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President & CEO Saint Pio Foundation
Maestro Luciano Lamonarca is an opera singer, crossover artist, key note speaker and philanthropist, whose international work has supported charitable causes in Europe and the United States. He has performed under the sponsorship of the United Nations, the European Union, the Presidency of the Italian Republic, and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has sung in concert at Carnegie Hall, the New York Theater for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center, the United Nations General Assembly, the Palais Liechtenstein Museum, the Teatro Politeama in Palermo, and many other venues. Luciano has been interviewed and featured in numerous articles from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Daily News, The New York Post, Fox News, NBC, CBS, News 12, RAI Uno, RAI Tre, RAI International, The Italian Times, The Italian Tribune, Italia! magazine (in Russian,) La Repubblica, America Oggi, Quotidiano.Net and Il Corriere del Mezzogiorno.
Luciano has used his vocal talents to support many worthy causes. Having performed in more than two hundred benefit events from 2008 to 2018, his commitment to making art with a purpose and his involvement in numerous charitable causes has earned Luciano Lamonarca the nickname “The Goodwill Tenor.” Two of his albums, “Mamma“ and “The Impossible Dream,“ were conceived and realized for the purpose of producing art with a social and humanitarian goal.
In 2013, Luciano founded the Puglia Center of America, which actively supported global efforts for positive change while promoting the culture and the arts of the Puglia region of Italy. He successfully negotiated joint declarations of cooperation between Westchester County, the State of Connecticut, and the Puglia region of Italy, and he established working relationships with dignitaries at the highest levels, international officials, academicians, and celebrities. Under his leadership, the Puglia Center of America authored numerous initiatives. He created the project “United Academia,” conducted under the patronage of the United Nations Academic Impact (a global U.N. initiative) which fosters collaboration with institutions of higher education, scholarship, and research. As the keynote speaker at the University of Bari Aldo Moro, Maestro Lamonarca shared the platform with Kiyo Akasaka, Under Secretary of the United Nations Department of Public Information, at the symposium “On the road to Rio – Making development sustainable.”
In April 2014, he founded and assumed the role of President and CEO of the Saint Pio Foundation, a U.S. non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the awareness of Saint Pio and his charism nationally and internationally by working with institutions and individuals, who share the same vision of serving “those in need of relief from suffering.“ Under his passionate leadership, the Saint Pio Foundation was able to raise millions dollars in the first five years, drawing numerous supporters whose financial resources, cultural energy, and spiritual guidance have enabled the Saint Pio Foundation to flourish. Under his direction, the Saint Pio Foundation has brought national attention to Saint Pio through initiatives that include the annual Saint Pio Award, the Adelia Award, and most recently, the first American tours of the authentic relics of Saint Pio, which drew more than a half million persons in archdioceses and dioceses across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Luciano, his wife Valentina, and their son Sebastian reside in Westchester, New York.
Global Financial Markets Korn Ferry
Alan Guarino is Vice Chairman in the Office of the Chief Executive at Korn Ferry, and Senior Partner in our CEO and Board Services practice based in the firm’s New York office. Mr. Guarino brings a unique perspective to Korn Ferry as a former chief executive officer and experienced consultant, working with corporate boards and executive teams to drive business and talent management strategies. Alan led the creation of our Fintech & Electronic Trading practice and is considered the leading search partner in the Fintech/HFT/Exchange & Clearing space.
In that context, he launched our execution accelerator partnership program as an initiative within our office of the chief executive. Alan personally leads major consulting initiatives across industries, with deep expertise in global financial markets, helping clients drive their strategies. He also selectively leads CEO and Executive Chairperson searches and leads boards of directors through a framework to ensure high quality c-suite succession.
He is a well published thought leader and media commentator with broad business exposure enabling him to handle assignments for large Fortune 500 companies, as well as cutting edge emerging growth companies.
As a public company board member, he currently chairs the Compensation Committee of The Chefs Warehouse (NASDAQ:CHEF). Mr. Guarino has also served as founding chairman of the board of Boy’s Town of New York, president of the West Point Society of New York, finance chairman of Capuchin Youth and Family Ministries, and as an advisory board member to MuSigma, One-Page, HireRight, NobleMarkets, and FoundationSource, Inc. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and earned his master’s degree in business administration from Embry Riddle University while on active duty in the United States Army.
Starting from January 1, 2018, Alan Guarino become Co-Chairman of the board of trustees of the Saint Pio Foundation.
