The youngest of four brothers, Francis H. Romanitch was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, New York. Upon graduating from West Babylon High School in 2003, Warrant Officer Romanitch enlisted in the Selected Marine Corps Reserve where he went on to excel in his training and his duties.In November 2011, Warrant Officer Romanitch was activated in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, completing a successful tour in Afghanistan, working in the Special Equipment Items section, 1st Maintenance Battalion, at Camp Leatherneck.
Jennifer Mackie has devoted her entire professional career to passing on her love of helping others through education and activism. Born and raised in Lindenhurst, she attended St. Josephs College on Long Island and studied Elementary Education and Special Education. She later went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Infants and Toddlers, Special Education. Currently, she works as an Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist with autistic children.
Ms. Mackie has given her time and talents over the years to a litany of community organizations, including her hometown Lindenhurst Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA), serving as vice president. She also volunteers her time as a special education advocate for families in her community.