Address

346 Montauk Hwy, Suite 1A, Moriches, NY 11955

Phone

(631) 281-4461

Board of Directors

Lynda Zach

Executive Director

Lynda Zach – Executive Director since 2008. Employed by Colonial since 1993. Rotary Board Member, Kiwanis Director, Secretary of the Mastics and Shirley Community Emergency Food Center Foundation. Lifetime resident of the Mastics and Shirley community.

Mr. William K. Miller

Director Emeritus

William K. Miller is a retired commercial banker. He is currently working with children at the Town of Brookhaven Safety Town.

Bill has been an active member of Colonial Youth for well over ten years. Bill is currently Vice President of Eastern Suffolk BOCES, serving as Chairman of the BOCES Legislative Committee. He had also served on the Board of the Longwood Central School district for 24 years. He is past President and current member of the Central Brookhaven Lions Club.

Mr. Pete Costelloe

President

Mr. Costelloe is a longtime resident of the Tri-Hamlets. He is retired, but still approaches his position as the board’s Vice President with much enthusiasm. His career began with being a maintenance man and he moved up the ranks to Superintendent of Public Works for the Village of Mastic Beach. He has earned many prestigious community accolades along the way. He became a board member in 2020.

Ava Torres

Vice-President

Ms. Torres is a highly motivated professional with over 22 years of entrepreneurial and management experience. She has been the president of operations for LinsaTorr’s Place in Mastic since 2001. She has received numerous awards and began the We Care Movement in 1973 which was the precursor of Colonial Youth and Family Services. She became a board member in 2023.

Kenneth Olivo

Board Member

I have lived in the tri hamlet area since 1975. I am retired from NYS office of Mental Health , I am a Past Trustee of the Village of Mastic Beach.

I have numerous community affiliations spanning four decades, I had assisted and organized the Christmas parade for 36 years, I was an organizer of the Bi-Centennial Parade and the three-day festival that followed with Arthur Clune American Legion, I worked on the community effort to change over from well water to SCWA supply, I worked to establish the Mastic Shirley Community Library, I have worked with the Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, St.Judes Church, coached Yumas Little League Baseball for 15 yrs. I assisted and organized the Tri-Hamlet Community Day, served on the Executive board of the Long Island Federation of Labor, and am currently on the boards of Colonial Youth and Family Services, Mastic Beach Chamber of Commerce, South Bay Civic, James V Kavanaugh Columbian Club as Director Emeritus, and founding board member of Mastic Shirley Moriches Community Library Friends of the Arts

Mrs. Annette Monaco

Board Member

Bank of America. Board Member since 2011.

Mrs. Carmella Currao

Treasurer

Carmella Currao-Mcaleavey is a resident of Shirley, New York, where she has been teaching Special Education in her home town at William Floyd High School for the past 21 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education and currently is Teaching for Long Island Learning Institute for Educators. Along with this, since 1999 she has been a Special Education Teacher for Suffolk County, New York, providing special education evaluations, parent training and home and community-based services for special needs students. Also, together with her local community library, Ms. Currao-Mcaleavey created and developed the Community Enrichment Program for Special Needs Students. This program assists these diverse learners in integrating into the community and taking part in the real-world experiences offered by the public library system. She has also been a recipient of many academic achievements and awards.

Mr. Rick Wiedersum

Board Member

Mr. Wiedersum has worked on a wide range of diversified K-12 and higher education projects, including the Health and Wellness Center at SUNY-Suffolk (Riverhead), the modernization and renovation at Farmingdale State College and was the Principal-in-Charge of various projects at Nassau County Community College. He graduated from New York Institute of Technology and currently is a registered architect at H2M. He serves as Director of the CYFS board, having joined in May 2020.

Mrs. Constance Pellechia

Secretary

Long Island Aquarium. Board Member since 2007.

Connie is a graduate of William Floyd Class of 1985. Although Connie moved out of the area in 2000, she has been active on the Colonial’s board pf Directors helping the Mastic Shirley community which is near and dear to her heart. She is employed at Long Island Aquarium since 2006 as the Operation Manager.

Candace Cartiglia

Board Member

Candace has been a resident in the Shirley/Moriches area for the last 44 years. She has two children that attend the William Floyd School District and are active in sports activities with our local sports clubs. Candace has 21 years of Leadership Experience in the Finance Industry and 10 years as a business owner. Her goal to being involved in Colonial Youth is to help the community leverage the local opportunities for service, goods and local employment.