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Welcome New Chair and Members of the Board of Directors

 

Maria A. Grasso, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Flushing Bank in Uniondale, NY was named as the Chair of United Way of Long Island's Board of Directors. Grasso, a Smithtown resident has 30 years of experience in the commercial banking industry. Since 2002, Grasso is a long-standing Board member and has served on the Executive Committee since 2011. She is the first woman Chair in 32 years after Genie Kissinger's post ended in 1984. Read More

 

 

 

 

Plainview resident Gregory A. May to was elected to United Way of Long Island's Board of Directors. May has 9 years of experience working in local government. He currently serves as the Nassau County Taxi and Limousine Commissioner and is an adjunct professor at Molloy College. May participated in United Way of Long Island’s inaugural class of “Project Blueprint,” a program that develops the skills necessary for millennials to become valuable members of boards and committees. Read More

 

 

 

 

Saint James resident Eric Schonoff was elected to United Way of Long Island's Board of Directors. Schonoff has more than 22 years of experience in the travel and leisure industry. Schonhoff began his career with Enterprise Holdings immediately after graduating college as a management trainee, and has remained with the organization in various roles. Read More

 

 

 

 

 

Babylon resident Joseph Pirone to its Board of Directors. Pirone is semi-retired from his career in marketing and planning, and devotes his time to raising awareness for HIV Health Services and advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ community. Read More

 

 

 

 

 

Smithtown resident Kevin Harvey was elected to United Way of Long Island' Board of Directors. Harvey is a 45-year member of the IBEW Local 25, keeping with a long-standing family tradition of working for the organization. He was an instructor in the Local 25’s Apprenticeship Program for seven years, and has been appointed as Shop Steward on several Long Island projects. Harvey’s addition to the Board fortifies United Way of Long Island’s already strong relationship with Long Island’s Unions. Read More

 

 

 

East Islip resident Teresa O’Halloran was elected to United Way of Long Island's Board of Directors. O’Halloran has 23 years of experience in the human resources industry. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Risk Management/Safety/Human Resources at Suffolk Transportation Services, Inc., where she is responsible for State and Federal compliances, asset management, claims management, and acts as a liaison between the company and various constituencies. O’Halloran joins the Board after John Corrado, President of Suffolk Transportation Services, Inc. vacated his seat, continuing the organization’s relationship with United Way of Long Island. Read More

 

 

 

Dix Hills resident Tracey Edwards was elected to United Way of Long Island's Board of Directors. Edwards has 37 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, where she has held several positions at Verizon Communications. Edwards is currently the Regional President of Long Island and Upstate New York, where she leads a team of more than 3,000 employees responsible for construction and field operations of voice, broadband and video services. Read More

 

 

 

Maria Grasso

United Way of Long Island has named Maria A. Grasso, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Flushing Bank in Uniondale, NY as the Chair of its Board of Directors. Grasso, a Smithtown resident has 30 years of experience in the commercial banking industry. Since 2002, Grasso is a long-standing Board member and has served on the Executive Committee since 2011. She is the first woman Chair in 32 years after Genie Kissinger’s post ended in 1984.

Theresa A. Regnante, President and CEO of United Way of Long Island said, “We are looking forward to Maria’s leadership as Chair of United Way of Long Island’s Board of Directors. She has been a champion of our mission to advance the common good and will continue to help us grow our impact and expand our reach throughout Long Island. Maria leads a Board comprised of Long Island’s most effective leaders, together we are committed to move the needle for thousands of families.”

Prior to joining Flushing Bank, Grasso was a Senior Vice President of the Long Island Queens Division of the Bank of New York, the Senior Vice President of the NY Metro Division of Fleet Bank, N.A., and held several other positions at Natwest Bank and Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A.  

Grasso has taken a leadership role in supporting local nonprofit organizations, including the March of Dimes, Long Island Cares, Bias Help of Long Island, the American Cancer Society, Long Island Association for AIDS Care, and Long Island Network of Community Services. She has helped fundraise for the Carol M. Baldwin, Breast Cancer Research Fund, Junior Achievement, Indian Hollow Primary School, Burr Intermediate School, Harbor Child Care, Long Island Museum and the YMCA of Long Island.  

