Jennifer K. McNamara
Jennifer McNamara is the widow of John McNamara who, with her 11 year old son Jack, lives in Suffolk County, New York. When John died, Jennifer began to fulfill her deathbed promise to him to continue his mission. To that end, Jennifer has been a voice on behalf of 9/11 responders, appearing at various public events and doing numerous interviews to raise awareness about sick and dying men and women. She also created and is the driving force behind the FDNY Firefighter John F. McNamara Foundation.
Jennifer currently works as a labor director for local government and is also government attorney who has a long career focusing on federal employment litigation defense; serves as a family advocate for the Firefighter Cancer Foundation; a Widow Trustee of the 9/11 Responders Remembered Park Committee; and previously served as Secretary and Legal Counsel of the FDNY Foundation, an FDNY captive non-profit, which raises funds for fire safety education and runs the Fire Zone in Rockefeller Center.
Jennifer McNamara: Jennifer is the Chair of the Annual 14th Wish Gala to raise funds devoted to the building of the Community Center. Held each year in March, the Gala, a formal event, includes high end silent auction items, dinner, dancing and, as always, a few surprises.
Alyssa Zuckerman is an Associate at the law firm of Lamb & Barnosky, LLP, located in Melville, N.Y., whose practice focuses on representing employers in both the public and private sectors in education, labor and employment law matters. She received her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from New York University.
Alyssa currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the St. John’s Law School’s Center for Labor and Employment Law and is on the Executive Board for the Long Island Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women Alumni Club. She is also an active member of the New York State Bar Association, where she serves on the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee.
In addition to serving with the above organizations, Alyssa volunteers as a coach for the St. John’s American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition team and supports various other charities including No Kid Hungry, the American Cancer Societyand Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.
Deidre has been a career civil servant for more than 33 years and during this time has worked in three of Suffolk County’s largest departments; Social Services, Health Services and Civil Service. Her responsibilities have included accounting, budget analysis, computer programming, contracts management and procurement. In her current position, she is responsible for the fiscal oversight of Suffolk County’s self-funded Employee Medical Health Plan.
In 2007, Deidre’s husband was diagnosed with lung cancer and after a grueling battle he succumbed to the disease in 2008. Her experiences and hardship led her to a deeper understanding of what it means for a family to lose a loved one and face adversity. Moving forward with a renewed perspective, Deidre became driven with a mission to help and support those in need whether on a financial, emotional or physical basis. In 2016, she completed her first marathon in England as a member and treasurer of Team One Vision. Team One Vision raises awareness and support for the impoverished in Ethiopia as well as encourages members to strengthen their own personal abilities. The Beachy Head Marathon is one of the most challenging marathons in Europe and it took incredible physical and mental stamina to cross the finish line. Deidre is also a wellness consultant, encouraging people to seek alternative medicine by teaching classes that share the benefits of natural remedies.
Deidre proudly serves as a board member for the Robert L. Sweeney Memorial Fund, an organization which provides bereavement programs through its Bob Sweeney’s Camp Hope. She also supports numerous charitable organizations and volunteers for Pieces of Energy, a company which brings awareness and fundraising opportunities to organizations in a fun and therapeutic way.
Deidre found love again and remarried in 2014. Along with her husband, she is actively involved with her own property management company which expands through three states. She is also a proud mom and a soon-to-be grandmother (or as she prefers to be called “Nonna”).
Executive Board Member
Tony Alfano was born and raised in Brooklyn before moving to Manasquan, N.J. He was a childhood friend of John’s. Tony served in the United States Air Force. It is his love and respect for the military that has given him the ambition to work with veteran groups and first responders. He is an active member of the Manasquan Fire District as a member of the Fire Police, a certified first responder, an officer in the Elks, and a member of the American Legion.
He is employed as a Licensed Massage Therapist and is the father of 2 boys, Kyle and Auston, both who follow their father’s volunteering tradition.
Anthony Alfano: Anthony is the Foundation’s newest Board Member and is in charge of Volunteer Coordination and Activities. To volunteer for an event, please send the foundation a general email with your interests and availability.
Danielle graduated Pace University and immediately started her career in Financial
Planning at The Hearst Corporation. After 7 years and identifying a strength in networking,
she transitioned into the world of recruiting. Leveraging her financial experience into
contract recruiting positions at the likes of investment banks such as Morgan Stanley,
Danielle ending up at staffing powerhouse Robert Half International's Accountemps
After leaving the business world to start a family, Danielle combined her networking skills
with a passion for promoting - this time for charity. Her then 3-year old son was diagnosed
with Cystic Fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease with no cure. To this day she, along
with her husband, family and friends, tirelessly raise money to find a cure for CF. She also
puts her skills to work for other causes within Garden City such as the Children's Medical
Fund, the PTA and the Chamber of Commerce.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY Danielle currently lives in Garden City, NY with her
husband Matt and her two sons, Jake and Max.
