Paul C. Focazio, New York Sea Grant
As New York Sea Grant’s (NYSG) Associate Director of Community Relations, Paul C. Focazio oversees the development and production of the coastal science program’s Web site (www.nyseagrant.org), e-newsletter and all social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube).
Krupa Panchal Lauricella, The Nature's Bounty Co.
Professor Jeffrey S. Morosoff, Hofstra University
Jeffrey S. Morosoff is director of Hofstra University’s graduate program in public relations and associate professor at Hofstra, teaching graduate and undergraduate PR courses.
Prior to joining Hofstra, Professor Morosoff’s 27-year professional career included public relations and communications work at Cablevision, Long Island Association, Town of Babylon, New York Institute of Technology, and Nassau Community College. He received Hofstra’s 2016 Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, the 2015 Public Relations Professionals of Long Island (PRPLI) Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2000 International Association of Business Communicators’ Achievement in Communications Award. Morosoff served as PRPLI’s president from 1995-97 and 2006-07.
Author of the blog Public Relations Nation, Professor Morosoff serves on the advisory board of the Museum of Public Relations and is a member of PRPLI, Public Relations Society of America, New York State Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association, and Association for Education in Journalism and Media Studies. He is also faculty adviser to Hofstra’s award-winning Public Relations Student Society of America chapter.
David North, Journalist & Host
David North is a Long Island-based, award-winning writer, broadcaster, and journalist.
His experiences include work as a reporter, producer, web content provider, and news-anchor for WALK-FM; producer for News12 Long Island’s “Long Island Talks,” co-host of WLIW TV-21’s “Face Off,” Adjunct Professor of Journalism (Broadcasting) for LIU-C.W.Post, and author of editorials for Newsday.
David is currently producer/host of “Health Story,” a presentation of Northwell Health. He is a board member of the Press Club of Long Island and is Coordinator of the Long Island Press High School Journalism Awards Program.
David M. Okorn, Long Island Community Foundation
David M. Okorn has been the executive director of the Long Island Community Foundation since 2010.
He began his career at LICF in 2008 as the foundation’s director of advancement and donor relations. Previously, he was the senior vice president of development and external relations at Abilities, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children with disabilities. Prior to that, he held positions as director of community relations at KeySpan and executive director of the KeySpan Foundation.
Dave received his B.S. and M.S. in Business Administration and Energy Management at New York Institute of Technology-Old Westbury. He is a member of the board of directors of the Long Island Volunteer Center and the Better Business Bureau Foundation.
Dave is a strategic and innovative leader with over 25 years of progressively responsible experience in foundation management and corporate/public relations. His expertise in multi-year financial planning, budget reporting and cost reduction strategies continually procures success and he inspires excellence across all aspects of his career.
Matthew D. Silver, Ultimate Class Limousine
Matthew D. Silver is the founder and president of Ultimate Class Limousine, located in Hicksville, N.Y.
Matt started Ultimate Class Limousine in 1988 from a small room in his basement, and today the company is a thriving, well-established business, with a modern fleet of private cars, vans, limousines, mini-buses, suvs and Hybrid vehicles. Ultimate Class Limousine offers a broad range of high-quality and dependable services at affordable prices. The company has been recognized many times for its excellence in customer service and leadership in the transportation sector.
Matt is very active in his community and with many local charities. He has received the prestigious National Volunteer Service Award from The Arthritis Foundation, as well as, the Unsung Hero award from The Foundation for Fighting Blindness. Matt has raised thousands of dollars for various charities and is the co-founder of The Long Island Community Chest, which he serves as Vice President. Since 2003, Matt has participated in the Long Island Fight for Charity; this event has raised in excess of $500,000 for more than a dozen local not-for-profit organizations. The Fight for Charity is now one of Long Island’s largest and most anticipated annual charity events, bringing in more than a thousand business people to the event.
Matt serves as President of the Board for several organizations including, People Community Counseling Center, Rides Unlimited which is part of Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, an organization that provides services too physically and mentally challenged individuals, and he is a member of the board, of the Arthritis Foundation of Long Island. He also serves on the community Board of St. Joseph Hospital and LI Cradle of Aviation.
In addition, Matt is an active member of the Nassau County Police Reserves and the Police Reserves of Suffolk County, an honorary member of the LI Shields. Matt is also an active supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Island Harvest, and the Education Assistance Corporation. In 2005 he received EAC’s Humanitarian award.