Dr. Aileen Riotto Sirey founded the National Organization of Italian American Women in 1980 and served the organization for 32 years as the first President for 5 years and 25 years as Chairwoman. Dr Sirey is currently a NOIAW board member for life with the title Founder, Chair Emerita. Geraldine Ferraro made the suggestion that Aileen start the organization and they invited Founding members Matilda Raffa Cuomo, Donna de Matteo, Constance Mandina Roseanne Coletti and others to attend the first meeting.
Dr. Sirey is a retired psychotherapist and recipient of numerous awards including the titles of Commendatore and Cavalieri, the Order of the Merit of Republic of Italy, Distinguished Alumna of Brooklyn College and Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Maria Tamburri was a managing partner/principal for West Hudson, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in management development and labor productivity. Her prior professional experience was in human resources and executive recruitment. Ms. Tamburri has served on several not-for-profit boards and was NOIAW’s Executive Director from 2008 to 2011.
Diana Femia served as Senior Director of Marketing for the New York Mercantile Exchange for more than twenty-three years. A longterm NOIAW member, Ms. Femia joined in 1982 and served as a board member and First Vice President. After relocating to Washington, DC, she launched the Greater Washington DC Region in 2008.
Robyn Imbimbo is the founder of Noline NYC, a unique marketing resource for corporations and agencies, established in 2003. She’s a dynamic, results-oriented brand-builder, delivering insights, strategy and integrated solutions that drive brand success within today’s complex, cluttered, and competitive marketplace and media landscape. Robyn’s talents have impacted a broad range of clients including Nike, Johnson & Johnson, Crayola, Hershey, Revlon, Comcast, Southern Comfort, Tropicana and Gatorade. Previously she served as the Executive Vice President of Draft Worldwide where she built the agency’s New York-based promotional marketing division. Robyn is a proud Italian American and NOIAW board member.
Mary Ann Mattone’s professional background began in psychiatric nursing where she served as Research Coordinator for Neuroendocrine Studies at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and at the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University, where she later became Acting Director of Nursing. Ms. Mattone left academia in 1982 and worked as a broker in domestic and foreign exchange markets on Wall Street before joining her family’s real estate business. Ms. Mattone has been involved in philanthropic pursuits in the Italian American community and the community at large for many years.
MaryRose Barranco Morris, Ed.D. received her Doctor of Education Degree at Teachers College Columbia University (TC) in 2005. She served TC for ten years as an Academic Director in The Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation and then served as founder and Dean of The Center for Innovative Education in the Arts, Culture and Horticulture for Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden in Staten Island. In 2011, she completed her first book, Linking Learning to Strategy Formation, creating and implementing strategic learning in not-for-profit organizations. Currently, Dr. Morris is an Adult Learning and Leadership Consultant.
Dr. Donna M. Chirico is Professor of Psychology and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at York College/CUNY, where she established the York College Women’s Center as a permanent space on the campus to offer programming and assistance. Dr. Chirico serves on the Executive Committee of the Italian American Studies Association, is Chair of the Italian American Faculty Staff Advisory Council of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, and is president of the American arm of the Italian Language Inter-Cultural Alliance (ILICA.) She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from The City University of New York, a masters in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University, and a doctorate in Religion and Education from Teachers College at Columbia University.
Anne Marie D’Attelo, Esq. has been a practicing attorney since 1985 and is admitted to the Bar in both Rhode Island and Connecticut. She is currently Counsel at AIPSO in Johnston, Rhode Island. Ms. D’Attelo was formerly a Managing Attorney with Zurich North America.
NOIAW Founding Member Donna de Matteo is Executive Director of the HB Playwrights Foundation and Theatre; Vice President of the Herbert Berghof (HB) Studio as well as Playwriting Chair at HB Studio. Among her accolades, her play, Her Name is Kathy, was included in The Best Short Plays 2001-2002, and one of her most recent plays, The Heart Transplant, starred her Emmy-award-winning daughter, Drea de Matteo.
Hon. Angela Mazzarelli serves as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department of the New York State Supreme Court. Justice Mazzarelli was designated to this position in 1994 by Governor Mario M. Cuomo and became the second woman appointed to ever sit in that court. In 2017, Justice Mazzarelli was appointed to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore. In 1992, Justice Mazzarelli was elected to the Supreme Court of the State of New York. In 1985, she was elected to the Civil Court of the City of New York and was assigned to sit in the Criminal Court.
Maria T. Vullo, Esq. has been a Partner in the Litigation Department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP for more than twenty-one years. In 2010, she was the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice at the Office of the New York Attorney General, Andrew M. Cuomo. Ms. Vullo was also Special Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Government Operations Committee, Employment and Housing Subcommittee. She was named one of America’s Top Women Litigators by The National Law Journal in 2001.
Betty Santangelo, Esq,, partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel, LLP is widely known and honored for her expertise in securities enforcement and corporate compliance issues. She has been honored as one of the Best Lawyers in America, a New York Super Lawyer and received the 2008 Burton Award for Legal Achievement. She served as Chair of the National Board of NOIAW from 2012-2014.
Patricia “Pat” Tinto has an extensive career in government, politics and strategic communications in New York and currently serves as Director of Communications & Marketing at the Westchester Jewish Center. Following her passion for all things Italian, Pat recently founded a cultural salon for Italophiles, oenophiles and foodies alike and runs a weekly conversational Italian session at the Norwalk Public Library in addition to being a long-term member of NOIAW’s Connecticut Region. Pat also sits on the Board of Directors of the Alumnae Association for Barnard College. Her volunteer work for her alma mater earned her the 2016 Award for Service to Barnard College.
LIDIA MATTICCHIO BASTIANICH
MARGARET I. CUOMO, M.D.
MATILDA RAFFA CUOMO*
HON. ROSA L. DELAURO
HON. GERALDINE A. FERRARO*†
HON. MARIE GARIBALDI†
HON. PATRICIA DE STACY HARRISON
KATHERINE LAGUARDIA, M.D.
HON. NANCY PELOSI
REGINA S. PERUGGI, MBA, ED.D.
HON. NATALIA QUINTAVALLE
BARONESSA MARIUCCIA ZERILLI-MARIMÒ†
ITALY: SUSY MARRA
AUSTRALIA: HON. FRANCA ARENA
ARGENTINA: MARIA DEL CARMEN RONI