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EAC Network Appoints Five New Members to its Board of Directors Class Of ’21-‘24


EAC Network is pleased to announce the appointment of five new members to its Board of Directors.

New appointees of EAC Network’s Board of Directors Class of ’21-’24 include Risa R. Aggrey, Esq., Principal Attorney to  Hon. Lisa S. Headley; Dr. Donna T.  Bacon, Full Professor at Nassau Community College in the Health Education Department; Dianna Jacob, RPA, MBA, Chief Operating Officer, NYC Health and Hospitals Coney Island Hospital; James LaCarrubba, President and CEO, Suffolk Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation (OTB); and Tochi Iroku-Malize MD MPH MBA, Senior Vice President of Family Medicine at Northwell Health, and Professor and Chair of Family Medicine for the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and Professor of Institute of Health Systems Science at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research.

Neela Mukherjee Lockel, EAC Network’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “I am deeply honored and thrilled to welcome Risa, Donna, Dianna, James, and Tochi to EAC Network’s Board of Directors Class of ’21-’24! These dynamic community leaders bring a wide array of expertise, insight, and vision to our vibrant and ever-changing work. Their collective dedication to improving quality of life within our communities, and wealth of experience, will greatly support, inspire, and further expand the impact of our work in the future.”

Richard Kessel, EAC Network’s Chairman of the Board, and Chairman of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency said, “EAC Network’s Board is comprised of an extremely dedicated team of community and business leaders who are fully committed to fulfilling our expansive mission. It is a great honor to welcome Risa, Donna, Dianna, James, and Tochi, and we them for uniting with us in a commitment to helping our most vulnerable neighbors in need.”

Risa R. Aggrey, Esq., is the Principal Court Attorney to Hon. Lisa S. Headley and currently works in the New York Supreme Court, County of New York. Previously, she worked as a court attorney in New York County Civil Court and Bronx Family Court on matters including small claims, name changes, custody, domestic violent, and child support. Prior to becoming a court attorney, Mrs. Aggrey was Associate General Counsel at a real estate management company in New York City, where she handled non-payment and eviction cases in housing court. Mrs. Aggrey obtained her law degree from the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., and obtained her bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Massachusetts. During her junior year in college, she studies abroad in Cordoba, Spain. Mrs. Aggrey was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and currently lives with her husband and son, Luke, in New Jersey.

Dr. Donna T.  Bacon is a tenured Full Professor at Nassau Community College in the Health Education department where she teaches courses on Human Sexuality and Death Education. In 2015 she was voted Chairperson of the department securing her place as the first female, youngest and only African American ever to hold the position. Additionally, she was appointed Chief Investigative Officer on the NCC campus by the college President to train and assist in consistent and proper investigation of incidents of sexual misconduct within the NCC community. She is the founding Executive Director of Mid-Nassau Lend a Helping Hand, which is an organization she founded to provide emergency financial services to women undergoing recent breast cancer surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment. She founded the organization as a direct result of the challenges she experienced dealing with the financial strain a breast cancer diagnosis can bring and its impact on recovery, particularly at 33 years old.  To read the full bio for Dr. Donna T. Bacon, see

James LaCarrubba was appointed President and CEO of Suffolk Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation (OTB) in December of 2020. He was appointed President and CEO of Suffolk Hospitality Management, LLC (SHM) in May of 2021. Responsible for over 500 employees across four properties, Mr. LaCarrubba oversees the day-to-day operation of the most successful OTB in New York State. Jake’s 58 Casino Hotel, which is owned and operated by OTB, has the top win per unit ratio in New York and provides over $100 million annually to the State for education. Before becoming President and CEO, he was appointed Managing Director of OTB in January 2020. Prior to that time, Mr. LaCarrubba was Chief of Staff in the Town of Hempstead, where he oversaw operations of America’s largest Township. Mr. LaCarrubba also served as the Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Long Beach. In that role he coordinated the City’s recovery effort after Superstorm Sandy, including the reconstruction of the City’s iconic, 2.2-mile boardwalk. Mr. LaCarrubba has over 20 years’ experience in government operations and labor relations, having overseen operations in New York’s two largest towns (Hempstead and Brookhaven) and as a business agent with the Communications Workers of America. To read the full bio for James LaCarrubba, see

Tochi Iroku-Malize MD MPH MBA is the senior vice president of family medicine at Northwell Health and professor and chair of family medicine for the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell as well as professor of Institute of Health Systems Science at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. She is dual board certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine and holds a masters degree in public health (majoring in health policy and management), and as well as a masters degree in business administration. She is currently the president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians, past president of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, and serves on numerous committees for specialty societies including the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the Association of Departments of Family Medicine, and the World Organization of Family Doctors amongst others. She is also involved in community-based organizations which provide service to various communities, including the American Red Cross, Links Incorporated and Jack & Jill, Incorporated. To read the full bio for Tochi Iroku-Malize MD MPH MBA, see

Dianna Jacob, RPA, MBA is a healthcare executive with over 20 years of experience in the field. She began her career in 2000 as a physician assistant in orthopedic surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. In this role, she became engaged in process and quality improvement within the service. After completing her MBA in Healthcare Administration, she transitioned into management as Operating Room Manager managing day-to-day operations for a 25-room operating suite. In 2008, Dianna left Montefiore to lead medical education and faculty affairs at NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC) as Vice President for Education, Faculty and Academic Affairs. At NYU, she was responsible for overall operations and strategic planning for undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education, continuing medical education as well as the supporting offices in the dean’s office. She was also responsible for faculty affairs including oversight for the appointment, promotion and tenure process, faculty performance and development. Dianna was part of the team who developed the 3-year pathway to the MD degree that eventually became the foundation for the 3-year medical school at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. To read the full bio for Dianna Jacob, RPA, MBA, see

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