Young professionals play a role in our future.
FCA’s Leadership Council is a growing group of young professionals who are passionate about our mission to protect and strengthen Long Island’s most vulnerable children, families, seniors and communities.
From fundraising to volunteering to awareness for FCA, the Council plays a strategic role in support of FCA’s mission.
Benefits of Service
Among many benefits, Council members:
- Develop leadership skills and resources to affect change in the community, while working in a cooperative and supportive environment
- Interact with the staff and Board of Trustees of FCA – one of Long Island’s largest human service organizations, respected as the standard bearer of the work that we do for those in need
- Gain hands-on experience volunteering, planning service days and organizing fundraising events
- Enhance their resumés through Council activities and regular volunteerism
- Network with other civic-minded young professionals at FCA’s events and social gatherings
Patricia Craig, Associate
Saundra M. Gumerove & Associates Attorneys at Law
As an Associate, Patricia brings expertise in handling all types of Special Education and Special Needs matters. In her position she expertly drafts Due Process Complaints, represents clients at Committee on Special Education meetings, conducts client meetings, establishes Guardianships, and assists clients in establishing and administering Supplemental Needs Trusts. She also works with clients to create Estate Plans, particularly in regard to family members with disabilities.
Patricia’s interest in Special Education Advocacy and Special Needs Law stem from growing up with a sibling who experienced learning disabilities. This experience enabled her to see firsthand how successful an individual with disabilities could be if provided with the appropriate educational supports and services. Patricia has devoted her career to advocating for students with disabilities and working on their behalf and on behalf of the families of individuals with disabilities.
Patricia earned her B.A. in History at Hofstra University. She was on the Dean’s List for all four years, and was a member of PHI ALPHA THETA – History Honor Society. She also served as Vice President/Co-Founder of the Hofstra University History Club. She went on to earn her J.D. from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsburg Law Center. During her time at the Touro Law Center she interned with the Long Island Advocacy Center (LIAC) advocating for students with disabilities to acquire access to the services and supports they needed to be successful in the school setting.
In her free time Patricia enjoys spending time with her family, reading novels, horseback riding and golfing.
Professional Affiliations: Member of the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association Education Law Committee, the Nassau County Bar Association Elder Law, Social Services and Health Advocacy Committee and the Counsel of Parent and Attorney Advocates (COPAA).
Stephanie D'Angelo, Esq.
Stephanie A. D’Angelo, Esq. is an Attorney admitted to practice law in New York. She is the Owner and Managing Attorney of D’Angelo Law Associates, P.C., a law firm that focuses on Wills, Trusts, Estates, Elder Law, Real Estate, and Asset Protection. D’Angelo Law Associates, P.C. recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary.
Stephanie attended Fordham University School of Law. While there, she was an Executive Board Member of the Brendan Moore Trial Advocates, Fordham’s nationally ranked trial advocacy program. She was also an Associate Editor of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal and the recipient of the Fordham Law Merit Scholarship.
Stephanie has a deep passion for advocating for the underprivileged and disadvantaged. During her time at Fordham, she participated in the Women’s Law Project, a not-for-profit national program that provides legal assistance to victims of domestic violence. She strongly believes in FCA’s core values of providing help and hope to the people of Long Island.
Michael Pernick, Associate
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Michael Pernick is an attorney at a major New York City law firm, where his practice includes commercial litigation and voting rights. Michael’s voting rights work includes cases involving gerrymandering and voter ID laws, and his work has been cited and relied upon by numerous courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Michael also speaks and publishes on voting rights issues.
In addition to his role on the FCA Leadership Council, Michael is civically engaged in a number of leadership roles. In 2018, Michael was nominated by the Nassau County Executive and unanimously confirmed by the Nassau County Legislature to a seat on the Nassau County Board of Ethics. Michael serves on the Board of Directors of the Adult Congenital Heart Association, the leading national organization serving the millions of Americans, including Michael, born with congenital heart defects. Michael is also an Executive Board Member of the New York Chapter of the New Leaders Council and is a Senior Fellow on the Millennial Policy Initiative Commission on Democracy & Voting Rights.
Michael attended Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law. Before becoming an attorney, Michael managed political campaigns on Long Island. Michael grew up in Nassau County and lives in Rockville Centre.
Ken Ronzetti, Sales Associate
Ken Ronzetti joined the Leadership Council in January 2017. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and International Affairs from Wake Forest University. Upon graduation, Ken spent a year at Hofstra University in the Paralegal Studies Program. Ken currently works at Macy’s, Inc. and volunteers for FCA in the Friendly Visitor Program for Seniors. Ken has also volunteered at Old Town Elementary School tutoring students for whom English is a second language, and at Habitat for Humanity helping provide discounted resources including home appliances and other goods to local homeowners.
Arakel Torosian, Senior Analyst
Arakel spent time during his youth growing up in Franklin Square, NY, where he engaged with FCA programs and nurtured his drive to succeed in life.
As he continued his studies at Columbia University after high school, Arakel went on to become a senior analyst for Goldman Sachs.
Arakel shared of his experience being part of the FCA family, “As a former client I know the capabilities and incredible talent that FCA has to offer to Long Island’s disadvantaged communities and less fortunate individuals. I know the volunteers who show up every day and expect nothing in return. I’m aware of the immense potential to change thousands of lives in the near future and I know that this place is serious about changing people’s lives. It’s embedded in the organization’s culture and I want to be a part of it.”
Interested in Being on the FCA Leadership Council?
Please email your resume to:
Dana Jarrett, Development Associate, FCA
In the subject line, write “Leadership Council”