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Vanessa Baird-Streeter
Deputy County Executive, Task Force Co-Facilitator

Vanessa Baird-Streeter was born and raised in Wyandanch, NY. Her academic pursuits took her to Hanover, New Hampshire where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College with a double major in Economics and Education. Her early career experiences encompassed working within the financial industry as a Financial Analyst for Goldman Sachs Investment Bank and subsequently serving as Head Bond Buyer and Portfolio Analyst for KLS Professional Advisors.

Vanessa’s passion and focus has always been centered on the youth of our communities through a lens of exposure to performing and cultural arts, mentorship, and educational experiences and support. She has served as the director of the Venettes Cultural Workshop for the past 28 years and during her leadership she has been able to award over $500,000 to students in the form of post-secondary and performing arts scholarships, provide academic counseling and college preparedness as well as expose students to the arts on a national and international level.

Vanessa has been honored by a multitude of community, civic and educational organizations, receiving over 100 awards for her philanthropic, business and community based work. Vanessa has served as a member of the Molloy College Diversity Advisory Board, Black Alumni of Dartmouth, Academy of St, Joseph’s Trustee Board, Suffolk County African American Advisory Board, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., 100 Black Women of Suffolk County, Jack and Jill of Suffolk County, Help Me Grow Long Island, and has always had the entrepreneurial bug and has also been the owner of the El-Van’s Beauty Explosion, BST Multi-Talent Management and she is the current CEO of VBS Hair Collection, LLC.

Vanessa is married to Elston Streeter. They are the proud parents of Dallas Anthony Streeter, who is 22 years of age and a recent graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management and minor in Community Development.

Jon Kaiman
Deputy County Executive, Task Force Co-Facilitator
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Tim Sini
Suffolk County District Attorney

Prior to District Attorney Sini’s election, he served as the 13th Commissioner of the Suffolk County Police Department, during which time he restored integrity to the leadership of the Police Department, dramatically reduced crime, improved community relations, and enhanced the efficiency and effectiveness of the Department through improving processes and investing in technology. Prior to his appointment as Police Commissioner, District Attorney Sini served as the Suffolk County Assistant Deputy County Executive for Public Safety. He also previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

District Attorney Sini serves as a representative on the White House’s Office of Drug Control Policy NY/NJ Regional HIDTA Team; Chairman of the Suffolk County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council; and as an adjunct professor at Touro Law School and St. Joseph’s College, where he teaches courses on contemporary issues in policing and prosecution.

District Attorney Sini is a magna cum laude graduate of both Brooklyn Law School where he earned his Juris Doctor and American University in Washington, D.C. where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. District Attorney Sini resides in Babylon Village.

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Errol Toulon
Suffolk County Sheriff

Sheriff Toulon is highly focused on using data analytics and technological assets to capture crime patterns --which are used to uncover trends like drug dealing in local neighborhoods and the movement of international gangs encroaching into parts of Suffolk County. Early in his term, he reorganized departments into multi-disciplinary teams focused on corrections intelligence gathering, violent crimes, gang activity and human trafficking.

The County Sheriff has also made it a priority to get to the root causes of youthful delinquency and inter-generational crime. In October 2018, Sheriff Toulon launched a task force called Deconstructing the Prison Pipeline to study these issues, drive policy discussions, and implement solutions. Simultaneously, he greatly expanded correctional rehabilitation programming aimed to reduce recidivism and improve offenders’ desistance from crime. In just 2 years, he launched Choose Your Path for young adults, Choose to Thrive for incarcerated women, a Senior Citizen Program POD, and made significant improvements to the Sheriff’s Addiction Treatment Program. He also launched the nation’s first jail-based Human Trafficking Unit which assesses all county inmates for signs of victimization. In February 2020, he started the first-ever Resource Center on the grounds of the Yaphank Correctional Facility. The fully-staffed center provides a continuum and expansive array of case management services for individuals exiting the county jail.

Sheriff Toulon has more than 30 years of criminal-justice experience, heavily centered upon corrections intelligence and combating gang violence. Prior to serving as Suffolk County Sheriff, Dr. Toulon worked for 22 years as a Uniformed Member of Service with the New York City Department of Correction. In July 2014, Dr. Toulon was named Deputy Commissioner of Operations for the New York City Department of Correction.

