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Our Board


Paul Magro

Paul Magro, Dad and co founder of the Foundation. Paul is an educator and spokesperson working with graphic designer and webmaster. Writes Scholarship Fund criteria and assists with ad development.


Terrie Magro

Terrie Magro, Mom and co founder of the Michael Magro Foundation. Coordinator of events, liaison with Cancer Center for Kids; Winthrop University Hospital Department of Pediatrics and Child Life Department.


Marc Magro

Marc is a cancer survivor who was diagnosed with Hodgkin‘a Lymphoma in 2004 months before his brother Michael. Currently Marc works for Elite studio as their director of project management and design. Marc is very active spreading the word of the foundations mission as well as coordinating events with his peers at Hicksville High School. Marc was awarded Kids of Distinction Award in 2007.


Joe De Sena, CFP, MBA


Linda Steinberg

Linda Steinberg: Founding Board Member and Treasurer. Linda is an RN working in a private practice setting. Experienced fund raiser through her community PTA involvement. Assists with grant research and some grant writing.

Barbara Shields

Barbara Shields is a writer and painter whose professional career includes an extensive background in the publishing industry as well as in the non-profit world of development, public relations and special events.

Nicole Almeida

Nicole is the Director of the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Program at the Children’s Medical Center at Winthrop University Hospital. ( The Child LIfe Program strives to reduce the negative impact of stressful or traumatic life events and situations that affect the development, health and well-being of infants, children, youth and families.) Nicole oversees Child Life programming for both in-patient and out-patient services throughout the Winthrop Community. These areas include but are not limited to the Pediatric Floor, Pediatric Emergency Room, Cancer Center for Kids, Pediatric Specialty Center as well as any additional area where pediatric services are required.

Dr. Marc Weinblatt

Medical Director Winthrop Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology

Gail Ferrentino-Walsh

Gail is a Branch Manager at National Seating and Mobility. NSM offers thorough evaluations by nationally certified professionals to meet the seating and mobility needs of people with disabilities. They provide the highest quality seating and powered/unpowered wheeled mobility devices, plus a wide variety of adaptive technologies.

Edward Walsh

Senior Vice President and Founder of the RRT Group, Inc. A Durable Medical Equipment and Respiratory Supplier based in Plainview, NY|

Kenny Exler

Kenneth Exler

Kenny Exler is the Director of Store Operations at the Macy’s Flagship Herald Square location. He has direct responsibilities for total store operations in the largest store in the world. Prior to this Kenny spent 10 years with Kohls and Target as a District Manager in New York and Connecticut. Kenny currently resides in New York City with his wife Annette and their boys Noah James and Xavier.

Joseph Geneva

Joseph Geneva

Joseph Geneva, MBA is a financial services and wealth management professional. Joseph focuses his practice on meeting his clients’ “all-encompassing” financial planning needs. After years in the business, Joseph (alongside his brother, Thomas Geneva) founded Geneva Capital Management (GCM) (d/b/a of AXA Advisors, LLC),. Joseph takes a holistic approach to providing solutions to his clients’ financial needs/objectives. As an active member of his community, Joseph trains youth lacrosse players and became a Board Member for The Michael Magro Foundation in 2014. 


Brian Horvath

Brian Horvath board member, works for Alliance Bernstein

Title: Director, Sub Advisory Services

Brian is a founding member of MMU along with 5 colleagues. MMU was introduced to MMF as a result of all their philanthropic efforts. Brian explained how the group runs an event entitled Soccer for a Cause and donates profits to a charity. They ran their signature event for the first time 6 years ago for the foundation and have been an integral part of our growth ever since. Brian joined the board of directors in 2012.

James Montana

James Montana

James is co owner,Trainer of MDP LacrosseCoach Montana has been training in the MDP LaxZone system for over 10 years and has executed it at the highest levels as a player and a coach.

Outside of Coach Montana’s responsibilities on the field, he is on the Board of Directors for the Michael Magro Foundation. James has organized all of our Alumni High School lacrosse Fundraisers and continues to reach out to the community and educate people about our mission.

Thomas Galati

Thomas Galati

Tom is a Sales Executive with over 15 years of experience selling radio, print, events and online advertising. He is currently a Senior Account Executive at LinkedIn, managing relationships with leading travel marketers. Tom lives in East Northport with his wife and three children.


Alanna Morey

Alanna is Operations Director and Marketing Manager at Siena Wealth Advisory Group, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial. Alanna has been involved with the foundation since 2011 and her main focus is writing grants.

Gina Bedell

Gina is the Social Media Specialist at RGD Marketing, a full service marketing agency that works with small to medium size businesses. As a third generation DiMarco in this industry (8+ years), Gina takes that creative edge to give brands a social media presence that makes them come alive in this important landscape.


Dawn Dardzinski

Dawn is the founder and CEO of D2D Consulting – Program and Project Management Consultant. She provides direct  leadership and hands on support to my team of high performing and immensely successful Project Management Practitioners. We collaborate very closely with every client to ensure quality deliveries for all types of business and technology initiatives. For clients who wish to mature in your process and become more efficient, we provide support by helping define the structure and governance model for which your Project Management Office needs to be managed.

Michael Billia

Michael Billia

Michael Billia joined the MMF board in late 2019. Michael has been a strong supporter of our mission. He is a senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Investors Bank based in their Melville office.