Executive Board & Board of Directors

SCWBEC Board members are volunteers. We are a working board, who have the best interests of the organization always. The board is comprised of the Executive Board which provides leadership. The Committee Chairs work in specific areas to accomplish goals that we have set forth for the organization.

Executive Board

Betsy Maniotis


Betsy is the president of Betsy\'s Baskets ~ specializing in custom gift baskets, bears, favors florals & home decor items for both corporate and personal use.

Betsy’s Baskets was honored in 2013 to be placed in LinkedIn’s Top ...

Katherine Cortavarria

Vice Chair

Katherine Cortavarria, from a young age, has been a purpose-driven individual with a heart of service. In 2013, Katherine graduated as a Practical Nurse and in 2015 she initiated her journey in business by establishing Manantial Cleaning ...

Evelyn Gellar


A forward-thinking business development leader, Evelyn takes pride in her ability to build and nurture relationships.  Throughout her career, Evelyn has been devoted to advocating for diversity and inclusion and to giving a voice to the needs of ...

Lisa Albinowski

Director of Business Development

Lisa held the SCWBEC Chairwoman position from 2013-2016 and has been an active Board Member since 2005. She continues to support the organization through Sponsorship.   Lisa brings many years of business and real estate experience to her ...

Peggiann McCoy


Peg McCoy is the President of Peggiann McCoy CPA, P.C.  She has over 25 years of progressive experience in providing quality accounting and tax services to closely held businesses.  In 1998 she began a full time endeavor ...

Committee Chairs

Sara Miller

Professional Development

Sara Miller is an award-winning professional photographer and owner of Sara Miller Photo Studio in Smithtown, NY.  Although her business was started in 2021, she has been working as a professional photographer with various studios on Long ...

Karina Bermeo


Founder Hispanic America Now and Vice-President of Creative Builders Home & Garden, Karina, is Former Fortune 500 executive with 20+ years’ experience, who built and managed a strong track record of successful negotiations with financial institutions. She ...

Jean Derespina

Public Relations

Jean held corporate marketing positions for over 30 years. She fulfilled a dream in 2014 and founded her business, The Marketing Gig LLC. An avid writer, Jean’s focus is on providing digital content, such as blogs, white ...

Wendy Rodriguez

Strategic Alliances

Wendy Rodriguez is a Guatemalan- American, proud mother of three beautiful daughters. With all the odds against her, becoming a mother at the age of 15, Wendy has proven that with faith in God, determination, discipline, and ...

Jean Dowd


Jean Dowd is a mortgage loan officer for Caliber Home Loans in Holbrook, NY. She has been helping people realize the American Dream of home ownership for the past 30 years. She is well versed in mortgage ...