Board Members

The Social Media Association’s Board of Directors is a core group of dedicated individuals who span fields such as marketing, communications, public relations, design, branding, technology, legal counsel, education and non-profit. They are devoted to helping advance social media by bringing innovative and inspiring programs to the group’s members while providing leadership, governance and oversight.


JULIE ALLEGRETTI: Co-President 

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Ms. Allegretti is the Marketing Coordinator for the Russo Law Group.  Previously, she provided diverse administrative and project support in the development and execution of all Center for Biotechnology programs and activities. Her background includes over 8 years experience as the Operations and Social Media Coordinator at the Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT), New York State’s Regional Technology Development Center and Manufacturing Extension Partner for Long Island.

She was involved in the data collection for a regional New York State Department of Labor initiative (Connect Long Island’s 13N project) which identified and implemented regional economic transformational strategies for workforce development in various manufacturing industry sectors. She works side by side with LIFT’s executive staff, planning and coordinating special events, supporting committees, initiating workforce programs and has led funding efforts for the annual LIFT Technology Scholarship program. As a result of coordinating the “Manufacturing Day” initiatives on Long Island, she was recognized by Nassau County Executive, Edward Mangano and received a Proclamation declaring October “Manufacturing Month” across the Long Island Region.

She was named in the 2015 Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce “Celebrate Long Island’s Young Professionals” 30 Under 30 Award for making a notable impact on local businesses, industry and community. In 2016, she was awarded the honor of Excellence in Communication in the area of In-House Marketing Professional and awarded with the Millennial Award, both from the Long Island Business News.  In November of 2016 she became a member of the Suffolk County Legislature Next Generation Advisory Council. In January of 2017, she joined the Farmingdale State College Alumni Board. She also volunteers her time to the Nassau County Camera Club as their Webmaster.

She holds a BS in Security Systems, AS in Criminal Justice, and AS in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Farmingdale State College (FSC). She was a founding member and treasurer of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, a founding member of the Tennis Team, and a member of the FSC Student Athletic Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C). She also helped students transition to college life in her role as a New Student Orientation Leader.

She also enjoys keeping abreast of the latest technology and devices that are on the market. She can be found on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and whatever comes next!

PETER STEIN: Co-President

Peter is a Sales Executive with Didit. Prior to joining Didit he has spent the last 20 years in new business development roles with marketing services companies including a database marketing agency, direct marketing agencies, and direct mail production companies. Peter’s experience includes branding, direct marketing strategy and planning, creative development, database marketing and targeting, production management, website development, search engine marketing, e-mail marketing, and results analysis.

During his career Peter has worked with a diverse client base including business to business, financial services, insurance, non-profit, and publishing. He has been published several times and participated in various speaking engagements through industry trade associations.

BETH GRANGER: Vice President and Secretary

Beth Granger is a social media, social selling, and LinkedIn trainer, speaker, and coach. Beth works with organizations and individuals who want to use social media to:

  • Extend their networking
  • Find more prospects and book more meetings
  • Build their personal and professional brand

She loves helping people who are not comfortable with technology to embrace its power.

Beth’s presentations and programs have been well received at national sales meetings, trade events, and within organizations who value developing their employees. She also guest lectures on multiple topics at the Hofstra University Continuing Education program.

Before starting her own consulting firm Beth was the Director of Online Marketing and Design at Pall Corporation, a global industry leader in filtration and separation. As leader of the online strategy for the company, Beth provided the vision, long-range strategic planning, and management of the implementation for all initiatives related to Pall’s global, and multi-language, website. She also directed the web and corporate design departments, and the global corporate identity program.

Beth is the Secretary and Twitter Chair on the board of the National Speakers Association New York Chapter, and on board of directors of Landmark on Main Street, a not-for-profit theater/community center.

Beth is also the Long Island host of #LinkedInLocal, a series of local in-person events being held all over the world, designed to let us meet the people behind the profiles.

Beth can be found on TwitterLinkedInFacebook, and is already researching the next new platform that you haven’t heard of yet, but will.

Contact information:

beth@bethgranger.com

516-515-1213

DONNA RIVERA-DOWNEY: Co-Treasurer 

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Donna is an accomplished businesswoman and community advocate who currently serves as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. While balancing family life with a host of civic and professional service organizations, Donna is known and well respected for her ability to bring together people and resources to accomplish tasks that benefit her employers and the community.

After twenty-two years in banking, Donna wanted to shift her career focus to better match her passion for civic engagement — she joined Girl Scouts of Nassau County as Director of Marketing in 2001. Through this career change, she has been able to meld her financial acumen, her skill in building relationships and her creativity to advance the Girl Scout brand and lift the Girl Scout mission: to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Donna leads all areas of marketing at Girl Scouts, from print to web to special events, and maintains direct connections to the girls in Girl Scouting through her management of the renowned Girl Scouts of Nassau County Chorus, Media Girls and Ceremonial Corps.

Recognizing that technology is key to girls as well as GenX and GenY parents, Donna was an early adopter and campaigner for using social media to connect with Girl Scout families, volunteers and alumnae. Her social media work for Girl Scouts of Nassau County was recognized with a SocialNetworker Award: Best Use of Facebook at the 2011 Folio Awards. In addition, Donna is a member of the Girl Scouts of the USA’s MarComm, a select leadership group of marketing professionals from Girl Scout Councils around the country, who advise and assist the national organization on messaging and communications issues.

