Meet the Judges of our 2015 Awards Program

Our sincerest appreciation goes out to this year’s panel of judges. We’re very grateful to have such a wide range of marketing professionals apply their knowledge and expertise in selecting the winners. We thank each and every one of them for their time spent for our benefit.

What an honor to have such a talented and generous group of judges. Allow us to introduce them to you!

David Chauvin

David Chauvin brings to Zimmerman/Edelson Inc. over 16 years of corporate, government and political communications experience, including an extensive background in crisis management. Overseeing public relations services, he is responsible for running the day-to-day operations for the firm’s public relations division, which provides services to clients throughout Long Island, New York City, and the tri-state area. Prior to joining Zimmerman/Edelson, Inc., David served as communications director for the Town of North Hempstead, deputy press secretary for the Nassau County Executive’s office, and executive director for the Nassau County Democratic Party. Additionally, he has held positions in the Nassau County Legislature as a legislative aide and policy adviser. For more information visit:

Christine Cesaria

After years in the corporate sector, Christine joined academia when she accepted a position as the Director of Communications and Grants for the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University. In addition to assisting faculty with proposals to such agencies as the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health, she creates all of the content for the department website and leads their social media efforts. As an added bonus, Christine develops university reports addressing the department’s strategic mission and responds to NYS research initiatives. Technical Communications Instructor and Internal Review Board (IRB) Coordinator are the most recent hats that she is wearing for the computer science department. For more information visit:

Jeanne Fontana

After nearly three decades running one of the region’s largest advertising and media agencies, Fontana founded Synergy3, her consulting business, where Fontana and her team focus on marketing, media, business development, and branding. She currently runs her company and is acting CMO for several of her clients, where she works hand in hand with entrepreneurs to meet overall business development goals. Fontana has received over one hundred of awards in marketing, advertising and economic development. She was one of three women ever to receive “most influential” women in Long Island two times in the award’s history. She has received additional recognition for her pro bono work for her region and her sixteen-year stint hosting Long Island’s largest syndicated radio show, Public Matters. For more information visit:

Tina Panos

Founded by Tina Atlas Panos in 1980, Panos Graphic Services, Inc. has become one of Long Island’s leading independent design studios for print and electronic media. Under Tina’s leadership, the firm has built mutually beneficial relationships with the corporations, non-profit organizations, and agencies whom it serves—and with the many production and creative vendors, such as printers, writers, and photographers, with whom it partners. Those relationships generate satisfaction, value, and trust—project after project, year after year. For more information visit:

Ellen Williams

Ellen Williams has over 20 years of technology and marketing experience. She has presented to over 20,000 small businesses, nonprofits, and associations with advice on best practices on marketing and business development. In addition to her public speaking, Ellen has contributed business and technology articles to many national publications including Crain’s New York Small Business, The New York Enterprise Report, Working Woman, Worth, and Success. For more information visit:

Sheila Ziegler, Awards Committee Chair

Sheila Ziegler has worked in the print industry for several decades collaborating with her clients, designing and providing their commercial print, branded creative marketing tools, corporate apparel and awards. Companies of all sizes throughout the nation rely on Safeguard Bradley Marketing Group to create, manufacture, store, fulfill and distribute their logoed promotional materials. For more information visit:

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