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Long Island Red Cross Welcomes Six New Board Members

Red Cross on Long Island Welcomes Six New Board Members
The years of leadership experience our new board members bring to the Red Cross will be crucial in helping us continue our humanitarian mission.

The American Red Cross on Long Island recently welcomed six new members to its board of directors, during its June meeting.

“The years of leadership experience our new board members bring to the Red Cross will be crucial in helping us continue our humanitarian mission of helping to prevent disaster and to assist those in our community affected by them,” said John Miller, CEO of the Red Cross on Long Island.”

The Red Cross responds to approximately 150 disasters a year on Long Island—fires, floods, storms and more—providing assistance to close to 1,000 people. Additionally, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy last year, two dozen shelters were opened and nearly three million meals and snacks were delivered; along with 2.5 million relief supplies to help affected residents.

Joanne K. Adams is Director of Community Relations for The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA). She serves as a liaison between NYRA and the local communities surrounding Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. She coordinates NYRA’s charitable giving and serves as NYRA’s representative to the local business communities. She represents NYRA on the Saratoga and Aqueduct Local Advisory Boards and as a member of the Board of the Elmont Chamber of Commerce and the Garden City Chamber of Commerce.

Adams currently serves as president of The Stewart Fund in Memory of St. Mary’s and St. Paul’s. She is a sustaining member of The Junior League of the City of New York, past president of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce Foundation, past president of the Garden City Historical Society, and founding member of the Geneva America Center in Geneva, Switzerland. She also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.

Adams is the recipient of numerous award, including the 2010 Citizen of the Year Award from the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, the 2011 Businessperson of the Year Award from the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce, the 2012 Champions for a Cure Award and 2012 Woman of Excellence Award from the Kidney and Urology Foundation of America as well as the 2012 Woman of the Year Award from Zonta Club of Long Island.

In 2011, she was selected as one of Thoroughbred racing’s Unsung Heroes by the Thoroughbred Times and was presented with the 2002 New York State Senate Liberty Award for her role as chairman of the Breeders’ Cup Benefit for the Garden City Family Relief Fund.

Adams graduated from Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts, and the Cathedral School of St. Mary, Garden City, NY. She lives in Garden City, N.Y.

Michael Balboni is the founder and Managing Partner of Redland Strategies Inc., a consulting firm that provides the expertise, experience, and contacts necessary to help companies and government agencies position themselves to get through a crisis, improve business performance, and maximize growth. Balboni also serves on several homeland security think tanks, charitable boards dealing with public health and is a regular contributor as a terrorism expert on national and local television and print media.

Before starting Redland Strategies, Balboni had been a leader in New York security, politics and government. Following the tragic days of September 11, 2001, acting New York State Senator Balboni was appointed as the first Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. During his tenure, he wrote nearly all of the major laws relating to Homeland Security for New York State, many of which became models for national legislation.

In 2007, he left the Senate to become Deputy Secretary for Public Safety and Homeland Security Advisor for New York State where he managed an agency of 63,000 employees with a $5 billion budget. Balboni also oversaw the creation of programs such as New York Alerts, the Critical Infrastructure Suspicious Activity Reporting system for the State, as well as ensuring that hundreds of millions of dollars went to state and local first responders to make our city and state safe.

In addition, Senator Balboni has served on transition teams for both President Obama and Governor Cuomo. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) at George Washington University and serves on the Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission. Senator Balboni lives in Williston Park, N.Y.

Aidan M. McCormack is a partner in DLA Piper's Litigation practice, based in New York. A commercial litigator with a concentration on insurance and reinsurance issues, he serves as regional and national counsel for a wide range of companies.

His practice includes litigation, appellate work, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. He has acted as international and national lead counsel for many clients and has handled numerous high-exposure matters. McCormack represents clients in disputes throughout North America, South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Asia and Bermuda. The wide variety of disputes he has handled includes matters involving fraud, specialty underwriting products, director's and officer's exposures, catastrophic first-party losses, technology claims, toxic and mass tort liabilities and entertainment books.

Before joining DLA Piper, McCormack was leader of the Insurance & Reinsurance group at Nixon Peabody, which was nationally recognized by Reactions magazine.

McCormack is a member of ARIAS-US, the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, and the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). He is a noted author and lecturer on insurance and reinsurance topics. He is also on the Board of Governors of the Port Washington Yacht Club in Port Washington, N.Y.

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognizes McCormack's practice in Insurance: Dispute Resolution, commenting that he say he "impresses with his excellent work and 'incredible responsiveness'" and is "a strong name in insurance disputes."

McCormack received his J.D. from Marquette University School of Law and his B.A. from Creighton University. He lives in Port Washington, N.Y.

