Family & Children’s Association’s (FCA) Leadership Council is a growing group of young professionals who are passionate about FCA’s mission to protect and strengthen Long Island’s most vulnerable children, families, seniors, and communities. The Council supports this mission through a number of volunteer and fundraising projects around FCA’s wrap around services of behavioral health, senior care and prevention.
The Leadership Council plays a strategic role in developing awareness of FCA’s programs and providing opportunities for FCA’s growth by leveraging social media, events and individual fundraising to support overall goals. Council members have opportunities to create, plan and participate in service activities (volunteer days, volunteer drives, awareness campaigns, etc.); help plan and host fundraising events (socials, crowd-funding campaigns, etc.); and interact with FCA’s staff and Board of Trustees.
Benefits of Service
FCA’s Leadership Council provides social, professional and service opportunities for individuals interested in developing their network and skills. Council members may enjoy a wide range of benefits and opportunities, including:
- Developing leadership skills and resources to affect change in a community while working in a cooperative and supportive environment
- Interacting with the staff and Board of Trustees of one of Long Island’s largest human service organizations respected as the standard bearer of the work that we do for those in need.
- Gaining hands-on experience volunteering, planning service days, and organizing fundraising events
- Enhancing your resumé through Council activities and regular volunteerism
- Networking with other civic-minded young professionals at FCA’s events and social gatherings
Ethan DeAbreu, Staff Accountant, Cerini & Associates
Ethan is an inspired young man who holds the dream of “creating a kinder world” held tightly in his heart. He believes that through the employment of his work ethic and empathetic mindset, that his goal can be accomplished. Ethan graduated from the Molloy College in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, and a Minor in Spanish. While studying at Molloy, he served as the President of the Business and Accounting Club. He consistently challenged the boundaries of his club and club leaders. He and his team successfully created two student chapters at Molloy: The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). He said that creating those student chapters was an important goal to him because, “it created an opportunity for many students to compete for academic merit and network with business professionals.
Ethan spearheaded the largest cooperative effort Molloy has ever held amongst clubs in order to raise money for breast cancer research, “Cupcakes for a Cure.” He gave his pitch to all the club leaders: “Although we all may represent different ideas, and concepts; I think everyone can get behind the cause of finding the cure for cancer.” He successfully recruited, and coordinated 25 different clubs in order to raise nearly $800 in a few hours by simply selling cupcakes.
Ethan, and his team, created the popular “Peanut-Butter Jelly Time” event at Molloy in his freshman year. That event went on to create hundreds of sandwiches that were donated to Mary Brennan Inn throughout his four years.
He said that, “While growing up as a latch-key kid, I was lucky to have the focus to push towards a better life; however, I understand that for many children it is difficult to see the positive when they are surrounded by so much hardship. I want to serve as a mentor, and friend, in order to inspire youths to embrace their trials and tribulations, and use it as fuel to achieve their goals.”
Currently living in Long Island, Ethan is a photographer, sponsored fitness athlete, inspirational writer, and Financial Consultant for special education schools. He lives by his personal motto, “I am both the steel of my mind, and the hammer that strikes it” and spends each day working towards new heights.
Lula Lukasiewicz, Marketing Coordinator, Cerini & Associates
Representing the FCA leadership council from Suffolk County, Lula Lukasiewicz brings award winning marketing and communications expertise to the wide array of talented young individuals.
Lula has been overseeing all the marketing and communications efforts at Cerini & Associates, a well-known accounting firm on Long Island, since 2008. At Cerini, Lula is heavily involved in firm operations, recruitment, and development. She has helped to cultivate a marketing culture while working with the firm’s various services areas and management team to define and meet growth goals.
Lula was the 2017 recipient of the Long Island Business News “Excellence in Communication” Award as well as the 2016 recipient of the Long Island Business News “Excellence in Communication” Award.
Lula’s areas of expertise include event planning, article writing and editing, website development and analysis, marketing plan development and oversight, public relations, social media development and development of tracking systems and calculating return on investment. Lula is a member of the Public Relations Professionals of Long Island, The Association of Accounting Marketing and The Long Island Imagine Awards.
Jackie Mastropolo, Global RFP Manager, Diligent Corporation
A Port Washington native and alum of Queens College, Jackie Mastropolo works as the global RFP manager at Diligent, a New York City-based Software company.
Jackie has a strong history of working with FCA’s runaway/homeless youth shelter, Nassau Haven. She took it upon herself with the help of others to remodel the shelter’s attic to mimic that of a clothing store’s main floor, providing youth an organized and pleasurable experience when sorting through the donated clothes Nassau Haven receives throughout the year.
Jackie said of joining the leadership council, “I joined the Leadership Council because strong, healthy and happy families and children make a beautiful world for all of us.”
Ken Ronzetti, Sales Associate, Macy’s, Inc.
Ken Ronzetti joined the Leadership Council in January 2017. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and International Affairs from Wake Forest University. Upon graduation, Ken spent a year at Hofstra University in the Paralegal Studies Program. Ken currently works at Macy’s, Inc. and volunteers for FCA in the Friendly Visitor Program for Seniors. Ken has also volunteered at Old Town Elementary School tutoring students for whom English is a second language, and at Habitat for Humanity helping provide discounted resources including home appliances and other goods to local homeowners.
Arakel Torosian, Senior Analyst, Goldman Sachs
Arakel spent time during his youth growing up in Franklin Square, NY, where he engaged with FCA programs and nurtured his drive to succeed in life.
As he continued his studies at Columbia University after high school, Arakel went on to become a senior analyst for Goldman Sachs.
Arakel shared of his experience being part of the FCA family, “As a former client I know the capabilities and incredible talent that FCA has to offer to Long Island’s disadvantaged communities and less fortunate individuals. I know the volunteers who show up every day and expect nothing in return. I’m aware of the immense potential to change thousands of lives in the near future and I know that this place is serious about changing people’s lives. It’s embedded in the organization’s culture and I want to be a part of it.”
Ken Wilcox, Staff Accountant, WithumSmith+Brown
An Oceanside, NY native and alum of Rider University, Ken Wilcox works as a staff accountant at WithumSmith+Brown.
Ken first engaged with Family & Children’s Association (FCA) in 2016 when WithumSmith+Brown informed homeless youth about essential money management skills at FCA’s Walkabout Transitional Home in Freeport.
Ken said of joining the leadership council, “I joined the leadership council to make a difference in our Long Island Community. Growing up here enabled me to see the positives of my life, I wanted to give back to those who didn’t have those opportunities. Everyone should be able to go out and live their life to the fullest every day, and if I can help do that then sign me up!”
Interested in being a part of the FCA Leadership Council?
Please forward your resume to Don Holden, Chief Development Officer, FCA at firstname.lastname@example.org stating “Leadership Council” in the subject line.