Thomas Heron II joined the Marine Corps two weeks after graduating from Centereach High school. Thomas went to Paris Island for Boot Camp. At twenty-nine he enrolled in a communications school in Palms, California. He was assigned to 9th Communications Battalion and shortly after, volunteered to go to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, where he was deployed in the Western Pacific.
LaQuitaOutlaw, Ed.D. learned firsthand that life is what you make of it. Growing up in the socioeconomically challenged community of Far Rockaway fueled her determination to become a successful professional. As Dr. Outlaw’s educational experiences continued, she resolved to never let those who have little receive less because of their unfortunate circumstances. It was at that point that she vowed to provide every child with the best education possible.
The only son of the late Antranik and Mary Enkababian, Armen was born at Parsons Hospital in Flushing, New York. He graduated from Flushing High School and attended Long Island University before enlisting in the United States Navy in 1966. Upon completion of basic training, he attended Radar “A” School and graduated near the top of his class; he then served on the USS John A. Bole, DD 755, a World War II era destroyer.
On his first overseas cruise, Radarman Third Class Enkababian was part of the naval presence in the Sea of Japan after the North Koreans seized the USS Pueblo. For their service during this difficult time, his ship was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for their two month deployment under adverse conditions.
Andrea Curran sprung into action and helped the Lyndenhurst community following the devastating aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Ms. Curran played a pivotal role as the manager of the grassroots hurricane relief effort known as Camp Bulldog, which became active in the first few days following Superstorm Sandy and operated continuously for six months.
During its operation, The Camp provided cleaning supplies, hot meals and information as well as much needed counseling and legal services to thousands of storm victims in Lindenhurst and the surrounding towns.
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.