Our Team

The Townwide Team

*As of 1/31/2024

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Janice Whelan

President & Grants Co-Chair

Janice has practiced law on long Island for over 25 years in the public and private sector and maintains her office in Huntington Village. She focuses her practice in land use and zoning securing municipal approvals and compliance before Towns and Villages on Long Island for national, commercial and private clients in matters involving variances, land division, zone changes, site plan approvals, industrial uses, due diligence, signage, special uses, restaurants, grocery stores, public assembly, religious uses and modifications to legal nonconforming uses and structures. Prior to launching her private practice, Janice served as an Assistant Suffolk County Attorney, Assistant Islip Town Attorney and assisted in the representation of several Long Island Village Zoning and Planning Boards. Janice has been co-chair of the Townwide Fund’s grants committee for many years. She joined the Townwide Fund in 2014.

Alice Marie Rorke

Alice Marie Rorke

Executive Director

Alice Marie Rorke is a longtime Huntington resident and a dedicated volunteer and philanthropist, raising money and supporting causes that help the underserved and less fortunate.

A past president of the Junior Welfare League of Huntington, Alice Marie spearheaded many key initiatives of the organization during her nearly 24 year membership, working closely with many of the social service agencies that are also Townwide Fund of Huntington member agencies.

She dedicated years of service to improving local schools through various board and leadership roles in the Huntington School district. Alice Marie served as President of the Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education (HFEE) from 2015- 2019. She regularly attends classes and seminars in the nonprofit realm to stay on top of current trends in fundraising.

Alice Marie is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology with a B.S degree in Marketing with a specialization in International Trade and Economics. She started her career in Hong Kong and worked for many years in showroom sales and merchandising in Manhattan. While raising four children with her husband Jerry, Alice Marie launched a Marketing and Design business that she runs to this day.

“ I am honored and excited to work with the Board of Directors of the Townwide Fund and help them make an even larger impact in the lives of so many. “

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Debbie Knowles

Assistant Director

Debbie is the current Assistant Director at the Townwide Fund of Huntington, a local community chest non-profit in Huntington, NY. Her primary responsibilities include developing and analyzing campaign budgets, performing monthly accounting of actual results reconciliations, and supporting all fundraising, grant-making and operational activities. Debbie has been a volunteer Treasurer with many non-profits for the past 20 years including the Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education, Huntington Robotics, Inc., the Huntington Band Parents Association, several PTAs, and the Huntington Harbors Service Area of the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County. In addition, she serves on the Board of Governors at a local social club. Prior to these volunteer roles and raising four children in Huntington, Debbie worked in Consumer Finance at MCI and as a financial consultant for Peterson Consulting in Washington, D.C.. Debbie has a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance from the University of Virginia, with a secondary degree in Accounting.

Officers

Matt Curry

Matt Curry

1st VP and President of Legacy Society

Matthew Curry joined the Townwide Fund of Huntington Board of Directors in October of 2020.  Matthew was born and raised in Greenlawn and graduated from Harborfields High School in 2010.  He now has his own practice as a Certified Financial Planner™ with Prudential in Melville.  He helps business owners and high net worth families reach their goals through holistic financial planning.  He has also been a member of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce since 2015.  Matthew is honored to be part of the Townwide Fund of Huntington family and is deeply devoted to helping those in need in the local Huntington community.  

David N. Altman Esq

David N. Altman

2nd VP/Past President

David is a founding partner of Brown, Altman & DiLeo, LLP and has extensive experience in real estate law, commercial litigation and environmental law. He handles a broad range of matters involving land use and zoning, municipal law, commercial and residential transactional real estate, environmental law, commercial and civil litigation, corporate practice and commercial transactions. David became President of the Townwide Fund of Huntington in 2019.

