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Board Of Trustees


Ralph Scamardella

(Chair) is a parent member. His son, Michael, currently attends the program. For many years, Ralph has been a successful chef in the culinary world. He began his studies at New York City’s Technology Institute where he mastered the business of hotel and restaurant management.He received his first two-star rating from the New York Times as Executive Chef at Vanessa’s restaurant. He then went on to work for the owners of  Vanessa’s restaurant in other locations, including Ganni and Hoexters Market. Ralph, as chef and partner, had a large hand in the success of the opening and driving concept behind Carmine’s and later Virgil’s BBQ and Gabriela’s Mexican. After nearly 15 years with his hands in several successful projects, he left the kitchen to consult for restaurants such as The Strip House, Harrah’s Casino, and Cessca. Ralph is now the Corporate Executive Chef of Tao, a successful Asian fusion restaurant.  Among his other ventures, Ralph has been a large supporter of Eden II, helping out greatly with both the Annual Dinner Dance and Golf Outing.

Donald M. Russo, MBA

(Vice Chair) is the Senior Vice President of Oracle’s Insurance Global Business, a division of Oracle’s Financial Services Global Business Unit. His experience includes over 35 years in the software industry split evenly between working for major financial institutions and consulting to a number of industries. Mr. Russo served as Vice President at Salomon Brothers and then at Merrill Lynch, where he worked in both Finance and IT and was responsible for key systems such as Finance, Credit, Risk Management and Support for Trading Operations. He led the acquisition of Oracle’s Major Banking and Insurance assets including i-Flex, Adminserver and Skywire. Prior to his current role, he was one of three Senior Vice Presidents running Oracle’s Global Financial Services Business. Mr. Russo has an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA from Boston College.

Bernardo Pace, Ph.D.

(Secretary) is a parent member. His daughter, Gina, attends the Forest Avenue site. Bernardo is a Professor of English, at CUNY. He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies, and an MA in English. Working at the City University of NY for 30 years, he has served on and chaired a number of committees, including an advocacy project for poor children in NYC with autism, called Project Equity. Bernardo served on the Board of Trustees of EDEN II from 2002-2009 and has been an active member of the Development Committee up through the present time. He has written several grants for the Agency, including some proposals for our first capital campaign at Wright Ave. He and his daughter live on Staten Island.

Gregg Iliceto, CPA

(Treasurer) is a parent member. His son, Michael, attends the Granite Avenue site. Gregg has served on the EDEN II board from 2001-2009 and was Treasurer for 4 years. He has rejoined the board in 2011. During the interim period, Gregg also served on the Eden II & Genesis Foundation board. He is a Certified Public Accountant with over 29 years of experience in the accounting field, and has his own firm on Staten Island. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the NYS Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the NJ State Society of CPAs. Gregg is also a member of the Staten Island Bucks. Gregg has been an active fundraiser for the agency for many years. In 2012, Gregg received the Robert Ambery Memorial Award for his advocacy and dedication to the agency.


Anthony Tucci, Esq.

is a parent board member. Anthony is an Attorney and Certified Public Accountant with a private practice located on Staten Island. Mr. Tucci’s firm has successfully negotiated multi-million dollar exemptions for a wide variety of properties including industrial and commercial facilities owned by large corporate clients. Mr. Tucci is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. He is actively involved as a cabinet member of Staten Island Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Tucci is also the executive director of the the Autism Awareness & Support Foundation, and served on the board of the San Bernardino Society for a ten year period. He is a member of the American Association of Attorney-CPAs and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Wagner College.

