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Board of directors


Matt Nartowicz •  President

Matt Nartowicz is the Senior Vice President/ Chief Retail Officer of American Community Bank.  Matt started his career in retail banking nearly twenty years ago. He learned through first-hand experience holding at one time each of the positions he oversees today. In his current role he is responsible for growing and managing all branches of American Community Bank, a Long Island Community Bank based out of Glen Cove, NY. 

Matthew’s contribution extends beyond his role inside the branches. He champions the organization of companywide food and clothing drives in support of local not for profits.  Matthew is a former board member of the East Northport Chamber Of Commerce where he spent 9 years including past President and Chairman to two event committees. Matthew also spent time as board member of the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) providing guidance and career direction to Glen Cove students.

Matt Nartowicz has been recognized and awarded by many local organization for his success in the workplace and his philanthropic work helping Long Islanders in need. His recognitions include: Community Banking Hero by Banking NY Magazine; King of New York by Schneps Media; 40 under 40 by Long Island Business News; Community Hero by Glen Cove Herald; 2021 Honoree by The Glen Cove Downtown BID and Business Person of the Year by Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce.


Maxine Cappel Mayreis  •  Vice President

Better known as “Dr. Max”—is a Glen Cove native. She is a third generation Chiropractor and has operated a busy wellness practice in Glen Cove for 26yrs. Her holistic approach enables people of all ages to regain their health through natural and effective methods. She earned Board Certified Diplomate status after three of post-doctoral study. She is a member of the adjunct faculty for New York Chiropractic College’s externship program, teaching responsible and successful practice to interns. Dr. Max’s purpose is to help as many people as possible become pain-free and healthy. She is a passionate and perpetual volunteer with the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, providing free chair massages and informative lectures to raise health awareness in the community. Dr. Max has served on the Glen Cove Chamber Board of Directors for over ten years and is committed to enhancing the health and profitability of its member businesses through personal contact, networking, volunteering and “keeping it local.”



Jamé Krauter  •  Vice President

Jamé Krauter has spent over 16+ years in the nonprofit field supporting amazing organizations growth and raising meaningful donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations. Planned and organized events from virtual and in-person Galas to Golf outings and large cultivation events gathering local businesses and donors.

She is currently using her years of experience, as a consultant, adding a new platform to her family owned business, ImageKrafters, Inc. Her goal is to support her non-profit client's using her skills as a tech-savvy Communications and Fund Development Director. Jamé will help your non-profit build a strong social media fan bases from scratch, collaborate cross-functionally to achieve business goals and help develop new and exciting print and digital marketing collateral. Plus, support your fundraising efforts with individuals, companies and more.

Prior to this Jamé served as a Director of Fund Development at Tiegerman, and Director of Communications and Fund Development at the Cross Island YMCA, a part of the YMCA of Greater New York. Her daily role was to raise funds through major donor contributions, relationship management, and event development.  At the Y she helped to raise over $1.5 million for the annual campaign by building strategic partnerships with local corporations, foundations and support from individuals.  She also amplified marketing outreach at both the Y and Tiegerman, resulting in a social media audience increase of 32%.

Jamé also serves as the Treasurer of the Interagency Council of Glen Cove and the 2nd Vice President of the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce. Jamé holds a BA in in Communications from Hofstra University, and a MS in Human Services with a Concentration in Organizational Management and Leadership at Springfield College. She has 3 beautiful children and a loving husband and resides in Bayville, NY.


Thomas Bunger  •  Treasurer

Thomas Bunger is the Treasurer of the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce. He has lived in Glen Cove with his family for over 20 years. Tom is a graduate of Adelphi University with an MBA in Finance. Tom runs his financial practice through Equitable Advisors in Woodbury. He specializes in retirement planning, life insurance, income replacement, college funding and long-term care. If you have a financial concern or worries see Tom at the next Chamber Meeting. 

  • Phone: 516-761-2656
  • Email: thomas.bunger@equitable.com




Dr. Eve Lupenko Ferrante  •  Board of Directors

Dr. Eve Lupenko is a Board-certified dermatologist and Director of Dermatology at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery & Dermatology in Woodbury and Smithtown, and teaches dermatology residents  at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital.  She specializes in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology for both adults and children.  She has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 2014, and served as a Director of the Board in 2016 and 2017, then as Vice President in 2018 and 2019.

Many people also know her as Dr. Eve Lupenko Ferrante, a Glen Cove City Councilwoman in 2020 and 2021, and also as the founder and main benefactor, along with her husband, of the Do Good to Feel Good program.  She is active on the Boards of Directors of the Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund, Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S., the Glen Cove Arts Council, and the North Shore Historical Museum, and is part of the managing team of the Slayer Players Theatre Company in Glen Cove, and a member of the North Shore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  She also enjoys speaking about beauty and skin health at local hospitals, professional organizations, social clubs, and schools.  As a medical spokesperson, she has appeared in television infomercials as well as a TV show.

