Michael Charzuk (Class of 1981) Mike Charzuk is an award winning producer, audio engineer and musician, having more than 25 years of experience in audio production as a recording musician and audio book producer. Mike is the Executive Producer for Audible.com and has produced hundreds of audio books, dozens of which have been nominated for Audie Awards, Earphones Awards, and a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word project in 2010. He has produced hundreds of promo spots for Viacom, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., and TV land. Mike headed the production team that rebranded TNN into Spike TV..
John Dolezal (Class of 1962) John Dolezal has been in public service his entire life. He served in the United States Marines and was a Suffolk County Police Officer for 24 years. John has 50 years experience as a firefighter and has lifetime membership in the Mastic Fire Department and the Mastic Ambulance Company. John is a charter member of Save the Forge River, Inc.; dedicated to healing and environmentally restoring the livelihood of the Forge River. He is currently serving as their treasurer.
Hiroshi Kimura (Class of 1985) Dr. Hiroshi Kimura is a dentist specializing in periodontics and dental implants. He is owner of Periodontics and Dental Implants of New York. In addition to his private practice, Hiroshi is Clinical Assistant Professor of the Columbia University School of Dentistry. He is an international lecturer on dental implants and periodontics. Hiroshi holds numerous certifications and memberships in professional dental associations.
Vincent Nasta (Class of 1979) Vincent Nasta was an outstanding and popular art teacher at Riverhead High School for 17 years. Vincent was a commercial artist and a published book illustrator over a 25 year freelance career. He was a general aviation pilot, air show pilot and certified flight instructor. After his untimely death in 2008, The Vincent Nasta Foundation was established in his memory, providing scholarships for deserving graduates.
Karen (Maginn) Poidomani (Class of 1981) Karen Poidomani has been a business teacher for the past 26 years at William Floyd High School. During her career, Karen has been honored as: Suffolk County Business Teacher of the Year, New York State Business Teacher of the Year, News 12 Educator of the Month and the SCOPE Teacher Service Award recipient. Under her leadership as chairperson, the Business Education Department has won the Region 1 New York State Business Department of the Year Award three times, most recently in 2010. She was a recipient of the William Floyd Alumni Association’s Outstanding Educators Award in 2010.
Kim Barnes Arico: Class of 1988, as head coach Kim has led St. John’s University women’s basketball to national prominence. Kim has earned more than 150 career victories at St. John’s University and is approaching 250 victories in her entire collegiate head coaching career. She is involved in numerous charitable activities in her community.
Nicholas Cassone: Class of 1962, longtime educator who served in the William Floyd School District for 27 years as a teacher and administrator. As Principal of Tangier Smith Elementary School, he led the school to state and national recognition. In retirement, Nick continues to assist students and families through his many volunteer endeavors.
Jeffrey Chan: Class of 1984, in addition to performing surgeries, Jeff is the Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in the state of New York, specializing in trauma surgery and critical care medicine. He continues to play an active role in the education of Cornell surgical residents.
Maria D’Amato: Class of 1997, opera singer who has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and leading roles with Sarasota Opera, DiCapo Opera and Opera North. She has been a soloist with a variety of symphonies.
Lee Zeldin: Class of 1998, New York State Senator, first state senator to be elected from our community since John Floyd of the Floyd family. Lee is a veteran of the United States Army and has risen to the rank of Captain. He earned his Juris Doctorate at Albany Law School and has served as a federal prosecutor.
Vincent Pascale, a graduate of the Class of 1965, is a successful entrepreneur, government official and civic advocate who still resides in the William Floyd community. He is also a former trustee and president of the William Floyd Board of Education. He currently serves as Chairperson of the Brookhaven Town Planning Board.
Tony Guma, a 1980 graduate, is a prolific actor, producer and writer who has appeared in dozens of television shows and motion pictures including The Suburbans a movie that he co-wrote and starred in alongside Will Ferrell and Jennifer Love Hewitt. His credits also include the films Mission Impossible III and Star Trek, the latest installment released in 2009. He is also a two-time collegiate All-American soccer player from Hofstra University and former coach.
Debra Bensen-Kennedy, MD, a graduate of the Class of 1988, is a clinical research oncologist who is actively pursuing a cure for cancer. She earned her medical degree at Medical College of Virginia and is currently designing and running clinical trials to develop new cancer medications. She also served on the faculty of Louisiana State University’s School of Medicine.
Joseph Leonardi, CEC, a 1993 graduate, is a successful chef and teacher who was named “U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year” for 2009 by the American Culinary Federation, Inc. In 2008, he was a member of the gold medal-winning team at the Culinary Olympics held in Germany. He is currently employed as an executive chef at the prestigious Somerset Club in Boston, Massachusetts.
