The Excellence Award
Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
Director, Region 4
Donna Limiti is the Director of Region 4 which encompasses the five boroughs of New York City. She has worked for OPWDD for over 40 years, always with the emphasis on deinstitutionalization and the development of community based resources. Ms. Limiti was involved in the development of the family care program in Queens and participated in the development of the Medicaid Service Coordination system. She was instrumental in the closure of the Brooklyn Developmental Center and is currently working on the closure of the Bernard Fineson Developmental Center in Queens. Current emphasis is on a unified delivery of services statewide and the development of systems that will take us seamlessly into a managed care environment.
The Leadership Award
Hon. David I. Weprin
New York Assembly
Assembly Member David Weprin, elected to the Assembly in a Special Election on February 9, 2010, has devoted his life to public service and making government more responsive, efficient and accountable. Weprin represents the 24th Assembly District in Queens, the same district represented by his father, the late Assembly Speaker Saul Weprin, for 23 years and his brother Mark Weprin, for over 15 years. In 2017, Weprin was named Chair of the Assembly Committee of Correction. Prior to serving as the Chair of Committee on Correction, Weprin served as Chair of the Assembly Task Force on People with Disabilities from 2014 – 2016. Weprin was also named Co-President of the National Association of Jewish Legislators in January 2017.
Born in Queens on May 2, 1956 to Saul and Sylvia Weprin, Weprin has lived in the Hollis-Jamaica area his entire life. He is a graduate of Jamaica High School, SUNY at Albany, with a cum laude degree in Political Science, and a law degree from Hofstra University.
In 1983 Weprin was chosen by then Governor Mario Cuomo to serve as the Deputy Superintendent of Banks and Secretary of the Banking Board for New York State. As part of his tenure through 1987, Weprin was a watchdog of nearly $2 trillion, regulating more than 3,000 financial institutions and financial service firms in New York State, including international banking institutions, mortgage brokers, and mortgage bankers. One of several accomplishments Weprin is proudest to have achieved on behalf of consumers as Deputy Superintendent was to reduce the number of days banking institutions may hold checks before clearing them, thereby reducing the interest they can earn on the backs of consumers and businesses. He delivered advice and counsel to the Banking Department on the formulation of banking standards. As part of the Board, he analyzed the condition of banks and exercised power to approve or disapprove the issuance of bank charters and licenses and the establishment of branch banks.
In 2001, Weprin was elected to the New York City Council by the people of the 23rd Council District in Queens. Within weeks of taking office Weprin became Chairman of the Council’s Finance Committee. Their choice to select a freshman Council Member to preside over the review and management of the City’s finances remains unprecedented and is a testament to his long-standing excellence in the field.
As Chair of the Council’s Finance Committee, Weprin proved to be a tireless advocate for responsible public spending and partnered with the Mayor and citizen advocacy groups to strengthen fiscal responsibility throughout all five boroughs. In 2008, Weprin was instrumental in locking away a total of $2.5 billion in surplus funds to ensure that future retirees continue to receive quality health care. Weprin led the charge with the Mayor to put more than one billion dollars back in the pockets of homeowners and co-op/condo owners in the form of annual $400 property tax rebates. Weprin also successfully opposed congestion pricing—he has called it an outer-borough tax. Weprin did not seek re-election to the Council in 2009; instead he ran for the City Comptroller position won by John Liu.
In the private sector, Weprin occupied a variety of leadership positions at with major financial services firm from 1987 until his election to the Council. He was elected by his peers to serve as Chairman of the Securities Industry Association, for the New York District, for three years.
Weprin's organizational affiliations include or have included Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council, Queens Jewish Community Council, Transitional Services for NY, National Conference of Community & Justice, Respect for Law Alliance, National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education, Greater Jamaica Development Corp., Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, American Jewish Congress, Holliswood Civic Association, Economic Education Foundation of the Securities Industry Association and the Brandeis Association.
Since 1994, he has served as a District Leader and Executive Member of the Saul Weprin Club, named after his late father, the NYS Assembly Speaker.
Weprin lives with his wife Ronni in Holliswood. They are the proud parents of five children.
The Community Leadership Award
Store Manager, Home Depot Deer Park
Donna Delia started her career with Home Depot in 2000 as an associate at the Special Service Desk. Since then, she has grown with the company and has held several positions such as Service Desk Supervisor, Operations Assistant Store Manager, and Specialty Assistant Store Manager. Ms. Delia became Store Manager for Home Depot in Deer Park in 2016.
The Business Leadership Award
Chief Executive Officer
Marketing Works PR
Ron Gold is President and CEO of Marketing Works, which offers a full range of branding, public relations, marketing and event management services to nonprofit organizations throughout New York and Long Island. Ron develops effective campaigns that distinguish his clients from others in their field. He provides a spectrum of services from simple website updates to a full scale rebranding of all marketing material. He specializes in helping organizations that have changed their name, undergone mergers, or added new services and/or customer segments.
With over 30 years experience, Ron has connections to over 1,000 media outlets and successfully promotes his clients to industry, regional and local sources. His clients are continuously featured in leading NYC newspapers, nonprofit print publications and television stations, including Channel 7, Channel 11, NY1 News and BronxNet TV Channel 67.
Ron founded and produces The Nonprofit Voice, a weekly live broadcast radio show (103.9 FM) that provides a platform for nonprofit agencies to discuss their organization and speak about issues affecting the special needs and behavioral health communities. Ron also arranges for clients to appear on WFAN’s Bob Salter show, a weekly radio program focusing on nonprofit, mental health and community-related topics. An icon in radio, Ron was general manager at WALK 97.5 FM where he helped make it #1 on Long Island and launched B103 FM, the top “oldies” station on Long Island.
A recognized leader, Crain's recently featured Marketing Works highlighting its niche market in nonprofits; and Star Network named Ron “King of Long Island.”