To All The 2024, 40 Under 40 Honorees

Thanks to all who participated in our networking and awards event.

Meet The 40 Under 40 Achievers of Nassau County

Blank Slate Media’s 40 Under 40 honors young Nassau professionals

For a group of young professionals – all under the age of 40 – who...

Antoinette Biordi, Reporters and Anchor, News 12 Long Island

Antoinette Biordi is a 4x Emmy-Award-winning reporter and anchor for News 12 Long Island. She has...

Aiden Jay Kaplan, Assistant Director – Operations & Programs, PFY, a Division of Long Island Crisis Center

Aiden Jay Kaplan joined the bachelor’s internship program at PFY, a Division of Long Island...

Lawrence Lessing, Chief Operating Officer, Lessing’s Hospitality Group

Since joining Lessing’s Hospitality Group in 2014, Lawrence has been a key driver in the company's...

Sean M. Campbell., Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, CAM|G

CAM|G was founded by Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, Sean M. Campbell. Mr. Campbell...

Grant Newburger, Director, Communications and Organizing, Building and Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk Counties

Navigating the intricate landscape of civic duty, Grant Newburger, a proud Long Islander who grew...

Kyle Moeller, Director, Capital One’s Regional Commercial Bank.

Kyle Moeller is a Director in Capital One’s Regional Commercial Bank. In his role, he supports...

Theresa Dillman, Associate Executive Director and Chief Nursing Officer, Glen Cove Hospital

As the Associate Executive Director and Chief Nursing Officer, Theresa Dillman, DNP, MSN, MHA, RN,...

Allison Storck. Director, PR & Marketing, Guide Dog Foundation America’s VetDogs

Allison Storck's journey in the realm of non-profit work began with a profound interest in...

Sarah Cirelli, Head of Marketing,

Head of marketing and internationally recognized marketing strategist, Sarah has spent over 15 years executing...

Jacob Dixon, Founder & CEO, Choice For All

An educator-activist, nonprofit founder and cultural broker, Jacob Dixon is committed to advocating for equity...

Brooke Oliveri, Manager of Communications, Health Outreach, and Research, Suburban Hospital Alliance of New York State.

Brooke Oliveri is the manager of communications, health outreach, and research for the Suburban Hospital...

Lois Bladykas, Partner, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.

Lois Bladykas is a partner at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek P.C., where she is a member...

Malcolm M. Simms, Business Relationship Manager, JP Morgan Chase

Malcolm M. Simms believes in giving his time, talent, and resources to the betterment of...

Stacey I. Sikes, Vice President of Government Affairs, Long Island Association

Stacey I. Sikes is an experienced leader of innovative programs in business, government, the non-profit...

Nicole Barthelemy, Audit Partner, Citrin Cooperman,

Nicole Barthelemy is an Audit Partner at Citrin Cooperman, one of the nation’s largest professional...

Marvin Amazan, Founder and CEO, Amazan Strategies,

Marvin Amazan stands as a transformative force dedicated to fostering positive change and empowerment across...

Samantha Pardal-Jerez, Government Affairs Manager , Altice USA/Optimum

Samantha Pardal-Jerez serves as the manager of government affairs at Altice USA/Optimum, specializing in broadband...

Courtney Tricarichi-Funk, Adjunct Professor, Showrunner, and Entrepreneur, Long Island University, Legendary Realms Games, and The Long Island Tabletop Gaming Expo

Courtney Tricarichi-Funk is a distinguished professional whose career spans across education, business, and gaming, marked...

Fazisha Ali-Silochan, Clinical Director of Nursing, Parker Jewish Institute

Fazisha Ali-Silochan is currently the clinical director of nursing at the Parker Jewish Institute for...

Michael Rant, Principal and President of the Engineering Department, Northcoast Civil

Michael Rant, P.E. is a Principal of Northcoast Civil and the President of the Engineering...

Christopher DiLeonardo, Educational Development Officer, Jovia Financial Credit Union.

Christopher started his professional career in 2012 at Best Yet Supermarket and began as a...

Tyleana K. Venable, Jaspan Schlesinger Narendran LLP,

Tyleana K. Venable has concentrated experience in providing collaborative real-time guidance to public school districts...

Samantha Stewart, Relationship Manager, Webster Bank

Samantha Stewart joined Webster Bank in 2023 as a relationship manager and director in investment...

Savitree Pestano, Chief Financial Officer, Harmony Healthcare Long Island

Savitree Pestano is a dedicated professional with more than two decades of experience in nonprofit...

Shayna Blumenfeld, Youth Ambassador, Kyra’s Champions

Shayna Blumenfeld, age 16, has lived her entire life in Port Washington. She has always...

Kristen Rodrigues, Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist, William E. DeLuca Elementary School

Kristen Rodrigues has been working as a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist for over 14 years. She...

Cara Cronin, Partner, Cronin & Cronin Law Firm PLLC.

Cara Cronin is a partner at Cronin & Cronin Law Firm PLLC. She has extensive experience...

Gregory Fantauzzi, Vice President, Relationship Manager, NY Metro Commercial Real Estate department of Provident Bank

Gregory Fantauzzi is a vice president and relationship manager for the NY Metro Commercial Real...

