Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association

Row Of Businesspeople With Question Marks
The 2014-2015 term is more than half over, and and we realized that many of you may not be aware of which members are handling the key aspects of our organization. We thought it might be a good idea to have you get to know our members a bit better! Many of our board members felt the same way, and were happy to provide a short professional bio, including a personal fun fact. For a $50 Starbucks gift card, can you match the right fact with the right board member?

Here’s how it works: Review the board member bios below. Below them, there is a list of fun facts. Match one fact with each board member by stating the board member’s name, then the number of the fun fact associated with that person. The person who matches the most members and fun facts correctly will win a $50 Starbucks gift card! Please send your choices to Good luck!
Lisa S. Fine, Esq. – President
I am Lisa S. Fine, and I am an attorney, mediator and arbitrator with a boutique practice in Smithtown. My main areas of practice are personal injury, matrimonial/family and commercial litigation and transactional work. As President, my goal this year is to streamline our practices and procedures through technology, increase membership, and strengthen awareness of our chapter and its goals, as well as WBASNY as a whole.
Melissa Negrin-Wiener, Esq. – Vice President Membership
My name is Melissa Negrin-Wiener and I am a partner in the Melville based firm of Genser Dubow Genser & Cona. My practice areas include, Medicaid Planning, Estate Planning, Government Benefits, Guardianship and Disability Planning. As VP of Membership, I hope to grow the organization and bring in some new blood this year.
Dawn A. Lott, Esq. – Corresponding Secretary and WBASNY Delegate
I am Dawn Lott, a partner in the Melville based firm of Dandeneau & Lott where I practice in the area of employment and labor law. As corresponding secretary, my goal is to increase the value of the newsletter for our members and distribute quarterly publications.
Alyson S. Repp, Esq. – Recording Secretary
Of counsel to Campolo, Middleton & McCormick practicing in the areas of Commercial and Residential Real Estate
My goal for program year: As recording secretary my goal is to help increase awareness of the SCWBA and our goals and mission through our website. Suggestions welcome!
Tara A. Scully, Esq. – Immediate Past President (and WBASNY Delegate)
My name is Tara A. Scully, I am a sole practitioner based in Port Jefferson. I work primarily in the areas of: Elder Law, Trusts & Estates, Estate Administration, Guardianships, Medicaid Planning, Application and Appeals, Criminal Defense, Tax Certiorari. I recently embarked on a new venture, working in an ‘of counsel’ capacity with attorney Scott DeSimone in Peconic. This semester, I also began teaching law courses as an adjunct professor at Suffolk County Community College. I am so proud to be your Immediate Past President and a WBASNY Delegate. We have an energetic and creative new Board and I am thrilled to cheer them on. I look forward to supporting our President Lisa S. Fine and our Board of Directors in all of their endeavors.
Scott P. McBride, Esq. – Vice President Programs
Surrogate’s Court (as a Court Attorney/Referee)
Vice President of Programs
Goal for 2015: Increase attendance at programs

Carmela M. DiTalia, Esq. – Director (2015)
I am Carmela Di Talia, a partner at the law firm of Esseks, Hefter & Angel, LLP, with offices in Riverhead and East Hampton. My practice is concentrated in the areas of real estate, estate planning and administration, and business law. I am a Director of the SCWBA and hope that this year the organization can reach out to its membership to ascertain what the needs of the members are and how we can assist with those needs.
Hon. Stephen Ukeiley – Director (2015)
Former County Court Judge
Former Presiding Judge of Suffolk County’s Human Trafficking Court
SCWBA Board of Director and Chair of the Mentoring Committee
Goal: increase participation in mentoring program and attendance at our events
Amy Hsu, Esq. – Director (2016)
I practice in the area of family, matrimonial and criminal law.
Hon. Chris Ann Kelley – Director (2017)
District Court Judge currently serving as an Acting County Court Judge in a criminal domestic violence Part.
SCWBA Director
Goal for program year: Work with Board and Officers to refine current goals of the organization, reach out to obtain new members and reinvigorate current members to more actively participate.
Leora Ardizzone, Esq. – Director (2016) and Alternate Delegate
I am Leora Ardizzone. My practice is focused on transactional and regulatory health law at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, PC in Uniondale. I am a SCWBA Director and Alternate Delegate to WBASNY. My goal for the program year is to help invigorate interest in our chapter as a viable networking option for female attorneys on Long Island.
Megan M. Tomlin, Esq. – Director (2017)
I am Megan Tomlin, an associate at Sari M. Friedman, P.C. where I practice in the areas of matrimonial and family law. I am a Director in the SCWBA. My goal for this year is to aim to increase our membership to younger attorneys and increase interest in our events.
Kim M. Smith, Esq. – WBASNY Delegate
Elder Law & Estate Planning
My goal is to assist with increasing membership. This year  I am Co-Chair of WBASNY’s elder law committee and would like to bring to light and help assist with issues facing our disabled and seniors through the voice of this organization.
Shari Lee Sugarman, Esq. – WBASNY Alternate Delegate
Area of Practice: real estate transactions/foreclosure defense and mortgage modifications/corporate and business organizations
My goal for program year : Attend as many meetings as possible and increase attendance at those meetings
Brette Haefeli, Esq. – Treasurer
I am the law clerk for Hon. John M. Czygier, the Surrogate of Suffolk County.  I have been in this position for over five years.  Prior to joining the court, I was in private practice.  I was admitted to the bar in 2005 after having gotten my JD/MBA from Tulane University law and business schools.

  1. I want to learn to sail a cruising sailboat and sail to distant points with my family.
  2. I am currently learning Chinese (mandarin).
  3. In my limited spare time my mom and I enjoy travelling the world. We’ve been to 10 countries and counting!
  4. I actively practice anti-gravity yoga.
  5. I spent my adolescence obsessed with becoming a Motocross racer.
  6. Prior to law school, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua and I am married with two beautiful daughters.
  7. I love to cook.
  8. I have run 18 marathons (26.2 miles) in four different states.
  9. I Love to grill.
  10. I love to cook and spend my free time with my three beautiful daughters.
  11. I enjoy spending every spare moment I have with my 19 months old son.
  12. I love to travel. Mother of 3.
  13. I enjoy painting and drawing with my two girls.
  14. I enjoy the sport of fencing, and have been doing it for almost 15 years.
  15. I reside in Lake Grove with my husband, Oren and our two little girls.

The following board member was unable to provide a bio, but should be recognized:
Eileen Ryan, Esq. – Director (2016)