USS New York (LPD 21)
Ship Sponsor

Dorothy England

Dotty Hennlein England is a native of Maryland and a proud resident of Fort Worth, Texas. She and Gordon, 72nd and 73nd Secretary of the Navy and Deputy Secretary of Defense, met as students and were married at the University of Maryland campus chapel. They have three children and two grandchildren.

The Committee

USS NEW YORK's Commissioning Committee is a group of volunteers from the private sector and from corporations based in the New York area. Its mission is to marshal New York City and State citizens and resources in support of the ship's commissioning, and of events surrounding her entry to the U.S. Navy Fleet.

The committee's goals are to:

  • Arrange and support events during Commission Week that will enhance the morale of the USS NEW YORK crew and their families
  • Raise funds to establish the USS NEW YORK Foundation for the benefit of the first and future crews of the ship
  • Coordinate efforts to generate attention to USS NEW YORK and her mission

The committee and all New Yorkers in name and in spirit are determined to provide a memorable send off to the crew, as well as to share the spirit of New York with their families.

USS NEW YORK Committee Chairman

Woody Johnson is the owner of the National Football League's New York Jets. Outside of the Jets, Mr. Johnson is is active in a wide range of philanthropic efforts including being the founder and chairman of the Alliance for Lupus Research and chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International and a trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropic organization devoted to health and health care.

Mr. Johnson is a director of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's Fund to Advance New York City and a member of the board of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center. and he served as National Finance Chair for the 2008 Republican Convention.

Rear Admiral Robert A. Ravitz, USNR (Ret.), co-chairman and executive director, is a retired Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy Reserve and the former Director of the Navy Reserve Public Public Affairs Program. Currently a marketing consultant, he built a distinguished career in the advertising industry. His last position was Executive Vice President of Grey Advertising.

 

USS NEW YORK COMMISSIONING COMMITTEE

CHAIRMAN

Robert Wood Johnson IV
Owner, New York Jets

CO-CHAIRMAN & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Rear Admiral Robert A. Ravitz, USNR (Ret.)
Marketing Consultant

VICE CHAIRMEN

Matthew J. Harrington
President & Chief Executive Officer U.S. - Edelman

Harold Z. Steinbrenner, Managing General Partner, New York Yankees

Merrill Lynch

DIRECTOR

Captain Sally C. McElwreath, USNR (Ret.)
Communications Consultant

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Peter Wolkowski

 
WORKING COMMITTEES

Fund Raising

Erik K. Olstein, Chairman
President, Olstein Capital Management, L.P.

 

Councilwoman Sheila Marcotte
Town of Eastchester, New York

The Hon. Steven S. Honigmann
Fox Horan & Camerini, LLP

Senior Chief James E. Brown, USN (Ret.)

BMCM(SW) Eugene Culligan, USN (Ret.)
McCann Enterprises

Joseph Benaroya, VP Global Strategic Reltionships
IBM Global Technology Services

Merrill Lynch

Christopher Hughes
BoatTest.com, LLC



Special Events

Jenna Marone, Chairwoman
Account Manager - Edelman

Christopher Hughes
BoatTest.com, LLC

 

Crew/Family Event Coordination

Donald H. Rullman - Co-Chairman
Senior Vice President
ENSR AECOM

Lieutenant Commander Suzanna Brugler, USN
Special Advisor
Director, Navy Public Affairs New York

Larry Bamberger
AT&T

Jenna Marrone - Co-Chairman
Account Manager
Edelman

Gunnery Sgt. Christopher J. Randazzo, USMC
Marine Corps Public Affairs Office

Ira Goldberg
Attorney at Law

John Romanovsky
ENSR AECOM

Media Relations

John R. Dillard - Chairman
Senior Vice President
Edelman Financial

Christopher Mittendorf - Co-Chairman
Account Supervisor
Edelman Financial

Sally C. McElwreath
Special Advisor
Communications Consultant

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Finance

Peter D. Galasinao - Senior VP
Mergers & Acquisitons Group
Willis North America Inc.