Dr. Lupenko’s commitment to her community and her business has been recognized with several recent awards: 2021 New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2021 Top Doctors New York Metro Area (digital guide,) 2021 North Shore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Volunteer and Supporter of the Year, 2020/21 Premier Business Women of Long Island by Herald/Richner Communications for Government, 2020 Women of Distinction by Senator Jim Gaughran,  2020 Newsday’s Long Island Top Doctors in Dermatology by the Castle Connolly Database, 2020 Castle Connolly Exceptional Women in Medicine, 2020 Community Leader Award by Comite Civico Argentino, 2019 Woman of Distinction by Anton Media Group, 2018 New Business of the Year by the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce, and 2018 Long Island Power Woman in Business by the Long Island Press.



Sonya Lowe  •  Board Leader

Sonya Lowe, the only girl in her family with four brothers migrated  from Barbados West Indies and furthered her studies in the health field.   Her primary focus was in the field of Radiologic Technology, where she gained her certification in X-ray, Mammography, CT and MRI.

She has  resided in Glen Cove for more than 12 years where she is not only continues to be a health care advocate,  but she is on a mission to encourage the residents of Glen Cove to “Join the #ShopLocal revolution in our town”.  This can be down by downloading our local - App NETcinity.   Here you can see the coveted merchandise offered by our growing number of  local merchants who participate in revolution. 




Ylisa Kunze    Board Leader

Ylisa is RXR Realty’s Director of Glen Cove Community Engagement. She is responsible for promoting broader community interaction and communication between RXR and Glen Cove. With deep roots in this community, Ylisa is from the third generation of her family to have been born, raised, and educated in Glen Cove. Her great-grandfather Louis Siegel was the proprietor of a liquor store at 40 School Street many years ago. Ylisa has worked for Reckson Associates and then RXR Realty for more than 21 years, where she was the first head of Human Resources. Her early career was in social work and psychotherapy, beginning her career at the Angelo J. Melillo Center for Mental Health. She held subsequent positions as a supervisor in the New York Presbyterian Methodist Hospital Social Work Department and with Managed Health Network, as an employee assistance clinician.

Ylisa attended Glen Cove public schools and earned a BA in Sociology from SUNY at Buffalo and an MSW from Adelphi University’s Graduate School of Social Work. She was a matriculated student at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. Ylisa has been actively involved in raising Portuguese Water Dogs for many years. She serves on the boards of the Ladies Kennel Association of America and the Long Island Kennel Club.

Returning to her home town is very meaningful to Ylisa, as is working for a company which demonstrates its strong commitment to community involvement by giving back in meaningful ways. She is looking forward to deepening her relationship with the Glen Cove business community and helping to further its success.



Mary Stanco  •  Board Leader & Community Liaison

Mary Stanco has been a Licensed Salesperson since 2005 and a top producer in Nassau Country. She is the Sales Manager for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Laffey International Realty in Glen Cove, NY. A lifetime Glen Cove resident and an active member of the community, she offers her customers and clients an in-depth knowledge of the community focusing on the factors that influence local real estate values. Mary's 46-year residence in Glen Cove has afforded her the opportunity to work with civic officials as well as members of the multi-cultural business community resulting in valuable experience dealing with a complex international marketplace. Her negotiating skills were perfected as Assistant Manager of the recruiting company which took from start up in a very profitable venture in a relatively short time frame.

Mary holds a plethora of impressive real estate credentials including SRES-Senior Real Estate Specialist, ABR-Accredited Buyers Representative, RECS-Real Estate Cyberspace Society, REBAC-Real Estate Buyers Agent Council, CBR-Certified Byers Representative, CRS-Certified Residential Specialist, CIPS-Certified International Property Specialist, RSSP-Real Estate Short Sale Professional. She is a past President of the Chamber and has worked on several events including the Annual Gala and the Culinary Delights. Outside the chamber, she has been active in the Long Island Board of Realtors, Sons of Italy and has worked on National Night Out and Glen Cove Senior Day. 

  • Phone:516-351-6336
  • Email: Maryann1970@aol.com

 


Matilde Talarico Tysz  •  Board Leader

Matilde Talarico Tysz is the Co-Owner of The Max Challenge of Glen Cove.  After trying several gyms and not finding a good fit, Matilde joined The Max Challenge and found a program that fit her lifestyle and motivated her to keep to a fitness program. She was excited about The Max business model and decided to make a life change.  Until this time, Matilde was the Chief Operating Officer at C-Suite, responsible for P&L accountability for a national retail merchandising company. Under her leadership, Matilde drove the success of all business undertakings including Operations, Customer & Employee Service, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Accounting & Finance. In 2018, Matilde resigned from her C-Suite position to launch The Max Challenge of Glen Cove, together with her husband, Tom Tysz and her cousin, Fausto Rotundo.  Since the grand opening in September, many residents have seen improvement in both physical appearance and overall health and wellness.  Matilde continues to participate in The Max Challenge and has lost a significant amount of weight, transforming body and mind simultaneously.  Her commitment to the program and a healthy lifestyle has her in the best shape of her life. 