Barbara Maxwell

barbara (2)is a community member. She retired after 29 years as an Agency owner & CEO of Maxwell Insurance Agency with Allstate Insurance Co. Mrs. Maxwell is a licensed agent and broker selling property, casualty, life and financial products. She is a member of the NASD. Mrs. Maxwell is from Portsmouth, Va. And completed her former education there. Upon arriving in NY she attended Secretarial school and NY Institute of finance taking courses in Corporate finance. Prior to Allstate, Mrs. Maxwell worked at a brokerage firm on Wall Street. Mrs. Maxwell has volunteered at Seaview Hospital & Home as well as On Your Mark. She is a past board member of On Your Mark, a recreational program for autistic children and developmentally delayed adults. Mrs. Maxwell has hosted cook-outs and Christmas parties for autistic children in her home for several years.

Cafo Boga, CPA

is a community member. He is a Senior Operations and Finance Executive with a 20+ year career spanning multiple industries including banking, investments, information technology, business process outsourcing and real estate. Upon passing the CPA exam he joined Peat Marwick (now KPMG Peat Marwick) where he served as an Audit Manager until joining The National Bank of Kuwait S.A.K. in New York as Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer. From 1987 to 2001, he was employed by LBS Bank New York as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2001, he joined i-flex solutions, inc. (now known as Oracle Financial Services Software, Inc.) and served as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and was a member of the Board of Directors until 2009. His career also reflects solid international experience; he has conducted business in Canada, England, India, Chile and all Balkan countries. He speaks Albanian, Serbo-Croatian, Russian, Italian, Slovenian, and Spanish . Cafo founded the Albanian-American Culture Foundation, currently serves as Chairman of the Board, and was a charter member of the National Albanian American Council. For the past 12 years he has been a member of the Board of Albanian-American Enterprise Fund – a prestigious appointment he received from Former President Bill Clinton. Currently, he also serves on the Board of Albanian American development Foundation, Albanian American Chamber of Commerce, International Virtual e-Hospital Foundation and few other community based organizations.

Chris Drewes, Esq.

is a community member. He is an attorney with Kelley Drye in Manhattan. His practice focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate, including financing, acquisition, development, and leasing. He has substantial representation in the areas of bankruptcy, reorganization, and hospital and health care. He also has wide experience in the areas of not-for-profit organizations and foundations. He is a member of the Bar Association of the City of New York. He is also a board member of St. Joseph’s College, NY and is on their Executive and Finance Committees.

Christina D. Thivierge, Esq.

is a co-founding partner and principal of Thivierge & Rothberg, P.C., a private law firm founded in 2008 in New York City that handles exclusively special education matters. From 2000 through 2008, Christina was the Senior Associate at a Mayerson & Associates, where she handled special education matters (primarily for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities). Christina received her Juris Doctorate from the City University of New York School of Law and her Bachelors degree from Central Connecticut State University. She is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey, as well as a number of federal Courts of Appeal. Prior to attending law school, Christina worked for nine years with adults diagnosed with autism and other disabilities through the Central Connecticut ARC. While working at Central Connecticut ARC Christina was a job coach and a group home manager.

David Glick, MA

is a parent member. His daughter, Emmaline, attends the school program at Skyline. David attended Brigham Young University for undergraduate work and completed a Master’s Degree in Landscape Design from Columbia University. He worked for several years as a public school teacher in Los Angeles, California. He is currently on the board of directors for the Mud Lane Society for the Renaissance of Stapleton and is a bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is married to Dr. Kristin Poizzotto, a professor of biology at CUNY and a paleontological research associate at the American Museum of Natural History. The Glicks have five children with another one on the way. Two of their children are special needs children adopted out of foster care. They currently reside in the Stapleton area of Staten Island.

Deepak Alur, MBA

is a community member. He graduated from T.A. Pai Management Institute (Manipal, India) with an MBA in Finance and Marketing. He began his career in financial services with Citibank India where he quickly held the position as head of Sales for key markets in western regions of India. With exceptional service delivery and an unwavering fervor, Deepakhas received some of the most esteemed industry awards including the President’s Club Award and the Premier Producer Award. While distribution planning is included in one of Deepak‘s many proficiencies, his true passion lies in providing clients with financial independence through intricate planning and comprehensive decision making. Catering to top corporate executives and more than 400 individuals worldwide with retirement assets under management, Deepak has obtained steadfast patronage from high profile clientele and has attained an unyielding reputation for superior service.Deepak supports creative disciplines influenced by the arts of India, and contributes to many charities managed by close friends/clientele.

