The Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association has named Claudia Fortunato-Napolitano its new executive director. She succeeds
Ms. Fortunato-Napolitano assumed the role on Feb. 6.
She succeeds Deanne Rathke, who retired after leading the nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve
the history of the communities of Greenlawn and Centerport, after 20 years.
“We are very pleased to announce Claudia as the new director,” Rathke said. “Its time to pass the job along to the next generation. Claudia’s skill set will help bring about new members and programs to the organization.
In addition she has a lifelong passion for local history having been born and raised in the Huntington
Fortunato-Napolitano holds a BA in History, and a MA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in American History,
both awarded by Manhattanville College.
Previous positions include Eeecutive director of the Huntington Historical Society and assistant historian at the Town Of Huntington.
“I am honored to serve as the executive director and thrilled to serve the members of the community,” Fortunato-Napolitano said. “Deanne is a wonderful role model, and as director emeritus she will be a valuable asset for furthering our research, expanding our public programs, educational workshops, and exhibits.”