John C. D’Angelo has been operating his firm since 2006 to offer honest and dependable accounting and auditing services for corporations, small business and individuals.
John graduated from the Pace University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, achieved his CPA status and accepted a position with a mid-sized accounting firm in NYC; responsible for the largest clients he focused on auditing and taxation. After ten years of service, John went forward to a larger accounting practice. As Vice President, he managed the day to day operations, reviewing the firm’s largest tax returns and engagements. In 2006, John decided to open his own CPA firm in Staten Island.
John’s commitment to the highest quality professional and personal service to his clients has led to his induction into various professional societies. He is the founder of Richmond County Referral Source Inc., a business networking group.
He is presently an active member of:
The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The National Society of Tax Professionals. Staten Island Chamber of Commerce. Staten Island Collaborative Law Group Inc.
Raised with a strong set of morals by highly determined immigrant parents, John’s business philosophies and work ethic reflect his upbringing. Honesty, professionalism, personal care, and attention are the foundation upon which he has built his practice. John has a diverse group of individuals and corporate clients.
He prides himself on being available year-round to answer any questions and address any concerns his clients may have.
Business & Bankruptcy Attorney
Richard Corash, Corash & Hollender, P.C.
With over 50 years of experience advising businesses and solving problems, Richard Corash is considered one of the Deans of Staten Island attorneys. Under his stewardship, the practice has grown from a solo general practice of the 1960’s to one of Staten Island’s most respected law firms.
Through the years Corash has honed his skills in the area of representation and counseling of individuals and businesses, particularly in real estate, business agreements, and resolution of complex estate and probate disputes. His work includes real estate sales and financing for businesses. He has represented purchasers and lenders in SBA and conventional financing for business and real estate transactions. In addition, he represents financial institutions, firms in the construction industry, along with a number of prominent real estate brokers and owners. Currently, Corash is a designated closing attorney for numerous national institutional lenders.
His practice is largely focused on guiding business owners through complex transactional matters and resolving disputes without the need for litigation.
He has excelled at negotiating resolution of complex family disputes relating to estates. His years of experience in guiding business owners through partnership disputes, real estate and construction issues have brought him to the peak of reputation in Staten Island, among both attorneys and clients when a difficult business matter presents itself.
Corash is an active member of the Richmond County Bar Association. Since 1985, Corash has served as Grievance Committee Chairman and Member. For the past 15 years he has been appointed as Commercial and Construction Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He has been recognized in Who’s Who in American Law and is a member of the New York State Bar Association. Since 2016, Corash is General Counsel for the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) and is currently serving on the Board of Directors.
A 1959 graduate of Harpur College SUNY Binghamton, he received his J.D. from Rutgers University in 1963 and an M.L. from Brooklyn Law School in 1966. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the District of Columbia and the United States Supreme Court.
Areas of Practice
- Real Estate Law
- Business Organizations
- Business & Commercial Law
- Wills and Estate Administration and Probate
- Certified Mediator
- New York, 1964
- District of Columbia, 1964
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1972
- Siclare Corporation
- Charleston Capital Corporation
- Richmond Elevator Corp.
- Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Inc., Loan Closing Counsel
- Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Loan Closing Counsel
- Nationsbanc, Loan Closing Counsel
- Washington Mutual Bank, F.A., Loan Closing Counsel
- Novus Financial, Loan Closing Counsel
- First Union Mortgage Corporation, Loan Closing Counsel
- Chase Manhattan Mortgage, Loan Closing Counsel
- Merrill Lynch, Loan Closing Counsel
- Homeside Lending Corp., Loan Closing Counsel
- Coast Guard Federal Credit Union, Loan Closing Counsel
- Lecturer: topics relating to Grievance procedure and minimizing exposure to Grievances
Honors and Awards
- Who’s Who in American Law
- 2003 Recipient of Richmond County Bar Association’s Meritorious Service Award for 18 years of service as chairman of its Grievance Committee
- Grievance Committee
Certified Financial Planner
Joseph E. Torres, CFP®, CRPC®, Merrill Lynch
Joe is a Certified Financial Planner with Merrill Lynch at their offices at 900 South Avenue. He has dedicated the past twenty-five years on investment portfolio management. Before joining Merrill Lynch, Joe served his advisory clientele at Morgan Stanley, where he sat on their global advisory council, acting as the voice of their financial advisor population.
