Eric Wagner is a financial advisor at UBS Financial Services Inc. He became a trustee in 2008 and is currently a member of the Executive Committee. He is a graduate of Penn State University and Brooklyn Law School. Eric lives in Westchester with his wife, Kari and his daughters Lily and Charlotte.
Alexis Kashar is a civil rights and special education attorney. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Law School. Alexis joined the Board of Trustees in 2008 and is currently the President of the Board. She is also the chair of the Civil Rights committee for the National Association for the Deaf. She is also active in her community in various civic and education organizations. Alexis lives in Scarsdale with her husband and their 3 children.
Arnold L. Mintz serves as President and Chief Operating Officer and Board Member of Asset Alliance and subsidiaries and has held senior management positions in operations, administration, marketing and sales. Mr. Mintz is also Global Head of the Company’s investment placement business Hedge Harbor Inc. He serves on the Board of Directors of Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation, He joined our Board of Trustees in 2003 and is the Treasurer.
Linda Bove is a professional actor/ASL consultant for Theatre/TV/films and certified deaf interpreter. A founding member of the Deaf West Theatre, she lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, Ed Waterstreet, Artistic Director of DWT. She has been an active board member since 1994.
Dr. Noel Cohen grew up and went to school in Brooklyn. He graduated from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands with his MD. He did his residency and became the Chair of NYU School of Medicine. His main interest is the treatment of deafness. He became a trustee in 2010
Dixie DeLuca After a 22 year career in the corporate insurance brokerage industry where she most recently led Aon's global network, Dixie decided to change careers and now is an Event Planner in New York City. Dixie joined the Fanwood Board of Trustees in 1997 and subsequently had a son who is hard of hearing. Dixie lives in New York City with her husband, David, and sons Peter (9) and William (8) and dog Teddy.
Donald Heithaus is a retired businessman who has served as a trustee since 2005. He serves as a Trustee of Local 338 Pension & Welfare Fund, Board of Directors, Trustee and Executive Committee member of Teamster Center Services, Member of Westchester County Airport Advisory Board, Board of Directors of Sound Federal Savings Charitable Foundation. many boards and is involved in many charitable organizations. He graduated from St. Lawrence University and in his spare time, he enjoys photography, skiing and tennis. He and his wife Janet reside in the town of Rye.
Richard Lent is a Vice President for Barr & Barr, Inc. in New York City. Richard is currently serving on the Building and Grounds committee. He resides in Norwalk, CT with his wife and two children. He joined our Board in 2010.
Stephen Manzi is Chief Development Officer for Individual Giving at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A Trustee of NYSD since the spring of 2010, he lives with his wife and children in Pleasantville, New York.
Steve Pennacchio is an attorney and CPA currently working in industry with responsibility for Executive Compensation and Benefits for a large multi-national company. Steve joined the Board in 1998.
Andrew Roffe is a partner in the law firm of Robinson & Cole, where he chairs its Administrative Law Department. He is also the President of The Roffe Group P.C., a law firm specializing in government affairs and lobbying, located in Albany, NY. Mr. Roffe had represented the school for a number of years before becoming a trustee in 2010. He lives in New York City with his wife and youngest son. His two older children also reside and work in New York City.
Clifford R. Rowley graduated from Fanwood in 1960, was a research chemist until he retired in 2001 after 35 years with a chemical manufacturer in NJ. In 1991, he became the first Deaf alumnus to serve as a Trustee. After his retirement, he moved to Tucson, Arizona with his lovely wife Nancy, a former teacher at Fanwood. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Mario Torsiello is President & CEO of Torsiello Capital Advisors Inc., a boutique investment banking and advisory firm focused on the insurance industry. Mr. Torsiello became a Trustee in 2006 and currently serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Investment Committee. He graduated from Fordham University with a BS in Accounting and currently serves in various governance positions with the university. Mr. Torsiello is a licensed CPA in NY and is a Securities Principal registered with FINRA. He has been a resident of Chappaqua for the past 18 years.
Stephen F. (Steve) Weiner currently is the Provost at Gallaudet University and became a Trustee in 2008. Steve is deaf and the son of deaf parents and attended Fanwood from 1964 to 1968. Besides being in higher education for most of his professional career, Dr. Weiner has been involved in the deaf and disability rights movement since the 1970s, promoting equal access for everyone. Steve and his wife, Dr. Tammy Weiner, a professor of Psychology, have two grown children who have flown the coop. They live in the "one traffic light," town of Davidsonville, Maryland. Although Steve has lived in different parts of the country, Brooklyn will always be his home.