He received his Master’s degree in Business Administration and Doctorate in Educational Administration from Dowling College; an advanced certificate in Homeland Security Management from Long Island University, and he attended leadership courses at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University.

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Risco Mention-Lewis
Suffolk County Deputy Police Commissioner

Commissioner Mention-Lewis oversees SCPD’s focus on Intervention and Reentry by implementing the Council of Thought and Action “COTA”, a support group for those previously incarcerated and at-risk youth, which in now celebrating its 10th Year Anniversary in New York and has spread to Chicago.

Deputy Commissioner Lewis is a Founding member of NYU Brennan Center’s, Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration and received the honor in 2015 of being invited to the White house by President Obama to discuss over incarceration and the need to reevaluate mandatory minimums. Commissioner Lewis is also on the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, National Network for Safe Communities Leadership Team where COTA is being touted as an innovative strategy to transform violent offenders.

Retha Fernandez
Retha Fernandez
Suffolk County Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Retha most recently served as the Project Director of the State of Black Long Island (SOBLI) Equity Council, a project convened by the Urban League of Long Island where she was responsible for the project delivery of the Council's equity agenda and campaigns. Prior to joining the Urban League, she spent 15 years in the prestige beauty industry leading regional teams and overseeing technology strategy development and execution as an Information Technology Executive. While at Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., one of her key roles was serving as an Inclusion & Diversity Trainer for North America Employees.

Retha is also a Certified Meditation Instructor and has a daily meditation practice. She serves on Newsday's nextLI Community Advisory Council, the Unified Long Island Bi-County Anti-Bias Task Force led by both Nassau and Suffolk County Executives, a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Suffolk County, and is the Chapter Vice President of the Suffolk County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She also continues to serve on the State of Black Long Island Equity Council. Retha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from St. Joseph’s College.

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Rob Calarco
Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer

As Presiding Officer, Rob has navigated the legislature through the unchartered waters of the COVID-19 pandemic. He has been heavily involved in the county’s emergency response, has been a supportive arm for legislators, and has been a fixture in communicating guidelines to the public and advocating for their needs during these difficult times. He also led efforts to allow the public to testify remotely at legislative meetings. When he first became Presiding Officer, he raised the issue of diversity to a legislative committee-level discussion and has supported diversity and inclusion efforts.

In his tenure as a Legislator, Rob has delivered a number of victories, including legislation to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for the over-prescription of opiate drugs. He passed legislation to increase the amount of affordable housing in Suffolk County and ensure that units are available to those who need them most. He also led efforts to create campaign finance reform legislation that creates a fair election matching system that gives small-dollar donations from voters a greater voice.

One of his priorities has been promoting openness and transparency in government, and he has delivered with initiatives like the Open Data Portal, increased oversight of the county’s asset forfeiture fund, and providing taxpayers with clarity in the use of tax dollars to support Suffolk County Community College. Under Rob’s leadership as chair, the Legislature’s Budget & Finance Committee convened a working group to review Suffolk County’s spending on outside contract agencies and make recommendations on improving the contracting process. Rob has also chaired the government operations committee and vice-chaired the public safety committee. He has helped pass consecutive balanced budgets without raising General Fund property taxes.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in political science at Dowling College, Rob earned his master’s degree in public administration from SUNY Stony Brook. He lives in Patchogue Village with his wife and three children and is a member of several community and fraternal organizations.

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Tom Cilmi
Suffolk County Minority Leader

Legislator Tom Cilmi is the Republican Minority Leader for the Suffolk County Legislature. Elected in 2009 and serving his sixth and final term in the Legislature, Legislator Cilmi represents the 10th District which encompasses all or part of Bay Shore, Islip, East Islip, Islip Terrace, Great River, Oakdale, Bohemia, Central Islip, Islandia, Ronkonkoma, Lake Ronkonkoma, Hauppauge and Brentwood.

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Tom Donnelly
Suffolk County Legislator

Legislator Donnelly has dedicated his life to service. He retired as a 30-year veteran with the City of New York in 2017, serving three years as a NYPD officer in the 83rd Precinct in Patrol Borough Brooklyn North before entering the New York City Fire Department. In the FDNY, Legislator Donnelly was a Decorated Lieutenant, serving in some of the department’s busiest units and was a member of the elite Urban Search, Rescue Search and Rescue Task Force. A three-decade plus Decorated Member of the Deer Park Fire Department, Legislator Donnelly served as Captain of Engine Company 2, as a Fire Commissioner for 10 years and is still an active volunteer. In addition, he volunteers for the Coast Guard Auxiliary on the Great South Bay in the Town of Babylon.