Web Development

Kerry E. Smith - JOC (USNR - Ret.)
Marketing Communications Consultant

Sponsor Relations

Sally C. McElwreath
Communications Consultant

John R. Dillard, Chairman
Senior Vice President
Edelman Financial

Government Liaison

Christopher Boylan - Chairman
Deputy Executive Director
Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Intrepid Liaison

Lisa Yacionello
Vice President of External Affairs
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum

Internal Ship Theme

Frank Pascual - Chairman
Director of Customer Relations
MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Advertising

Anthony DeVito - Chairman
DeVito Fitterman Advertising

Gifts

Richard H. Wagner - Chairman
Vice President & Editor
The Log - New York Council
Navy League of the U.S.

Committee Members

Jennifer Adams
September 11 Families Association

Larry Bamberger
AT&T

Rob Binns
North American Airlines

CAPT Bob Black, NYNM
New York Naval Militia

Christopher P. Boylan
Metropolitan Transit Authority

Senior Chief James E, Brown, USN (Ret.)

LCDR Suzanna Brugler, USN
Navy Public Affairs New York

Bryan Birch
New York Council
Navy League of the U.S.

Louis Caldara

RADM Joseph F. Callo, USNR (Ret.)

Phil Crosland
ASCAP

BMCM(SW) Eugene Culligan, USN (Ret.)
McCann Enterprises

Anthony DeVito
Devito Fitterman Advertising

John R. Dillard
Edelman Financial

Joan Donovan
Merrill Lynch

Merrill Lynch

Peter D. Galasinao
Willis North America

Matthew J. Harrington
Edelman

The Hon. Steven S. Honigmann
Fox Horan & Camerini, LLP

Christopher Hughes
BoatTest.com LLC

The Hon. John G. Ingram
New York State Supreme Court
Kings County, Second Judicial District

Ross Jobson
Faircount Publishing

Jonathan Jones
Jones Search Group

Clarice Joynes
Department of Veterans Affairs
City of New York

William Kraus - New York State Division of Veterans Affairs

Lee Ielpi
September 11th Families Association

Richard T. Kenny, New York Council
Navy League of the United States

The Hon. Vincent L. Leibel, Senator
40th District, State of New York

Steve Loevsky - Ports of America

Sheila Marcotte, Councilwoman
Town of Eastchester, NY

Jenna Marrone
Edelman

James Mazzone
Marine Corps League

Debbie McCallam
Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding

Jack McDermott

James D. McDonough - New York State Division of Veterans Affairs

CAPT Sally C. McElwreath, USNR (Ret.)
Communications Consultant

Captain Andrew McGovern
Sandy Hook Pilots Association

Christopher Mittendorf
Edelman Financial

LCDR Colette Murphy, USN

Roger Newman
Department of Veterans Affairs
City of New York

Merrilly Noeth, New York Council
Navy League of the U.S.

Erik K. Olstein
Olstein Capital Management, LP

Richard Othmer
FDNY, City of New York,
Navy League of the U.S.,
Former USN LPD Boatswains Mate

Frank Pascual
MTA Bridges & Tunnels

Gunnery Sgt. Christopher J. Randazzo, USMC
Marine Corps Public Affairs Office
New York City

RADM Robert A. Ravitz, USNR (Ret.)
Marketing Consultant

John Romanovsky
ENSR AECOM

RADM Robert Rosen, NYNM (Ret.)
New York Naval Militia

Donald H. Rullman
AECOM

Ralph Slane
New York Council
Navy League of the U.S.

Kerry E. Smith
kerrytgm@gmail.com

Ken Sparks
USS NEW YORK BB34 Liaison

Thomas Spina
New York City Economic Development Corporation

Dr. Daniel M. Thys, MD
Navy League of the U.S. New York Council

CAPT Kevin Wensing, USN (Ret.)
Consultant

Ken Winkler
Ports America

Richard H. Wagner
The Log – New York Council
Navy League of the U.S.

Peter Wolkowski
USS New York Commissioning Committee

Lisa Yaconiello, Vice President of External Affairs
Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum

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