Katharine Koehler - Executive Director
My husband’s aunt recently said to me, “You do have a way with junk!” I think this compliment really sums me up. Since my first trip to a local house auction with my mother when I was young girl to today, I am hooked on recycling and redesigning existing furniture and household items. So many perfectly good items are carelessly thrown out and left to rot away in growing landfills. Recycling, reusing and repurposing are serious words in my life. Briefly, after earning a BA degree in Visual Communications from Kean University, I have over 25 years of experience in graphic design, advertising, marketing, project management and start-up businesses. Coupled with my extensive background in “finding good junk”, I am well suited for the role of Executive Director for Room In Our Hearts. The strong desire to “give back” is fueled by my creative spirit to design spaces that make people feel hopeful and at peace.
Al Procaccino - Board Member
Al Procaccino is CEO of Castle Financial.
Al is a Certified Financial Planner™, Certified Fund Specialist®and Registered Investment Adviser. As President & CEO of Castle Financial, he has been active in the financial services industry since 1978, helping both individuals and corporations manage their wealth. Prior to Castle Financial, Mr. Procaccino directed the Retirement Group at Cowen and Company as a Partner of the firm. He was also Vice President and Branch Manager at Dean Witter Reynolds and the Retirement Group Strategist at Oppenheimer & Company. Mr. Procaccino holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, an MBA degree in Finance, and is a graduate of the College for Financial Planning. His ongoing education includes business, financial, tax and estate planning courses at a number of accredited universities and institutions. Al Procaccino was ranked as one of Cadaret Grant's Top 10 Investment Advisors in America and was also named a 5-Star Wealth Manager. In addition, he supports many charitable organizations and most recently has joined the RIOH's Board of Executives.
Patricia A. Carbone, Esq. Board Member
Patricia lives in Brooklyn, NY and has volunteered many hours overseeing and maintaining various duties on the RIOH board including: By-Laws, Minutes, Insurance Policies and Business development from a legal perspective. She is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law in NY where she was a Honors Scholarship Recipient, participated in the Wagner Labor Law Moot Court Competition, was a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity; Editor-in-Chief of Out of Court Statements and Hofstra Law Clinic Voting Rights Program. Patricia earned her BA in English with a minor in Legal Studies as a Dean's list undergraduate.
She currently works at Law Offices of Michael E. Pressman, New York, NY, where she handles personal injury defense cases (both New York and New Jersey) from inception to trial, Draft and File Motions for Summary Judgment, Motions to Consolidate and all pleadings. Also conducts depositions of all parties and non-party witnesses and attends court for conferences and oral arguments.
Betsy was involved in the start-up of Smart Choice Agents in Arizona and Nevada in 2008. The Smart Choice Agents program provides independent insurance agents access to top-rated markets, product training, and sales, and marketing support so they can successfully run their own insurance agency. She is currently the State Director for Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. Betsy had the honor of being the recipient of the distinguished Woman of the Year award from the ABWA Valley Express Network in 2008. She has worked tirelessly in helping with the start-up of Room In Our Hearts and maintaining daily business practices. Her past experience from serving on the Board of several organizations and a start-up company has proved invaluable in helping to maintain effective board meetings and presenting new ideas in the fundraising area.
Eileen Horton Board Member
It is such a privilege to have Eileen Horton on the Board of Executives for Room In Our Hearts. She has over 30 years of experience in State and Federal tax preparation.With a MS in Taxation from Fordham University, NY, Bachelor of Business Administration in Public Accounting from Pace University, NY, BS in Commerce from Rider University, NJ, as well as a CPA license, her wealth of experience has kept RIOH running smoothly. Currently Eileen is a Tax Manager at Citrin Cooperman and Co. LLP in White Plains, NY where she is responsible for tax review for C and S corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. Having someone on the RIOH board familiar with quarterly and year end tax reports is an added bonus.
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