The National Board of Directors is the governing body of NOIAW.
The organization’s member structure provides for geographically organized chartered groups: Regions, and their subgroups, Networks. NOIAW members enjoy membership in the National Organization of Italian American Women and geographically designated NOIAW Regions and Networks where they are chartered.
NOIAW BOARD MEMBERS, 2014
First Row; Left to Right: Donna de Matteo, Jo-Ann Daddio-Larsen, Patricia A. Martone, Mary Ann Mattone, Honorable Anita Florio, Anne Marie D’Attelo, Maria Tamburri, MaryRose Barranco Morris.
Second Row; Left to Right: Aileen Riotto Sirey, Ph.D., Diana Femia, Betty Santangelo, Esq., Maria Vullo, Honorable Angela Mazzarelli.
Not in photo: Cristina Matera, MD; Angela Sculti
DISTINGUISHED BOARD MEMBERS
Aileen Riotto Sirey, Ph.D.
Founder and Chair Emerita
Dr. Aileen Riotto Sirey founded NOIAW in 1980 with a group of women including Geraldine Ferraro, Matilda Raffa Cuomo, Donna de Matteo, Constance Mandina and Roseanne Coletti. In addition to maintaining a private psychotherapy practice for more than twenty five years, she also served as part time Executive Director of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. Dr. Sirey is the recipient of numerous awards including the titles of Commendatore and Cavalieri the Order of the Merit of Republic of Italy and Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Betty Santangelo, Esq.
Chair, Membership Committee Chair
Betty Santangelo, 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.
Maria T. Vullo, Esq.
Maria T. Vullo 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. 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.
Cristina Matera, MD
Secretary, Program Committee Chair
Dr. Cristina Matera specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and currently practices at Madison Women’s Health & Fertility in Manhattan. Dr. Matera is Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She was included in New York Magazine’s The Best Doctors in New York 2002 and 2010 issues.
Treasurer & Greater Washington, DC Region President
Diana Femia served as Senior Director of Marketing for the New York Mercantile Exchange for more than twenty-three years. A long-term NOIAW member, 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.
Donna de Matteo
Scholarship Committee Chair
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.
Patricia A. Martone, Esq.
Patricia A. Martone is a partner at Morrison & Foerster’s New York Office in the Intellectual Practice Group. Among the country’s most successful patent trial attorneys, Martone has been lead counsel in more than 40 patent infringement cases, and has tried a number of high profile cases in her field. She was previously with Ropes & Gray where she was co-head of the International Practice Group.
Mary Ann Mattone, RN/MPH
Her professional background began in psychiatric nursing where she served as Research Coordinator for Neurodocrine Studies at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and at the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University, where she later became Acting Director of Nursing. 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. Mattone has been involved in philanthropic pursuits in the Italian American community and the community at large for many years.
Hon. Angela Mazzarelli
Hon. Angela Mazzarelli was designated Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department of the New York State Supreme Court in 1994 by Governor Mario M. Cuomo. Justice Mazzarelli became the second woman appointed to ever sit in that court. In 1985, she was elected to the Civil Court of the City of New York and was assigned to sit in the Criminal Court. In 1992, Justice Mazzarelli was elected to the Supreme Court of State of New York.
MaryRose Barranco Morris
President Greater New York Region, Staten Island Network Coordinator
MaryRose Barranco Morris 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..
Angela T. Sculti
Angela T. Sculti has been the Director of Coporate & Community Relations at St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children since 2006. She was part of a team responsible for increasing annual funding, re-branding and launching the System's capital campaign raising $17 million equity for a building project. Sculti is responsible for cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors to attain program and campaign support through fund raising. Her prior executive and management experience was in the travel industry as founder & CEO of Custom Cruises, Inc., the first cruise-only travel agency in Westchester County.
President, Connecticut Region
Jo-Ann Daddio-Larsen is an award-winning marketing executive with branding, communications, advertising and press relations experience in the banking, payments and debit card arena. Daddio-Larsen served as a Director of Citi for Citi Private Bank and Senior Vice President and Director of Branding and Advertising for Citigroup’s Corporate & Investment Bank.
Anne Marie D’Attelo, Esq.
President, Rhode Island Region
Anne Marie D’Attelo has been a practicing attorney since 1985 and admitted to the Bar in both Rhode Island and Connecticut. She is currently Counsel at AIPSO in Johnston, Rhode Island, a position she has held for the past two years. D’Attelo was formerly a Managing Attorney with Zurich North America.
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. Maria has served on several not-for-profit boards and was NOIAW's Executive Director from 2008 to 2011.