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LGBT Network Elects Four New Board Members

The LGBT Network, the region’s leading organization serving Long Island and Queens LGBT communities, announces the addition of four new members to its Board of Directors.  The four new members represent some of the highest profile leaders in philanthropy, public service and nonprofit management in the New York metro region.  Joining the LGBT Network Board are:

Resi Cooper – Resi Cooper just recently completed a successful run as the New York State Director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential primary campaign. Resi also served as Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Long Island Regional Director for six years, and was the Political Director for Ms. Clinton’s re-election campaign in 2006.  Ms. Cooper has worked with a diverse group of organizations and has extensive experience overseeing strategic planning and creative development for integrated communications campaigns, including public policy, statewide and national elections, corporate advocacy efforts and public education campaigns, community coalition building, direct mail campaigns, and event development.

Laurie Scheinman -  Laurie Scheinman is one of Long Island’s leading Philanthropists and is an Entrepreneur and Creator of wit & whim, a boutique in Port Washington which donates 100% of its proceeds to charity. Wit & Whim has received national recognition as one of Home Accent Today magazine’s 50 Retail Stars for 2015 and by 1010 WINS radio as one of NY’s 50 best small businesses. Laurie, a child and family therapist for almost 30 years, also is the founding co-president of the nation’s only chartered PTA to focus on LGBT youth, the Long Island Gay PTSA.

Dave Mejias - Dave Mejias is a former Nassau County legislator and attorney specializing in family law and divorce. He is a managing partner at Mejias, Milgrim & Alvarado where he has practiced law for 18 years. Mejias has been on the forefront of civil rights movements, including the LGBT and Hispanic and Latino communities and is past chairman of the Hispanic Bar Association of Long Island.

Christopher Long -  Christopher Long, Ed.D, is the President of Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), a not-for-profit agency that supports individuals of all abilities with community living opportunities, employment, day services, clinical, education and after-school support and other supports.  Prior to joining FREE, for ten years, Dr. Long held multiple executive management positions at several not-for-profit health related and human service organization. Additionally, Dr. Long has a considerable amount of higher education teaching experience as adjunct faculty at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, at Pace University, in New York City, Iona College in Westchester and Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY.

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