Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of DDI provides oversight and governance, and helps to sustain the organization’s Mission and welfare.  The Board is comprised of members of the local community who bring a variety of talents and experiences, and who volunteer their time and energy for the benefit of all those who are served.

13 User(s):

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Chairperson
Rocco joined DDI’s Board of Directors in August 2001. He has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from SUNY- Oneonta and also attended Pace University Graduate School of Business and has a CPA license. With over twenty years of experience in public accounting, Rocco has his own firm, Rocco J. Cirigliano, CPA. He has previously served as Treasurer and as Chairperson of the DDI Board of Directors, and he also serves as a member of the DDI Foundation Board of Directors. Rocco has lived with his family in Smithtown for over thirty years. His family includes his wife, Susan, and his identical triple sons who are served by DDI's Adult Residential Program as well as the Adult Day Services Program.
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Vice Chairperson
Edward Youngling began his relationship with DDI in 2012 when he was appointed to the Property Committee by the Board of Directors to serve as a Community Adviser to help guide the agency in its large-scale development projects. He was later appointed to serve as a member of the Board. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University. Mr. Youngling retired as a Vice President from Keyspan Corporation in December 2006. During his forty years in industry he worked for the General Electric Company, the Long Island Lighting Company and Keyspan. During his professional career he was involved in the Navy nuclear submarine program, LILCO's commercial nuclear power program and both the electric transmission, distribution and conventional power production programs on Long Island. Mr. Youngling has served on the Executive Committees of the New York Power Pool and Empire State Electric Energy Research Corporation and has held a Guest Appointment to Brookhaven National Laboratory. In addition to his continuing role on the DDI Board’s Property Committee, he also now serves as a member of the DDI Board’s Nominations Committee. Edward lives with his wife in Nesconset.
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Treasurer
Mike joined DDI’s Board of Directors in September 2012. In addition to his position on the Agency Board, Mike serves as a member and Treasurer of the DDI Foundation Board. He has an MBA in Accounting from Adelphi University and is a CPA. He currently holds the position of Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis at Bluefin Payment Systems, in Melville, a leading provider of secure payments technology. Mike, and his wife, Trish, resides in Patchogue. They have three children, the youngest being an adult in the adult day services program and a resident served by DDI’s Adult Residential Program.
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Secretary
Stuart is a Partner in the law firm of Rivkin Radler LLP in Uniondale, New York. Mr. Gordon represents corporate and individual debtors, creditors and financial institutions in complex reorganizations and liquidations. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from George Washington University and also has a JD Degree from St. John’s University School of Law. Stuart has been a member of our Board of Directors since 2003. In addition, Stuart is a member of the Human Resource Committee.
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Member
William Kacin was first elected to the DDI Board of Directors in January 2002 and served as President of the Board from January 2002 to January 2005. He is the parent of an adult son with autism who is a resident in one of DDI’s residential homes and attends our Adult Day Program. Bill is a member of various committees of the Board of Directors, which include the Executive Committee, Certification Review Committee, Finance Committee, and the Property Committee. Mr. Kacin is a licensed professional engineer and a graduate of Cooper Union School of Engineering with a Mechanical Engineering Degree. He recently retired from his position as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Met Pro Corp.
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Member
Albert Dawson, PE FITE is a parent of a son who formerly attended our Young Autism Program (YAP) and is now mainstreamed into a segregated class. Al has a Bachelor’s Degree from Polytechnic University, and a Master’s Degree from Kansas State University in Civil Engineering. He is a full-time Assistant Professor at Suffolk County Community College where he teaches several courses in the Engineering and Construction Technology Department. Al is also licensed registered Professional Engineer in the states of New York and New Jersey and continues to actively work in his field of profession on a part –time basis at the firm of Lockwood, Kessler, and Bartlett (LKB) a full service Civil Engineering firm in Syosset, NY where he manages high profile construction projects throughout the tri-state area which include major transportation facilities such as; the Lincoln Tunnel, JFK Airport, the Holland Tunnel, and the Long Island Expressway etc. He is also a Fellow member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). Al has been a member of DDI’s Board of Directors since 2002 and is the Chairperson of the Property Committee. Most importantly, Al is a devoted father and an advocate for all individuals with Autism and other various developmental disabilities.
