Joe Quenqua, commonly known as “Joe Cue,” is a life- long Professional Insurance Agent/Broker, concentrating on managing risks for his personal and commercial clients. Joe’s areas of expertise include all commercial risks, with specialties in trade and general construction contractors, commercial real estate, all types of wholesale businesses and many not-for-profit agencies. Joe also enjoys providing important protection for individuals’ homes, cars, boats and other valuable assets. Along the way, he has developed many long-term relationships with Insurance Carriers and many professional underwriters. Joe attended The College of Insurance and earned certificates in various areas of his profession.
Joe has been privileged to serve on the TSICARES Board since 2005 and has been Chairman of the Board most of that time. It has been a joy to witness the growth and importance of TSINY and serving both Drs. Eve Hazel and Larry Grubler.
Most important to Joe is his loving relationship with his wife, Pam, their 3 Children and 5 grandchildren, as long as they all allow him to watch The NY Yankees games.
Joe Cue Quenqua
303 East 83rd Street
Unit 31 F
New York, New York 10028
Cue Coverage Corp.
Keren G. Birnbaum, Esq. is a founding Partner at Birnbaum Lewis, PLLC where she concentrates her practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration and Elder Law. She has over 10 years of experience advising clients on how to protect themselves, their loved ones and their business in the event of death, incapacity or disability.
For many clients, estate and long-term care planning can be an intimidating process. Ms. Birnbaum walks them through the steps, listening to their concerns and educating them about their options. Her practice covers a wide range of matters, including Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Health Care Proxy, Living Will, Durable Power of Attorney, Trust and Estate Administration, Probate, Asset Protection, Medicaid and Long-Term Care Planning, Charitable Giving, Business Succession Planning, and Disability Planning.
Ms. Birnbaum earned her law degree at Hofstra University School of Law and her Bachelors’ Degree at Brandeis University. She is admitted to the New York State Bar, is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Queens County Bar Association, Brandeis Association, and is an active member of the Elder Law and Trusts and Estates Sections of the New York State Bar Association. Ms. Birnbaum has also lectured and published articles on various elder law and estate planning issues.
Ms. Birnbaum is a devoted wife and mother to three beautiful girls. She enjoys spending time with her family and is an active community member dedicating her spare time to her local synagogue and her children’s schools as Corresponding Secretary of the Parent Teacher Organization.
Keren G. Birnbaum, Esq.
Birnbaum Lewis, PLLC
1225 Franklin Avenue, Suite 325
Garden City, New York 11530
Vanguard Insurance Agency
Tommy D grew up on Long Island and worked in bars and restaurants while attending Chaminade High School. He then started tending bar after graduation and through his college years. Later, he began a long career in sales and business development culminating in his current position as Director of Strategic Alliances for the Vanguard Insurance Agency.
Tommy is very focused on working with and serving the nonprofit sector, which he accomplishes through multiple board positions and volunteer work. This interest has pushed Tommy to launch his new podcast, Philanthropy in Phocus. On this show Tommy interviews executive leaders of nonprofit organizations to help them amplify their stories. It is this interest in the nonprofit sector that has propelled the Vanguard Insurance Agency forward and service to nonprofits has become part of the firm’s DNA.
Each day there are 2 driving forces that inspire Tommy D, the words impact and value. These words act as questions that he answers regularly about his choices. Will this make the right impact? Are we adding value? Known by many as a “connector,” Tommy D is responsible for sourcing many opportunities for business introductions each week. It has become his passion and commitment to make sure that when he sees a mutually beneficial business relationship that he makes an introduction ASAP. This has also led to Tommy’s role as National Director of Sales for the national networking organization, THE Networking Group (TNG).
Tommy lives on Long Island with his wife, Christine, four children – 2 daughters and 2 sons.
Director of Strategic Alliances
Vanguard Insurance Agency
155 Pinelawn Road, Suite 210N
Melville, New York 11747
Konstantina Foukas, Branch Manager
Dime Community Bank
Konstantina “Dina” Foukas is an experienced banker whose career in banking spans 30 years.
In 1990, Konstantina started her banking career with State Savings and Loan. She then moved to Independence Community Bank in 1992, where she held multiple positions such as Head Teller, Assistant Branch Manager, Branch Manager and Area Manager. Prior to joining Dime Community Bank, Konstantina held the position of Vice President, Area Manager for Sovereign Bank, with responsibilities for sales and operations in Queens. Today she serves as the Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of Dime’s Bayside Branch, which is located at 61-38 Springfield Boulevard, Bayside, New York.
