6.2 million square feet of office and industrial properties to over 24 million square feet at its peak.

In his capacity as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Conniff is responsible for the oversight of all activities related to RXR’s 23.4 million square foot commercial portfolio, encompassing 73 buildings throughout the New York Metropolitan area, including leasing, property management, partner relations and financial reporting.

Prior to joining Reckson in 1994, Mr. Conniff was employed by Cushman & Wakefield (“C&W”) as a Senior Asset Manager responsible for all activities related to C&W’s four million square foot Long Island office portfolio. Prior to C&W, Mr. Conniff was employed by VMS Realty Partners (“VMS”) as an Asset Manager with responsibility for all leasing, management, financing, refinancing and disposition activities related to VMS’s Northeast office portfolio encompassing six million square feet from NYC to Washington, D.C.

Mr. Conniff is an active member of the community outside of RXR. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation, supporting Catholic education in the Diocese of Rockville Centre and on the Advisory Committee of Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Patrick Curtin

Managing Director & Global Head of Funds Services
Citi Investor Services
Patrick is responsible for Citi’s Global Fund Services franchise. He previously was responsible for business origination and managing client relationships across Citi’s Investor Services suite in North America. He has 25 years of executive leadership in the securities business and capital markets having most recently headed the Investor Services businesses in The Americas at Bank of New York Mellon where he spent nearly 13 years. Prior to BNY Mellon, Patrick was at Chase Manhattan Bank, where he ran Portfolio Analytics and Performance Measurement. Earlier in his career, Patrick ran the Pension Investments Group for Pfizer and was a Fixed Income Portfolio Manager for a large UK Insurance Company. He also spent several years as an Adjunct Professor of Economics and Statistics at The University of Bridgeport. Patrick also holds an M.B.A. in finance and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Kathleen Deegan Dickson, Esq.

Attorney Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LLP Kathleen Deegan Dickson, (St. John’s University School of Law, 1991) concentrates her practice in the areas of real estate development matters, and, in particular, land use and zoning law. Kathleen has an extensive track record of success with and before municipal boards and agencies on significant projects throughout Long Island. Perhaps more importantly, she has a reputation for effectiveness and integrity in the pre-hearing meetings and outreach to municipal planning staffs and civic groups that are now a must in Long Island’s current development climate. She is former counsel to the City of Glen Cove Planning and Zoning Boards, and currently represents many developers, property owners, corporations and private individuals in all types of matters involving real property transactions, zoning and land use. Ms. Deegan Dickson has been awarded an “AV” legal ability and ethics rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory – the very highest rating this nationally recognized publication has established. This rating is based upon extensive confidential peer review surveys. She is admitted to practice before the Courts of the States of New York and Connecticut. She is a member of the American and the New York State Bar Associations, as well as the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, WEDLI (Women Economic Developers of Long Island), the Nassau County Catholic Lawyer’s Guild and the New York Democratic Lawyers Council. Ms. Deegan Dickson also serves as the Chairperson of the All Saints Regional School Board, on the Advisory Council of the North Shore University Hospital at Glen Cove, and the Board of Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation. Ms. Deegan Dickson has published articles on land subdivision in the New York Real Estate Journal. While at St. John’s University Law School, Ms. Deegan Dickson was on the staff of and had an article published in St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary. She was named one of Long Island’s “50 Most Influential Women” by Long Island Business News (2010 and 2013) and a New York SuperLawyer (2011, 2012 & 2013). Most recently, she was honored by the John J. Byrne Community Center Uniondale at its inaugural Long Island Outstanding Advocate for Children and Youth Awards.

Stephen V. DeSimone

President & Chief Executive DeSimone Consulting Engineers As President of DeSimone Consulting Engineers, Stephen DeSimone has designed numerous innovative structures during his career. Stephen joined the firm in 1988. During his tenure, he has focused on the design of high-rise and mixed-use structures. A licensed professional Engineer and LEED certified professional, Stephen is active member of the Engineering community. He was a founding member of the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) and sat on the Steering Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Stephen is a member of the New York Concrete Industry Board, American Concrete Institute, and Chi-Epsilon, the National Civil Engineering Honor Society.
Balancing his professional career, Stephen assists on the boards of many community-based
organizations including St. Patrick School, Challenger Athletics, Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation, and the O’Co-Nee Association. He is also a board member of the Skyscraper Museum and is on the executive committee of the Lehigh M. Engineering Program.
Married with three children, Stephen resides in Bay Shore, New York. He enjoys the opportunity to give back and build a better community.
Stephen received his Master’s degree (Civil Engineering) from Columbia University and his Bachelor’s degree (Civil Engineering) from Manhattan College.

