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"Caring for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families."

Board

Anthony Castiglione

Chair
Mr. Castiglione was the Vice President and Controller of Personal-Touch Home Care of New York, Inc., a home health care agency with offices in twelve states and has been employed with the company since 1992. Prior to this, Mr. Castiglione was Manager of the Public Financial Reporting of the fortune fifty company WR Grace & Company. He also worked as a public accountant for the national firm Oppenheim Appel Dixon & Company. He is a Certified Public Accountant. Anthony received his degree at Baruch College. He currently teaches baseball and soccer to individuals with Autism as a member of the Bridge to Youth Organization in Brooklyn. His son AJ has ASD.

Robin Lefkowitz

Vice Chair
Ms. Lefkowitz is the Executive Vice President at Northfield Bank. She has over 27 years of banking and financial experience. Prior to her position with Northfield, Robin was Vice President, Business Development, for Independence Community Bank. Robin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics, from Brooklyn College and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Wagner College. As a long-time, active community member, Ms. Lefkowitz’s involvement includes holding the positions of Board Member for each, the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, Staten Island Mental Health and Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) Foundation.

Terry Tarangelo

Secretary
Ms. Tarangelo was the Vice President of Signature Bank on Staten Island. She spent 29 years with Staten Island Savings Bank/SI Bank & Trust in the residential and commercial lending departments. As a 5 year member of the South Shore Rotary Club, she is a recipient of the CAR Rosenberger “Service Above Self” Award, performs with the cast in their yearly shows and is a coordinator with the Festa Italiana committee. In addition, she serves on the Richmond University Medical Center Diabetes Community Advisory Board and the Board of Advisors of the Staten Island Region of the American Cancer Society and is active in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Terry is a member of the Staten Island Economic Development Corp’s Women’s Leadership Council and is an Area Coordinator for the Tunnel to Towers Run.

Robert S. Cutrona, Sr.

Treasurer
Mr. Cutrona is President of Project-One Services, Inc a full-service maintenance, renovation and construction company. He has a BBA in Accounting from Pace University and an in MBA in Finance from the City University of New York. Mr. Cutrona has more than 50 years of experience in the Staten Island business community. This includes serving on various boards such as, Victory State Bank, College of Staten Island Foundation, S.I Academy, St. George Theatre, Jewish Community Center, and Bucks Business Networking Group.

Bill Bonbrest

Mr. Bonbrest is a seasoned hospitality industry executive with over 30 years of industry experience. He has been involved with the TAO Group for several years and is the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining the TAO Group, he was a managing partner in the Carmine’s restaurant group and came up through the ranks in management at The ’21′ Club and Elio’s restaurant. Mr. Bonbrest studied art and literature at Bennington College from 1979-1981 and completed the Executive Training Program at Cornell University in 1991.

Dr. Rick Chou

Dr. Chou is a family practice physician caring for patients in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. He has been active in community concerns, fundraising, education and events as a member of the Bay Ridge community Council and as an active physician. He has been elected to leadership roles in several institutions in which he has practiced. His professional expertise in medicine and teaching has offered him the opportunity to have a unique perspective on autism education and support. His daughter Celeste has ASD.

Dr. Teresa Lemma

Dr. Lemma is the Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Program and the Medical Student Pediatric Clerkship Director at Richmond University Medical Center. She also has a private pediatrics practice shared with Dr. Cliff Mevs on New Dorp Lane, Staten Island. Dr. Lemma completed her residency at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, during that time she was selected as Intern of the Year and Chief Resident. Dr. Lemma has fundraised for the American Cancer Society as well and has chaired the Sword of Hope Ball, she is a past honoree. Dr. Lemma chaired the 2015 Eden II & Genesis Foundation’s Art for Autism Gala.

Dr. Cliff Mevs

Dr. Mevs is a pediatrician on Staten Island with Pediatric Health Care PC located on New Dorp Lane. Dr. Mevs is board-certified in Pediatrics & Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics. He is the Section Chief of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at RUMC and the Medical Director of the Elizabeth W. Pouch Center for Special People. He has been an active member of many organizations, including the local chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics Children with Disabilities Panel, the Richmond County Medical Society, and the Staten Island Disability Advisory Board. He was honored at the 2015 Eden II & Genesis Foundation’s Art for Autism Gala.

Karen Miles

Ms. Miles has dedicated many years assisting non-profits such as Make-A- Wish Foundation and “Treehouse” (Seattle, Washington) an organization that invests in the lives young people in foster care, with their fund raising efforts as an active volunteer participating in various capacities of special events such as their Annual Gala and various luncheon functions. Professionally, she began a career in the Garment District, after which she took time off to raise three boys who have become accomplished young men. While raising a family, Ms. Miles exercised her entrepreneurial talents by founding several companies in the children’s and adult clothing and jewelry design industry. Most recently she graduated from the International Culinary Center’s Intensive Sommelier Program where she was prepared to take the first level exams, as part of her desire to become a Master Sommelier designated by The Court.

Lakshmi Rao Sankar

Ms. Rao Sankar is Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors of Sakhi, a not for profit that serves South Asian women survivors of domestic violence in NYC. She also serves as advisor to Prerak, a not for profit that generate water and sanitation solutions in India. Earlier, she served as Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Eden II programs in New York for 6 years, and has over 10 years of Board experience. She has an MBA from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, and an MA in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi, India. She has spent many years serving the not-for-profit community, and her areas of expertise are Governance and Development. Her son Tejas has ASD.

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