As a Dime Branch Manager, Konstantina actively participates in community events and organizations in Queens. For the past two years, she has supported TSINY on behalf of Dime Community Bank. She has also supported the Bayside Historical Society with events for five years. As a personal philosophy and approach to community service, Konstantina believes in lending her time and skills to support the community. “I believe that as a manager of a community bank that has a legacy of over 150 years of supporting our communities, it is important that I give back to the community I serve,” noted Konstantina. “In addition, I want the community to know that Dime understands, and I am here to assist them with their needs” she added.
Konstantina has grown up in Queens and continues to live in the Queens area with her husband and 2 children.
Konstantina’s educational background in finance and management stems from her studies at Empire State University in Old Westbury, New York.
Konstantina (Dina) Foukas
Assistant VP / Branch Manager
Dime Community Bank
61-38 Springfield Boulevard
Bayside, New York 11364
718-782-6200 Ext. 5579
Michael Golub, President/CEO
Golub Management Corp.
Mike Golub is a world-class sales leader, mentor & friend. After becoming the #1 Ranked sales executive at a multi-billion-dollar international company and building two 7-figure businesses, Mike has developed the wisdom and expertise to help other entrepreneurs and salespeople reach new levels of success.
His renowned ability to develop deep connections with people, evaluate businesses and identify specific opportunities for growth has allowed him to lead numerous top performing sales teams and mentor countless 6, 7 & 8-figure entrepreneurs on how to grow their sales.
Aside from business, Michael is very passionate about traveling, investing, reading, meeting/listening to his favorite motivational speakers, cooking & exercising.
Golub Management Corp.
Michelle Greco is a Managing Director of Business Development at BBG in NYC. BBG is the second largest Appraisal, Environmental & Engineering company in the country. She services CMBS, bridge lenders, REITS and other institutional clients.
Michelle grew up on Long Island where she attended St. Anthony’s High School. She holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Miami. She is an active member of ULI and CREW New York.
Managing Director, Business Development
BBG Real Estate Services
112 Madison Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NewYork 10016
Daniel Hochler, Managing Associate
Forest Hills Financial Group (FHFG)
Daniel’s primary focus is being a resource and advocate to his clients for both their professional and personal needs. He understands that going above and beyond to meet the needs and desires of his clients is crucial to building and keeping long standing relationships based on trust and integrity.
Daniel is passionate about helping millennials and their parents plan for a comfortable and secure retirement by offering them time-tested financial strategies that will help them reach and surpass their goals.
Daniel graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A. in Psychology. During his college years, he worked with attorneys in different areas of practice and describes himself as a business strategist and critical thinker for young entrepreneurs, small business owners and professionals.
After one semester of law school, a family friend introduced him to the financial services industry and to FHFG. Daniel realized it gave him the opportunity to not only help himself, but to help others as well and his alternative career path from law was chosen.
Dan’s strong sense of community keeps him actively involved as a member of the Hofstra University GOLD Alumni Association, the Gotham City Networking Organization, which includes over 900 members in 45 different groups, a member of The Friars Club, a Fraternal Organization made up in a large part of celebrities and comedians, and the Secretary Treasurer of BNI Chapter 47.
In his spare time Dan enjoys collecting sports memorabilia, playing poker and going to rock concerts.
Forest Hills Financial Group
122 East 42nd Street, Suite 2200
New York, NY 10168
Brendan Leavy, Business Development Manager
Queens Chamber of Commerce
Brendan Leavy, Business Development Manager at Queens Chamber of Commerce, Bayside, New York has over 25 years’ experience in sales, sales management and business development and relationship management. The bulk of his career has been spent as a licensed insurance broker/risk management professional with extensive commercial and personal lines experience. Brendan owned and managed his own insurance agency for over 16 years. Commercial Insurance experience includes managing insurance & risk management programs for General Contractors, Large Trade Contractors, Developers, Hotel Owners & Operators, Property Owners & Managers, REITs, Wholesale Food Distributors, Staffing Companies, Non-Profit Organizations, Private Schools, Religious Institutions and more. Expertise insuring Construction/Development projects, Artisan Contractors Programs, et al, Personal lines experience includes Automobile Insurance, Homeowners Insurance, Personal Umbrella Policies, Term and Permanent Life Insurance policies, Annuities.