Greg Kennedy

Gregory Kennedy

3rd VP/Past President

Greg has worked in Huntington as a financial consultant for over twenty-three years and is a well-known and valued member of the community. He is past President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 4 and has been on the Townwide Fund board of directors since 2009. Greg is also a board member of the Visiting Nurse Service in Northport, and has an ongoing involvement with Troicare and their Food Bank at St. Patrick’s Church, as well as ties to various local charitable organizations.

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Jerome Hehir

Treasurer

Jerome, CPA, has over 25 years of experience with both large and small accounting firms, providing accounting, tax and consulting services. He works with closely held and family owned business in various industries, including construction, building materials suppliers, real estate, software, technology, and health care. Specialty areas include CFO consulting services, exit and business transition planning, mergers and acquisitions, compensation planning, and accounting system design and implementation. In addition to serving as treasurer for the Townwide Fund of Huntington, Jerome is also treasurer of both the Melville Chamber of Commerce and the Cow Harbor Warriors. He is a member of the Board of Managers for the Huntington YMCA, as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA).

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Shari Peyser

Secretary

Shari provides a select group of clients with public relations, marketing and strategic business development services. She began her career at large PR firms in New York City, then launched her own eponymous practice in 1996. Clients benefit from her experienced, intelligent counsel on matters including strategic communications, media relations, marketing and content creation. Among the organizations she represents are law firms in general practices and those focused on specific practice areas, financial advisors, CPA firms, professional associations and nonprofits. She joined the Board of Directors of the Townwide Fund of Huntington in 2012, and took on the role of Board Secretary in 2018. Being actively engaged in the immediate community through service is a rewarding responsibility that she enjoys and she is proud to note that most of her clients are also committed to organizations and communities that they serve. Those who are not are reminded of this responsibility on a regular basis.

Board Of Directors

Cindy Awan

Cindy Awan

About Cynthia
Trusted real estate advisor, Cindy Awan, leads Long Island buyers and sellers to success with patience, experience and a genuine passion for helping people. As a Long Island native with a strong sales background, her satisfied clients commend her ability to understand both the business and human elements of the process. Cindy leads with professionalism, integrity and tact, and with her attentive, responsive service, she has a knack for making every client feel like her only client.

Before real estate, Cindy honed her exceptional people skills and dealmaking talents working in fashion industry sales for three decades. She has an innate ability to connect with a diverse audience of clients of all personalities and backgrounds. Cindy adds an air of calm confidence to every interaction and quickly earns each client's trust with her capable guidance. With her elite negotiation skills, she's cultivated a reputation for achieving the highest and best price for sellers and optimal outcomes for buyers. Above all, Cindy believes that real estate is about more than simply buying or selling property — it's about promoting community and giving back.

Cindy knows that moving from one home to the next is an emotional journey, whether buying a first home, accommodating a growing family, transitioning as empty nesters or guiding parents through the sale of a longtime family home. She believes deeply in securing the right home for her clients' current place in time, and her firsthand personal and professional experience adds a welcome level of understanding to their unique journeys. No matter their needs, Cindy is an astute, empathetic advocate who sets clients up for success in their next chapter.

Cindy, her husband and son reside in Huntington, where they love the diverse community and vibrant downtown. When she's not working hard for clients, you can find her planning charity events for the TownWide Fund of Huntington, where she holds a board position, enjoying book club and beach club outings, exploring all types of international cuisine, and getting together with good friends.

Bob Benson

Robert Benson

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Annette Comber

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Ellen Fleury

Ellen,owner of Fleury Design, has been an active member of the Townwide Fund Board since 1997 where she lends her graphic design expertise to our fundraising efforts. Ellen opened her graphic design studio in 1988 with the idea that her work should have a positive social impact. Although Fleury Design has a full range of clients, Ellen has found a niche in designing for human services organizations, many of them benefiting women and children. Her nonprofit clients have included The Long Island Fund for Women & Girls/Women’s Fund of LI, VIBS, Hispanic Counseling Center, United Veterans Beacon House, “IMatter Project” and the Long Island Crisis Center. She also actively supports the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Long Island Chapter which, along with the national organization, is an advocate of ethical fundraising. Ellen also currently sits on the Board of Friends of OHEKA and was formerly on the Board of the LI Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Ron Friedman

