Mary Hauptman, President
Mary Hauptman has specialized in Commercial Property Management and Acquisition since the 1990’s. Her broad expertise and experience includes overseeing the daily administration of Hauptman Realty Corp., the management of 535 Broad Hollow Road in Melville, New York and Harbourview Shoppes located in Roslyn, New York. Her additional responsibilities include directing, reviewing, writing and submitting business plans, along with operating budgets and support schedules for all properties. Furthermore, Hauptman directs all contractual management relationships for both sites, and interfaces with prospective and current tenants.
As a Long Island native, Hauptman’s dedication to her community and clients includes her association with the Melville Chamber of Commerce, Long Island Association, National Association of Commercial Real Estate, Commercial Industrial Brokers Society, LIBOR, and Long Island Association. In addition, she is a very proud member of the Women’s President Organization- a prestigious group comprised of women presidents owning and managing Multimillion-Dollar Companies.
Hauptman’s philosophy is to provide a professional and friendly environment for her tenants and their employees. She has provided an upscale working atmosphere with services comparable to those found in buildings charging much higher rates. Thus, the phrase, “Great Space, Great Rates!”
JOANNE COMPONO, TREASURER
Joanne Compono's many years of experience in commercial property management ensures all aspects of daily operations, of multiple properties, run smoothly and efficiently. Joanne manages sites on Long Island, NY and in Florida. Currently employed by Hauptman Realty Corporation, Joanne manages day-to-day operations, building staff and a cafe located within one of the Long Island properties. A long-time resident of Long Island, Joanne and her family reside in Wantagh.
Joanne was elected to the LI Center board as Treasurer, in June 2016.
Anita Marco, Director, Immediate Past President
Anita Marco is the President of The Print Cafe Inc, a complete marketing, printing, sign, promotional, website design and an apparel company. She has devoted 25 years of expertise in the printing industry. Combining a broad range of skills from marketing, design, production management and financial planning to fulfillment and direct marketing. The Print Cafe is Anita's vision of a web based one stop shop for elevating your company brand or creating a brand.
Specializing in the production of all publications, packaging products, signs, apparel and promotional products, for business operations. She has combined dynamic marketing concepts, and on demand printing and graphic design all under one roof.
Anita is a Licensed Real Estate Agent with Realty Connect USA.. She has a unique set of skills to promote and market properties to get it sold at the highest possible price. Anita combines her Marketing skills to promote properties and get them the best exposure. She specializes in guiding seniors through the delicate and stressful process of selling their properties with the utmost care and respect. Anita is a Partner with Altmark Properties Inc.; specializing in the purchase of residential and commercial properties improving and reselling them.
Anita was the President of the LI Center for Business and Professional Women from 2014 to 2016. She has served on the Board for 7 consecutive years as President, Exec. VP and a Director. She has Co-chaired the Achievers Gala for 3 years and served on the Gala Committee for 2 years. She has been a member of the organization for 7 years. Anita served as the Evangelical Trustee on the Board of Grace Lutheran Church in Malverne from 2015 to 2016, and served as Assisting Minister and Choir Member for 12 years.
Anita was the recipient of “The Premiere Long Island Power Women in Business Award” December 2015. She was an Honoree for the 2015 Gala “Your Time for Creative Empowerment”. She served on the Committee for the United Cerebral Palsy Fashion Show at Oheka Castle September 2014 and September 2015. She has served on the 2014 Committee for “ Your Time for Creative Empowerment” Scholarship Dinner. She was a proud Sponsor for “ Mondays at Racine” LI Beauty Ball, raising money so people with cancer may improve their physical appearance and self esteem. Proud Sponsor for 2015, 2016 and 2017. Anita is a recent breast cancer survivor and is committed to supporting women through organizations that focus on screening and prevention coupled with research. She was a Sponsor for the Lutheran Counseling Center Gala in October 2015. Anita is a supporter of the Lutheran Counseling Center and Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry in Uniondale.
