Board of Directors
John Talotta, President
John Talotta is a retired executive having spent more than 30 years with financial and international companies. Mr. Talotta became a Big Brother in 1973 and joined the Board of Directors in 1979. He is a graduate of Lehigh University with a degree in Business Administration and resides in Sea Cliff with his wife Dorothy.
Gary Barello is Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development for Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. He joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Board of Directors in 2005. Mr. Barello holds a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Hispanic literature and language from Stony Brook University, as well as attended St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, NY.
Stephen Cohen is President of Hoenigmann and Cohen CPA’s P.C. He joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Board of Directors in 2001. Having graduated from the CW Post School of Professional Accountancy, Mr. Cohen is a member of both the AICPA and NYS CPA society. He resides in Dix Hills with his wife, Patti, and has two grown children, David and Elizabeth.
James Conboy is the Senior Vice President – Internal Audit/SOX Compliance for AMC Networks Inc. as well as a partner in the ownership of Twin Park Fitness Center in New Hyde Park, NY. He joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors in 2007. Mr. Conboy graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. John’s University in Jamaica, NY with a BS in Accounting in 1986. He resides in Floral Park.
Kathleen Courtney recently ended her five-year tenure period as the Chairwoman of the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency and formerly led the office of Regional Grants Services at Eastern Suffolk BOCES where she supervised a $38 million budget representing federal, State, corporate and member-item funding. She joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Board of Directors in 2011. Mrs. Courtney is a recent retiree who resides in Aquebogue.
Daniel C. Gibbons, Esq.
Daniel Gibbons is an attorney with Nixon Peabody, LLP, one of the largest law firms in the world. Mr. Gibbons joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Board of Directors in 2012. He earned a degree in Business Economics from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law. He resides in Garden City with his wife and children.
Steven Goodman is founder of SHG Financial Group and is a CPA who was Vice President of the Trust and Division of JP Morgan Chase and a supervisor for KPMG Peat Marwick. He holds an MBA from Fordham University. Mr. Goodman joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Board of Directors in 2007.
After selling one of the ‘500 Fastest Growing Companies in the United States’, according to Inc. 500, in 2002, Dan Greenburg is currently a semi-retired consultant helping businesses get to the next level. Mr. Greenburg joined the Big Brothers Big Sister Board of Directors in 2006. He graduated from Lehigh University and earned a law degree in 1974. Mr. Greenburg resides in Merrick.
Scott Horowitz is the President of Shoreline Insurance Agency and President of the Shinnecock Marlin and Tuna Club. Mr. Horowitz joined the Board of Directors in 2008. He earned his B.A from Southampton College and is also a graduate of the Suffolk County Police Academy. Mr. Horowitz resides in East Quogue with his wife Pamela and their children Ryan and Brittany, and his Springer Maverick.
James Metzger is Chairman and CEO of the Whitmore Group, Ltd, a leading insurance brokerage on Long Island founded in 1989. Mr. Metzger joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Board of Directors in 2009. He graduated from Hofstra University in 1983 where he played Lacrosse and was named to the 1980 AISLI All-American Team.
Gerard O’Connor is Vice President, Private Wealth Management for Goldman, Sachs & Co. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Mr. O’Connor earned a J.D from the Hofstra University School of Law. Mr. O’Connor joined the Big Brothers Big Sister Board of Directors in 2009.
Michael Paley, Vice President
Michael Paley is a travel agent at Pro Travel International. Mr. Paley joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Board of Directors in 1984, and previously served as Chairman of the Board. He earned a B.A from Boston University in Business Administration and resides in Malverne with his wife Kathi.
Regina Schilling is the Operations Coordinator for Steve Madden Ltd. She joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Board of Directors in 2012. Ms. Schilling graduated with a BA from Molloy College and is an active participant in events run by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She resides in West Islip with her husband, John.
Jeff Schwartzberg is President of Premier Commercial RE. He joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors in 2003. Mr. Schwartzberg holds an MBA in Financial Management from Iona College and a Bachelors degree from Queens College. He now serves as the Village Mayor of the Village of Roslyn Estates, where he lives with his wife, two sons and Dachshund, Puma.
Mark S. Sidoti, Esq.
Mark Sidoti is Equity Director at Gibbons P.C., is a full service law firm of 230 attorneys based in Newark, NJ and ranked in the top 200 law firms nationwide. He joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Board of Directors in 2007. Mr.Sidoti and his wife Pam live in Greenlawn, NY with their four children, Nicholas and Luke (14), Steven (6) and Isabella (3).
Thomas Slome, Secretary
Thomas Slome is a Partner at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, LLP, a general practice law firm. Mr. Slome joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Board of Directors in 2012. He received a B.A in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and earned his J.D. from Rutgers Law School. Mr. Slome resides in Rockville Centre with his wife and children.
Kathleen Stanley is the Senior Vice President,Regional Sales Manager of Capital One Bank. Ms. Stanley joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Board of Directors in 2012. She earned her B.B.A. in Marketing from Hofstra University and is a Certified Treasury Professional and Accredited ACH Professional. Ms. Stanley resides in Hicksville with her husband and three children.
Joy M. Watson, Esq.
On May 7, 2010, Joy was named Deputy Comptroller, in charge of Audits and Special Projects, to Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos. Ms. Watson joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Board of Directors in 2007. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and her bachelor of arts degree from the University at Albany. She is admitted to practice in the federal and state courts of the State of New York and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Watson is a 22-year resident of the Village of Hempstead where she resides with her husband Tom Mancusi and her stepsons Roger and Nick.
E. David Woycik, Jr., Esq., Treasurer
David Woycik is a partner of the law firm of Sanders, Sanders, Block, Woycik, Viener & Grossman, P.C. located in Mineola, New York. He joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Board of Directors in 1995. Mr. Woycik received both his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977 and Juris Doctorate degree in 1980 from Hofstra University. Mr. Woycik is married to Carolyn Sanchez from Los Angeles and they reside in Garden City, New York.