Ronald Friedman

Ron Friedman and his family have lived in Huntington town for 45 years, first in the Village and recently in Centerport. Ron has been active in public service for his whole professional life, starting out as a teacher in Brooklyn and moving into the superintendencies of the Long Beach, Great Neck and most recently the Syosset school districts. Past president of the Nassau superintendents association, Ron has frequently spoken publicly and made TV appearances on matters pertaining to public education, and has received numerous awards for his service over the years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Physics from Cooper Union, a doctorate in Educational Administration from Hofstra, and a certificate in Labor and Employment arbitration and mediation from Cornell-ILR. He is an arbitrator and mediator under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association. He also is currently engaged by Long Island's SCOPE Education Services. Ron's wife Shelley and son Dustin are both Social Workers, Shelley in private practice in Centerport and Dustin currently working in Montreal, Quebec. Ron runs for recreation and exercise, and completed his first marathon in NYC this past November. 

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John Fulton

Fran Girimonti

Fran Girimonti

Sharon Gunther

Sharon Gunther

Sharon Gunther is founder and President of Fresh Design Group, Inc., a two division design firm, specializing in kitchen and interior design build. Founded in 2008, FDG designs sophisticated spaces along the East Coast, with the main focus on Long Island's North Shore, the Hamptons and Manhattan. Ms. Gunther has an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and an advanced degree in Interior Design, Space Planning and Drafting. She is a member of NKBA, and an Allied member of ASID. She was awarded 2016, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 Best of Houzz. She is actively involved in Long Island charities, and has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Long Islanders in need. She is on the Executive Board of the philanthropic organization The Huntington Townwide Fund.

Ms. Gunther is an avid traveler, choosing the road less traveled whenever possible. She enjoys running wherever she lands. She frequently places mid-pack in local 10Ks and considers herself a very average runner. She and her family are boating enthusiasts, and members of the Huntington Yacht Club. She lives with her husband, Timothy, her Belgian Sheepdog, Ella, and her poorly behaved but adorable Frenchie, Fred, in Huntington Bay. She also enjoys writing and her blog can be found at https://www.freshdesigngroupinc.com/possibilities-blog.

David-Gustin

David M. Gustin

As a Financial Advisor, I am dedicated to helping my clients meet their financial needs. Whether you are planning your retirement, saving for your children’s or grandchildren’s education, or looking to preserve your wealth, I can help.

Before entering the financial services industry, I graduated from C.W. Post College with a degree in Finance. I am now a Managing Director with DMG Portfolio Management Inc., part of Royal Alliance Associates in Jericho, New York. I take pride in working for a firm that puts you first. I attained the Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS®) designation in 1996. My mission is to help each one of my clients plan for a financial future in a way that best meets his or her goals, and my commitment doesn’t end there.

Away from the office, I enjoy golf, reading and traveling. I am currently involved as president of the Melville Chamber of Commerce, as well as a board member of the Townwide Fund of Huntington and a board member and chairman of the golf committee of The Foundation for Sight and Sound.

I look forward to extending my services to you and your family. Together, we can discuss financial strategies designed to fit your unique situation.

Bea Hartigan

Bea Hartigan

Bea is one of the most dedicated members of the Townwide Fund of Huntington, and it is because of her commitment that the Thanksgiving Day Charity Run has become a signature event and key fundraising source for the Townwide Fund. In 2019, the spring run was renamed “Hartigan’s Irish Charity Run” in recognition of her decades of service to the Townwide Fund and to the Community. Bea became a member of the board of directors of the Townwide Fund in 1980 or 1970 – what year was that? Her no-nonsense, straight-forward dedication to the Fund and the community is unmatched. She refuses to give us a regular bio, but we know that she has taught generations of Huntington residents how to swim at the YMCA of Huntington, runs several open swim fundraising events and will be working with members of the board on creating a history of the Townwide Fund that incorporates the archives and the many anecdotes that make up the story of the Fund.

