DDI will be hosting its annual Stars Gala and Auction on Friday, November 17, 2017 at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. The 2017 honoree is DDI longtime supporter, Edward Grilli. DDI will also recognize two members of its Board of Directors who will be retiring at the end of 2017, Kevin Long and Karen Valerie. The cocktail hour will begin at 6:30 P.M. followed by an exciting evening complete with dinner, dancing, raffles and auction. Proceeds from this event will go towards funding vital programs and services for the over 1,500 individuals DDI serves.
DDI would like to recognize two members of its Board of Directors who will be retiring at the end of 2017. These extraordinary people have given countless hours of dedicated service to the individuals served by DDI. Thank you Kevin Long and Karen Valerie for your many years of service.
Kevin Long 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. He currently chairs the Strategic Planning Committee in addition to the HR Committee. Kevin has a son who previously attended DDI's early education programs.
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 Bachelor’s 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. Karen has relatives with a child with autism and is therefore highly sensitized to the unique needs as well as the concerns of families raising children with developmental disabilities. Karen lives with her family in Bethpage.