President and Chief Executive Officer, HKS
In June 2019 Kim Zimmer was named President and CEO of Helen Keller Services by the organization’s Board of Trustees. For over 125 years the nonprofit organization has enabled individuals who are blind, visually impaired, deaf-blind or have combined hearing-vision loss to live, work and thrive in the communities of their choice. Helen Keller Services consists of two divisions under its umbrella, Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults and Helen Keller Services for the Blind.
Prior to her role at Helen Keller Services, Zimmer was chief marketing officer and senior vice president of global development at Goodwill Industries International (GII), a global social enterprise that provides job training, career and support services to nearly 39 million people a year, through the revenue from the sale of donated clothes and household goods. At GII, Zimmer developed and implemented innovative communication and public affairs initiatives for 160 members across the United States, Canada and 13 other countries. She executed international business development, brand and cause marketing, social media and digital applications that directly impacted top-line growth.
Prior to joining Goodwill, Zimmer was the vice president of corporate communications for National Industries for the Blind (NIB), a national nonprofit that works in partnership with more than 88 associated agencies around the U.S. to enhance economic opportunities and professional development for people who are blind and employed through federal set aside contracts. While at NIB, Zimmer led a team to develop and implement strategic corporate communications and marketing campaigns to drive social enterprise, increase brand awareness and positively impact mission measures.
Before NIB, Zimmer was vice president and chief operations officer at the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB), in Washington, D.C. CLB is dedicated to providing training programs, services and employment opportunities to people who are blind. In that role, she oversaw key areas of opportunity, including consumer programming, the introduction of virtual skills development, fundraising and brand marketing and public policy. She also introduced social enterprise through federal set aside contracts for employment of people who are blind.
Zimmer started her career as a consultant to state and county economic development initiatives and global technology companies.
She holds a degree from James Madison University.
Director of Day and Community Habilitation Services, HKSB
Kimberly Clark is the director of day and community habilitation services for Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB). In this role, Ms. Clark oversees the provision of services through the Day Habilitation Program located in Hempstead, and all community habilitation and respite opportunities operated under the auspices of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).
Prior to joining the team at HKSB, she served as the director of quality assurance for the Children’s Residential Treatment Center at SCO Family Services and as both the director of quality assurance – quality improvement services and the corporate compliance officer at the Center for Developmental Disabilities.
Ms. Clark graduated from Long Island University with a B.S. in public administration, finance and accounting. Throughout her career, she has served as a member of local and statewide committees focused on the improvement of programs for the developmentally disabled, housing opportunities, government policy and analysis, and work force development. Currently she is a member of the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies’ statewide Workforce Development Committee and the Long Island Informed Consent Committee. She has been actively involved with the Long Island Regional Center for Workforce Transformation – Direct Support Professional Credentialing pilot program for the Long Island Region. Through her participation in this program, Kimberly has worked in partnership with a select group of professionals from other organizations and has served as a mentor to direct support staff working toward fulfilling the educational and demonstration of competency requirements of The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals. This program, which was established to enhance the status of direct support professionals and promote the development of a highly competent human services workforce on a national level, enables direct support staff to apply for--and meet--established credentialing standards. Upon completion of these requirements, two HKSB staffers will be among the first 12 direct support professionals on Long Island to have achieved credentialed status.
Marc Feldman, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, HKS
A financial executive with over 30 years of experience, Marc Feldman oversees the financial and accounting functions for Helen Keller Services.
Prior to joining HKSB, Mr. Feldman was the chief financial officer (CFO) at The Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation (DKM), a privately held multi-industry, multi-national corporation. At DKM, he directed all external relationships related to corporate finance, tax, real estate, insurance, audit/financial reporting, cash management, pension, environmental and IT. In addition to his responsibilities as CFO, Mr. Feldman managed invested assets as treasurer of The Dyson Foundation.
He also served as chief financial officer at Biopharmaceutics, Inc., and as assistant vice president of Finance at Del Laboratories. Mr. Feldman began his career as a supervising audit senior at Ernst & Young.
