Meet The Board
Joe Salamone - FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mr. Salamone serves as the Executive Director of the organization, conducting its administration in accordance with the advisement and consent of the board of directors, a position he has held since he founded the organization in 2013.
A Long Island native originating from North Babylon, NY and graduate of Suffolk County Community College, Mr. Salamone has spent his professional career in the medical supplies and technology industry with 10 years of experience in billing, distribution and operations. Mr. Salamone currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Program & Service Development for the national medical supplies and technology company Telivita, headquartered in Hauppauge.
Having spent most of his primary and secondary educational years as a victim of bullying, Mr. Salamone's vision for the organization is simple: to reach as many children and their families experiencing bullying, create an environment that keeps the emphasis on the importance of the issue and all while demonstrating financial diligence and respect with the public's generous contributions.
Mr. Salamone has close ties to the charitable community on Long Island through affiliations with charities supporting persons with special healthcare needs as well as cancer research.
Daniel Akeson - DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mr. Akeson joined the board as a trustee in 2015 after being an active donor and participant at LICAB’s many fundraising events. Having seen the good the organization was imparting as a grass roots movement, Mr. Akeson was compelled to lend his entrepreneurial and organizational expertise.
Professionally, Mr. Akeson is involved with multiple businesses and organizations. He serves as Executive Director for Jerome Stevens Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a local pharmaceutical manufacturing company; Owner of Blueshirt Publishing, LLC, a sports magazine publishing company; and member of the Management Team at The Woodside Club, a prestigious Golf & Country Club on Long Island’s Gold Coast.
Having spent his entire life on Long Island, Mr. Akeson personally knew the harms of bullying and its destructive effects on our communities. Himself a victim throughout childhood, Mr. Akeson has been shaped both personally and professionally by his bullying experiences.
Christopher Caporale - TREASURER
Mr. Caporale recently joined LICAB as Board Trustee and Treasurer. Mr. Caporale is a Certified Public Accountant, having begun his career in auditing with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. He graduated Fairfield University Cum Laude in 2009 after serving as Accounting Club President, inductee into Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Honor Society, and was the 2009 recipient of the IAA Outstanding Audit Student of the Year Award.
Since his time at PwC, Mr. Caporale has expanded his career path into Construction Project Management. Mr. Caporale works for Turner Construction Company building state-of-the-art healthcare facilities across the Tri-State area.
Mr. Caporale grew up on Long Island and has strong ties to the antibullying intiative. His roles and responsibilities will include the preparation of monthly financial statements, financial analysis of all events, and tax and advisory services as the organization moves forward and expands.
Cara Caporale - SECRETARY
Ms. Caporale joined the LICAB Board of Trustees in 2015 bringing with her a legal expertise and perspective critical to board decisions.
As Associate Director of Academic Advising and Student Run Businesses and Long Island University Post, Ms. Caporale is confronted daily with the challenges faced by young people having to navigate a world where bullying is ever prevalent. In addition to her work at LIU, Ms. Caporale is also a practicing attorney, concentrating her practice in the areas of matrimonial and family law. She has seen firsthand how bullying can wreak havoc on children, particularly in homes where litigation has already disrupted the family unit.
Born and raised on Long Island, she graduated from Elwood John H. Glenn High School. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and a Law degree from the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia.
In addition to LICAB, she is an active member of the Suffolk and Nassau County Bar Associations, The New York State Bar Association, and the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association.
Sabrina Bickoff - TRUSTEE
Growing up in Deer Park, Long Island, Ms. Bickoff has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Binghamton University and a Master’s Degree in Biology Ed from Stony Brook University. She serves as a secondary education science teacher in the Middle Country School District.
Ms. Bickoff brings a unique perspective to the board. As a mother and a teacher, her insights allow LICAB to think from the perspective of both bullied families and the school districts alongside whom we often work.
Sean B. Bickoff - TRUSTEE
Mr. Bickoff has served as a Board member for LICAB since its inception in 2013. He is an experienced non-profit board member, sitting on several non-profit and charity focused boards. He brings with him, experience in fundraising, raising awareness and operations.