Vicki Ferrara

Managing Partner Amagansett Associates, LLC As a devoted Catholic, Vicki firmly believes in the mission of Tomorrow’s Hope. A graduate of Sacred Heart Academy (and honored as its 2013 “Woman of Heart”), Vicki has a deep faith and belief in the positive influence of Catholic education. After graduating from Fashion Institute of Technology, Vicki took roots in Manhattan and embarked on a successful 24 year career in New York City’s garment industry. In 2000, Vicki and her family moved to Garden City and soon after 9/11/01, she retired. Living by her motto “Giving back never goes out of style”, Vicki passionately immersed herself in charitable endeavors through her church and community. Vicki is an active board member of the INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network). In addition, in 2015, Vicki received the St. Pius X Award for her 10 years of service as a CCD instructor and actively participates with the Ministry of Consolation at St. Joseph’s Parish. She also runs semi-annual events for the elderly through her “Grande Dames” club, raising funds for the missionary work being done in the South Pacific by Bishop Chris Cardone. Vicki’s husband, Joseph is also a product of lifelong Catholic education. Their proudest creations are their sons, Joseph and Gianni, both graduates of Chaminade H.S., and Fordham (’15) and Fairfield (’19) respectively.

Kathleen M. Giamo

President The Giamo Group

Mary Ryan Gonzalez

Senior Attorney U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Ryan Gonzalez is the product of a Catholic school education having attended St. Anthony’s grammar school in Oceanside and graduating from Maria Regina Diocesan High school in Uniondale. Mary continued a faith-based education at Siena College graduating with a B.S. in Finance and earning her Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law. Mary has spent the majority of her professional career at a leading credit rating agency with a focus on Structured Finance and capital markets. Currently, Mary is a Senior Attorney-Advisor with a U.S. federal government agency. Mary resides in Rockville Centre with her husband, Patrick, and children, Owen and Kelly. The family are members of the St. Agnes parish and both children are graduates of the St. Agnes Cathedral School where Mary served as Vice -President of the School Board. Owen is a member of the Class of 2015 at Chaminade High School and Kelly is a member of the Class of 2017 at Sacred Heart Academy. A strong proponent of the values inherent in a Catholic school education, Mary has been honored to serve on the board of the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation since January, 2006

Hon. Rick Lazio

Senior Vice President Alliant Group

Frank P. Liantonio

Executive Managing Director Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. Professional Expertise
Frank P. Liantonio serves as an Executive Managing Director of Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., a global provider of real estate
services. Mr. Liantonio practices business development, consulting and brokerage from C&W’s NY office, accessing the
firm’s varied resources on client’s behalf.
Mr. Liantonio joined Cushman & Wakefield in 1981. During his career with the firm, he has served as co-head of the firm’s
Valuation & Advisory practice, one of the largest appraisers of commercial property and as head of the firm’s Strategic Advisory Services practice. In 2005, Mr. Liantonio co-headed the firm’s restructuring effort known as the G7 Initiative and in 2006, was named head of U.S. Capital Transaction Services at the firm, providing leadership for the firm’s Investment Sales, Corporate Finance & Investment Banking and Equity, Debt & Structured Finance Groups. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Liantonio was a partner in James H. Burns Co., a Manhattan-based real estate firm.
Professional Affiliations

  • Mr. Liantonio is a licensed real estate appraiser and broker in New York State and is a member of Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY).
  • Mr. Liantonio also received professional designations include the MAI (Member of the Appraisal Institute), the CRE (Member of the Counselors of Real Estate), and FRICS (“Fellow” of the London-based Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).
  • Mr. Liantonio is also a member of the Urban Land Institute, sitting on its Urban Development/Mixed Use Council (Green Flight).
Professional Recognition
  • In June 2015, Mr. Liantonio was awarded the Real Estate Board of New York’s highest honor, the Most Ingenious Retail Deal of the Year Award.
  • Mr. Liantonio is a recognized expert on real estate and capital markets. He has appeared on CNBC and The Stoler Report; and has also been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Financial Week.