As Public Safety Chair, Legislator Donnelly integrates his unique background, insight and understanding to serve as a watchdog and find the appropriate balance on issues involving law enforcement matters. He partners the Suffolk County Police Department with local civic and community groups to address quality of life issues to keep our communities safe and is proud to be very open and available to meet with individuals or groups to address issues of importance and concern.

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Jason Richberg
15th District Legislator

Jason Richberg’s years in government are rich with experience. He created Gregory’s Youth Leadership Caucus to mentor young adults from the community who volunteer their time on local service projects. Richberg assisted with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, brought in shot spotter to aid the Suffolk County Police Department with its efforts in fighting crime and has assisted with National Night Out in Wyandanch to help bring the community together. As Deputy Clerk, he formalized the legislature’s internship program, creating what is now known as the Page Program; an intensive 12-week summer program which provides a select group of college-age students with first-hand experience in government through participation in a mock legislature. As Clerk, Richberg has worked to make government more accessible to the public by encouraging redesign of the website to ensure documents are readable and providing online information to assist community members with easy access.

Richberg graduated from North Babylon High School in 2000 and holds a baccalaureate degree in Political Science from Wilberforce University, the first private historically black university in the nation. While attending college he served as National Pan-Hellenic Council Chapter President as well as president of the Delta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. He also designed, chaired and implemented the Power @ the Polls campus organization; a student-run voter registration and education campaign, early vote effort and get out the vote initiative on two college campuses in Ohio.

Richberg is a proud Eagle Scout, and has also served as a member of the NAACP, the Urban League of Young Professionals, The Concerned Fathers of Wheatley Heights and The 100 Black Men of Long Island. He was a Politicorps Fellow and graduated from the Oregon-based program with Honors in Strategic Planning. He currently resides in West Babylon and is married with two children.

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Sam Gonzalez
9th District Legislator

Born in Brooklyn New York, Sam spent his career as a labor advocate fighting for workers across New York State. He started his career in labor as a shop steward with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), and was promoted to lead organizer.

Recognized for his ability to inspire and lead, he was recruited by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in 2012. Sam served as President of the IBEW, local 1430 for seven years, where he was the lead negotiator for the union in contract talks with major corporations in the United States. Furthermore, Sam spearheaded many of the union’s organizing drives across the state.

With more than 37 years of experience in the labor movement, Sam has proven to be an exceptional leader; dedicated to charting a new course for the labor movement in New York City and beyond.

Sam has been actively involved in the Long Island community, serving as both an activist and advocate for the town of Brentwood, Central Islip, and North Bay Shore. Sam is also a proud graduate of the Rutgers NJ-AFL-CIO labor candidate school. Sam resides in Brentwood where he is an active member of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Civil Air Patrol, Loyal Chaplains, and a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather.

Rabbi Abe Rabinovich
Kings Park Jewish Center
Pastor Jamaal Bernard
Christian Cultural Center
Lynda Perdomo-Ayala
Lynda Perdomo-Ayala, MSW, LMSW, CLC
Suffolk County Human Rights Commission, Chairperson

Ms. Perdomo-Ayala has received numerous awards and honors, including the “Woman of Distinction” Award from La Union de Mujeres Americanas in Ponce, Puerto Rico. A Certificate of Appreciation from the Bethel AME Church of Setauket for her outstanding service and commitment to the community. Recipient of the Stony Brook University President’s award for Excellence in Diversity and Affirmative Action, 2001. In 2002, Lynda was awarded the Distinguished Alumni award at Stony Brook University an award that pays tribute to outstanding alumni whose exceptional achievements and career reflects the highest values embraced and promoted by Stony Brook University and its Alumni Association. In 2005 she was a member of the Long Island Works Coalition that brought recognition to Stony Brook Hospital who was included in the Workforce Builders Honor Roll. She was a recipient of Bank of America 2006 Local Hero award. In 2011, she received a Special Recognition Award by Adelante of Suffolk County, Inc. during their 45th Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade. Recipient, VIBS Lifetime Service Award, in 2012 once again she received recognition from Stony Brook University for her 30 years of service to the institution, and recipient of SUNY Chancellors Award for Excellence in Professional Service in the State University System. She was inducted into the Class of 2013 – Top Advocates for Latino Empowerment on Long Island. She has been a recipient of the New York State Social Worker of the Month Award, Distinguished Social Worker by the National Association of Social Workers, and the Latino Social Work Task Force. In addition, she represents the Human Rights Commission on the Suffolk County Women’s Advisory Commission serving the women of Suffolk County. She is an educator, mentor, and a committed activist for all underserved communities, and as Chair of the Commission, she heads its Administrative Committees’ overseeing the following committees: Justice, Awards Dinner, Education, Employment, Health, Housing, Immigration and Junior Human Rights.