Anita graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with a Masters in Science, from the Averell Harriman School of Business and Public Policy. She was the recipient of the “ Outstanding Thesis” from her Department. Anita Graduated from the Lutheran Diakonia School for Deacons June 2017 and she serves at Holy Trinity Rockville Center NY. Anita has been published and featured in the Newsday. She was featured in “ Doctors explore causes of breast cancer” and a published article, “ Diversity in our School Districts”. She was published in The Herald for an article, “ Mothers Day Tribute”. She was featured in The Long Island Business News, article on “ Board Leaders”. She is Assisting Minister, Reader and Professional Vocalist at her Church. Anita is a supporter of Habitat for Humanity and sponsored A Student Build in 2018.
Above all things she is the proud wife to Tony and mother to Tony and Olivia Marco, by far the greatest joys in her life. Everything we do we do for our families and friends.
Linda Orth, Director, Past President
Linda Orth is a Vice President in the Internal Loan Review Division at New York Community Bancorp, Inc. Prior to this position, she was a Commercial Lending Relationship Manager with New York Commercial Bank, a subsidiary of New York Community Bank. Linda has 36 years of experience in the banking industry and has handled a diverse portfolio of middle market commercial loans.
She graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. Prior to joining New York Commercial Bank, Ms. Orth was employed by North Fork Bank as a Vice President & Commercial Loan Officer and at European American Bank in the Real Estate Lending Division. It was during this time that she was accepted into the Bank’s Credit Officer training program in Chicago, Illinois.
As a 14-year member of the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women, Ms. Orth was the Chairwomen of the Community Outreach and Development Committee. In June 2012, she became President of the Center, for a two year term. She has remained on the Board as Past President. Ms. Orth has been involved with many non-profit organizations on Long Island volunteering her time for various fundraising activities with the American Cancer Society/Island Harvest/Suffolk County Coalition against Domestic Violence/Dress for Success/American Heart Association/Walk to End Alzheimer’s, ALS, Marcum Workplace Challenge and Macy’s Thanks for Sharing Program. Most recently she has become involved with the Wildlife Conservation Society “Run for the Wild” held in the spring at the Bronx Zoo, with other LIC members.
Susan Gruen Helsinger, Director
By the time Susan Gruen Helsinger was twenty five, she was a founding partner of Gruen Optika Corporation of New York City. With a newborn son, she and her husband went on to build the business into the premier optical company of the metropolitan area. She traveled the world to find the most stylish of products. At thirty five, Susan and her friend, Heidi Grijnsztein, went on to open Hi-D and Su-Z Toys of Great Neck. It all came to an abrupt halt when her son, Jason, died suddenly of I.H.S.S. and Cardiomyopathy and her husband left two months later. She negotiated a buy out of both companies and started on a new journey.
Susan, a former nurse, went back to school. She received a degree as a paralegal from Adelphi University and became licensed as a Notary Public and a Real Estate Broker. Susan and her late husband, Jay Helsinger, founded the Custom Real Estate Group and JSC Building Corporation. In 2004, Susan took over sole ownership. Recently the Custom Real Estate Group was acquired by Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
Susan Gruen Helsinger is the Founder and CEO of The Jason Gruen Foundation.org, a not-for-profit organization named for her late son. The foundation is instrumental in building the Children’s Heart Centers at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and Cohen Children’s Hospital at Northwell Health. The foundation contributes equipment on an ongoing basis to many hospitals and facilities in need. The foundation made history nine years ago when it started offering cardiac screenings to eighth grade students in school systems on Long Island.
Ms. Helsinger will be installed on January 1, 2017 as Vice President of the Long Island Board of Realtors, the third largest board in the United States. She serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Susan serves on the Board of Directors of the L.I.B.O.R. Federal Credit Union and is the Parliamentarian for the Women’s Council of Realtors. Susan has served as a guest lecturer at Molloy College speaking about marketing in business. She has been chosen to be recognized as a member of the NYSAR Realtors Honor Society for the past eight years.
