EAC’s 2012 Employee Conference – “Vision to See – Faith to Believe – Courage to Do”

EAC’s 2012 Employee Conference was held on Thursday, September 13th on the glorious grounds of the NYIT de Seversky Center, formerly the mansion of the DuPont family.

After breakfast almost 200 EAC employees from Long Island and New York City gathered on the sunny garden patio to hear a welcome by Lance Elder, President and CEO. Becky Bell, Executive Vice President and COO expressed her vision for the 2012 Conference through the theme, “Vision to See – Faith to Believe – Courage to Do”, providing a path for a future filled with growth and achievement. The conference continued with the presentation of EAC’s newly created Strategic Plan, introduced by the Strategic Planning Co-Chairs, represented by members of the Board of Directors and EAC Staff, who presented from the following Committees:


Board member Carmine Inserra, Principal, NAI Long Island & Randi Foster, Senior Director of HR/ Regional Director, Vocational Services 

Marketing and Fundraising/Development:

Board member Stella Mendes, President, First National Bank of New York & Rachel Lugo, Regional Director, Family Support Services

Staff and Board Development:

Board member David Paseltiner, Esq., Partner, Jaspen Schlesinger, LLP & Rhonda Wainwright-Jones, Regional Director, LI Community Justice Programs


Board member John Murcott, President, Karma 411 & Tania Peterson-Chandler, Regional Director, NYC Services


Board member Brian Clarke, Chief Financial Officer, Bethpage Federal Credit Union & Maritza Bauer, Senior Director of Finance

With the opening presentations concluded, the staff broke into groups to attend a variety of activities. Some enjoyed a rousing game of “EAC Jeopardy”, where teams tried to ring in their answers to an array of challenging trivia about the agency. Randi Foster hosted an intriguing workshop called “Generations”, which divided attendees into age-based groups and asked the question, “How do other age groups perceive your generation?” An outstanding group of EAC clients and program staff hosted the Client Panel, sharing their unique and heartfelt stories of how EAC had impacted their lives. Everyone was also encouraged to visit the Vendor Fair, had the opportunity to receive a flu shots and, of course, collect raffle tickets!

 A delicious BBQ Lunch was served and by afternoon everyone reassembled for awards and raffle prizes. This year’s Literary Contest Winner was Bernadette Kehlmann for her “Superhero” Essay. Also announced were this year’s winners of Employee Awards:

Rookie of the Year: Rachel Cohen, AFY and Kathleen Callahan, Queens TASC Project

Best Employee Team: Enhanced Employment Initiative

Customer Service Award: Ester Chavez, Finance and Barry Brunson, Community Service Program

Employees of the Year:  Graziella Brunetti-Huneke, Long Island Parenting Institute; Jeanette Ackerman, Brooklyn TASC and Michelle Lemons, Bronx TASC

Presidents’ Award: Kathryn Cannino, Long Island Parenting Institute

Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who participated in this year’s Conference!

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