Community Leadership
  • Mr. Liantonio served on the Board of the American Cancer Society, Easter Division for six years. Mr. Liantonio currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation and is a member of the Board of Regents of NYU Winthrop University Hospital.
  • In 2017 Mr. Liantonio, along with four other founding trustees, created the Garden City Real Estate Professionals Foundation (GCREF).
  • Mr. Liantonio also served on the Bishop’s Advisory Committee for Catholic Education in the Diocese of Rockville Center until 2015.
  • Mr. Liantonio received his BA in Economics cum laude from Marist College

Ronald T. Lo Russo

President Cushman & Wakefield’s Agency Consulting Group Ron Lo Russo serves as President of Cushman & Wakefield’s Agency Consulting Group. Mr. Lo Russo’s leadership experience and background in agency leasing drives new business opportunities for the firm by creating and executing strategies for leasing campaigns. Together with 12 professionals, the Agency Consulting Group actively promotes and delivers best-in-class practices, utilizing the depth and breadth of the global Cushman & Wakefield platform, to landlords in New York City. Formerly, Mr. Lo Russo served as President of the Tri-State Region, where he oversaw all facets of operations and performance of the 15 regional offices throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Mr. Lo Russo served as a key member of Cushman & Wakefield’s executive management team in the U.S. and reported directly to the Chief Executive Officer of the Americas. He was also a member of the firm’s Global Operating Committee. Among Mr. Lo Russo’s key accomplishments is the launch and development of “PREP” (Professional Real Estate Program), a regional training and rotational program for aspiring commercial real estate professionals, the strategic acquisition of Massey Knakal Realty in 2014, and the acquisition and integration of New York’s top capital markets team from Eastdil Secured, which has strengthened the firm’s competitive advantage, particularly in capital markets, throughout the region. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Lo Russo spent sixteen years with Vornado Realty Trust – seven of these as Vice President of Leasing for the New York Office Division – where he oversaw a portfolio of commercial real estate transactions totalling more than 6.5 million square feet. An attorney by trade, Mr. Lo Russo has structured complex lease and acquisition transactions throughout Manhattan. Mr. Lo Russo is a graduate of the Stern School of Business; holds a JD from New York Law School and is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association. He also serves on the Boards of Boy Scouts of New York and Tomorrow’s Hope, a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, and is a member of Partnership for New York City & Urban Land Institute. Originally from Bergen County, New Jersey, Mr. Lo Russo now resides in Long Island with his wife and three children.

F.J. McCarthy

President Site Selection Advisory Group, Inc. F.J. McCarthy, CCIM, is President of the Site Selection Advisory Group, Inc., a Long Island based real estate development and investment company and a Principal of Genesis Real Estate Advisors, a real estate brokerage and management company. Mr. McCarthy has been engaged in the real estate business on Long Island for the past 27 years. F.J. holds his degree in finance from Fordham University and is a member of the CCIM Institute where he has served on the National Designation Committee and is a former treasurer and vice president of the New York State Chapter. He is a licensed real estate broker in New York, is a designated realtor and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. F.J is also a Trustee of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Rockville Centre where he has served on the Executive Committee, Governance and Leadership Committee, and was Chairman of the Development Committee. He is a Trustee of the Northwell Health System where he serves on the Executive Committee, Governance Committee, Quality Committee and is Co-Chair of the Committee on Community and Public Health. Mr. McCarthy is also Chairman of Southside Hospital’s Community Board an owned hospital of the Northwell Health System. In addition to his local hospital involvement, he is also a member of the Healthcare Trustees of New York Board (HTNY) and is Co-Chair of the Public Advocacy/Communications Committee. He is a board member of the Tomorrows Hope Foundation where he serves on the Executive Committee. In addition, he has been a member of the Bay Shore-Brightwaters St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee since its formation in 2001. F.J resides in Bay Shore with his wife Kelly and two children, Meaghan and Connor. He is active at his home parish of St. Patrick where he is a Trustee, Eucharistic Minister and he serves on the Finance and Pastoral Councils. In addition he is a Knight in the Order of Malta as well as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre. He is an avid boater, fisherman, skier and enjoys golf and cooking but most of all spending time with his family.

