Who We Are:



Theresa DePietto - Roesler (Co-Founder) :  Theresa and her husband John live in Babylon Village with their three beautiful daughters. Theresa is a full time mom who has taken on activism as a full time job. Theresa sits on the Long Island Long Term Recovery Group, Health and Welfare Council and is a member of Friends of Long Island and Vision Long Island.  She is certified with the American Red Cross for Sheltering, and is a trained Disaster Case Manager through Catholic Charities via the Diocese of Rockville Centre. She is the recipient of the Town of Babylon Community Service Award for their Women's History Month Program for 2014, and is a recipient of Vision Long Islands Smart Growth Award for 2014. She a lifelong resident of the Town of Babylon. Theresa is a NY Rising CRP (Community Reconstruction Program) Committee Member for the Babylon/West Babylon NYR Committee.  Theresa was Women of Distinction in 2016 for the Women of Distinction  Magazine in January 2016. She has previously cofounded a Not for Profit in the Babylon area during Superstorm Sandy. 

Contact: Theresa@HopeFloatsLI.org


Jennifer Aulino (Co-Founder) : Born and raised in Lindenhurst, Jennifer attended St. Josephs College with degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education as well as her Masters degree in infants and toddlers, special education.  Cofounder & Former Executive Director of not for profit in the Lindenhurst area after Superstorm Sandy. She currently resides in Lindenhurst with her husband and four children.


NY State Senator, Phil Boyle honored Jennifer Mackie as part of the New York State Senate’s 16th Annual Women of Distinction ceremony on May 7, 2013.   She was nominated by local residents to receive special recognition by the State Senate as a New York “Woman of Distinction” for her outstanding contributions to her community.


Contact: Jen@HopeFloatsLI.org


Victoria Boye: Past Cofounder of local Not for Profit and Founder of Lindy Manpower during Hurricane Sandy Relief in Lindenhurst.  Victoria was born and raised in Lindenhurst and currently resides with her husband and 2  sons in West Babylon.

Contact: info@hopefloatsli.org

M. Roman is a Babylon Village resident, musician, event coordinator, host, and LGBTQ + advocate & public speaker. M. Roman grew up in Babylon Village then moved to Orange County California. M. Roman helped facilitate Pride while living in Orange County Ca, and has since returned to raise the Pride Flag in his hometown of Babylon Village. Alongside coordinating/ creating Babylon Villages first ever virtual New Year’s Eve celebration, Roman was a guest speaker at Pace university in New York City for their LGBTQ+ youth center.

Contact: BabylonVillagePride@gmail.com


Robert McKeown is a 4th generation Babylon Village resident who lives with his wife and 3 children.  Bob is a third grade teacher in the West Babylon School District lifelong educator in the public-school system on Long Island. He is also the President and CEO of South Shore TRI Coach, a triathlon coaching business. Over the last 10-plus years, McKeown has raised over $1.5 million to support a variety of charitable initiatives, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Children’s Tumor Foundation, the IRONMAN Foundation and Hurricane Sandy relief. He is an expert in fundraising initiatives and community giveback through the philanthropy and CRS programs of South Shore TRI Coach. Robert has joined M. Roman to support the vision and mission of the Babylon Village Pride Celebration.

Contact: BabylonVillagePride@gmail.com


If you are interested in joining our Board of Directors and feel you could be an asset to Hope Floats Long Island, please email a resume to Theresa@HopeFloatsLI.org.