Having embraced the intricacies of advanced planning and asset protection, he expanded his practice to include individuals and businesses domiciled in both the US and Europe. A thorough understanding of concepts concentrated within the categories of banking, estate planning, taxation and liability management are part of Joe’s practice. In addition to individuals and businesses, his clientele has included family trusts and charitable foundations.
Joe is currently a member of and holds committee positions with the boards of Notre Dame Academy, The Staten Island Economic Development Corporation, Richmond University Medical Center, Project Hospitality, and The Giving Hope Network. He is the current chairman of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Membership Council. His community involvement includes membership within The South Shore Rotary, Staten Island Collaborative Law Group, The Richmond County Country Club, The St. George Theatre, Richmond County Referral Source and Tunnel2Towers. A graduate of Msgr. Farrell HS, he earned a BA in Economics from NYU, before beginning his career in Financial Planning.
Dr. Steven W. Albert, United Healthy Body, A Medical P.C
Steven W. Albert is a Doctor of Chiropractic, who has been practicing in Staten Island for 15 years. He graduated from Life Chiropractic College in 1996. His hands-on natural approach to Healthcare has helped thousands of people return to health and a better way of life.
Dr. Albert and his friendly knowledgeable staff, which consists of Medical Doctor, Physical Therapists, Acupuncturist and Massage Therapists, will find the source of your injury or discomfort and fix it. With many years of experience treating auto, work, and sports-related injuries, you can be assured that you’re in good hands.
Computer/IT Support/Managed Service Provider
Mike Montalbano, Teamlogic IT
Mike is the Owner of TeamLogic IT on Staten Island, a managed service provider helping businesses with their IT issues. Due to their nationwide presence and hundreds of technicians around the country, they can offer more proactive services to businesses than most computer support companies. All of their services are designed to meet business technology needs and help their clients focus on their business while TeamLogic IT handles all of their IT-related issues.
Companies rely on TeamLogic IT’s managed IT services for proactive IT management to help increase productivity while also gaining better ROI from their technology investments. TeamLogic IT’s comprehensive suite of services includes, managed IT services, outsourced IT support, cybersecurity services, cloud, data backup and recovery, business continuity, mobility services, unified communications, relocation services, supplemental IT support, hardware and software, and network and security assessments.
Mike’s background includes a long career of building client relationships while excelling in international equity trading with companies such as Robert W. Baird, Jefferies and Co., Herzog, Hein and Geduld, Smith Barney and Bear Stearns. He is a graduate of Penn State with a degree in Business Economics. Mike is a Member of The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and The Richmond County Referral Source. He is also a member of The Harmonie Club of the City of New York, The Penn State Alumni Association, The NYC Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time with his family. Activities include watching his son play hockey and karate, Penn State Football games, golf, reading, cooking, and binge-watching shows with his wife.
Liam Gilroy, Clarity Financial Strategies
Liam Gilroy is dedicated to helping his clients define financial security and then achieve it. He has worked in the Insurance and Financial Services Industry for over 10 years. Before founding Clarity Financial Strategies, Liam worked with Mass Mutual and Northwestern Mutual.
In addition to providing services for retirement planning, long-term savings goals, and risk management, Liam has a new focus on the recruitment and development of Financial Professionals.
Passionate about his communities in both Staten Island and Manhattan, he is currently a member of the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC). Liam is also the President for his Alumni Chapter of West Virginia University in the NY/NJ Metro area, where he has grown the alumni organization, and successfully raised thousands of dollars for a scholarship fund that supports students in financial need. Liam is a member of the New York Athletic Club.