Nathan is the President of Grober Imbey Insurance agency. Nathan provides overall leadership for the agency and in addition manages many of the largest carrier relationships. His main areas of expertise include personal lines high net worth insurance & commercial insurance. Nathan Lewkowicz brings to this role over 15 years of experience in the Insurance Industry. Prior to joining Grober Imbey Insurance Agency, Nathan spent time working in leadership positions for AIG Private Client Group, Progressive Insurance, and most recently NatGen Premier. Nathan graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. He is a board member of multiple not- for-profits in New York. Away from the office, Nathan devotes his free time to the enjoyment of family and his love of sports.
Grober Imbey Agency, Inc.
One Sunrise Plaza
Valley Stream, New York 11580
Advisor, Business Development
Zucker Hillside Hospital
Anita Mancini, LCSW, MBA is the Advisor, Business Development at Zucker Hillside Hospital, a behavioral health facility, part of Northwell Health, providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services for people suffering with mental health issues throughout the life cycle.
Anita began her career as a social worker in 1984 at a Continuing Day Treatment Program, part of Catholic Charities, working with individuals with chronic mental illness. This was followed by a social work position at St. Vincent’s Hospital inpatient substance abuse detox/rehabilitation program. She then worked at Holliswood Hospital in several positions in the Marketing Department.
Anita is a co-founder of the HBA – Health & Business Alliance – and serves on the Boards of several organizations.
Anita Mancini, LCSW
Director of Business Development
The Zucker Hillside Hospital
Ambulatory Care Pavilion
75-59 263rd Street
Glen Oaks, New York 11004
First Vice President, Merrill Lynch
Susan focuses on offering a comprehensive approach to managing wealth that begins with getting to know a client and the client’s family, financial situation and what matters most to them. She then helps them create a customized wealth management approach that can be flexible as their needs and market conditions change. She provides access to the investment insights of Merrill and banking convenience of Bank of America to help address the various aspects of clients’ financial lives. She is driven by her passion for delivering excellent service and helping clients pursue their goals.
Susan E. Preslier, CFM
First VP/Certified Financial Manager
36-35 Bell Boulevard
Bayside, New York 11361
718-281-7750 or 888-264-5912
Founding Partner of Vanguard Insurance Agency
Ed Probst is an Employee Benefit Specialist and seasoned veteran of the Insurance industry. Ed is a founding Partner of Vanguard Insurance Agency, which was established in 1999. He currently acts as President and is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization. He has a particular expertise and knowledge in the areas of Employee Benefits, Group Insurance, The Affordable Care Act and ERISA. While throughout his career he has worked with clients in a vast array of professions, he has carved a niche in working with the Non-Profit Sector.
Ed holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the New York Institute of Technology. Over the course of his career, he has earned numerous professional designations including Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Registered Health Underwriter (RHU), Healthcare Reform Specialist (HCR), Chartered Healthcare Consultant (ChHC) and Registered Employee Benefit Consultant (REBC). He has also been a long-time member and supporter of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU).
Vanguard Insurance Agency
155 Pinelawn Road, Suite 210N
Melville, New York 11747
Eric Rinklin, Treatment Advocate
Recovery Centers of America
Eric Rinklin is a Treatment Advocate in Brooklyn/Queens for Recovery Centers of America, where he connects patients and their families to appropriate substance use and mental health resources across New York State. Regardless of one’s income, insurance or any other barriers to treatment, his goal is always to get the person connected with the appropriate level of care. His work in the substance use disorder field began in 2015. Prior to RCA, he was an independent sober coach/companion for a number of different agencies in New York City. Additionally, he worked for CUNY – Hostos Community College, where he was an academic advisor for three years. His experience as an educator and recovery professional, along with 10 years of continuous sobriety, allows him to form deep, empowering connections with patients and their loved ones.
Recovery Centers of America at Raritan Bay
901 Ernston Road
South Amboy, New Jersey 08879
Joseph Sciame, Vice-President for Community Relations
St. John’s University
Joseph Sciame, Vice-President for Community Relations at St. John’s University since 1994, has been a seasoned administrator in higher education, having been a vice-president in several areas, namely, enrollment management for admissions and financial aid. He commenced his studies at the University and transferred to evening classes while working at the University in 1962 in the registrar and admissions offices. A staunch believer in consensus building, he has been a major force in sound community relations at St. John’s, as he helped to guide the community during the years of transforming the University from a day hop school to on campus living, and was, therefore, involved in community meetings that brought about a greater respect for the growth and ongoing development of a university that celebrates this year its 150th Anniversary. He has been the National Chair of the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators and is currently the President of the Sons of Italy Foundation, having been its National President. Born in East New York, he is a resident of New Hyde Park since 1955.
