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Honorable Philip A. Amicone as the 41st Mayor of the City of Yonkers, New York from 2004 - 2011. He took office on January 1, 2004, after serving eight years as Deputy Mayor. Prior to becoming Deputy Mayor of Yonkers, Mr. Amicone was Commissioner of the Department of Building for the City of White Plains. Mr. Amicone is a licensed Professional Engineer. He was awarded a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Manhattan College and a Masters of Civil Engineering from New York University.
Mr. Benjamin (Board Secretary and Director of Communications) has extensive experience in the fields of Government, Human Services and Politics. He was elected to four terms of office as a Member of the New York State Assembly. Prior to entering the State Assembly in 2003, Michael headed the Bronx Board of Elections. During his time in office, Michael was an outspoken champion of lifting the charter school cap, Race to the Top education reforms, school choice, and creating a sounder education experience for students and families. He led a grassroots campaign to amend the NYC Department of Education's sex education mandate to include abstinence-based curricula. As Executive Director of the NYC Parents Choice Coalition Michael also opposed the City's Department of Education and Department of Health's recent initiative to distribute Plan B contraceptives to NYC school students without parental consent. Presently, he contributes OpEd articles to the NY Post, City and State NY, and Politico.
Robert F. Joyce is a Certified Public Accountant who manages his own tax, accounting and financial planning firm, R.F. Joyce CPA, LLC in Yorktown Heights, NY. Robert earned his BBA degree from Pace Universityís Lubin School of Business. He started his accounting career with Ernst & Young. Subsequently, he moved to the corporate sector serving as Vice President and Financial Controller with Citigroup, Segment Controller with Neuberger Berman and Vice President and Senior Financial Analyst with Alliance Bernstein. His professional memberships include the AICPA and NYSSCPA. Robert serves on the Board of Directors for the Irish American Social Club of Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties, Inc.; and as the director and treasurer for a non-profit private foundation, which donates money to charitable organizations that help promote scientific, educational and religious causes. Robert resides in Yorktown Heights, NY with his wife and three children. He is an active parishioner of St. Augustineís Roman Catholic Church, located in Ossining, NY
Jack Lichtenstein (Treasurer) has been a practicing attorney and certified public accountant for over 58 years. Jack is a founding board member of Program Reach and has been heavily involved in philanthropic work for over 45 years while maintaining a thriving accounting practice in New York City. Jack serves on the Board of Directors of Housing and Services, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to housing the homeless in New York City. Jack is Vice President for Life of Congregation Rodeph Sholom, and has served as a trustee of the Temple B’Nai Olam for more than 30 years. Jack has served on numerous other boards and charitable foundations, including the Fire Island Pines Property Association where he served as Director for over forty years. On September 16, 2009 Jack received a Citation on the floor of the New York State Assembly for his years of dedicated service to the community. Jack and his wife Rita are patrons of the arts, having entertained audiences with their wit and humor in 28 stage productions while continuing to promote the arts in musical revues and shows for over 25 years. They have two children and four grandchildren.
John P. Margand (Board Vice Chairman) has been a practicing attorney in the health field since 1990. He is a founding board member of Program Reach whose character-based abstinence education program, Healthy Respect, has received national recognition for its role in establishing best practices in the rapidly growing field of sexual health education. A graduate of Fordham University School of Law, he is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. Mr. Margand has a Masters Degree from the University of London, where he specialized in the role of Islam in Francophone West Africa and Nigeria. He received his Bachelors degree from Marquette University where he majored in French, and studied at the Faculte de Lettres at the Universite de Tours. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army and qualified as a parachutist with the U.S. Army Airborne School. He is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the Westchester County Bar Association. He lives in Yonkers with his wife Bernaline and 7 children, and is a parishioner at St. Eugeneís Roman Catholic Church. He serves on the Advisory Committee for the Academy of Medical Professions with the Yonkers Public Schools and in 2011 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Yonkers Public Library.
George H. Morrissey (Board Chairman) is a graduate of St. Francis College Brooklyn, NY and served as their Major Gifts Officer, following a forty- year career in the investment business. He also served as an Advertising Consultant for J.S. Paluch Co., Inc. and is an Account Manager for Lighthouse Catholic Media, a non profit corporation committed to catechesis and evangelization. George is a Parish Coordinator with the Archdiocesan Family Life Respect Life Office, and is a member of Manhattan Right to Life. George and his wife Joan raised their six children in Sayville, Long Island, have four grandchildren, and now reside in New York City. George serves as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick and is a Knight of the Holy Sepluchre.
Piero A. Tozzi (Director) serves as senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, a legal alliance focusing on issues relating to religious liberty, sanctity of life, marriage, family, and the judiciary. Mr. Tozzi plays a key role with ADF-Global where he has focused his litigation efforts on international human rights law. He earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1996 and is admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Tozzi is also a member of the International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association. Prior to joining ADF, Tozzi served as executive vice president and general counsel for the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM). He managed the New York office, where he lobbied the United Nations on social policy issues and established C-FAMís public interest law arm, the International Organizations Law Group.
Dr. Nanci Coppola (C.E.O.) has served as the Executive Director of Program Reach, Inc. and the Healthy Respect Program since 2008 and is currently the C.E.O. She combines her medical training with an extensive background in teaching and curriculum development including authoring the Healthy Respect Youth Development program, three levels of health education curricula for 7th - 11th grade students. (Making Healthy Choices For My Life, Discovering the Path to Your Future, and Taking Control of My Future.) The curriculum is a groundbreaking health program that meets the requirements for health education through the New York State Department of education and the US Department of Education. A widely sought after speaker in the fields of sexual health education and youth development she has spoken to audiences of all sizes in the U.S. and abroad. Coppola has published several articles in both medical and social science journals. She has been in private practice as a Podiatric Surgeon and also has over twenty-nine years of teaching experience. She has trained students as young as High School and as advanced as Physicians completing Continuing Education Credentials. In addition to her medical and educational background she holds a Masterís Degree in Community Health Administration and Health Education. Coppola received her undergraduate training at the University of Rochester where she received degrees in Biology and Psychology with distinction.
Prior to joining Program Reach, Inc. in 2005 Coppola served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biology at Mercy College for 13 years. She has also served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs for a National Health Care Education Institution, and as the Director of HeartSavers of America, Inc. a CPR and First Aid training institute. In January of 2011 Coppola was honored by the Advocates for Life during Yonkers Respect Life week sponsored by Mayor Phil Amicone. In August 2011 Coppola was honored by the Westchester County Executive as the Women Equality Day Reformed honoree of the year.