Christine A. Sculti joined Westchester County (New York) Executive Robert P. Astorino’s Administration on January 1, 2010. She is proud to serve under the leadership of County Executive Astorino as Chief Advisor, Governmental Operations. She is responsible for providing operational and policy support to ensure the day-to-day functioning of county government. Current and former county departments include social services, health, mental health, information technology, public works and transportation, environmental facilities, parks and recreation, planning, probation, youth and consumer protection.Ms. Sculti is liaison to the Board of Acquisition and Contracts and oversees Capital Projects and the development of the five-year Capital Budget of approximately one billion dollars. In addition, she spearheads a number of initiatives to streamline various government processes.
Prior to serving in the Astorino Administration Ms. Sculti served under the leadership of the City of Yonkers (New York) Mayor Philip A. Amicone, as Assistant to the Mayor.
Before joining the City of Yonkers, Ms. Sculti held two key positions working for the State of New York. First as Outreach Coordinator/Statewide Troubleshooter for the Consumer Protection Board and then as Mid-Hudson Regional Director for the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC).
In addition to her public sector accomplishments, Ms. Sculti enjoyed a long and successful career in the private sector. As the Mid-Atlantic Business Development Manager for Seabourn Cruise Line, Ms. Sculti managed sales and marketing for the seven states in the region contributing in excess of $10 million in sales and increasing market share by 25 percent. Prior to joining Seabourn, Ms. Sculti was Vice President of Sales for Custom Cruises, where she was instrumental in developing a $5 million sales portfolio and managed the company’s day-to-day operations.
Ms. Sculti is a graduate of Fordham University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and currently resides in Harrison, New York. She is a parishioner at St. Gregory’s the Great in Harrison and previously was a member of the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW). Ms. Sculti is of Italian descent from the regions of Sicilia and Campania.
President and CEO of the
Catholic Foundation of Long Island
Mark G. Ackermann has more than forty years’ experience in non-profit management. His background includes senior management positions in healthcare and educational organizations.
Mr. Ackermann was recently named by the Most Rev. John O. Barres, the Bishop of Rockville Centre, New York, as the first President and CEO of the Catholic Foundation of Long Island. In this role, Mr. Ackermann will coordinate all fundraising for the Diocese of Rockville Centre and will establish fundraising, investment, and distribution of philanthropic resources programs for the Ministries within the Diocese and its surrounding communities.
For the previous five years he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Lighthouse Guild International and President of a number of Lighthouse Guild Subsidiary Corporations. He had full responsibility for all operational aspects of the $1.2 Billion not-for-profit corporation’s programs and services. He is also served on the Board of Directors and the Membership Board of the enterprise’s parent corporation. Lighthouse Guild is the nation’s leading not-for-profit vision and healthcare organization, with a long-standing heritage of addressing the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired as well as those with multiple disabilities or chronic medical conditions. Lighthouse Guild was formed as a result of a merger which Mr. Ackermann was influential in accomplishing between Lighthouse International and Jewish Guild Healthcare for the Blind. Before this, Mr. Ackermann served as the President and CEO of Lighthouse International for five years.
Prior to joining Lighthouse International, Mr. Ackermann served in various senior management positions at Saint Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center beginning in 1983, and held the position of Chief Administrative Officer of the hospital until June 2007. He was also President of the SVCMC Foundation.
From 2007 through 2009, Mr. Ackermann served as the Special Assistant to His Eminence, Edward Cardinal Egan and Executive Director of the Office of the Papal Visit for the Archdiocese of New York. In this capacity he was responsible for all aspects of the Pastoral Visit to The Archdiocese of New York by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in April 2008. He coordinated the planning and execution of eight major events in and around the City of New York during the Holy Father’s visit. Mr. Ackermann coordinated all federal, state, and city agencies involved in the visit as well as the various offices of the Vatican and the Archdiocese of New York. In 2015, he assisted in the planning and execution of Pope Francis’s visit to New York and coordinated the Time/Fortune Global Forum at the Vatican in 2016.
Mr. Ackermann holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Catholic University of America and a Master of Science Degree in Healthcare Management from New York University. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at Long Island University, and previously in the Graduate School of Management and Urban Professions of the New School University; a Clinical Instructor in the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of New York University, New York; and a Visiting Professor at Drew University, Madison, NJ. He has spoken on healthcare management issues at conferences sponsored by the American Hospital Association, the United Hospital Fund, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the National Managed Health Care Congress.