Jeanette Collins

is a parent member. She has two sons in Eden II Programs. Jeanette is a registered nurse who graduated from Royal City of Dublin Hospital, Dublin Ireland 1985. Jeanette currently works at MJHS-as a Managed Care Liaison. Her background includes Med/Surg,ER , and Home Care Nursing. Jeanette sat on the Board of Parent to Parent of NYS from 2000—2002, and continues to function as a support Parent for P2P.In addition, she has been on numerous committees for OPWDD (Former Brooklyn DDSO) and was secretary for Brooklyn consumer council from 1997-2000. Jeanette resides in Brooklyn, NY, where she lives with her husband Joe and their 3 children .

Jim Caldarella

is a community member. He is a senior consultant for i-flex Consulting, assisting clients in the design and development of high-performance systems, solution research and evaluation, enterprise architecture and strategic IT change management. He spent much of his 37 year career developing wholesale funds transfer systems for Citibank. The last of these systems is still operating, processing more than 350,000 transfers per day worth more than 1.75 trillion dollars. He has also played a key role in developing many of the funds transfer industry standards used today. He holds a BA from Northeastern University and post-graduate management studies at Williams College.

Lou Anne Haley

is a parent member. This is her second term on the Eden II Board of Trustees. Her daughter, Kerry, graduated from the school program and is now attending the adult program at the Genesis School on Long Island. Over the years Lou Anne has raised substantial funds for the Long Island Teacher Retention Program and served as Genesis PTO President. During her last term on the Board, Lou Anne was a member of the Finance Committee and Chairman of the Long Island Site Selection Committee. This committee successfully found a new location for the Long Island School, Day Hab, and Outreach Programs in 2014. Presently she is a member of the Eden II Strategic Planning Committee and Chair of the Eden II & Genesis Blazing Trails for Autism Run/Walk. She has also served on the Board for the Autism Speaks Long Island Chapter and volunteers every year for the Annual Autism Speaks Walkathon at Jones Beach.

Michael Giangregorio

is a parent member. His son, Nicholas, attends the Genesis school. He and his wife recently chaired the fundraising event for the school. He is Vice President of JP Morgan in the Financing and Markets Products Division. He joined JP Morgan in 2006 as a senior trader on the U.S.Fixed Income Lending Desk and is accountable for the lending of U.S. Agency, Mortgage-backed and Corporate Securities. Michael has have over 20 years experience in the Financial Industry. He is married with two children. He is a volunteer leader with Autism Speaks and serves as Chair of the Executive Committee for the Long Island Region. He is also involved in advocacy and has lobbied in Washington and Albany on topics ranging from increase funding for research, family services, insurance reform and adult issues. He serves President of the Board of Trustees of the ELIJA School which is a private school for children with autism. He is a member of the Long Island Family Support Consumer Council.

Nicole Memoli

is a parent member. Her daughter, Sarah, atends the school program at Skyline. Nicole is a senior paramedic with North Shore LI J at Staten Island hospital, where she has worked for  more than 20 years.  She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from SUNY Albany and nearly completed a Master’s of Science in Environmental Science from the College of Staten Island. Nicole has been highly involved with the Eden PTO, has served on their executive board for the past two years and recently completed a term as treasurer.  She has also been involved with fund-raising on Eden’s behalf for the dinner dance and other events. Nicole, along with her husband David and daughters Sarah and Rachel,  reside in Westerleigh.

