Alumni News May 2021

May’s Alumni News is dedicated to the four La Salle Academy alumni who have a major role in our 29th Annual Scholarship Benefit taking place on Thursday, June 24th.

Michael Ambrosino

Class of 1962

Born and raised in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Michael Ambrosino ‘62 is being honored with a Lasallian Medal this year for his steadfast dedication and commitment to our mission and the young men entrusted to our care. After graduating from La Salle Academy, Michael received a B.S. in Finance from Gannon University and his M.B.A. from Long Island University. From there, he went on to work in the oil industry for over 40 years, founding Brooklyn Oil Associates, Inc. with his wife, Lynn. Michael has been a generous benefactor to La Salle for nearly 30 years, contributing to the school’s Capital Campaign in the early 2000s, and sponsoring students for nearly two decades. Michael attributes much of his success to the education he received at La Salle Academy.

Stephon Barnes

Class of 1997

Stephon Barnes ’97, Chief Operating Officer at CFI Partners, will be honored with a Lasallian Medal at the Scholarship Benefit this year. After his four years as a student at La Salle Academy, Stephon matriculated to Temple University where he received his degree in Finance and Economics. As a student, Stephon was on the receiving end of the tuition assistance La Salle provides thanks to a generous benefactor who had a huge impact on his life. As an alumnus, Stephon has given back with his time, talent, and treasure – he is a member of La Salle’s Board of Trustees and helped to establish La Salle’s mentorship program. He has said, “Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything. When I was a student at La Salle, I was on the receiving end of mentorship and scholarship. Today, I am humbled to be on the distributing end. Helping somebody else is huge.”

Salvatore LaRocca

Class of 1982

Of his time at La Salle Academy, Salvatore LaRocca ’82 has said his four years at the school were the four most formative years of his life. After graduating from La Salle in 1982, Sal went on to study at St. John’s University. Since then, he has had a successful career with the National Basketball Association, currently working as President of Global Partnerships. Sal serves his high school alma mater as Chairman of La Salle Academy’s Board of Trustees and Co-Chair of the annual Scholarship Benefit, alongside Vincent Tese ’60. Sal was honored with a Lasallian Medal at the event in 2013.

Vincent Tese

Class of 1960

Vincent Tese ’60 is an attorney, entrepreneur, and investor. Following graduation from La Salle in 1960, Vincent served two years in the U.S. Army, after which he went on to receive his degree in accounting from Pace University. He also holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and the L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. On top of his impressive resume, Vincent sits on La Salle Academy’s Board of Trustees, serves as Co-Chair of the annual Scholarship Benefit, and was honored with The Legacy Award at the event in 2016.