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Roger Clayman
Long Island Federation of Labor Executive Director

In recent years, he has worked closely with the Nassau-Suffolk Building and Construction Trades Council and community partners to establish a pre-apprenticeship program, Opportunities Long Island. He has been engaged in specific work with coalitions supporting economic development which would generate union jobs and build stronger communities. This includes downtown development proposals in Hempstead, Huntington Station, Brentwood and Ronkonkoma. He has also been deeply involved in the coalition for offshore wind on Long Island.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Clayman received his BA in History from Oberlin College. He currently lives in Port Jefferson, New York with his wife Lillian. They have two grown children, David and Rebecca.

Rev. Charles Coverdale
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Noel DiGerolamo
Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association President

Noel was born in Suffolk County and has spent most of his life living and working in New York. In 1990, he served with the 800th Military Police Brigade during the Persian Gulf War. Noel joined the New York City Police Department in 1992 before entering the Suffolk County Police Department in 1995. In November 2000 he was elected to the Board of Governors as the 1st Precinct Trustee. He was confirmed to the Executive Board as Financial Secretary in 2007 and subsequently to the 2nd Vice President position the same year. Noel assumed the role of President in April of 2012 where he is currently serving his second term of office.

In September of the same year, Noel became the first police union president in 23 years to negotiate and ratify a collective bargaining agreement in Suffolk County. Simultaneously, he organized all the municipal unions in Suffolk County to create SCOPE, the Suffolk Coalition of Public Employees, as a legal entity charged with representing all County employees and retirees for healthcare benefits. Noel sits as the President of SCOPE as well as the labor Co-Chair on the Employee Medical Health Plan, working collaboratively with management representatives to administer the existing health benefit plan. His responsibilities include, negotiating health insurance benefits for over 47,000 County employees, retirees and dependents. During his first year as President, he negotiated a healthcare agreement securing benefits through the end of 2020. In 2019, he negotiated a consecutive collective bargaining agreement for the Suffolk PBA, the first time accomplished in over 30 years, while concurrently negotiating a healthcare extension through 2025.

Tracey Edwards
NAACP Long Island Regional Director
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Pastor Angel Falcon
Faith Alive Ministries

Pastor Falcon believes that the Father's overall intent was not only to save us but to empower us by His Holy Spirit to be a light in the world, impacting our generation and establishing His purpose here on earth today. He has been actively working in the community since 1975, some 45 years and has dedicated his life to empowering the lost and broken through Biblical truths and principles. His mandate is to be relentless in "Pursuing His Purpose, Expanding His Kingdom, and Equipping His Saints".

Pastor Falcon’s first memory of the call of God in his life was at the age of ten, while looking out his window, from his Bronx New York apartment, on December 1964. He was overwhelmed by what he saw; (the condition of the neighborhood, drunkenness, homelessness, individuals sleeping in alleyways with no direction; dirty and smelly). He remembers specifically how emotional he became and being naive at 10 years old, he asked God to make him rich so that he could help clean these people up. Ten years later in May 1975, Pastor Falcon surrendered his life to God, and realized that what mankind really needed was not money which can only change the external but to be changed from the inside internally, the heart of man, and come into the redemptive knowledge of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Since then he has never looked back and has been running this race of God’s high calling, looking to honor and serve Him wholeheartedly by serving God’s people.