Matilde is driven to be a source of support for the community.  Together with her team, she has hosted many successful fundraisers in addition to being named Co-Chair of the 2019 Culinary Delights event.  

Matilde was born in Calabria, Italy and immigrated to the United States at 11 years old and is fluent in Italian. Currently, she resides in Stewart Manor with her husband, Tom, and mother, Rosa.  She has 2 children:  Matilde Pennisi Kantor and Ronald Tysz.



Jerry Farrell  •  Board Leader

Jerry Farrell, Owner and Founder of Rising Tide Natural Market. Expect to be welcomed personally by Jerry as you enter the store—he’s been greeting his customers, often by name, for nearly 43 years. In 1976, just in his 20s, Jerry founded Rising Tide Market with two partners, driven by an interest in macrobiotic food and a desire to advocate about healthy living. Today, he’s shifted focus to organic foods and sustainable living, but his desire to educate his community hasn’t waned. He loves the complex nature of owning RT, and how there is always something to improve upon. But his favorite part about coming into the store everyday is interacting with his customers, many of whom he considers friends.

When Jerry is not at RT, he connects with other independent natural food retailers working to provide a united voice in dealing with issues (GMOs, organic standards) that affect the whole industry. As a former high school track coach, Jerry is a devout follower of the sport, from the youth to the elite level. He has a son, Dylan, and a daughter, Lea—both RT employees

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Ernie Feliciano  •  Board Leader

Ernie Feliciano M.D. graduated with a degree of Doctor of Medicine at the University of Perpetual Help, College of Medicine in the Philippines. He also holds a undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Science Major in Psychology.

Ernie is the medical director of The Med Station, a walk-in medical care facility and family practice office that has been providing primary care and urgent care to children and adults for almost 30 years. He and his wife, Debbie Feliciano M.D., the practicing physician at The Med Station since 2007, runs this small, local and independent business that was transferred from Russell Samuel M.D. when he retired over 2 years ago. Ernie is more involved with the administrative aspect of The Med Station rather than practicing.

Before joining with his wife at The Med Station, he has been involved with medical research at an investigational site in New York City for prevention and treatment of precancerous lesions linked with HPV.

Ernie is very much involved with youth sports. He has been a volunteer soccer coach and licensed trainer for almost a decade for a local youth club that travels all of long Island and upstate New York. Other sports that he has volunteered to coach were basketball and baseball. He also enjoys a multitude of currently playing sports such as soccer, basketball and golf. 

He is happily married for 19 years and have 2 children. His 15 year old son has aspirations to be a doctor and could possibly inherit The Med Station and his 11 year old daughter aspires to be a lawyer.




Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews  •  Board Leader
Voice and Speech Coach / Communications Professional

A freelance communications professional and speech coach, Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews also worked for many years in arts administration. He founded and served as Producing Artistic Director of a theatre company in Dallas and has been involved in the creation of several nonprofit organizations, including the Flora Macdonald Legacy Foundation. Prior to his work as a coach, Gaitley worked as a professional actor and director for more than twenty years and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association (AFL-CIO) and the National Association of Arts Administrators. In addition to his ongoing private coaching work, Gaitley recently launched a social media and public relations venture under the name GSM Communications.

A long-time advocate for the arts and community involvement, Gaitley is a Founding Member of NOSH, a program of the North Shore Soup Kitchen, is a Trustee of the North Shore Historical Museum, serves as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church, and is an associate member of Calvary A.M.E. Church, where he sings in the choir.  He also served on the Cultural Affairs Commission for the City of Dallas, is on the Advisory Council of the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival, and is an active member of the North Shore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Sons of Italy. Having grown up with an appreciation for our military, Gaitley was honored to serve as a Board member of Heroes Among Us, currently serves on the City’s Memorial Day Parade Committee, and was honored to recently be recognized by VFW Post 347 for meritorious service.

Gaitley holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Business, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, and a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre. He has additional administrative training via San Francisco’s Support Center for Nonprofit Management, worked as a Research Associate at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, is a former Glen Cove City Council member - serving as Liaison to the Senior Center, and is pleased to serve on the board of Age-Friendly Glen Cove.

He lives with his husband of seventeen years, Jim Stevenson-Mathews, who has worked as Head of Horticulture of one of Long Island’s Gold Coast estates for more than thirty-five years. The two own a home in the Landing area of Glen Cove.



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