A graduate of SUNY Binghamton with a degree in Economics and Finance, he went on to secure several Insurance designations. Professionally, Mr. Bickoff is a manager and producer with Borg & Borg, Inc., a prestigious Long Island insurance firm where his concentration is property & casualty insurance, insurance counseling and risk management.
Having been both a bully victim and the bully at different states of Mr. Bickoff’s life, he maintains that this is an epidemic affecting both parties negatively. His primary concern surrounds the addition of the internet, and how bullying now reaches into victim’s homes.
Laura Campbell - TRUSTEE
Ms. Campbell has served as a Board member for LICAB since January, 2016. She brings the experience of presenting school workshops on Bullying/Cyberbullying, the understanding of overwhelming, stressful feelings our students struggle with and empathy for the many students she has helped and connect to services. She believes that bullying can lead to mental health challenges for our youth, some of which may continue into adulthood and is excited to enhance her mission with LICAB.
As a certified Crisis Counselor and the Community Education Coordinator for Long Island Crisis Center, Ms. Campbell facilitates workshops in various Long Island Schools, Colleges and Universities on serious, but relevant mental health topics. She also volunteers as a hotline counselor, answering emergency hotlines, including the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Ms. Campbell is certified as a Youth/Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor by the National Counsel for Behavioral Health. She is also a trained and certified John C. Maxwell Coach, Teacher and Speaker on Leadership.
Ms. Campbell is a graduate of Empire State College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human and Community Services and a minor in Adolescent Psychology. Her passion lies working with youth to ensure a healthy and productive adolescence by empowering them to become advocates for their mental health.
Brian Galli - TRUSTEE
Dr. Galli joined the board in 2017 to help the organization continue its growth and to promote its evolution. Dr. Galli brings a strong degree of management and leadership experience as well as technical expertise, which will enable him to help the organization to plan and grow into the future.
Dr. Galli serves as Assistant Professor in the College of Management at Long Island University Post, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in areas of continuous improvement, management engineering, and project management. Prior to joining the academic arena, he gained 10 years of experience in applying industrial engineering and continuous improvement tools and concepts in a wide variety of arenas, including healthcare, manufacturing, transactional, and service environments. Outside of his academic pursuits, Dr. Galli owns Apex Strategies, Ltd, a company that that specializes in continuous improvement consulting and training initiatives.
A native of Long Island, Dr. Galli has a personal vested interest in the success of LICAB. He has been a victim of bullying in the past and he also knows many people who were victims of bullying; all of these experiences have helped to shape Dr. Galli in both his professional and personal lives. His goal is to help LICAB to educate and spread the message of anti-bullying, in hopes to prevent bullying in future generations.
William Parker - TRUSTEE
Mr. Parker joined the board of LICAB in 2017 as a Trustee, hoping to use his business experience and network to bring attention to the cause and to effect change. Throughout his life, Mr. Parker has defended victims of bullying and he remains passionate about advocating for this cause.
Mr. Parker began his career with L.E.B. Electric as a Local 25 electrician after graduating from Baldwin Senior High School in 1998. Starting out as an apprentice, he worked his way up through the company until 2007 when he was presented with the opportunity to purchase L.E.B. Along with a partner, Mr. Parker purchased L.E.B. Electric.
Shortly thereafter, he bought out his partner’s share of the business and has been sole owner and President of the company since 2009.
Under Mr. Parker’s management, L.E.B. has grown exponentially, branching out into every phase of commercial electrical construction, encompassing everything from high voltage to Security and Communications.
Dr. Mark Welles
Dr. Mark Welles joined the board as a trustee in May of 2018. Dr. Welles has been a pediatrician for the last 35 years and with Cohen Children’s Medical Center for over 15 years. For the last six, he has been increasingly active in the pursuit to help stop bullying and to educate his peers and community on the growing epidemic.
In addition to being a practicing pediatrician, Dr. Welles serves the community as an assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra University/Northwell. He is Co-Chair for the committee on Bullying Prevention for Chapter 2 of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is proud to be the national section chair for the Section on LGBT Health and Wellness for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Always wanting to do his part to educate young children, Dr. Welles teaches the harmful impact of bullying through many avenues. He sponsors semi-annual conferences, speaks at middle schools, and has created the first in the nation in-hospital anti-bullying consult service for patients who are hospitalized at Cohen's.