Peter McCracken has worked in real estate for the past 21 years. He is currently is a senior vice president and Licensed Associate RE Broker for Corcoran Group Real Estate.

A graduate of the University of Florida in business administration and accounting, McCracken began his career in real estate soon after graduation and has loved it ever since. He places importance on finding the right homes for his customers, especially when inventory is very low.

McCracken lives on Shelter Island. He joined the Shelter Island chapter of the Red Cross in 1995 as a NY State Licensed EMT. The chapter was the only Red Cross sponsored ambulance service in the United States. After two years, he joined the Shelter Island chapter’s board of directors and has been chapter chairman for the past eight years. Peter has also been the disaster director and helped write the chapter’s disaster plan.

McCracken enjoys Shelter Island’s serenity in winter and its mayhem in summer. His favorite hobbies are skiing in Vermont in winter and boating on the bays in summer.

Barbara McIntosh is a Senior Director of Credit Risk Management at First Data Corp. In this role, McIntosh oversees the credit risk management of 108 Independent Sales Organizations (ISOs). During the past 11 years, she has worked with many of First Data’s distribution channels, directing changes and aligning efforts across multiple functions, departments and businesses from a credit risk management prospective.

In addition, for the past five years she has served on the First Data Melville Committee, where she lends her support in coordinating activities to generate awareness and raise funds for various charities in an effort to give back to the community.

With her team focused approach and drive for excellence, McIntosh leads by example and fosters growth of the business by ensuring provision of service at its highest level to clients.

Prior to joining First Data Corp, McIntosh worked in various roles at JPMorgan Chase, which includes serving on the Diversity Council at Chase Auto Finance.

McIntosh holds a Bachelor degree in accounting from St. John’s University and an MBA in strategy and international finance from NYU Stern School of Business. She lives in South Setauket, N.Y.

Her desire to be a part of the American Red Cross family is two-fold. She feels passionate about the great works that the American Red Cross has been doing to aide all people in all communities at all times. Additionally, she says giving back gives her the opportunity to use her skill sets, knowledge and talents to assist people in dire situations.

Robert W. Seiden is a lawyer, business owner, licensed investigations/security professional and community leader. He is the founder and president of Confidential Security & Investigations (CSI), a nationally recognized leader in investigating fraud and backgrounds for businesses and individuals as well as contingency planning and emergency management.

Early in his career, Seiden was a senior prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, New York City from 1988 to 1999. Since then, he has successfully managed several investigation and security companies, including an Inc. 5000 firm. Seiden has managed and conducted thousands of investigations and security projects in the past 23 years for law enforcement and private law firms, government, individuals and businesses around the world.

Seiden also previously served as the Deputy Managing Director for the Integrity Monitoring Group Investigation Division that monitored and investigated for fraud, waste and abuse at the construction of the World Trade Center site new Freedom Tower construction in New York City.

Over the past several years, Seiden has participated in U.S. government-sponsored presentations on anti-money laundering, terrorist financing and other national and international security and intelligence issues with leaders of government and law enforcement from around the world on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.

Seiden has been published several times on issues related to conducting investigations. He has also been cited in publications by the Practicing Law Institute (PLI). Seiden has appeared as a guest expert on CourtTV, MSNBC, FOX and in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and New York Law Journal, among many others on a variety of investigative and security related issues.

Seiden was an elected Trustee of the public school Board of Education in Port Washington New York for nine years, from 2002 to 2011, including three years as the School Board President. He is currently the co-chairman of the Port Washington schools Emergency Preparedness Committee and the chairman of the Legislative Task Force.

In November 2012, Seiden led a group of dozens of community volunteers in a Hurricane Sandy shelter and later a Community Relief Center that served hot meals and provided comfort and resources for over 6,000 community residents in need. Robert worked closely with many community leaders and donors in this effort and was awarded the Hometown Hero award from the Town of North Hempstead.

Seiden has volunteered for Red Cross of Nassau County after the 9/11 attacks as a volunteer at the World Trade Center site and has also volunteered for The American Red Cross of Greater New York at the Harlem Service Center at the annual youth conference.

He is also President of the Port Washington Crisis Relief Team, a grass roots group of community volunteers who assist Red Cross and local responders in times of crisis and disaster in the Port Washington area of Long Island.

Seiden is a member of the American Society of Industrial Security, the International Trademark Association, the American Bar Association and the Society of Competitive Intelligence. He also serves as a local CYO youth basketball coach and has been a PYA football and basketball coach and is a past member of the Board of directors of Port Washington Senior Citizens Center for six years.

Seiden grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., attended NYC public schools and is a graduate of New York University (BA, 1985) and the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law (JD, 1988). He was admitted to the NYS bar in 1989 (although he does not practice law). A married father of three, Seiden has been a resident of Port Washington, N.Y., for 18 years.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @LIRedCross.