Board of Directors
Russell Snaith joined the Board of Directors in January of 2015. Prior to that, Russell served as a member of the DDI Foundation Board beginning in May 2011. He has a son served by DDI and is the Board’s current Chairperson. Russell is also a member of the Board’s Audit, Corporate Compliance, Strategic Planning and Human Resources Committees. Russell has had a professional career of over 35 years within the Financial Services industry, with a majority spent at JP Morgan Chase. He has held various management positions in Finance, Treasury, Product Management, Technology and Operations, Consumer Banking and Risk Management. He presently is a Director for MUFG Bank US. Russell has managed through several major banking mergers & acquisitions and has gained a broad, global perspective by working in multiple lines of business as well as corporate functions. He is also the Founder of the New York Alliance for Developmental Disabilities (NYADD), a parent advocacy association with more than 7,500 statewide members. Russell received his BA in Economics from Queens College and his MBA in Finance from Adelphi University. He enjoys running and has completed eight Marathons.
Kevin Long originally joined DDI’s Board of Directors in May 2008. After serving three terms totaling nine years, Kevin rejoined the Board, beginning in 2019. He is Executive Vice President at Insidedge, a corporate communications agency specializing in employee communications and engagement and is responsible for managing the NY office where he consults with a number of Fortune 500 companies. Previously, Kevin held senior communications and HR positions at Accenture and CA Technologies. He currently is the Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Directors and serves on the Human Resource Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and Communications Committee. Kevin also previously served as a member of the DDI Foundation Board of Directors. Kevin has a son who previously attended DDI’s education programs. Kevin lives with his wife, son and two daughters in East Setauket.
Philip Veneziano joined the Board of Directors in January of 2015. He served as Board Chairperson from 2018 through 2020, and previously served as Board Treasurer. He now holds the position of Board Secretary. Philip served previously as a member of the DDI Foundation Board of Directors. His son is presently receiving services from DDI. Philip is a Certified Public Accountant and has over three decades of financial experience in both start-up and multi-national Fortune 500 organizations in multiple 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 global provider of investor communications and technology-driven solutions to banks, broker-dealers, mutual funds, and corporations. Philip brings strong budgeting, forecasting, strategic planning, M&A diligence & 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. Philip is a member of the Finance Committee, Corporate Compliance Committee, Human Resources Committee and Strategic Planning Committee.
Mike D'Alauro first joined DDI’s Board of Directors in September 2012. He currently serves as its Treasurer and Chairs the Board’s Finance Committee. Mike also served previously as a member of the DDI Foundation Board of Directors. He received his MBA in Accounting from Adelphi University and is a CPA. Mike is currently the Controller at Sandata Technologies. He, and his wife, Trish, reside in Patchogue. They have three children, the youngest who is served by DDI’s Adult Day Program and Adult Residential Program. Mike also serves on the Corporate Compliance Committee and the Fundraising Committee of DDI.
Larry W. Boone, Ph.D. joined the Board of Directors in 2016. He is Professor Emeritus at St. John’s University. From 1987-2015 he served as a faculty member in the Management Department at the Peter J. Tobin College of Business. Larry was named Professor Emeritus in 2016. Currently, he is active as a speaker and consultant in leadership and management. In 2019, Larry published a book titled Servant Leadership: Attitudes, Skills and Behaviours through the U.K.’s Cambridge Scholars Publishing group. Each year since 2018, Dr. Boone has delivered leadership and management seminars at Tangaza University in Nairobi, Kenya. While at St. John's University, Larry held various positions including Assistant Provost, Acting Dean of the Tobin College of Business, Editor of the "Review of Business" quarterly journal, Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA and Senior Fellow of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society. Dr. Boone has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. From 2006-15 he served as Director of the St. John's University Executive-in-Residence Program. This program pairs undergraduate and graduate student teams with business and not-for-profit organizations for strategy projects. Some organizations with which Dr. Boone’s student groups worked included Broadridge Financial Services, DDI, Goldman Sachs, Goodwill Industries, National Grid, Pfizer, PSEG Long Island, and Ridgewood Savings Bank. Early in his career, Larry worked at PPG Industries, the Westinghouse Electric Corporation and MSA Safety Inc. Dr. Boone is the Chairperson of both the Human Resources and Strategic Planning Committees.
Rocco J. Cirigliano, CPA first joined DDI’s Board of Directors in August 2001, and served through 2015. He recently rejoined the Board in 2017. 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. Rocco is a member of the Finance Committee and the Corporate Compliance Committee. He has previously served as Treasurer and Chairperson of the DDI Board of Directors, and he served previously as a member of the DDI Foundation Board of Directors. Rocco has lived with his family in Smithtown for over thirty years and has recently moved to Lake Grove. His family includes his wife, Susan, and his identical triplet sons, all served by DDI's Adult Residential Program as well as the Adult Day Services Program.
James Fogarty has a Doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University, a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Adelphi University as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study in Administration from Hofstra University. James worked for Eastern Suffolk BOCES from 1983 through 2000 administering their special education programs as well as all other instructional programs and, more recently, has been providing consultation services to various school districts. James was previously on the DDI Board of Directors from August 2003 - December 2014. He rejoined the Board of Directors in 2016. James is the Chairperson of the Certification Review Committee. He also serves on the Audit Committee and Corporate Compliance Committee.