Born and raised in the Bayport-Blue Point area, Mark Massa had always been involved with the Fire Department. He spent 10 years volunteering at the Blue Point Fire Department, where he met and befriended John.
Upon deciding to join the FDNY, John played a very important role in Mark's life. John was a role model and inspiration as he began his career.
Mark has been a part of the FDNY for the past 13 years and currently works as a Hazmat Tech at Engine 274 in Flushing, Queens.
Mark currently resides in his hometown of Bayport, New York. He is raising his two sons, Luke and Cole with his wife, Kim.
Jack G. McNamara
Junior Board Member
11 year old Jack Garret McNamara is the son of 9/11 first Responder FDNY Firefighter John F. McNamara. Jack continues his father’s mission of assisting 9/11 First Responders and generally engaging in charitable activities. Jack, a sixth grade honor student at the Ivy League School in Smithtown, NY, engages in many volunteer activities, including serving on the Board of the FDNY John F. McNamara Foundation, named after his dad. He has also been an advocate for support of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and recently has his photo added to the permanent Responders display at the 9/11 National Memorial Museum. Jack also engages in fundraising projects of his own, supporting the school in Tanzania, Africa his pen-pal attends and recently working with a classmate to collect school supplies for a hurricane ravaged school in Puerto Rico. While Jack’s father was a fan of that other NY Team, Jack is an avid Mets fan attending games often and even travelling to see them play, he loves the NY Rangers, snowboarding and his cats Finn and Mia.
Honorable Rob Colarco
Advisory Board Member
Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco, who was elected to office in November 2011, has already defined himself within the 7th Legislative District as an energetic leader who will deliver solutions to the communities he serves.
Rob grew up in Auburn, New York. As the middle son of a first-generation Italian-American employed as a firefighter and a stay-at-home mom who helped support her family as a seamstress, he learned early the values of hard work and respect for all people. Inspired by his father, who served 34 years in the Auburn Fire Department and who lead the effort to unionize the department, and by his grandfather who, as Superintendent of the County Parks Department, helped to lead the restoration of a major county park on Owasco Lake, Rob comes to public service naturally.
Rob relocated to Long Island to attend Dowling College in Oakdale where he worked his way through school and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He earned his Master’s Degree from SUNY Stony Brook in Public Administration. Since then, Rob has spent over ten years working in county government and to date has helped to deliver a number of projects within the 7th Legislative District. Rob is a member of three legislative committees: chair of the newly organized Government Operations, Personnel, Housing and Consumer Protection Committee; vice-chair of the Public Safety Committee; and the Ways and Means Committee.
Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr.
Advisory Board Member
Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr. was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. His parents were both New York City employees. His father is a retired Warden from the New York City Department of Correction after 36 years. His mother retired from the Department of Education as a secretary working in the district office over 30 years.
Errol attended Immaculate Conception grammar school in the Bronx and Cardinal Hayes, an all boys Catholic High School. During the 1979 and 1980 seasons, Errol served as a batboy for the New York Yankees.
He is a retired captain from the New York City Correction Department having worked on Rikers Island for 22 years. During his career, he was assigned as a Captain to the Emergency Service Unit, Correction Academy, Firearms & Tactics Unit and completed his career at the Office of Compliance Consultants.
He earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Monroe College; Master’s in Business Administration from Dowling College; Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management from Long Island University; and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Dowling College.
Dr. Toulon is currently an adjunct faculty member at Dowling College and a Suffolk County Water Authority Board Member.
VanessaRose Scionti Watts
Advisory Board Member
VanessaRose left a career at JPMorganChase in 2005 to become a New York City Elementary Education teacher. She graduated Fordham University with a degree in Psychology and also holds a Masters of Education in General and Special Education from Touro College as well as a Masters of Education in Gifted Education from Hofstra University. Outside of the classroom, VanessaRose works with NYC Department of Education’s Office of Curriculum and Instruction to develop curriculum for New York City’s school system.
VanessaRose studied at the School of the Staten Island Ballet Company and is a member of the Ballet’s Board of Directors. Her passion for the arts has led her to serve as Director and Choreographer for the theatrical and musical productions annually produced at the school at which she teaches. She is also the proprietor and creative drive behind Pumpkinly Prints Paperie, a custom invitation and event design company.