About Life's Angels
Life’s Angels is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation created to help make a difference in the lives of people who have been “dealt a tough hand” in life. Life's Angels was formed in 2017 by a group of recreational poker players. We hold an annual Poker Tournament which will be held on April 26, 2023.
Our organization aims to give back to our local community by helping people struggling with health, education, family issues, or other unfortunate circumstances in their lives. Over the past years, we have sponsored summer camps and school tuition for children in need, donated money and equipment to beneficiaries suffering from crippling health care bills, volunteered time and money for local food banks, given away toys and food during the holidays, and more.
Our goal is to continue raising funds to give more back to our local community by supporting our beneficiaries, creating annual endowments for worthy local causes, and improving the lives of those in need.
Helping Those Who Have Been "Dealt a Tough Hand"
"No one has ever become poor by giving."
~ Anne Frank
Our Board of Directors
Brett Dunne, aka Big Daddy, hails from Nyack, NY, and spent his formative years in South Florida, growing up on Miami Beach. Brett relocated back to the Northeast in 2006. Brett has enjoyed a 30-year career in the wine and spirits industry and is currently The Managing Director for North America for the Lucas Bols Global Portfolio of Spirits. Brett is married to his wife of nearly 10 years, Tanya, and together they are raising 5 beautiful kids. Brett enjoys golf, poker and is an avid Yankees fan. In addition to his work with Life's Angels, Brett is active with charitable causes, including The American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House of New York, The Dan Marino Foundation, to name a few.
Glenn Fleischman, aka Maestro, is a software sales executive living in Manhasset, NY, with his wife Nina and daughter Olivia. After graduating from the University of Maryland and working in NYC for several years, Glenn and the family moved overseas, living in Singapore and London, UK. After returning to the U.S. in 2005 the Fleischman family settled in Manhasset. Glenn owns the popular Bach to Rock music school in Port Washington and enjoys spending his free time playing guitar for various local community theaters, running, and playing poker with the other Life's Angels members.
Jordan Goldman, aka Jordy, grew up on the south shore of Long Island, where he spent his days bike riding and hanging out at the beach. Jordan loves to spend time with his beautiful wife Robyn, his son Drew, and his furry daughter Chloe. In addition, you can occasionally find Jordan out on the golf course from time to time.
Jon Gottlieb, aka Gotz, grew up in Port Washington and graduated from Brandeis University in 1985. After graduation, Jon had a 30 year run as President of ABCO HVACR Supply & Solutions. During his tenure, ABCO grew to become the largest distributor of commercial HVACR equipment in the Northeast while, at the same time, being one of the largest national donors to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Jon retired in 2015 and transitioned from selling low temp freezers to turning up the heat on the poker felt. Jon is a proud father of two, Sarah and Joshua, and enjoys golfing, hiking, biking, and coaching Roslyn Booster Basketball. He resides in Roslyn with his beautiful wife of 25 years, Janet, and their beloved dog Harley.
Bruce Irom, aka Loco Ojos, is a Senior V.P. of Institutional fixed income sales and trading at FTN Financial. Bruce is involved in fundraising efforts for Parkinson's foundation and Alzheimer's association. He is also a donor for a host of other charitable organizations. Bruce currently resides in Roslyn, is married with 3 children, and has managed and coached children through little league, booster leagues, and community teams.
Ben Jacobsohn, aka Picasso, has been President of Jacobson Painting for the past many decades. Ben has two adult children, Eric and Liz, and a lovable dog, Lucky. Ben enjoys spending his time visiting job sites and making sure all of his customers are happy. Ben also enjoys playing golf and cards with friends and participating in various charities to help those in need.
Thomas Kelly, aka Cap'n, is a Retired Captain with the New York City Fire Department and a volunteer for Nassau County Police Athletic League Farmingdale Unit for the past 25 years.
Jeff Schwartz, aka The Poker Minion, has been a lifetime entrepreneurial leader from a teenage Ice Cream Man to the Chancellor of one of the world's oldest and largest Law Fraternities. Jeff now serves as a business consultant for Conceive Believe Achieve and has held leadership positions for many non-profit and political organizations. His knowledge and efforts have saved businesses money and made them much more.
Davi Tserpelis, aka Cuckla, has over 35 years of commercial lending and banking experience and is currently a Senior Vice President at City National Bank. Davi has served various not-for-profits, including the Institute of Management Accounting, Middle Market Alliance, and Touro Law School. Davi has been named LIBN Executive Circle of Excellence, Long Island Power Women In Business, Top 50 Most Influential Women in Long Island as well as Premier Business Women Award by Herald Community Newspapers. Davi enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, golf, kayaking, and of course, poker. Davi is most proud of her children, Jonathan and Kayla, and especially her husband and best friend, Van.