Liam Gilroy is a Registered Representative of Equity Services, Inc. Securities are offered solely by Equity Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC, 15 Fisher Lane, White Plains, NY 10603 (914) 428-4000 Clarity Financial Strategies is independent of Equity Services, Inc.
I am licensed to sell securities in New York and New Jersey. I am licensed to sell insurance in New York and New Jersey. An endorsement of this individual may not be representative of others’ opinions.
Foreclosure Defense & Landlord/Tenant Attorney
Nicholas M. Moccia, Moccia Foreclosure Defense Firm
Nicholas is a Staten Island attorney, who has successfully litigated and settled cases in all five boroughs. His main practice areas are foreclosure defense, landlord/tenant law, and real estate related litigation. In the foreclosure area, Nicholas not only assists homeowners with the tedious loan modification process but also goes on the offensive against the banks by bringing to light the improper practices.
In the landlord/tenant context, Nicholas represents both landlords and tenants in the City Housing Courts and gives individualized attention to the specific needs of his landlord and tenant clients. Nicholas has experience litigating non-payment proceedings, holdovers, HPD proceedings, illegal lockouts, ejectment proceedings and Fair Housing Act suits for discriminatory housing practices. Mr. Moccia also assists Staten Island contractors with filing and enforcing mechanic’s liens, and he assists consumers with vacating wrongfully filed mechanic’s liens.
Mr. Moccia is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Richmond County Bar Association, the Brooklyn Bar Association, and the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce. He has been licensed to practice law in New York State for seven years.
Joseph A. Zichittella, RPM Insurance Agency
RPM Insurance Agency, an Acrisure, LLC Agency Partner
201 Edward Curry Avenue- Suite 201, Staten Island, NY 10314
A resident of Staten Island from the community of Southeast Annadale, Joe Zichittella has been in the insurance business since 1986. He is also retired from the New York City Department of Sanitation as a supervisor after 25 years of service.
As the sole proprietor of Joseph A. Zichittella Insurance Agency he specialized in automobile coverage and offered all forms of insurance. Joe Zichittella operated out of the Brooklyn Driving School. He earned an Associate’s Degree out of NY Institute of Technology, Westbury Campus in business administration. He was schooled in insurance at the prestigious Patricia Hill School of Insurance. His continuing education includes 16 credits bi yearly to maintain his license.
“lam grateful to be part of the RPM team and look forward to tapping into a variety of markets to serve our clients and future customers. Having the opportunity to educate customers about the variety of insurance packages and offerings RPM has in their portfolio will make my experience with this firm completely satisfying and rewarding, “said Joe Zichittella.
“Having Joseph complement our team is a win-win for our company and the people we serve. With 33 years of experience in this industry, his expertise and insight will only enhance the type of experience we offer to the public.” said Mark Russo, President of RPM Insurance.
Joseph is on the Membership Council for the S| Chamber of Commerce. A member of the SIEDC and recently inducted into the Italian Club of Staten Island Foundation.
Joseph is married to Louise for 37 years. He has three daughter’s Dana, Krista, Jenna and five grandchildren. His hobbies include exercising, Landscape design , enjoying all sports and barbecuing for his family and friends.
Mortgage Loan Officer
Matthew Illiano, Freedom Mortgage
Matthew Illiano is a Loan Officer at Freedom Mortgage. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island, Matthew has spent years building longstanding relationships in the tristate, beginning shortly after graduating Baruch College with a Degree in Finance/Real Estate. Matthew is also capable of fostering home ownership in all 50 states. Whether it be the purchase of your first home or refinance your current home, Matthew is committed to helping borrowers achieve their home-ownership dream. Matthew also works with investors looking to increasingly grow their real estate portfolio through property ownership. Let Matthew help you find the mortgage that meets your personal needs.