Pastor Falcon enjoys his home in Central Islip since 1974 and is happily married to Lissette Falcon. They enjoy their children Zhamaine, Lea’von, Christina, and youngest daughter, Karis (Grace), and finally Gabriel their only son. He also richly enjoys his grandchildren (Aiyana, Benjamin, and Jayla).

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David Kilmnick
New York LGBT Network President and CEO

David regularly meets with government officials, community leaders and business and education executives to discuss the latest issues and concerns affecting those in the LGBT community. He frequently appears on major news outlets such as CNN, HBO, ABC's 20/20, CBS and NBC to be a voice for suburban and underserved LGBT communities discussing a wide range of equity, social and cultural issues.

In addition to extensive media experience, David also works with several leading national corporations and professional sports leagues including JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Delaware Health and Human Services and Colleges and Universities nationwide to train executives on diversity and inclusion. In 2016, David, in coordination with The New York Mets and Major League Baseball, conducted the very first Pride Night at Citi Field in Flushing New York and just two years later in 2018 did the same with the New York Islanders and the National Hockey League. Some of his most notable accomplishments include executing the very first suburban prom for LGBT youth in America. The event garnered both national and global media attention with more than 100 outlets covering the event and the needs of LGBT youth. Other industry firsts for David include amongst others the first planned LGBT senior affordable housing in the tri-state area, chartering the only Parent-Teacher Student Association in the country to focus on LGBT youth and securing over $2 million in public economic development funding for Pride events.

In addition to his innovative work in the LGBT community, David serves as a professor at several colleges and universities, teaching in schools of Public Administration, Nonprofit Management, Social Welfare, and Public Policy and Administration. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York in Social Welfare, where his dissertation focused on heterosexist attitudes and changes following contact with an openly gay instructor.

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Kathleen King
Suffolk County Native American Advisory Board Chairperson

Kathleen is an Elder in the Montaukett Tribal Nation, her ancestry predates the seventh century on Long Island. She attended Amityville Public School, Old Westbury College and Adelphi University. She is a mother and grandmother who enjoys sharing her ancestral history of growing up on a street named after her family on the South Shore of Long Island, where her Native American family members demanded the integration of Amityville public schools in 1895.

Kathleen retired in 2015, her lifetime of work includes 20 yrs. during the AIDS Pandemic with NYS Department of Health, AIDS Institute where she was the Long Island Regional Coordinator of Anonymous HIV Counseling and Testing, she received the NYS Health Commissioner’s Recognition Award Certificate in 2005. She worked as the Clinical Education Program Coordinator at Nassau University Medical Center, a Counselor with Town of Babylon Youth Crisis Counseling and was a Community Health Advocate for Economic Opportunity Center (EOC) of Suffolk. Throughout the years Kathleen has partnered with LGBT agencies and programs, Addiction and Substance Abuse programs, Mental Health Programs, Prevention for ex-offenders to prevent recidivism, provided health education and prevention programs in New York State and local correctional facilities.

Kathleen’s memberships past and present include: Indigenous Suffolk Counts, Reimage Long Island, Save the Sound, Unified Long Island, the Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Nassau County HIV Commission, Nassau/Suffolk HIV Care Network, Long Island Food Network, Wyandanch School District Health and Welfare Council, Wyandanch Parent Teacher Association.

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Jennifer Leveque
Next Generation Long Island, Inc. Founder and President

Jennifer currently works for IQVIA, a biotech company and clinical research organization (CRO), managing oncology and ophthalmology clinical trials for sponsor pharmaceutical company, Genentech/Roche, at a total of 8 years of experience in the clinical research and drug development industry. Her strong organization and interpersonal skills quickly propelled her into various clinical research leadership roles, and has led to success in managing clinical studies and bringing forth positive and timely trial results. Jennifer also serves as the NY/NJ Regional Director for the Tomorrow’s Executives affinity group at the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA).

Jennifer is very active in her local community, serving as an organizer and representative of youth based on Long Island where she was born and raised. Jennifer is the Founder and President of Next Generation Long Island, Inc. Visit to stay connected.

