Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Blair Griesmeyer, Chairwoman of the Board and Co-Owner of Larsen Home Improvement
Blair Griesmeyer is co-owner with her husband, James, of Larsen Home Improvement Corporation, a residential remodeling company with offices on Long Island. Ms. Griesmeyer has been an equestrian for over 28 years and enjoys sharing her knowledge of dressage with students at Pal-O-Mine.

Ellen Lear, Secretary of the Board and Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Ms. Lear had a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan for many years and is a lifelong equestrian. She has been a supporter of Pal-O-Mine for over ten years and volunteers as an Equine Assisted Psychotherapist and Riding Instructor. In her spare time, Ms. Lear rides dressage on her equine partner, Ginja. She joined the Pal-O-Mine Board of Directors in 2014.

Robert J. Bigler, Treasurer of the Board and former CFO of Estee Lauder
Mr. Bigler, a CPA, joined the Pal-O-Mine Board of Directors in 2015 and serves as its Treasurer. He is the retired Chief Financial Officer of Estee Lauder Cosmetics, an eleven-billion-dollar multi-national corporation. He also currently serves on the Board and is Treasurer of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, based in New York City. In Addition, Mr. Bigler serves on the Advisory Boards of Splashes of Hope and the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Previously, he spent 6 years on the National Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation as its Treasurer, and 2 years as Board Chair.

Nancy Engelhardt, LLC, Consultant
Nancy Engelhardt is the Founding Director of the Energeia Partnership which brings together a diverse group of ethical leaders from Long Island’s public, private and not-for-profit sectors to help address the region’s most complex issues, such as education, poverty, healthcare, land use and energy. Ms. Engelhardt has served on the Boards of several important Long Island organizations and has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work.

William GattiRetired, former Senior VP of Bookspan
A former Naval officer, Bill Gatti spent thirty years in the book and music industry where he contributed as a senior manager in the areas of human resources, real estate development, facilities management, public relations and legal administration. Upon leaving the business, Mr. Gatti and his wife began a new adventure in farming and now grow vegetables and hay for the community in which they live. He has served on the Pal-O-Mine Board of Directors since 2008.

Deborah Hussey, Philanthropist
A graduate of Marymount University, Debi Hussey was a marketing executive with Saks Fifth Avenue. Then, while raising five children with her husband, Bob, she began volunteering with important non profits on Long Island. Eventually, she joined the Advisory and Director Boards of several of these organizations. Ms. Hussey has volunteered her time and efforts to Pal-O-Mine for twenty years and has been a Member of the Board of Directors since 2011.

Steven IsaacsPartner at Isaacs & Koehler Law Firm
Steven Isaacs is the Managing Partner of Koehler & Isaacs LLP, a law firm with offices in New York and New Jersey. Mr. Isaacs focuses his practice on labor and employment law, and on criminal defense matters. He has been a strong supporter of Pal-O-Mine for over twelve years, serving on the Board of Directors since 2012.

Charles Massimo, CEO of CJM Wealth Management
Formerly with several big Wall Street firms, Charles Massimo founded CJM Wealth Management in 2003 and remains its CEO. The firm manages nearly $300 million in client assets and was named “Premier Wealth Management Company” on Long Island by the National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices (NABCAP). Mr. Massimo believes in the concept of giving back and “paying it forward” and has endlessly supported the mission and future vision of Pal-O-Mine.

Patti Posillico, Adviser for SVN Commercial Real Estate 
Ms. Posillico is a volunteer at Pal-O-Mine as well as a Board Member. When she is away from the farm, in addition to being a real estate adviser, Patti is an advocate for animal welfare in America.

Howard Rachlin, Private Practice Attorney 
Howard Rachlin has been an attorney in private practice for nearly forty years. He has represented Pal-O-Mine on a pro-bono basis since its inception in 1995. In addition, Mr. Rachlin has been working with children with special needs for over 45 years.

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