Ms. Helsinger was named Merrick’s “Woman of the Year” in 2000. In 2001, she was nominated by Senator Charles Fuschillo and bestowed the great honor of “Woman of Distinction” by the New York State Senate at a ceremony in Albany. In 2004, Susan was chosen as “Small Business Person of the Year” by the Nassau Chambers of Commerce from Merrick. In 2006, Ms. Helsinger was honored with the “Woman of the Year” award from United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County, and the “Humanitarian of the Year” award from the Long Island Board of Realtors, as well as the 2008 “Spirit Award.” In March 2012, Susan and her best buddy Mary Hauptman, were bestowed the Humanitarian Award from “Best Buddies of America”, an organization founded by the Kennedy/Shriver families. In Spring 2016, Ms. Helsinger was honored with the Community Service award by the PTAs of Long Island followed by receiving the Nassau County Kiwanis Community Service Award in July. In November 2016, the National Association of realtors awarded Susan their highest honor, The Good Neighbor Award. Susan had the added distinction of being the first New Yorker to receive this award.
Susan was brought up by parents who believed that giving to others is an important part of life. Her parents, Cornelius and Jeanette Schneider were active in the Jewish War Veterans and her mother, Jeanette Schneider was a National President of J.W.V.A. Carrying on that tradition, Susan served as President of the State of New York J.W.V.A. Susan is a Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Merrick and serves as Chairperson of their largest fundraiser “Holiday Gift Wrapping for Charity” program which has raised over $400,000 for community and children’s charities. She sits on the board of the Merrick Chamber of Commerce and the Advisory Board of the Department of New York J.W.V.A. She is a proud member of the Long Island Center for Business & Professional Women, the Women’s Presidents Organization, and serves as a Trustee of Temple Emanuel of Great Neck.
Susan is thankful to have her son Connor Helsinger, sister Edna Schneider, and niece Jacie to be there to help give her strength to look forward into the future.
Jane Rubinstein, Director
Jane Rubinstein grew up in Hicksville, Long Island with her two brothers, and second generation Italian-American parents. Her Dad was her strongest influence in her life. He taught her to work hard to get what you want, and to never feel entitled. His best advice was to always maintain the faith, determination and gratitude to achieve in life.
Jane has been a Merrick resident for the past 31 years, and has lived and worked in New York State all of her life. She attended the State University College at New Paltz, majoring in Art Education, and minoring in Music. She obtained her Master’s Degree at the State University at Albany, and earned a certification in Industrial Arts at the University of Maine. Her passionate working career consisted of teaching art and Industrial Arts in grades K-12. She retired from public school teaching in 2008, but went on to teach at private schools until 2011. She is now a full time artist, devoting her time and art skills to charity, volunteering to do, a variety of art work to help various organizations and causes in her community: some include local theater, schools, libraries, hospitals, and fund raisers for breast cancer, veterans, 911 fund, etc .,but she is most known for painting store windows at holiday time for the Jason Gruen Foundation, dedicated to helping children with sudden death heart disease. Jane was honored in 2002 by Nassau County with the “Pathfinder Award”, as Volunteer of the Year for her charity work, and also received the Town of Hempstead, “Making a Difference Award” in 2014 for her continued community charity work. In addition, her life size fiberglass horse which she submitted for the “Horse of a Different Color” campaign for the County Parks and Recreation Department, was displayed at the Mineola Courthouse, Merrick’s town square, and in Belmont Park . Jane has been recognized in the New York Times, Newsday and local publications.
RACHAEL DOUKAS, DIRECTOR & CHAIR, MARKETING
Rachael Doukas is the Founder and CEO of Doukas Media Inc., a digital marketing agency founded to help businesses successfully communicate their story in the competitive marketplace. The company has distinguished itself as a leader in its field, known for harnessing various social and new media outlets in order to increase engagement and effectively deliver the messages of its clients.
