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About Us

Board of Directors

Linda Lugo – President

Linda Lugo is the founder of ARRC. She was a graduate of Adelphi University in 1980 with a BBA in Accounting.  Linda is a Licensed Real Estate Broker since 1987, and she owns her own real estate company in Huntington, NY.  She was the President of the New York State Association of Realtors and the Long Island Board of Realtors.   Her love for animals brought her to volunteering at the emergency pet shelter in Nassau County, Long Island in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012-2013. In 2022 Linda started fostering puppies and dogs coming off the island of Puerto Rico so they could find their furever homes in New York and surrounding states.  She recognized that in the wake of Hurricane Maria there were many displaced animals, and to this day many are still being abandoned on the island.

Otto Lugo – Vice President

Otto E. Lugo is currently a Real Estate Broker/Owner with a mult-office operation in Long Island, NY.  He holds the coveted ABR, CIPS, CRB, CRS, and GRI designations.  He has over 30 years experience in Real Estate Management, Commercial/Residential/International Sales, and Property Management.  Otto has been a major supporter/fund raiser for Children’s Miracle Network, Circulo de la Hispanidad for battered housewives, and Long Island Veterans.  Otto looks forward to bringing his background and expertise to grow our organization throughout the country.

Anthony Forgione – Director

Anthony M. Forgione currently is a license real estate sales professional with Realty Masters North Shore after moving over from JP Morgan Chase NYC where he enjoyed a successful career for over 26 years recently as an Executive Director in Treasury Services for US Financial Institutions. Mr. Forgione has supported many various wildlife and humane societies throughout the years. He is also a sports, nature, cooking, & wine enthusiast. Mr. Forgione has always been a family man and has three children, Michelle who graduated from Pace University with a Masters in Education, Christopher who graduated from St. John’s University with a Degree in Sports Management and Jonathan who currently attends University of New Haven with a major in International Security.

Mark Sammis – Director

Mark Sammis is an agent at Realty Masters North Shore in Huntington, NY.  He received his BA from Duke University and went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps from 1975 to 1980.  Upon discharge he returned to his native Huntington to pursue a career on Wall Street with Lehman Brothers and to raise a family, Graig and Emily.  He is an avid animal lover, and has raised 8 dogs and 5 cats and has an emotional soft spot for distressed animals.  He loves to sail and golf and looks forward to donating time to this worthy endeavor.