Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia Center Welcomes New Board Members

FOR OFFICIAL RELEASE | JULY 17, 2017

Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center Welcomes New Board Members

The Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center is pleased to announce the appointments of three new members to the organization's Board of Trustees. Carmine Asparro, Todd H. Hesekiel, Esq. and Nicholas Lazzaruolo join the five current board members who oversee Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center's mission of helping to improve the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and their caregivers. For nearly three decades, Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center, with passionate support from its board, has been providing families affected by this disease, the information, support and unique programs and services to help them cope. The new board members not only bring extensive professional credentials, but personal experience in managing with Alzheimer's.

Carmine Asparro is a Principal with OnPoint Partners, a national managed care consulting firm, based in Carle Place. He has extensive experience addressing the challenges of managed care and is well qualified in negotiation and implementation between facility-based service contracts and managed care organizations on Long Island. Mr. Asparro's professional experience includes a number of high-level positions, among them, Senior Vice President – Managed Care for the Long Island Health Network (a 10-hospital system) and senior roles with Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and Travelers Health Network. Mr. Asparro earned an M.B.A. in Health Care Administration from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine/Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York.

Since his mother's Alzheimer's diagnosis about five years ago, Mr. Asparro has dealt with the challenges of the disease first-hand. He and his family have dedicated themselves to providing her with the best possible care, and have also actively engaged in fundraising events for Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center. Mr. Asparro and his wife, Kathy, live in Plainview.

Reflecting on his board appointment, Mr. Asparro said, "Having gone through the hardship and anxiety of being one of the caregivers for my mother who, today, continues to suffer from Alzheimer's, I feel privileged to serve on the Board of Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center. I look forward to offering my time, effort and expertise to further the goals of this fine organization."

Todd Hesekiel, of Plainview, is a partner with McLaughlin & Stern, LLP, a national law firm. At the firm's Great Neck office, he is the Administrative Partner, overseeing all day-to-day operations. Mr. Hesekiel received his B.A. from Boston University in 1996 and his J.D. degree from the Yeshiva University-Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2000. He is admitted to practice law in New York, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association and the Jewish Lawyers' Association of Nassau County.  

Mr. Hesekiel's father-in-law lived with Alzheimer's disease for several years before his passing in 2014. As a result, Mr. Hesekiel and his family have a strong commitment to supporting the work Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center does. For the last several years, he has been a member of Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center's Golf Classic committee and earlier this year, his wife, Jennifer, was a committee member for Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center's annual Women's Luncheon and Fashion Show. In 2016, Mr. Hesekiel's daughter, Samantha, organized a fundraiser for Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center to coincide with the Ann Asparro Run (honoring Mr. Asparro's mother and featuring his son, Jay, who ran 90 miles for his grandmother and other families affected by Alzheimer's).

Nicholas Lazzaruolo joined Grant Thorton LLP in Melville, a leading audit, tax and advisory firm, in 2003, where he is an Audit Partner, serving nonprofit and higher education clients. He is a certified public accountant in the state of New York and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has in-depth technical knowledge and experience in financial and compliance audits, consolidated fiscal report certifications and special projects related to operational studies. Mr. Lazzaruolo, who holds a B.S. in Accounting from Villanova University, has worked with a vast array of international and national not-for-profit organizations including professional associations, higher education, social service organizations, foundations and religious organizations.

Mr. Lazzaruolo and his family are active supporters of organizations such as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He lives in Smithtown with his wife, Erika and two children, Gena and Lea. Both his family, and his wife's, have been impacted by Alzheimer's disease.

Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center is extremely grateful for the acceptance of the newest board members to become part of our vital work. With more than 50,000 Long Islanders currently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and the number expected to grow, the need for Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center's programs and services is on the rise. Our organization is fortunate to include a Board of Trustees comprised of individuals who understand this need and are dedicated toward fulfilling it.

Caption: Carmine Asparro, Todd Hesekiel, Nicholas Lazzaruolo (L to R)

For more information about the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center, please contact Jenna Caroccia, Director of External Affairs at jcaroccia@liaf.org or (516) 767-6856 ext. 28. To schedule an intake, please contact Melissa Katz, Director of Early Stage/In-Home Respite at mkatz@liaf.org or call (516) 767-6856 ext. 14.


For 29 years, Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center has been providing supportive community-based services to Alzheimer’s families on Long Island. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center offers critically needed social adult day programs for individuals facing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their caregivers. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center takes considerable pride in its pioneering role in the development of cutting edge services that foster the independence, dignity, well-being and safety of individuals with Alzheimer’s. For information call (516) 767-6856 or visit www.lidementia.org

Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia Center’s 24th Annual Golf Classic a “Tee-Rific” Success!