Craig Lehmann, Ph.D., CC (NRCC), FACB, is Executive Dean of Health Sciences Center Schools (Dentistry, Nursing, Social Welfare & Health Technology & Management), Dean of the School of Health Technology and Management and Professor of Clinical Laboratory Sciences at Stony Brook University, Health Sciences Center. He is a registered clinical chemist with the National Registry of Clinical Chemistry (NRCC), registered Clinical Scientist with the American Society of Clinical Pathology and a Fellow in the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (FACB). In addition to his more than 75 journal articles, he has co-edited and edited five clinical laboratory science textbooks. Craig’s story of resilience and determination in the face of health challenges and poverty to pursue his education is an inspiration to students and colleagues. He travels throughout the world lecturing on the use of e-health technology to respond to the socioeconomic and health care concerns of aging populations.
Paul Breschard class valedictorian, received his B.A. in English Education from C.W. Post College and immediately began teaching at Floyd. He received his Master’s Degree at Hofstra University. He served as director of adult education, alternative school instructor, home instructor, summer school instructor, newspaper and yearbook advisor. He retired from teaching after thirty four years. Paul was considered one of the most effective and popular teachers on the District faculty throughout his career because of his care for his students, engaging style and his unique sense of humor. Many of his former students credit their success in school and their careers to his influence as their teacher. Paul and his wife Jerri have two children; Jayme and David. He has been a resident of Mastic Beach since 1954 where he continues to contribute as a civic leader and activist trying to improve the quality of life in our community. He serves as a director of the Pattersquash Creek Civic Association and the William Floyd Alumni Association and is Chairperson of the Mastic Beach Village Exploratory Committee.
Bill Konstant has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to ensuring the survival of endangered species and their habitats. After graduating from William Floyd High School, Bill earned his B.S. from Cornell University and M.A. from SUNY Stony Brook. His career in wildlife conservation has included positions with several zoological parks and international organizations including the World Wildlife Fund and Conservation International. Bill’s work to save endangered species has helped support projects in dozens of countries and allowed him to travel to Belize, Guatemala, Panama, Brazil, Suriname, Liberia, Gabon, Madagascar, Malaysia and Vietnam. In the process, his writings on natural history and wildlife conservation have appeared in a number of scientific and popular publications, he has co-authored a field guide to the Lemurs of Madagascar, and his nature photography has been used to highlight and generate support for many different projects. His work has been featured on television through Animal Planet. Bill and his wife, Nannette (William Floyd High School Class of 1971), live in Flourtown, Pennsylvania, and have two children, Melanie and Evan.
Garett Leskowitz , Ph.D., attended William Floyd schools, grades K-12, and graduated valedictorian. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then worked for a small company developing fiber-optic chemical sensors. Garett earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Caltech. He lectured and performed research at MIT, Harvard and the University of California, Riverside. His research focus is spectroscopy, the interaction of light with matter. His work is detailed in many published papers, presentations at conferences, and patents. He now teaches and directs student research at The Claremont Colleges, California. Garett’s research on observing nuclear magnetic resonance in microscopic samples has assisted the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) planetary exploration program in their search for water and other signs of extraterrestrial life. Garett and his wife Mary Mason have two sons, Nathaniel and Noel. He is active in music, playing drums and percussion in several rock, jazz, chamber, symphonic and theater-music groups.
Frank Coraci. Born in Shirley, was involved with the William Floyd Update News Team and was a four-year member of the wrestling team. He earned his BFA from New York University where he studied filmmaking. His student film, “Coffee,” was an award winner in numerous festivals. Upon graduation, he went on to direct travel documentaries that took him to more than 27 countries around the world. Frank then directed and co-wrote his first independent feature film, “Murdered Innocence,” which won the Long Island Film Festival's “Best Feature Film” and “Best Directorial Debut.” Frank then moved to Los Angeles where he wrote and performed on Adam Sandler’s platinum selling and Emmy Nominated comedy album, “What the Hell Happened to Me?” He directed the music video for the album and executive produced and created the HBO special from the 23 city tour of the album. Frank’s most noteworthy film credits include the motion pictures “The Wedding Singer,” “The Waterboy,” “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Click,” and the upcoming “Zookeeper.”
John Thaler is the Founder and Portfolio Manager of JAT Capital Management, a long/short equity hedge fund based in New York City. After graduating from William Floyd, he attended the University of Chicago where he earned a BA in Economics. Upon graduating from college, John embarked on a career in finance, starting in the Investment Banking division of Merrill Lynch in New York City. John left Merrill Lynch to become an associate in the Boston office of Spectrum Equity Investors, a Telecom, Media and Technology-focused private equity firm. After 2½ years in Boston, John returned to the New York area to become a pre-launch member of the team at Shumway Capital Partners, a long/short equity hedge fund based in Greenwich, Connecticut. He left Shumway Capital after five years to launch JAT Capital Management, which he continues to run today. John contributes to his alma mater and community by sponsoring scholarships for William Floyd students in pursuit of their college education.