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
Patricia Craig, Associate, Saundra M. Gumerove & Associates Attorneys at Law
As an Associate, Patricia brings expertise in handling all types of Special Education and Special Needs matters. In her position she expertly drafts Due Process Complaints, represents clients at Committee on Special Education meetings, conducts client meetings, establishes Guardianships, and assists clients in establishing and administering Supplemental Needs Trusts. She also works with clients to create Estate Plans, particularly in regard to family members with disabilities.
Patricia’s interest in Special Education Advocacy and Special Needs Law stem from growing up with a sibling who experienced learning disabilities. This experience enabled her to see firsthand how successful an individual with disabilities could be if provided with the appropriate educational supports and services. Patricia has devoted her career to advocating for students with disabilities and working on their behalf and on behalf of the families of individuals with disabilities.
Patricia earned her B.A. in History at Hofstra University. She was on the Dean’s List for all four years, and was a member of PHI ALPHA THETA – History Honor Society. She also served as Vice President/
Co-Founder of the Hofstra University History Club. She went on to earn her J.D. from Touro College
Jacob D. Fuchsburg Law Center. During her time at the Touro Law Center she interned with the Long Island Advocacy Center (LIAC) advocating for students with disabilities to acquire access to the services and supports they needed to be successful in the school setting.
In her free time Patricia enjoys spending time with her family, reading novels, horseback riding and golfing.
Professional Affiliations: Member of the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association Education Law Committee, the Nassau County Bar Association Elder Law, Social Services and Health Advocacy Committee and the Counsel of Parent and Attorney Advocates (COPAA).
Ethan DeAbreu, Staff Accountant, Marjam Supply
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 accountant at Staff Accountant at Marjam Supply. He is currently working on publishing a children’s book to benefit the youth in our Foster Care Youth Living Skills Program Project Independence. 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.
Cristina Keiley, Account Manager, LDI
With over 10 years of retail experience, Cristina Keiley is a natural with LDI clients and prospects. Her customer service and problem solving skills are completely aligned with LDI’s customer-centric philosophy, making an asset to LDI and to her customers. A quick ramp up to the digital office technology industry and Cristina seeks ways to positively impact the way that her clients were doing business. And in a traditional industry, Cristina’s customers find her approach to be genuine and refreshing.
Cristina is very passionate about the professional and personal goals that she has set for herself. This includes her 2018 goal of achieving over 100 hours of community service and her desire to become a rising star in the sales organization at LDI.
Cristina has been an instrumental part of the Long Island Junior Chamber organization from its inception. The mission of the Long Island Junior Chamber of Commerce is to involve young citizens in the community and create positive change. This is an ideal that she lives and communicates to her pers every day.
Lula Lukasiewicz, Senior Marketer, 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.”
Michael Pernick is an attorney at a major New York City law firm, where his practice includes commercial litigation and voting rights. Michael’s voting rights work includes cases involving gerrymandering and voter ID laws, and his work has been cited and relied upon by numerous courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Michael also speaks and publishes on voting rights issues.
In addition to his role on the FCA Leadership Council, Michael is civically engaged in a number of leadership roles. In 2018, Michael was nominated by the Nassau County Executive and unanimously confirmed by the Nassau County Legislature to a seat on the Nassau County Board of Ethics. Michael serves on the Board of Directors of the Adult Congenital Heart Association, the leading national organization serving the millions of Americans, including Michael, born with congenital heart defects. Michael is also an Executive Board Member of the New York Chapter of the New Leaders Council and is a Senior Fellow on the Millennial Policy Initiative Commission on Democracy & Voting Rights.
Michael attended Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law. Before becoming an attorney, Michael managed political campaigns on Long Island. Michael grew up in Nassau County and lives in Rockville Centre.
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.”
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.