He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of both, The Vision Serve Alliance (St. Louis) and The Age Related Macular Degeneration Alliance International (London). He also served on the boards of directors of: Vision 20/20 USA (New York), The Usher III Initiative (Chicago), the Same Sky Foundation (New York), and the Visionary Media Group (New York). Previously he was Chairperson of the Howell Township Education Foundation. Prior to that he served as a Howell Township, NJ Committee Person and Mayor of Howell Township, NJ for one term.
On September 11, 2001, Mr. Ackermann served as the Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Spokesperson for St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, which was the closest level-one trauma center to the World Trade Center. As a result of receiving the most patients from the disaster (844 patients), St. Vincent’s became the healthcare epicenter of the disaster. Media outlets from around the world carried Mr. Ackermann’s briefings live for days after the event. As a result of this and St. Vincent’s role as a national leader in Bioterrorism Preparedness, Mr. Ackermann was invited to speak at numerous conferences on Healthcare Bioterrorism Preparedness. In all, Mr. Ackermann spoke in 48 states and 9 foreign countries on this topic. In addition to this, Mr. Ackermann was appointed to numerous regional, national and international preparedness committees.
Press and Newsletters editor (board member)
Robert DeFazio is a technology guru, classical singer, and author.
Robert has provided consulting services for some of the largest companies in banking, manufacturing, and real estate; and his work has been noted by major players in the software and credit evaluation industries. Apart from his accomplishments in technology, he occasionally surprises people by performing selections from the classical vocal repertoire at special events. He has written on subjects ranging from software, data, law, education, music, healthcare, and religion, and his work has been published both nationally and internationally.
Robert is also a devoted follower of Jesus. It was this devotion that led him to teach the blind, to direct religiously based inner-city youth programs, to pursue and to receive a theological degree, and to pastor a church. Although he is no longer active in the Christian ministry, he remains dedicated to advocating openly to the modern world the uniqueness of Jesus and His teachings.
Mr. DeFazio supports the Saint Pio Foundation and its objectives. He agrees with the Bible when it says, “All things are possible to him who believes,” and it was this belief that first motivated him to contact Maestro Luciano Lamonarca to volunteer his services. He continues to support the Saint Pio Foundation in ways that are largely invisible to others, choosing to follow the example of humility set by Padre Pio himself.
Broker and FIAO Vice President (board member)
Frank spent most of his childhood in Italy, He attended junior high school in Rome. In the 1960’s he joined his father in Brooklyn.The Naccarato legacy in New York goes back to the early 1900’s starting with his Grandparents.
Frank attended Midwood high school where he played varsity soccer and also won the J.F.K award for arts and design in a citywide contest, he graduated in 1968.
Frank attended Manhattan Institute of Technology where he received an associate degree in design. Frank was inducted in the armed forces in 1970 during the Vietnam conflict, he also served with N.A.T.O. forces in West Germany in 1972.
After his tour of duty he returned to New York and worked as a designer with Morse Electro Phonics. In 1973 he was a board member of the newly formed Verrazano Lodge, Order Sons of Italy in America. In 1976 Frank married the love of his life Sara Gaudio. They have two sons Anthony and Frank Jr. Frank is a businessman in the field of Insurance and Financial Services for the past forty years with offices in Brooklyn and Queens. Frank is recognized in his profession as one of the top leaders in the industry and received many prestigious awards.
Frank has been active for many years in several organizations in our community, serving for six years as Chairman of the Board of the Federation of Italian American Organization of Brooklyn (F.I.A.O.) and as President of the same organization, for ten years after that. Frank is the past President of the Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge Kiwanis Club. He was also the Vice Commander of the American Legion- George Washington-Memorial Post 1872. He served as a member of City Comptroller Alan Hevesy’s Italian American Advisory Council.
In 1999 Frank received the “Father of the Year Award” from State Senator Vincent Gentile.
In 2000 the Council of Neighborhood Organization (C.O.N.O.) named him “Man of the Year”.
He also received the “Business Leadership Man of the Year Award” from the Stars and Stripes Democratic Organization. Frank received many other awards for his community work, including the “American Legion Kings County, 2005 Victor V. Allegretti Memorial Man of the Year Award”. He was honored at Brooklyn Borough Hall for Italian American Heritage month, by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
In October 2005 he was also honored by State Senator Marty Golden. Frank has served on Community Board 11 and he is currently serving on Community Board 18, he is also on the Board of Trustees of Maimonides Medical Center and on the Executive Board of the Brooklyn Council Boy Scouts of America.Frank was honored in Italy in September of 2007 by the city of Gioa Tauro where he received the Premio (Award) Calabria-America”.