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Eric N. Dubrow MD is a board certified orthopedic surgeon, currently retired from active practice and joined DDI’s Board in January 2012. Dr. Dubrow has been a past president the St. Charles Hospital medical staff and medical board. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Charles Hospital, Catholic Health Services of Long Island, and the Long Island Health Network. Dr. Dubrow has had a long-term interest and experience in the orthopedic management of cerebral palsy and has served as the lead surgeon and co-director of the Cerebral Palsy Center at St. Charles Hospital. He is married and lives in East Setauket.
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Kevin Long joined DDI's Board of Directors in May 2008. He has extensive experience in employee communications and engagement. He is currently consulting with a number of Fortune 500 organizations to improve performance and retain talent through strategic communications that align employees with organizational strategy, mission, vision and values. Previously, Kevin held senior communications and HR positions at Accenture, CA Technologies and Insidedge. He has an M.S. in Human Resources Management and Labor Relations and a B.S. in Technical Writing from the New York Institute of Technology. He currently chairs DDI's Human Resource Committee and has been an active board member on the DDI Foundation since 2005. Kevin has a son who previously attended DDI's early education programs. Kevin lives with his wife, son and two daughters in East Setauket.
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Karen joined DDI’s Board of Directors in February 2008. Karen is a partner at Deloitte and Touche and has worked there since 1996 and has been a partner since 2008. She has a Bachelors Degree from St. John’s University in accounting. Karen is a member of DDI’s Audit Committee, which meets periodically with our independent accounting firm. To ensure proper oversight of that process. Karen has relatives with a child with autism and is therefore highly sensitized to their unique needs as well as the concerns of families raising those children. Karen lives with her family in Bethpage.
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Dr. John Werner joined the DDI Board of Directors in July 2011. Following a 37-year career at DDI, he recently retired as Director of Children's Services which included administrative/programmatic oversight to early intervention, preschool and school age day/residential programs. Additionally, he participated in numerous agency initiatives including the expansion of child residential services, development of evidenced based practices for both students and staff, and support for applied research. He participated in a number of agency committees and chaired the Research Review and Behavior Review Committees. John has served as a member of the Suffolk County Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board and Developmental Disabilities Subcommittee. John has a BA and MA in Psychology from St. John's University and a Ph.D. in School/Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University. As a licensed psychologist, he maintained a private practice and taught graduate course at local universities. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and New York State Psychological Association. John also served in the United States Army as a captain in the Medical Service Corps.
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Philip Veneziano joined the Board of Directors in January of 2015. His son is presently receiving services from DDI. For the last three years he has been a member of the DDI Foundation Board of Directors. Philip is a Certified Public Accountant and has over 29 years of various financial experience in both start up and multi-national Fortune 500 organizations in various industries including financial services, media and entertainment, subscription consumer services and wholesale distribution. Previous employers include Atari, SA, The Ladders.com. and News Corporation. He is presently Vice President of Finance for Broadridge Financial Services, a publicly traded leading provider of investor communications and technology-driven-solutions to banks, broker-dealers, mutual funds, and corporations globally. Philip brings strong budgeting, forecasting, strategic planning, M&A diligence and integration and financial modeling experience to aid DDI. Philip received his BS in Accounting from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Russell Snaith joined the Board of Directors in January of 2015 and has been serving on the DDI Foundation Board since May 2011. Russell has had a 29 year career in the Financial Services industry, with the last 27 spent at JP Morgan Chase. There he has held various Vice Presidential level positions in Finance, Product Management, Technology and Operations and is presently Vice President of Business Analysis. Russell has managed through four major banking mergers and one of the largest IT Outsource deals, and has gained a broad, global perspective by working in multiple lines of business as well as corporate functions. Russell received his BA in Economics from Queens College and his MBA in Finance from Adelphi University. He enjoys running and completed the 2013 NYC Marathon. His son is served by DDI.
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Pamela Frank joined the Board of Director in January of 2015. Pamela is the mother of two children currently being served by DDI’s Children's Day program. Her son also resides in DDI’s Children’s Residential Program. Pamela has been an active parent at DDI since 1999 when her daughter first started attending DDI’s Starting Early pre-school program. She was a member of the Young Autism Program’s Board of Directors for two years when her children attended that program. She is currently the Co-President of The Family Advocacy and Support Network (formerly known as The Parent Association). Pamela has been self-employed for 28 years, running various enterprises with her husband and partner for the last 25 years.

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