DR. CHITHRA DURGAM
Dr. Chithra Durgam is the Founder of Aesthetic Dental in North Bergen, NJ, the Founder of Roar mouthguards, and a business keynote speaker. She has been featured on Good Day NY, Women’s Dental Entrepreneur Magazine and 201 Magazine Best of Bergen issue. Dr. Durgam founded a mouthguard program in conjunction with Snoop Dogg’s youth football league, benefitting special needs children. She is committed to helping underserved children in her community, both through volunteering for the NY Giants Team Smile Program that provides free dental care, and by serving on the Board of Directors for the Bergen County CASA, which helps advocate for foster children and raise funds to assist them. She is featured in Gary Vaynerchuk’s #1 NY Times Best Selling book “Crushing It!,” detailing her use of social media to bolster her brand and practice. In February 2019, she was an Honoree at Empatheia: An Eido Swimwear Wonder Woman Initiative, in New York City. Dr. Durgam is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, MO with a dual degree in history and biology, and a graduate of Northwestern University Dental School, where she gave the commencement speech with Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher.
Don is a highly decorated advertising professional with over four decades of experience creating insightful and impactful marketing campaigns across a myriad of industries for small mom-and-pop shops to international giants. His work in national magazine advertising, television commercials, radio, and web design has been recognized by the most respected advertising associations, publications, and elite awards groups in the world for their breakthrough concepts, design and results. In addition, Don has been recognized for the countless pro-bono work he’s created for numerous charitable organizations including being named Man-of-the-Year for Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, Long Island’s largest summer camp program for children with special needs. Don has lectured on marketing, advertising and design for many institutions and trade associations, and was also the associate producer of the feature film “Let it Snow” starring Bernadette Peters. His design and marketing skills are no stranger to us here at the Long Island Pageant, starting with his very first contribution by creating our beloved Long Island Pageant logo at the system’s inception back in 2007. Don is married with three adult children, is an avid reader, golfer, sports enthusiast, and according to his wife... pretty funny.
Katy graduated from CUNY Baruch College with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Finance & Investments. She holds her Series 50 as a registered Municipal Advisor, working with many schools, towns, villages, and fire districts throughout New York State. Katy is a member of Northeast Women in Public Finance, New York State Government Finance Officer’s Association, National Association of Municipal Advisors, New York Association of School Business Officials, and Long Island Village Clerks & Treasurers. Katy also has a passion for animals and has worked with numerous local and national animal rights and rescue organizations over the years. A former pageant competitor, Katy got her start in pageants right here on the Miss Long Island stage, earning the Director’s Award! She resides on eastern Long Island with her husband, Jordan, and the light of their life - their wheaten terrier, Weston.
Justin Haynes is the CEO and Founder of JUS10H which specializes in Men’s, Women’s and Children’s wear. Justin knew at a very young age that he possessed a love for fashion and a passion for retail. In 2010, he made a pivotal career move (with much fear and excitement!) by leaving his position as a Regional Training Manager for UK Luxury retail stores to create his own fashion line. It was then that JUS10H was birthed with the mission “Bringing fashion to your everyday life.” To date, this Master Tailor has created 54 runway collections. Justin’s designs have been featured in local, national and international shows with models strutting on runways in his hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts to Fashion Weeks in New York, Los Angeles and Milan. This September, JUS10H will be shown during Paris Fashion Week. Justin recently received the 2019 National Fashion and Life Style award from the National Business Association and was named as a “Natural Born Artist of 2019”.
Natalia was crowned Miss New York Teen USA 2016 in the first and only pageant she competed in. Coming from an untraditional pageantry background with no experience she was able to use her authenticity to display a refreshing personality to the judges, which led to her success. Natalia went on to sign with numerous modeling agencies in the city and most recently modeled for Morphe. She also interned at the Prom Girl headquarters while attending the Fashion Institute of Technology. In addition, Natalia has modeled in multiple shows for New York City Fashion Week. Since then she has taken time off from modeling to care for her son who was born in October. Her current mission is to teach women that there is no need for stereotypes in the pageant community and being confident in your own body is the most fulfilling part of the experience. She hopes to use this style of positive reinforcement and authenticity to help coach women to reach their full potential and feel confident about themselves.
JAMES DENAPOLI (Official Tabulator)
James Denapoli is an owner of a Nationwide Insurance Agency servicing the East Northport and Syosset areas. He is proud to be a part of a family owned business with over 50 years of experience specializing in all personal and commercial lines of insurance. James has participated in the NY Metro Law Enforcement Recognition Luncheon, which recognized the good work of law enforcement professionals who have shown dedication to DWI enforcement, prosecution, and education. James graduated from Bryant College with a degree in finance. While attending Bryant, James was the captain of the soccer team and was awarded the William T O’Hara Leadership Award. This prestigious award was only given to only male and one female athlete. During his spare time James loves to spend time with his wife Cailey and his sons Cole and Caden. You can also find James working out at the gym, organizing, coaching, and playing softball with his friends.