Bishop Andy Lewter
Hollywood Baptist Cathedral Church
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Serena Liguori
New Hour for Women & Children Long Island, Executive Director

Serena Liguori serves as executive director of New Hour for Women and Children—Long Island, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting women and children impacted by incarceration. New Hour provides direct-service programming in the Suffolk County jails and reentry support to women across the state returning to Long Island. Prior to leading New Hour, she was the executive director of Herstory Writers Workshop, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing marginalized voices into the public arena. Serena served as associate director of policy at the Correctional Association of New York’s Women in Prison Project, where she spearheaded legislative initiatives and policy advocacy addressing prison reform. She was the key organizer of a successful effort to create the Adoption and Safe Families Act Expanded Discretion Law, which works to secure parental rights for incarcerated parents as well as the Anti-Shackling Law, which prohibits the shackling of incarcerated mothers during labor. Serena received her associate’s degree in the College Bound Program at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and her bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University. Serena is the recipient of the Citizens Against Recidivism 2018 award. Serena co-chairs the Justice for Women COVID-19 Task Force for incarcerated women. She enjoys preparing her family’s favorite traditional Puerto Rican meals.

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Dan Lloyd
Found & President of Minority Millennials, Inc.

As Founder & President, Daniel has accelerated strong investments in social impact through its many partnerships, including Merrill Lynch, Newsday Media Group, United Way Long Island and the Workforce Development Institute, along with many social equity initiatives.

Standing firm on “Proof of Progress” the grassroots organization has been touted as leaders in tackling disempowering narratives around minority communities and mobilizing millennials with the tools needed to become the next generation of change-makers in public policy.

In addition to his advocacy work with Minority Millennials, Daniel serves as the Senior Project Manager at the Babylon IDA. Spearheading their Economic Inclusion Initiative, an innovative program that provides financial, technical, and legal assistance to existing and aspiring MWBE entrepreneurs who reside or operate their businesses within the Town.

In July of 2020, Daniel was recognized by Long Island Business News as a Trailblazer of Diversity and In February of 2020, Daniel received the Equity Foundation Award from the Urban League of LI for his advocacy work with Minority Millennials, Inc. In 2019, Daniel was recognized by Gold Coast Bank as one of Long Island's most influential millennials as well honored by the Nassau Community College Foundation as the Rising Star of the Year.

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, a Master of Business Administration in Global Management from Westwood College and a Master’s in Public Policy from Stony Brook University.

A native Long Islander from Wyandanch, he is committed to mentoring Wyandanch Elementary School 5th-graders through the New York State Mentoring program. His volunteer efforts include his role as the Town of Babylon Trustee on the Suffolk County Parks Committee and Mentor at Bolden Mack Park Summer Basketball League.

Martine MacDonald
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Pilar Moya-Manera
Executive Director of Housing Help, Inc.

Pilar has a Bachelor of Business Administration – Finance form Baruch College as well as an Associates in Applied Science – Business Management from LaGuardia Community College. In 2011, Pilar received NCHEC certificate in Foreclosure Intervention and Default counseling and a Certificate of Completion in Credit Counseling for Maximum Results.

Pilar has received several awards for community service work including: Proclamation from Huntington Town Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci for 2018 Women of Exceptional Achievement, Proclamation from County Legislator William R. Spencer in 2018, Citation from Assemblyman Steve Stern, and Employee Recognition Innovation Award by Family Service League, and more. She has received various Certificates of Recognition and Proclamations from the Town of Huntington, Suffolk County and State Assembly.

As a volunteer, Pilar serves in various boards including The Hispanic Task Force of the Town of Huntington where she serves as a board member; Suffolk County Hispanic Advisory Board; Steering Committee member of the Huntington Township Housing Coalition; a member of the board of directors of the New York State Neighborhood Preservation Coalition; Affordable Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board member appointed by Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci; Anti-Bias Task Force of the Town of Huntington and Board member of the Learning Connection in Brentwood.

As a community activist, Pilar is the founder of Latinos Unidos “United” de Long Island, an all-volunteer group of Latino advocates. The mission of Latinos Unidos is “to engage and empower our Community through education, information, leadership and civic engagement. We welcome all members of the community to join us in a non-partisan way, to foster conversations and create solutions for a better future for all.”

Pilar was honored by The Times of Huntington, Northport & East Northport as 2018 “People of the Year” and Women of Distinction NYS Senator Jim Gaughran. Pilar is a graduate of the 2010 Leadership Huntington Flagship Program and graduate of Parent Leadership Initiative of the Child Care Council of Suffolk.