He holds an M.B.A. in finance (Dean’s List) from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and a B.B.A. with distinction from the University of Michigan. Mr. Feldman is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Chief Development Officer, HKS
Ms. Fu joined HKS in January 2015 as part of the HKNC Helmsley Grant development effort and has continued in that position after grant support ended. Ms. Fu has over 20 years of experience in development and prior experience in the financial sector. She earned her Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree from Hofstra University and her Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in Finance from LIU. Ms. Fu heads up the HKS Development Team and is responsible for all day-to-day development operations and will supervise and manage the entire development team.
Ms. Fu has responsibility for all HKS’ IT infrastructure, contracting, policy, logistics and change management and continue to act as liaison to LISS Consulting, our IT service firm. Also, she continues her role as liaison to the HKS Board of Trustees.
Lorraine M. Locurto
Executive Director, Helen Keller Services for the Blind
Lorraine LoCurto has helped further the mission of Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB) for over 30 years. She is responsible for all programs serving the blind at all HKSB locations.
Before becoming executive director, Ms. LoCurto was responsible for all rehabilitation and social services in Nassau County, including the day habilitation and residential habilitation programs. She also had served as director of day habilitation services and psychometrist. In these roles, Ms. LoCurto was responsible for day-to-day operations and psychological evaluations for the blind and visually impaired. She began her career as the school psychologist intern for the Copiague Public Schools on Long Island.
Ms. LoCurto earned an M.A. in clinical psychology and a B.A. in psychology from St. John’s University, where she is also a doctoral candidate in the field of child psychology. Ms. LoCurto has permanent New York State Certification as a school psychologist.
Director of Facilities, HKS
In his role as director of facilities for Helen Keller Services (HKS), Chris Mastrangelo manages the operation and maintenance of the physical plants of the agency’s two divisions, Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) and Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB). Mr. Mastrangelo, who has been with HKS for more than 25 years, oversees the work of outside contractors; and supervises employees in the maintenance, landscaping, housekeeping and dietary departments. He also handles union-related staff issues.
Mr. Mastrangelo’s previous experience includes the installation and servicing of fire and safety equipment as well as the wiring of electrical installations in industrial, commercial and residential settings. He completed coursework at the Nassau Technological Center and the Buildings Technical Training Center, and holds an Air Conditioning Contractors of America certificate in refrigerant transition and recovery.
Supervising Manager, Wantagh Residential Facility, HKSB
As supervising manager for Helen Keller Services’ Wantagh Residential Facility, Ayana McQueen has served the developmentally disabled population and their families for over 15 years.
Ms. McQueen is responsible for the 24-hour operation of the facility, which includes and is not limited to providing safe and appropriate community integration, habilitation, financial assistance and dietary services for each individual at the residence. She also oversees staff and conducts hands-on training on a weekly basis.
Prior to joining HKSB, Ms. McQueen served as assistant manager of the Epilepsy Foundation’s East Meadow house. In that role, she was responsible for providing 24-hour clinical care to people with severe epileptic conditions as well as profound disabilities. Ms. McQueen also was instrumental in the utilization of Vegas nerve stimulation earlier in her career. She also was a social work supervisor at the Beach Terrace Care Center in Long Beach (New York).
Ms. McQueen earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Rust College, a historically black college in Holly Springs, Mississippi. At that time, she became a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., which is an action-oriented, community-conscious organization.
Associate Executive Director, HKSB
Elizabeth (Liz) Meade began her career at HKSB in 1995 as a supported employment training specialist, developing clients’ pre-employment skills and providing career counseling and job placement services. In 2007 Ms. Meade was promoted to coordinator of pre-employment services, overseeing the provision of services for both youth in transition and adults who require evaluation and/or other training prior to being referred for competitive employment. She was instrumental in the development of a 12-session training program to improve clients’ soft skills (i.e., communication, decision making, personal management, etc.). She then became the director of rehabilitation and placement services for Helen Keller Services for the Blind. In this role, Ms. Meade oversees all vision rehabilitation, adaptive living, pre-vocational, placement and summer camp programs and instructors.
Ms. Meade graduated from Iona College with a B.A. in psychology and an M.B.A. in organizational behavior, and she has a certification in advanced interpretation of the Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation System (CVES) from McCarron-Dial Systems. Ms. Meade is a member of the Nassau Placement Network and was elected to their executive board in 2004.