Thomas DeLuca, Cushman & Wakefield

Thomas DeLuca joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2015 and specializes in industrial advisory services with...

Desirie Sykes, CEO/Founder, NESS Behavior Consulting Agency & NESS Cares Inc

Desirie Sykes is the CEO/Founder of NESS Behavior Consulting Agency & NESS Cares Inc. Her...

Joshua Cohen, Managing Director, Newmark’s Long Island office,

Joshua Cohen is a highly accomplished managing director at Newmark’s Long Island office, specializing in...

Ashley Lynch, Senior Account Executive, WordHampton Public Relations

Ashley Lynch was born in East Hampton, New York and graduated from East Hampton High...

Fatima Hassan-Szlamka, Associate Director for Global Public Policy, Ernst & Young LLP

Fatima Hassan-Szlamka is associate director for Global Public Policy at Ernst & Young LLP. EY...

Ann Fangmann, Executive Director, Glen Cove Community Development Agency

Ann Fangmann, AICP is a certified urban planner with over 15 years of experience in...

Alex Calamia, Meteorologist, News 12 Long Island 

Alex Calamia is an Emmy Award-winning, AMS certified, broadcast meteorologist for News 12 Long Island...

Joseph M. Moretta, Supply Chain Planner, Zebra Technologies

Joseph M. Moretta, a Long Island native, is a supply chain planner with Zebra Technologies,...

Jennifer Marks, Managing Director and Market Team Lead in the Long Island. J.P. Morgan Private Bank

J.P. Morgan Private Bank provides customized financial advice to help wealthy clients and their families...

Hong ‘Dana’ Guo, Realtor, Voro Realty

Hong "Dana" Guo, a dedicated real estate professional from Great Neck working at Voro Realty,...

Dr. Emeline M. Aviki, Gynecologic Oncologist and Medical Director of Network Integration and Strategy, Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone

Emeline M. Aviki, MD, MBA, is a nationally recognized leader known for innovations in delivering...

Morgan Taylor, Vice President of Business Operations, New York Liberty and the Long Island Nets

Morgan Taylor serves as the Vice President of Business Operations for the New York Liberty...

Sabine Franco, Founder and Managing Attorney, The Ambitious Legacy Firm P.C.,

Sabine Franco, founder and managing Attorney of The Ambitious Legacy Firm P.C., is a visionary...

John-Paul Smolenski, Founder, President and CEO, MMP Capital

John-Paul Smolenski founded MMP Capital in 2013 and serves as president and CEO. Over the...
Photos by: Joel Harris ©2024


If, as they say, the future belongs to the young then the 40 people under 40 who Blank Slate Media is honoring should instill confidence in all of us who live or work in Nassau County.
The 40 that we have selected have achieved success in a wide range of fields and hold many different positions.
But they are united by their education, imagination to create and commitment to others in this community.
They will need these qualities at a time when the world faces unprecedented change and unprecedented challenges from political upheaval to climate change.
The advent of artificial intelligence is poised to reshape the world in ways we can’t imagine but will soon experience.
These changes hold the possibility of great good and great harm. It will be up to our leaders in government and business to determine which.
Having grown up in a time of great technological change, our 40 under 40 are well positioned to adapt to the new changes ahead of us and hopefully steer them in the right position.
They are already working hard to change policy, support the less fortunate, advocate for your health, fight for your rights and help build a better Nassau County.
I can appreciate the challenges that lie ahead for our honorees,, having begun as a young reporter working on an electric typewriter in 1974.
I soon graduated to a main frame computer at the Daily Record in Morristown, N.J. shortly after stories from two reporters at the Washington Post helped bring down a corrupt president. At the time, daily newspapers were flourishing across the country.
I would later move on to the Post-Standard in Syracuse and the Kansas City Star, where I received state and national awards as well as a Pulitzer Prize-nomination for investigative stories on political corruption and wrongdoing by bankers and developers.
Having had success as a reporter and editor and seeing a need in the community, I decided at age 37 to purchase three weekly newspapers in Queens believing that good journalism would be good business.
I would grow the group to 16 award-winning papers covering all of Queens. And then sell them News Corp. in 2006.
By then, the internet had dramatically changed the media landscape, forcing many daily and weekly newspapers to close – sadly a trend that continues to this day.
Undeterred, I would start all over by purchasing the Great Neck News, the New Hyde Park Herald Courier and the Williston Times.
But to succeed I had to make changes.
This included operating in the cloud, an active website that allowed us to publish daily as well as weekly, a partnership with the Hearst Corp. to allow us offer a full range of digital services and events like the one we are hosting to honor this group.
In short, I learned that to succeed you need to be open-minded and willing to learn new things, to not be afraid of the unknown and to always look ahead without being stopped by the inevitable mistakes you will make.
That’s what I see in Blank Slate Media’s 40 under 40. A group of passionate people who have invested in their careers without compromising their standards and values.
The stories of who they are and what they have accomplished, in and out of the work place, are found in this special section.
I hope their talent, drive and commitment to excellence will inspire confidence that the future of Nassau County is bright.
I offer my congratulations to all the honorees for recognition that is well deserved.

Steven Blank
Publisher, Blank Slate Media

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