BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Matthew J. Barbis
Founder & Chairman
Matthew is the cousin of Carlie Brucia and the founder of The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation. Matthew personally instructs the live stranger safety program and writes, stars, produces, and presents The Stranger Safety Awareness Program. Matt’s goal is to spread the work of the foundation to national status and teach children everywhere about how to stay safe. Matthew is a managing partner of Strategic Financial Planning Services and is a retirement investment specialist.
Gina M. Heyder
Gina is also Carlie’s cousin and sits on the Board to provide educational guidance to her brother, Matthew. Gina is a NY Certified Teacher in Brentwood School District on Long Island. She has dual certification for special education and is a math & technology consultant.
Pat is a retired science teacher from Sachem School district. Pat brings his extensive knowledge of curriculum writing to the foundation in an effort to expand the content of the stranger safety program. Pat also chairs, designs, writes, stars and oversees all educational aspects of The Stranger Safety Awareness Program.
Michael P. Gagliardi
Michael is a New York Certified Teacher in the Brentwood School District on Long Island. He is dually certified in Special Education and Elementary Education.
Chief Financial Officer
Brian provides his expertise in accounting for the benefit of the board. He has over 10 years of experience dealing with nonprofit organizations. Brian is a Certified Public Accountant and is a partner in Ross Strent & Company, LLP, a CPA firm in Melville, Long Island, NY.
Robert M. Chierichella
Rob is a New York Certified Math Teacher in Sachem School District. Rob personally instructs the stranger safety program.
Matthew Colson is Vice President for Development & Alumni Engagement at Farmingdale State College. He serves the Foundation’s Stranger
Safety Golf Outing Committee. .
Joseph M. Schwan
Joe is a Certified Public Accountant in Ronkonkoma, New York. Joe has been a major financial supporter of the foundation that has enabled us to further develop our Stranger Safety Awareness Program.
Lori Ann LaRocco
Lori Ann is the Senior Talent Producer at CNBC, known for “Thriving in the New Economy”, “Dynasties of the Sea”, and “Opportunity Knocking” National Best-Selling Author and C-Suite Insider Columnist for CNBC.com. Lori Ann has over 18 years in the broadcast industry and has the ear of the world’s biggest business minds and members of Congress. Lori Ann hopes to help spread the news and awareness of the foundation’s efforts to keep our children safe.
Vice President for Marketing and Communications at St. Joseph’s College, Jessica has over 20 years of experience in the industry and is responsible for advancing the mission of the foundation through effective media and public relations strategies.
Christopher J. Twomley
CJ is a Human Resource Manager. CJ has written all human resource documents for the foundation and sits on the board to oversee proper implementation.
Joe is the Director of Novak Motors. Joe has been in the auto finance and leasing business since 1990, working for industry-leading companies such as Ford Credit, Chase Auto Finance, and Mercedes-Benz Financial. Not surprisingly, Joe Coreno created the Annual Rose Brucia Car Show and is a major donor for all Rose Brucia events throughout the foundation’s existence.
Mike has supported, volunteered, and attended every 5K/ Walk that has benefited The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation dating back to when The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation partnered with St. Joseph’s College. Mike has lent his legal advice countless times over the course of the foundation’s endeavors.
Pat has over 16-years’ experience in banking working currently as a Senior Client Associate for Signature Bank. Outside of banking, she has spent many years volunteering from the Girl Scouts of America, Sachem Marching Bank Parent Association, Junior Achievement, and conducting Financial Education programs in local school districts. Pat is a member of the Rose Brucia Golf Committee and helps with the Annual Car Show.