REGINA CALCATERRA, ESQ.
Etched in Sand’s early success led to Regina becoming a New York Times Best Selling Author just three weeks after its release. Then in May 2014 it again appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers lists and now has collectively been on the list for 16 weeks where it rose to #2 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal’s Non-Fiction E-Books Best Sellers list and #6 on the New York Times Non-Fiction Combined Print & E-Books list. It presently is at #8 on the Non-Fiction E-Books list (August 17, 2014). Etched in Sand has also been nominated for First Year Experience where universities and colleges will be considering it as first year reading for incoming freshman.
For the past twenty-five years Regina has spent her policy, managerial and legal career in both the private and public sector. She is presently an attorney working for the State of New York.
Regina recently served as Executive Director of of the NYS Governor’s Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response which investigated the response and preparation of New York’s power utility companies with respect to several major storms impacting the State including Hurricanes Sandy.
Regina’s state appointment rose from her position as Chief Deputy to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone where she assisted him in managing the day-to-day operations of the county and managed the county’s response and immediate recovery to Superstorm Sandy.
The majority of Regina’s private sector experience was as a partner to Barrack, Rodos & Bacine, an internationally recognized securities litigation firm where she represented defrauded public and labor pension funds from those who committed corporate fraud on Wall Street.
Regina has been the recipient of several honors and awards including being honored by the Children of Bellevue, Chair and famed chef Tom Collichio for serving as a role model for foster children, and receiving the Speak Out for a Child Award from CASA-NYC and the Maxine Postal Humanitarian Award, the East End Women’s Network Woman of the Year Award and the Geraldine Ferraro Award of Courage. For over a decade Regina served as a frequent commentator of policy and politics on FoxNews, CNBC, Fox 5 and and also contributed op-eds to Newsday and other media outlets on national and local issues. She proudly serves as a board member to You Gotta Believe, an organization that works towards finding older foster children forever homes.
She is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and Seton Hall University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Eastern and Southern US District Courts.
Regina lives with her companion Todd Ciaravino and their two cocker spaniels Maggie & Oscar.