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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 September 9, 2019, Alan Guarino become Chairman of the board of directors of the Saint Pio Foundation.
Board of Elections
Executive Assistant to the Commissioner
Christine A. Sculti is a highly skilled professional with extensive background in government and the private sector.
Governmentally, Ms. Sculti served eight years in Westchester County Government, starting as Senior Advisor to the County Executive for Governmental Operations until her promotion to Chief Advisor for Governmental Operations. She was responsible for providing operational and policy support to ensure the day-to-day functioning of county government. Her departmental portfolio included parks and recreation, planning, social services, health, mental health, information technology, public works and transportation, environmental facilities, probation, youth, acquisition and contracts and consumer protection. In addition, she oversaw Capital Projects and the development of the approximate one billion dollars five-year Capital Budget, along with spearheading various initiatives to streamline government.
Ms. Sculti served for three years having been appointed Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Westchester County Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). She currently serves as Executive Assistant to the Commissioner at the Westchester County Board of Elections.
Prior to serving in Westchester County government, Ms. Sculti worked for the City of Yonkers. As Assistant to the Mayor, Ms. Sculti spearheaded a $1.5 billion dollar downtown and waterfront redevelopment, known as the Streuver Fidelco Cappelli (SFC) Project, which resulted in Yonkers City Council approvals on the Final Environmental Impact Statements, the Land Disposition Agreement the Palisades Point Development Lease and a Full Tax Agreement utilizing Tax Increment Financing (TIF).
Prior to serving in the City of Yonkers, Ms. Sculti held two key positions with New York State; 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). As the Mid-Hudson Regional Director, Ms. Sculti led the state’s economic development efforts for seven counties in the state’s fastest growing region. While at ESDC, she successfully assisted with the expansion of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Orange County Chopper and successfully spearheaded negotiations between the state and Orange County to convey the development parcel adjacent to the Stewart International Airport Access Improvement Project, allowing for an I-84 Interchange to the airport.
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. Her efforts contributed to sales in excess of $10 million, increasing her region’s market share 25 percent, helping establish the company as the leading luxury-cruise brand in its class.
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. She was instrumental in developing plans to expand the company’s distribution by establishing a satellite location at the World Trade Center in 1992.
An active member of the community, Ms. Sculti serves as the Vice Chair of the Saint Pio Foundation Board of Directors. She is an appointee of the Village of Mamaroneck Tree Committee and is a member of the Orienta Condominium Association Board of Managers, where she resides. She served for five years, as a member of the Harrison Board of Assessors from 2005 to 2010 and is a former Rye City Rotarian.
Ms. Sculti is a graduate of Fordham University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and currently resides in Mamaroneck, New York.
Press and Newsletters Editor
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
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 Directors and Officers 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.
MUFG Bank, Ltd.
(Board member & Treasurer)
Jerry’s responsibilities include MUFG’s coverage origination of relationships within the North American and European professional sports organizations. Clients extend to the respective league offices and local franchises as well as their affiliated venues and regional sports networks. Coverage area includes the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, and Formula 1 as well the European football leagues.
Prior to joining MUFG, Jerry was a Managing Director at Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Bank for fourteen years where he was responsible for coverage origination of North American and European Sports Finance as well as the origination and structuring of financing within Real Estate, Gaming, Lodging & Leisure sector.
Prior to Societe Generale, Jerry was a Senior Vice President at Mitsui Nevitt Capital Corporation for ten years where he was responsible for leveraged finance originations.
Prior to Mitsui, Jerry was an Assistant Treasurer at Overseas Shipholding Group for seven years subsequent to his three year analyst role within corporate treasury at The Equitable Life Assurance Society.
Jerry holds a BA degree in Economics & Psychology from St. John’s University, NY and a MBA, Finance from Fordham University, NY.
He holds a CFA designation and is Series 79, 63 and 24 licensed.
Starting from March 1, 2020, Alan Guarino become member of the Board of Directors and treasurer of the Saint Pio Foundation.
Founder, President and CEO
and Honorary Chairman
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.
Michael is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law (1984) and Fordham College, from which he graduated Cum Laude and was elected to the National Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa, (1978). His father William Grace taught English at Fordham College for 43 years. His mother Eva Grace was a music teacher in the New York Public School system and a refugee from Nazi Germany having escaped on the Kindertransport. Michael is one of six children.
Upon graduating Fordham School of Law, Michael was admitted to the bar in New York, New Jersey and the Federal District Court of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Federal District of New Jersey. Michael is also admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Presently, Michael is in practice with his brother William with offices located at 360 Underhill Avenue, Yorktown Heights. Their law firm handles complex personal injury cases, commercial litigation and real estate transactions. The law firm of Grace & Grace is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating available. Michael is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum comprised of distinguished members of the bar who have obtained multiple multi-million-dollar verdicts. Michael has obtained multi-million-dollar verdicts in a wide variety of cases from complex highway design cases to medical malpractice causes of action. He has also argued appeals in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, New York State Appellate Divisions and the New York State Court of Appeals and has submitted briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Michael Grace served as Town Supervisor of the Town of Yorktown from 2011 to 2016 (three Terms).
Michael is the father of four children, has three grandchildren, an avid classic car enthusiast and sportsman.
Coordinator Saint Pio Foundation Relics
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."
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.
Pina Orsillo Belgrano was born and raised in the Province of Benevento, Italy, just four miles from the birthplace of St. Pio, Pietrelcina. She is honored to join the Saint Pio Foundation and being able to share the grounds that St. Pio walked.
She is well traveled, fluent in Italian, her native language, fluent in English, Spanish & some knowledge of French. Her passion in life is in the Hospitality Industry Travel, Food and Homes and is what brought her to earn a bachelor’s Degree in hospitality management.
She currently works a Concierge at one of the Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts in Seattle and has been an International Travel Consultant, a Realtor and a Restaurateur.
She also believes in being involved in her community and volunteers for Guest Relations for the Seattle International Film Festival which has become the biggest festival in the USA.
She currently resides in Seattle with her daughter Francesca, named after Saint Pio
Bringing Relief of Suffering to Those in Need