LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston chapter of UNICO National announced the election of Maria Bucco Brush as its first female president in the service organization’s 65-year history.

As only one chapter of the nation’s largest Italian-American service organization, Livingston UNICO exemplifies the nationwide UNICO motto of “Service Above Self” by providing charitable funds to multiple community organizations. 

Brush became a member of the Livingston UNICO board of directors shortly after joining the organization in 2014. In addition to serving in various officers’ positions prior to becoming president, Brush also currently serves as district secretary for UNICO National’s XI, which includes nine local UNICO chapters. 

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“Maria’s enthusiasm and drive to fundraising events as well as to promoting her Italian heritage has more than earned her this well-deserved honor,” members of Livingston UNICO said in a joint statement on Monday.

In addition to Brush, the slate of newly elected Livingston UNICO officers includes Andy Cassese Sr., Executive Vice President; Mary Beth Picini, Vice President; Pasquale (Pat) Campanile, Corresponding Secretary; Michelina (Mickey) Campanile, Recording Secretary; Tom DeNigris, Treasure; Mike Stolfi, Sergeant-At-Arms; Jim Kedrie, Parliamentarian; Richard Vallario, General counsel; Kevin Francione, Immediate Past President; Matt Ladolcetta, Membership Director; Mike DeAngelus, Chaplain; and Mark Carangi, Program and Donations Director.

Individuals of Italian descent and/or their spouses are encouraged to join Livingston UNICO in order to “help promote [their] heritage and serve [the Livingston] community,” For more information about UNICO, contact or