In commenting on her spirit of philanthropy, Grasso said, “I have assisted many worthy not for profit organizations over the years. Each one provides outstanding services to the community. I am especially gratified to continue to serve, now as Chair, on the Board of Directors of United Way of Long Island. The organization has made, and continues to make, a significant impact on families and individuals by offering a wide breadth of diverse programs that benefit Long Islanders from every walk of life.”

Among her accolades, Grasso is a former chairperson of the Retail Banking Division Committee for the New York Bankers Association, she currently serves on the National Board of the American Kidney Fund and was  recently received the Distinguished Volunteer Leadership Award at the Monsignor Hartmann Humanitarian Luncheon sponsored by ACIT.  In 2013, Grasso was honored by the American Kidney Fund, the Long Island Conservatory of Music and The Italian Board of Guardians.  In 2011, Grasso was named Outstanding Executive by Adelphi University. In 2010, Grasso was selected as a co-honoree at the Go Red for Women Luncheon benefiting the American Heart Association. In 2009, Grasso was named as a Who’s Who in Banking by Long Island Business News and honored as a Women Achievers Against the Odds by The Womens Fund of Long Island. Grasso received an MBA from Adelphi University in 1989 and a BBA from Hofstra University in 1986.

Gregory May

United Way of Long Island recently elected Plainview resident Gregory A. May to its Board of Directors. May has 9 years of experience working in local government. He currently serves as the Nassau County Taxi and Limousine Commissioner and is an adjunct professor at Molloy College. May participated in United Way of Long Island’s inaugural class of “Project Blueprint,” a program that develops the skills necessary for millennials to become valuable members of boards and committees.

Prior to his post as Commissioner, May was the Director of Legislative Affairs in the Office of Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano where he managed the legislative process, multi-department projects, and drafted legislation as requested by the County Executive or Chief Deputy County Executive. He was also previously a Legislative Aide in the Long Island Region Office of the New York State Minority Leader Brian Kolb, and a Legislative Aide in the Office of Assemblyman Rob Walker. He has served as a research assistant for several professors and Deans at C.W. Post campus of Long Island University. May Co-Chairs the Nassau Nonprofit Taskforce, which was formed in 2011 to work to improve the County’s interactions with the nonprofit community.

In accepting his appointment, May commented, “I am honored to expand my involvement in supporting United Way of Long Island. The United Way board and staff have a unique understanding of what hot button human service issues need to be addressed and then deliver with compassionate programs to address the need.”

May received a Master of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences from C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in Brookville, NY, and he is a member of the Pi Gamma Mu honor society. He currently resides in Plainview with his wife, Kara Guy.

 

Eric Schonhoff

United Way of Long Island recently elected Saint James resident Eric Schonoff to its Board of Directors. Schonoff has more than 22 years of experience in the travel and leisure industry. Schonhoff began his career with Enterprise Holdings immediately after graduating college as a management trainee, and has remained with the organization in various roles.

Currently the Regional Vice President of Enterprise Holdings on Long Island, Schonoff has received numerous recognitions for his work within the industry for his accomplishments in the areas of customer service and performance.
Schonoff is excited about the opportunity to put his expertise to use as a board member. He commented, “I am looking forward to serving on the United Way of Long Island Board of Directors I feel I can assist in helping to develop ways to make service delivery to United Way consumers even more seamless than it is today.”

Schonhoff received his BBA in marketing from Illinois State University in 1994. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, and playing golf and tennis.
 

Joseph Pirone

United Way of Long Island recently welcomed Babylon resident Joseph Pirone to its Board of Directors. Pirone is semi-retired from his career in marketing and planning, and devotes his time to raising awareness for HIV Health Services and advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ community.

Pirone feels his years of experience in marketing will be an asset serving on the Board of Directors. He commented that “United Way of Long Island offers a broad range of programs and services to the community. I would like to make my imprint on the organization by working to help increase the ways those programs can be marketed and introduced to the community.”

In addition to being a member of United Way of Long Island’s Board of directors, Pirone is also the Chair of the Nassau-Suffolk HIV Health Services Planning Council.

 

Kevin Harvey

United Way of Long Island recently elected Smithtown resident Kevin Harvey to its Board of Directors. Harvey is a 45-year member of the IBEW Local 25, keeping with a long-standing family tradition of working for the organization. He was an instructor in the Local 25’s Apprenticeship Program for seven years, and has been appointed as Shop Steward on several Long Island projects. Harvey’s addition to the Board fortifies United Way of Long Island’s already strong relationship with Long Island’s Unions.

