Committee Members

Jim Mendonis

Jim Mendonis is the Director of Social Studies and 21st Century Learning for the East Meadow School District.

Donna Nogid

Felicia Colavito

Goals for Glio

Harriet Alfano

Assistant Principal, Barnum Wood Elementary School

Tracey Edwards

Ms. Nogid is the Chief of Staff of Kevin Thomas, New York State Senator

Jennifer Reinhardt

NAACP, Long Island Regional Director

Liz Fries

DPP Liz Fries of East Meadow Kiwanis was elected to 2021/22 Lt Gov Designate! 

She will be serving under NY District Governor- Elect James Mancuso and under Kiwanis International President Elect Peter Mancuso- an East Meadow trifecta of leaders! 

Ms. Fries is also the Chief of Staff of John Mikulin, New York State Assembly, District 17.

NICHOLAS GIAMPETRUZZI, LMHC., NCC.

Nicholas Giampetruzzi is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a National Certified Counselor and School Counselor.  He received his Master’s Degree in School and Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University and became a licensed clinical practitioner while conducting psychological counseling and group work at Promoting Specialized Care and Health/Northern Lights PROS, a comprehensive NYS Office of Mental Health day treatment program and clinic.  Prior to returning to graduate school, Nicholas worked in the private sector for seven years, and then for nine years at Hunter College where he worked in the capacity of Student Advisor and Program Manager for three grant – funded programs, one in higher education with the mission of training underrepresented and underserved undergraduate students for careers in public service, and two an NYSED–CUNY partnership programs aimed at retention and academic achievement of economically disadvantaged and at-risk students.  Nicholas is currently a Student Psychological Counselor and CUNY LEADS Specialist at CUNY, home campus – Kingsborough Community College, and Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter College.  The mission of LEADS, is to assist disabled, at-risk students in developing realistic academic, career, and life goals in order that they may move on to productive careers upon the completion of their studies. Nicholas works with students from a holistic and strengths-based perspective and utilizes an eclectic multidimensional counseling approach to ensure optimal results and success for each individual student.

WARREN GRAHAM, PH.D., ABD

Warren is currently a 4th year Ph.D student at Adelphi University and Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Field Education at Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare. He is a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), NYS Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) and has over 15 years of experience in addictions, criminal/juvenile justice, child welfare, and forensic social work. Warren has been active in the National Association of Social Workers, Association for Family and Conciliatory Courts and sits on the board of the NYS Social Work Educator’ Association and Darnice’s Place, a Washngton, D.C. based non-profit coordinating re-entry services.

Jennifer Reinhardt is the current President of East Meadow Kiwanis, a leader of the McVey Elementary School PTA, and a member of the Krug Team.

Melody Schiller

Melody Schiller is a Reading Specialist at the Barnum Woods Elementary School in East Meadow U.F.S.D., certified in Wilson, Just Words and Reading Recovery. Before coming to East Meadow, Mrs. Schiller attended Queens College, majoring in Elementary Education, and received her Masters in Reading from Hunter College.  As a Reading Teacher at Barnum Woods for the last 20 years, Melody has helped struggling readers meet with success so they may become lifelong learners.  She loves that, as a part of the community in which she serves, she often gets to hear from her students as they continue to read, grow, graduate, and move on to achieve their hopes and dreams. 

Melody enjoys being involved in helping her community in a variety of ways that help our youth of today to become the leaders of tomorrow.   As the Barnum Woods PMT (Planning and Management Team) Chairperson, Barnum Woods PTA Teacher Representative, Board Member of East Meadow Kiwanis, Woodland Builders Club Kiwanis Advisor and Girl Scout Leader to Troop 1660 from grade 1-12, she has found many ways to help support students and work to meet their needs, interests, and abilities both within and beyond the classroom. Melody is thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Equity for LI Youth Committee and assist in expanding opportunities and access for the youth of Long Island. 

LUCIA SEDA-PÉREZ, PH.D. STUDENT

Lucía Seda-Pérez is a PhD student in the Department of Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. A graduate of Brown University and NYU, Lucía taught English and Creative Writing at James Madison High School in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently a writing tutor at NYU's Opportunity Programs and a first-year writing instructor at Baruch College. Her journalism work has been featured in Latin America News Dispatch, the Journal of Political Inquiry, the New York Transatlantic, and Refinery29.

DR. GERILYN SMITH

Dr. Smith is the Director of Guidance in the East Meadow School District. She is a graduate of Concordia University where she earned her Doctorate degree and Long Island University where she earned her Masters Degree in School Counseling. Dr. Smith began her career as a school counselor and has over 10 years of counseling experience. She enjoys working with students and families to assist them on their journey to post- secondary success.

Diane Krug

Diane Krug is the current President-Elect of East Meadow Kiwanis, and the Vice President of the Krug Team.