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Meet S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth's Board Advisors

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Founder and Board President

Sergio Argueta, LMSW

Attendance Coordinator, Uniondale High School Adjunct Professor, Adelphi University, Millersville University and St. Joseph's College Sergio Argueta is among the most influential community activists on Long Island. He is the founder and Board Chair of S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, Inc. (Struggling To Reunite Our New Generation), one of the leading gang prevention and intervention agencies in the northeastern United States. He earned an associate’s degree from Nassau Community College and a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in political science from Hofstra University. He was awarded the Turner Fellowship at Stony Brook University, where he earned a master’s degree in social work. Sergio served as the gang specialist for the Nassau County Youth Board; and is currently one of the leading experts in the region on gangs and youth violence. Sergio served as the Director of the Baccalaureate Social Work Program at Adelphi University for three years. He has served as an an adjunct criminal justice professor at Nassau Community College. He currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Schools of Social Work at Adelphi University and Millersville University in Pennsylvania. ​ In 2014, Sergio became a high school social worker at Uniondale High School , transitioning into the Uniondale High School Attendance Coordinator position in 2016. As of September 2019, Sergio is the Dean of Students at UHS! He is involved in various community organizing initiatives, which include being one of the founders and Co-Convener’s of The Corridor Counts (TCC) which advocates for equity within some of the most marginalized communities in Nassau County.

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Board Member

Fred Brewington, Esq.

Raised in Lakeview, Long Island, Fred Brewington is a respected lawyer and community advocate with a distinguished legal career. After working at a number of prestigious firms and law offices, including a clerkship at the Office of the Legal Counsel of the United States Senate, Fred Brewington began a private practice in New York City and Long Island. With his expertisein civil rights litigation, Fred has successfully challenged the 'at large' voting system in the Town of Hempstead and worked on preventing future unconstitutional and discriminatory purging of voters from the voting roll. Through litigation, writing and lecturing, Fred continues to challenge other discriminatory practices throughout Long Island and the New York area. Fred, an adjunct Professor at Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Touro College, currently serves on the Law School's Board of Governors; he served as President of the Alumni Association of SUNY, Albany and remains a member of the Council of Classes. Providing services pro bono, Mr. Brewington and his Associates serve as advisors to many community groups and organizations. He has also served as a Trustee and as Chairman of the Administrative Board of the Church of the Good Shepard United Methodist; is currently a Trustee for the United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society; is a Certified Lay Speaker for the Long Island East District of the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and currently is an instructor for Local Lay Speakers. He is a Volunteer football coach in the Malverne School District. Fred Brewington graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts degree and from Northeastern University School of law. A tireless advocate, Fred is the recipient of many honors and awards for his community and public services. He is a loyal and devoted husband to his lovely wife, Adrienne, a former attorney who is now a Pastor and was appointed by Bishop Jeremiah J. Park as the District Superintendent of the Long Island East District for the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, where she continues to serve. Fred joined S.T.R.O.N.G.’s Board of Directors in 2013.


Interim Treasurer

Olivia lldefonso, Ph.d

Olivia Ildefonso is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Earth and Environmental Sciences with a focus in Human Geography at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her research explores forms of structural racism in the suburbs, with a particular focus on Long Island, NY. Ms. Ildefonso is also a consultant for ERASE Racism, as well as the organization’s former Housing Coordinator and Communications Coordinator. Additionally, Ms. Ildefonso teaches in the Urban Studies Department at Queens College. Ms. Ildefonso holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Brown University where she concentrated in Ethnic Studies. Ms. Ildefonso was born and raised in Bethpage and is passionate about ending racial segregation on Long Island. Olivia joined S.T.R.O.N.G.’s Board in 2014.


Board Member

Edgar Campbell

Edgar joined the STRONG Board of Directors in 2017. Ed Campbell presently works as the Chief of Staff of Operations at the Nassau County Board of Elections (BOE). In this capacity he serves as one of the commissioner’s advisors on special projects and policy, and supervises in excess of 50 employees. Prior to working at the board, Mr. Campbell served at the Nassau County Legislature. Throughout his 12 years there he served in numerous positions. He started as legislative assistant for Hon. Lisanne Altman, District 10, where he handled constituent affairs, managed the office staff, served as a liaison with various Public and Governmental groups, and one of his proudest accomplishments at that time was working with the Parks Department to revitalize Parks in the District that were in disrepair near the Spinny Hill Housing Apartments. ​From there Mr. Campbell was promoted to Director of Community Affairs and was put in charge by the Presiding Officer to handle all community affairs events, serve as the Democratic caucus liaison to the County Executive Office, as well as assist the County Executive and the Presiding Officer set up anti-gang programs once the County realized that Nassau County did indeed have a gang problem. In March of 2007, Mr. Campbell was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff for the Democratic Majority at the Legislature, where he helped supervise and run the day-to-day operations of the Majority Caucus. In September of 2007 Mr. Campbell was promoted again by the late, Hon. Judy Jacobs to serve as the Chief of Staff for the entire Majority Caucus. Mr. Campbell became the first and only African American to hold this position in senor staff in the history of the Nassau County Legislature. In his new role, he oversaw the Budget and Press Offices, Legal Department, and supervised a staff of 45 people. In addition, he was responsible for the management of a 2.3-million-dollar budget office, which under his tenure as chief of staff, provided a savings by coming in five consecutive years under budget. He was asked to stay on in this position under a new Presiding Officer, Honorable Diane Yaturo, a position he held for nearly six years. Prior to his time in Nassau County Mr. Campbell worked with the New York City Marshal where he was a supervisor in the Scofflaw Enforcement Unit. Mr. Campbell has served on numerous boards for non-for-profit as well as for profit organizations and involved in various youth sports organizations as well-EOC of Nassau County; S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth; Empower Youth Corp located in Queens County; Head Coach PAL Basketball; Flag Football Referee, just to name a few. Ed was also happy to serve on a Representative for Legislator Kevan Abrahams of the 1st LD, at the Police Executive Research Forum to discuss policing issues in Nassau County. Ed also currently serves as a Human Rights Commissioner on the Village of Freeport Planning Commission. Ed Campbell has conducted and/or spoken at various forums with topics ranging forums anti-gang violence and prevention as well as getting out the vote in Minority communities, and educating the communities on the importance of voting and participating in the process. In 2001 he became a Certified Mediator, where he specializes in Divorce Mediation Services for ENC Consulting. Ed is the 18th Assembly District State Committeemen and Co-District Leader of the Freeport North Democratic Committee and Town of Hempstead Chair. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Empire State College.

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