Personal Injury Attorney
Michael J Gaffney, The Gaffney Law Firm
Former President of the Richmond County Bar Association
Staten Island Trial Lawyers Association
Michael J. Gaffney is an attorney at law licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey. He has been a lawyer for over 31 years, practicing primarily in the area of personal injury. The office handles all types of accident cases, such as wrongful death, construction accidents, motor vehicle accidents, fall down accidents, dog bites, nursing home accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accident, and scaffolding accidents.
Michael J. Gaffney is an aggressive and experienced trial attorney who has handled thousands of accident cases in New York and New Jersey State and Federal courts. These cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. If there is no recovery, there is no fee. Home and hospital visits can be arranged. In practice for over 37 years.
Jim O’Keefe, AJ Studios
Jim O’Keefe, owner and Director of AJ Studios, has been providing event services since 1993. AF Studios offers professional DJ/MC, Live Entertainment, Photography, Video, Audio/Visual and Photo Booths, thereby providing one-stop, value-packed quality services for Corporate, Wedding, and Social Events clients. It’s motto is “We Bring The Fun!”
Diane Yetman, DiTommaso Real Estate
Diane is very proud of her SIBOR 2010-2018 Top Producer Awards, classifying her in the top 2% of all realtors in Staten Island. Along with her accomplishments, Diane has obtained various professional designations including CNE (Certified Negotiating Expert), GRI (Graduate of the Realtor Institute), and the GREEN designation. In addition to being a member of the Staten Island Board of Realtors, Diane has recently become a member of the Brooklyn Board of Realtors.
Diane sets high goals for herself and is a nationally recognized and professionally trained full-time Realtor dedicated to bringing quality service. She strongly believes in communication with her clients and customers.
In her spare time, Diane enjoys bowling (awful), trying to learn to play golf (getting better), and time with family and friends. Diane is an active member of the Powerful You! Women’s Network which believes in the power of connections and “Networking with a Heart”. She is also an active member of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, the Richmond County Referral Source Inc. professional networking group.
Performing and Creative Arts
Christine Zahra & Victoria Venezia
Moonlight Productions, Corp.
Christine and Victoria are the Co-Owners of Moonlight Productions, a Creative Arts Educational and Performance Theater Company. Moonlight Productions was founded in July of 2017. Christine and Victoria each have 25 years of Theater Education and Performance experience. Moonlight Productions’ mission is dedicated to building the confidence and self-esteem of all their participants, while stimulating their creativity using theater in a unique, fresh and innovative fashion. They strive to create an environment where trust is built, relationships are made and talents are nurtured using Theater. Passion, Integrity, Compassion, and Inspiration are the core of everything Moonlight Productions does in and out of the classroom and on the stage.
Christine holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Dramatic Arts with a concentration in Directing from the College of Staten Island. She is a devoted Director, Artist, Vocalist and Educator who has traversed many different roads in the Arts over the years including: Directing, Acting, Choreography, Sound Design & Engineering and Set Design. She has extensive experience Directing and Performing in community theater and has collaborated with CampTLC (Together Living a Challenge), The Upstate Autism Alliance, Kids Need More, and Marvins Camp.
Victoria earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Dramatic Arts from The College of Staten Island. She studied Acting for Stage & Screen and Voice & Diction at HB Studios and Scott Powers Productions. She was a part of John Dapolito’s AWG Master Class in Acting. She has over a decade of Screenwriting education and training with Award-Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger and studied Television Writing at NYU’s School of Professional Studies with Michael Zam. She has acted in close to forty Plays and Films and is the writer of six original plays that have been produced and performed. She also plays the piano, guitar and bass guitar.
Marketing & Advertising
The Staten Island Advance knows the importance of being part of the community. It’s coverage of the community, dedication to charitable causes and history as a leader have fostered a relationship with its readers that is as important as the news it prints.
In 2014, it found the perfect addition — Dan Ryan, who came aboard as an Account Executive. His impact was felt immediately, and he quickly became Manager, Multimedia Dvertising, and now the Sr. Multimedia Advertising Director mu. During the past year, the Staten Island Advance leader has been honored by received the Irish Echo’s 40 Under 40 award, and the SIED 20 Under 40 award.