R. Shanx Ravisankar, MBA

is a parent member. His son, Tejas, attends the school age program at the Beach Street site. Shanx retired in 2011 as the Chief Operating Officer, Oracle Financial Services Global Business Unit (FSGBU). He was a founding member and former CEO of Oracle Financial Services Software, (formerly known as i-flex Solutions, the company was acquired by Oracle in 2006). As a technology leader, he has also been profiled in leading trade and industry publications. Shanx is an engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, and has an MBA in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India. In 2008, Shanx was selected as one of the 50 Outstanding Asian American business leaders. This accolade celebrates Asian business leaders and recognizes their pivotal roles in Corporate America. Shanx, his wife, Lakshmi, and their two children reside in Brooklyn.

Shanker Ramamurthy, MBA

is a community member. Shanker Ramamurthy leads the Strategy and Analytics practice globally for IBM Global Business Services. Prior to this role, Shanker spent close to three years with Thomson Reuters Corporation, initially as President of Financial Professional & Marketplaces, delivering news, information, and analytics to trading, investing, financial, and corporate professionals. For the last two years, and as an officer of the company, Shanker created and built the successful Global Growth & Operations strategic business unit, a 7,000-person division created through the consolidation of all of the company’s businesses, located in over 100 countries around the world. Shanker began a twenty-year consulting career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1990, where he was Partner of their Financial Services Technology Consulting practice in Sydney, Australia. He relocated to New York in 1998 as Lead Partner of their Financial Services Strategy Consulting practice, where he also served as a member of the Global Financial Services leadership team. He has also been a  member of the IBM Integration & Values Team, in addition to working for the company after PwC was acquired by IBM in 2002.  Shanker has lived or worked on six continents and in over 35 countries. He currently resides with his wife and two teenage daughters in Manhattan.

Sheldon Becher

is a community member. He is Vice President of Babad Management, a commercial and residential real estate company, and has primary responsibility for the management of many multi-use properties throughout the Tri-state area. These responsibilities include fiscal and operational oversight. Mr. Becher currently serves on the Boards of Directors of several non-profit human service organizations, including Flatbush Bikur Cholim and Misaskim, as well as a member of the Board of a private, non-profit Yeshiva day school. He has also served as a fund-raising consultant to these and other non-profit agencies. He holds an undergraduate degree in Talmudic Law from Talmudical Academy of New Jersey. Mr. Becher lives in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, NY with his wife and four children.

Steve Kirschbaum

is a parent member. His son, Brandon, currently attends the Genesis School in Long Island. Mr. Kirschbaum is Vice President of Carlyle Catering, providing services to Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park, The Palace in Plainview, The Omni Building, Temple Israel of Lawrence, Carlyle Designs, and off premise catering in the Hamptons, Manhattan and the tri State area. Steve’s son entered the program in 2002, and since then Steve has worked tirelessly to help fund-raise to support the Genesis School. For over six years Steve has served as the President of the Genesis PTO. Mr. Kirschbaum has successfully raised funds through Fight for Charity, Texas Hold’em events, and many other fundraisers. Steve’s work with Fight for Charity has helped Genesis raise a considerable amount of funding to help support its mission.

Terry Tarangelo

is an Associate Group Director/Vice President of Signature Bank on Staten Island. She spent 29 years with Staten Island Savings Bank/SI Bank & Trust in the residential and commercial lending departments. As a 5 year member of the South Shore Rotary Club, she is a recipient of the CAR Rosenberger “Service Above Self” Award, performs with the cast in their yearly shows and is a coordinator with the Festa Italiana committee. In addition, she serves on the Richmond University Medical Center Diabetes Community Advisory Board and the Board of Advisors of the Staten Island Region of the American Cancer Society and is active in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Terry is a member of the Staten Island Economic Development Corp’s Women’s Leadership Council and is an Area Coordinator for the Tunnel to Towers Run. She is a past recipient of The Staten Island Friends for Hospice Care “Celebrate Life Award” and is a member of the St. Joseph By The Sea Alumni Hall of Fame. She is currently a Board Member of the Miss New York State Scholarship pageant and also Past President of the Miss Staten Island Scholarship and Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen Pageants.

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