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Laurette D. Mulry, Esq.
Legal Aid Society

Ms. Mulry is currently the President of the Chief Defenders Association of New York, an organization of Chiefs of institutional and assigned counsel defender programs statewide. Chief Judge Janet DiFiore recently appointed Ms. Mulry to serve as a Commissioner on the Commission to Reimagine the Future of the Courts in New York. She is also a member of the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services Criminal Defense Advisory Group. Ms. Mulry is active on the Suffolk County Bar Association, and was recently installed as an Officer of the Suffolk Academy of Law. She is also an active member of the Suffolk County Access to Justice Task Force, the Suffolk County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and the Suffolk County Bar Association Pro Bono Foundation. She also serves on the Suffolk County Judicial Women in the Courts Committee, which she co-chaired in 2017-2019. Ms. Mulry received her B.A. from Colgate University and her Juris Doctor, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.

Chaplain Sister Sanaa Nadim
Islamic Society of North America
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Girish Patel
BAPS Hindu Temple

As a national coordinator of public relations of B.A.P.S, a national non-for profit socio-religious organization, he has worked with the South Asian Indo-American and other communities for over 30 years, building bridges of friendship amongst community based organizations and their leadership to work together for the betterment of our communities. A pharmacist by profession for last 40 years with experience in corporate, hospital, private sector and community settings.

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Cindy Reide Combs, L.M.S.W.
Adelphi School of Social Work Faculty Field Liaison

Cindy Reide Combs has been a school social worker with Brentwood Schools for 28 years. She has been a student advisor at Brentwood High School for programs addressing community needs, social justice and health awareness. Cindy is a trained mentor for the Adolescent Advocacy Program sponsored by the Holocaust Tolerance and Memorial Center. She was a state provider of child abuse education training and works with educators as an instructor at CORE Professional Development. She is also a faculty field liaison at Adelphi University where she was named “Field Educator of the Year.” Cindy’s work has focused on parent education, women’s empowerment, child advocacy and social justice. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and School Social Work Association of America; in 2019 Cindy was awarded “Social Worker of the Year” by the NASW Suffolk Division New York State Chapter. She was also recognized for her work by the Town of Islip Women’s History Month, Suffolk Network on Adolescent Pregnancy and Brookhaven Town’s Black History Month. Cindy has served as a union delegate for the Brentwood Teachers Association and has volunteered with the Butterfly Effect Program of Bellport. She currently serves on the board of the Association for Mental Health and Wellness and is also a board member for Pronto of Long Island. A lifelong resident of Suffolk County, Cindy grew up in Wyandanch and attended Dowling College. She earned her MSW degree in the School of Social Welfare at S.U.N.Y Stony Brook. Cindy has been married for 36 years to her college sweetheart and has one son. She enjoys travel, gardening, supporting Greyhound rescue groups and reading. Cindy aims to live by her favorite quote from Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change that you want to see in the world.”

Daniel Russo
Administrator, Assigned Council Defender Plan of Suffolk County
Theresa Saunders
President, Urban League of Long Island
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Christina Vargas
SCCC Chief Diversity Officer & Title IX Coordinator

Throughout her career, Ms. Vargas has displayed a passion for social justice, multiculturalism, inclusion and diversity and has worked to bring various communities together in partnership. She frequently serves as a facilitator and presenter at local and national conferences. She is on the Board of Directors for ERASE Racism, Inc. whose mission is to engage in research, advocacy and broad-based education regarding institutional and structural racism on Long Island. Ms. Vargas received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management and her Master of Science in Management and Policy from Stony Brook. She holds a Diversity Management Certification as an Advanced Practitioner from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

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Sharon Weber, Esq.

Sharon Weber, Esq. is a member of the Amistad Black Bar Association. She has 27 years of experience as a Criminal Defense Attorney representing indigent clients and the minority community.

Olga El Sehamy
Olga El Sehamy
Suffolk County Director of Human Service
Blake Hyatt
Blake Hyatt
Data Analytics Director
Felix Adeyeye
Felix Adeyeye
Assistant to the Suffolk County Police Commissioner
Portia Ingram
Portia Ingram
Deputy Director of Community Affairs
Cristian Macario
Cristian Macario
Community Recovery Operations Manager
Bridget Foley
Bridget Foley
Community Affairs Liaison

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