Pamela Frank joined the Board of Directors in January of 2015 as the representative of the DDI Parent’s Association for which she serves as Co-President. Pamela is the mother of two children currently served by DDI, a daughter in the Adult Day Program and a son in the Children’s Day and Children’s Residential Programs. Pamela has been an active parent at DDI since 1999 when her daughter first began attending DDI’s Starting Early pre-school program in Huntington. She was a member of the Young Autism Program Charitable Foundation’s Board of Directors for two years when her children attended that program. Both the Starting Early Program and the Young Autism program are now referred to as DDI’s Early Childhood Services Program. Pamela has been self-employed for 34 years, running various enterprises with her husband and partner.
Adam G. Guttell joined DDI’s Board of Directors in January of 2019. He is a Principal in the Long Island, New York, offices of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling. Adam advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters, including those involving discrimination and harassment, wage and hour, wrongful termination, and retaliation claims. He also advises and trains managers and supervisors on preventive litigation practices, focusing on how to comply with applicable laws and regulations, avoid workplace disputes, resolve employee relations problems, and satisfy legitimate employee expectations. Adam’s practice also involves the preparation and enforcement of restrictive covenants. He actively litigates restrictive covenant matters, including breaches of non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements. Adam serves on the Board’s Human Resources and Nominating Committees.
Linda Namias is a corporate communications and marketing professional with over 28 years of experience in the financial services and healthcare industries. She is currently Vice President of Corporate Communications at Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., where for 20 years she has helped enhance the image and reputation of the Company and its brand among clients, employees, the media and other key stakeholders. Prior to Broadridge, Linda spent 8 years in the healthcare industry in communications roles at Vytra Health Plans, and at Olsten Health Services (Gentiva). Linda is the Chairperson of the DDI Board’s Communication Committee, offering communications expertise to help DDI strengthen awareness of the organization’s mission and accomplishments. She is also a member of the DDI Board’s Nominations Committee. Linda holds a B.A. in Communications from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo. She lives with her husband and son in East Northport.
Melissa Negrin-Wiener is a partner at Cona Elder Law. Ms. Negrin-Wiener manages the Government Benefits Department, concentrating her practice in the areas of asset protection, Medicaid eligibility planning, estate planning, special needs planning, mediation, guardianships and veteran benefits. She supervises the preparation of Medicaid applications for nursing home care, home health care and community benefits, resolves complex Medicaid issues and represents families facing a reduction in Medicaid home care hours and services. Melissa has published several law articles and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including Top 50 Women in Business, Outstanding Women in Law, Top Attorney of North America and Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney. Passionate about helping others, and in particular Long Island seniors in need, Melissa is also a co-founder of Senior Dreams Come True.
Peter Pierri has over 40 years' executive and management experience in the field of developmental disabilities. Most recently, for 7 years, he was the Executive Director of the InterAgency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Inc. (IAC) -- a not-for-profit membership association that represents and advocates on behalf of 150 agencies that serve children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland counties. Prior to being employed at IAC, for 8 years, Peter was the Executive Director of Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) in Smithtown. Peter was also at the Ulster-Greene ARC in Kingston, NY for 25 years, (18 of which he was the Executive Director). During that time, he led the agency through the creation of its residential program and an extensive expansion of other services. Peter holds a BA degree from Marist College and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Adelphi University. Peter has been a volunteer for the American Red Cross and God’s Love We Deliver in New York City. He has since moved to Arizona in 2021 with his husband, Jack, and has been volunteering at the Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson.
Suzanne Prigoda joined the DDI Board in August 2022, bringing with her extensive experience in the private sector as well as clinical experience in the health and human services field. She began her professional career in marketing and advertising and progressed through fifteen years working with Fortune 500 companies in leadership roles responsible for strategy, market research, and brand development. When Suzanne’s second child was diagnosed with autism, she shifted from a corporate career into that of advocacy for her son. During this time, she started a private special needs advocacy practice, volunteered for numerous community projects, raised her two children and earned her Master of Social Work degree at New York University. As a licensed social worker, Suzanne’s practice focuses on providing advocacy, training, assessment, consultation and support for individuals, families, and teachers faced with the challenges that autism, I/DD, and learning difficulties bring. Suzanne has expertise working with children with autism and learning delays using evidence-based therapies, including behavioral approaches and trauma-informed care. Additionally, Suzanne actively collaborates with legislators, agencies and other leaders in New York and nationally to effectuate change to improve the lives of those with autism, I/DD, and for those who support them. Suzanne is driven to provide a voice for those whose voices are often ignored or not fully understood so they too can lead full and engaging lives.
Victoria Shoaf, Ph.D., CPA, is a Professor in the Department of Accounting and Taxation at St. John’s University. She joined the University after receiving her Ph. D. in Business, with a specialization in Accounting, from Baruch College of the City University of New York in 1997, following a business career as a financial executive. In addition to publications addressing financial and international accounting issues and accounting education, her research includes studies of the problems of corporate social responsibility and business ethics dilemmas in the new economy. She has previously served the University as the Dean of the Peter J. Tobin College of Business, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Chair of the Department of Accounting and Taxation, and Assistant Chair. She currently serves on the Board of the Queens/Brooklyn Chapter of the New York State Society of CPAs. She is a member of the St. John’s Chapter of the Ladies of Charity, and she is the Treasurer of Ladies of Charity USA. Victoria presently serves as the Chairperson of DDI’s Audit Committee, Co-Chairs the Corporate Compliance Committee and is a member of the Continuous Quality Improvement Committee.
Dr. John Werner first joined the DDI Board of Directors in July 2011. Following a 37-year career at DDI, he 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. John has served in the leadership role of Secretary for DDI’s Board of Directors. He presently Chairs the Incident Review Committee, Nominating Committee and Continuous Quality Improvement Committee, and is a member of the Certification Review and Strategic Planning Committees.