Zarb Alumni Association Leadership

Maria A. Grasso ’86

Immediate Past President
Kathleen M. Stanley ’91


Maria A. Grasso

Maria A. Grasso ‘86 is Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary of Flushing Financial Corporation and Flushing Bank.  She joined the Bank in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer    and was elected Corporate Secretary in 2007.  Maria is responsible for managing the Distribution and Client Development for the Retail Bank, Ethnic Markets, Business Banking, Government Banking, Internet Banking, Human Resources, Marketing, Sales and Operations of the Bank. Maria has been in the banking business for 30 years, beginning her career with Chase Manhattan. Prior to joining Flushing Financial, she held the title of Senior Vice President and Division Head of The Bank of New York for Long Island and Queens, overseeing an organization that served the personal and small business banking needs of customers throughout 102 branches.

Charitable organizations have benefited from Maria’s leadership and support. An advocate of volunteerism, she has volunteered for the March of Dimes, Long Island Care, Bias Help of Long Island, Women’s Fund of Long Island, the American Cancer Society, and Long Island Association for AIDS Care and Long Island Network of Community Services.  Maria is currently Chair of United Way of Long Island’s Board of Directors and a former chairperson of the Retail Banking Division Committee for the New York Bankers Association.  She is currently a member of the National Board of the American Kidney Fund. Maria recently received the Distinguished Volunteer Leadership Award at the Monsignor Hartmann Humanitarian Luncheon sponsored by ACIT.   Maria has a BBA in Finance from Hofstra University and an MBA in Marketing from Adelphi University.

Kathleen Stanley

Kathleen Stanley is currently Senior Vice President at City National Bank. With more than 20 years experience in the financial services industry, Kathleen was responsible for the sales of cash management products and services for Capital One's Northeast Commercial Bank. Prior to joining Capital One, Kathleen launched the Treasury Management Department for both Empire National Bank (2008-2010) and State Bank of Long Island (2004-2008) and worked as a treasury sales advisor for Bank of New York (1991-2004).

In 2009 she was recognized as one of Long Island’s 40 rising stars under the age of 40; and in 2007, as a Woman of Achievement in Banking and Finance by the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women. In 2012 Kathleen was a Butterfly Award recipient at the Inaugural Girls Incorporated of Long Island Butterfly Awards Dinner and most recently as Woman of the Year for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.

Kathleen has a BBA in Marketing with a minor in Banking and Finance from Hofstra University. She is also a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP).

Kathleen is on the President’s Council of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island and isPresident of Hofstra University’s Zarb Business School Alumni Association. She is an avid supporter of the NSLIJ Katz Women’s Hospital and sits on their Commerce and Industry Committee.