Ruth Schwartz Cowan, Chair
I am an historian of science who has studied and written extensively about the history of genetics and genetic testing. I am now retired, having taught at Stony Brook University for 35 years and at the University of Pennsylvania for 10. I was born in Brooklyn, went to college in Manhattan (Barnard), received graduate degrees from the University of California , Berkeley and the Johns Hopkins University, and lived in Glen Cove for 43 years. I have 3 daughters, 3 sons-in-law, and (as of 2014) six grandchildren.
I came from Colombia to the United States 27 years ago. At present, I am the Vice President of Building and Grounds at the Friedberg Jewish Community Center in Oceanside, where I am in charge of overseeing and maintaining the facility. I am active participant in community and civic life. I am the founder and Vice President of the Latino Civic Association, a Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus, and I sit on various boards including the Long Beach Intercultural Coalition, Project Challenge and Long Island for Colombia. I am active in my Church; I brought supplies and medicine to my native Colombia in times of need. But perhaps more than anything else, I am the loving father to my two beautiful daughters, Jenny and Cindy.
Mala Murthy Balakumar
I am a colon and rectal surgeon practicing for over 10 years; previously Director, Lockwood Endoscopy and Office-based Surgery, and Chief, Division of Colorectal Surgery while in solo practice in New Rochelle, NY, and now an associate of Colon and Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York in Garden City, NY. I grew up in a small rural town in Minnesota, went to St Olaf College and University of Minnesota Medical School, completed my general surgery residency at New York Hospital Queens, my colorectal surgery fellowship at the Carle Clinic/ University of Illinois college of Medicine in Champaign/Urbana, IL, and a clinical fellowship in endorectal ultrasound and anorectal manometry/physiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. I have been back in NY since 2002, residing in Roslyn Heights with my husband and son, who is a senior at Northwestern University in Illinois. I have been a devotee of the Hindu Temple Society of North America since coming to New York and a volunteer in various committees and programs at the temple including the Operations Committee, Outreach Committee, and Youth Group and actively participate in community outreach programs such as health clinics.
I am a partner in a law firm in Huntington; I concentrate on real estate law and commercial law. I have been very active in community affairs. I have served as a member of the Roslyn Zoning Board of Appeals, the Huntington Chamber of Commerce Environmental Committee, the Board of the Huntington Jewish Center, the Board of Directors of the Huntington YMCA and the Huntington Hospital Institutional Review Board (IRB) (this board reviewed all research projects sponsored by the hospital to make sure that they conformed to the rules of human subject research). Currently, I am the Vice President of the Long Island Division of the American Jewish Committee and on the Huntington Board of Managers of the YMCA. I am a mediator on the Suffolk and Nassau County Commercial Dispute panels for the New York State Supreme Court. My hobbies include swimming, sailing, hiking and playing bridge.
I am an endodontist practicing in Garden City. I have served on the City Council in Glen Cove and have stayed active in various organizations since leaving that position. I’m on the Board of North Shore LIJ and recently served as President of the Nassau County Dental Society. My wife Gina and I live in Glen Cove with our two daughters Kelly and Jessica.
Yvonne M Holmes
I am a native Long Islander, born and raised in Brentwood, NY. I attended Clemson University in South Carolina where I earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and continued my academic pursuit at St. Johns University, Queens NY where I received a MS in Toxicology. I am currently employed at Forest Research Institute as a Senior Research Scientist in the Analytical Development Department in which I’ve worked since 2000. I am a member of the Suffolk County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and I also serve on the Suffolk County Delta’s Community Development, Inc 501C3 Board of Directors. In my spare time I volunteer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program where I have raised more than $10, 000.
I am the Coordinator of The Achilles Project, a program for twice-exceptional (above-average intelligence, a documented disability, and a gift) students attending Nassau Community College, the recipient of the Innovation of the Year 2008-2009 Award by the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges ( from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), and the author of Female Chief Executive Officers. I earned certification in college coaching for students on the autism spectrum from the Bank Street College of Education, as well as a doctorate in higher education administration, a master’s degree in education, and a second MA in TESOL at Columbia University’s Teachers College. I am married, have one son, and live in Great Neck.
Soh Young Lee-Segredo
I came from South Korea to the USA via South America in 1978. Educator for 27 years, I have been in Hempstead Public Schools since 1998 and work as a bilingual teacher in Early Childhood Center since November 2009. I graduated from Queens College, Bank Street College, Dowling College and completed study from the St. John’s University Bilingual/ESL Extension Program. I am a singer, a storyteller, Nassau County Human Rights Commissioner, a director of the Multicultural Peace Mission Choir, and a grant writer. I am active in Korean-American organizations and in Freeport/Roosevelt NAACP. I grew up in Queens and live in Freeport with my Cuban-American husband and our two teenage boys.
Lawrence C. Levy
I am executive dean of The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University; the NCSS is devoted to shaping an innovative agenda for suburban study, forging alliances with other institutions, not-for-profit groups and government agencies and promoting the objective, academically rigorous study of the suburbs nationwide. Before joining Hofstra, I was Senior Editorial Writer and Chief Political Columnist for Newsday, and I have stayed involved in the world of journalism and politics as a guest contributor to the New York Times.com , CNN.com, BBC.com Newsday and the Albany Times Union. I’m a nearly life long Long Islander.
Janet B. Liss
I am the Rabbi of North Country Reform Temple in Glen Cove, a position I have held for since 1996. I was ordained in 1988 at Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion and received my Doctor of Ministry, in pastoral counseling and theology, from HUC-JIR in 2004. I am the president of the North Shore Clergy Association and am a member of the Advisory Board of the North Shore- LIJ Hospital of Glen.