Vice President for Community Relations
St. John’s University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, New York 11439
Joan Serrano Laufer, Executive Director
Queensboro Council for Social Welfare
Joan Serrano Laufer, LMSW, ACSW, has been the Executive Director of Queensboro Council for Social Welfare (QCSW) for over 30 years. Established in 1922, as one of five community councils, it is the only one remaining. QCSW currently provides information about human services to Queens residents and training to human service providers especially those entering these professions. QCSW assists service providers and community groups, such as senior centers, by connecting speakers with the community groups to share-up to-date information. Individuals get assistance and support finding needed services.
Joan has extensive experience working with people with intellectual disabilities and community organizations. Joan has served on a variety of Queens Advisory Boards including Queens Mental Health Council, Visions and Queens Legal Services. She currently serves on the Board of Queens Public Television.
Joan Serrano Laufer
LMSW, ACSW, Executive Director
Queensboro Council for Social Welfare, Inc.
120-55 Queens Blvd., Room 325
Kew Gardens, NY 11424
Sasha Soon, Ph.D
Bleuler Psychotherapy Center
Dr. Sasha Soon holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a history of working in education and behavioral health for over 11 years. Before attaining her doctorate, Dr. Soon completed a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology and worked with the mental health needs of the criminal justice population in Brooklyn and Queens. In her early career as a psychologist, Dr. Soon worked in higher education as a counselor and an adjunct professor that set the stage for her current position at the Bleuler Psychotherapy Center, Inc. (BPC). Dr. Soon has been employed at the BPC for over 11 years beginning with a position as a clinician and for the last four years as the agency’s Director of Intake and Community Relations. She is currently focused on connecting Bleuler to other community-based organizations in an effort to bring vital services to the agency’s clients as well as promote the reputation of the center.
Dr. Soon has been a member of the TSI CARES advisory board for the last two years and brings her experience in Behavioral Health to the table in an effort to promote the mission and vision of TSINY.
Sasha Soon, Ph.D.
Director of Intake & Community Relations
Bleuler Psychotherapy Center
104-70 Queens Boulevard, Suite 200
Forest Hills, New York 11375
Lori Starita, with over 30 years of banking experience, joined TD Bank N.A. as a Store Manager in 2008 at the Francis Lewis and Northern Boulevard store in Flushing, New York. Her focus in the community centers around creating and building long lasting relationships that enrich the organizations, businesses and personal clients she and her team serve. A recent transplant from Whitestone to Long Island, Lori’s love of the community is what has made her an expert daily commuter. She just can’t part with the community! On the personal side, she’s become an avid traveler and is always looking for a recommendation to see a new land and meet new people. Rather than picking up souvenirs, she enjoys bringing back recipes she can cook for family and friend gatherings.
196-41 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, New York 11358-3096
Matthew A. Thompson, CFP®, CIMA® has been providing highly customized advice, personalized investment solutions and financial planning services to individuals and multi-generational families for more than 23 years. As the financial services industry has moved to a more consultative approach, his corporations and non-profit organizations have looked for guidance in strategic planning, employee engagement and corporate benefits in addition to the traditional financial services. His numerous titles include: First Vice President; Family Wealth Advisor, Alternative Investment Director, Senior Investment Management Consultant, Senior Portfolio Manager, Financial Planning Specialist and Financial Advisor.
A graduate of Occidental College with an Advanced B.A. in both Economics and Geology, Matthew is committed to continued higher learning. In 2006, he received his Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) certification from The Wharton School of Business. This prestigious designation focuses on asset allocation, ethics, due diligence, risk measurement, investment policy and performance management and is the only credential designed specifically for financial professionals who attain a level of competency as an advanced investment consultant.
In addition, Matthew earned his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) designation in 2011. As a CFP®, Matt has successfully completed the rigorous education, examination, experience and ethics requirements required by the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Board of Standards, an independent professional regulatory organization. As such, he holds himself to and is held to the highest standards of ethics and competency for his clients.