Errol Kitt

Errol Kitt

Errol is a Vice President at GEI Consulting Engineers & Scientists and Branch Manager of GEI’s Long Island office located in Huntington Station. GEI is a leading national consulting engineering firm that provides environmental, geotechnical, ecological, infrastructure and water resources services to clients throughout the United States, Canada, and more than 20 other countries. Errol serves on the Suffolk County Planning Commission, the Village of Lloyd Harbor Planning Review Board, and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Corporate Advisory Board. He is a graduate and active partner of The Energeia Partnership. Errol is a member and sponsor of the Suffolk County Village Officials Association, Long Island Real Estate Group, the U.S. Green Building Council, and The Nature Conservancy.

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Susan Lyons

Grants Co-Chair

Susan was raised in Huntington and after 17 years of living in New York City and Columbus, Ohio, moved back to the area in 2003.

Susan spent over 20 years in the fashion industry, ultimately becoming a senior executive in merchandising with the Limited, Brooks Brothers and J Crew. After moving back to Huntington with her family, she became involved in many local non for profits. 

Over the last 19 years she has held board positions on the boards of Family Service League (where she was instrumental in development and events), Visiting Nurse Service of Suffolk, and the Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education where she was responsible for all grant communication and allocation.  Additionally, she has held various positions on the PTA board in many schools within Huntington Union Free School District, including President of the PTA and also President of the Huntington High School Drama Club Parents Association for many years. She is currently Co-President of the Friends of Lynch Ballet as well as a member of the board of the PTA at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School.

 

Susan is a graduate if SUNY Oneonta with a BS in Textiles and Business Economics as well as an AAS from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Buying and Merchandising.

Melanie Mazzeo

Melanie Mazzeo

Thomas McNally

Thomas McNally

Therese Mora

Therese Mora

Therese is the Vice President/Branch Manager of Investors Bank with proven leadership abilities, and is very experienced in the area of financial business development and strong Customer relationship building

Therese has over 30 years of commercial/residential branch banking experience, with a thorough knowledge of a Financial Center's operations, products, and services. She enhances Investors Bank's visibility in our community by lending time and expertise to community organizations, and is proud to work with the Townwide Fund.

James Neri

James Neri

James L. Neri of South Huntington is Senior Vice President, Division Director of Water for H2M architects + engineers where he leads water supply engineers, scientists, inspectors, and specialists in six offices in the tri-state area. He is responsible for the management, design, construction, and commissioning of water supply projects, including source development, wells, distribution systems, water treatment, and water storage facilities.

While studying engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, James met a Long Island girl and fell in love with both her and New York. The similarities in the groundwater conditions and supply between Long Island and James’ birthplace in Hawaii connected him to the local community and environment. James loves teaching and developing future leaders and was a teaching assistant at Cornell, adjunct professor at SUNY Farmingdale, and PAL football coach for several seasons for his oldest son.

After several years building golf courses out west, James and his wife found their way back to Long Island in 2001 to start a family. Twenty years later, their two sons are attending South Huntington schools and will follow their mother in graduating from Walt Whitman High School.

Jessica Nowak

Jessica Nowak

Jessica Nowak is an Associate in the Commercial Lending and Banking Group of Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP.

She acts as lender’s counsel to multiple local and national banking institutions in connection with secured and unsecured commercial lending transactions. These included: mortgages, lines of credit, term loans, refinances, construction loans, renovation loans, cooperative loans, assignments and modifications.

Ms. Nowak earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2018. She served on the International and Comparative Law Review and was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient.