Michael McCarthy

Vice President & Senior Relationship Manager M&T Bank Michael McCarthy is a member on the Board of Directors for the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation since 2012. Michael has been at M&T Bank as Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager running the Long Island real estate portfolio for Long Island since February 2013. Before joining M&T Bank, McCarthy worked for The Bank of Nova Scotia in NY for 19 years where he served as Director in their Real Estate, Gaming and Leisure Group for 15 of those years. McCarthy received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the College of Business Administration of Fordham University at Rose Hill and a Masters in Business Administration at the Graduate School of Business of Fordham University at Lincoln Center in NY. He was a six year member (three years serving as President) of the St. Joseph School Board in Garden City, NY. He served as Chairman for the St. Joseph School Golf and Tennis Open for seven years and was President of the St. Joseph Fathers Association for eight years. McCarthy also sits on the Golf and Tennis Committee for Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, NY and Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY (former Co-Chairman), and is a member of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. McCarthy currently resides in Garden City, NY and is married to Irena Gecas-McCarthy who is a Principal at Deloitte. In addition the McCarthy’s have a 15 year old daughter, Julia, who attends Sacred Heart Academy.

Michael Merlo

Retired Chief Credit Officer/Executive Vice President Signature Bank

Gerald D. Pietroforte

Jerry Pietroforte has nearly 40 years of real estate and capital markets experience working as aprincipal, financial advisor and practicing lawyer. He has evaluated and structured purchasesand sales of numerous real estate assets, and he has analyzed real estate equity and debttransactions exceeding $100 billion. He has also provided financial advisory services on multipleacquisition and securitization transactions which individually exceeded $1 billion, and he hasserved as a consulting and/or testifying expert in numerous legal disputes. Jerry was a Managing Director at Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) from 2005 until 2018, where hespecialized in strategic planning, restructuring, transactional execution and asset management.While at A&M, he served in numerous roles including as Co-Head of Lehman Brother’s RealEstate Group after its bankruptcy filing, as a board member of Starman Hotel Holdings, LLC, andas an advisor for a major office developer in the restructuring of $8.5 billion of debt. Prior to joining A&M, Jerry was an equity partner with Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP,where he served as National Co-Leader of Real Estate Financial Advisory Services and Chairmanof the Partner/Director Admissions Committee. During his career, he also worked as a Directorof the Institutional Property Group at Cantor Fitzgerald, LP; Vice President and Manager ofMortgage/Contract Finance at The First Boston Corporation (n/k/a Credit Suisse); and RealEstate Associate at Thacher, Proffitt & Wood. Jerry is a licensed New York State Real Estate Broker and a member of the Urban Land Institute.He has served on the boards of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council, the DeloitteFoundation and The Berkeley Carroll School. He recently co-founded two special purposeentities which own and manage investment-grade net lease properties, and currently, he is co-founding a real estate investment firm which will buy and renovate multifamily properties inneed of capital improvements.

Peter Quick

Partner Burke and Quick Partners Holdings LLP Peter Quick has over 30 years experience in the securities and financial services industries. He is a recognized leader in the securities industry with experience in the domestic and international equities market, equities market making, market structure reform, trading technology and clearing operations. Peter is a Partner of Burke and Quick Partners Holdings LLP, the parent company of Burke & Quick Partners LLC a broker dealer. Mr. Quick worked at the American Stock Exchange from 2000 to 2005. Prior to joining the American Stock Exchange he served as President of Quick & Reilly Inc., a Quick & Reilly subsidiary and a national discount brokerage firm. He also served as President of Quick & Reilly/Fleet Securities. Mr. Quick is a graduate from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Engineering, and attended Stanford University’s Graduate School of Petroleum Engineering. He served four years active duty from 1978 to 1982 as an Officer in the United States Navy. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gain Capital (GCAP:NYSE) and a member of the Boards of Trustees of Medicure Inc. (TSX:MPH), The School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Fund for the Poor, and the Chairman of the Board of Governors of St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, NY and Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Centre, NY. Mr. Quick serves as the Mayor of the Incorporated Village of Mill Neck, NY. He is a former member of the Board of Alliance Capital Money Market Fund, Chicago Stock Exchange Inc (CHX), The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), The Midwest Trust Company, Securities Industry Automation Corporation (SIAC), National Security Clearing Corporation, The American Stock Exchange and the National Association of Security Dealers Inc), Quick & Reilly, Inc., (NYSE: BQR), Reckson Associates Realty Corp (NYSE: RX) and The Bear Stearns Current Yield Fund (AMEX:YYY). Peter and his wife Crisler reside in Mill Neck, NY. They have seven children ranging in age from 29 to 14.

