Board of Directors

OLLCA Board of Directors


Cynthia Nierer is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors and has lived in the Bellerose area for over 40 years and has been a member of the parish for over 15 years.  After high school, she chose to remain local and is a graduate of St. John’s University and St. John’s University , School of Law.  She is currently a partner with the Long Island law firm, The Margolin & Weinreb Law Group, LLP.  From 2008-2014, Cynthia served on the Board of Directors of REOMAC as Education Chair (a non-profit industry organization.)  Cynthia’s daughter started at Our Lady of Lourdes School in its nursery class and graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Academy in 2014.  Cynthia has served the Church as Lector and as a member of the Parish Pastoral Council.  Cynthia’s brings her experience to the Board of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Academy.

Julia O’Keeffe has been a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish since December 1964. She attended Molloy Catholic College for Women, majoring in English Education, subsequently teaching high school English for 34 years. During that time, she was the advisor to the Thespian Guild, the National Honor Society, Poseidon Literary Magazine, and chaired the Scholarship Committee. During her career at H. Frank Carey H.S., this outstanding educator received a yearbook dedication, Teacher of the Year Recognition, and New York State Educator of Excellence from the National Council of Teachers of English. Upon her retirement in 1998, she founded a program called Target Reading, which services three elementary schools in the Sewanhaka School District. As a result of her community involvement, Molloy College (where she is an active alumna) honored her with the Veritas Medal, which reflects the values and strengths of the Dominican Sisters who founded the college. Julia truly believes that she would not have been successful without the support of her parents, her faith, and her Catholic education. Julia has agreed to serve as the Board’s Recording Secretary.

Donald Costello was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish from 1955 to 1995. He graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes School in 1966 then attended Rice High School and Queens College. Don was a New York City Police Officer for 23 years serving as a Sergeant for six years in the Queens Robbery Squad with his final nine years functioning as a Lieutenant in the Intelligence Division as the Commanding Officer of City Hall and Gracie Mansion. He mostly dealt with the security of two mayors and their families. He spent six years with Mayor Giuliani and three with Mayor Bloomberg. For the past 30 years Don has organized a wildly successful yearly collection of toys for needy children in the Diocese of Brooklyn. He has been given numerous awards for his charity work, including one from Bishop Daily. He has been married to his wife Laura for the past 19 years. Don brings his talents and experience to the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Academy Board as Chair of the Development Committee.

Cassandra Greene has been a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish since 2007. She became a member of the choir in 2009, and a member of the Parish Pastoral Council in 2013. Her career began in banking at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co, where she was recruited in high school, upon graduation. After ten years in banking, she went into health care at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital (later known as Interfaith Medical Center) where she held positions in Administration, and the Executive Office. She later became a supervisor for the Patient Relations Department, advocating for patients’ rights, which included speaking at all new employee orientations, to make them aware of patient importance. After 20 years of service at Interfaith Medical Center, she took a position at the State University of New York (Downstate Medical Center) where she worked for 18 years until her retirement in 2012. She held positions as Assistant to the Vice Provost in the College of Medicine, Assistant to the President in the Office of the President, Coordinator and Educator of Continuing Medical Education (CME) in the Office of Academic Affairs. She later became Assistant Director of Continuing Medical Education. She served on many departmental CME planning committees, reviewed educational grants for CME programs, assisted in planning and developing annual CME workshops. Also provided staff support to the Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Philanthropy for philanthropic purposes, both on and off campus. Cassandra’s varied career is a great asset to the Board of Directors of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Academy where she serves as the Vice Chairperson.

Lynn Dunworth has been a member of the parish for 42 years. She has served the parish in many different capacities over the years, including: Parish Pastoral Council member, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Outreach volunteer, Rosary Alter Society member, Church Decorating Committee, Religious Education Program and as a board member of the Parent Association of Our Lady of Lourdes School. Two of her children graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes School. Her education background includes being a registered nurse, with a BS in nursing from LIU and an MA from NYU in nursing. She is also a retired Assistant Principal of Hillcrest High School with a certificate in School Administration from Queens College. On the Board of Directors Lynn serves on the Marketing Committee

Victoria Sharma was born in Bethesda, Maryland, and called Arlington,Virginia home. She lived much of her childhood overseas in Budapest, Hungary; Saigon, Vietnam; New Delhi, Calcutta, and Mussoori, U.P. in India. Her junior year of college was spent studying at Kansai Gaidai in Kansai, Japan. She graduated with a bachelor of arts from Mary Baldwin College in Stanton, Virginia. Victoria has lived in New York since 1991. She is a married mother of six children. The three youngest graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes School and for many years Victoria was active on the Home School Association. She became Catholic at the Easter Vigil in 2004 at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church. Over the past ten years, Victoria has served the church in various ministries: as Lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, member of the consolation ministry, evangelization and stewardship committees, choir, and as a member of the Parish Pastoral Council. Victoria is also a full-time real estate associate broker and notary public serving Queens and Nassau counties for the past 22 years. Victoria’s varied background and experience in the community serves the Board well. She is chairperson of the Marketing Committee.

Cassandre Kernizan