Mr. Harvey currently is the Business Manager of the IBEW Local 25 and serves on the Boards of several Long Island associations, including the Long Island Housing Partnership, the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency, the United States Green Building Council – LI, the Suffolk County Electrical Licensing Board, and the Hempstead Labor Advisory Council.  He is also senior Labor Trustee on the Electrical Industry Board of Long Island.

During his years or involvement with IBEW 25 Harvey has seen the relationship between labor and United Way of Long Island blossom. Upon his appointment Harvey said, “I am excited about the prospect of offering my knowledge of the union landscape on Long Island to United Way. Unions across the region have not only given financially but allowed their members to contribute their skills to make a difference in the life of so many Long Islanders. I will work to maintain and extend that tradition.”
Prior to being accepted into the Apprenticeship Program with the Local 25, Harvey attended Iona College in New Rochelle. He enjoys spending time with his wife, three children and two grandchildren.
 

Teresa O'Halloran

United Way of Long Island recently elected East Islip resident Teresa O’Halloran to its Board of Directors. O’Halloran has 23 years of experience in the human resources industry. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Risk Management/Safety/Human Resources at Suffolk Transportation Services, Inc., where she is responsible for State and Federal compliances, asset management, claims management, and acts as a liaison between the company and various constituencies. O’Halloran joins the Board after John Corrado, President of Suffolk Transportation Services, Inc. vacated his seat, continuing the organization’s relationship with United Way of Long Island.

Prior to joining Suffolk Transportation Services, Inc., O’Halloran held similar positions at MKTG, Inc., Pasqua Coffee Bar and Nutri System. She is a member of the Long Island National Society of Human Resource Management, the Workforce Investment Board of Suffolk County, the President of the Pride of Shinnecock Lane US Flag Committee, the East Islip/Dowling School Business Partnership, the High School Workforce Ready Program – VHR, and is a volunteer member of the bereavement ministry and EM at the Church of Saint Mary in East Islip.

O’Halloran is honored to hold a seat on the board. She commented, “I am honored to follow in the footsteps of John Corrado on this vital board. Suffolk Transportation is not only pleased in offering ongoing financial resources to United Way of Long Island, but is also excited about the growing personal involvement of our employees in donating their time and spreading the word about the programs and services offered to all Long Islanders.”
O’Halloran was a 2007 Town of Islip Small Business Award Winner and a member of the Workforce Builder Honor Roll of the Long Island Works Coalition. She received an Associate Degree in Business from Nassau Community College and has received a certificate of Professional in Human Resources from Human Resources Certificate Institute (HRCI) and CP Certificate (Certified Professional) from SHRM.
 

Tracey Edwards

United Way of Long Island recently elected Dix Hills resident Tracey Edwards to its Board of Directors. Edwards has 37 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, where she has held several positions at Verizon Communications. Edwards is currently the Regional President of Long Island and Upstate New York, where she leads a team of more than 3,000 employees responsible for construction and field operations of voice, broadband and video services.

Edwards serves as a Councilwoman in the Town of Huntington, where she was elected to a four-year term in 2014. She is also the Long Island Regional Director of the NAACP and the Second Vice President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Suffolk County Chapter, she is on the Board of the Long Island Association, was appointed by Governor Cuomo as a representative on the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, and is a Member of the Lion’s Club. Edwards was previously a Chair of the Town of Huntington Planning Board, and the Vice President of the Elwood Board of Education. She was instrumental in bringing a resource center to Huntington, primarily focused on employment opportunities through United Way of Long Island’s YouthBuild and VetsBuild programs, as well as other key training programs for unemployed residents.

Edwards is proud to join the United Way of Long Island board and relishes the opportunity to increase the partnerships between business and recipient agencies. In commenting on her appointment, she said, “As a corporate executive, community advocate and elected officer I have seen firsthand how all three of these constituencies have worked closely together to meet the shared goal of providing services to those in need. I will serve to help maintain and further expand and enhance these unique partnerships.”
Edwards is the recipient of the NAACP Eugene T. Reed Award for Highest Achievement & Service in 2012, the Long Island Press’ Top 50 Most Influential and Powerful People in 2011, 2012 and 2014, the LI Business News’ Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business Hall of Fame, and the Walk Whitman Literary Award. Edwards enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and two grandchildren.