Lewis S. Ranieri

Chairman and Founder Ranieri Partners LLC Lewis S. Ranieri is Founder and Chairman of Ranieri Partners LLC which is focused on financial services and the use of cognitive technologies. Mr. Ranieri serves as Chairman and Senior Managing Partner of Ranieri Partners LLC, an advisor and manager of private investments. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Managers of Shellpoint Partners, LLC, a residential mortgage originator.
Mr. Ranieri had been Vice Chairman of Salomon Brothers, Inc. (“Salomon”). He is generally considered to be the “father” of the securitized mortgage market. Mr. Ranieri helped develop the capital markets as a source of funds for housing and commercial real estate, established Salomon’s leadership position in the mortgage-backed securities area, and also led the effort to obtain federal legislation to support and build the market. At Salomon, Mr. Ranieri had responsibility for the firm’s activities in the mortgage, real estate and government-guaranteed areas.
Regarded as an expert and innovator in both the mortgage and capital markets, Mr. Ranieri has served as Co-Chairman on the National Association of Home Builders Mortgage Roundtable continuously since 1989. In recognition of his dedication and lifelong achievements in the housing industry, Mr. Ranieri was inducted into the National Housing Hall of Fame. He is also a recipient of the lifetime achievement award given by the Fixed Income Analysts Society, Inc. and was subsequently inducted into the FIASI Hall of Fame for outstanding practitioners in the advancement of the analysis of fixed-income securities and portfolios. In November 2004, BusinessWeek magazine named him one of “the greatest innovators of the past 75 years,” and in 2005, he received the Distinguished Industry Service Award from the American Securitization Forum.

Salvatore Restivo

Partner, Risk Management - Independence Ernst & Young Sal Restivo is a Partner with Ernst & Young’s Risk Management –
Independence practice focused on the Financial Services Industry as it relates to SEC and AICPA Independence matters. Prior to joining the Independence Practice, Sal spent 27 years at EY in Assurance serving the Financial Services Practice, Banking and Capital Markets Sector working on the specialized needs of international and domestic banks, payments processors, investment banks and broker dealers. From 2001 – 2005 Sal was on secondment in Tokyo, Japan with Ernst & Young’s International Financial Services Group. In Tokyo, Sal’s focus was to provide assurance and advisory services to financial institutions operating in Japan and Asia Non-Japan. In addition, Sal was also the Japan Financial Services Industry leader for Sarbanes Oxley Section 404. Sal has an MBA in Public Accounting from St. John’s University Graduate School of Business and a BS in Finance from St. John’s University College of Business. He is a CPA licensed in the State of New York and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Sal currently serves on the Board of Advisors of St. John’s University – Peter J. Tobin College of Business. He is also a member of the Board of the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation and serves on the Kellenberg Memorial High School Advancement Committee. Sal is married and has three children.

Michael D. Sapraicone

President of Squad Security Director of the New York, California, Illinois, Canada and UK Offices Michael D. Sapraicone, a former First Grade NYPD Detective and frequent criminal justice expert commentator on network TV and cable news programs, is the founder and owner of Squad Security Inc. and Squad Security LTD worldwide companies. Sapraicone began his career with the NYPD in December of 1980 as a Transit Police Officer and worked his way up to the top of the detective ranks after years on the street, investigating a wide variety of crimes across the city, including homicide investigations. Mike started Squad Security in 1992 while still a member of the NYPD. He began with a few employees and one client, focusing on providing quality armed security services to New York based clients, including the American Stock Exchange. Since retiring from the NYPD in 2000, following a 20- year career in public service, Mike has overseen an impressive expansion of his company’s business and reputation. His well-capitalized firm now employs more than 300 security specialists worldwide and he has expanded Squad Security’s operations to include offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and London. Many Fortune 500 companies now depend on Squad Security to provide a wide array of security, executive protection and investigative services. Mike’s reputation for integrity, experience and discretion have earned him the respect of industry CEOs and allowed him to attract top talent from the ranks of law enforcement to join the Squad Security team. Mike has been a frequent guest on Fox News, Court TV, MSNBC and CNN, commenting on criminal justice and law enforcement issues, and he has been featured in the New York Times as an expert on homicide case investigative techniques. Sapraicone is a member of the Company of Security Professionals of the United Kingdom, the National Association of Chiefs of Police, Associated Licensed Detectives of New York State, and the American Academy for Professional Law Enforcement and ASIS International. He has served as a member and chairman of the Board of Trustees of Holy Cross High School in Flushing, NY and as President of the Seaford Union Free School District Board of Education. He is active in various philanthropic efforts, including providing scholarships to economically needy, academically gifted high school students attending Holy Cross. He is the father of five and is married to The Honorable Judge Eileen Daly-Sapraicone.