Donna is a past President of the Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club, a past Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 7250, and Youth Exchange Chair for Rotary District 7250. She is also on the Board of Public Relations Professionals of Long Island.

SHARYN O’MARA: Co-Treasurer

SharynFINAL_1357_ret_300dpi[1]Sharyn O’Mara is communications director at Great Neck-based matrimonial and family law firm Wisselman & Associates, where she launched and manages social media initiatives and develops public relations, advertising and marketing programs for the law firm.

Sharyn serves as co-treasurer on the board of directors of the Social Media Association and is former co-president.  She is a former three year board member of Public Relations Professionals of Long Island (PRPLI), where she chaired the scholarship committee.  Sharyn was an adjunct professor at Adelphi University, teaching its Introduction to Public Relations class.  She currently presents monthly seminars on Social Media for Business Use at various Long Island Libraries.  From the fall of 2017 to the present, she is an instructor in the Continuing Education program at Hofstra University, teaching Strategic Marketing for the 21st Century, a class in the Not-For-Profit Leadership certificate program and she also leads Marketing Tools for Attorneys and other Professional Services.  Sharyn is also a “permalancer” with an elder law and estate planning client for over two years.

Prior to joining Wisselman & Associates over a decade ago, Sharyn was primarily involved in marketing at national companies and agencies including Weight Watchers, McDonald’s, TDK Electronics, United Media (PEANUTS, Dilbert and National Geographic) and Purdue Pharma.

Contact Info:
Sharyn O’Mara
www.lawjaw.com
516-773-8300
LinkedIn
Twitter

 

JULIA LEIBMAN: Board Member

Julia is an accomplished Life Insurance Professional. Before becoming an agent, she gained extensive product knowledge working in the New York Life Product Development Department. She is known for uncompromising ethics, responsiveness and producing excellent quality work. Julia shares many of the same concerns as her clients. They are concerned about budgeting money today so that they can properly protect their finances from an unexpected hardship, set aside money for a “rainy day,” grow money to meet college needs, and accumulate funds for retirement. Julia takes the time to learn extensively about my client’s needs because helping clients make right financial decisions that will affect them rest of their financial lives is my true goal.

In her prior position, Julia was chosen to design the product website and manage its content and visuals. Consequently, Julia was hired to consult for the company website re-design project. She enjoys social media and is always happy to raise her hand to help with any Social Media initiatives.

Julia graduated Cum Laude from Baruch College, Marketing Management.

Contact Info: 516-650-7123
 
 

JEFF LEVY: Board Member

Jeff Levy PhotoJeff serves as a board member at Social Media Association, and also as membership chair. His involvement in social media began with blogging and LinkedIn postings as a way to build brand and distribute content.

In his current role as a management consultant, Jeff specializes in helping leaders develop strategy and shape corporate culture to achieve business growth in non-traditional ways. Social media has come to represent much more than just a new communication platform; it has sparked a new way of thinking.

Social media makes the message’s content more important than its context, which is the complete opposite from all other forms of communication. This requires organizations to be more consistent in living its values, as well as offering its customers more value. Jeff helps leaders achieve results they’ve never achieved before by recognizing and channeling the massive amounts of untapped energy within their organizations.

Jeff’s experience spans a wide range of organizations and industries including manufacturing, medical, legal, financial services, transportation, education, non-profit, and technology. He speaks frequently at business events and executive forums, and blogs about strategy, corporate culture, and high-performing organizations.

Jeff has served as the Long Island president of the International Association of Business Communicators, and as president of two Long Island non-profits: Prevention LI and the Center for Restorative Practices. Previously, he served as national communications director for Citigroup’s technology division.

You can connect with Jeff here: website, LinkedIn,  and Twitter.

 

HILARY TOPPER: Founder & president ex-officio 

Hilary_NEW_cropHilary is Founder of the Social Media Association and a leader in the public relations and social media industry. Her experience includes working at top PR agencies such as Ogilvy & Mather PR, Hill, Holiday/PR, and Ruder Finn/PR.

Hilary handled nationally-recognized accounts including Prestone II antifreeze; American Community Gardening Association; Clairol, Inc.; Kinder-Care Learning Centers Inc.; Jell-O; and GLAD Wrap Bags. She also worked as the Director of Public Relations and Development for two non-profit organizations in New York City.

In 1992, Hilary founded HJMT Communications, the public relations, social media, event planning and graphic design agency. Today, HJMT has three office locations — one in Melville, Long Island; one on Madison Avenue and 57th Street in New York City; and one in Rochester, New York.

In 2007, Hilary launched a new media division within her agency, making her one of the early adopters of social media. Her personal and company blog, HilaryTopper.com, was named “Blog of the Year” by the Fair Media Council and was also a two-time Stevie Awards “Woman’s Blog of the Year” finalist. Hilary is a contributing writer for BlogCritics.org, a Technorati publication, and writes articles and blogs for The New York Enterprise Report and PR News.

Hilary wrote one of the first books on social media, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Social Media, but were afraid to ask… Building Your Business Using Consumer Generated Media. The book has received high accolades and support from the PR industry, the business community and publications throughout the world. Her online radio show, Hilary Topper On Air, gives added value to her clients by interviewing them as well as offering her peers and other professionals the opportunity to discuss their businesses and areas of expertise. In 2012, Hilary founded the Social Media Association.

Hilary has received numerous awards and honors for her accomplishments. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Hunter College and her Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College.