Meet the SMILE Team

Barbara McNamara
SMILE Director and SMILE broker.

She supports her own caseload of SD individuals as well as supports the entire SMILE team, mentoring the brokers. She acts as backup when situations arise. The LIDDRO has an ongoing relationship with Barbara to instruct the incoming brokers in the district at the yearly training. Barbara continually involves herself in the latest training across the state. Insuring the protection of the Self Determined Life for all SMILE families.

John Ceirvo:

Rocky Point area, works as a SMILE broker, DSP and fitness trainer. He has a strong connection to the families he supports and loves getting involved in social activities

Patricia Calandra:

Wading River area, works as a SMILE broker. She has a strong connection to the Suffolk community and all it has to offer our individuals

Ann Pizano:

Holbrook area, works as a SMILE broker and DSP. She is committed to individuals living their optimum day and life and connecting to their community. She is a strong advocate.

Victoria Robertson:

Lake Ronkonkoma area, she is a SMILE broker and DSP. She is a strong advocate and passionate about the Self Direction movement. Don’t get in her way! Vicki is our staffing coordinator. Her tasks include researching resumes and interviewing in preparation for SMILE family’s needs. Vicki keeps an ongoing list of staff availability to provide backup staff for SMILE families. Vicki will support potential staff as they go through the daunting hiring process.

Meghan Kelly:

Ronkonkoma area, works as the SMILE office manager. Meghan is in the SMILE office Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. She is available to all SMILE brokers to back them up in various areas. Meghan is available to SMILE families during these hours for any questions. In addition, Meghan is a broker and works part time as as a DSP. She is totally committed to her families and a strong advocate. Meghan is excited about the SD growth

Maria LoCascio:

Valley Stream area, works as a SMILE broker as well as a DSP. Maria comes to
the SMILE team with experience in the firld of DSP. She brings a much-needed
level of connection with potential Nassau DSPs. Maria works as a point
broker as well as supporting Vicki, our staffing broker in the Nassau area. 

John McNamara:

Lake Grove area, works as a SMILE broker. He is a great includer. He brings his financial background to the SMILE team. John supports the broker team in assisting in review of the fiscal reposts on a regular basis. In addition, John supports the team in the ongoing area of billing and payment.

Maria Mauro:

Lindenhurst area, works as a SMILE broker. She brings her Special Ed background to support the SMILE team. She is dedicated to her families and is a really out of the box thinker. Maria supports the SMILE team helping us organize and prioritize intakes. Maria brings her experience to the team in a supervisory way. In addition, Maria works to assist families that need assistance in transitioning.

William McNamara:

SMILE Information and Technology support. Billy brings a life time of experience working in the above field for many big named companies. He is excited to bring his experience to our non-profit world. He is mission driven. His goal is to assist not only the SMILE team but the SMILE families in the utilizing technologies to better support our circles.

Joe Kraker:

Smithtown area, works as a SMILE broker and DSP. He brings financial background and supports the SMILE team with the monthly billing process.

Regina Giunta:

Bayport, South shore area, works as a SMILE broker and assists in the area of transition. Regina comes to us with many years of experience in the education field including an administrative background. This experience makes Regina a great support to the SMILE team as well as the SMILE families in the area of transition.

John O’ Sullivan:

Oceanside area, works as a SMILE broker and DSP. He is a dedicated and compassionate member of every circle he sits on. His ability to create community connections for our individuals has resulted in invaluable experiences on both sides of the table

Kristen Robertson:

SMILE social media coordinator. She is a great support to the SMILE team in the area of getting our message of total inclusion out in the social media world.

Kristen Kopf:

SMILE administrative assistant and scanner. She is a great support to the team in the area of scanning monthly billing and other essential documents. This helps us to stay organized.

Brittany Schiavone:

SMILE administrative assistance and flier. She is essential in helping the SMILE team to stay organized as the need for documentation grows