A resident of the island for six years, Dan has been serving the Staten Island community for more than a decade as a fundraiser, volunteer, artist and mentor. He fell in love with Staten Island when he met his wife, Kerry. Now, living in the Staten Island home she grew up in, Dan works with small businesses, community groups, first responders and more.
“When we moved to Staten Island, I was still working at a job in the city. I’d known about the Advance since I began spending time there with my wife’s family, and when I saw an opening, I thought it would be a great way for me to become a part of the community,” Dan said. “Working with mom and pop businesses, I realized that it was more than just a job, and that there are great and wonderful things people have to offer. I’ve always been active and believe in giving back to the community that I’m involved in.”
As a St. Baldrick’s Foundation Knight Commander, Dan has lead teams and hosted events that have raised more than $300,000 to help aid children’s cancer research. He also has helped coordinate events such as the Staten Island Memorial Day Run, the NYC Girls Word Expo, and now the American City Buisness Journal’s “Mentoring Monday” event. He has been a Lifestyles for the Disabled event volunteer for 13 years; coordinator for the Staten Island Cookbook for three years; a member of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for three years, and a mentor for the chamber’s Young Entropenures Academy; a SIEDC Cabinet Member for three years; and a SIEDC Marketing and Creative Ambassador for the past two years. He has recently been appointed as an Advisory Board Member of I Am Empowering,
Additionally, for the past 12 years, he has worked as project coordinator and team leader for the Hurricane Katrina Firehouse & Community Restoration Project. During that time, he has helped raise $100,000 for building supplies, which helped restore 18 salvageable firehouses in New Orleans; and helped coordinate 120 volunteers and skilled laborers to restore the firehouses and local playgrounds.
When he’s not working in the community, Dan is an accomplished artist who has designed logos for a variety of businesses in New York City. Among his other works are custom hand-painted guitars, some of which were commissions for musicians such as Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers and Larry Campbell of the Levon Helm Band. His guitars are on display Mr. Dennehy’s Irish Pub and River – Hell’s Kitchen Bar & Grill, and he has donated his work to the Irish Reparatory Theater and Susan G. Komen 3-Days for a Cure events.
Connie Waterman migrated from Manila, Philippines with her family in 1969 and is an alumna of Bernard M. Baruch College where she achieved a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Human Resources. Her passions for volunteerism, financial literacy, mentoring and sponsorship of youth and young professionals has led her to where she is today as a stand-out leader in Retail Banking.
With over 35 years of experience, Connie has built a successful career holding various leadership roles in Training and Development, Coaching, and Project Management as a Branch Manager, Market Manager, and District Manager. She has supervised four markets in New York City and has been Operations Manager for Commercial Treasury Management with over 200 team members overseeing territories with over $6 Billion in Assets Under Management. A top performer with recognition in 4 Top 10% Ranking within the bank, she has also been awarded twice by the COJO of Flatbush for Excellence in Banking.
To date, her success as a leader has led her to opening numerous new branch locations throughout New York, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. Connie has delivered flawless execution of products, digital solutions, and top talent with our marketplace by empowering our community through education that reduces financial anxiety of our customers and changing lives one customer at a time. She believes that if you take care of your customers like your family, you will always do what’s right.
Connie’s success does not stop with her career. Connie is a wife and mother of 3 children and 2 dogs. Residing in Staten Island for over 45 years, Connie has been involved with many community organizations including the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium (CBJC), Bay Ridge Lawyers Association, Staten Island Women’s Bar Association (SIWBA), March of Dimes, and Staten Island Zoological Society. She was the Athletic Director and Basketball Coach of three parishes for the Archdiocese of New York’s Catholic Youth Program. When not working, Connie enjoys spending time with her family on vacation, dining out, and outdoor sporting. In light of Connie’s achievements in her career and family, she truly exemplifies leadership amongst all women today.