Our Board

Allan Weissglass, Chair

Allan WeissglassAllan Weissglass is a founding board member and current Chairman of The Staten Island Foundation. He was born and raised in Staten Island and is a graduate   of Public School 45, Curtis High School and Cornell University, with an MBA from New York University.  His entire working career involved family businesses in the milk and chemistry industries and is now the retired Chairman of Magruder Color Company, a family owned pigments manufacturer.  He has served on Boards of Community Banks, the United Hospital Fund, the Jewish Community Center Association, and the UJA Federation of NY.  He is presently serving as Vice Chair of Richmond University Medical Center and on the Board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jewish Community Center of SI and Staten Island Academy.  He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Doctor of Humane Letters from St. John’s University, the State of Israel Bonds Freedom Award, Albert V. Maniscalco Community Service Award, Distinguished Citizenship Award from both the New York Urban League and and Wagner College and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island.  He is married with two children and has three grandchildren.

 Kathryn Rooney, Vice Chair

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Kathryn Rooney has been serving on the Board of The Staten Island Foundation since June 2007 and is currently the Vice-Chair.  She is an attorney in private practice on Staten Island, where she was born and raised.  For over thirty years, she was Special Counsel to the late State Senator John Marchi–in that capacity she worked closely with City, State and Federal officials as well as scores of Staten Island non-profits.  She also currently serves as Chairperson of Richmond University Medical Center, the successor to St. Vincent’s Hospital/SI, where she was a long time board member.  She is on the Boards of ArchCare, Carmel Richmond Nursing Home, Sisters of Charity Housing and St. Joseph Hill Academy.  She previously served as Chairperson of Pax Christ Hospice and the Staten Island CYO and on the Board of the SI Zoological Society.  Ms. Rooney is the recipient of numerous community service awards.  She is married and the mother of two daughters.

Lenore Puleo, Treasurer

Lenore PuleoLenore F. Puleo retired in 2006 as Executive Vice President of Shared Services at KeySpan, a holding company created in 1998 when Brooklyn Union merged with the Long Island Lighting Company.  Shared Services provides internal support services to all of the KeySpan business units.  Mrs. Puleo graduated summa cum laude from Pace University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting and is a Certified Management Accountant.  She has served on the Board of Staten Island Bancorp and was chairman of its Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee from 2002 – 2004 until its merger with Independence Community Bank.  Mrs. Puleo actively participates in the community. She served on the Board of Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island for six years.  She also participated for four years on the Young Adult Institute Business Advisory Council, with the objective of securing employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.  She served on the Board of Directors of United Way of NYC (2002-2006) and was a founding member and co-chair of a new United Way initiative “Women United In Philanthropy”.  This initiative has continued to grow and has now become a significant funding source for a United Way community program, Quality New York.  Quality New York specializes in early childhood education for low-income children in NYC.  Mrs. Puleo also participated in sponsoring the “Chairwomen’s Challenge Grant” which matched all first-time or increased gifts of $1,000 or more to the Quality New York Program.  She is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Eden II Programs for Autistic Children & Adults. She is Treasurer of The Staten Island Foundation where she has been a Board Member since June 2009.  Mrs. Puleo has also found a new passion in retirement.  She is a motivational speaker and coach. She offers her services free of charge to not-for-profit organizations.  Mrs. Puleo is married to Frank.  They have a son, Cristofer, and reside in Staten Island, New York.

Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, Secretary

Jill ODonnell TormeyJill O’Donnell-Tormey, Ph.D., is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Scientific Affairs at the Cancer Research Institute (CRI), a position she has held since 2011 after serving as CRI Executive Director since 1993. During her term as Executive Director, Dr. O’Donnell-Tormey has distinguished herself as a strategic leader, adroit fund raiser, and excellent communicator for the organization. Under her tenure, the CRI’s budget has increased threefold and the scope of its programs has expanded dramatically.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Summa Cum Laude, from Farleigh Dickinson University and a Doctor of Philosophy in cell biology from The State University of New York’s Downstate Medical Center.  In 1998, she was named one of Irish America magazine’s “Top 100″ Irish Americans and in 2002, she received the Farleigh Dickinson University Pinnacle Award, the highest honor bestowed on its alumni. Dr. O’Donnell-Tormey was feted as a Notre Dame Academy Centennial Honoree in 2004.  Dr. O’Donnell-Tormey joined the Board of The Staten Island Foundation in July of 2008. She is on the board of the National Prostate Cancer Coalition and is on the Advisory Board Member of Natrogen Therapeutics, Inc. She is a very active member of the Parents Guild of Notre Dame Academy, Staten Island. She serves on the Board of Directors of NDA, has chaired past Annual Fund Campaigns and has chaired their Capital Campaign since 2005.  A Staten Island resident since childhood, she is married with two children.

