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The LICF staff are all Long Islanders bringing to their work a profound knowledge of the region, its 2.8 million people, institutions, and resources. LICF staff have earned college and advanced degrees in business, social work, education, law, marketing, public administration, urban policy, history, and nonprofit management. They bring an understanding of public policy and the ability to see "the big picture," expertise in examining nonprofit credentials and assessing local efforts, and ingenuity to help initiate new and innovative collaborations to resolve regional problems.

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Jeannie Demaio
Grants Administrator & Office Manager

Jeannie has over thirty years of corporate and not-for-profit experience, specializing in program administration. Jeannie’s enthusiasm and commitment to community service was cultivated during her career with LILCO/KeySpan. Supporting a senior executive who managed the both the KeySpan Foundation and Environmental & Community Affairs, she got involved with many local organizations and various community improvement projects. Always seeking ways to help protect the environment, she implemented a corporate cell phone donation program and coordinated several beach and park clean-up projects.

Jeanne left KeySpan to pursue a career in the not-for-profit community. She provided her administrative, grant writing and event planning skills to several local organizations, including the Nature Conservancy of Long Island, the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research, and the Long Island Philharmonic.

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Sol Marie Alfonso Jones
Senior Program Officer

Sol Marie has been with LICF since 2009. As senior program officer, she oversees the Foundation’s competitive grantmaking program, which distributes approximately $2.5 million annually.  Prior to LICF she worked at Sustainable Long Island where she directed the organization’s community revitalization and brownfield redevelopment programs. Before working on Long Island, Sol Marie spent 17 years working in New York City: 12 years overseeing academic enrichment and college preparation programs at Sponsors for Educational Opportunity and five years as a community liaison in Governor Mario Cuomo’s Office of Hispanic Affairs. She is a member of NYS Health Foundation Community Advisory Committee and serves as an advisory member of the Regional Planning Association’s fourth regional plan, a long vision for the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut region’s shared prosperity, health and livability, resiliency, and good governance.

A graduate of the University of Rochester, Sol Marie received a B.A. in 1987. Her professional certifications include the Columbia Business School’s Nonprofit Management Program and the American Express Non-Profit Executives Leadership Academy. She is a member of the Energeia Partnership’s class of 2011, a leadership academy dedicated to identifying and addressing complex and multi-dimensional issues challenging the Long Island region.

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David M. Okorn
Executive Director

David M. 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 Abilities, 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.

Dave 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 the Better Business Bureau Foundation. Dave was recently appointed as a Member of the Long Island State Park, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission by NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Marie C. Smith
Director of Donor Relations & Communications

Marie C. Smith has been the director of donor relations and communications at LICF since April 2011. Marie provides excellent service to donors while effectively promoting the Foundation’s mission and activities. Prior to joining LICF, she was director of strategic partnerships at Consolidated Edison where she led the company’s corporate giving strategy, managed community relations, charitable giving, volunteerism and special events programs.

A graduate of Hofstra University, Marie has a B.S. in Business Administration and
completed her Masters in Organizational Leadership with Mercy College in 2002. She
is the former chairperson for the NYC Contributions Advisory Group (CAG) and
completed a certification in Planned Giving at Molloy College.

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Tonya Thomas
Associate Program Officer

As an associate program officer, Tonya supports the Foundation’s competitive grantmaking as well as our special initiatives. Prior to LICF, she was the former Director of Partnership Development and Programming at SUNY Old Westbury’s Community Engagement Program. During her tenure, at SUNY Old Westbury, she developed community partnerships with over 50 non-profit organizations and government agencies on Long Island and the Metropolitan area, facilitated work/internship-readiness workshops and social justice awareness programs for the entire first-year class. It was also during Tonya’s tenure that SUNY Old Westbury was named to the President’s Community Service Honor Roll several years in a row.

Tonya has not only spent many years as an active member of the Nassau County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., she is also a member of the Long Island Chapter of the Links, Inc., and serves on the Executive Board of the Rockville Centre Education Foundation.

Tonya has earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Boston University’s College of Communications, completed a fellowship at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work at Fordham University.