During law school, she completed externships at the Investor Rights Clinic, Pro-Bono Bankruptcy Assistance Clinic, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Securities and Exchange Commission. She earned a Pro Bono Award for completing over 400 hours of service.

Ms. Nowak earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2015 from Emory University Goizueta Business School with a major in accounting.

She currently serves on the board of the Townwide Fund of Huntington, Inc. and as a Co-Chair of the Long Island Chapter of the Risk Management Association (RMA), Emerging Leaders Group.

Ms. Nowak is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and Florida.”

Debbe Hom Parker

Debbie Hom Parker

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James T. Powers

President Emeritus

Jim is the Director of Business Development for H2M Architects & Engineers and has 40 years of experience in the real estate development industry. Jim is also currently an Adjunct Professor of Design and Construction Management at New York Institute of Technology. Jim has also worked in the franchise industry and ran companies such as Golden Krust, produced the TV Show “Let’s Talk Franchise,” and has owned a number of Jamaican-themed restaurants. Jim’s involved in many professional organizations, but his passion has always been his philanthropic endeavors. He has been on the boards of the Heckscher Museum, the AOH, the Friends of NYIT, served as President of the Crab Meadow Golf Club and served as President of the Townwide Fund of Huntington for more than ten years.

Christopher A Raimondi

Christopher A. Raimondi

Development Chair

Chris founded Raimondi Law to help business owners avoid the profit-robbing mistakes that keep them from achieving their personal and business goals. He believes in taking a proactive approach advising clients about potential issues and addressing them before they become a problem and have an adverse financial impact.

He first honed his legal skills working alongside some of the most prominent and respected attorneys in New York. After years of gaining valuable knowledge and experience during his tenure with Proskauer Rose, LLP, he decided to launch his own practice. His goal was to provide clients with the high-quality legal services of a large firm combined with the personalized attention and responsiveness of a small firm.

Chris is a problem solver. Whether he is assisting clients with their day-to-day concerns or handling a complex litigation matter, clients can feel confident that he understands their needs and is focused on protecting their interests. His diverse experience includes trademark and copyright protection, anti-counterfeiting, insurance law, corporate and securities law, commercial real estate, and commercial litigation.

In addition to his legal practice, Chris is also active in several local business groups that focus on providing opportunities for their members and support their local communities.

Bar and Court Admissions:

New York

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Professional Associations:

Nassau County Bar Association

Suffolk County Bar Association

New York City Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

 

Business Associations:

 

North Shore Service Group (Board Member)

Huntington Chamber of Commerce

Massapequa Chamber of Commerce

Honors and Awards:

Nassau County Bar Association, Top Honors for Pro Bono Service (2017)

Speaking Engagements:

“Succession Planning for Business Owners”, panelist, The Muttontown Club (2022)

“Improving the Heath of Your Business”, panelist, Art League of Long Island (2022)

“Maximizing Tax Advantage of 1031 & 1035 Like-Kind Exchanges”, panelist, The Muttontown Club (2021)

“Employment Practices Liabilty Insurance”, panelist, Long Island Business News Webinar (2021)

“Information for Businesses on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP),” presenter, North Shore Service Group (2020)

“The Successful Solo/Small Firm Practice: The Tools You Need to Succeed in Today’s Economy,” panelist, Practicing Law Institute (2014, 2015, 2016)

 

Publications:

"Employment Benefits: Will Your Significant Other Be Covered?" Co-Author of student note, Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, Volume 17, No. 2, Spring 2000

In the Press:

New York Law Journal, Vol. 257, No. 67 (April 10, 2017). Recognized for Pro Bono Service Award

Nassau Lawyer, Vol 66, No. 11 (May 2017). Recognized for Pro Bono Service Award

Community/Volunteer Activities:

Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund, Sponsor (2018)

Nassau County Bar Association, Pro Bono Service (2017)

Education:

J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, 2000

B.A., Hofstra University, 1997

 

