Our Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors
Giacomo (Jack) Como, born April 1, 1924 in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, Italy and died on February 24, 2014 in Queens, New York. Jack led a most interesting adult life as an engineer, educator, administrator, labor leader and community activist.
James C. Lisa is one of the founding members of the Lt. Det. Joseph Petrosino Association in America. He is the Publisher of the Queens Times, a weekly newspaper serving the Borough of Queens. Jim dedicates himself to perpetuating the Italian Heritage, Culture and Language and is involved with many Italian organizations. Mr. Lisa is a Graduate of Queens College.
Robert (Bob) Fonti is currently President of the Lt. Det. Joseph Petrosino Association in America, one of the founding members of the Respect for Law Alliance (501C3) in addition to Chairman of the Town of Huntington Housing Authority, and many other organizations.Suffolkchambers.org
1st Vice President
Vincenzo was born and raised on Long Island. After a multi-faceted career in the business world, Vincenzo established VetroDuo Enterprises Inc., managing musical artists. Vincenzo is very actively involved in many community organizations including serving on the Board of Sgt. John Basilone Lodge,(O.S.I.A);I.A.M.P.A.C. (Italian American Political Action Committee).
Vita Scaturro is a Financial Industry Banker with thirty-eight-years of proven contributions to the areas of new business development, sales management and staff development. Ms. Scaturro dedicates most of her free time volunteering with several non-for-profit organizations in the town of Huntington where she lives.
Vice President of International Affairs
Jerry D’Amato is currently serving as Vice President of International Affairs for the Lt. Det. Joseph Petrosino Association in America, Inc. Jerry is retired. He previously worked as vice president of finance and also held a seat on the board of directors for M.O.L. one of the largest shipping companies in the world. Jerry has his MBA from N.Y.U. and is a Viet Nam War Veteran.
Vice President of Membership
Patricia Manzo is a practicing attorney with offices in Jericho, Long Island. Ms. Manzo concentrates in the areas of matrimonial and family law as well as being one of the principals of the Long Island Divorce and Family Mediation, LLC group. Ms. Manzo serves on the Boards of the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence; the Columbian Lawyers, and The Italian Board of Guardians among others. Ms. Manzo is also an active member of The Columbus Citizens Foundation in New York City.
Peggy is a NYS Licensed Social Worker who has spent her career working with children and adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities. She is a graduate of the NYU School of Social Work where she earned both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Social Work.
Vice President - Media
Stefano Santoro is a video producer and director. In 2016 he created SI Italia TV, a TV channel on the web dedicated to the Italian Community in America. Stefano has held different positions as a free lance for Rai, Mediaset and several local TV Stations in Italy producing documentaries. He resides in Westbury, New York.
Barry Lites serves as the organization’s legal counsel. Mr. Lites is the owner and principal attorney of the Law Offices of Barry D. Lites LLP, with offices in Huntington and midtown Manhattan. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School, Mr. Lites practice areas consist of commercial law, finance and real estate. He has lived in Huntington, New York with his wife, Dr. Leigh Ann Hutchinson, and their four children.
Joseph M. Mattone, Sr. is Chairman of Mattone Group LLC. He has been involved in Real Estate Development since 1955. He is also a Sr. Partner in the law firm of Mattone, Mattone, Mattone, Mattone, Mattone, Megna & Todd. Mr. Mattone has received honors from several organizations. His pride and joy are his wife, children, grandchildren (27) and his great grandchild, Violet Marie.
Professor Joseph V. Scelsa, received his Doctorate in Sociology and Education from Columbia University Teachers, College, 1984. In addition he holds three Masters’ degrees and is licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in New York State. Prof. Scelsa is active in many Italian-American organizations and causes. In 2009 responding to the earthquake in Abruzzo Italy Professor Scelsa raised $110,000 for the restoration of art in the devastated Region.
Joseph Monticciolo, FAIA, is President of The Monticciolo Company, a housing consulting firm. Mr. Monticciolo is a lifetime Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Washington, D.C. and the recipient of its prestigious Kemper Medal. He is the Chairman of the Board of Advisors, Hofstra University and President Emeritus of the Italian Board of Guardians.
Frank Petrone’s has served as Huntington Town Supervisor for the past 23 years and has dedicated his life to public service. The Supervisor holds two Master’s Degrees, an MA in Higher Education Administration from the University of Denver, and a M.P.A. in Public Administration/Policy from Long Island University.
Gina Coletti, Associate Broker & Director of Marketing at Smith & DeGroat Real Estate, Mineola & Hauppauge. Property Manager of the Nassau County Landmark Real Estate Portfolio and Mitchell Field Veteran Housing Complex, Gina Coletti implements creative public-private partnerships, sells and leases residential and commercial properties and is a NY State Licensed Real Estate Appraiser.
Since 1999, John R. Durso has served as the President of Local 338, RWDSU/UFCW which represents over 16,000 men and women working in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Putnam and Hudson counties, as well as into New Jersey. Durso is also the President of the Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, the fourth largest central labor council in the United States, representing 250,000 union members in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Anthony Manetta leads an economic development and public affairs practice for a New York based consulting firm. He is the former CEO of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) where he oversaw the agency’s turnaround. Under his leadership the agency saw rapid growth creating hundreds of millions of dollars in new economic activity for the region. Mr. Manetta is an active entrepreneur and is engaged with the community. He sits on the Board of Directors of several non-profit and business organizations.
Robert Anthony Moore is a first vice president at one of the largest banks in the New York City, Long Island region. He is Director of Security and serves on the Compliance Committee, the Incident Management Team and the Strategic Planning Implementation Committee. He is the Bank’s Security Officer, Bank Protection Act Officer, Identity Theft Officer, Elder Abuse Officer and a Department Compliance Officer.
Steve Rossetti has a unique, diverse and hands on business background with a wealth of experience in retail, marketing, energy commodities, real estate and politics. In most recent times, Mr. Rossetti has operated a business and a commercial / industrial real estate brokerage business serving the Metro New York area.
Richard M. Bivone is President of the RMB Group consisting of RMB Drafting and RMB Development, providing professional services throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Mr. Bivone is also President Electrical Inspectors, Inc., providing professional electrical inspections within Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Mr. Bivone served with the FDNY from 1982-2000. He is active on numerous Boards including Vision Long Island and The United Way.
Maria works in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs as Director of Administration and Special Programs at Queens College/CUNY. Besides the Lt. Det. Joseph Petrosino Association in America Maria sits on the boards of several other Italian American organizations. and has also been on the Board the Orsogna Mutual Aid Society, Inc. since the age of 16. Maria is especially proud to hold both American and Italian citizenships.
Paul A. Vallone is a New York City Council Member representing District 19 in northeast Queens and currently serves as Chair of the Subcommittee on Senior Centers. Prior to his election, Vallone served as the managing partner for Vallone & Vallone, LLP and has been admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bar Associations since 1992. Vallone has served on numerous citywide boards and organizations dedicated to community service.
Carol D'auria works as a reporter and anchor at 1010 WINS and has been recipient of numerous awards including Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast, from the Associated Press; Best Continuing Coverage of Spot News, from the New York Press Club; the Front Page Award, from the Newswomen's Club of New York; and Best New York Spot News Award, from United Press International. She volunteers her time at the Dynamite Youth Center, and many other charities. She has been also honored by the March of Dimes and the Order Sons of Italy in America.
Joel Schleifer brings a broad-base of experience in public accounting to CF&M. Throughout his career, Joel has not only provided financial planning and tax advice to a wide array of organizations and their principals, he also has proven to be knowledgeable and experienced in the areas of commercial and not-for-profit attestation services.