Miss Doukas recently developed an iOS application, Arthur Alarm. The app is a motivational alarm starring Arthur, a charming, well spoken British Canine who recites motivational quotes to users each time they set their alarm. Arthur Alarm is currently available for purchase in the App Store.
Additionally, Miss Doukas co-produced, co-wrote, and performed in a short film, “Rocket Man” with her sister, Laura Doukas. “Rocket Man” is about a young man suffering from Asperger’s who, with the help of his family, builds a time machine to go back in time and change his damaged past. Though made of little more than cardboard and scrap metal, it is real to him.
Miss Doukas graduated Stony Brook University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Theatre Arts and also earned her MBA in Innovation and Marketing from Stony Brook in 2014.
Lina Gottesman, Director
Lina Gottesman was introduced to the construction business early on through a Long Island-based stone and masonry company run by her father and uncles. In 1989, Lina returned to her roots and founded Altus Metal & Marble Maintenance. Altus, the Greek symbol of excellence, demonstrates the company’s commitment to high quality workmanship.
For over 29 years, Altus, a certified WBE (woman-owned business enterprise) based in Smithtown, L.I., has performed restorations for numerous prominent commercial, residential and historic buildings in the metropolitan area: World Trade Buildings 1 and 2 following the terrorist bombing of 1993 – a project that established Altus’ reputation; Grand Central Terminal; The Port Authority Bus Terminal; Columbia University; Carnegie Hall; The Empire State Building; The New York City Public Library; and Macy’s Herald Square. Altus is certified as a WBE with many major public agencies such as New York City Small Business Services; the Port Authority of NY & NJ (PANYNJ); the MTA; New York Empire State Development Corp., the NYC School Construction Authority and WBENC (Women’s Business and Economic National Council)
Lina applied her business acumen, she honed and developed through Altus, to a new venture: RN Nurses Evolve PLLC (professional limited liability corporation). A Registered Nurse who attended St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, St. John’s University and NYU, Lina created the company to provide Contract Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to the industry in response to the unprecedented demand for Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses, and the growing challenges of today’s healthcare environment.
Lina and Altus are widely recognized throughout the New York and New Jersey area. She has been honored by such groups as the Regional Alliance for Small Contractors and the PANY/NJ at the Competitive Edge Conference. Lina serves on the board of the NY Women’s Agenda; is the Chair of the NY Women’s Chamber of Commerce; St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, Treasurer; Board Member at the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women, and is an active member of the Women’s Presidents’ Organization.
Stony Brook, L.I., residents for over 30 years, Lina and her husband, Robert, Vice President of Altus, have three grown children and four grandchildren.
HEIDI FELIX, director
A past recipient of the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Wantagh Chamber of Commerce, Heidi Felix was honored this year as “Business Person of the Year”, bestowed on her by the Wantagh Chamber of Commerce. A Business Development Officer at the Westbury-based federal credit union, NEFCU, Heidi’s tireless work ethic and commitment to community programs has helped her garner numerous honors and awards.
Elected to the chamber’s board of directors as the second vice president and chairperson for membership relations last year, Heidi has also served as the chamber’s chairperson for its annual holiday tree lighting ceremony and its Fun Hunt at Easter. She has also worked on a number of other events and programs sponsored by the chamber throughout the year. She joined the local organization in 2004 when she was an independent beauty consultant with Mary Kay Inc.
As a Business Development Officer at NEFCU, Heidi actively sources and acquires new business relationships for the credit union, while also coordinating and planning community events to increase brand awareness and drive membership. Since joining NEFCU in March 2015, she has developed numerous partnerships with schools and community groups that have helped the credit union deliver financial literacy through advocacy and educational programs. Heidi has also served as President of the Kiwanis Club of Wantagh, and was named the “Wantagh Person of the Year (2015) by the Wantagh Herald Citizen.
Heidi joined the LI Center board in 2017.