Maureen T. Scaduto

Executive Director Cultural Institutions Retirement System Maureen is the Executive Director of the Cultural Institutions Retirement System (CIRS), a multi-employer system with more than 20,000 active and former employees representing approximately 50 cultural institutions and 200 daycare centers in the New York City area. CIRS has proudly been serving these employers for over 50 years and consists of three ERISA plans: a defined benefit pension plan with $1.3 billion in assets, a 401(k) savings plan with $550 million in assets and a group life plan. Notable Member Institutions include the American Museum of Natural History and The Wildlife Conservation Society. Prior to joining CIRS, Maureen was a member of the Executive leadership team for the Diocese of Rockville Centre where she served in key leadership roles including Treasurer and Director of Information Technology. Prior to joining the Diocese, Maureen was a registered commodities broker for E.F.Hutton & Co. In addition to her successful career Maureen uses her leadership skills to serve on several not for profit boards and committees. She is a board member of the Foundation for the Cleary School for the Deaf, she serves on the Molloy College Investment Advisory Subcommittee, and the Finance committee of her parish, St. Agnes Cathedral. She is on the Advisory Board for The Sisters of Charity and most important, a proud board member of Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation, fully embracing the mission that “today’s children are tomorrow’s future”. Maureen is an informed leader, a regional steward and advocate for the future. She is a graduate of the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College, a leadership academy dedicated to identifying and addressing the serious, complex and multi-dimensional issues challenging the Long Island region. She received her bachelor’s degree from Albany State University and her Master’s in Business Administration from Adelphi University. Maureen lives on Long Island, she is grateful for her loving family and friends and especially proud of her two grown children, Michael and Nicole.

Brian T. Shea

Brian T. Shea was most recently Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Investment Services at BNY Mellon, and oversaw global enterprise operations and technology for the firm. BNY Mellon is a leading global provider of Investment Management and Investment Services and is the world’s largest custodian of financial assets. Mr. Shea previously served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President and Chief Operating Officer of Pershing, LLC. a leading provider of investment, technology and business solutions for broker
dealers, registered investment advisors and hedge funds in the US, UK, Ireland and Australia.
Mr. Shea currently serves on the Board of Directors of FIS, WisdomTree Investments, Inc. and the RBB Fund, Inc. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation and the Insured Retirement Institute. Mr. Shea was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and served on its Dispute Resolution Board. In addition, he served as Chairman of FINRA's National Adjudicatory Council and Membership Committee. Mr. Shea also served as Chairman of the Membership Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Authority (SIFMA), and twice received the Chairman's Award for distinguished service. Mr. Shea currently serves on the Board of Trustees of St. John's University, the Board of St. John’s University’s Institute for Catholic Schools, the Board of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of N.Y., the Board of the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation, as Vice Chair of the Board of the Catholic Foundation of Long Island, on the International Business leaders Advisory Board for the Program of Church Management at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, and on the Parents Executive Committee at Villanova University.
Mr. Shea previously served on the Board of Governors of St John’s University, as Chair of the Bishops Advisory Committee for Catholic Education in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, as Chair of the Board at St Joseph Elementary School in Garden City, as Chair of the Board of Notre Dame School in New Hyde Park and as Chair of the regional school Board for District 4 in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
Mr. Shea received his B.S. in Business Management from St. John's University, an M.B.A. in Finance from Pace University, and an Honorary P.H.D in Commercial Science from St John’s University.

Bernadette Casey-Smith

Chairperson William and Sophia Casey Foundation

Dr. Michael Spinelli

Director Electrophysiology Services | NYU Langone Cardiovascular Associates

Michael P. Stafford

Counsel Farrell Fritz, P.C.

Peter D. Tamsen, Esq.

