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Philip Veneziano, CPA




Philip Veneziano joined the Board of Directors in January of 2015. His son is presently receiving services from DDI. He is also 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, 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.

Larry W. Boone, Ph.D.

Vice Chairperson Dr. Larry Boone has been associated with St. John’s University for the past 28 years, most recently as Associate Professor of Management at the Tobin College of Business its Executive-in-Residence Program, which joins businesses with students for their development.  While at St. John's he has held various positions including Assistant Provost, Acting Dean of the Tobin College, Editor of the "Review of Business" publication, Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA and Senior Fellow of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society. Dr. Boone has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, an MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. He is very active in the Brooklyn and Rockville Center Dioceses of the Catholic Church serving on advisory committees and instructing and consulting on Parish strategic and financial planning, management skills, Parish demographics, and decision making among other management topics.

Peter Pieri

Treasurer Peter has 40 years executive and management experience in the field of developmental disabilities. Most recently, for 7 years, he was the Executive Director of InterAgency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Inc.-- a not for profit membership association which represents and advocates on behalf of 650 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’s primary accomplishment at DDI was to lead the organization out of a previously declared bankruptcy situation into long-term fiscal and programmatic stability. Previously, Peter had been at the Ulster-Greene ARC in Kingston, NY for 25 years, (of which 18 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 B.A. degree from Marist College and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Adelphi University.

John Werner, Ph.D.



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 evidence-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 a 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.


Rocco Cirigliano, CPA




Rocco 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. 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 triplet sons who are served by DDI's Adult Residential Program as well as the Adult Day Services Program. 


Michael D'Alauro, CPA




Michael first joined DDI’s Board of Directors in September 2012. He has served as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Finance Committee. In addition to his position on the Agency Board, Mike also serves as a member and Treasurer of the DDI Foundation Board. He has an MBA in Accounting from Adelphi University and is a CPA. Mike, 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.


James Fogarty, Ed.D




Dr. James Fogarty has a Doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University, Master’s Degree in Special Education from Adelphi University as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study in Administration from Hofstra University. Dr. Fogarty 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 has previously been on the DDI Board of Directors from August 2003 - December 2014 and served as Chairperson of the Certification Review Committee.



Pamela Frank




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.


Patrick McCormick, Esq.




Patrick McCormick is a partner at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP and heads up the firm's commercial litigation practice. He provides legal counsel to clients on all business and real estate related issues. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law, where he has taught Appellate Advocacy. Patrick regularly contributes articles to the Suffolk Lawyer discussing recent cases in Landlord Tenant Law and he publishes a monthly blog. He is a graduate of Fordham University and St. John's School of Law. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for DDI, he is also the Board of Directors Vice President for Child Abuse Prevention Services.


Linda Namias





Linda is a corporate communications and marketing professional with over 23 years of experience in the financial services and healthcare industries. She is currently Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., where for 16 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 a member of DDI’s Communication Committee, offering communications expertise to help DDI strengthen awareness of the organization’s mission and accomplishments. Linda holds a B.A. in Communications from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo. She lives with her husband and son in East Northport.


Joseph Napolitano



Joseph Napolitano is Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Acadia Realty Trust (AKR). He is accountable for managing the company’s property and risk management, human resources, marketing, and information technology disciplines. Mr. Napolitano holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Adelphi University, and is a Master Human Capital Strategist (MHCS) as certified by the Human Capital Institute, is a Certified Property Manager (CPM) by the Institute of Real Estate Management, and is a Real Property Administrator (RPA) by the Building Owners and Managers Institute International.

 John J. Porta

John J. Porta, Esq.


John is a Principal in the Long Island, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He graduated from Fordham University with his B.A., as well as Brooklyn Law School with his J.D. John litigates employment disputes of all types before federal and state courts, the EEOC and the New York State Division of Human Rights. He regularly counsels and represents employers in a range of industries including not-for-profits. He also co-authored "The Pivotal Role of Human Resources in Business Management: The 1980s to the Present," In addition, John serves on the Board of Directors for the New York State SHRM Council as its Legislative Affairs Director, responsible for providing legal insight into legislative initiatives impacting the workplace.


Joseph W. Schmidt, Esq.




Joseph Schmidt has been on DDI’s Foundation Board since 2004. He has served as the immediate past Board President and has also held Vice President and Secretary positions.  Joe is a member of the DDI Golf Tournament Committee and has been the co-chairperson for the last seven years.  He is a Senior Partner of the law firm, Carter Deluca Farrell & Schmidt, of Melville, N.Y. Joe holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and received his J.D. from St. Johns University.  He lives in Wantagh, N.Y. with his wife Terri, and is also active in his community having served as a Board Member for the Wantagh Little League for at least ten years. His son, Bobby, receives services in our residential and Day Hab programs.


Victoria Shoaf

Victoria Shoaf, Ph.D., CPA

Member Victoria Shoaf 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.


Russell Snaith




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 over 30 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry and is currently a Vice President at Bank of Tokyo. Russell was with JP Morgan Chase for 28 years in various senior-level positions in Financial Management, Operations and Product Management, IT & Service Delivery Management, Business Analysis, Management Reporting and Program Management. Extensive experience in Mergers & Acquisitions - operational integration, Outsourcing and Offshoring. Experience in Consumer Banking and Treasury Services lines of business as well as Corporate Sector Finance and Enterprise Technology and Operations. Russell received his BA in Economics from Queens College and his MBA in Finance from Adelphi University. He enjoys running and has completed the NYC and Suffolk County Marathons. His son is served by DDI.


Edward Youngling


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 of Keyspan Corporation in December 2006. During his forty years in the 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.