Board of Directors

Andrea S. Libresco, President

Andrea S. Libresco

Andrea Libresco, Ed.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Teaching, Literacy and Leadership in the School of Education at Hofstra University where she teaches social studies methods to pre-service and in-service teachers at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and was named Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2005.

Her positions in the public schools have included social studies department chair at a 7-12 school, lead teacher for elementary social studies, and classroom teacher of social studies for thirteen years, teaching primarily American History and Global History. She was named Long Island Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 1997, and has been a National Endowment for the Humanities, James Madison and Fulbright fellow. In 2007, she was named a Woman Peacemaker–Five Generations Honoree by Peace Action New York State and was also a recipient of the Long Island Alliance Kairos Award.

She is the co-author of Every Book is a Social Studies Book, co-editor of Peace Lessons from Around the World, published by The Hague Appeal for Peace, co-editor of national journal, Social Studies and the Young Learner, past president of the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union-Nassau Chapter, board member of the Hofstra University Center for Civic Engagement, member of Long Island Teachers for Human Rightsm, and president of the Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives.

Michael D’Innocenzo, Vice President
Michael D'Innocenzo

Martin Melkonian, Treasurer

Martin Melkonian

Martin Melkonian has taught Economics at Hofstra University for over 40 years, and has worked as an economist in government and in the finance industry.  His areas of specialization include economic conversion, military spending, energy economics, labor economics and the Long Island regional economy. In addition to introductory, environmental and labor economics, he has taught the interdisciplinary course, War and Peace in the Age of Terrorism. He also coordinates the Hofstra University International Scene, a series of fall and spring seminars with expert speakers on peace, international security and economic issues.  Professor Melkonian also serves on the Boards of Rent Guidelines NYS Housing Committee, Pax Christi LI, and the Center for Civic Engagement at Hofstra.

His publications include: LI Sustainability Industries; Reinvest in Long Island; Cutbacks in Defense Spending: Outlook and Options for the Long Island Economy and The Energy Picture Entering the 21st Century. 

Megan O’Handley* (1959-2017)
Frederick Brewington, Esq.
Ed Ciaccio
Sr. Jeanne Clark, O.P.
Tom Delguidice
Rev. Mark Lukens
Linda Longmire
Gregory M. Maney
Margaret Melkonian
Shirley Romaine
Stanley Romaine

*Deceased