Port Youth Activities ("PYA") has added two new members to its board of directors -- Michael Mongelli and Marianne Simoni. Michael and Marianne were recognized for their outstanding contributions to PYA during the last several years as well as for their character, community-mindedness and sense of fairness.
Michael and his wife, Leana, have been residents of Flower Hill since 1997. A litigator and the principal of his law firm, Michael became active in PYA when his oldest son, Michael, began playing baseball in 2003. Since that time, three more sons, Marco, Matthew and Maximus, have joined the Mongelli family. As his family has grown, so has Michael's participation with PYA. Michael has coached and managed multiple PYA baseball, football and basketball teams. He is also the commissioner of flag football and first-grade boys' baseball and basketball. Michael said, "PYA has provided an enriching experience not only for me, but for my entire family. I look forward to sharing this experience with others in our community."
Marianne moved with her husband, John, to Port Washington in 1991. Her daughter, Rebecca, and son, Johnny, have had many wonderful experiences with the PYA basketball, baseball and softball programs. Marianne has been the girls' softball commissioner for the past two years and has assisted with the girls' basketball programs for the past several seasons. Marianne is also active with the Weber HSA, Troop 7 Boy Scouts, and is the Acting Village Justice for the Village of Baxter Estates. Marianne captured the PYA spirit when asked about joining the board, "PYA teaches valuable life lessons regarding cooperative play, sportsmanship and the art of winning and losing gracefully. No matter what skill level children bring to a PYA program, they are welcomed with an equal amount of enthusiasm and care."
PYA President Bill Omeltchenko added: "Marianne and Mike are outstanding additions to our board. Their dedication, creativity, spirit and enthusiasm will benefit PYA and the girls and boys of our community for years to come. The board applauds their contributions and looks forward to many years working together."