Having a presence in the local community is one of his personal undertakings. He is currently Chairman of the Board for the American Red Cross on Long Island and on the Board of Directors for the Greater New York Region. In 2020, he was asked to join Board of Directors for the Bayside Business Association. He is also a member of the regional planning community for his alma mater, a member of ADDAPT, the Queens Chamber of Commerce, the 2019 Class of Molloy College’s Energeia Partnership and teaches financial literacy to local high schools as a SIFMA Foundation volunteer. He was recognized as a “King of Long Island” by Star Network/Schneps Communication in 2017.
For the past 9 years, Matthew has resided in Pelham Manor, NY, with his wife, Heather, and their two children, Neala and Liam. In his leisure time, he can be found coaching his daughter’s soccer team, playing golf with family and friends and is an avid wine collector.
Matt Thompson, CFP
First VP / Senior Portfolio Manager
1010 Northern Boulevard, Suite 214
Great Neck, New York 11021
Marilyn Ticktin, Housing Account Specialist
CORT A Berkshire Hathaway Company
For nearly five years, Marilyn Ticktin has served as an account representative with CORT, a Berkshire Hathaway company specializing in assisting non-profit social services providers in finding solutions for their furniture needs. Marilyn is passionate about supporting the organizations on its mission.
Marilyn previously served for eleven years as Director of Housing Development for a major non-profit agency providing housing and social services to people with developmental disabilities as well as mental illness.
In her current position, she has continued to work to improve the lives of those who are most in need.
Marilyn graduated from The City College of New York, cum laude.
Housing Account Specialist
CORT A Berkshire Hathaway Company
5 Route 17 South
Hasbrouck, New Jersey 07604
Brent G. Weitzberg, Esq., Vice President, Government Relations
New York Bankers Association
Brent G. Weitzberg, Esq., is a lobbyist, attorney, policy strategist, community advocate and experienced manager who combines a career in city and state government and the private sector with a history of managing ambitious initiatives in New York City and Albany.
As Vice-President for Government Relations for the New York Bankers Association (NYBA), Brent analyzes legislation and regulation related to the banking and financial services industry. He also manages communications with trade association membership while also identifying, reviewing and tracking legislation across state and local bodies. Brent is also responsible for assisting the organization’s general counsel with NYBA’s government relations and communications strategy at the state, local and national levels, representing more than 5,000 depository banks across New York, as well as the association’s interests in NYC, Albany and Washington, D.C.
As Deputy Chief of Staff to the Queens Borough President, Brent supervised more than a dozen staff members and various operations, including local Community Boards and Environmental Sustainability. Also named Borough Hall’s “Queens Covid Czar,” Brent was responsible for all internal and external initiatives, advocacy, and policy priorities related to the Covid-19 pandemic along with partnerships with the Mayor’s and Governor’s offices.
Throughout his tenure at Borough Hall, Brent managed the Borough President’s healthcare policy priorities related to health and mental health, homeless services, children’s services, domestic violence, and animal welfare and advised on approximately $39 million in capital investments across 18 hospitals and health care facilities, including the borough’s nine hospital campuses. Brent served as a liaison with Queens’ Jewish community and international consulates with a particular interest in the borough, including those of India, Israel, Argentina, Bangladesh, Guyana, Taiwan, and France. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brent coordinated and oversaw the distribution of more than 61,000 boxes of emergency food to 145 community organizations, as well as 2,000 bags of dog and cat food to 14 community organizations. Additionally, he oversaw distributions of over 2,400 boxes of emergency food in partnership with nearly half-a-dozen Queens not-for-profit organizations.
Brent served as Chief of Staff to New York State Assemblymember Andrew D. Hevesi, (Forest Hills), where he shaped legislation related to domestic violence, human trafficking, homelessness, seniors, children in foster care, and the foster care system. He also managed internal office communications and media relations. Most notably, Brent assisted in directing legislative priorities related to the Home Stability Support program, which calls for a statewide rental supplement for eligible families and individuals facing homelessness. He also helped create legislation aimed to assist survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, including A.9566, which develops culturally competent short-term and long-term safe housing and services for survivors of human trafficking.
Brent graduated from Hofstra University School of Law and was a member of the Hofstra Law Child Advocacy Clinic and Dean’s List. Brent is a licensed attorney in New York State and the Federal Courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and previously practiced family and matrimonial law. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in political science from Hofstra University.
A Queens native, Brent and his wife have a young son and a dog.
Brent G. Weitzberg, Esq.
Vice President, Government Relations
New York Bankers Association
99 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10016