Chief Facilities Officer, HKS
Gary Messina is the Chief Facilities Officer for Helen Keller Services (HKS), where he coordinates the operation and maintenance of the physical plants of both the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) division and the Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB) division. Mr. Messina works closely with the director of facilities to ensure optimal operation of HKS’ buildings and premises, and to maintain a safe and cost-effective environment for all who utilize the facilities and grounds.
Mr. Messina joined HKS in 2014, bringing with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in construction management, building materials, workmanship standards, municipal codes and safety regulations. He has managed projects ranging from new construction to restoring historic landmarks; has implemented cost controls to improve efficiency and productivity; and has conducted training programs to develop staff, facilitate efficiency and improve performance. Mr. Messina also owned and operated a private residential and commercial renovations business for nearly 20 years.
Chief Human Resources Officer, HKS
Effective January 2017, Mia Murro has been appointed the agency-wide position of HKS Chief Human Resources Officer and will oversee all human resources for Helen Keller Services. Prior to this appointment, she was the director of human resources at the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC). Since 2007, she has been responsible for the management and direction of the human resources function, providing support to over 150 employees. Her duties include recruitment and selection, training and development, policy development and implementation, benefits administration, compensation and employee relations within a union environment.
Prior to joining HKNC, Ms. Murro was the HR manager at Bertelsmann Direct North America, the largest direct-to-consumer distributor of media products in the United States. Over nine years with Bertelsmann, she implemented many innovative and cost-savings procedures, which resulted in a number of successive promotions culminating in being appointed HR Manager.
Ms. Murro graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A. in psychology and business management. She also earned a certificate in human resources from LIU Post and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
Manager, Quality Assurance and Staff Training, HKSB
As the manager of quality assurance and staff training for Helen Keller Services for the Blind’s OPWDD programs, Michael Pisano is responsible for training and quality assurance activities of all staff employed in our OPWDD-regulated programs, including day habilitation, residential services, Medicaid service coordination, community habilitation, supported employment and respite services.
Mr. Pisano came to HKSB from SCO Family of Services, where he served as the assistant director of agency-wide quality assurance. Prior to this, he served as the director of quality assurance and staff training for OPWDD Services (also at SCO). Throughout his career, Michael has been an active member of various committees relating to quality assurance at both the local and state levels. Currently he is a member of the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies’ statewide education and training committee.
Michael is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Principal, Children’s Learning Center, HKSB
Garth White has more than 19 years of experience in educational leadership positions, directing general and special education programs for nonprofit organizations and the New York City Department of Education.
Prior to joining the team at Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB), he served as principal at the Mill Basin & Nazareth Early Childhood Center, director of child care services at the Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service and director of children’s services/school principal at Lighthouse International.
In addition, he brings classroom experience to his role at HKSB. An adjunct college professor, he also spent eight years teaching in early childhood, elementary and junior high school settings.
Mr. White earned an M.S. in special education and an advanced certificate in educational administration and supervision from Hunter College and a B.F.A. in graphic communications from Pratt Institute of Design. He holds New York State certifications in school administration and supervision (SAS), school business administration (SBA), school district administration (SDA) and special education/fine arts, and New York City licenses for principal/assistant principal – elementary and teacher/supervisor – special education/art.
Director of Government Relations, HKS
Geralyn Zuzze is the director of government relations at Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB). In this role, Ms. Zuzze manages government functions, including responding to government funding opportunities, developing responses to RFPs and managing the subsequent contract development/contract management process. She also coordinates legislative outreach and is liaison to government officials, arranging legislator site visits at HKSB offices and HKSB visits to legislators' offices. Additionally, Ms. Zuzze coordinates Helen Keller Services’ out-of-state charitable registration process and works closely with senior management on special projects and compliance matters.
Ms. Zuzze has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining HKSB’s Development Department in 2007, Ms. Zuzze spent nine years in the HKSB Braille Library, in both director and assistant director roles. Previously she held positions at the American Cancer Society and at the Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York (CIDNY), where she conducted outreach around health care to people with physical and sensory disabilities.
Ms. Zuzze holds an M.P.H. in urban public health from Hunter College and an M.A. in health advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College. Her B.A. degree in psychology was obtained from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Ms. Zuzze has been hard of hearing for most of her adult life and has a sibling with developmental disabilities, both of which informed her development as a strong advocate for the needs and rights of all people across the disabilities spectrum.