The American Red Cross on Long Island has recently welcomed six new board members.
Aimee Dibartolomeo-Cody is owner and president of Premier Benefit Plans, Inc., that provides expertise in employee benefit programs as well as sales, marketing, plan design and creation. An active community member, Dibartolomeo-Cody volunteers with the Locust Valley Rotary Club, North Shore Homeless Shelter and other local children’s organizations. Additionally, she is a board member of Harbor Child Care, and is affiliated with the Boys and Girls Club of Locust Valley and the National Association of Professional Women, among others. She attended George Washington University and C.W. Post in business administration. Dibartolomeo-Cody, a resident of Bayville, N.Y., enjoys traveling, tennis, reading and golf. She says she is pleased to work with the Red Cross “because I have a sincere desire to make a commitment to help improve the lives of other people.”
Brian Cooper, Operations Manager for UPS in Long Island, has been with UPS for 33 years, beginning in industrial engineering, eventually moving to Operations in 1996. He has lived and worked in New Orleans, Atlanta, Charlotte and Orlando. Today he oversees five UPS buildings in Brooklyn, Queens, and Melville, N.Y. as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties. Cooper, who grew up in Shreveport, La., and completed a business degree at the University of Phoenix, has been active with the United Way in North Carolina and the Red Cross in Florida. A sports lover, he has competed in triathlon events since 1987. Cooper and his wife Sandy now reside in Rockville Centre, N.Y.; they have two married daughters. Cooper says of his Red Cross involvement: “I believe I have an obligation to help my neighbors and the communities my company serves in times of trouble and need.”
Edmond D. Farrell
Edmond Farrell is Deputy General Counsel of Catholic Health Services of Long Island, or CHS, which comprises six hospitals and three nursing homes, as well as home care, hospice and continuing care agencies. As an active community member, Farrell serves as co-chair of the Construction Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association and has also served on various boards, including St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage, The Core at the Plaza Early Childhood Center, in Uniondale (now a part of Harbor Child Care), and The Leukemia Society of America, NYC chapter. He received his BA and law degree from Duke University. Farrell, his wife, Louise, and their three children live in Rockville Centre. “Working for a healthcare system has shown me how the Red Cross helps in ways that even hospitals and emergencies services cannot,” he said. “When a family on Long Island needs help immediately, the Red Cross is right there.”
Dr. Geoffrey Gordon
Dr. Geoffrey Gordon has been Superintendent of Schools in Port Washington, Long Island, since 2002. Within two years of his arrival, Port Washington was cited in the top 10 of more than 21,000 comprehensive U.S. high schools for selective college admissions as ranked by the Wall Street Journal in April 2004. Previous to that, Gordon was Superintendent of Schools in New Providence, New Jersey; he earlier served as General Manager of Technical Training in Chicago for AT&T. A lifelong environmentalist, Gordon has been involved with or a member of the Sierra Club, Clean Oceans, and Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington. He received his BA from the University of Virginia and his MA and Ph.D from Rutgers. He lives in Sands Point, N.Y., with his wife and two children. “It is my honor to be the first K-12 educator elected to the Board of Directors of the Red Cross, and I am humbled that I will have the opportunity to be of voluntary help to such a wonderful organiz ation,” he said.
Stuart Richner is president and publisher of Long Island-based Richner Communications, Inc. He is also an owner and president of Broad Street Media and the NJ Media Group, and an owner of NJ Media Group, LLC. Richner serves on the boards of PAGE Cooperative, and Island Harvest, as well as two education foundations that provide support to local public schools. Additionally he chairs the executive committee of Zip2save.com, a circular, coupon and shopping website. He holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center. Richner lives on Long Island with his wife, Nancy, with whom he has three grown children. “I have always admired the Red Cross for being an organization that helps anyone and everyone, regardless of background. I am very excited to be able to join a great team that can so deeply impact our neighbors in need,” he said.
Rabbi Barry Dov Schwartz
Rabbi Barry Dov Schwartz is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple B’nai Sholom in Rockville Centre, N.Y., where he served for 37 years. He is also past president of the Rabbinical Assembly of Long Island and is an executive member of the both the Long Island and New York Board of Rabbis. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Governors of St. Francis Hospital and Mercy Medical Center, where he is also a chaplain. A founder and board member of Pave the Way, an organization devoted to improving relations between Christians and Jews, Schwartz is also a Chaplain, Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserves. After majoring in criminology at Boston University and studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Schwartz was ordained from The Jewish Theological Seminary. A chaplain to the Rockville Centre Police and Fire Departments, Adelphi University and the Nassau County police department, Schwartz is married to wife Sonia and the father of three grown children. “Most peop le have an innate desire to help others, so I am grateful that there is an organization which facilitates giving and extending our hands and hearts to those in need,” he said.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.