Our sincerest appreciation goes out to this year’s winners for the inspiration they have instilled in us all.
- Saskia Monteiro Thomson
Achievement in Communications
- Meghan O’Neill
Achievement in Digital Communications
- Dylan Gafarian
Communications Student Achievement
- Joanne Williams
- Jerry Allocca
Communicator of the Year
Saskia Monteiro Thomson
While Thomson only officially joined the YMCA in April of 2013, she had served as a communications consultant for the organization at various times since 1999. In her role she leads the strategic direction and implementation of all marketing and communications for the nonprofit which operates 5 full facilities, 2 satellite divisions and 26 child care sites.
Before joining the YMCA, Thomson served as Marketing Director for a law firm, and prior to that she worked for more than a decade as the Marketing Director at a leading Long Island accounting firm.
Thomson’s expertise includes branding, design, writing and creative direction. She was recognized as one of Long Island’s Top 50 Business Women by Long Island Business News, and has won numerous awards for her advertising and promotional campaigns. And, as a recognized expert in the field of professional services marketing, she has published several articles and spoken on the topic of creative marketing techniques. For more information visit: www.ymcali.org
Meghan O’Neill graduated from Siena College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing/Management in 2010. Her journey with the Y began somewhere around 24 years ago when she was just a camper, but since then she has grown within the YMCA holding a number of part-time positions including Camp Counselor, Arts & Crafts Coordinator, and Party Host. As a new graduate, she was offered a full time position at the YMCA at Glen Cove as their Member Services Coordinator and remained in that role for a little over a year. After a brief stint in Insurance, she found way back to the YMCA and joined the Association Office in 2011 as a Marketing and Communications Specialist. In the past few years, she honed her skills in marketing ever exploring new media. In 2015 Meghan was promoted to Digital Marketing Manager – overseeing the organization’s Social Media accounts, as well as managing its newly-designed website.
The YMCA of Long Island is a charitable non-profit that works to improve the lives of Long Islanders through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. The Y employs 1300 people island wide and serves more than 65,000 men, women and children of all ages and backgrounds. For more information visit: www.ymcali.org
Dylan Gafarian, President of the National Communication Association of the St. Joseph’s College chapter, is currently completing his undergraduate degree in Speech Communication and Journalism/ New Media with a minor in Business Administration. With his many endeavors through Student Affairs- including the Campus Activities Board, the SJC Radio Station, the Orientation Team, and the Student Leadership Experience, Dylan is sought out for any branding and re-branding projects.
Dylan serves as the creator and Station Manager of St. Joseph’s College Internet radio station, SJC Radio. While mentoring and managing a team of over 30 students in on-air programming, branding, promotions and advertising, Dylan also acts as Program Director of the Campus Activities Board. Here, Dylan is responsible for developing, marketing, branding and implementing over 12 events a semester. During this time Dylan has created over 50 different promotional videos, flyers, banners and postcards for their many events as well as many other clubs and organization on campus. He is also credited with creating and hosting the weekly webisode series, “Weekday Update”, which promotes and advertises events throughout the week on campus.
As an active member of the Orientation Team, Dylan was approached in regards to creating videos to acclimate the incoming students to the St. Joseph’s College lifestyle. With his branding, marketing and filmmaking skill set, Dylan created a 9-part animated mini-series introducing the students to the many offices in and around the campus.
In his final year of college, Dylan was asked to be a Student Committee Member for the Student Leadership Experience, where he re-designed and re-marketed the program with a new logo and overall approach to student’s engagement. For more information visit: www.sjcny.edu
Joanne Williams is the Director of Forensic Accounting at Nussbaum Yates Berg Klein & Wolpow, LLP since 2004. Her work includes performing attest and tax services for the firm’s client base of middle market businesses. She is also responsible for engagements requiring forensic accounting and litigation support.
Mrs. Williams has over 20 years of experience in the public and private accounting sectors. She graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in New York State since 1993. She was awarded the prestigious designation of Certified Fraud Examiner (“CFE”) by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in 1997. Mrs. Williams previously worked at major national and regional accounting firms, gaining years of experience in accounting and auditing, tax, fraud and forensic investigations covering a broad range of industries including distribution, manufacturing, construction, health care, not-for-profit, real estate, retail, service, transportation and publicly-held companies.
Mrs. Williams is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (“ACFE”), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. She has lectured on various topics including auditing standards, fraud investigations and forensic accounting. She has served as the Secretary of the Long Island Chapter of the ACFE for two years and is presently serving as the chapter’s Vice President of Membership.
Mrs. Williams received a Mentoring Achievement Award from the Mentoring Partnership of Long Island, and is the co-creator and current administrator of the Mentoring Program at a local elementary school for the past 10 years. She is very active in a variety of other charitable causes and civic organizations, including the North Babylon Lions Club and the High School PTSA in her community. For more information visit www.nybkw.com
Teacher, mentor, award-winning digital marketer and entrepreneur, Jerry Allocca is a visible and vocal digital marketing expert, using his skills to teach organizations how to succeed in our current economy, and making an impact with his work every single day. One of the foremost thinkers and doers on the subject of Internet Marketing, Jerry is the secret weapon of marketing directors from NY to LA, known for helping his clients look like digital gurus to their bosses.
Jerry is the author of CONNECTED CULTURE: The Art of Communicating with the Digital Generation, an Internet Marketing Playbook designed to help organizations successfully navigate the paths of social media and internet marketing. He is the founder of CORE Interactive Marketing, an award-winning team of Internet specialists, and a search engine recognized Internet Marketing Authority.
Jerry is a frequent and much sought-after industry speaker on topics such as interactive marketing, social media and website strategies. He teaches a series of popular hands-on workshops designed to help business professionals leverage the new and interactive communications tools their customers use every day. He has been a digital marketing instructor at Hofstra University Continuing Education since 2012.
Jerry has been honing his internet marketing expertise for over a decade, and has made a proven difference in the way organizations connect with the world. Jerry is active in numerous advisory boards, charities and non-profit organizations, and leads business networking groups on Long Island and NYC. For more information visit www.CORE.bz
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