FOR OFFICIAL RELEASE | JULY 6, 2017

Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center's 24th Annual Golf Classic a Tee-Rific Success

With picture-perfect weather on June 26, the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center hosted its 24th annual Golf Classic, with golfers teeing off on the nationally-recognized A.W. Tillinghast course at the Sands Point Golf Club. At dinner that evening, the event's honoree, Bob O'Kane, Vice President of Vanguard Coverage, was recognized for his many years of supporting Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center and for his tireless efforts toward the tremendous success of this year's golf outing.

Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center is extremely grateful for the significant funds raised from the event, nearly $220,000, which will help support the organization's mission of helping to improve the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and their caregivers. For almost three decades, Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center has been providing families affected by this disease, the information, support and unique programs and services to help them cope.

Not only has O'Kane supported Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center by playing in the golf outing for years; with personal experience of his late mother's Alzheimer's diagnosis, he understands how important the need for Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center's programs and services is. "The disease is difficult on families and caregivers. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center's programs for caregivers is just as important. This honor is just a great opportunity for me to step up and help the organization," he said in his brief acceptance remarks.

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death across all ages in the United States. It afflicts some 5.4 million Americans, nearly 50,000 of whom live on Long Island. With an expected rise in the number of Alzheimer's diagnoses in people 65 and older projected at 13.8 million, Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center's growth and outreach will be needed more than ever. In fact, to better serve more families, Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center relocated earlier this year from its long-time Port Washington headquarters, to a more centrally-located, state-of-the-art facility in Westbury.

Tori Cohen, Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center's Executive Director, reflected on the relocation, saying, "This has been an exciting year for Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center. At the end of January, after 29 years in Port Washington, we moved our headquarters to Westbury. This move has enabled us to reach more families living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Our hands-on programs continue to run and we are always working towards expanding our services. Thanks to your generosity here tonight, we will be able to continue growing these critically needed programs throughout Long Island."

Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center Board Member, Paul Eibeler, added, "Whatever you give to Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center, you get back 150 times. I encourage everyone to visit the new facility and see where every dollar goes."

Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center extends heartfelt thanks to our sponsors and supporters, including this year's Presenting Sponsor, Long Island Elite, an organization dedicated to fostering the growth and development of Long Island's business professionals. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center is honored to be selected as the Long Island Elite's 2017 Charity Partner. We are thankful for the following additional sponsors: Double Eagle Sponsor: Almar Heating & Plumbing; Cardoza Plumbing; Paul and Mary Eibeler; Hess Associates, LLC; Medco Plumbing; Vanguard Coverage. Eagle Sponsor: Albanese Organization; Hugh O'Kane Electric; Independent Temperature Control Services, Inc.; Thomas J. Killeen, Esq.; Liberty Mutual Surety. Hole-in-One Sponsor: Rocon Plumbing & Heating, Corp.; The Execu/Search Group. Golf Cart Sponsor: Crum & Foster; Long Island Elite. Putting Green Sponsor: Crum & Foster. Driving Range Sponsor: Michael F. Puntillo; Outsourced Ad Ops. Patio Barbeque Sponsor: Castagna Realty; The O'Kane Family Bob, Gerrie, Erin and Brendan; numerous tee sign and pin flag contributions and general donations.

We also appreciate the support from Golf Pro Distributors and our auctioneer for the event, Leer Leary. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center would like to recognize the efforts of those who helped the day run smoothly, including, the Sands Point Golf Club staff, our golf committee, Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center staff, dedicated volunteers, and finally, the Board of Trustees for their continual support.

Caption: Golf Classic Honoree, Bob O'Kane (in plaid jacket), welcomed a photo op with several Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center members, including (from left), board members, Todd Hesekiel, 
Brian Emmert, Kevin Dwyer, Executive Director Tori Cohen, board member, Paul Eibeler and Board Chair, Tom Killeen, Esq.

For more information about the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center, please contact Jenna Caroccia, Director of External Affairs at jcaroccia@liaf.org or (516) 767-6856 ext. 28. To schedule an intake, please contact Melissa Katz, Director of Early Stage/In-Home Respite at mkatz@liaf.org or call (516) 767-6856 ext. 14.


For 29 years, Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center has been providing supportive community-based services to Alzheimer’s families on Long Island. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center offers critically needed social adult day programs for individuals facing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their caregivers. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center takes considerable pride in its pioneering role in the development of cutting edge services that foster the independence, dignity, well-being and safety of individuals with Alzheimer’s. For information call (516) 767-6856 or visit www.lidementia.org