Educators and Staff
Eileen Tambone: Educator
Christine Benanti: Educator
Charlotte Karf-Fritts: Educator
Beth Wrede: Educator
Board of Trustees
Nicholas A. Villani, Board President
Nicholas A. Villani, has worked in the field of vocational training and employment for individuals with special needs since 1982. He has administered programs, written grants and designed programs. He was responsible for much of the progress in the field of supported employment and transition for individuals with disabilities. Nick has been a leader in the field serving on the associations for the employment of individuals with special needs and has worked for not-for-profit and for-profit organizations performing transition services since 1990. As an Adjunct Professor at DowlingCollege since 1997, he teaches masters level “Transition Services for Students in Special Education”. Nicholas’ students earn their Graduate Degree in Special Education. He resides in Baiting Hollow.
Dr. Peter Wanderer, Board Vice President
Peter Wanderer has been a Trustee of the Long Island Science Center since it opened for visitors in Riverhead. Prior to that, he was on the Board of the Science Museum in the Shoreham-Wading River School District.
He is Head of the Superconducting Magnet Division at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He earned his B.S. in Physics at the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. in experimental elementary particle physics at Yale University. He joined the Brookhaven staff after postdoctoral positions at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin. He resides in Shoreham.
Janice DeLalio, Board Treasurer
Janice DeLalio, a long time trustee of the Long Island Science Center, is a proprietor of a woman owned waste/recycling business enterprise. With over 25 years of business experience, she retains an excellent corporate track record in comprehensive managerial functions, overall business development activities and innovative Long Island recycling initiatives. She holds a master degree in education from the University of Stony Brook. Ms. DeLalio resides in Wading River.
Dr. Peter Z. Takacs, Board Secretary
Dr. Peter Z. Takacs manages the activities of the Optical Metrology Laboratory in the Instrumentation Division of Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is involved in the development of instruments used in the testing of super smooth mirrors used to reflect x-rays at the National Synchrotron Light Source at BNL. He received a prestigious R&D 100 Award and a Photonics Spectra Circle of Excellence Award in 1993 for his invention of the Long Trace Profiler. Currently, he is working on developing the camera for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), a joint Department of Energy and National Science Foundation project that will be built in Chile. He has been involved over the past 30 years with mentoring students through various programs at the Office of Education Programs at Brookhaven and has presented numerous science-based programs to elementary school classrooms in local school districts. Dr. Takacs is a founding member of the original Place for Learning board. He is a long time resident of Riverhead.
Laurence Oxman, Member at Large
Laurence Oxman is a founding member and past president of The Long Island Science Center. Born and raised on Long Island in Garden City, he became a year round resident of the East End in 1979. Mr. Oxman attended North Carolina State University at Greenboro and the New School for Social Research in NYC where he studied film and cinematography. Mr. Oxman began a career in real estate in 1979. His area of concentration and expertise is commercial real estate and land.
“Being involved with the creation and development of The Long Island Science Center is very rewarding,” remarked Mr. Oxman. “The very first time I observed a room full of children absorbing and embracing principals of science and math, I was filled with tears of joy. The Long Island Science Center is the proud accomplishment of many caring and selfless people. I look forward to the Long Island Science Center’s growth and expansion.”
Mr. Oxman has been an active participant in the growth and revitalization of Riverhead for many years having served on the Riverhead Parking District Committee, the Riverhead Arts District Committee, and other Town Committees. Mr. Oxman was a member of Riverhead Rotary for over 14 years. He is a currently on the Board of Directors of the Riverhead Business Improvement District. He resides in Remsenburg.