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SBUMC forms development council

SBUMC forms development council


STONY BROOK, NY, July 16, 2008 – A new group of civic-minded community members recently joined together in support of Stony Brook University Medical Center (SBUMC). The group, called the “Development Council,” was established with a mission to further the Medical Center’s vision of becoming a world-class organization through philanthropy and community support.

Richard N. Fine, M.D., Dean of Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and Steven L. Strongwater, M.D., Hospital CEO, recognize the need for community representation and private funding and work directly with the Council. Through corporate, private and civic connections, the Development Council will work to raise awareness and strengthen relationships throughout the region.

Immediate plans include expanding the Council’s size to ensure representation throughout the Medical Center’s geographic area. Current members and SBUMC leadership are speaking with residents and community members from the East End, South Shore and Nassau County.

Charles Ryan, JD, PhD, is chair of the Council, which includes Michael Ardolino, Olga Belleau, Bob Coughlan, Sr., Leah Dunaief, Duffy Mich, Scott Neher and Gloria Snyder. The group’s diversity, experience and talent position them well to meet the needs of the Medical Center.


Dr. Ryan, an attorney for Forest Laboratories, has been associated with Stony Brook University since the early 90’s when he completed his doctoral program in biology and pathology. Dr. Ryan and his wife Dr. Maria Emmanuel Ryan, who is president of the Stony Brook University Alumni Association, live in Laurel Hollow with their son.


Michael Ardolino, broker associate for Coldwell Banker, leads Team Ardolino as the top producing real estate agent on Long Island, a title he has held for nearly ten years. Michael’s involvement with Stony Brook stems from a long history of volunteer work within his community. He and his family are residents of Setauket and he is active on several boards within the community.


Olga Belleau has been a devoted supporter of the Three Village community, Stony Brook University and the Medical Center through her work on several committees. As the Vice President of the State Bank of Long Island, Olga has grown the bank’s business while forming meaningful local partnerships. Olga and her family live in Setauket.


Robert Coughlan, principle at TRITEC Real Estate Co., Inc., and his family also have a long history of supporting Stony Brook University. His sons are active within the University community and Bob is interested in growing the Medical Center. Also a resident of Setauket, Bob and his wife spend time with their children and grandchildren, many of whom live locally.


Leah Dunaief is Publisher of the Times Beacon Record Newspapers. Her business skills and reputation for providing nonpartisan coverage have earned Leah several awards during her career. An active member of the community, Leah serves on several boards and councils.


Duffy Mich is co-founder and president of the Ronkonkoma- based telecommunications software and marketing company, Aperio CI as well as a local resident. Both Duffy and his wife Kathleen are devoted community members; Duffy as a board member for AHRC and Kathleen as a trustee of the Ward Melville Heritage Association.


Scott Neher’s business ventures include Earth Investors Group (EIG), a real estate holding and acquisitions firm operating as a premier full service real estate firm, Worldcom Title Company, an independent real estate title insurance company serving the New York metropolitan area, and Earth Media Inc., the publishing company responsible for Elements magazine.. His success has helped him build strong relationships with a diverse cross section of Long Island organizations and various planning and architectural review boards.


Gloria Snyder successfully ran her own fund raising business for nearly 30 years, and since 2002, she has served as the Client Services Manager and Vice President for Mark J. Snyder Financial Services. A committed volunteer, Gloria is active on the Stony Brook University Alumni Board, the University Hospital Auxiliary and the Hillel Foundation Board. She and her husband Mark have been recognized as outstanding volunteers and community members. They live in Belle Terre.

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