Fundraising Forum Speakers

Terri Alessi-Miceli,  President and CEO - HIA-LI

As President and CEO, Terri Alessi-Miceli leads the activities and initiatives for HIA-LI, one of the recognized voices for Long Island business and a powerful force and economic engine for regional development. Its member companies represent tens of thousands of business professionals. Under Alessi-Miceli’s leadership, HIA-LI is playing a vital role in combatting Long Island issues with transportation, workforce development, and affordable living in the Innovation Park.

HIA-LI initiatives promote strategic partnerships, information sharing, and business advocacy. It has active committees that provide business programs and services to help its members thrive. HIA-LI also hosts the Annual Business Trade Show and Conference, which sets records for business participation and is a major economic engine on Long Island.

Alessi-Miceli had previously served as Managing Director of Dale Carnegie Training for more than 18 years where she was responsible for the profitability and productivity of the instructional and sales teams in Long Island, New York at this premiere corporate education organization.

Alessi-Miceli is a current board member of Discover LI, the region’s official organization representing tourism, and is also a former board member of the Long Island Regional Planning Council, the New York League of Conservation Voters, and the Suffolk County Girl Scout Council. She has been featured in such publications as Newsday, Networking Magazine, Smithtown News, and Long Island Business News and appeared on News 12’s “Jobline” as an expert in organizational change and motivation.

In 2006, she was honored with the Harry Chapin Humanitarian award for HIA-LI’s work with Long Island Cares as the second largest contributor to their annual food drive as well as her personal work with the Dress for Success program, training women in interviewing skills and boosting their self-confidence.

She was twice honored as one of Long Island Business News’ (LIBN) Top 50 Women Professionals on Long Island, earning her a spot in the Hall of Fame. Alessi-Miceli has been a recipient of LIBN’s Top CEO Award as well as its 2022 “Power List.”  Schneps Media – publishers of the Long Island Press – named her one of Long Island’s “Top Power Women” as well as to its “Long Island Power List.” And City & State Magazine honored Terri with an “Above & Beyond Innovators Award.”

Alessi-Miceli’s community involvement has included a commitment as a religion schoolteacher and working with the Big Brother/Big Sister organization.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Adelphi University.

David Okorn, Executive Director, Long Island Community Foundation

David Okorn has been the executive director of LICF since 2010. He began his career at LICF in 2008 as the Foundation’s director of advancement and donor relations. Previously, he was the senior vice president of development and external relations at the Viscardi Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children with disabilities. Prior to that he held positions as director of community relations at KeySpan and executive director of the KeySpan Foundation.

David received his B.S. and M.S. in Business Administration and Energy Management at New York Institute of Technology -Old Westbury. He is a member of the board of directors of the Long Island Volunteer Center and Chairman of the Better Business Bureau Foundation. David also is a member of the Long Island State Park, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission.

David believes everyone can be a philanthropist!

As a division of The New York Community Trust, the Long Island Community Foundation determinedly takes on tough problems to improve the quality of life in our region by supporting nonprofits that speak to the charitable passions of our generous donors. We champion the causes you care about with smart grantmaking solutions designed specifically to adapt over time.

Special Guest Emcee and Moderator

Elisa DiStefano, Senior Lifestyle Host, Newsday TV 

John Durso, President Local 338; President Long Island Federation of Labor

John R. Durso is the president of Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW, representing over 13,000 workers statewide. Local 338 members are employed in a variety of different industries and roles, including in grocery and food retail, retail pharmacy, healthcare and human services, cannabis and agriculture, amongst others.  He serves as the President of the Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, a role he has held since 2005.

He also serves as an International Vice President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Vice President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) – a Council within the UFCW - and is a Vice President of the New York City Central Labor Council.  John is proud to be a member of several different Boards and is the chair for the EAC Network and on the Nassau Community College Board of Trustees, along with the board for the NCC Foundation. John is proudest of Local 338’s continued work with local charities, including the John Theissen Children’s Foundation, bringing children in need toys and school supplies.

John believes that his greatest accomplishments are his four grown children: John Jr., Michael, Jessica, and Jim, and is also a proud grandfather of seven. John is married to Peggy, who was herself, a 27-year member of Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW.

Beth Fetner, Chief Development Officer, Sunrise Association

With 20+ years’ experience, Beth Fetner is responsible for a $14.5M annual campaign and leads the organizations fundraising efforts in a new 4-year National Expansion Campaign.  The campaign seeks to raise an additional $8.9M and will impact 1/3 of American children suffering from cancer.