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The Academy for Regional Stewardship


Paul Tonna serves as Molloy College's Executive Director for The Energeia Partnership, a leadership academy dedicated to identifying and addressing the serious, complex and multi-dimensional issues challenging the Long Island region.

Mr. Tonna served from 1994 to 2005 as a Suffolk County Legislator and for three years, 2000, 2001, and 2002, his fellow legislators chose him to lead the Suffolk County Legislature as its Presiding Officer. During Legislator Tonna's 12 years of elected office, he had been a strong advocate for the poor, homeless and marginalized on Long Island, affordable housing, labor organizations and the environment. He sponsored, co-sponsored, and passed numerous laws and/or initiatives including: ground breaking non-smoking legislation; innovative programs focused on eliminating child poverty and homelessness; legislation designed to elevate the standard of living for all Suffolk County residents and innovative Greenways Funds to protect open space, farmlands and parklands.

Paul Tonna is a strong advocate of immigrants working and living on Long Island. The 2003 award-winning film documentary Farmingville chronicled some of those efforts. He has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows including: Lou Dobbs, CNN; The Oxygen Network; LI Telecare; The Rosie O'Donnell Show; News 12 Long Island; NBC News 4 and PBS WLIW 21. Mr. Tonna is an Adjunct Professor in Theology & Religious Studies at St. John's University. He serves as Vice-Chairman of The Long Island Regional Planning Board; Trustee of the Long Island State Parks & Recreation Commission and Public Trustee of the Stationary Engineer's Industry Stabilization Fund. Mr. Tonna is a board member of: LI Medical Center Foundation, Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center, The Long Island Index and Erase Racism's College of Advisors. 

Mr. Tonna serves as a founding director of Empire National Bank and a Commissioner of the South Huntington Water District. Paul Tonna has received many awards and honors including: Molloy College's Caritas Medal; St. John's University St. Vincent De Paul Medal; Suffolk County Human Rights Commission Legislator of the Year; National Association of Social Workers Public Citizen of the Year; Habitat for Humanity Man of the Year; The Nature Conservancy's Conservation Award Recipient; Networking Magazine's David Award and Long Island Business News 50 Around 50 Award.

Mr. Tonna earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy from New York University, a Masters of Arts degree in theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary and conducted doctoral studies in systematic theology at Fordham University. Paul Tonna resides in Huntington, New York with his wife Carol and his children: Peter, Paul, John, Grace, Mary, Carolann, Joseph and Lucy.

Also known as the Academy for Regional Stewardship at Molloy College, The Energeia Partneship is committed to educating leaders for the benefit of all people who live and work on Long Island. 

Each year, the program assembles a "class" of up to 40 ethical, proven leaders who must be nominated by a Board Member or graduate to participate in a dynamic, two-year academy featuring a series of one-day programs, each focusing on a particular issue.

Edward Thompson came to Molloy in November 1997, became Vice President for Advancement in 1998 and Vice President for Mission and Advancement in 2016. Ed leads the College’s efforts in marketing, fundraising, grants, mission and external leadership organizations.   During his tenure at Molloy, his team has raised over $75 million for scholarships, general operations and capital projects.

A significant presence in the Long Island community, Ed’s leadership has been a major component of the College’s burgeoning regional reputation   As Vice President in charge of Mission, he is dedicated to insuring that the charism of the founding Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville remains at the forefront of our educational mission.  Committed to the idea of civic dialogue, Ed is the co-founder of the Energeia Partnership, a regional stewardship academy, and administers the Sustainability Institute, an organization dedicated to the protection of Long Island’s environmental and community assets.

Ed received his B.A. in History and Economics at the College of the Holy Cross, his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, studied comparative law at the London School of Economics and completed the Institute for Educational Management program at the Harvard University School of Education.  He was awarded Molloy’s  Distinguished Service Award in 2006, was named Long Island’s Environmentalist of the Year in 2008, and Irish Lawyer of the Year in 2011.

Paul Tonna

Executive Director of 
The Energeia Partnership

Our Goal

is to educate proven ethical leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors of Long Island and provide them with the information, network and support necessary for corrective action, namely:

Danielle Fortune serves as Program Manager for Molloy College’s Energeia Partnership, a leadership academy dedicated to identifying and addressing the serious, complex and multi-dimensional issues challenging the Long Island region.  Mrs. Fortune comes to Molloy with extensive experience in program facilitation, budget management, fundraising and event coordination and management.

Mrs. Fortune served as the Executive Assistant to the Dean at the New York Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and Design from 2005 to 2016.  During her tenure at NYIT, Mrs. Fortune was the hospitality director for the school’s 2011 accreditation, coordinator of the School of Architecture and Design’s Advisory Board and the co-coordinator of the Summer Abroad Program which brought her to Rome, Venice and Paris to work and study with faculty and students.

Mrs. Fortune received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Secondary Education from St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue. Danielle resides in Commack, New York, with her husband Joe and her children Nate and Avery.  

Danielle Fortune

Program Manager
The Energeia Partnership

to serve as change agents, imagining new possibilities for the Long Island region, a necessity for improving the quality of life for all Long Islanders.

Edward Thompson

Vice President for Mission and Advancement, Molloy College 


Our philosophy

In keeping with the tradition of Molloy College, the philosophy of The Energeia Partnership is to create a dynamic learning environment for Long Island leaders committed to action on behalf of justice, the dignity of the human person and the protection of those natural resources entrusted to us.

Those associated with The Energeia Partnership - its staff, board of advisors, and faculty, with passion and a deep sense of urgency, will focus on achieving excellence in empowering the Long Island region with leaders able and willing to serve as trustees. Leaders who act with integrity on behalf of the common good, to strengthen and transform our region for our future and for our children's future.