Alfred C. Cerullo, III

Fred CerulloNew to The Foundation Board in FY 2014, Fred Cerullo is a longtime Staten Island resident who serves as the President and CEO of the Grand Central Partnership, one of the largest business improvement districts in the US. He is currently a Commissioner of the NYC Planning Commission.  Starting as Counsel to the Minority Leader of the NYC Council, he became one of the youngest ever Council members.  He has served as Commissioner of the NYC Department of Finance and the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs. He serves on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Appointments and has served as a member of the NYC Campaign Finance Board.  A graduate of St. John’s University School of Law he is admitted to the practice of law in New York, New Jersey, California and Washington D.C.  He has won numerous awards and his service on a number of boards and associations currently includes Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden and St. George Theatre Restoration.

 Alice Diamond

Alice DiamondAlice B. Diamond is a founding board member.  For almost 50 years, she has worked tirelessly as an arts advocate for Staten Island’s cultural community. Her commitment to enhancing arts and culture on Staten Island has included the founding of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the creation of the Lynne Robbins Steinman Foundation and was the driving force behind the creation of the Carousel for all Children in Willowbrook Park.  She was a member of the City of New York Advisory Commission of Cultural Affairs from 1975-1989, served on the Board of the SI Chapter of American Red Cross from 1984-1990, served as President of Lynne Robbins Steinman Beautification Foundation from 1985-1991, was on the Board of the Historic House Trust of New York City from 1989-1995, was the SI Trustee Representative to Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1989 -1994 and was Board Member of Snug Harbor Cultural Center from 1975-1988, and again in 1989 -1994. She has also served on the Boards of Alice Austen House, Greenbelt Conservancy, and the former St. Vincent’s Medical Center on Staten Island.  In February 2011, she received the Staten Island Zoological Society Lifetime Achievement Award and in November 2011, she received Mayor Bloomberg’s Award for Arts & Culture.  She was born in Alabama and graduated from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.  In 1963, she married Richard E. Diamond, the Publisher of the Staten Island Advance who passed away in 2004 and they had three children. She is a devoted grandmother to 6 grandchildren.

Denis P. Kelleher

HeadshotDKelleher_1449Denis Kelleher is a founding board member who emigrated from Ireland in 1958 and has been a Staten Island resident for over forty years.  He is Chairman and Founder of Wall Street Access, a financial services firm.  He was a member of the board of trustees at St. John’s University from 1990 to 1999, prior to becoming chairman in 1999- a position in which he served for eight years before attaining emeritus status in 2007.   He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Irish Historical Society.  He is the founder of New World Preparatory Charter School, the civic group Staten Island New York (SINY) and St. Brendan’s American Foundation, an internship program for the school’s former students in Ireland.  He previously served as a Director of the Staten Island Savings Bank.  Denis and his wife are supporters of the Archdiocese Inner City Scholarship Fund’s  “Be a Student’s Friend” program, which helps many New York City children access to safe, quality Catholic education.  He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Doctor of Commercial Science degree from St. John’s University, an honorary Doctorate for the National University of Ireland, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, award from Staten Island Borough President Ralph Lamberti for Staten Island’s outstanding immigrants that have significantly contributed to the civic welfare of Staten Island, Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding community service by Mayor Edward Koch, the Lynne Steinman Award for outstanding community service by Borough President of Staten Island and recipient of Project Hospitality’s Les Trautmann Memorial Award.

Daniel Master

Dan Master Daniel L. Master, Jr. joined the Board of The Staten Island Foundation in June of 2011.  He is an attorney who received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, his Master of Laws degree from Columbia Law School and his M.Phil. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge, England. He is admitted to the practice of law in New York in Massachusetts.  He has been the Chief Assistant District Attorney of Staten Island since 2004 working under Daniel Donovan, District Attorney. Prior to working as the Chief Assistant DA, he served as Counsel to the Borough President of Staten Island from 1992 to 2004. Since 1991, he has been teaching law courses at New York Law School and Fordham Law School.  He currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees at Staten Island Academy.  A Staten Island resident since childhood, he is married with two children.

 Dolores Morris

Dolores MorrisDolores N. Morris joined the Board of The Staten Island Foundation in June of 2011. She is a fifth generation Staten Island native. She graduated from Hunter College cum laude with a degree in Physical anthropology. She has enjoyed a successful career in Children’s Television Programming, working at ABC Network, Walt Disney Company, and the HBO Family Channel. At ABC, she was responsible for the After School Specials that garnered 25 Emmy awards, 4 Act awards, 10 Christopher Awards and the prestigious Peabody Award.  In her 12 years at HBO, she has 5 Emmys of her own, in addition to 3 Peabody awards, and an Oscar mention. She received the Lee Salk Good Works award from Theater Works USA for her career in bringing quality entertainment to children and families; and she has holds a Hunter College Alumni award and outstanding Women of America award.  She mentors youth, counsels college students and participates in seminars regarding the future of television and media for children.  Ms. Morris and her siblings formed Faith Music Ministry, providing spiritual musical entertainment throughout the tri-state area. She is a certified Lay Speaker in the United Methodist church. Her numerous awards include: the Arthur D. Phillips community Leader Award, The National Council of Negro Women Outstanding Achievement Award, the Port Richmond High School Hall of Fame, the Lambda Kappa Mu Outstanding Achievement Award and the College of Staten Island President’s Medal.  Ms. Morris serves on the boards of The Staten Island YMCA, College of Staten Island Foundation and The Staten Island Museum.

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