Meet the Board

Noel D'Allacco

Noel D'Allacco


Founder & President of Operation Prom National Network, Inc.
Professor, The College of Westchester

Self proclaimed Promologist, Noel D'Allacco, founded Operation PROM, a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) not for profit organization in 2005, when she worked as an event planner. She began collecting bridesmaid dresses from clients and donated them to students from her high school, Saunders HS, in Yonkers, New York.

Noel D'Allacco

Noel D'Allacco

Founder & President of Operation Prom National Network, Inc.
Professor, The College of Westchester


Self proclaimed Promologist, Noel D’Allacco, founded Operation PROM, a nationally recognized 501 c 3 not for profit organization in 2005, when she worked as an event planner. She began collecting bridesmaid dresses from clients and donated them to students from her high school, Saunders HS, in Yonkers, New York.

Operation PROM was originally established to help low-income students attend their Proms by providing free Prom dresses and tuxedo rentals. It has since expanded to also help students with scholarships and school supplies. The organization primarily assists students who are sick, homeless or live in shelters and do not have family to assist them. To date, Operation PROM has helped thousands of students attend their prom at little or no cost. To request a free prom dress, students must be recommended by their guidance counselor and meet the requirements, such as a severe financial need, and the student should be passing all of their classes.

Noel and her team oversee all national chapters of Operation PROM.

Noel runs the organization while also working as a Business Professor at the College of Westchester in White Plains, New York.

Jovan C. Richards

Jovan
C. Richards


Vice President of Operation Prom National Network, Inc.
Board Member

Jovan C. Richards

Jovan C. Richards

Vice President of Operation Prom National Network, Inc.
Board Member


Deborah Catalano-Sansone

Deborah
Catalano-Sansone


Executive Director, Westchester County
Board Member

Deborah Catalano-Sansone

Deborah Catalano-Sansone

Executive Director, Westchester County
Board Member


Deborah Catalano-Sansone is a recently retired Retail and Cosmetic Industry Sales and Operations Executive who’s 30 + year career spans from Cosmetics Divisional Merchandise Manager at Bloomingdales where she also held several Cosmetic, Treatment, Fragrance and Accessories Buying positions. Cosmetic Accessories Buyer at Saks Fifth Avenue. She held a 12-year position at MAC Cosmetics as the Executive Director of Retail Events in North America where she coached, mentored and led a team of Field Event execution managers. Deborah is now devoting more time to serving several Westchester County Community Not for Profit organizations, serving the Performing Arts community in addition to consulting for startup Cosmetic and Gift companies. As she loves and has a never-ending passion for all things fashion and trendy when approached to volunteer for the Operation Prom dress giveaway she instantly said “YES, of course, put me to work – every girl deserves to have her Diva dream dress!!”

After 3 years of volunteering and seeing the need to supply dresses to high school teens in underserved communities she is dedicated to supporting the Operation Prom Organization. On a personal note, she is a lifelong Westchester County, NY resident who shares her life with her wonderfully charming husband Robert, two insanely busy daughters Madelaine and Gabrielle, 2 big dogs Romeo and Tucker, and her daughters – 3 horses, 2 of which are off the track Thoroughbred Mare rescues: Ava, Ms. T, and a Gelding Beau.

Candace Hutson

Candace
Hutson


Real Estate Accountant
Board Member

Candace Hutson

Candace Hutson

Real Estate Accountant
Board Member


As a member of the Zion Gospel Church since she was 9 years old, Candace always looked for ways to inspire the youth. Working as a real estate accountant, model, wife and mother she still finds time to assist the college bound seniors in the journey to higher learning.

Inspired by her late sister Shonda, who helped a family friend prepare for her Prom, Candace decided to volunteer at a 2010 Prom dress drive and began the Queens chapter of Operation PROM in 2011.

Mario Mirabella

Mario
Mirabella


CEO/MSM DesignZ
Board Member

Mario Mirabella

Mario Mirabella

CEO/MSM DesignZ
Board Member


Mario Mirabella is the founder and creative director of MSM DesignZ, Inc.; an award-winning, full-service advertising and design firm. Founded in 1999, MSM DesignZ has two Westchester County, NY locations (Tarrytown and White Plains), and a satellite office based in the UK. MSM DesignZ specializes in design and development, social media branding and management, search engine optimization, mobile applications, ad campaigns and online marketing to name a few. For 20 years, MSM DesignZ has been providing businesses with a comprehensive solution to increase their online presence and overall brand awareness. Through creative designs and consulting, MSM has been effective with making their clients stand above their competitors with professional, fresh designs and increased exposure through social, SEO and mobile campaigns.

Company founder Mario Mirabella was honored in 2011 as a Rising Star by the Business Council of Westchester. He also is a member of their Marketing and Communications Committee. Mario also sits on the Advisory Council for the Digital Media Degree Program for the College of Westchester. In 2012, MSM DesignZ was recognized with 12 Big W Awards from the Advertising Club of Westchester for their Interactive Media category in their annual design competition. Most recently, MSM was awarded four 2013 AVA Digital Awards in their annual international creative competition hosted and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP).

Lauren Macri

Lauren
Macri


Event Operations Manager
Board Member

Lauren Macri

Lauren Macri

Event Operations Manager
Board Member


Lauren Macri is an enthusiastic Event Operations Manager with a passion to help others. Since graduating with her degree in Marketing and Communications from SUNY New Paltz, she’s worked in Media and Publishing on Working Mother magazine and for Diversity Best Practices.

Lauren has experience across all areas of event production, including logistics, marketing, and sponsorship development. She has a knack for financial analysis, mainly budgeting and forecasting, but her greatest strength is cultivating strong client and vendor relationships.

Lauren has been a bridesmaid eight times, and after donating her (only worn once) dresses to the organization a few years ago, she decided to volunteer at a prom dress giveaway and has done so every year since.

Lauren is eager to help the team hit their fundraising goals and assist with the planning efforts of these exciting events for young ladies and gentlemen. She believes the ultimate goal is for every young adult to be 100% comfortable in their skin, love the way they look, and radiate confidence from head to toe!

Linda Klimaszewski

Linda
Klimaszewski


Board Member

Linda Klimaszewski

Linda Klimaszewski

Board Member


Karen Schlusberg

Karen
Schlusberg


Interim Curriculum Chair/WCC
Board Member

Karen Schlusberg

Karen Schlusberg

Interim Curriculum Chair/WCC
Board Member


Professor Karen Schlusberg currently is the Interim Curriculum Chair of the Fashion Merchandising department at Westchester Community College, where she has been teaching for 6 years.

Karen’s extensive background in fashion and entrepreneurship has been an excellent basis for her teaching career. Karen has owned the Maizie Consignment Boutique for the last 13 years winning the “Best of Westchester” 2 years in a row.

Her teaching career began at Marist College, where she created “Fashionology”, a fashion student run store. The store secured over $6,000 a semester for the Fashion program and added valuable experience for the students.

Before her teaching career, Karen worked for a variety of major corporations including Liz Claiborne where she led a design team of 6 people increasing profits each year and continuously developing new categories and opportunities for the company.