DRUG FREE LONG ISLAND
Info@DrugFreeLI.org        516-203-7486

Uniting Communities to Strengthen
Awareness
Advocacy
&
Empowerment

Board of Directors


Chairman Of the Board - Janice Talento

Vice-Chair Tom Christ,

Board Member John Budnick

Board Member Glenn Kearney




Executive Board

Janice Talento - CEO/President

Joe Spinosa - First Vice President

Stacey Christ - Treasurer

Open - Secretary



Advisory Board


Councilman Joseph Pinto, Nick Lamitola, Rachelle Chambers, Doreen Bohme, 

Senator John Brooks, Legislator James Kennedy, 




Junior League Board

 Co-President - Heather Pitek 

Vice President - Andrew Blitz

Secretary - Kevin MacGuire




Sector Board


Youth

Timmy Roy – Drug Free Long Island Jr. League

Parent

Tara Bishop – Paula Bruckner// Local community member

Business

Mark Marrazzo -   Bayview Florist  

Media

Kristin Thorne - Channel 7 (ABC) news

School

Jaqui Harris – Superintendent S.  Huntington

Youth Serving Organization

Annie Guthrie – Huntington Youth Bureau

Law Enforcement

Detective Pam Stark - NCPD

Religious

Father Stephen Donnelly – Church of St Patricks

Civic/Volunteer

Joshua Lafazan – Safe Ride Syosset, Syosset School Board    ///    

Healthcare Professional

Dr. Thomas Jan -  Pain Management

State/Local Government

Assemblymen Chad Lupinacci & Assemblyman Joseph Saladino

Other

Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds – Director of Family & Children Association





BIOS

Janice Talento

 

Janice lives in Massapequa with her husband and three children, ages 26, 24 and 18, all have attended Massapequa School District. She has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for 32 years.

 

Janice has been born and raised on Long Island. She is an alumnus of the Hicksville School District. This is where her passion for giving back to community originated. In high school she worked with many other teenagers on a haunted house in Broadway mall to raise money for MS, which was sponsored by the Islander’s Hockey team and many of their players.

 

After high school Janice attended Nassau Community College, where she obtained an AA in Business & Marketing. She attended Hofstra University in 2007 to take classes in Finance.

 

Janice has always worked at giving back to the community, and helping those in need. She has a tremendous amount of experience in it; has done it wholeheartedly. She was a Girl Scout leader from 1994-2004, as well as a Boys Scout leader from 2001-2006.

 

Janice and her family relocated to Audubon Pennsylvania from 1995-2001. She continued her community serves there as well. There, she worked at the YMCA, which ignited her realization for the need and importance of community centers; to enhance the experience a child/adult can have where they are able to reach their potential.

 

Janice sat on the home/school association in Pennsylvania as Secretary and Vice President. She also served on the PTA of elementary school in NY as fundraiser coordinator.

 

Faith and education are very important to Janice and her family. She shared her combined passion of both by becoming a catechist for 16 years. She started it in Pennsylvania, and continued to serve for in New York.

 

Having worked in the financial field for 5 years has given Janice the marketing and business experience necessary to help build a profitable business and community center.

 

As supervisor of a mental health/community program nonprofit agency Janice learned the problems that face people of all ages and from all communities. Patience, understanding and experience in these fields are all something learned through day to day working with these clients so that you can help make their day to day living easier.

 

Janice founded Drug Free Long Island in 2009. She works with counseling centers, treatment centers and schools to educate parents and children to help save lives and make our community stronger. She coordinates educational programs, run fundraiser and events for the whole community.


Janice is a member of the following organizations: Leadership council for LICADD, Assemblyman Saladino Task Force, Prevention Resource Center, Community of Solutions, Long Island Youth Safety Coalition, Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force, and Source the Station.

 

In order to serve her community even better, Janice is participating in Leadership Initiative, where she can learn the proper techniques and avenues to become an advocate. Janice’s experience, as well as participation in PLI will certainly guide her to be an even more involved community member.


Lisa Rappa

 

As a former Director and Owner of a New York State Group Family Day Care Center Lisa brings a strong background of advocating for children and community with over 20 years of experience in the field. Lisa was a hands-on provider who started her business as a Listed Provider and grew it into a thriving Group Family Daycare which included infant care, a preschool curriculum and an after school program. After her last child graduated from high school Lisa closed her program in order to pursue her dream of owning and directing a Daycare Center. She is enrolled as an undergraduate at Empire State University earning an Early Childhood Education Degree.

 

Lisa was a Girl Scout Leader for 13 years. She led her troop from Daisies (Kindergarten) through Gold Award (High School Seniors). As a leader her focus with the girls was to emphasize self-awareness and self-esteem, skill building & life skills, good citizenship and compassion for others, enriching their community and community service.

 

As President of Drug Free Long Island, Lisa’s role includes: Community Liaison for South Huntington School District, booking speakers for events, and coordinating educational programming for the community. As a board member Lisa assists with financial decisions for the organization, community outreach, and member support. Drug Free Long Island is a grass roots initiative whose mission is to advance through public awareness, education, empowerment and advocacy the transformation of Long Island into a drug free environment for the general safety, health and welfare of our children and all the members of our communities.

 

Lisa is the Parent Leadership Institute’s Program Coordinator for Huntington, Long Island. She is a 2011 graduate of the program, an accomplishment that earned recognition by the Town of Huntington for this achievement.

 

Lisa is a member of the following organizations: Huntington Literacy Zone Advisory Board, The Suffolk County Partners in Prevention, Community of Solutions, Long Island Youth Safety Coalition, Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force, Parent Leadership Institute Graduate Coalition, CSEA, and Source the Station.

 

This dynamic organizer and problem solver has developed these skills from a lifelong passion of advocating for change with national events such as the McGovern Presidential Campaign, supporting the United Farm Workers under the direction of Caesar Chavez and Delores Hurtea, and marching beside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1967.

 

 

 more bio's to come......................