Mr. Tamsen received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and his Law degree from Seattle University. He is a member of The American Bar Association, The New York State Bar Association and the Suffolk County Bar Association. Mr. Tamsen is an officer of the Suffolk County Bar Association Academy of Law. He is presently the Assistant Dean of the Academy and has served as Treasurer. Mr. Tamsen is past and current Chair of the Suffolk County Bar Association Animal Law Committee and is a member of the Bar Association Grievance Committee and District Court Committee and Judicial Screening Committee. He has also participated in the Bar Pro Bono Foreclosure program. He is presently engaged in private practice maintaining an office at 260 Montauk Highway # 14, Bay Shore, New York. He represents parties in residential and commercial transactional real estate matters. He also serves as counsel to Waters Edge Abstract Inc., a title insurance company and as counsel to several mortgage lenders in New York where he advises clients on real property issues and federal and state compliance. He is a long time resident of both Brightwaters, New York, and Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Tamsen is actively involved in several charitable endeavors including serving as a member of the Board of the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation. In addition he has served as Chair of the St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School Development Committee and Chair of the the Advisory Board. He has also Chaired the St. Patrick’s Church Pastoral Council and is also Past President of the Bay Shore Lions Club. He has also served as a Lion’s Zone Chair and Region Chair for the County of Suffolk. Mr. Tamsen is also currently a Trustee of the Nora Cronin Presentation Academy a Catholic School in Newburgh, New York that serves under privileged Hispanic students in the City of Newburgh New York. Mr. Tamsen also volunteers his time with various animal rescue groups including Tri State Basset Hound Rescue and Mid Atlantic Basset Hound Rescue and ABC Basset Rescue.

Christopher J. Tully

President & Founder Preston/Tully Group Christopher J. Tully is the President and Founder of the Preston/Tully Group, one of the Northeast’s leading independent, integrated marketing communications firms specializing in food, beverage and health/nutrition marketing. Mr. Tully has spent more than 25 years building brands, positioning companies and managing strategic marketing campaigns. This experience includes working with some of the world’s premier brands and organizations including Pfizer, Hoffman-La Roche, ConAgra, Kraft Foods, Hershey’s and Anheuser-Busch, among others. Prior to founding the Preston/Tully Group in 1995, Mr. Tully served in Account Management at NW Ayer, at the time the largest independent ad agency in the country. At NW Ayer, he worked with a diverse roster of clients including AT&T, DuPont and Gillette. This experience led him to pursue an entrepreneurial path. Mr. Tully began his marketing career with W.R. Grace & Co.,Cambridge, Massachusetts. A long-time supporter of Catholic elementary school education, Mr. Tully lives in Garden City with his wife and twin daughters, graduates of St. Joseph School, Garden City, and students at Sacred Heart Academy (2017). As a St. Joseph School parent, Mr. Tully created a pro bono marketing campaign to increase the school’s enrollment and for his efforts was recognized as the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation Distinguished Benefactor in 2011. Mr. Tully has also contributed his expertise to the creation of a pro bono marketing campaign for Sacred Heart Academy and a comprehensive pro bono marketing and enrollment campaign for the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Catholic elementary schools system. Mr. Tully currently chairs the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation marketing committee and also served on the Bishop’s Advisory Committee for Catholic Education in the Diocese of Rockville Centre until 2015. A native New Yorker, Chris graduated from St. Francis Prep High School and received a BS degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston.

Glenn Tyranski

Managing Director FTI Consulting

Joseph Young

Controller Diocese of Rockville Centre

Peggy York

Faculty Member Kellenberg Memorial High School

David J. Lynch

Senior Field Vice President Mutual of America David is the Senior Field Vice President, National Accounts, at Mutual of America. Mutual of America is a leading provider of employer-sponsored retirement benefit plans. David has over 30 years of work experience in the retirement benefit field with Mutual of America. Prior to his current responsibilities, he was the Senior Field Vice President in charge of the Long Island Regional Office.
David is a FINRA Registered Representative with the Series 6 and Series 63 Securities Industry Examinations. He holds a Life, Accident and Health Insurance license from the New York State Department of Financial Services. David has achieved the Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist designation, CRPS®, from the College of Financial Planning. He received his bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at New Paltz.
David resides in Smithtown with his wife, Cathleen, and their three wonderful children. He is a parishioner at St. Patrick’s Church in Smithtown. He is a member of the finance committee at St. Patrick’s Church. He is a board member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Long Island Council and currently serves on their finance committee. David is a board member of the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Holy Mother Mary Council.

