Board of Directors 

Victoria Berger-Gross, President

Dr. Victoria Berger-Gross currently serves as Board President for Special Citizens Futures Unlimited.  Dr. Berger-Gross brings many years of leadership and organizational transformation experience to Special Citizens and until her recent retirement, held the position of Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President at Tiffany & Co.  Prior to joining Tiffany & Co.; Dr. Berger-Gross served as Senior Vice President & Director of Human Resources at Lehman Brothers.  She has also held the position of Senior Director - Human Resources at Bertelsmann A.G.'s BMG Entertainment; as well as possessing past experience as Vice President - Organizational Effectiveness at Personnel Decisions International Corporation.

Jospeh Patuleia, Vice President

Mr. Joseph Patuleia is the Executive Director Emeritus of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club and serves as Vice President to the Special Citizens Board of Directors. During his tenure at Madison, his efforts to both enhance and create comprehensive youth development programming have ensured that every member is equipped with the necessary skills to succeed in life. Prior to his role as Executive Director at Madison, Mr. Patuleia was an educator and administrator in Massachusetts for more than 30 years, 17 of those years as a teacher at Bedford High School.  He went on to become a principal at various high schools and was nominated in 2004 for Massachusetts Principal of the Year. Mr. Patuleia received his master’s degree in Education from Harvard University and Salem State University and a bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State University. 

Robert Beaudet, Secretary

Bob Beaudet serves as Board Secretary for Special Citizens.  Professionally, Bob is employed as a Career and Internship Advisor for St. John’s University’s Peter J. Tobin College of Business.  In that capacity, Bob is responsible for all aspects of the students’ career development, as well as creating student programming and serving as the primary liaison between University Career Services and the Business Faculty and Advisors.  Prior to joining St. John’s, Bob had a successful career in the professional services and consulting industry, where he built and managed large domestic and international recruiting and resource organizations, primarily in the information technology industry.  Bob brings to our board, his strong talent development and mentoring skills and is well versed in all facets of the career search and development cycles.  Bob holds an MBA in Executive Management from St. John’s University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross.  In addition to his work with Special Citizens, Bob also volunteers as a coach for special needs athletes.  Bob resides in Rockville Centre, NY and is the proud parent of 4 wonderful children.

Matthew Estersohn, Treasurer

Matthew Estersohn, CPA is an audit manager with  the Nonprofit, Government and Healthcare group at Marks Paneth LLP. He has extensive accounting, auditing, tax and consulting experience serving nonprofit organizations, including social service organizations, advocacy organizations, educational institutions, private foundations and membership organizations. Mr. Estersohn has presented to Boards of Directors and led industry training sessions on topics including mergers and acquisitions, compliance audits, risk assessment, internal control, and financial statement analysis. Mr. Estersohn holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Cornell University and is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Lara Rosenblum, Trustee

Lara Rosenblum is a healthcare industry professional with a management consulting background. She has developed new patient care programs, products, and services for Fortune 500 firms such as CVS Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield brands. Since her appointment to the Board in 2018, Lara has contributed her vast experience in corporate strategy and innovation to Special Citizens Futures Unlimited.

 

Lara graduated with Honors during her Bachelor studies in politics and went on to obtain a Masters degree in international business, both from New York University. She is actively involved in building community advocacy programs for residents in the 33rd Brooklyn district in addition to her volunteer work with SCFU. In her spare time she enjoys travel, photography, and staying active with her family.

Michael Earl Brown, Trustee

Michael Brown is the owner of several small businesses and has over 30 years of mortgage, property management and real estate experience.  He is the founder of Atmack, a registered trademarked Real Estate company that operates in multiple regions within the United States of America.  His real estate initiatives include working with federal, state and non-profit organizations to encourage home ownership for the underserved and veterans.
Mr. Brown has served as a board member for multiple organizations that encourage greater minority enrollment in theater and in the field of childcare development among the disadvantaged.  Mr. Brown has also run for public office several times, most recently for Public Advocate in 2005.  Mr. Brown continuously volunteers for a variety of political campaigns and non-profits.  In addition to his wide breadth of experience and community involvement, Mr. Brown also has made it his personal mission to encourage entrepreneurship of youth and adults through his summer employment programs.

Michael J. Driscoll, Trustee

Michael Driscoll serves as a trustee to the Special Citizens Board of Directors and is an attorney at Marin/Goodman, LLP.  Handling all aspects of litigation, Mr. Driscoll represents both individual and corporate clients in the prosecution and defense of a variety of the firm’s matters, including products liability, premises liability, real estate disputes (with a focus on cooperatives and condominiums), and breach of contract, discrimination, construction defect, civil rights violations and toxic torts.  Prior to joining Marin Goodman, Driscoll was the National Coordinating Counsel for a multinational corporation’s environmental, toxic tort, and product liability division.  Mr. Driscoll earned his BA from SUNY Albany, and his J.D. from California Western School of Law.

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