In May of 2014 was honored by the United Hospital Fund at the Waldorf Astoria where he received the”Distinguished Trustee of the Year Award” for his achievements on behalf of Maimonides Medical Center and the community he serves.
Frank is very proud of all accomplishments, however his best awards were given to him by his sons and daughters in law Patricia and Christina when they made him and Sara proud grandparents of four wonderful grandchildren Frankie, Mia Rose, Leila and Skyla Frank has a strong commitment to the community, to the children and to the less fortunate.
He works hard to ensure that our community remains strong and viable for future generations. Without a doubt, his wife Sara and family encourage Frank in all his endeavors.
President & CEO Saint Pio Foundation
Saint Pio Foundation
Deborah Brannon serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse. In her duties she provides executive support and oversee essential functions related to communications, scheduling, correspondence and administrative and operational tasks supporting the work of the Bishop, Most Reverend William Patrick Callahan, and the greater mission of the Church.
Deborah has extensive experience having held positions in the firms of McGladrey, Wipfli LLP and Wipfli Hewins Investment Advisors. As an Office Administrative Lead she provided tax and audit support and was in charge of the electronic filing and documentation for tax compliance. Her role with Wipfli Hewins not only provided support to the Principals of the firm but she also guided marketing projects in development and implementing business development initiatives on a regional and firm wide level.
Deborah enjoys her equally important role as a wife and mother of four children. Whether sewing costumes for the theater productions or being the soccer coach’s planning assistant she enjoys her time supporting the interest of her family. Each summer she welcomes a collegiate baseball athlete into her life making them feel at home as a host family for the Northwoods Developmental League. She is a regular volunteer in her community sharing her talents with many organizations such as the Blessed Sacrament Women’s Club, Franciscan Healthcare Auxiliary of Mayo Clinic and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse.
Starting from October 2017, Deborah Brannon assumed the role as Saint Pio Foundation’s representative. In this role Deborah will assist with the presentation and tour of the relics of Padre Pio with the goal of fostering devotion and provide opportunities for people across the country, to experience the great privilege of veneration and reflection of relics of one of the greatest saints of the Catholic Church: Padre Pio of Pietrelicina.
A native of Los Angeles, Teresa Van Camp grew up acting and dancing in various films, television, and stage performances. Upon graduation from high school she was awarded a scholarship from the Italian Catholic Federation to further her studies. She completed her education and continued a career in the arts as an actress and as a make-up artist. Several years into her marriage she decided to step back from her career and to focus on her family. After having her second child, she suffered a severe neck injury which resulted in a life-threatening stroke. By the Grace of God, she survived and vowed to serve our Lord to give Him continued thanks and glory for His merciful goodness.
After her recovery and aided by fellow parishioners/friends and with the blessing of their Parish Pastor, she started a much-needed children’s dismissal program at her church, which she continues to co-chair with her dear sister in Christ. This program is instrumental in teaching our youngest members about our faith, including the Gospel, the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, May Crowning, and of course, our heavenly family of the Saints. She also started, with the help of another dear friend, the Rosary Group and fostered devotion to the Divine Mercy at her church. Teresa has recently started to homeschool her children, joining a lovely Catholic homeschool group where they uphold all of the beauty of our Catholic faith.
Teresa was recently afforded the privilege of coordinating the visit of the relics of St. Pio at Saint Cyril of Jerusalem Church in Encino, CA (her parish), where she was invited to join the family of the Saint Pio Foundation. She is humbly honored to join the Saint Pio Foundation as its representative in spreading devotion to St. Pio, who is a very influential presence in her family both in Bari, Italy and here in America.
Married with three grown children, Barbara and her husband live on Long Island, New York. A former Teacher's Assistant working with Special Needs children at both the junior and high school levels, she was instrumental in developing a Special Needs Catechist program that included teaching the children the Rosary. Currently she is a Programmer/Analyst for a large law firm developing custom software. She volunteers for various organizations, including Long Island Cares and is part of a card making ministry, making homemade cards to give to people in need. She is an avid hockey and baseball fan.
After viewing Saint Pio's relics during the 2017 tour it was evident to Barbara that she wanted to be part of the Saint Pio Foundation. "I saw that the foundation was making an incredible impact on the lives of so many people, both young and old. I am blessed and honored to be part of such a worthy organization, one that is both a non-profit charity organization and one that spreads the awareness of such a wonderful saint and man."
Bringing Relief of Suffering to Those in Need