The American Red Cross on Long Island recently welcomed six new members to its board of directors: Edward Abrosino, councilman, Town of Hempstead; Dr. Azad Anand; Gary Brown, retired NFL offensive lineman and Superbowl XXXI champion; Andrew DeMartin, commissioner of public safety, Town of North Hempstead; Joseph Stanco, president and CEO of the Rallye Automotive Group; and Arvind Vora, humanitarian.
The Long Island Red Cross board of directors comprises 31 business and community leaders who volunteer their time to help oversee the organization’s mission on Long Island. The Long Island Red Cross responds to approximately 200 disasters a year, and serves more than 2.8 million residents. Last year, the organization provided emergency relief to nearly 900 Long Island residents affected by local disasters.
“I’m confident that the wealth of experience these remarkable leaders bring to our Board of Directors will help further our humanitarian mission in innumerable ways,” said John Miller, CEO of the Long Island Red Cross. “I’m delighted to welcome them to the Red Cross."
Councilman Edward Ambrosino
Councilman Edward Ambrosino was appointed to the Town of Hempstead Municipal council in 2003, and is now in his third term. He is also currently counsel to Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C., where he chairs the firm’s IDA and municipal development incentives practice, and serves as a member of the Real Estate and Zoning and Land Use departments and the Municipal and Government Affairs Group. The councilman is the founder of the Municipal Solutions Group, LLC, a municipal consulting and re-engineering entity. He is also founder and president of Amber Rose Productions, a not-for-profit community theater production company.
Azad K. Anand M.D.
Dr. Azad K. Anand, who was born in India, moved to the United States shortly after receiving his medical degree. Dr. Anand, who trained in neuroradiology at Cornell Medical Center and the Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute in New York City, today runs a multi-site full-service diagnostic center on Long Island. He is also the founder of the Center for India Studies at Stony Brook University, an executive member of the India Cultural Society, and a founding member of the India Association of Long Island. Dr. Anand is involved with charitable organizations, including the American Cancer Society, and sits on the boards of Long Island Cares and the Nassau Community College Foundation.
Gary Brown, a New York native, graduated from Long Island’s Brentwood Sonderling High School in 1989. He then attended Nassau Community College where he earned his associates degree in liberal arts as well as National Jr. College All-American honors in football. In 1992, he received a full scholarship to Georgia School of Technology (Georgia Tech) and was later drafted to the NFL by the Pittsburg Steelers. In 1994, Brown was acquired by the Green Bay Packers. He spent the next three years with the Packers and was part of the winning 1996 Super Bowl team. After his Green Bay career Brown played for the Barcelona Dragons in the N.F.L. Europe league. In 1998, he played his last season in the N.F.L for the San Francisco 49ers. Brown concluded his professional career in Canada, playing in the C.F.L for the Hamilton Tiger Cats.
Andrew DeMartin is commissioner of public safety for the Town of North Hempstead and harbormaster for Manhasset Bay. DeMartin, who has served as a volunteer firefighter for 28 years, is the former chairman of the 8th Battalion and the former chief of the Great Neck Vigilant Fire Company. For the past seven years, he has served as Fire and Water commissioner of the Manhasset/Lakeville Fire and Water District, and is a recipient of the Nassau County Bronze Medal of Valor. He lives in Great Neck with his wife and three children.
Joseph Stanco is president and CEO of the Rallye Automotive Group, overseeing the operation of its six franchises: Mercedes, BMW, Lexus, Acura, Smart and Sprinter. Prior to his taking the helm in 2006, Stanco served as Rallye’s vice president and CFO, positions he held for 15 years. A Long Island native who began his 40-year career in the automotive world at Volvoville USA in Amityville, N.Y., Stanco is active in a variety of charitable organizations. He serves on the Council of Trustees at the Garden City Community Church. He has also served on the Nassau/Suffolk board of directors of Swim Across America, a cancer fundraising organization. In April 2014, he was awarded the Long Island Humanitarian Award from the American Red Cross on Long Island. Stanco lives on Long Island with his wife and two children.
Arvind Vora is a founding member of the India Association of Long Island, and served as president of the organization in 1992. For two years, Vora also held key positions in Federation of Indian Associations (FIA-NY). He is the founder of the Shanti Fund, which serves as a bridge between Indian immigrants and local residents.
Vora is also active in the religious community. He belongs to an extremely small (numerically) but ancient religion, Jain. President Clinton asked him to lead a delegation of 15 people at the Religious Freedom Restoration Act signing ceremony in the White House Rose Garden in 1993. In 2010 Vora was invited to join a U.S. delegation of 20 that attended the Indonesia-USA Interfaith Cooperation Conference at Jakarta. He was also one of 40 task force members of Global Initiative on Faith, Health, and Development that convened at the White House, coordinated by the Center for Interfaith Actions- CIFA, in 2010. Vora is also active in Jain institutions at the local, regional, national and international levels.
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/li or visit us on Twitter at @LIRedCross.