Jimmie B. Liverman
I am a senior pastor at the First Baptist Church in Great Neck I also served as a member and chair of the Deacon’s Board. I was born, raised and educated in Columbia, North Carolina and served in the US Army. I have been a resident of Long Island since the 1970s. I have ordained by the Eastern Baptist Association of New York in 2008. Now retired from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs I was, for many years, the Assistant Chief of the EMS at the Brooklyn VA Hospital. I am a member of the NAACP and have been an assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts. I have five children and nine stepchildren.
Frederic A. Miller
I am an Episcopal priest serving as Curate at Christ Church. Before ordination in 2013, I worked for 18 years as an executive in the research department at Morgan Stanley. Previously, I was banking editor at Business Week and spent 15 years in journalism and publishing in New York, Washington, and overseas. I live in Port Washington with my wife, Katherine Hill-Miller, who is Professor of English and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at LIU Post. Our son, Christopher, is an attorney in New York. I have degrees in English Literature from Princeton and Oxford, as well as an M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary in New York.
I am a native of Westbury, NY and graduated from C.W Post of Long Island University in 1977 with a B.A. in Chemistry. After graduation I attended Meharry Medical College Class of 1981 in Nashville TENN. Upon completing Medical School; I completed a Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Nassau County Medical Center. I was an Assistant Attending physician at Elmhurst Hospital in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine where I focused on neck and back pain. Now in retirement from practice I am a member of the Arthur Risbrook Medical Society on Long Island. Toastmasters International is one of my favorite Organizations, I am a lifetime member of the NAACP, and have been granted an Emeritus status of the National Medical Association. Being born with cerebral palsy was a challenge but with the support from my family and community I was able to reach my dream. Presently I am an inspirational Speaker using my book: “We’ve Come This Far by Faith” Dr. Pones ten keys to success, helping other to overcome their obstacles. I am married to Dr. Gloria Nixon-Pone.
Gloria Nixon Pone
I grew up in West Memphis, Arkansas and moved to New York after high school. I enjoyed a 20-year banking career at Chase Manhattan Bank, NA and Bankers Trust Company, where I held positions from clerk to vice president. In 1981 I received a bachelor’s degree in information science from Pace University and in 2006; I received a doctor of ministry degree from New York Theological Seminary and was ordained as a minister of the licensed by the United Church of Christ a year later. I am the Co-Founder of Women in Ministries International, Inc. and a founder and host of Women’s TV a Time Warner Cable TV Program which also airs on Verizon FIOS. I serve on the Board of Directors at New York Theological Seminary and on the Advisory Board at Hofstra University We currently live in Old Westbury where we are involved in many civic groups.
I am an American woman of Egyptian descent who grew up and studied in America. I graduated with a BS degree in Economics from Dowling College. However, I did most of my studies in Stony Brook University. I worked in finance in several major banks, for about 20 years. I am a mother of two boys one has special needs and occupies most of my time. Currently I am not working, but I am involved in a lot of volunteer work to support the community and to help me keep my professionalism. I lived in Deer Park for last thirty two years, and I’m an active member of Deer Park School PTA Board. I serve as a Sunday school principle of ICM, Islamic Center of Melville, and I also manage the fundraising programs of the center.
Mary Holmes Reid
I am a native of Clinton, North Carolina, who moved with family to Long Island in 1947. I attended the Bay Shore Schools and graduated from Bay Shore High School. After attending Geneseo State College for a short time, I was employed by Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Brentwood where my social conscience was awakened. Observing the mistreatment of people who did not understand the rules and hearing the stories of others in need, I wanted to help and became active in the union defending workers’ rights. Having retired from the state in 1995, I have remained involved in community activism, served on the Brentwood School Board, as trustee and president of the Brentwood Library Board, worked with the Bay Shore School Summit, Islip NAACP, other civic groups, and most of all in my church, First Baptist Church of Bay Shore. Together with members of my family, I help with the care of our mother who will turn 100 years old in August 2014. My own grandchildren and great grandchildren make for a very busy life.
Tom Rich, Co-Chair
I am a Registered Nurse and a Registered Nurse Practitioner with over forty years in the nursing profession. I have worked in nursing service and administration for 19 years and have been teaching nursing for 24 years at Nassau Community College, obtaining the rank of Full Professor, where I now serve as the Chairperson of the Nursing Department. I have served on the Institutional Review Board for Research of New York Institute of Technology Medical School, and the Institutional Review Board for Research with Human Participants for the School of Nursing of Adelphi University. I presently serve on the board of the Nassau-Suffolk Council for Nursing Education & Practice and the Community Advisory Board for the Nursing Department of the C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University. I was ordained a Deacon of the Roman Catholic Church in 1988 and have worked in parish ministry and diocesan ministry since ordination.
I am a Partner at the Law Offices of Rosario & Rodriguez. The office is located in Washington Heights. I was born in the Dominican Republic and have been living in New York since I was three months old. I graduated from Hunter College with a B.S. I obtained my Juris Doctorate degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 2001. I am licensed to practice law in the Federal and State Courts of New York. I have 2 daughters and 1 son and a wonderful supportive husband.
Judith A. Jacobs, Ex officio member
I am the North Shore/LIJ Director of Community Relations for Health System Administration and a Nassau County Legislator. I served as Presiding Officer of the Legislature for eight years from January 2000 to December 2007. I reside in Woodbury and have three children and nine grandchildren.