Michael S. Grant

Senior Vice President
Senior Managing Director, Employee Benefits

Michael Sean Grant leads the Employee Benefits Services team for Crystal & Company as Senior Managing Director. The team provides customized brokerage and consulting services in group benefits, executive benefits, retirement services, and HR operations support, working collaboratively with clients across all industries.

Michael is an accomplished executive and client-focused business leader with more than 25 years of industry experience. Before joining Crystal & Company, he was President of Employee Benefits for USI Insurance Services; A Goldman Sachs investment. In this role, he was accountable for all facets of insurance brokerage operations, including sales and client retention programs.

Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales and Account Management for United Healthcare and MetraHealth, the combined medical entity of MetLife and Travelers. Under his leadership, his team served the full spectrum of clients—from two to 10,000 employees, including many Fortune 500 and multi-site companies.

Michael earned his undergraduate degree from Boston College's Carroll School of Management and his master’s degree in Business Administration from Fordham University. Among the many honors and distinctions he has received, he has been named one of the top business leaders living on Long Island by Long Island Business News.

Michael has been a supporter and board member of various religious organizations, including St. Ignatius Retreat House, Sisters of Charity Halifax, Dominican Village, the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and the American Juvenile Diabetes Association.

Patrick R. Bowe

Cathy Tully Muscente

Matthew Heslin

Matthew Emanuelo

Dennis Harrington

General Manager Meadow Brook Club

Marguerite Kircher

Senior Vice President/Investments Janney Montgomery Scott LLC Marguerite (Margy) Kircher is a Senior Vice President of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC in Garden City, a leading full-service wealth management, capital markets, and asset management firm. Mrs. Kircher spent 31 years at Wellington Shields & Co. where she served as Branch Office Manager and as an equity partner. Prior to joining the former Shields & Co, she was a registered representative with Sterling Grace & Co, a former NYSE member firm. Mrs. Kircher, born and raised in Garden City, NY, her husband Steve, and their children Sable (Kellenberg MHS Class of 2015) and Cullen (Kellenberg MHS Class of 2017) are active parishioners at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Massapequa, NY. After having served on the 50th Anniversary Committee for the parish in 2002, Mrs. Kircher then began a long career of service to St. Rose of Lima School where she served on the School Board from 2003-2013, 5 of those years serving as President. Mrs. Kircher has co-chaired the annual St. Rose of Lima Family Festival since 2005, and continues to serve on the schools’ Finance Committee. Mrs. Kircher also serves the parish of St. Rose of Lima as a member of the Steering Committee for Strategic Planning, and she is active in the CYO program. Mrs. Kircher was appointed to the Diocese of Rockville Centre Education Commission where she served on the Finance Committee. Along with her husband Steve, the Kirchers’ served as Co-chairs for the Class of 2017 on the Kellenberg Memorial High School Shepherd’s Fund where they continue to support as members of the Good Shepherd Society. Mrs. Kircher received a B.A. in Biology/Chemistry from Sweet Briar College, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and currently holds 6 securities licenses including 2 as principal.

Gary Layton

Director of Marketing & Enrollment Diocese of Rockville Centre Education Department

Frank Melaccio

Bernadette Kasnicki

Bernadette Kasnicki concentrates on tax and corporate law at Rivkin Radler, LLP. She advises business clients on a range of tax matters relating to corporations, LLCs, partnerships, public charities and private foundations. She drafts and negotiates transactional documents, including acquisition agreements, merger agreements, operating agreements and shareholders’ agreements. Bernadette also represents not-for-profit and tax-exempt organizations. She has extensive experience petitioning the Attorney General’s Office and providing counsel to exempt organizations on IRS compliance issues. Bernadette has been published in The Tax Lawyer. In addition, she was recognized in Best Lawyers Ones to Watch in Tax for 2021.

A proud product of Catholic education, Ms. Kasnicki attended St. Anne’s School and the Marymount School of New York.

Ms. Kasnicki is the Vice President of the Board for the Child Care Council of Nassau, and a member of the Pastoral Council at St. Anne’s Parish in Garden City. She is a former associate board member of the Family & Children’s Association.

Ms. Kasnicki earned her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law; her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she served on the Executive Board of The Tax Lawyer; and her B.A. in English from Davidson College. She resides in Garden City, New York with her husband and children.