Vita Scaturro

Vita Scaturro

Vita is Vice President, Business Relationship Manager at JP Morgan Chase with 40 years of experience in new business development, sales management and staff development. She is a results-oriented and motivational leader with a special talent for building cooperative and productive work environments that foster achievement of corporate goals. Vita has chaired the Grants committee for many years, until she was joined by Janice Whelan as co-chair. She serves with several nonprofit organizations in addition to the Townwide Fund of Huntington, including The Leadership of Huntington Foundation Inc., The Huntington Chamber of Commerce, The MoonJumpers Charitable Foundation Inc., and Lt Joseph Petrosino Association Inc.

Carolyn Walkin

Carolyn Walkin

Executive
Janice Whelan
David Altman
Matt Curry
Shari Peyser
David Gustin
Greg Kennedy
Jerome Hehir
Ron Friedman
Sharon Gunther

Development
Chris Raimondi Chair
Susan Lyons
Therese Mora
Fran Girimonti

Financial
Jerome Hehir Chair
Matt Curry
David Gustin
Greg Kennedy
John Fulton

PR/Marketing
Shari Peyser Chair
Ellen Fleury
Carolyn Walkin (marketing)
Rob Benson

Grants
Susan Lyons Co -Chair
Janice Whelan Co- Chair
Debbie Hom
Shari Peyser
Ron Friedman
Fran Girimonti
Melanie Mazzeo

Nominating
David Altman
Matt Curry
Jim Powers

Special Events

Gala
Susan Lyons Co Chair
Cindy Awan Co Chair
James Neri
Ellen Fleury
Sharon Gunther
Debbie Hom
Therese Mora
Jesssica Nowak
Chris Raimondi
Greg Kennedy
Jim Powers
Janice Whelan
Shari Peyser
Melanie Mazzeo
Fran Girimonti
Tom McNally

Tennis
Cindy Awan
Deb Knowles
Melanie Mazzeo
Annette Comber

Golf
David Gustin (Chair)
Greg Kenney
David Altman
Rob Benson
Jim Powers
Jerome Hehir
Errol Kitt

IPA and Rose’
Janice Whelan
Sharon Gunther
Carolyn Walkin

Thanksgiving Run
Ron Friedman
Sharon Gunther
Bea Hartigan
Matt Curry
James Neri

Pickleball
Jessica Nowak
Cindy Awan

 

Honorary Board
Michael Aboff
William Bohn
Thomas J. Finnegan
Dennis A Garetano
James S. Margolin
James Montalto
Donald Musgnug
Gary J.Pezza
Jo-Ann Raia
Scott T. Sammis
Russell C. Vollmer

Past Presidents
John C. Toaz, 1961
Quentin B. Sammis, 1962-1965
Robert Mitchel, 1966
Walter G. Spilsbury, 1967- 1977
Kenneth L. Graf, 1968
Vaughan Spilsbury, 1969
H. Craig Sutto,1970-1971
Beatrice C. Hartigan, 1972-1973
Arthur Goldstein,1974
Ellyn W. Sammis,1975
John Fordon, 1978
Andrew W. Lawrence Jr., 1979
Harold S. Brush, 1980
Richard Maikis, 1981
Robert E. Grant, 1982-1983
Clifford E. Starkins, 1984-1985
Scott T. Sammis, 1986-1987
James S. Margolin, 1988-1989
Donald P. Musgnug, 1990-1991
Russell C. Vollmer, 1992-1993
Dennis Garetano, 1994-1995
William Bohn, 1996-1998
Alex Armonas, 1999-2000
James Montalto, 2001-2002
Gary J. Pezza, 2003-2004
Sal Turano, 2005-2006
Thomas J. Finnegan, 2007-2008
James T. Powers, 2009- 2010
Michael C. Mule, 2011
James T. Powers, 2012-2018
David Altman 2019-2002
Greg Kennedy 2022-2024